Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about slow cookers, cookware sets, stockpots, frying pans and skillets, and Dutch ovens, and even asked chefs about their favorite pots and pans, here we’re rounding up the best saucepans you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
“This is the PERFECT small saucepan. It’s the right size for sauce or anything that comes in a can (take it from a bachelor). The finish looks great, and it comes right out of the dishwasher (big plus) looking just like it did when you got it out of the box. Handle stays cool, even with the burner turned up. Lid fits very well, so no spills and faster cooking. Also, the lid doesn’t have that annoying lip that traps condensation so that you can’t put it down on the counter. It’s REALLY durable. This thing will last forever. Price is really reasonable, too. Trust me, you want one.”
Best stainless-steel saucepans
“The price is excellent considering it has all those fancy layers of steel and an encapsulated aluminum base. I definitely can’t find this price in stores.
The lid it comes with fits so snugly. One of my favorite features is the lip of the pot, which makes for no-mess pouring! When I was making a heavy sauce I for sure thought it would splatter when I poured it out, but there was NO MESS!”
“I was wavering between the All-Clad version and this saucepan, and I’m happy with my decision. It heats up quickly and retains heat well without hot spots, and is a great-looking piece to add to my collection. The three-quart is the perfect size for all my daily needs, and I’m extremely pleased with the way this has performed so far. I find myself looking for excuses to cook up a quick batch of beans just so I can use it!”
Best nonstick saucepans
“This is the greatest pot ever forged by human hands and put forth for the betterment of mankind. My mother gave this one to me. I found out later she really loved the pot and parting with it was evidently a sacrifice for her. I love it SO MUCH that I couldn’t bring myself to give it back, so my sister and I did some Googling, found it here on Amazon, and went halvsies on this one for her for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to see her face.”
Best stone nonstick saucepan
“This stone pan has me changing all my pans to stone! I hope that Ozeri makes pots next! I bought some nonstick pots I saw on the Food Network, and four years later, they are starting to lose their coating. From my understanding this is bad for your health, and also why I love the stone pans!”
Best saucepan with strainer lid
“I wish that AVACRAFT sold more sizes of this pan because it is amazing! I’ve found myself looking for sauces that I can cook in this. I love that it has the strainer option as well. I’ll admit that I’m not the best cook and some stuff has burnt or boiled over on my watch, but since the pan is stainless steel instead of nonstick, I’ve just been able to soak and use steel wool to get rid of everything.”
Best saucepan with double boiler
“I bought this as a gift for my daughter. She wanted to make banana pudding and the recipe called for a double boiler. She was thrilled with the Farberware two-quart. It was the perfect size; it heated and maintained the ingredients at the proper temperature. She said it was so easy to clean afterward. I know as I also have the same one. Now she wants me to give her more recipes that call for a double boiler. I feel good, as now I can pass along some old family favorites.”
Best copper-lined saucepan
“I wish I knew of this Gotham saucepan several very expensive Dutch ovens ago. Lots of assets here: lightweight, which is an important consideration when you put a five-pound roast, vegetables, and fluid into it; every component of this pot can go into the oven at high temperature; nonstick means easy clean up; and it is good for boiling, baking, and frying. It is nice-looking, too. This is definitely my go-to pot.”
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