The Best Saute Pan For Your Kitchen

Sauteing is a great way to cook different dishes. It gives off a nice scent of fresh ingredients almost instantly when you turn the heat on. But cooking skills and fresh ingredients are only half the battle. A great sauteed dish also depends on the quality of your saute pan. Below, I list my favorite saute pans that you can add to your cookware.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Blue Diamond Cookware Diamond Infused Ceramic Nonstick 5QT Saute Pan Jumbo Cooker with Helper Handle and Lid, PFAS-Free, Dishwasher Safe, Oven Safe, Blue
  • Metal utensil safe, Blue Diamond’s signature diamond-infused ceramic nonstick is 5x harder and 10x longer lasting than traditional coatings
  • Diamonds are 4x more conductive than copper, so Blue Diamond heats faster and cleans up easier
  • Toxin-Free: Free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium
  • Heavy-duty base prevents warping, wobbling, or degrading over time
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600°F, Capacity: 5 quarts
SaleBestseller No. 2
T-fal B36290 Specialty Nonstick 5 Quart Jumbo Cooker Saute Pan with Glass Lid, Black
  • Heat Mastery System: T fal's heat mastery system is a 3 ingredient recipe for perfectly delicious cooking results every time, Superior and longer lasting non stick coating, an anti warping, even heat base and patented thermo spot technology
  • Thermo Spot Indicator: The ring around the spot turns solid red to show when pans are perfectly preheated and ready for ingredients to be added proper preheating is key to sealing in flavor and cooking food evenly
  • Durable Nonstick: Superior proglide toxin free nonstick interior and exterior stands upto rigorous everyday cooking, Allows for cooking without frustrating stuck on messes
  • Riveted Handles and Even Heat Bases: Stay cool handles are comfortable and secure, even heat bases ensure superior heat distribution for perfect results every meal
  • Use and Care: Suitable for all stove tops (except induction). Oven safe up to 350 degree Fahrenheit, Dishwasher safe, PFOA, lead, and cadmium free, Lifetime limited warranty
SaleBestseller No. 3
Calphalon Classic Hard-Anodized Nonstick 5-Quart Sauté Pan with Cover
  • Dual-layer nonstick for easy food release, and quick cleanup
  • Durable hard-anodized aluminum construction 3
  • Cast stay-cool stainless steel long handle
  • Tempered glass lid
  • Oven safe up to 450F, Capacity: 5 quarts
SaleBestseller No. 4
Gotham Steel Nonstick Sauté Pan with Lid – 5.5 Quart. Multipurpose Ceramic Jumbo Cooker Fry Pan with Glass Lid, Stay Cool Handle + Helper Handle, Oven, Stovetop & Dishwasher Safe, 100% PFOA Free
  • Jumbo Cooker / Sauté Pan: This deep multipurpose pan is perfect for searing, sautéing, braising, and pan roasting or use it to make flavorful pan sauces and gravies. Designed to respond quickly to changes in cooking temperature, this professional pan features high sides to contain spatters and keep foods inside as you stir and toss them over high heat.
  • Ultra-Nonstick Ceramic: The nonstick cooking surface is coated three times and reinforced with diamonds to deliver the ultimate food release. No oil or butter needed makes for healthier eating, and provides for hassle free, 1-2-3 cleanup.
  • Healthy & 100% Non-Toxic: The Gotham Steel coating is derived from minerals and reinforced with diamonds, making this frying pan free of PFOA, PFOS, lead & cadmium for an eco-friendly, healthy experience
  • Metal Utensil Safe: The coating of the pan is infused with diamonds, the strongest material on earth which makes it durable enough to withstand metal utensils, spatulas, spoons, whisks and even electric beaters while delivering years of outstanding, nonstick use
  • Effortless Cleanup, Dishwasher Safe: Spend less time with cleanup! After all the cooking and prepping is done, place cookware in the dishwasher for quick and easy cleanup.
SaleBestseller No. 5
SENSARTE Nonstick Deep Frying Pan Skillet, 10-inch Saute Pan with Lid, Stay-cool Handle, Chef Pan Healthy Stone Cookware Cooking Pan, Induction Compatible, PFOA Free
  • Swiss Non-Stick Coating - Switzerland ILAG nonstick granite stone coating, SGS approved. PFOA free, smokeless, safe & healthy. Cooking with little oil for healthy diet.
