If you are only limiting yourself to only getting yourself good-quality cookware, then you should really be looking at 2 of the best brands Cuisinart or All-Clad. In this Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro review, we will go in-depth and see why this cookware set is worth or doesn’t your money.
The Cuisinart MCP-12N Review Overall Rating: 4.6/5 Excellent.
This cookware set has high scores in many areas and below are the in-depth product review.
The Cuisinart MCP-12N Product Information:
Durability: 5/5 Excellent.
There are many questions asking whether this MCP-12N is still a 18/10 graded stainless steel? Well the answer is a Yes and No.
So let me clarify this and hopefully you are clear about this and hope it’s able to aid you in making a better purchasing decision.
First of all there are 3 layers for this cookware build. The outer layer base stainless, middle layer aluminium core and the interior layer stainless for cooking surface.
Since this Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware set is induction-ready, the outer layer has to be made up of magnetic stainless and therefore the layer is not 18/10, it’s merely 18/0.
This is considered a good induction cookware as the magnetized base is well-designed for this purpose.
The interior cooking surface is 18/10 graded and it is durable and great for corrosion resistance.
Besides the interior, the handles and lids are also 18/10 graded.
Heat Distribution: 4.6/5 Excellent.
This set of Cuisinart MCP-12N pots and pans has superior performance in terms of heat distribution technology.
Just like what I have also mentioned in the All-Clad D5 review, both the D5 and MCP-12N cookware has similar traits in this area and they are on par.
Both models are constructed with tri-ply with the middle made up of aluminium core. This center layer greatly offers superior heat conductivity. It allows even heat distribution on the bottom and on the side walls.
Using some of the other cookware brands in the past, I have to turn it to medium to high heat to preheat the pans.
But all thanks to this advanced heat technology from Cuisinart, I can now cook on low to medium heat.
You do not really need such a high heat with this set of pots and pans because they can cook fast and well with just low to medium heat.
With lower heat, you are preserving and lengthening the lifespan of this Multiclad Pro cookware.
Ease of Use: 4.7/5 Excellent.
As the MCP-12N is an improvement over the MCP-12, you can expect the cool grip handles to be more comfortable than ever.
When the pans started to get heated up, the handles will be kept cool and you will find it easy to hold them without being afraid to get scalded.
The lids are considered rather light-weight and they can seal and fit tightly onto the cookware pieces.
This Multiclad Pro cookware set may be slightly more heavy duty than some others but they provide great sturdiness and construction.
Though the set is heavier, you will not find much difficulty in moving the pots and pans around and in flipping food during cooking.
Value for Money: 4.5/5 Very Good.
I have friends who have been using these MCP-12N pans for more than 5 years and the quality is still going very well.
You could get a Teflon non-stick set for less than $200 but I’m pretty sure it won’t last you for more than 3 or 4 years let alone lasting for a lifetime.
However with the Multiclad Pro line, it’s an understatement to say that the set can last more than just a couple of years.
This set of cookware has great versatility as you can use it on most of the cooktops such as induction, gas, glass etc.
Unlike some other brands lids which can’t support beyond 350 degree F, Cuisinart MCP-12N lids are constructed with great heat resistance that are oven safe up to 550 degree F.
Cleaning and Maintenance: 4.3/5 Very Good.
Almost all stainless cookware does not have the non-stick feature built into it, this goes the same for Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro.
Therefore you will not the pans scoring high in the function of nonstick.
However if you do own a non-stick cookware before, you will agree with me that it has a lifespan of around 2 to 6 years and at best 7 years. Besides non-stick product line is not dishwasher safe most of the time.
Most importantly, many non-stick cookware products out there in the market pose potential health hazards due to their materials used and may not be the best choice for long term usage.
Even without the non-stick feature in Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware, the pots and pans are considered easy to clean up.
If you are particularly concerned about food sticking to the cooking surface, you could turn the heat from medium to low after the pans are preheated.
Add a few drops of oil before you start cooking the food and this can really minimize the food from sticking onto the surface.
There were a couple of times when leftover oil was not wiped off or some stubborn stains developed after I left them unwashed for a few hours. Even so, all I did was soaked the cookware with dish-washing liquid for an hour and those stains are removed.
Even if stubborn stains can’t be totally removed, you can use the Bar Keepers Friend cleaner and that should be enough to keep your pans clean and shiny again.
Little to no scrubbing is ever needed!
Cuisinart MCP-12 vs MCP-12N
While the Cuisinart MCP-12 has been the flagship product for years, the latest upgraded model Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro was introduced in year 2012.
How you can recognize the latest model is by the letter ‘N’ behind the 12, which most probably mean the ‘Newer’ line for this model.
So what are the differences between the 2 Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware line?
As the MCP-12N is the upgraded version of MCP-12, you will find that the handles, design and appearance of the cookware are upgraded for a better ease of use, a more comfortable feel with a rather stylish and modern look.
Other than the design of the handles and look, there isn’t any much difference that we have found between the 2 cookware models.
The materials used to construct stay the same, the durability and features are all as good comparing with each other.
And of course Cuisinart MCP-12N will cost slightly higher than the older model since it is the upgraded version.
Pros and Cons of Cuisinart MCP-12N
- Does not alter flavors of food, does not react with food
- Compatible with most cooktops (induction, gas, glass, electric etc)
- Heat Surround Technology for even and consistent heat distribution
- Tri-ply construction (Magnetized base, 18/10 graded, Aluminium Core)
- Cool-grip riveted handles for comfortable and safe handling
- Polished surface stays shiny and does not discolour
- Tapered cookware rims for drip-free pouring
- Superior cooking performance with 18/10 graded steel
- Tight fitting lids for the cookware
- Easy cleaning and washing
- Dishwasher safe
- Oven safe up to 350 degree F
- Freezer safe
- Broiler safe
- Microwave safe
- May last for a lifetime (with lifetime warranty)
- Does need slightly more cleaning for very greasy areas
- Price on the higher side
- May be slightly heavier in weight
The MCP-12N is one of the best stainless steel pots and pans in the past, at the present and will continue to be the market leaders in the future.
The set has almost everything you need to whip up a great meal and be your closest buddy in the kitchen.
It’s simply of excellent quality, long-lasting, versatile and value for money.
Given the option, I will still choose this cookware set for my cooking needs on any day, at any point of time.
I’m absolutely sure this review is not just based on my own views or one-sided. You can read more in-depth reviews of MCP-12N here.
Though this cookware set does not come very cheap, you can actually buy it at a much lower price over at Amazon.
This way you not only can really save a couple of hundreds of dollars but you are also saving yourself the hassle spending so much time and efforts to research for another high quality cookware.
Why? Because this cooking set is all you need for perhaps the next 10 years.
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