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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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Denmark

Sauce pan is just the right size for melting butter, heating sauces or warming liqueurs. Its fashionable enamel exterior finish al...lows for easy clean up. read more

John Boos

Both whimsical and functional, this non-stick sauce pan features an easy pour spout and heat resistant handle. Ideal for heating s...auces, melting butter and more. read more

Stonewall Kitchen
$129.95-$149.95
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Sauce pans are often called the workhorses of the kitchen. You can be confident to use this versatile pan for everything from maki...ng sauces to steaming vegetables. Made of five-ply clad stainless steel with an aluminum core, this pan is nothing short of amazing. Its compatible with all cooking surfaces, will not rock or spin on a hot stove and is also energy efficient on Low to Medium settings. Includes Manufacturers Lifetime Warranty. read more

Emerilware

Cook like the pros with this 18/10 stainless steel cookware. A copper and aluminum base delivers even heat distribution, and the s...tainless steel handles stay cool to the touch. read more

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

Elite chefs depend on All-Clads Copper Core cookware because of its superb responsiveness to heat. This saucier is the pan of choi...ce for making reductions and sauces and cooking grains, with its high sloping sides and a rounded bottom for efficient stirring. Five-ply construction of securely bonded metals: a thick, heat-responsive copper core sandwiched between two layers of highly conductive aluminum with an easy-clean stainless-steel exterior and interior that wont react with foods. Allows for the quickest heat-up time, maximum temperature control and rapid, even heat distribution. A ring of copper adds a finishing touch to the gleaming exterior. Long riveted stainless-steel handle stays cool on the cooktop. Ideal for use on any type of cooktop, including induction. 8" diam.; 3" high; 2-qt. cap.; 5 lb. with lid. Hand crafted in the USA with materials from the USA. read more

All-Clad

Representing the best in American craftsmanship, All-Clad?s d5 Stainless Steel line incorporates five-layer bonded construction as... well as functional advances. The pan of choice for making sauces and cooking grains, our gleaming stainless-steel saucier has high sloping sides and a rounded bottom for efficient stirring. Spouts on each side allow for tidy pouring of contents onto plates or into bowls. Each of the five bonded layers serves a specific purpose, creating a noticeable difference in cooking performance. 18/10 stainless-steel interior for foolproof browning and easy cleanup. Two aluminum layers, one to conduct and one to sustain heat. Patented stainless-steel core diffuses heat for consistent results. Magnetic stainless-steel exterior for durability and dishwasher-safe ease. Sloped sides allow for rapid evaporation and easy stirring. Improved stay-cool stick handle with finger guard for balance and control. Rims are shaped to allow for dripless pouring. Extra-large loop handle on lid is easy to grip, even with oven mitts. Pan size etched on base for quick identification. 8" diam., 3" high; 2-qt. cap.; 3 lb. 1 oz. with lid. Hand crafted in the USA with materials from the USA. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

All-Clad
$145.00-$190.00
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The sloping sides of this saucier make it ideal for reducing a sauce, sautéing vegetables or simmering risotto. A rounded bottom f...acilitates stirring and provides a broad surface for evaporating liquids quickly. The lid helps seal in moisture and heat. Three-ply construction sandwiches a heat-responsive aluminum core between an easy-clean stainless-steel interior and exterior; interior wont react with foods. Ensures fast, even heating. Riveted stainless-steel handle stays cool on the cooktop. Ideal for use on any cooktop, including induction. Handcrafted in USA. read more

Emerilware

Cook like the pros with this 18/10 stainless steel cookware. A copper and aluminum base delivers even heat distribution, and the s...tainless steel handles stay cool to the touch. read more

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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Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$89.95 $115.00
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We've partnered with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, the standard-bearer for premium cutlery since 1731 and pioneer of stainless steel kni...ves, to bring you this Crate and Barrel exclusive new ceramic nonstick cookware. The breakthrough eco-friendly CeraForce nonstick ceramic finish is extremely scratch-resistant, and is free of PTFE and PFOA. It is also produced with fewer emissions and does not release fumes when heated. The Henckels traditions of quality, innovation and stainless-steel expertise inform this fully clad, three-ply cookware with an aluminum core for quick and even heat conduction. A magnetic stainless-steel exterior that's 3mm thick makes it compatible with all types of cooktops including induction. Additional sauce pan features include stay-cool handle with nameplate and easy-control loop design, non-drip pouring rim and tempered glass lid.ZWILLING® VistaClad Ceramic Nonstick 3 qt. Sauce Pan with Lid. 15"Wx9"Dx5"H 18/10 stainless interior Aluminum core Magnetic stainless steel exterior CeraForce nonstick ceramic coating Safe for use on all stovetops including induction Tempered glass lid Use only silicone or wooden utensils Dishwasher-safe; hand wash recommended Oven-safe to 500 degrees Not microwave-safe Made in China Overall DimensionsWidth: 15" Depth: 9" Height: 5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

