HexClad Cookware Review: Is It Worth the Money?

In this in-depth review, I break down the pros and cons of HexClad cookware.

You’ll learn everything there is to know about this innovative cookware, including:

  • What it’s made of and how it’s produced
  • How it looks, feels, and performs
  • What I like and dislike about it
  • What others are saying
  • How much it costs
  • And much more

So, if you’re intrigued by the unique design of HexClad but not sure if it’s the right cookware for you, keep reading.

Design

The thing I love most about HexClad is its unique design.

One quick look, and you can tell this cookware is special.

I could go on and on, but the best way to explain the design is to show you.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the 12-Inch HexClad Hybrid Fry Pan — the other pieces are designed the same, so what you see here is what you’ll get regardless of which pots, pans, or sets you buy.


HexClad 12 Inch Frying Pan 

Handles

I’m a huge fan of the size and shape of HexClad handles. It’s the perfect design for comfort; when a pan feels good, you’ll no doubt use it more often.

The handle is thick and round but not overly long, so it’s perfect for both small or large hands.

The handles feature an angled, ergonomic design and stay cool, even when cooking with high heat. The dramatic, A-shaped spacing between the riveted connection and the rest of the handle diminishes heat transfer.

The polished stainless steel is a nice contrast against the darkness of the pan’s exterior and interior. Although it exposes fingerprints easily, a quick swipe of a microfiber cloth polishes them away.

If you like to hang your cookware, you’ll appreciate the hanging loop at the end of the handle.

Finally, the double rivets are easy to clean.

Interior

The interior of the HexClad cookware garners all of the attention. Not only because it features the innovative hybrid stainless steel and non-stick design, but also because it just looks so different from what we are used to seeing.

The flared rims are pure stainless steel and perfect for pouring sauces or draining liquid.

Along the edge of the interior, just under the rim, you’ll see a herringbone pattern of this hybrid design.

From the center of the pan to the rim, you get a mix of stainless and non-stick.

The remainder of the pan features a series of laser-etched hexagons. It may just seem like a cool design, but it’s much more.


HexClad cookware hybrid surface

The stainless steel perimeters of each hexagon are raised while the PFOA-free non-stick coating is recessed. The raised steel makes the first contact with food and cooking utensils, protecting the non-stick coating below.

Exterior

The pan’s exterior mixes the elegance of stainless steel with the cooking surface’s hybrid pattern.

It not only delivers an aesthetically-pleasing profile, but if you get food or debris on the exterior, it’s easier to clean than a pan with an entirely stainless steel exterior.

Performance

If you’re looking for cookware that heats fast and evenly, boasts excellent heat retention, and is easy to clean and use, HexClad checks those boxes. But — it’s not perfect.

In this section, I’ll take you through the pros and cons of HexClad cookware’s performance to give you a realistic view of what you can expect.

Durability

HexClad’s 3-ply fully-clad construction offers a sturdy feel and good heft. You’d never mistake these pans for cheap department-store cookware. They’re so reliable that Michelin-star chefs trust them in their kitchens.

Thanks to the stainless steel peaks that protect the non-stick valleys, you can run a metal spatula or utensils across the surface without the risk of damage.

HexClad’s durability not only increases its overall value but also makes it more convenient. Let’s say you decide to bake a quesadilla in the frying pan. Although I wouldn’t recommend it, you can use a metal pizza cutter to cut it into slices and serve from the pan.

Versatility

You can use this pan on gas, electric, ceramic, and induction ranges.

It’s also designed to go from cooktop to a max temperature of 500°F in the oven. Plus, the pan is stylish enough to serve in.

Heat Conduction and Retention

The combination of the fully-clad construction and the innovative hybrid surface delivers quick, even heating.

The aluminum core is designed to excel at low, medium, and medium-high heat. It’s not a pan you use with high heat. Not only will you create an environment ripe for sticking, but high heat can degrade the non-stick surface.

With these pans, a little heat goes a long way.

To see how HexClad compares to the competition regarding heat conduction, I conducted a simple test. I poured two cups of cold water into HexClad, All-Clad, Calphalon, and Misen pans. I placed each pan on the same-sized burner and turned the heat to high. My goal was to see which pan boiled the water the quickest.