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Make friends with foodies and a week won’t pass without them mentioning All clad. This brand is slowly trending, and for all the right reasons. Even though Al clad is known for their unmatched-quality multi-ply cookware, they in fact have other successful product lines. Today, we’ll be comparing their cookware the all clad ha1 vs b1. Both models feature an anodized aluminium exterior complimented by a non-stick cooking surface. To say that the interior is scratch resistant won’t be an exaggeration. It’s a breeze cooking with both pots and pans as they have high heat conduction. We’ll look at their similarities, how they differ and the pros and cons of each product line. This is best done by contrasting their features.
All clad h1
Most pots and pans in these series have straight sides making use of hard anodized aluminium. Even though its pricier than stainless steel, aluminium is used in this series primarily due to its high heat conduction and weight. The customer benefits most as the pans are made lighter without compromising on their durability.
Once you adjust the burner flame. These heat changes are quickly relayed to the food ensuring giving you control. The manufacturer claims that the PFOA and PTFE free surface is scratch resistant but from my experience with non-stick pans and pots, you shouldn’t let them come into contact with metallic utensils. Don’t we all know that using wooden utensils helps in maintaining them?
The HA1’s handles won’t be the most comfortbale thing you’ll ever lay your hands on but they make up for this by providing a firm grip. With rivets, they’re firmly grounded on the cookware’s sides ensuring that they’re sturdy. Either way, I doubt if this will be a deal breaker considering that you never have to use the handle often.
The glass lid is both an aesthetic and a functional element. You get to see how well your food is coking without necessarily having to open the -pan while it adds a touch of elegance to your kitchen.
The biggest difference between then nonstick All clad HA1 and sets from other similar-priced brand’s products lies in the safety and guarantee. The typical oven safe pans are rated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit while All clad guarantees that their pots can bake at up to 500 degrees Celsius. They do this by designing their pots and pans with an oven safe handle and ensuring that the non-stick coating can withstand these extreme oven temperatures.
With these set, you get to choose between 10 pieces and 13 pieces. I would opt for a stainless-steel frying pan over a non-stick one any day. I’m a fan of dishwashers and I’ve seen it’s abrasive detergents degrade a frying pans nonstick layer.
All clad HA1 pros
- It’s durable, lighter and an effective conductor of heat
- Effective heat distribution reducing hotspots
- Energy efficient
- Its nonstick surface is easy to clean
- Comes with a premium price tag
- Not-so-comfortable handles
All clad B1
These pan and pots just like those on the HA1 product line, are made of hard anodized aluminum too. Again, their non-stick surfaces are PFOA and PTFE free too. They differ from the former series in that they have slopped sides. Sliding off fried eggs and pancakes is always easier with a shallow-sided frying pan. These pans and pots have metallic handles and glass lids to. Thanks to their stainless-steel base, the pots and pans will always lie flight irrespective of the type of cooker you’re working with.
- Easy to slide off foods on their slopped sides
- Oven and boiler safe
- Lighter than typical cookware
- Works with an induction cooktop too
- Uncomfortable handles
- The handles ate at times too hot to hold.