10 of the best saucepan sets

07 May 2021

saucepans

Cook up a storm with our pick of the best saucepans to add to your kitchen.

A good set of saucepans is an essential piece of kit for any kitchen. Whether you’re preparing gourmet dishes or rustling up a simple family dinner, there aren’t many meals you can make without calling on a saucepan or two.

There are saucepans to suit every budget but as pans are made from a range of materials from aluminium to stainless steel, you might not be sure which ones will meet your needs. This is where our roundup comes in handy as we've consulted the Mumsnet forums to dig out some tried-and-tested recommendations. Chances are that your saucepans will be something you use every day, so whether you need new pans for a gas, electric or induction hob, our list has you covered.

Here are the best saucepans to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall saucepans: Stellar 7000 S7C1D 5-Piece Set of Stainless Steel Pans

Price: £180 | Buy now from Amazon

“I've had a set of Stellar pans for 25 years which has been great. They have been used daily and cleaned in both the dishwasher and by hand – you would never know they were as old as they are. If anything sticks, a bit of bicarbonate of soda with minimal water does the trick.”

“I have a Stellar set too. The stainless-steel ones, though I believe they do a non-stick set too. They are amazing and will last you 30 years. If anything sticks I just soak in cold water and use a scouring pad and they come up as good as new.”

“Stellar is a very good make, still using mine after 25 years.”

1. Best overall saucepans: Stellar 7000 S7C1D 5-Piece Set of Stainless Steel Pans

Stellar saucepans come up again and again on the Mumsnet forums, with lots of people raving about how easy they are to use and how long they last (they’re sold with a 10-year guarantee).

This set of pans is stainless steel (albeit with a non-stick frying pan included) so they can take a bit more effort to scrub clean than non-stick pans, especially if you get any burnt food on the inside. But they are incredibly versatile. The ‘hot forged’ bases provide fast, even heat distribution, and they work on gas, ceramic and induction hobs. They’re dishwasher safe, come with ovenproof glass lids and – if that isn’t enough – these high sided pans even have special built-in strainers meaning you won’t need to use a colander to drain your cooked pasta. Nifty.

Key specs

  • Material: Stainless steel; Teflon non-stick frying pan
  • Size: 14cm, 16cm, 18cm & 20cm draining saucepans, 26cm non-stick frying pan
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes (except non-stick frying pan)
Buy now from Amazon

2. Best budget saucepans: Argos Home 3-Piece Stainless Steel Pan Set

Price: £28 | Buy now from Argos

“I got a cheap set of three pans from Argos 21 years ago which I’ve recently passed on to my daughters.”

2. Best budget saucepans: Argos Home 3-Piece Stainless Steel Pan Set

Argos knows what it’s doing with this basic budget saucepan set, which is likely to have been shipped off (alongside plenty of tins of baked beans) with many a university student over the years.

But the three stainless-steel pans can do a decent job for anyone. They are dishwasher-safe, suitable for most hob types (gas, electric, halogen, induction and ceramic) and have glass lids. Get cooking.

Key specs

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Size: Diameter 14cm, 16cm, 18cm.
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
Buy now from Argos

3. Best all-rounder saucepan set: Lakeland Hard Anodised Bell Shaped 5-Piece Pan Set

Price: £185 | Buy now from Lakeland

“Lakeland has nice ones. I bought a new set this year.”

3. Best all-rounder saucepan set: Lakeland Hard Anodised Bell Shaped 5-Piece Pan Set

Lots of us like to have stuff in the kitchen that looks nice, as well as being functional. This five-piece hard anodised set of saucepans ticks both boxes. The bell shape means that more of the surface area sits on the hob (for better heat distribution) while the high sides prevent splashes.

The hard anodised surface is really hard wearing and genuinely non-stick, so you should find cooking with these a joy. They’re dishwasher- and induction hob-safe, and you can pop them in the oven up to 180 degrees – even with the glass lids on. Lakeland backs them up with a three-year guarantee too, which is nice of them!

Key specs

  • Material: Aluminium, with triple layer PFOA-free non-stick coating
  • Size: 14cm milk pan, 16cm, 18cm & 20cm saucepans, plus 24cm frying pan
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
Buy now from Lakeland

4. Best non-stick saucepans: Eaziglide Neverstick2 Non-Stick Saucepan Set with Lids, 3 Piece

Price: £135 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

“I’m very pleased with Neverstick Eaziglide.”

