18 Best Sauce Pan Sets (Review) In 2021
- The Best Sauce Pan Set
- 1. AmazonBasics Non-Stick Cookware Set
- 2. SHINEURI 5 Pieces Nonstick Copper Cookware Pot & Sauce Pan Set
- 3. GreenLife Soft Grip Nonstick Saucepan Set
- 4. Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Cookware Pots and Pans Set
- 5. Cooks Standard Professional Stainless Steel Cookware Set
- 6. T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 12 Piece Cookware Set
- 7. Epicurious Cookware Collection Pot & Sauce Pan Set
- 8. Caannasweis Nonstick Kitchen Cookware Set
- 9. NutriChef Nonstick Cookware Pots & Pan Set
- 10. Cook N Home 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
- 11. Berlinger Haus 15-Piece 3-Layer Marble Coating Cookware Set
- 12. Utopia Kitchen Nonstick Saucepan Set
- 13. All-Clad Essentials Nonstick Saucepan Set
- 14. SHINEURI 5 Pieces Copper Cookware Pans and Pots Set
- 15. Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set
- 16. T-fal Titanium Advanced Nonstick Thermo-Spot Pan Set
- 17. ELO Skyline Stainless Steel Kitchen Induction Cookware Pots and Pans Set
- 18. Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 7-Piece Cookware Set
Whether you are the next Marco Pierre-White, an amateur chef, or a part-time home cook, you need a good set of thermal pots and pans.
If your existing cookware sets have seen better days then its time to discover some of the great alternatives available to enhance your kitchen and put the joy back into cooking.
Cookware sets come in various shapes and sizes, with different materials and finish so to help you decide we have reviewed some of the best options available. We also look at the key features you should consider before buying a set.
The Best Sauce Pan Set
Stay cool, soft-touch handle
Compatible with gas and electric stoves
Our best choice for a saucepan set is AmazonBasics Non-Stick Cookware Set. This is a great starter set that gives you five different pans plus three lids that will allow you to prepare most dishes. These pans are all non-stick, making them easy to clean and cook with, provided you follow the cleaning instructions to maintain the coating. They are not dishwasher safe.
The stay-cool handles also make this set user-friendly and safe to touch when on the stove and they work with gas and electric cookers, but are not suitable for induction hobs. There have been a few concerns about the durability of the AmazonBasics pans, but these reviews are minimal.
Great value for money
Selection of five pans
Not induction compatible
Not dishwasher safe
Suitable for induction, gas and electric hobs
The SHINEURI 5 Pieces Nonstick Copper Cookware Pot & Sauce Pan Set gives you an 8inch frying pan, plus 1.5qt and 2.5qt saucepans, both with lids. These pans are relatively lightweight, made with copper and aluminum. The aluminum creates even heat distribution when cooking while maintaining a non-stick surface that is easy to use and easy to clean. They can be heated to a temperature of up to 550 degrees, and while it says you can place these in the oven, the handles will get very hot if you do so. They tend to get uncomfortably warm even on a stovetop.
The Shineuri pans are compatible with all cooker tops, although there have been reports that they are not recognized on some induction cookers, so you should double-check your model before purchasing. These pans perform well and have one of the best nonstick surfaces, but the small size does limit their capacity. An additional, larger sized pan would improve this cookware set.
Limited capacity of saucepans
Handles do get hot
Induction capacity is questionable
Set of two pans with lids
Attractive turquoise color
Non-stick ceramic coating
Oven safe to 392degrees Fahrenheit
Gas and electric compatible
Our budget pick is GreenLife Soft Grip Nonstick Saucepan Set that comes in a lovely turquoise colour. With this set, you only find two saucepans with lids (1qt and 2qt sizes), but they are made from high-quality, toxic-free ceramic material, reinforced with aluminium for even heating.
Both pans have an ergonomic stay-cool handle that can be placed in the oven and heated up to nearly 400 degrees. The GreenLife pans can be cleaned in the dishwasher, which makes clearing up incredibly easy, but they can’t be used for heating food on induction cookers.
