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Saucepans and Sauciers Buying Guide

Saucepans are the quintessential pans used to melt, heat, and simmer foods on the stove top. Because they are used frequently, make a careful investment—choose saucepans that look good, cook right, and handle easily.

Types of Saucepans and Sauciers

Types of Saucepans and Sauciers

Small, medium, and large saucepans are necessary for meeting a variety of heating, cooking, and boiling needs. A specific size of saucepan is called for in a recipe; if that size is not used, expect the mixture to cook slower or faster because the surface area differs. A saucier pan is nice to have for cooking mixtures that involve a lot of stirring.

Saucepans

Large: A large saucepan holds 3 to 4 quarts and is perfect for small-batch soups and stews. Medium: Use a medium-size pan, usually 2 to 2-1/2 quarts, for making sauces or cooking rice. Because this size is commonly used for cooking candy mixtures, make sure this pan in particular is heavy. Small: Small saucepans, 1 to 1-1/2 quarts, work best for small-volume tasks such as melting chocolate or butter.

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Room Essentials
$14.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Whip up sauces, vegetables, eggs and pasta dishes in the room essentials aluminu...m 3-qt. Saucepan. This three-quart pan is made from sturdy, lightweight aluminum with nonstick coating. The glass lid makes it easy to monitor your dishes as they cook. This smart cookware also has a convenient pour function for easy dispensing and straining.?? read more

Tramontina
$59.95
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Tramontina's gourmet ceramica deluxe cookware provides simple healthy, effortles...s cleaning and outstanding durability. Its heavy-gauge aluminum metallic red ceramic exterior is durable and easy-to-clean and smooth ceramic interior is pfoa, lead & cadmium free. It has a tempered glass lid and soft-grip cast stainless steel handle. It is oven-safe up to 350 f (176 c) and is compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops. Made in italy. read more

Tramontina
$49.95
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Tramontina's gourmet ceramica deluxe cookware provides simple healthy, effortles...s cleaning and outstanding durability. Its heavy-gauge aluminum metallic red ceramic exterior is durable and easy-to-clean and smooth ceramic interior is pfoa, lead & cadmium free. It has a tempered glass lid and a soft-grip cast stainless steel handle. It is oven-safe up to 350 f (176 c) and compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops. Made in italy. read more

Tramontina
$49.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Tramontina 3 quart hard anodized sauce pan - gray

Sauciers

With a rounded base, a saucier is a great addition to a saucepan collection for whisking and stirring. This pan is an alternate pan to use when making sauces or risotto.

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All-Clad

Heat soups, reheat chili and reduce sauces with the All-Clad 1-qt. Stainless Open Saucier Pan. This multipurpose pan has an 18/10 ...stainless steel surface and a triple-ply construction with an aluminum core that delivers even heating throughout the entire pan and avoids hot spots that could ruin your meal. It is made in the U.S.A. and comes with a lifetime warranty, so you know you can rely on it for durability and quality. The rounded base comes in handy when you're preparing foods that require frequent stirring or whisking, such as custards and risottos, and the small size makes this pan ideal for heating or reheating small quantities of food. The wide opening makes it easy to get utensils into the pan, while the high sides prevent splashes even when you're stirring vigorously. You can use this pan on an induction stovetop as well as on traditional gas or electric stoves. When you need to move the pan from one burner to another, the riveted stainless steel handle offers a comfortable grip. A cutout at the end of the handle makes it easy to hang the pan on a rack or hook when it isn't in use. The hand-polished exterior has a gorgeous mirrored finish that makes this pan as attractive as it is functional, and the pan is laser-etched with the All-Clad logo and capacity markings to make it easy to identify when you're choosing a pan from the cabinet. The pan is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Features: Triple-ply construction Aluminum core provides easy heating Pretty mirrored exterior surface 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface Stick handle with cutout for hanging Dishwasher safe Made in the U.S.A. Induction stovetop compatible read more

Farberware
$12.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! The sloped sides of the saucier allow for easy whisking while the wider diameter... at the top of the pan speeds reduction of sauces. The handy pouring spout makes for a smooth transfer of hot liquids. read more

Tramontina
$69.99
at Target

Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Tramontina 3 quart cast iron saucier - blue

Tramontina
$69.99 $71.99
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Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Tramontina 3 quart cast iron saucier - red

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Buying saucepans can be quite simple. As long as you choose three sizes and throw in a saucier, you're set. Choose from stainless steel or aluminum, and nonstick or not.

Material

Some materials are better heat conductors and cook more evenly than others. Stainless steel with an aluminum or copper core is a good choice, as are enamel-coated cast-iron pans and anodized-aluminum pans. Copper is a great heat conductor, but pans made of copper are expensive, react with acidic foods, and require polishing.

Interior

Nonstick surfaces prevent sticking and also require less fat when sauteing. Some nonstick surfaces cannot withstand the heat that other surfaces can, so make sure to read the use and care manual before using. These surfaces may damage more easily than others, and the pans may need to be replaced from time to time.

Lids

Lids are important when simmering mixtures to prevent splattering and keep ingredients warm. The lid should be tight-fitting so the heat stays in and does not escape. If you are the curious type, consider a pan with a glass lid; this will allow for easy viewing without interrupting the cooking process by lifting the lid and releasing the heat.

