Viking vs All Clad

All Clad is one of the most popular cookware brands available.

But that isn’t to say it’s perfect. For example, some All-Clad ranges aren’t easy to clean. Others are designed with uncomfortable handles.

And let’s not even mention the price tag.

Viking is more affordable. Plus, it has a ton of useful features that make it a solid choice for beginners.

But then again, Viking isn’t without fault, either.

So which do you pick?

If you want to know which of these brands is right for you, continue reading this Viking vs All Clad showdown.

Which To Choose If You’re In A Rush

All-Clad is an excellent choice if you want durability and performance from a brand with a proven track record. Think of big names like Dyson, Nike, or Apple – All-Clad is just as popular.

The major problem is that its cookware is pretty expensive.

For example, here’s how much All-Clad’s D3 Stainless Steel range costs in complete sets.

So if you can’t afford All-Clad, Viking is a great alternative.

It’s still going to set you back a bit. But it’s still cheaper than All Clad. And it’s a decent choice if you want consistent performance, quality, and durability.

But unfortunately, there is a slight trade-off.

For example, Viking’s tempered glass lids are only oven-safe up to 400°F. And there isn’t much to choose from when it comes to multi-clad stainless steel cookware. 

All-Clad is a great option if you aren’t worried about money. Just keep in mind that they aren’t perfect, either.

All Clad Pros and Cons

All Clad Logo

As you can tell, we can’t rate All Clad enough. It’s expensive (you can spend thousands of dollars to fully kit yourself out), but it has an excellent reputation and proven track record.

In all honesty, All-Clad’s durability alone is enough justification to consider buying.

And performance.

From our tests (and we’ll talk about them later), All-Clad is the best, most consistent cookware we’ve tried. So you get a lot of value for your money.

But we would love to see better customer support.

Pros

  • Best in the market for performance and versatility.
  • All collections are made in the USA, specifically in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. 
  • Can last you a lifetime with proper care and use.

Cons

  • Support is inconsistent and isn’t up to par with pricing.
  • Design can be flawed, hampering the overall experience and ease of use. 

Viking Pros and Cons

Viking Logo

Viking is mainly known for high-end kitchen appliances. However, the brand is still considered one of All-Clad’s top competitors in the premium cookware space.

Viking can do much of what All-Clad does, but with limitations. For example, both of them offer 3-ply and 5-ply stainless steel ranges.

But Viking’s isn’t as good at heat retention. It isn’t as durable, either.

Plus, some Viking cookware isn’t made in the USA.

That being said, Viking shines better in comparison to other brands, like Made In or Demeyere.

Pros

  • More affordable than All Clad.
  • Offers similar quality, performance, and durability.
  • Easy to use, clean, and maintain.

Cons

  • Doesn’t have the same track record as All-Clad.
  • Some product ranges are made in China, not the USA.
  • Pricier than other competitors.
  • Not as good at heat retention.

Viking vs All Clad: Features Showdown

9 times out of 10, there aren’t huge differences between All-Clad and Viking. Especially when it comes to quality, performance, and durability.

Both are good choices.

Let’s look at some of the minor differences in each feature so you can fully understand which suits you, weighing the pros and cons as we go.

Construction and Materials

There isn’t much difference between All-Clad and Viking regarding construction and materials. 

Both brands use high-quality materials like 18/10 stainless steel, aluminum, and copper.

But who does it better?

All-Clad offers better versatility, if only slightly.

For example, the All-Clad HA1 collection is oven-safe up to 500°F. While their fully bonded stainless steel collections can withstand up to 600°F.

This is ideal if you need to do roasting, baking, grilling, and even broiling. You’ll have peace of mind knowing toxic fumes aren’t being released due to the deterioration of its nonstick coating. 

On the other hand, Viking’s Hard Anodized cookware can only withstand temperatures up to 400°F

It may not be a huge difference. But it slightly restricts you in what you can do with your cookware.

Although it’s worth noting that Viking’s multi-clad stainless steel cookware is oven-safe up to 600°F.

All-Clad also stands out for better variety.

Its stainless steel multi-clad cookware is available in 2-ply, 3-ply, 4-ply, and 5-ply. On the flip side, Viking only offers 3-ply and 5-ply stainless steel cookware.

Multi-clad (sometimes called ply) is the amount of layers cookware has. The more it has, the better it is at performance and heat distribution.

It also improves durability and protects your cookware against warping.

Not necessarily a deal-breaker. But it means you’re more likely to find something within your budget with All-Clad than Viking.

