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Stainless Steel Saucepans

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Whether you're cooking sauces, stews, rice or boiling pasta a quality stainless steel saucepan is up to the task. Non-reactive and designed to heat evenly, discover our range of stainless steel saucepans available in a variety of sizes and styles from leading cookware brands like Scanpan, Essteele, Le Creuset, Swiss Diamond, Raco and more.

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Stainless steel saucepans

Stainless steel saucepans

Stainless steel saucepans are an essential addition to any kitchen, boasting remarkable durability and easily resisting scratches and rust. These saucepans distribute heat evenly, ensuring precise and efficient cooking results. Their non-reactive nature preserves the authentic flavours and quality of ingredients, making them suitable for cooking acidic foods. Moreover, stainless steel saucepans are effortless to clean, dishwasher-safe, and can withstand metal utensils without any damage. Discover our range of highly durable stainless steel saucepans available in a variety of sizes and styles from leading brands such as Le CreusetScanpanEssteeleSwiss Diamond CookwareDe Buyer Cookware, and more. 

Things to Consider When Buying Stainless Steel Saucepans 

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right stainless steel saucepan for your kitchen. 

Size

Consider the household size you typically cook for and what dishes you often prepare, many households will benefit from stainless steel cookware sets that feature a few saucepans in different sizes, such as the Scanpan STS 3 Piece Saucepan Set. This Scanpan saucepan set includes three saucepans with 1.8L, 2.5L, and 3.5L capacity, ideal for making various dishes.  

Construction

Look for a thick base and sides or a bonded base, as this will promote even heat distribution and prevent hot spots. Additionally, check if the handle is securely attached and comfortable to hold. One of our favourite Raco saucepans features a long handle on one side and a helper handle on the other side to provide a secure grip when transferring food. 

Handle

Ensure the handle is made from durable material. For those who often cook using the oven, look for saucepans with oven-safe handles to ensure seamless stovetop-to-oven cooking. 

Lid

Another important consideration is the type of lid that comes with the saucepan. Well-fitting saucepan lids are crucial for retaining heat and moisture while cooking, especially if you plan to make soups or want to keep rice or other ingredients warm after cooking. 

Cooktop compatibility

Take into account whether or not the saucepan is compatible with your cooktop. For example, you’ll need induction cookware if you have an induction hob. Most stainless steel and cast iron saucepans are induction compatible, however make sure to check the manufacturer recommendations that specifically states it can be used on induction surfaces.

Stainless steel saucepans with copper or aluminium base 

Some stainless steel saucepans have bonded bases to enhance their performance and heat distribution. A bonded base typically consists of multiple layers of metal, often including aluminium or copper, fused together. This construction allows for better heat conductivity and ensures that heat is evenly distributed across the entire base. We love the copper base options of Essteele saucepans in the Per Vita range, as the well-engineered copper base ensures efficient and uniform heat distribution, while the exquisite mirror finish adds a touch of style to the kitchen. If you prefer copper only, we have a range of copper saucepans made entirely out of copper. 

Stainless steel saucepans vs non-stick saucepans

Stainless steel saucepans are durable, handle high heat, and are compatible with metal utensils. They preserve flavours and offer versatility but may require precautions to prevent sticking. non-stick saucepans, on the other hand, have a coating that prevents food from sticking, making them ideal for cooking ingredients that can stick like rice, gravies, syrups and other sauces while being more easy to clean. The downside is that non-stick coatings can wear off over time and are unsuitable for cooking at high temperatures or with metal utensils.

If you want a saucepan that combines the benefits of stainless steel and non-stick, then the Circulon Steelshield S Series Saucepan Set is a good fit for you. This saucepan set from Circulon Cookware features a hybrid surface, combining the strength of stainless steel with the convenience of non-stick. The Le Creuset 3-ply stainless steel range also comes with a toughened non-stick coating on their smaller milk pan, designed to be more durable than regular non-stick saucepans.

Stainless steel saucepan brands we trust

  • Le Creuset
  • Scanpan
  • Essteele 
  • Anolon
  • De Buyer 
  • Raco 
  • Circulon
  • Swiss Diamond

Additional cookware and kitchen tools to consider when buying stainless steel saucepans

  • Colanders for straining boiled pasta from your saucepan
  • Stock Pots for making stock or larger quantities of soup or stews
  • Ladles  for serving soups and sauces when cooking with your saucepan
  • Pasta spoons for serving pasta
  • Utensil Holders for storing various cooking utensils

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Can you use stainless steel saucepans on an induction hob?

Yes! If you are looking for inductions saucepans, stainless steel is a great choice as most are compatible with induction hobs 

  1. Why do chefs prefer stainless steel saucepans to non-stick?

Generally chefs use stainless steel frypans and saucepans over non-stick pans due to their durability and the ability to cook foods faster on commercial stoves at far higher cooking temperatures that non-stick saucepans are unsuitable to be used with. They are also easy to disinfect due to their non-porous construction to ensure hygiene.