Shopping for cookware is a sure way to motivate you to create wonderful dishes. I tend not to go shopping too much, but when I do, I tend to go all out and back it up with all the research I can have.
Sometimes, your current cookware that you inherited from your parents just isn’t working anymore for you. You start thinking that maybe you need to invest in a high-quality saucepan, even if it means shelling out some money!
The truth is, although there are some pans that are less expensive than others, buying pans, in general, is supposed to be an investment, something that will stay with you for as long as your house is standing tall. This is why I find that it’s worth the investment; you’ll be using it for the rest of your life — that is if you buy a good quality pan.
What pans would be great to bring with you for years and years to come, though? To help you with your decision, I created a list of the top 5 best saucepans you can find on the market.
Cuisinart proves, time and time again, that its kitchenware and cooking sets are top of the game. Its saucepans are no exception.
Cuisinart makes sure its MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel saucepan will keep up with your heavier sauces and your longer cooking times. Its 18/10 stainless steel proves to be a durable material already.
This means that the material is made of 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel, which are materials that prevent corrosion. Along with this, Cuisinart adds to it the durability of pure aluminum at the core of its triple-ply construction. Outside, a stainless steel exterior is featured, making it look elegant.
Its Heat Surround technology makes sure that your pan evenly receives the heat, too, which is important for a sauce! Instead of getting heat from the bottom of the pan only, this helps spread it into the sides. Although the whole saucepan is made of stainless steel, the grip handle stays cool so you’ll prevent any injuries and burns.
The best part: after you cook, the cleanup is a breeze. Since the saucepan is dishwasher safe, you can simply throw it in there and let it be. You also might be pleased with its lid’s ability to fit the pan perfectly and tightly so that moisture isn’t sealed in and does not leak out, making cleanup much easier.
Some users have been complaining about how their food has been sticking to the pan, something that is common with stainless steel pans. This makes it much harder for them to clean. However, if you apply the correct techniques in cooking, you’ll probably be able to avoid these hassles.
- Durable material
- Nice exterior
- Even heat distribution
- Food sticking to the pan for some users
- Difficulty in cleaning
Stellar has a stellar (wink wink) saucepan for you. With its stainless steel look and black material lining it to make it look sleek and elegant, the saucepan not only looks wonderful but also feels wonderful to use.
Stellar has improved upon each aspect of the typical saucepan, from the lid all the way to the handle. The lid is tighter than others, making sure nothing will leak and none of your food’s nutrients will go out the pan. However, it also gives you an easier way to drain your pan!
The handle, on the other hand, doesn’t get hot even if it’s made from metal. This is especially great for those who hate wearing kitchen mittens just to get the pan off the stove. This also makes your cooking experience much easier and safer.
No matter what kind of stove you have — gas, electric, ceramic, or induction — this pan will work fine for you. This makes it a versatile pan that will easily heat your sauces nicely and evenly. Another cherry on top: it’s dishwasher safe, so there’s really no hassle in the cleanup.
Users like it so far. However, the design might not be for you especially if you like the sleekness of the all-metal style of most elegant kitchenware.
- Cool handle
- Tight lid designed to drain and lock
- Might not be a sleek-looking pan for others
Sick of stainless steel messing with your cooking? Are you starting to lose hope, thinking that maybe you just can’t get the technique to keep your food off your pan? I, of course, am going to recommend something for people like you. After all, I’ve been there (and still am there sometimes!).
The Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick 3-Piece Saucepan Set provides you with a more seamless, less hassle cooking experience. Instead of spending your time making sure nothing will stick, its PFOA-free non-stick coating allows for a cleaner cooking experience.
Just so you know, PFOA used to be a substance that was present in all non-stick pans and coatings before it was considered a toxic substance and a pollutant. Insignificant amounts used to leak into your food when you used PFOA, but now we use Teflon which degrades at a much higher temperature.
Because of its 6-layer construction, its durability is incomparable. It’s also a lot easier to clean compared to stainless steel pans; instead of having to handwash when some parts of the food stick to the pan, all you have to do is throw it in the dishwasher!
