For me, it’s was all about the price. I got my cast iron 10", griddle and Dutch Oven for around $100 at Wally world. There was a bit of a learning curve, but I learned to use it and it’s second nature to me. I won’t get rid of it because I’m thrifty at heart and there’s a few things it does better, like @bmorecupcakes I love making grilled cheese on my griddle, it leaves fabulous grill marks.
I got a tri-ply stainless steel rondeau last year (Silga, Teknika line) and I admit I use it more often than my long-trustworthy CI Dutch Oven. It’s just easier. If there’s differences in cooking, it’s minimal, at least what I use it for.
If someone is my youth had given me an entire set of high-end tri-ply stainless steel cookware, I’d probably have stuck with that all my life.
Having wrote all that, All-Clad gets a bad rap for design issues, if I had to buy tri-ply SS, I’d probably go with Demeyere.