How To Choose A Saucepan Set

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In our kitchens today most of us have a sauce pan set in some shape or form and most of us have had them for many years. Whether your purchasing a saucepan set for the first time, replacing your old cookware or upgrading to a professional saucepan set you have a wide choice available in the market today.

As with all purchases your budget will be the first consideration. If you are on a tight budget then ensure you are not buying more pans than you need and you are also buying the right types of pan for you requirement. Sauce pans are normally measured by diameter and the volume in comparable between manufacturers. A milk pan normally the smallest saucepan will have a spout to aid pouring of hot milk for that late night hot chocolate. Below gives you a rough idea of the diameters and capacity of saucepans.

Type Diameter Capacity


14.00cm 5.51” 0.9 litres 1½ pints
Saucepan 14.00cm 5.51” 1 litre 1¾ pints


16.00cm 6.30” 1.5 litres 2¾ pints
Saucepan 18.00cm 7.09” 2 litres 3½ pints
Saucepan 20.00cm 7.87” 2.8 litres 5 pints


Saucepan sets come in various styles from the classic sauce pan with straight sides to the Windsor pan which has sloping sides, round base and a flat bottom. This can mainly be used for sauces but is not a versatile as the classic sauce pan. The lid of the pan should be tight fitting and the handle on the lid can either be a knob or a loop. The loop is easier to pick when using oven gloves. The handle should be of medium size and feel comfortable to hold. If you try feel the saucepan in the hand before purchasing then you will get a good idea the feel a balance of the sauce pan. Make sure all the saucepans in the set have a good balance and feel. The handle can be made out of a heat resistant material so it shouldn’t get hot while on the stove or over hanging another burner however this is totally the case.

Saucepans can come in various materials or combination of material for example copper, aluminium, cast iron, stainless steel and non-stick. Copper saucepans are probably the most traditional but also expensive. The main problem with copper saucepans are they difficult to clean.

Which ever saucepan set you choose from a stainless steel saucepan set from Stellar Cookware or  a le creuset saucepan set, look after them well and they should give you years of enjoyable cooking.

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