Its glass lids are also heat resistant, which makes for a sleek looking pan that keeps the lid tightly closed. Its construction makes it so that the heat is distributed evenly. Its stainless steel handles are also easy to grip, which makes it a safer cooking experience.
Although users rave about this product a lot, others don’t agree with the hype. Their varying experiences bring me some worry; some say that their non-stick coating is peeling away even if they use silicone and wood utensils only. Le Creuset claims that this is utensil-safe, though, so what gives? Maybe try and keep an eye out for that.
- PFOA free non-stick coating makes it easier to cook with
- Easy to clean
- Other users have reported the non-stick coating peeling off
Going back to stainless steel, we have another staple brand that continues to put out products that top the charts in terms of cookware. Just like the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel, the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Saucepans are aluminum at its core with stainless steel layered over it.
At the base, it is edge-to-edge stainless steel, which makes it easier for the heat to distribute evenly. The aluminum can also quickly absorb that heat and transfer it to the food being heated.
To make the style a bit sleeker, they added a mirror finish to the stainless steel. This gives the saucepan an aura of elegance and timelessness, almost as if you had bought something more expensive than it is.
You’re not only going to get a good-looking saucepan, though. This is also a saucepan that will be able to last you years. After all, who else to come to than a cookware company that has lasted 120 years?
The handle is also another part of their classic collection. It makes it easier to grip and more comfortable to hold. However, I personally don’t like the style as it looks a bit like cheap rubber compared to using stainless steel as the handle.
Nevertheless, though, when it comes to cooking, this saucepan will hold up with your thicker and more bubbly cooking. The lid is snug and tight so that it doesn’t topple over when your sauce starts to boil. There’s no cleaning hassle!
If you also need to do a quick oven cook, this pan is perfect for that; it’s safe to put in the oven and the dishwasher, but only until 350 °F. They also give you lifetime warranty, which is a great deal; after all, saucepans are meant to be durable enough to be passed on to your children.
Some users rave about how hefty this product feels, making them feel like it’s a durable product. However, some have also complained about brown stains at the bottom of their saucepan after cooking.
- Stylish look
- Oven and dishwasher safe
- Complaints from users about stains after cooking
I definitely cannot end this list without mentioning this expensive yet durable saucepan. Your wallet is definitely going to take a hit from the All-Clad Brushed D5 Stainless Cookware, but it’s all worth it, from the sleek and stylish look to the functionality of the saucepan.
This saucepan definitely took into consideration the good and the bad parts of other saucepans and incorporated that information into their own. The 5-ply construction has alternating layers of stainless steel and aluminum, which makes for even heating that will improve the quality of your food and will save you a lot of time.
Because of the material, you will find that these saucepans are meant to last. It might be very apparent as soon as you hold it, as some users report that it feels heavy and durable.
The handles are also great, as they are heat-resistant and stainless steel. They are also very durable and made so that you are confident it stays on the saucepan. The surface of the stainless steel is very polished, too, making for a sleek look.
Its edges are also flared, pointing upward so that your sauce won’t drip around, making for a cleaner cooking experience. Its lids are also great; although you won’t find the tight and snug first as other saucepans do, the flared edges make up for that, keeping the lid in place.
Although this saucepan is definitely dishwasher safe, some users complain about the food sticking to the saucepan. This makes it harder for them to clean the pans. Also, the price is quite high.
- High quality and durable
- Alternating layers of aluminum and stainless steel for even heat distribution
- Polished look
- Great for professionals too
- Hard to clean at times
- Quite pricey
Things to Consider When Buying Saucepans
Taking yourself saucepan shopping means you’re about to shell out some money. You shouldn’t worry too much, though; your saucepans are probably gonna last you years, depending on their durability and quality.
Essentially, saucepans are a type of investment, especially if you buy it along with a set of other cookware. It’s important, then, that you’re getting the right kind of saucepan for you and for the money you’re about to shell out.