4. Best non-stick saucepans: Eaziglide Neverstick2 Non-Stick Saucepan Set with Lids, 3 Piece

If you’re looking for some non-stick saucepans that really live up to their promise of.. er… not letting food stick, don’t let this Eaziglide Neverstick2 saucepan set slide past.

These pans come with a lifetime guarantee that covers any flaking or peeling of the non-stick coating and the top-of-the-range non-stickiness lets you cook with less fat making it easy to rustle up healthy meals. They also feature 'eazipour' straining lids to drain water without a colander and you can bung them in the oven (up to 260°C), the dishwasher, or on any type of hob.

Key specs

  • Material: Aluminium body, stainless steel base and non-stick coating
  • Size: 16cm, 18cm & 20cm saucepans with lids
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

5. Best saucepan set for induction hobs: Circulon Premier Professional Hard Anodized 13-Piece Non Stick Cookware Set

“We've had this set for three years so far and they're still perfect…gorgeous colour too.”

“We use the Circulon set. I've never been so impressed by a set of pots!”

5. Best saucepan set for induction hobs: Circulon Premier Professional Hard Anodized 13-Piece Non Stick Cookware Set

Circulon is another brand that has plenty of fans on the Mumsnet forums, and this beautiful bronze set of pots and pans demonstrates exactly why.

With eight pans and five lids included, this will kit out your kitchen in one fell swoop, with pans ranging from a 900ml capacity all the way up to a 7.5-litre stockpot. They have comfy rubberised handles, non-stick interiors, and the stainless-steel bases conduct heat evenly and can be used on any hob. One thing to be aware of – while these pans can be put in the dishwasher, the manufacturer recommends washing them by hand to help them last as long as possible.

Key specs

  • Material: Hard anodised aluminium, with non-stick coatings.
  • Size: 900ml, 1.8, 2.8, 4.7 & 7.5 litre saucepans. 21.5, 25.4 and 30.4cm skillets.
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
Buy now from Amazon

6. Best saucepans for style: GreenPan Non-Stick Cookware Set

Price: £63 | Buy now from Amazon

6. Best saucepans for style: GreenPan Non-Stick Cookware Set

If you’ve got a country-style kitchen, this saucepan set from GreenPan is well worth a look. It combines modern non-stick technology with vintage colours and attractive wooden handles.

The set comprises a 1.58-litre saucepan with two pouring spouts, a 3.8-litre casserole pan with glass lid and a non-stick spoon. The pans can be used on induction hobs with a patented magnetic base for extra stability and the non-stick coating is certified as toxin-free at any temperature. The only downside is that the wooden handles mean you can’t put them in the oven or dishwasher.

Key specs

  • Material: Aluminium, Ceramic non-stick interior
  • Size: 1.58 litre and 3.8 litre
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: No
Buy now from Amazon

7. Best stainless steel saucepans: Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set, 4 Pieces

Price: £450 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have stainless steel Le Creuset pans. Absolutely amazing. The thick bottoms mean they cook evenly and never stain. About five years in, and they still look new.”

“Save up and get Le Creueset. Seriously, I tried so many pans and they only lasted a few years. Now I never have to buy a pan again, don't have to worry about how I use them and they are easy to clean.”

7. Best stainless steel saucepans: Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set, 4 Pieces

Just the mention of ‘Le Creueset’ is enough to raise the temperature in many people’s kitchens, so if you’re a fan, you’ll be glad to know this set of saucepans doesn’t disappoint.

The triple layer construction of the pans promises to cook food more efficiently at lower temperatures and will keep your food warmer for longer too. And the anti-drip pouring lip should prevent spills when you’re getting food onto the plate. The stainless steel handles are comfortable to use and – as you might expect at this price – they’re fine to go in the dishwasher and oven too.

Of course, they are far from being the cheapest pans out there, but they could well last you a lifetime. And if you decide you don’t like them within 90 days of your purchase, you can get your money back.

