Saucepans buying guide

Pots and pans come in all sorts of styles, materials and price ranges so knowing what makes one saucepan better than another is not that straightforward. Saucepans should be a long term investment, so you should consider practicality, looks and also durability when making your choice.

Considerations

  • Are the saucepans suitable for your hob or cooker?
  • What type of food will you cook?
  • Are they dishwasher safe?

Types of pans

There are many different types of pots and pans. We have listed these below and what hobs they are suitable for:

  • Aluminium non-stick

    These pans distribute heat quickly and evenly. They're lightweight, easy to clean and have a stay cool handle. These pans are dishwasher safe.

    Suitable for: Ceramic, electric, gas, radiant ring and solid hot plate hobs

  • Stainless steel

    These durable and hard-wearing pans have an encapsulated aluminium base sealed to the stainless steel pan to aid heat distribution. These pans are dishwasher safe.

    Suitable for: Ceramic, electric, gas, halogen, hot plate, radiant ring and solid hot plate hobs plus oven cooking

  • Copper base stainless steel

    These extremely hard-wearing pans have a copper encapsulated aluminium base, which distributes the heat quickly and evenly. These pans are dishwasher safe.

    Suitable for: Ceramic, gas, halogen, radiant ring and solid hot plate hobs

  • Hard anodised

    The pans have a chemically toughened surface, which makes them extremely hard-wearing and durable; they also have a stay cool handle. Please note that these pans are not dishwasher safe.

    Suitable for: Ceramic, gas, halogen, radiant ring and solid hot plate hobs

  • Cast iron

    These strong, durable and heavyweight pans have an enamel exterior and are ideal for slow cooking and casseroles. These pans have superb heat retention and absorption properties; however, please note that they are not dishwasher safe.

    Suitable for: Ceramic, electric, gas, halogen and solid hot plate hobs plus oven cooking

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