Either way, here’s a breakdown of each brand’s cookware ranges.

All-Clad

  • C2 Copper: 2-ply construction with an 18/10 stainless steel interior (18% chromium/ 10% nickel) and pure copper exterior.
  • D3 Stainless: Made with 3-ply construction out of two separate layers of 18/10 stainless steel sandwiched between aluminum alloy.
  • D3 Everyday: A 3-ply cookware collection with a polished stainless steel exterior, aluminum core, and 18/10 stainless steel interior.
  • D5 Brushed: 5-ply fully bonded construction made with 3 layers of 18/10 stainless steel and 2 aluminum.
  • D5 Polished: Similar to D5 Brushed, this has 3 alternating layers of 18/10 stainless steel, complete with 2 aluminum alloy. It also comes with a triple-layered PFOA-free nonstick on the interior surface. 
  • Copper Core: 5-ply bonded construction with layers of 18/10 stainless steel, aluminum, and a thick copper core for quick heat transfer.
  • HA1 Hard Anodized: Made using heavy-gauge, hard anodized aluminum triple coated with PFOA-free nonstick. It also comes complete with an anti-warp stainless steel base for extra durability.
  • Essentials Hard Anodized: This heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum pieces resemble the HA1 range. The only difference is it doesn’t come with an anti-warp stainless steel base.
  • FUSIONTEC: One of the newer additions, Fusiontec is made with natural ceramic on the interior and exterior and a thick stainless steel core.

Viking

  • 3-ply Stainless Steel: 3-ply construction made with a magnetic stainless steel exterior, a thick aluminum core for even heat transfer, and 304 stainless for the interior.
  • 5-ply Hard Stainless: This induction-compatible cookware set has five alternating bonded layers of 18/8 (18% chromium/ 8% nickel) stainless steel and pure aluminum.
  • 5-ply Professional: Made with 3 alternating layers of fully bonded 3004 aluminum and 2 exterior and interior layers of 18/10 stainless steel.
  • Viking Contemporary: A 3-ply construction made with 18/8 non-reactive stainless steel, aluminum alloy core, and induction-compatible stainless steel.
  • 7-ply Titanium: This set is made up of high-quality titanium on the interior, 5 layers of aluminum in the core, and an induction-friendly stainless steel exterior. 
  • Hard Anodized Nonstick: Viking’s heavy-gauge, hard anodized cookware set comes with an anti-warp stainless steel base, aluminum core, and 3 layers of nonstick for improved food release.
  • Copper Clad: 3-ply construction with a fully bonded 304 stainless steel interior, aluminum core, and pure copper exterior. Note: This range is now only available in sets and isn’t sold separately.
  • Multi-ply Color: A newer addition, this 2-ply constructed set consists of an 18/8 stainless steel interior and a pure aluminum matte-painted exterior.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with either brand.

Both give you outstanding value for money.

But we would like to see the options of All-Clad with Viking too – All-Clad has much better variety. And this means you’re more likely to find the right product while considering your budget and preferences.

As it stands, All-Clad just edges in front.

🏆 Winner: All-Clad

Design

Design is the bread and butter of both of these brands.

Most All-Clad and Viking cookware sets are available in the following:

  • Polished Stainless Steel
  • Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Hard Anodized Aluminum (Charcoal Grey)

And there are other design features to choose from.

For example, some All-Clad and Viking sets have helper handles that give you better control and grip.

You’ll usually find these on their sauté pans, stir-fry pans, and saucepans.

And if that wasn’t enough, the similarities continue.

Both Viking and All-Clad include long, ergonomic stainless steel handles. 

These are specifically made to stay cool when you’re using your cookware. The handle keeps you from the heat source, preventing accidental burns or injury.

But… This is where the similarities end.

As you can see, All-Clad’s handle is straighter than Viking’s more curved design.

Having a straight, angled handle is a problem for two reasons:

  1. It doesn’t give you as much leverage.
  2. It makes the cookware feel heavier than it actually is.

All-Clad cookware is pretty heavy – some weighing anything from 2.4 lbs to 2.9 lbs. The fact that the handle doesn’t give you much leverage is a big issue. It severely impacts usability and ease of use.

In fact, this is one of our biggest complaints for All-Clad.

All Clad Handle Design

That being said, this isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker for most of us. 

However, it’s something to consider if you have limited strength or wrist problems and need something lightweight.

Finally, All-Clad and Viking have different rims and sides.