Suitable for ovens and dishwashers
Only two pans
Not suitable for induction hobs
Ten piece set
Oven proof to 500 degrees
If you are looking for a highly durable cookware sets, then you won’t go far wrong with the Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Cookware Pots and Pans Set. The set has been made with professionally styled and polished stainless steel and includes two saucepans and a stockpot with lids, plus frying pans and a saute pan. These are designed for use on all hobs, including induction stoves, and have thick aluminium cores that allow exceptional heat distribution.
All the items, including the glass lids, can be put in the oven but the handles will get very hot when you do, and they can feel quite heavy to lift in and out. The Farberware Millennium pots are all dishwasher safe but are not non-stick, so bear this in mind when cooking.
Dishwasher and induction safe
Handles get hot
Stainless steel base with aluminium disc
Stainless steel lids
Compatible with all stovetops
Oven proof to 500degrees F
The Cooks Standard Professional Stainless Steel Cookware Set is a durable stainless steel option. With this set you get four pots, all with lids and easy pour lips; 2qt and 3qt saucepans, 6qt stockpot and 4qt saute pan, and each pan has a bonded aluminium disc on the base for even heat distribution.
As it is stainless steel, this is a fairly robust set that can be put in the oven and is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The other advantage of this product is that it works on all stovetops, included induction cookers. In terms of handling, these pans are not the easiest as they are quite heavy and the handles are stainless steel, with no heatproof cover.
Works on all stovetops
Handles are not heatproof or ergonomic
Heavy to handle
12 piece set
Black T-fal design
Even heat base
Thermo spot indicator
Our best value choice from the cookware sets we reviewed is T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick 12 Piece Cookware Set. This set includes a Dutch oven and three saucepans of different sizes, all covered. You also get a 10-inch and an 8-inch frying pan and two non-metal utensils suitable for non-stick cooking. These pots and pans are built with anodized aluminium which retains heat and is corrosion plus scratch-resistant. The interior is reinforced with titanium and has a non-toxic non-stick coating, and they are safe for oven use.
As with most T-fal products, each pan has a Thermo spot indicator that glows red to tell you when it is adequately preheated. They also have silicone covered handles for additional comfort and all the pots plus lids can be cleaned in the dishwasher. This 12 piece set is compatible with all stovetops except induction cookers and you will get the best results if you use it on a medium-high setting, not the highest heat.
Great value and variety
Not suitable for induction cookers
11 piece cookware set
Aluminium and stainless steel construction
Bold copper colours
Compatible with all cookers
The Epicurious Cookware Collection Pot & Sauce Pan Set is designed to be both thermally efficient and eye-catching. All the pots have a shiny copper exterior which makes them look like they belong in an old fashioned kitchen but have modern stainless steel and aluminium bases. This gives them even heat distribution and the ability to heat up quickly.
With the Epicurious set, you get a stockpot, two saucepans (2.5 and 1.5qt), a saute pan and a steamer insert. These all have heavy-duty glass lids with stainless steel edges. Additionally, you get a 10-inch and an 8-inch frying pan, and the whole set is compatible with all cooktops, including induction. These are some of the best nonstick pans in terms of versatility. This nonstick cookware is safe to put in the oven and the dishwasher, with the only downside being that handles are a little uncomfortable to use.
Works on all stoves
Seven pans included
Eye-catching copper design
Handles are not very comfortable
Three pots plus a kettle
PFOA, PTFE, lead and cadmium free
Suitable for most cooker tops
Unique marble stone appearance
The Caannasweis Nonstick Kitchen Cookware Set is one of the cookware sets with a unique appearance. This cookware is designed to mimic marble stone and is fitted with woodgrain handles, so it gives a fascinating, rustic look. With this set, you get a regular saucepan, a casserole dish and a frying pan with lids, plus a stone tea kettle. All of the pots and kettle can be used to cook food on any type of stove, including induction.
