WHETHER you’re warming up a soup or cooking up a feast, you’ll need a good saucepan.
Cookware generally lasts between three to five years, depending on its quality and for those looking to upgrade, here’s our top pick of the best saucepans on the market now.
Saucepans are essential versatile tools in professional and home kitchens alike.
As you will be using your saucepan for a variety of things like heating up your baked beans or boiling potatoes, it’s a good idea to have few different sized sauce pans in your cupboard.
We would recommend investing in a set of three pots of different volumes to meet most, if not all, of your needs.
Bear in mind that all pans are compatible with gas and electric hobs, but you’ll need to check that your set is compatible if you have an induction hob.
Most pans combine a variety of materials and they all have their pros and cons.
Copper is usually considered to be the best material as it is the most effective heat conductor. It heats rapidly and evenly, giving you maximum control over the application of heat but sadly, it’s expensive as well.
Meanwhile, enamel is great for searing and frying, it heats slowly and evenly and retains heat well – but enamel cookware is usually quite heavy.
Stainless steal is usually a less expensive choice and one of the most durable ones – although these pans are often tougher to clean.
Whatever you choose make sure it’s adapted to your cooking style and that it feels comfortable to use. Here are out top picks.
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1. Best pots and pans set – Tefal 5 Piece, Essential, Pots and Pans Set
- (AD) Tefal 5 Piece, Essential, Pots and Pans Set, £44.99 from Amazon – buy here
This set is great if you want a starter kit that combines both pots and pans.
All the cookware in Tefal’s Essential five piece set have aluminium bodies for even heat distribution.
This means that they’ll help you to avoid hot spots that could cause your food to burn, and the non stick exterior is easy to clean.
At less than £45, it’s the ideal set for any home and cook.
2. Best price – True Face 3 Pieces Saucepan Set
- (AD) True Face 3 Pieces Saucepan set, £16.99 from Amazon – buy here
This set of classic saucepan set is both stylish and very affordable.
It is made of high quality stainless steel and has an aluminium base that ensures food heats quickly and evenly without hot spots.
The dishwasher friendly set is a great option for anyone on a tight budget.
3. Best first set – Argos Home 3 Piece Aluminium Pan Set
- Argos Home 3 Piece Aluminium Pan Set, £19 from Argos – buy here
This is an ideal gift for a student or anyone who need a first kit of cookware.
Suitable for gas and electric hobs, this set from Argos consists of three different-sized black pans sized 15cm, 18cm and 20cm.
While it might not be the most durable set in our round-up, it does the job well and for an affordable price.
4. Best overall – Le Creuset cast iron signature sauce pan
- Cast iron signature sauce pan, £150 from Le Creuset – buy here
If you’ve got your heart set on a genuine Le Creuset, but need to justify the price, you should know that they’re all hand-made in France and have been since 1925.
Despite its robust appearance, this Le Creuset cast iron saucepan is ideal for simmering the most delicate sauces without burning food.
You can also use the versatile saucepan for cooking all kinds of food including preparing homemade soups and porridge or boiling pasta and potatoes
The saucepan is coated with an enamel finish that protects it for high surface heat use and will not wear off.
It’s very durable (lifetime guarantee) and easy to clean – an excellent investment if you can afford it.
5. Best investment – Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Saucepan & Lid Set
- Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Saucepan & Lid Set, £345 from John Lewis – buy here
This set from Le Creuset’s Toughened Non-Stick cookware range will provide you for all your need for a lifetime of delicious meals.
It includes a 16cm, 18cm and 20cm saucepan. Each of them comes with helper handles and lids to make your cooking easier.
They are toughened inside and out with coatings that are durable, PFOA-free, easy to clean and can withstand the use of metal utensils.
Dishwasher and oven safe (260C) this set comes with a lifetime warranty.
A perfect gift for any passionate cook in your family or among your friends.
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