Just like with cars, Vitamix machines, and Instant Pots, there are various models of All-Clad pots and pans. While they're all pretty high-end, there are varying degrees of fanciness and price. The most affordable is tri-clad, meaning those pots have three layers of metal. And it goes up from there — with more layers, better durability, and more even heating.
Typically, we would recommend just going for the most affordable option that works for you. That is, unless there's a sale. And there currently is! Two skillets from the d5 collection — which, you guessed it, has five layers — are on major discount as part of Sur la Table's Stock Up Sale. The 10- and 12-inch on-sale skillets also come with lids, making them great tools for one-pan dinners.
We poked through the entire sale and this is one of the best deals on the site (unless you also need to pick up some wine glasses, in which case, now would be the time to do so.)
The skillets and lids are oven-safe up to 500°F, meaning they can go from stove to oven with ease. (And they are dishwasher-safe, too.) Both sizes are generous enough for hearty dinners for two or more, and with fall around the corner, it's the perfect time to treat yourself to something like this. Once no-cook cooking (read: salads and zoodles!) has been replaced with warming weeknight dinners, you'll be glad you have a cooking implement up to the task.
As far as which size to get, it's really about preference. If you're cooking for just one or two, the 10-inch is fine. If you're cooking for a larger group, or doing a lot of batch cooking, consider sizing up to the 12-inch. (Our editor-in-chief, Faith Durand, is on the record for loving really big pans in the kitchen.)
Some recipes for your new skillet: 20 One-Pan Recipes to Add to Your Weeknight Meal Plan