The base of these pots has a tri-ply construction, with magnets and aluminium, and the interior is completely non-stick. You can easily wipe them clean but be sure not to put them in the dishwasher or to use abrasive cleaners on them. None of the pots can be placed in the oven.
Tri-ply base for all cooker tops
Unique, attractive wood and stone appearance
Not suitable for oven use
Not suitable for dishwasher cleaning
Blue diamond ceramic exterior
PTFE, PFOA and PFOS free
Superior heat transfer
Silicone touch handles
Compatible with gas, electric, ceramic and induction stoves
Made from reinforced forged aluminium but with a blue diamond ceramic exterior, NutriChef Nonstick Cookware Pots & Pan Set will certainly catch your eye. The pots are highly durable, and the ceramic component provides efficient heat transfer. There are eleven pieces in this cookware set, which includes three utensils and three lids made with tempered glass. The pots come in the form of a 1.7qt saucepan, a 6qt dutch oven pot, a 2.1qt cooking pot, and 8-inch and an 11-inch frying pan. All the pans, plus utensils have silicone handles, so they stay cool and are easy to manage.
The NutriChef cookware can be used on gas, electric, induction and ceramic stovetops and the nonstick pans are free from any toxins. They can also be placed safely in the dishwasher. There have been reports of the nonstick coating losing its effectiveness over time, so care should be taken to follow the correct cleaning and storage instructions.
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Compatible with induction tops
The nonstick coating may lose effectiveness
Ten piece stainless steel cookware
Aluminium disc for even heating
Tempered glass lids
This is another option worth considering if you want a full starter kit of pots and pans. With the Cook N Home 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, you find five different sized saucepans, including a stockpot and frying pan, all with tempered glass lids. Made from stainless steel, they are mirror polished for easy cleaning and high shine and have an aluminium disc base that helps the heat to be evenly distributed.
This is one of the best cookware options if you are looking for a no-frills option that works well on gas, glass, ceramic, electric, halogen and induction tops. None of the saucepans can be put in the oven but they are perfectly safe to clean by hand or machine.
Good value for money
Works on all cooker tops
Not oven safe
Fifteen piece cookware set
Turbo induction base
Three-layer marble coating
Easy to clean
The Berlinger Haus 15-Piece 3-Layer Marble Coating Cookware Set is our premium pick for the best pots and pans and one of the best nonstick cookware options. These sets are available in a variety of finishes, from red or purple through to an ebony and wood design, so you can select one to suit your kitchen.
These pans are lightweight and have a three-layer marble coating which gives them durability and their unique finish. The turbo induction base means they heat up much more quickly compared to similar products and they can even be placed in the dishwasher for an easy clean-up. In this set, you receive utensils, steamer inserts, stock pots, a dutch oven, traditional saucepans and two frying pans. None of the items can be used in the oven.
Not suitable for oven cooking
Set of two saucepans
Bakelite handle and lid knob
The Utopia Kitchen Nonstick Saucepan Set is one of the smallest cookware sets as it compromises of just two saucepans. The 1qt pan and lid can only be used on a gas stove, but the 2qt pan has an induction base. The pans have two layers of nonstick coating on the interior and are fitted with Bakelite handles, which stay cool and are comfortable to use. The same Bakelite material is used on the knob on the glass lids.
These products are affordable, durable and easy to clean – the instructions say you can use a dishwasher, but it is best to handwash them only.
Good option for small pots
Distributes heat well
Both pots are not suitable for induction hobs
Not oven safe
Two saucepan set
PFOA free coating
Dishwasher and hand wash safe
Stainless steel handles
Compatible with gas, electric, ceramic and halogen tops
This All-Clad Essentials Nonstick Saucepan Set is another that has just two pans, one of 2.5qt and one of 4.5qt capacity, both with lids. They are made with anodized aluminium which heats quickly, and have a PFOA free nonstick coating. The lids are made with tempered glass, and all lids and pots are dishwasher safe. Once the pots are heated, the handles will get hot so should be touched with care.