  • Suitable For All Stoves - High magnetic conductive stainless steel base allows the deep frying pan to work on all cooktops, including induction. The core of the frying pan is made of die cast aluminum, which is durable and heats up quickly and evenly.
  • Versatile Saute Pan with Pour Spout- Size: 10" diameter, 2.7" tall, 3.5 Quart. Deep and large enough for saute, stirfry, boil, shallow fry & deep fry. The pour spout is super handy for soups and oils.
  • Glass Lid & Stay-cool Handle - Durable tempered glass lid makes it convenient to see the cooking status and limits splashes on your stove. Woodgrain bakelite handle is comfortable to grip and stays cool while cooking. Oven safe to 302°F.
  • Easy To Clean - Nonstick and no rivets, this chef pan is super easy to clean. Simply wipe it over with a sponge and warm soapy water. Make your daily food intake easier to make.
SaleBestseller No. 6
CAROTE 3 Quart Deep Frying Pan Nonstick Saute Pan With Lid Deep Skillet Pan 9.5 Inch, PFOA Free
  • [Healthy White Granite] - A top level, harder nonstick granite material with 10x Ultra Non-stick performance. SGS approved with 100% Free of PFOS, PFOA. Carote care about your cooking safe and healthy.
  • [Durable Nonstick & Easy Clean] - Over 25 years of developing nonstick granite techonolgy with imported material over the world. Our deep skillet makes your cooking always be easier and cleaner.
  • [Heat quickly evenly] - Enlarged induction base delivers quick and evenly heat up. Less waiting better results. The saute pan is safe for all stoves and induction.
  • [Perfect Large Size] - Our non-stick saute pans deep pan size for different cooking needs: sauteing, poaching, braising and deep frying. Meet your everyday cooking needs, especially for large family.
  • [Service & Guarantee] - Each CAROTE cookware passes strict multi inspection process.In case you received defect items caused by delivery, please don't hesitate to reach out, thanks. You will be guaranteed to get 100% refund or a new replacement.
Bestseller No. 7
Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick Jumbo Cooker/Saute Pan with Helper Handle - 6 Quart, Blue
  • DURABLE, DISHWASHER SAFE COOKING PAN: This dishwasher safe nonstick jumbo cooker's heavy-duty construction heats fast and evenly
  • PREMIUM NONSTICK CHEF PAN: Durable, top-quality nonstick interior provides easy food release and fast cleanup
  • STURDY HELPER HANDLE: Double-riveted handles provide a confident grip; helper handle aids in moving the extra large nonstick pan
  • OVEN SAFE: Oven safe to 350°F, this nonstick jumbo cooker includes a shatter-resistant glass lid
  • COMPLIMENTS OTHER FARBERWARE COOKWARE: This nonstick jumbo cooker complements skillets, sets and other items throughout the Farberware collection
SaleBestseller No. 8
Calphalon Saute Pan with Lid, 5 QT, Silver
  • Heavy-gauge aluminum core distributes heat evenly, for exceptional browning, searing, and sautéing
  • Fully-clad, 3-layer metal construction delivers performance and durability for years to come
  • Long handles stay cool on the stovetop
  • Tempered glass lid
  • Oven-safe up to 450 degrees F, so you can easily go from stovetop to the oven, Capacity: 5 quarts
Bestseller No. 9
KitchenAid Hard Anodized Nonstick Saute/Fry Pan with Lid, 3 Quart, Onyx Black
  • QUICK HEATING PERFORMANCE: KitchenAid 3-quart saute pan is crafted from durable hard anodized aluminum that is 6x harder than traditional aluminum for quick heat distribution and everyday use
  • MADE FOR EVERYDAY COOKING: KitchenAid saute pan is crafted from durable hard anodized aluminum that is 6x harder than traditional aluminum for quick heat distribution and everyday use
  • TRIPLE LAYER NONSTICK: Deep skillet handle rivets have been finished with triple layer nonstick for long-lasting food release and easy cleaning
  • SILICONE GRIP HANDLES: Dual riveted handles are finished with silicone grips to remain cooler while cooking on the stovetop
  • GLASS LID: Tempered glass lid fits snug on the rim of the braising pan to lock in heat and flavor
Bestseller No. 10
Tramontina Covered Deep Saute Pan (6 Qt), 80116/030DS
  • Tri-Ply Clad construction 18/10 stainless steel, aluminum core and magnetic steel (induction-ready)
  • Ergonomic, riveted stainless steel handle and tempered Glass Lids
  • Compatible with all cooktops and Oven-safe up to 350°F /176°C
  • Dishwasher Safe and Lifetime Warranty
  • UPC - 016017153721
Bestseller No. 11
Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saute Pan with Cover
  • Aluminum core between 2 stainless steel layers provides even heating for excellent browning and control of the cooking process. Non-porous stainless steel cooking surface is safe for use with all utensils.