Handles

Not only will you hold the handle during the cooking process, you will also need to lift and pour ingredients from the pan. Choose handles that are comfortable and easy to grip. Riveted handles are more secure than those that are glued.

Stackable

Unless you have a pan rack, stackable pan sizes are convenient, as they can be stored inside one another.

Maintenance

Consider how much care you want to give your saucepans each time you use them. Stainless steel, anodized aluminum, and enamel-coated cast iron will require less upkeep than copper, as it needs to be polished and shined. Whatever material you choose, read the use and care manual to maximize the life of your pans.

Price

Saucepans vary greatly in price. So consider your expertise level in the kitchen, how often you plan to cook, and how much you are willing to pay. Saucepans are a purchase where you truly get what you pay for.

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T-fal
$47.99 $59.99
at Kohl's

This 12 1/2-inch T-Fal Ultimate saute pan features a nonstick interior, heat indicator and durable exterior that make whipping up ...your favorite meal a cinch. Limit 5 per household. Product Features: Hard-anodized aluminum construction promises lasting... read more

T-Fal Ultimate Hard-Anodized 12 1/2-in. Nonstick Saute Pan
Cuisinart
$54.95 $100.00
at Wayfair

Type 3 Quart Chef's Classic Stainless Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Cover, Metallic Red Color Multi-Color Color Mapping Red Mat...erial Solid cast stainless steel Special Features Oven-Safe Oven Safe 500 F Dishwasher Safe Yes read more

CS330-24HMR Chef's Classic Stainless Saute Pan with Helper
Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless
$112.49 $149.99
at Kohl's

Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel features a satin finished interior, Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel cookware is designed with t...hree layers to ensure even, consistent heating. A heavy-gauge, aluminum core surrounded by two layers of stainless steel provides excellent heat conduction for browning and enhanced control of the cooking process. Safe for gas, electric, halogen, ceramic and induction stove tops, oven and broiler safe. read more

Tri-Ply Stainless Saucepan
T-fal
$39.99 $49.99
at Kohl's

Featuring a nonstick interior, heat indicator and durable exterior, this T-Fal saute pan will be a go-to for a variety of your fav...orite meals. Limit 5 per household. Product Features: Hard-anodized aluminum construction promises lasting quality. TechnoTouch nonstick interior resists scratches and cleans easily. Thermo-Spot heat indicator shows when the pan is preheated. TechnoResist base heats evenly and prevents warping. Riveted silicone handles allow safe, comfortable use. Product Care: Dishwasher safe Manufacturer's lifetime limited warranty Product Details: 10 1/4-in. diameter Model no. E9180574 read more

Ultimate Hard-Anodized 10 1/4-in. Nonstick Saute Pan 10 1/4
Circulon
$39.99 $79.99
at Kohl's

Cooking is a breeze when you can boil, heat, strain and pour all in the same pan. This Circulon Genesis nonstick saucepan features... a convenient pour spout and an extra-deep lid rim with straining holes to do just that. Limit 5 per household. Product Features: Impact-bonded aluminum base provides even, quick heating. Polished stainless steel exterior is easy to clean. TOTAL Food Release System offers a nonstick, utensil-safe cooking surface. Shatter-resistant glass lid seals in heat and lets you see inside. Stainless steel handle is double riveted for strength. Product Construction & Care: Aluminum/stainless steel/glass Oven safe to 500 F Dishwasher safe Manufacturer's lifetime limited warranty Product Details: 3-qt. capacity Model no. 77882 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Genesis 3-qt. Nonstick Stainless Steel Covered Straining Saucepan 3 QT
Le Creuset
$169.95 $245.00
at Crate & Barrel

Revered by both professional chefs and home cooks since its 1925 debut, Le Creuset's classic French cookware is prized for its uti...litarian good looks, unsurpassed heat retention, and lids that create an even blanket of heat. Cast iron saucepan with long handle and lid is clad in smooth, vitrified porcelain (here in a fiery flame hue), rendering each piece impervious to acid, alkali, odors and stains. Non-reactive cooking surface does not require seasoning. Compatible with all types of heat sources, from gas and electric stoves, to ceramic and glass cooktops, to induction and halogen-even solid fuel and open fire. This Signature line features larger, easier to grip handles and a more heat-resistant knob. Le Creuset cookware in cherry, and our exclusive shades of cream and ink also available. -Cast iron -Vitreous porcelain finish -Phenolic resin knob -For use with traditional gas and electric, induction and ceramic cooktops -Dishwasher- and oven-safe with lid to 480 degrees and 500 degrees without lid -Made in France read more

Le Creuset ?? Signature 1.75-qt. Flame Saucepan with Lid
Cuisinart
$99.95 $180.00
at Buydig.com

Features: Made in France to the highest standards of the world's finest kitchens. Professional Triple Ply Stainless- Three-layer d...esign provides optimal heat and consists of a pure aluminum core enveloped by pure stainless steel. A high-polished... read more

Cuisinart FCT33-28H - French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Cover
Cuisinart
$59.95 $140.00
at Buydig.com

The kitchens of France were the inspiration behind the elegant Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Cookware Collection. Chef's Clas...sic features stainless steel and pure aluminum encapsulated in the base for fast and even heating. Cuisinart guarantees it... read more

Cuisinart Chef's Classic 733-30H Saute Pan
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