There are many other pans available in the same range, and they all come with interchangeable lids and nesting handles for easy storage. Several reviews of the All-Clad pots do question how long the nonstick coating lasts for, even with showing due care and attention when cleaning and using.
Large capacity pans
Easy storage (stackable)
Works on most stovetops
Handles get hot
Not suitable for induction tops
Aluminium base for even heat distribution
Induction based – suitable for all stoves
Tempered glass lids
The SHINEURI 5 Pieces Copper Cookware Pans and Pots Set has the same properties as the other Shineuri set we reviewed, but the pans are different sizes. With this set, there is an 8inch frying pan, a 9.5inch frying pan and a 2.5qt saucepan, all with glass tempered lids for visible cooking. These pans are good consideration if you want to extend your existing range or don’t have a need for stockpots and Dutch ovens. They are extremely lightweight, so easy to manoeuvre, but not everyone likes this with a pan.
Shineuri products have PFOA and PTEF free nonstick coating and you can extend the lifetime of this coating by ensuring the pan is fully cooled before cleaning. Then, just clean with warm water and a sponge. However, if you aren’t fussed at the longevity but want quick cleaning, they can be put in the dishwasher. These pots have a distinctive copper colour but are built with aluminium and have an induction base that makes them suitable for all stoves. You can place them in the oven but the lids are only safe up to 350 degrees.
Even heat distribution
The ultra-lightweight design may earn it negative reviews
12 piece cookware set
Seven coloured finishes to choose from
Nonstick porcelain exterior
PFOA free interior
Rubberised stainless steel handles
Shatter-resistant glass lids
Works on all stoves except induction
The Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set has a relatively high price point, but it does include everything you need to cook a wide variety of food. You receive a two saucepan, a stockpot and saute pan all with lids, plus two frying plans and two utensils. This set is made with durable aluminium and has PFOA free nonstick surfaces, and the exterior is made with enamel porcelain. The exterior is available in seven different colours, all with a rustic look, so you can find one to suit your kitchen design.
One additional, useful feature of these products is that they have stainless steel handles with a silicone cover which stays relatively cool when handling and is comfortable to manage even when lifting pots full of food in and out of the oven. Make sure that you follow the washing instructions carefully and don’t use them on very high temperatures; otherwise the paint and bases will be damaged easily.
Versatility of pans in the set
Easy to handle
Not suitable for dishwasher cleaning
Not suitable for induction cookers
Twelve piece set
Titanium nonstick interior
Thermo spot heat indicator
Works on gas, ceramic, electric and halogen
T-fal Titanium Advanced Nonstick Thermo-Spot Pan Set is similar to our best value choice by T-fal but with slightly different construction, which is the reason for the lower price point. With this particular set, you receive an 8inch and a 9inch frying pan, a 1qt and 2qt saucepan, a 3qt deep saute plan plus a Dutch Oven. All the pans, except for the frying pan, come with lids and you also get two utensils.
These products have a titanium nonstick interior and the Thermo Spot heat indicators to tell you when they are adequately preheated and ready to cook your food. They can be used in the oven and cleaned in a dishwasher if you want but cannot be used on induction hobs.
High-quality nonstick surface
Not suitable for induction cookers
10 piece cookware set
Transparent glass lids
This 10-piece ELO Skyline Stainless Steel Kitchen Induction Cookware Pots and Pans Set is made from stainless steel and gives you five different sizes of pots and saucepans, all with ventilated lids. ELO prides itself with its German engineering and the high-quality steel used in the products, plus its heating properties make it some of the best cookware available, according to the manufacturer.
These items all have ergonomic handles, although three is no stay-cool technology or comfortable coating. They can be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning and work on all types of stovetops. ELO offers a one-year warranty.
Compatible with all stoves
No stay-cool technology
No frying pan included
Heat stains appear easily
Hard anodized aluminum
Quantanium non-stick coating
Shatter-resistant glass lids
With the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 7-Piece Cookware Set you will receive a stockpot, two saucepans (3qt and 1.5qt) and a 10-inch frying pan/skillet. Three glass lids are also included. These products are made from hard-anodized aluminum which is well known for its ability to heat evenly and have cool grip handles. The coating is made from reinforced titanium for easy food release and healthy cooking, plus metal utensils can be used, although we don’t recommend this.
