Saucepan Sets Awards 2013
Welcome to Saucepan Sets Headquarters Awards for 2013. On this page we list only the saucepan sets that have proved to be popular with both critics and end users alike. We have two categories Best medium priced and best high end pan sets.
However, before we dive straight into our recommendations, we’ve included five things for you to think about when buying a saucepan set for yourselves.
Five things to consider when buying Saucepan Sets
1) Cooking Skills
How good are you at cooking? If you love cooking then you know investing in high quality saucepans is worth it because it’s going to bring you more enjoyment knowing you are using the best tools you can.
If you are a beginner just starting out then you might not be sure what you want from your saucepan yet. It is worth noting that regardless of your cooking skills, good quality saucepan sets will improve your cooking. Cheap saucepans can make cooking hard work and make you look bad when you have to scrape your egg off of a cheap saucepan which doesn’t have a non-stick coating, or worse the coating came off.
With high quality saucepan sets you are less likely to burn food, overcook vegetables or scrape anything because they are made to do their job well.
2) Every day wear & tear
When you use a saucepan set every day they can easily get knocked about or accidentally dropped onto a tiled kitchen floor. Can the cookware you want cope with this or will you need to be really careful?
How well can your desired saucepan set cope with scratches? For example you are in the middle of cooking and can’t find the wooden spoon so use a metal utensil instead. How scratch resistant is the pan?
Finally, after all the cooking is done and the food is eaten, how easy are they to clean or better yet, can you throw them straight into the dishwasher without worrying about the colour of the pans dulling.
3) Length of use
How long do you want to keep your saucepans for? The truth is that the more expensive brands tend to be more durable than the cheaper brands. This is reflected in the fact that manufacturers like Circulon and Anolon offer lifetime guarantees.
4) Weight & Size
Weight is another important aspect to consider. Ideally you want something that you can easily carry and pour from but weighty enough to feel steady on a hob.
The size or volume of saucepan sets advertised is its full capacity but the actual quantity you can put into the pan will be roughly two thirds the dimension marked on the saucepan.
5) Can you ‘handle’ it? (excuse the pun)
A saucepan handle may be the last thing you think about when looking at saucepan sets but actually they are a really important part of the product. You want a handle that is comfortable to hold and one that will not slip out of your hands when it gets wet. If you intend to use your pans in an oven then ensure that the saucepan set is oven proof.
Best Mid-Range Saucepan set
Winner – Prestige
The Prestige range is made of light aluminium, resistant to corrosion and will endure a maximum of 180°C in an oven. The 16cm pan is incredibly effective at maintaining heat and heating water on all types of cookers. Even if you are cooking sauces or stews on extended heat the pan base distributes the heat proficiently so you shouldn’t have burnt patches in your food.
The pan is perfectly balanced so pouring out your food onto a plate is simple and the soft silicone handles are easy to grip and very comfortable.
Negatives are that this set is not dishwasher friendly. If you put them in a dishwasher it will dull the colour. Also this cookware will dent if it is dropped on the floor. These prestige saucepans do not work on induction hobs.
However the non-stick surface is fairly robust and will survive anticipated scratches if you use metal utensils once in a while.
Best High End Saucepan Sets
Joint Winner – Circulon Infinite
This range is the toughest out of the Prestige and Raymond Blanc cookware and can happily cope with a few knocks. It also goes up to the highest temperature in the oven, 240°C. You can place this cookware in any dishwasher without fear of the cookware losing its colour and is also very easy to hand wash clean if you prefer.
The only downside to this cookware set is that it is heavier than the other makes and slightly more prone to corrosion which means it may develop marks on the base.
However, the 16cm pan holds far more than other models. Heat is distributed evenly through the base which means that your food will not burn on the bottom.
You can read a more in depth review of the multi piece cookware set here: Circulon Infinite
Joint Winner – Raymond Blanc by Anolon
The 16cm pan holds a lot and is oven safe up to 180°C. It is stable on a hob. The glass lids on the Raymond Blanc range do not get hot and are fine to remove when you are cooking.
It is recommended you hand wash Raymond Blanc cookware but this range won’t lose its colour if you use a dishwasher to clean them.
If this saucepan set gets knocked and falls over then it will dent. When it comes to heating water it is not as effective as the Prestige or Circulon Infinite cookware. However it is more efficient if you use an electric hob. This cookware set has lot’s of positive reviews on both the Debenhams and John Lewis website and we give it a big thumbs up.
So that’s our opinion on the best saucepan sets available in 2013 but what do you think?
Is there a glaring omission to the saucepan sets we suggested?
Any tips we have not listed?
Please add your comments below and let us know what you think.