Saucepans are not just for sauces! Amazing pasta, rice dishes, casseroles and stews all find their origins from the humble saucepan. Their stove top to oven versatility makes them ideal for convenient recipes that require dual heating methods. Not to mention stove top dessert creations and souffles that require the depth and dimensions that only a saucepan can provide. For the smaller family or single person, the saucepan is the absolute go-to essential simply because other pots can be too large and once again, do not provide the right dimensions for the meal you have in mind. There are so many different saucepans available today and the differences in price, quality and functionality vary from pan to pan. Here’s a little help in finding the best saucepans.
Things To Consider Before Buying
For most people, their budget plays a big role in choosing their saucepans. When budget is not a pressing factor, quality, reputation, functionality and aesthetic appeal become the top considerations. A professional chef may find the best quality saucepans to be absolutely essential, given the time they spend cooking, how gentle they are with their tools and how many cycles their pans will endure in the dishwasher. The materials that the saucepan is made from is largely about personal preference and what feels right, but anyone who has handled a pan only to have the non-stick coating become chipped or scratched knows what true dismay feels like! This is where manufacturer guarantees come in extremely handy. Guarantees range from years to a lifetime. Most saucepans available today are made from a hardened or polished stainless steel, or aluminum with an anodized coating. They make claims of superior, efficient and even heat distribution. On the other hand, some saucepans are made with an enamel coating. These pans can range from being cheap in price and quality to being the very expensive product of premier design and composition. Secondary materials should be considered, as well. Silicone is a heat-resistant material sometimes used in handles for its comfortable grip. If handles are made from metal or plastic, consider whether the pan will be placed in the oven and whether it will require gloves or a towel to handle the pan as well as the lid. Depending on your stove top, you need to ensure that your pans are compatible with its hobs, whether they are ceramic, induction, or gas, since not all pans are compatible with all stoves, especially induction hobs.
Top 9 Saucepans and Sets
T-Fal Ingenio Non-Stick Saucepan Set – 3 pieces, black
One of the best saucepan sets? Reviewers adore these pans for their even heat distribution and the removable handle resulting in easy nesting and storage. Also note-worthy is the versatile way in which they transition from hob to oven to table to fridge without having to clean extra dishes. It comes with a ten-year guarantee and the average price of this sleek saucepan set, possibly some of the best saucepans around, retails at approximately £40.00. Some points to consider before buying:
- It’s compatible with the Ingenio pasta insert and straining lid.
- Is hob compatible, but induction hob non-compatible.
- Non-stick coating made from durable resistium.
- Can withstand oven heat of 250 degrees Celsius.
Le Crueset 3-Ply Stainless Steel Saucepan Set – Silver, 3 Pieces.
Overall reviews indicate there is a lot of love for this saucepan set; its reputation for extremely good quality (you get what you pay for) does not disappoint. This beautiful stainless steel set comes with 16, 18 and 20 cm. saucepans and corresponding lids, as well as a lifetime guarantee. Approximate cost is £310.00. Some points to consider before buying:
- The set is hob/induction hob safe.
- It is dishwasher/freezer safe.
- It’s oven safe, up to 220 degrees Celcius, gas mark 7.
Le Crueset Toughened, Non-Stick Saucepan Set – 3 piece
This gorgeous saucepan set scored a few surprisingly poor ratings against its stainless steel, as well as much cheaper, counterparts. Some concerns were raised about the non-stick, toughened, anodized coating becoming easily damaged by chipping and scratching, even when treated with utmost care. There were issues with heat distribution as well when using induction hobs, excessively hot handles and the frustrating need to heat the pans gradually. At an average retail price of £310.00, many were disappointed, though recent reviews have improved. If you are considering buying this lovely set, here are a few claims from the manufacturer:
- Set is hob safe, induction hob safe.
- It’s dishwasher safe.
- The pan is oven safe to 260 degrees Celsius, lid to 220 degrees Celsius.
- The set comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Stellar 1000 3 Piece Saucepan Set and Free Saucepan – PP74
Stellar 1000 Saucepan owners really and truly treasure their saucepans for their quality, incredibly enduring beauty, and performance. Aspects such as weight of the pans and comfortable grasp to the handle are very much appreciated as well with a single minor con being that the knob on the lid is also stainless steel and therefore, can be hot to handle without a glove or towel. At an average cost of £99.95, this set appears to deliver superb quality and overall value. If you’re thinking of buying, consider:
- Saucepans are safe for all hobs, including induction.