Thanks to the rims on these saucepans, you will also achieve drip-free pouring, and they can withstand the heat inside your oven of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of the pans even have measuring lines on the interior, which may earn them extra points for being user-friendly. The Cuisinart non-stick hard anodized cookware has a very professional look and is exceptionally durable, but they cannot be used with induction cookers.
Measurement markings inside the pans
Nonstick coating doesn’t perform consistently well
Not suitable for induction stoves
Features To Consider With Sauce Pan Sets
As you can see from the reviews, the design of cookware sets differs from range to range. You can choose the size and material that meets your needs but also a colour that fits with your kitchen scheme. This is especially true with ceramic pots, but other materials may give you an option of copper or silver coatings.
Ease Of Storage
The benefit of buying a large set of cookware is that you find the versatility of having a pot for every use. However, you will also need somewhere to store these bulky items. The best cookware sets, if you are short on space, are those that can be stacked easily, with the pans fitting inside each other.
The best saucepans will give you even distribution of heat across the surface, which will ensure your recipe is cooked evenly. Pans with an aluminium core are a great option for achieving this equal heat distribution.
Not all saucepans are compatible with induction stoves, some work only with gas or electric hobs. If you have an induction cooker, you will need to ensure that you choose a pan that is compatible.
The most commonly used materials for cookware are stainless steel, copper, aluminium, cast-iron, stoneware and ceramic. Each of these has its own advantages and disadvantages. Which material is best comes down to personal preference and your required use. Stainless steel, cast-iron and stoneware will be highly durable, but will also be heavier to handle. Aluminium and ceramic pots are great for ensuring heat is distributed evenly and usually have the best nonstick cookware options.
Number Of Pans In Set
If you are just starting out cooking, you may want a large 10 piece set, which gives you six pots plus lids. This is a more than adequate number to get you going. However, if you don’t want to splash out on such a large set, or you only need to replace one or two of your existing saucepans then you can get sets of just two pans, which may be more suitable for your needs.
Be careful when reading product descriptions, as the number of pieces listed often includes lids and any utensils that are included.
Ceramic, aluminium or copper pans usually come with a nonstick coating. This will make them easy to clean and are best if you want to avoid adding oils to your food when cooking. However, if you opt for one of these, you must ensure that you follow the correct washing and utensil procedures to preserve the coating.
You will not have nonstick cookware if you choose stainless steel pots so you need to add oil when cooking your food. If you want to completely avoid oil when cooking, an air fryer might be a great option for you.
Before you purchase a pan it is best to consider who you are cooking for. If you have a small household of one or two people, then saucepans of 1 or 2 quarts are usually enough. However, if you have a family to cook for, then it is best to opt for large pans or stockpots.
Sauce Pan Set FAQ
Q: Is it best to cook with stainless steel or nonstick?
The choice between stainless steel and nonstick cookware is mainly a personal preference. Nonstick options are easy to clean and are often preferred by the health-conscious as you don’t need to add extra fat or oil before cooking. The downside is that they don’t let you achieve a searing effect and there is a small danger that when they are used at exceptionally high temperatures, chemicals may be released into the air.
Stainless steel pots are more durable, often oven-proof and will produce the attractive browning or searing on your food. The drawback of stainless steel is that you will need to add oil for cooking, and it requires more effort to clean. To prevent making a mess, use splatter screens whenever cooking on oil.
Q: Are ceramic pans long-lasting?
Ceramic cookware is a popular option and is relatively long-lasting, although not as durable as stainless steel. The expected lifespan of a ceramic pan is 3-5years, but they do require a bit of care to ensure it doesn’t chip with continued use.
Q: Can you use metal utensils on a nonstick pan?
You should always avoid using metal utensils on nonstick cookware as they will scratch and damage the coating. It is best to use wood, plastic, or silicone instead.