Saucepans are essential to any kitchen, and lesser-known sauté pans are a bit more versatile—shallow enough to sear meat but wide enough to cook a curry; that's why we like to call it the do-it-all pan.
Perfect for boiling water, making a sauce or putting on some pasta, the saucepan is one of the most used pots in the kitchen. We have selected durable lines with good construction and high-quality metal to withstand a busy kitchen. Our perfect pan is a thicker copper (Mauviel M'Heritage) or stainless steel (Mauviel M'Cook) pan to conduct the heat rapidly and evenly or All-Clad which incorporates the best of both worlds with a 5-ply metal construction including a copper core.
The best saucepans have a high quality, durable stainless steel on the inside of the pot which copes with occasional accidental burning better than a non-stick coating or lower quality stainless steel.
If you’re after a less expensive but still great performing pot, our Best of Value range offers professional kitchen quality Silampos pans in stainless steel. Though we don't love using non-stick saucepans, for the harshness of boiling water could reduce the lifespan of the coating, our non-stick pans from Gastrolux and Mauviel M'Stone are excellent for gently heating milk, cream, and other 'sticky' ingredients, as they don't leave burn marks along the sides and make clean-up super fast.
Less commonly known but definitely an essential piece in the kitchen, sauté pans have a wide, flat base and moderate-height, vertical sides (higher than a frying pan but lower than a saucepan). They can be used both as a frying pan and a wide, shallow saucepan, and are useful for everything from browning meat and searing tuna to making risotto. Our top picks are in stainless steel or copper as these are more controllable than other materials.