ZWILLING® J.A. Henckels VistaClad Ceramic Nonstick 3 qt. Sauce Pan with Lid
Dansk
$79.95 $115.00
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Kobenstyle, the Scandinavian enameled steel oven-to-table cookware designed for Dansk® by Jens Quistgaard in 1956, is now back and... available at Crate and Barrel. A collectors' item since going out of production more than 20 years ago, Kobenstyle is crafted of lightweight enameled steel and instantly recognizable for its high-gloss colors, welded cool-touch sculptural handles and inventive lids that double as trivets.Dansk® Kobenstyle White Sauce Pan. 2 qt. 13.75"Wx7.75"Dx3.5"H Enamel-coated steel Ideal for all cooktops, including induction ranges Use with silicone, heat-resistant plastic or wooden utensils Hand wash; for more thorough cleaning: fill with hot soapy water and allow to soak for one hour Made in Thailand Overall DimensionsWidth: 13.75" Depth: 7.75" Height: 3.5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Dansk® Kobenstyle White 2-Quart Sauce Pan
Le Creuset
$164.95 $215.00
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Representing the industry's only premium-branded, hot-forged and hard-anodized nonstick cookware, these durable, warp-free vessels... are clad in a highly engineered nonstick finish on both interior and exterior. Twice as tough as stainless steel and safe for dishwashing and metal utensils, pans are outfitted with hollow, stay-cool cast handles and side helper handles, creating a beautiful silhouette. This cookware absorbs, distributes and transfers heat quickly and efficiently, offering excellent performance on any surface, including induction. Sauce pan has a tempered glass lid to seal in moisture and flavor.Le Creuset® Toughened Nonstick 4-Quart Sauce Pan. 4 qt. 8.25" dia. x 7.5"H Forged hard-anodized aluminum body Whitford Eclipse nonstick coating 18/0 magnetic stainless-steel pan bottom Stainless-steel handle and rivets Tempered glass lid Safe for use on all stovetops including induction Oven-safe to 500 degrees without lid; 425 degrees with lid Dishwasher-safe Made in China With HandleWidth: 17.75" Overall DimensionsHeight: 7.5" Diameter: 8.25" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Le Creuset® Toughened Nonstick 4-Quart Sauce Pan
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$79.95 $100.00
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We've partnered with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, the standard-bearer for premium cutlery since 1731 and pioneer of stainless steel kni...ves, to bring you this Crate and Barrel exclusive new ceramic nonstick cookware. The breakthrough eco-friendly CeraForce nonstick ceramic finish is extremely scratch-resistant, and is free of PTFE and PFOA. It is also produced with fewer emissions and does not release fumes when heated. The Henckels traditions of quality, innovation and stainless-steel expertise inform this fully clad, three-ply cookware with an aluminum core for quick and even heat conduction. A magnetic stainless-steel exterior that's 3mm thick makes it compatible with all types of cooktops including induction. Additional sauce pan features include stay-cool handle with nameplate and easy-control loop design, non-drip pouring rim and tempered glass lid.ZWILLING® VistaClad Ceramic Nonstick 2 qt. Sauce Pan with Lid. 14"Wx8"Dx5"H 18/10 stainless interior Aluminum core Magnetic stainless steel exterior CeraForce nonstick ceramic coating Safe for use on all stovetops including induction Tempered glass lid Use only silicone or wooden utensils Dishwasher-safe; hand wash recommended Oven-safe to 500 degrees Not microwave-safe Made in China Overall DimensionsWidth: 14" Depth: 8" Height: 5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

ZWILLING® J.A. Henckels VistaClad Ceramic Nonstick 2 qt. Sauce Pan with Lid
Dansk
$79.95 $115.00
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Kobenstyle, the Scandinavian enameled steel oven-to-table cookware designed for Dansk® by Jens Quistgaard in 1956, is now back and... available at Crate and Barrel. A collectors' item since going out of production more than 20 years ago, Kobenstyel is crafted of lightweight enameled steel and instantly recognizable for its high-gloss colors, welded cool-touch sculptural handles and inventive lids that double as trivets.Dansk® Kobenstyle Chili Sauce Pan. 2 qt. 13.75"Wx7.75"Dx3.5"H Enamel-coated steel Ideal for all cooktops, including induction ranges Hand wash; for more thorough cleaning: fill with hot soapy water and allow to soak for one hour Made in Thailand Overall DimensionsWidth: 13.75" Depth: 7.75" Height: 3.5" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Dansk® Kobenstyle Chili 2-Quart Sauce Pan
Demeyere
$319.95 $418.00
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The versatility of the Demeyere Atlantis 3.5 qt. Conic Saute Pan w/Lid is what makes this pan a must in the kitchen. When you are ...whipping up some mashed potatos for a Thanksgiving feast, this Demeyere pan outperforms the rest. With its pouring edges for all liquids and Silvinox surface treatment, this pans beauty is only outmatched by its performance on the stove top. read more