  • Elegant brushed stainless steel exterior can go from the oven or stove directly to the table. Reflective cook surface makes it easy to monitor foods as they cook and remains beautiful over time.
  • Clear tempered-glass lids let you see food while it's cooking and are oven safe, so you can finish covered dishes in the oven or keep them warm until ready to serve
  • Wide flat bottom is ideal for searing. Low sides let air to circulate to keep foods crisp but high enough to contain juices and prevent splattering.
  • Long, brushed stainless steel handles stay cool on the stovetop. All cookware is dishwasher-safe and carries Calphalon's full lifetime warranty.
Bestseller No. 12
Nonstick Deep Saute Pan with Lid, 9.5-inch Frying Pan Skillet with Wood Detachable Handle, Healthy Granite Stone Coating Cooking Chef Pan, Induction Compatible, Grey
  • [All Stove Compatible] The nonstick deep frying skillet is suitable for all stovetops, including induction, glass, ceramic, electric, and so on, even in the oven. ATTENTION! Oven safe without the wooden handle.
  • [ Nonstick Coating]This deep saute pan is built with superior quality non-stick coating, 100% free of APEO & PFOA. Whether it's an egg, steak, or muffin, it's easy to clean and you can say goodbye to the annoying burning food which sticks to the granite stone pan.
  • [Detachable Wood Handle & Pour Spout Design]The handle is detachable with no tools required, convenient for the oven, easy for storage and carry. The wooden handles are in line with the human body, solid wood anti-scalding design keeps a cool feel when cooking. ATTENTION! Oven safe without the wooden handle. And the pour spout is super handy for soups and oils.
  • [Heat Up Quickly & Evenly]The cooking pan with durable 3 layers bottom provides better performance of even heat distribution and warp-resistance. Recommend to use on low to medium heat for maintaining the best nonstick performance.
  • [Ideal for Healthy Cooking]Our deep frying pan with lid can provide various delicious recipes in a healthier way. The superior granite nonstick coating enables better food release with less oil. This deep skillet with lid is suitable for making pancake, omelet, casserole dish, sauce, curry, fajitas, and more.
Bestseller No. 13
Rachael Ray Cook + Create Nonstick Sauté Pan with Lid, 3 Quart, Gray
  • WHAT YOU GET: A versatile 3-quart nonstick saute pan and lid combo from Rachael Ray that's optimized for durability and performance.
  • SUPER SAUCED: Upgrade the kitchen with Rachael Ray's Cook + Create Nonstick Saute Pan, now with a luxe, thicker gauge construction that feels both sturdy and sensual on the stovetop
  • SLIDE AND GLIDE: A new, triple-layer nonstick provides the ultimate in scratch resistance and durability. Foods release effortlessly and your nonstick surface stays smoother and newer, longer.
  • BRING IT ON: This 3-quart saute pan features a tulip design profile enabling the bigger, wider, better cooking surfaces for those one pot meals and masterpieces you crave.
  • SMOOTH OPERATOR: This slick sauteing pan features nonstick on the inside rivets, providing superb stirring and the easiest of cleanups - how cool is that?