Vikings’ are either straight or curved. On the other hand, All-Clad cookware always has a generous curve along the edge.

On the one hand, straight rims (or edges) are better for stirring or flipping ingredients.

On the other hand, curved rims are better for pouring ingredients and food release.

Both of these designs have pros and cons. So it boils down to what you prefer and how you’ll use your cookware.

For design, both All-Clad and Viking are solid options. All-Clad offers better variety for you to choose from, especially in their brushed and polished collections.

But when you look into the handle design and how this impacts ease of use, Viking is the better option.

🏆 Winner: Viking

Compatibility

Both brands are neck and neck for stovetop compatibility. 

Regardless of which range you choose, it’ll work on electric, gas, or halogen stoves.

And even if you have an induction stovetop, you’re in luck.

Here’s a complete rundown of all the induction-compatible cookware collections from Viking and All-Clad.

  • All-Clad D3 Stainless
  • All-Clad D5 Stainless
  • All-Clad Copper Core
  • All-Clad G5 Graphite Core
  • All-Clad HA1 Hard Anodized
  • All-Clad FUSIONTEC Ceramic
  • Viking 3-ply Stainless
  • Viking 5-ply Hard Stainless
  • Viking 5-ply Professional
  • Viking Contemporary
  • Viking 7-ply Titanium
  • Viking Hard Anodized Nonstick
  • Viking Multi-Ply Color

The only ranges you’ll need to avoid are the All-Clad C2 Copper range and Viking’s Copper Clad cookware. 

The Viking 3-ply Copper Clad range is not induction compatible because of its aluminum exterior. 

Induction stovetops use electric currents from magnetic induction to transfer heat. Aluminum isn’t magnetic due to its crystal structure.

Both brands do an excellent job in stovetop compatibility. 

But All-Clad has slightly better variety in material and just edges in front.

🏆 Winner: All-Clad

Cleaning

All-Clad and Viking cookware are dishwasher safe, saving time and effort. The only exemption is All-Clad’s C2 Copper collection.

So if we left it at that, Viking should win.

But, All-Clad has better support, especially when it comes to advise for care and use.

All-Clad Customer Support

And on top, it has a ton of valuable answers to frequently asked questions.

For example, you may want to know if salt causes damage to your cookware. Or, you might wonder why your pan is becoming discolored after use.

All of which is great if you’re a newcomer to the All-Clad brand.

Both manufacturers recommend handwashing to keep their products looking new and maintain durability.

This is because dishwashers’ high temperatures and harsh chemicals cause cookware to dry out and corrode. So irrespective of how well-built your cookware is, soon you’ll be searching for another set.

Either way, it’s a tie for this category. Especially if you want something quick and easy to clean, with the option of using the dishwasher.

But All-Clad gives you better tools to get the most out of your cookware.

🏆 Winner: All-Clad

Durability

Having something that is built to last is going to save you money in the long haul.

Both Viking and All-Clad manage it well.

It’s just All-Clad does it slightly better.

For example, in their D5 Polished Stainless Steel collection, you’ll have five fully bonded alternating layers of stainless steel and pure aluminum.

18/10 stainless steel is by far the most durable and best cookware material. 

The 10% nickel gives the stainless steel a shiny luster, an extra layer that prevents rust and corrosion.

On the other hand, aluminum is one of the best materials for conducting heat.

MaterialTherman Conductivity [[BTU/(hr·ft⋅°F)]
1Copper223
2Aluminum118
3Brass64
4Steel17
5Bronze15

In total, the D5 range has 3 layers of 18/10 stainless steel and 2 aluminum which suggests All-Clad is focusing on durability over performance.

Viking takes a different approach.

For Viking’s Professional 5-ply Stainless Steel range, they’ve constructed it with 3 layers of aluminum and 2x 18/10 stainless steel.

This is still pretty durable and much better than other budget options. But Viking is more focused on performance.

And here’s another example.

All-Clad and Viking have hard anodized ranges to choose from.

Hard anodized aluminum is highly durable and considered better than traditional Teflon cookware. It’s undergone an electrolytic chemical process that protects the material from rust, stains, corrosion, or damage.

Both brands have made their products with 3 layers of PFOA-free nonstick.

But… here’s the clincher.

All-Clad includes an 18/10 stainless steel anti-warp base that protects against warping and damage.

Viking, however, does not.

Viking and All-Clad are great if you want something rock solid and durable. 

