Saucepan buying guide: How to find the best saucepan

Compare saucepans and cookware sets to find the best saucepan for your culinary creations.

Is it time to update your cookware? If you're ready to replace your rusty and stained pots and pans with a fancy new saucepan or even a whole set, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Our guide will help you compare stainless steel, aluminium, copper and cast-iron saucepans to find the best saucepan for your cooking needs.

Compare some of the best saucepans

Data obtained December 2018. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average Price (AUD) Material Capacity (qt) Dishwasher safe Oven safe Weight (kg) Purchase Today
Farberware 4-Quart Classic Stainless Steel
Farberware 4-Quart Classic Stainless Steel
$32.50
Stainless steel
4
Yes
Yes
1.49
The Farberware 4-Quart Classic Stainless Steel is suitable for family-sized side dishes and has comfortable handles for easy use.
Zelancio 2-Quart Small Cast Iron
Zelancio 2-Quart Small Cast Iron
$77.64
Enameled cast iron
2
No
Yes
2.63
The Zelancio 2-Quart Small Cast Iron is compatible with all cooktops and is a perfect pot size for small batch stews, sauces and soups.
Calphalon 4-Quart Simply Nonstick
Calphalon 4-Quart Simply Nonstick
$82.05
Hard anodized aluminum
4
No
Yes
2.5
The Calphalon 4-Quart Simply Nonstick has a straining cover for easy draining and silicone handles that stay cool on the stovetop.
Secura 3-Quart Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction
Secura 3-Quart Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction
$135
Stainless steel
3
Yes
Yes
2.27
The Secura 3-Quart Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction is a professional saucepan suitable for induction, gas, electric and halogen stovetops.
Woll 3.6-Quart Concept - 920NC
Woll 3.6-Quart Concept - 920NC
$193.15
Stainless steel
3.6
Yes
Yes
0.85
The Woll 3.6-Quart Concept - 920NC has a glass lid, an oven-safe handle and measurement marks on the inside to make it easier to add ingredients.
Anolon 4.5-Quart Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick Tapered
Anolon 4.5-Quart Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick Tapered
$212
Hard anodized aluminum
4.5
No
Yes
2.09
The Anolon 4.5-Quart Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick Tapered has flared sides, rubber handles and a generous size for easy cooking.
Cuisinart 4-Quart 7194-20 Chef’s Classic Stainless
Cuisinart 4-Quart 7194-20 Chef’s Classic Stainless
$270
Stainless steel
4
Yes
Yes
1.84
The Cuisinart 4-Quart 7194-20 Chef’s Classic Stainless is an affordable saucepan for professional performance with a cool-grip handle, flavour-locking lid and drip-free pouring.
Kuprum 4-Quart Copper Hand-Hammered Tin Lined
Kuprum 4-Quart Copper Hand-Hammered Tin Lined
$393.21
Copper hand-hammered tin lined
4
No
No
1.49
The Kuprum 4-Quart Copper Hand-Hammered Tin Lined is a 100% recyclable artisan saucepan made with high-quality copper for greater heat-responsiveness.
Le Creuset 3.5-Quart Tri-Ply Stainless Steel
Le Creuset 3.5-Quart Tri-Ply Stainless Steel
$1,125
Stainless steel
3.5
Yes
Yes
1.36
The Le Creuset 3.5-Quart Tri-Ply Stainless Steel is a professional saucepan with stainless steel rivets and resists oxidation and discolouration.

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When to get a new saucepan

A couple of good saucepans (at least) are essential in any kitchen. Not only are saucepans likely to see more use than just about any other piece of cookware in your kitchen, they also play an integral role in preparing a huge range of dishes.

Sometimes it can be hard to say goodbye to your old pots and pans after their many years of service, so here are a few telltale signs that it's time to upgrade:

Remember, you're only as good as the tools you have at your disposal. You might be surprised by the difference a high-quality saucepan can make to your cooking, while it'll also be easier to clean afterwards.

When not to get a new saucepan

Do your pots and pans still work as they should? Can they adequately prepare the quantities of food you need without falling apart, burning your fingertips or ending up with half your meal crusted to the bottom of the pan? Unless you're an avid home cook who spends more time in the kitchen than in any other room of the house, you're probably better off saving your money and sticking with what you've got.

What materials are available?

The cooking performance of a saucepan and how easy it is to clean depend on the material it is constructed from. Here are the main options:

  • Stainless steel. Known for being long-lasting and affordable, stainless steel is widely used and is dishwasher-safe. Many options feature a thick aluminium or copper base for better heat conduction, but some pans can have problems with food sticking.
  • Aluminium. Affordable, lightweight and an excellent heat conductor, aluminium is another popular choice. However, aluminium pans can stain and have problems with food sticking to the sides – so a hard-anodised aluminium pan, which has a durable and scratch-resistant surface, may be your preferred choice.
  • Copper. Copper is an excellent conductor of heat and copper pans warm up and cool down quickly, giving more control to the home cook. They're suitable for a wide range of cooking tasks and their good looks mean they can also double as presentation dishes. However, copper can be expensive, can be difficult to keep clean and can't be used on induction cooktops.
  • Cast iron. Long lasting and highly effective at absorbing and retaining heat, cast iron is another option worth considering. It's also oven safe, but can be heavy and may also rust.

How to compare saucepans

Aside from the saucepan material used, there are several other factors you will need to take into account when buying saucepans. Make sure you consider the following:

Which saucepan is the best for me?

The best saucepan for you is really a matter of personal preference. The type of cooking you do, the number of people you're cooking for and the amount you're willing to spend can all play a part in determining the pan you choose. That's why it's essential that you compare a range of saucepans to find one that's best for your needs.

To help make your saucepan shopping easier, we've compared the pros and cons of five popular saucepans below:

The goodThe bad
Anolon 4.5-Quart Advanced Hard Anodised Nonstick Tapered Saucepot
  • Large size and tapered sides
  • Handles stay cool
  • Some users have reported defective glass lids
  • Non-stick coating wears off
Cuisinart 4-Quart 7194-20 Chef's Classic Stainless Saucepan
  • Fast and even heating
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Some chipping problems
  • Rust
Le Creuset 3.5-Quart Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Saucier Pan
  • Excellent performance
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Expensive
Farberware 4-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Covered Saucepot
  • Affordable
  • Timeless design
  • Staining problems
  • Chipping
Kuprum 2.5-Quart Copper Hand-Hammered Tin Lined
  • Elegant look
  • Fast heating
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Some users report flaking

Should I buy one saucepan or a whole set?

If you're shopping for a new saucepan, you might be considering buying a whole new set of cookware. This may be a sensible choice if you need to upgrade all your pots and pans, and you can often find good value for money by purchasing multiple items all at once.

However, be wary of buying items you don't really need or that you don't have enough space to store. While a 10-piece cookware set may seem like a good deal, you'll need to be sure that you'll actually use all the items in the set on a regular basis.

If the small number of pots, pans and baking dishes you currently have are more than adequate for your cooking needs, your money may be better spent investing in a couple of good-quality saucepans of different sizes.

If it's time to upgrade one or more of your pots and pans, start comparing saucepans today.


 

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