By doing some research, you’ll find that some materials are better than others. Just by looking at the label, you’ll be able to figure out which saucepans are most durable and have the highest quality.
The type of material is essentially what makes the saucepan both effective and durable. Not only will this raise the quality of your food, but it will also determine how long your saucepan is going to last you. In this, we’ll talk about the materials that I have mentioned in my list of best saucepans.
You’ll probably find that most pans are made out of stainless steel. Its sleek and polished look makes for a classic design that feels like a platinum product in your kitchen.
However, stainless steel doesn’t only look pretty, but it also is a durable product, depending on the type of stainless steel you buy. There are mainly 3 types of stainless steel that you see in cookware, named by numbers: 18/10, 18/8, and 18/0.
These 3 types vary both in composition and price, but some are worth shelling out money for more than others. These are essentially the quality grades of cookware. Taking the 18/10 type as an example, this simply means that 18 percent of the stainless steel cookware is a chromium and 10 percent is nickel.
Although we have been conditioned to think that purer metals are higher quality, it’s actually the opposite here; the higher the nickel content, the less prone to rusting and corrosion. The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel Saucepan is an example of cookware that has 18/10 stainless steel.
Aluminum is among the best in heat conductivity, which is why it’s usually the core of stainless steel saucepans such as the Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Saucepan. The reason you don’t see much of pure aluminum pans is that it easily burns and dents on its own.
Some pans have a coating that makes it much easier to either clean or cook in. The most common coating we see is the non-stick coating, which creates an easier cooking experience.
True to its name, it prevents food from sticking to the pan. This way, you can easily clean your pans without the hassle of scrubbing out bits of food.
You can also reduce the use of oils and other extra fat that is usually used to prevent meats and other food from sticking to the pan.
You must check the material of the nonstick coating, though. Most non-stick pans will claim to be PFOA-free. PFOA is deemed a toxic substance and a pollutant, which is why most manufacturers avoid that and use Teflon instead. The Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick 3-Piece Saucepan Set makes sure of this!
You have to choose the type of pan you have based on the type of hob you have at home!
- Electric – Lucky you, you can use any type of pan except copper! You might want to use the All-Clad Brushed D5 Stainless Cookware as it keeps the heat in very well.
- Gas – You might want to use a pan with a thinner base so that it reacts quickly to changes in temperature, but essentially any pan can be used. The Stellar Stay Cool Stainless Steel Saucepan is perfect for any hob, especially for gas.
- Induction – Your induction hob is trickier to use than others! You have to buy a pan that has a magnetic base, such as a cast iron or stainless steel pan.
Are you living with a big family? Or are you cooking for one? Either way, there’s a saucepan size for you. Saucepans are generally measured by diameter, but according to Good Housekeeping, the general sizes with volume and weight are the following:
- Saucepan 14cm: 1 litre, 1.75 pints
- Saucepan 16cm: 1.5 litres, 2.75 pints
- Saucepan 18cm: 2 litres, 3.5 pints
Some Questions You Might Have About Saucepans
You might find that most saucepans are dishwasher safe, as it says on the label. However, you might have to handwash when food sticks to your pan, which usually happens with stainless steel pans.
Although there has been many scares around the idea of stainless steel leaking metals into your food, there hasn’t really been any proof of that happening. Of course, ingesting chromium or nickel will have effects on your body, but as far as we know, that has never happened in the cookware area. Those who do work with these metals, though, have breathed in their vapors and caused allergic reactions.
Essentially, non-stick cookware has much more care to it than stainless steel because of its coating. We must protect it from being scratched off. The pan itself might be as durable as stainless steel, but the coating can easily deteriorate if not given the proper care. For example, you might want to use wooden or rubber utensils instead of metal to prevent scratching.
There are a lot of things that go on in purchasing saucepans. There is a lot of research that goes on into it, especially since it’s quite costly! In order to make sure that you get your money’s worth, try doing your own research based on your personal preferences.
At the end of the day, though, having shiny new cookware will always motivate you to be a better cook. So, have fun looking for equipment that will level up your cooking skills!