But we must admit that All-Clad does a marginally better job – their cookware looks better designed and crafted. And every material is included with durability in mind.

And there are plenty of customers who agree.

🏆 Winner: All-Clad

Viking vs All Clad: Which Has Better Pricing?

Pricing is where Viking shines, as it’s slightly more affordable.

However, that doesn’t mean you should simply go out and buy it – especially if you’re on a tight budget.

We spent several hours compiling the prices of Viking’s and All-Clad’s products from their main e-commerce websites.

Let’s take a look at what we found.

If you want to buy All-Clad, it’ll cost you $371.06 on average. For a singular pan, you’ll only have to pay $59.99, which is on par with Viking.

If you really like All-Clad and plan to use it long-term, you can purchase their 14-piece Copper Core set for $2,729.92.

Not a bad offer.

Especially considering it gives you better value for money. On average, it’ll cost you $194.99 for every piece of cookware in the set.

Either way, here’s a complete breakdown of how much each All-Clad line costs on average.

CookwareAverage Cost
All Clad D3 Stainless Steel$278.88
All Clad D5 Stainless Steel$430.72
All Clad Copper Core $678.73
All Clad G5 Graphite Core$228.32
All Clad HA1 Hard Anodized$163.10
All Clad FUSIONTEC$336.25

On the other hand, buying Viking cookware costs you $358.43 on average.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice a few things.

Firstly, Viking isn’t that much cheaper than All-Clad. You only save $12.63, on average.

Purchasing items individually doesn’t save you much, either.

For example, Viking’s cheapest product is their Hard Anodized 8-inch Fry Pan, which costs $59.99. All-Clad costs precisely the same but is available at 10 inches.

Here’s how much each Viking cookware collection costs on average.

CookwareAverage Cost
Viking Copper Clad$699.99
Viking 5-ply Professional $398.99
Viking Multi-ply Color$566.66
Viking Hard Anodized$176.87
Viking Contemporary$169.37
Viking 3-ply Stainless Steel$1049.99

Instead, the actual savings are in the sets.

Viking’s most expensive option is their 3-ply stainless steel 17-piece set, costing $1,499.99. In comparison, All-Clad’s D3 14-piece set costs you $1,659.92.

Not only are you saving $159.93, but you’re also getting better value for money.

The same can be said for their copper sets too.

Viking’s 9-piece copper clad set costs $799.99. However, the All-Clad Copper Core 14-piece collection sets you back $2,729.92.

That’s a big difference: All-Clad costs three times as much!

You do get better value for money by choosing All-Clad. You can fully kit your kitchen with equipment that’ll last a long time. Not to mention All-Clad has better build quality.

But considering the huge jump in cost, it’s pretty hard to justify.

One more mention, though.

Viking cookware is cheaper because it’s manufactured in China. Whereas most All-Clad cookware is made in the USA. 

The only exceptions are their HA1 (China) and Fusiontec collections (Germany).

For some, this isn’t a huge deal. 

But more often than not, cookware made in China is considered lower-quality and less durable. All-Clad has better options if you want uncompromised quality.

But other than that, Viking definitely has better pricing.

🏆 Winner: Viking

Viking Vs All Clad: The Winner

All things considered, All Clad is the clear winner

You get:

  • Better build quality
  • A huge variety of products
  • Extra support and features
  • Better durability and versatility

All these things make All-Clad the obvious choice – even if it comes with a heftier price tag. 

However, that isn’t to say Viking is the wrong choice.

It is still a premium brand with excellent quality. Plus, you get careful construction, modest durability, and better value for money. Which can go a long way if you’re just getting started or on a modest budget.

So which should you choose?

Which Brand Is Right For You?

If you want the best choice all around, choose All-Clad.

If you want something made in the USA for uncompromised quality, go for All-Clad.

On the other hand, if you aren’t fussed if it’s made in China, choose Viking.

If you want the best value and price, pick Viking.

However, if you want your cookware from a brand with an established history for durability, All-Clad is the better choice.

And again, if budget is no problem, the in-depth support and meticulous craftsmanship could weigh enough in favor of All-Clad for you to consider buying.

Whether you choose All-Clad or Viking, you can’t go wrong. 

So what are you waiting for?

Get busy shopping these premium brands and add to your arsenal of high-quality equipment.

You won’t regret it.

James Fuller
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Hey I'm James, the one who started Purely Cookware. All my life, I've been lucky enough to bond with family around the dinner table. And I will be using this website to teach you how you can do the same.