Key specs

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Size: 16 and 18 cm saucepans with lids, 20 cm deep casserole with lid and 24cm non-stick frying pan
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
Buy now from Amazon

8. Best saucepans for colour: Prestige Prism Induction Aluminium Saucepan, Set of 3

Price: £61 | Buy now from Amazon

8. Best saucepans for colour: Prestige Prism Induction Aluminium Saucepan, Set of 3

If you want your saucepans to be as colourful as your food, the Prestige Prism pan set could make your eyes light up.

The three-piece set comes with 14cm, 16cm and 18cm pans with glass lids, and metallic silver, copper and purple colours to choose from. They are non-stick, heat quickly and are suitable for most hobs, including induction hobs. There’s no need to worry about putting them in the dishwasher or oven but some online reviewers did say they found the lids and handles got really hot.

Key specs

  • Material: Non-stick
  • Size: 16cm pan, 24 and 28cm frying pans
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: No
Buy now from Amazon

9. Best aluminium saucepans: Tower Cerastone Forged Aluminium 5-Piece Pan Set

Price: £75 | Buy now from Amazon

9. Best aluminium saucepans: Tower Cerastone Forged Aluminium 5-Piece Pan Set

The ‘Cerastone’ coating on these pans doesn’t just give them a cool graphite look, but means they have great non-stick performance, allowing food to be cooked with less oil.

Underneath the coating, the pans have a durable aluminium body, as well as bonded steel bases, which distribute heat evenly and can be used on all types of hob, including induction hobs. Add in the comfortable rubberised handles and these pans are great all-rounders (although best not to be used in the oven).

Key specs

  • Material: Non-stick
  • Size: 14, 18, 20, 22cm saucepans with lid, 20cm and 28cm frying pans
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
Buy now from Amazon

10. Best space-saving saucepans: Tefal L2009242 Ingenio Essential Non-stick Starter Kit

Price: £80 | Buy now from Amazon

“We bought a Tefal Ingenio set. They stack and the handles clip on, so they're super compact for cupboard space.”

10. Best space-saving saucepans: Tefal L2009242 Ingenio Essential Non-stick Starter Kit

If your kitchen cupboards are already full to bursting but you’d like some new saucepans, this set of Tefal Ingenio pans is a great buy.

All of the pans are stackable, and they have a handy space-saving removable handle too – so you should be able to put them neatly away once you’ve created your latest culinary masterpiece. And they cook well too! They have a non-stick coating, and are dishwasher and oven safe. A solid choice.

Key specs

  • Material: Titanium non-stick
  • Size: 16cm saucepan, and 24 and 28cm frying pans
  • Suitable for induction hobs: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
Buy now from Amazon

How to choose the best saucepan

A good set of saucepans will be something you use everyday, so it’s worth treating it as an investment and picking a set that will last the test of time. Many come with guarantees so that’s something worth checking for, particularly if you’re spending quite a bit.

Beyond that, important things to consider are whether your new pans will work on your hob (not all saucepans work on induction hobs), where you stand on non-stick materials, and if you want to be able to put the pans in the oven or dishwasher.

What is the best saucepan material?

This is a hot topic on the Mumsnet forums! Both stainless steel and non-stick pans are popular. Non-stick pans are considered to be slightly more convenient and stainless steel pans more durable. In the end, we think it comes down to personal preference. You may well decide to buy some of each.

Which saucepans are suitable for induction hobs?

Saucepans will only work on induction hobs if they have a magnetic material in the base so cast iron and stainless steel bases will work, but aluminium and copper pans won’t. Our list lets you know which pans will work on induction hobs but if you’re buying from elsewhere, double check the manufacturer’s advice.

Are saucepans dishwasher safe?

Most – although not all – saucepans are dishwasher safe. Double check the manufacturer’s guidance to be sure, as if you don’t follow their instructions, you might invalidate the warranty.

What is the best saucepan to buy?

We think the Stellar 7000 S7C1D 5-Piece Set of Stainless Steel Pans is the best set to buy right now. The pans look the part and they have smart extras like easy-pouring spouts. Mumsnetters really rate their durability, whether they have gas or induction hobs.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which saucepans discerning Mumsnet users had bought. We compiled a list of saucepans they recommended, noting how effective they found them.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which saucepans had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers’ reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the saucepans we thought would make the best buys in several interest categories.

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