BEST LARGE SAUCEPANS
We tested 10 large saucepans to find the best one (listed in alphabetical order):
All-Clad Stainless 4-Qt Sauce Pan
Cuisinart MultiClad Unlimited 4 Quart Saucepan with Cover
Le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Saucepan with Lid and Helper Handle, 4-Quart
Oxo Stainless Steel Pro 3.5 qt. Sauce Pan + Cover
Scanpan CTX 4 qt Covered Saucepan
Simply Calphalon Nonstick 4-Quart Saucepan
T-fal Initiatives Nonstick Saucepan with Glass Lid, 3-Quart, Gray
Tramontina Gourmet Domus Tri-Ply Base 4 Qt Covered Sauce Pan
Tramontina Gourmet Tri-Ply Clad 4 Qt. Covered Sauce Pan
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Aurora 5-ply 4-qt Stainless Steel Saucepan
Most of us use a large saucepan daily, so it’s important to own one that performs flawlessly and will last for years. But how much does high quality have to cost?
WINNING TRAITS OF A GOOD LARGE SAUCEPAN
– Solid construction and durability
– Moderate, balanced weight that doesn’t feel too heavy to lift when full
– Lid fits well without fuss; lid handle is easy to grasp and stays cool
– Handle is secure
– Clear interior visibility
– Light interior finish
– Steady, even cooking
– Easy cleanup
WHAT WE TESTED
We tested 10 large (3- to 4-quart) saucepans with lids, rating them on performance, ease of use, cleanup, and durability. Results were averaged. All saucepans were purchased online.
Performance: We prepared simple rice pilaf, browned butter, made crème anglaise, and blanched green beans in each saucepan, rating and averaging the results. We weighted performance more heavily than other categories.
Ease of Use: We evaluated each saucepan’s shape, weight, balance, handle design, and lid, as well as how easy each was to lift, pour from, and maneuver.
Cleanup: We washed each saucepan and lid by hand after use, noting if any trapped food or required more-thorough scrubbing.
Durability: We subjected each saucepan to thermal shock by heating it and then plunging it into ice water and then checked for warping. We also struck each saucepan against concrete three times, noting any dents, scratches, or loosening of handles.
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