- Made from 18/10 stainless steel.
- 16, 18, and 20 cm. saucepans with a free 14 cm. saucepan included.
Prestige Everyday Stainless Steel Saucepan with Straining Lid Set – 4 Piece
This saucepan set offers something a little bit different…pots that pour, and lids that strain. It’s an extremely useful concept that Prestige purchasers greatly appreciate, especially in the case of cooking pasta or vegetables. There is some minor to moderate dissatisfaction with the lid sizing and fit in relation to the pots. There are also greatly conflicting opinions about the quality of their material, as those less forgiving claim that they stain easily. At £70.00 for a set, it might be worthwhile to weigh the pros against the cons:
- Saucepans have a polished, stainless steel exterior makes for easy clean-ups.
- Stainless steel fittings
- Encapsulated stainless steel base for even heat distribution.
- 24, 16, and 18 cm. saucepan with 24 cm. stockpot.
ProCook Gourmet Steel Milk Pan 14 cm./Non-Stick
This is a single saucepan and lid that also features the pouring feature on both sides of the pan for both left- and right-handed users. Although it’s titled as a milk pot, it also has a lid which is capable of straining when cooking smaller meals. This saucepan is also a customer favourite because of the excellent quality. It is both solid and lightweight and the handle is very user-friendly. All of this comes backed by a 10 year warranty. The average retail price of this much-loved saucepan is approximately £40.00. Some special features include:
- Oven safe to 260 degrees Celsius.
- Safe for use on induction, ceramic, gas and electric cookers.
- Stay-cool silicone handle is also oven-safe.
- Made from 18/10 stainless steel featuring an encapsulated 4 mm. base for even heat distribution.
- Ultra double-layer non-stick coating.
Master Class Aluminum Non-Stick Small Enamel Saucepan with Lid 16 cm. (6.5″)
Aside from a claim that the lid handle becomes too hot to hold and that there may be some writing on the bottom of the pan that may mark the surface of your stove top, this saucepan received good reviews overall. The handle is coated with silicone, which is heat resistant and makes this pan ideal for use in the oven. This saucepan can be purchased for approximately £19.99. Some points to consider before buying:
- It’s made from 3 mm. thick aluminum and is coated with black vitreous enamel.
- It’s heavy-duty, and has a durable non-stick coating.
- Pan measures 16 cm.
- Dishwasher safe, it is also oven safe to temperatures up to 190 degrees Celsius.
- The lid is mad from toughened glass and has a steam vent.
- It’s safe for gas, solid plate, radiant ring, halogen and ceramic hobs.
Tefal Non-stick Saucepan and Lid, 20 cm. – Black
At aproximetly £20, reviews for this pan are very good, if not excellent, with one possible con: One claimant asserts it is incompatible with ceramic hobs. The manufacturer states otherwise. The pan looks very attractive and sturdy in design, especially where the handle is attached and its ability to keep food from sticking to its durable surface garners a great deal of loyalty. Some points to consider when buying:
- It features a vented glass lid.
- It’s coated with Tefal’s resistium non-stick coating.
- It’s dishwasher, gas-and ceramic hob-safe.
- It features Tefal’s durabase technology.
Sapphire Collection 15 cm. Non-Stick Sauce Pan
Aside from some minor claims about this pan falling over due to its lightness and size (15 cm.) and about water from vapour accumulating near the handle, reviews for this pan were very good. The price is approximately £8.49, which is a bargain for a good quality saucepan. Some points to considering when buying this little black gem:
- Excellent value for the money.
- Comfortable to use, lightweight.
- Easy to clean.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Comes with a vented glass lid.
Your love of kitchens, cooking and saucepans will have a lot of influence in determining which set of saucepans to buy for your home. Equally important are the types of dishes you will be creating and using them for. Saucepans can range anywhere from being cheap, basic and rustic workhorses to professional kitchen quality. They can be breathtakingly elegant showpieces or cozy, cherished heirlooms. Whether they are for everyday use or for more special occasions, a beautiful, functional set of quality saucepans can add a great deal of warmth and atmosphere to any kitchen, stir the imagination, and make meals feel truly special and exquisite. The ones that have the happiest memories attached to them are possibly the best saucepans ever!