Demeyere Atlantis Stainless Steel 3 1/2 qt. Conic Saute Pan and Lid
All-Clad
$99.95 $135.00
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The windsor pan features sloped sides and an increased surface area for effortless whisking; the ideal design for reducing liquids... without burning. The unique shape of the pan delivers superb results every time when creating an endless array of delicious sauces, from alfredo to veloute. Premium tri-ply construction throughout the pan delivers even heat distribution - without hot spots Superior stick resistance as a result of starburst finishing on the pans stainless steel interior Stainless steel handles are permanently secured with stainless steel rivets 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface will not react with food Compatible with all cooktops, including induction Made in the USA. Dimensions: Measures 9.375 wide by 16.375 long by 5.5 tall/deep Material: Stainless Steel ? Made in the USA ? StainlessSteel read more

All-Clad Stainless Steel Windsor Saucepan, 1.5 qt
Le Creuset
$199.95 $285.00
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The Le Creuset Stainless 4 quart sauce pan is a great choice for most people and the most versatile sauce pan. The 4 quart sauce p...an is well suited to medium and larger cooking tasks. Whether you're making a sauce or reheating a batch of chili, this Le Creuset pan will give years of service. We've carried Le Creuset's stainless cookware line for many years, but we love this new, updated version even more. The updated, European-made Le Creuset stainless cookware line includes: Tri-ply construction with a core of aluminum for excellent heat conductivity and performance Professional-grade and proprietary stainless steel cooking surface doesn't interact with food and is extremely durable Beautifully polished exterior stainless steel exterior is infused with titanium and resists oxidation and corrosion Compatible with all stovetop cooking surfaces including induction Oven safe stainless knob and stainless pans - safe to 500F Items with lids showcase Le Creuset's iconic ring design Dishwasher safe Limited lifetime warranty from Le Creuset Sauce pans include laser-etched capacity marks and vented stainless steel lid. read more

Le Creuset Stainless 4 Quart Sauce Pan w/ Lid
Scanpan
$229.95 $329.00
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The deep, straight sides of the Scanpan IQ Non-stick 12-3/4 inch saute pan are designed to help you saute and simmer with minimal ...splattering. A useful glass lid with durable silicone edges is included with this large saute pan. Scan pan IQ saute pans are also induction-friendly. You save energy and time with this very efficient cooking method. Scanpan IQ non-stick saute pans even get hot enough so you can sear, braise and deglaze, similar to a stainless steel pan. Most non-stick pans can't get hot enough to use these important cooking techniques. Thanks to a magnetic 18/10 stainless steel base, IQ from Scan pan heats quickly, evenly and consistently. Equally important, Scanpan IQ will not warp, peel, blister or crack. That's backed by a lifetime Scan pan warranty! Scanpan IQ is made in Denmark using recycled aluminum. read more

ScanPan IQ 12 3/4 inch Nonstick Saute Pan w/Lid
Scanpan
$199.95 $285.00
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Upscale Danish design, eco-conscious construction, and professional performance for a lifetime. The world's first induction-compat...ible, PFOA-free nonstick cookware to market, Scanpan's 5-ply CTX is crafted with a satin-finish stainless steel exterior over four additional layers of recycled pure aluminum and aluminum alloys to form a unique construction that can handle the most professional of kitchens. Base is engineered to optimal thickness to heat up quickly and distribute heat evenly as you braise, sear, deglaze or cook in the oven (up to 500 degrees). Patented Green Tek ceramic titanium finish is 10 times harder than steel?so durable it's safe for use with metal utensils, cooks without fat, and cleans up in the dishwasher. Lid is stainless with glass viewing panels; riveted cast stainless handles stay cool longer. Scanpan® and other Wedding Registry offersScanpan® CTX 4 qt. Saucepan with Lid. 19"Wx8.8"Dx6"H 5-ply construction (four layers of squeeze-cast recycled aluminum clad in 18/10 stainless steel) PFOA-free Ceramic titanium with nonstick Green Tek surface Riveted cast stainless handle Stainless and glass lid Compatible with all cooktops including induction Safe for use with all utensils including metal Lifetime guarantee Dishwasher- and oven-safe to 500 degrees; hand wash for best results Made in Denmark Overall DimensionsWidth: 19" Depth: 8.8" Height: 6" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Scanpan® CTX 4 qt. Saucepan with Lid
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