SaleBestseller No. 15
GreenPan Chatham Hard Anodized Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, 5QT Saute Pan Jumbo Cooker with Helper Handle and Lid, PFAS-Free, Dishwasher Safe, Oven Safe, Gray
  • GreenPan’s Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Metal utensil safe, this collection's diamond-reinforced coating is incredibly durable
  • Tough Hard Anodized Body is scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600°F
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup
Bestseller No. 16
Cuisinart Chef's Classic 5.5-Quart Saute Pan Nonstick-Hard-Anodized, Black
  • EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN: Enjoy professional performance with Hard Anodized Exterior, Unsurpassed Heat Distribution and Quantanium Non-Stick for Professional Results
  • PREMIUM COOKING: measurement markings for ease of use, drip free pouring, and flavor lock lid. Oven Safe up to 500-degrees F
  • EXCEPTIONAL HANDLING: cool grip handles are solid stainless steel riveted handles that stay cool on the stove top and provide a safe a solid grip
  • CLEAN UP: easy clean up with hot soapy water and a non abrasive scrub pad
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free
SaleBestseller No. 17
Calphalon Classic Nonstick 3 Quart Saute Pan and Cover
  • Make life easier every day with this 3-qt. sauté pan from Calphalon Classic. The hard-anodized construction heats quickly and evenly, while the non-stick surface lets you cook with less fat and makes clean-up a breeze.
SaleBestseller No. 18
Easy chef always 8 Inch Nonstick Frying Pan Skillet, Non Stick Granite Coating Egg Pan Fry Pan Omelet Pan Saute Pan, Healthy Stone Cookware Chef’s Pan, PFOA Free, Induction Compatible, Red
  • Granite Non Stick Coating – The Granite Non Stick interior of frying pan skillet is Eco-friendly nonstick granite stone coating, which is SGS approved, with 100% Free of PFOS, PFOA, PFAS. This nonstick pan is making your daily cooking safer and healthier, cooking with less oil for healthy diet. This ultra-nonstick is for effortless cooking.
  • Heats Quickly & Evenly – This non stick skillet pan with extended bottom construction is made for conducting heat quickly and evenly with precise temperature control and not hot spot. The Granite frying pan is designed for professional multiple cooking use, pans for cooking, egg pan, cooking pan, omelet pan, sauté pan, egg skillet, induction pan.
  • Professional Designed – Suitable for Induction and all other stoves. The Granite Stone frying pan with Bakelite handles are designed to stay cool on the stovetop, and easy to grip. The hanging loop of the 8 inch frying pan is for convenient for storage. Hi-temp exterior provides stain and wear-resistant, safe for all heat sources. The perfect nonstick frying pan is the best cooking partner for you, with heavy gauge and extra durable die-cast construction, this skillet will last longer time.
  • ECO Friendly NON TOXIC – This non stick pan is pans for cooking with less oil needed and less smoke released. This nonstick frying pan is ideal for healthy cooking, less oil use for healthy diet. Choose Easy chef always Frying Pan for greener and healthier cooking. This is totally easy handle granite stone frying pan.
  • Easy to Clean – Besides its wonderful nonstick and quick clean performance, this nonstick cooking pan is dishwasher safe, but most messes can wipe away easily. Simply wipe it over with a sponge and warm soapy water. It’s a perfect non stick fry pan, every day cooking pan.
SaleBestseller No. 19
SENSARTE 12 Inch Nonstick Deep Frying Pan,5 Qt Non Stick Saute Pan with Lid,Large Skillet Pan,NonStick Jumbo Cooker,Cooking Pan Chefs Pan Cookware for All Stove Tops,Induction Compatible,PFOA Free
  • 【Swiss Non-Stick Coating】- Switzerland imported 3-layer non-stick coating,unique ball blasting technology. The effect is more than 3 times higher than the traditional non-stick frying pan.SGS approved. APEO&PFOA free, smokeless & less oil, safe & healthy.
  • 【Suitable For All Stoves】- High magnetic conductive stainless steel base allows the deep frying pan skillet to work on all cooktops, Induction compatible. The core of the saute pan is die cast aluminum, which is durable and heats up quickly and evenly.Oven safe.
  • 【Deeper Depth for More Cooking Options】- Size: 12" diameter, 3.2" deep, 5 Qt capacity.This saute pan is deep and large enough for saute, stirfry, boil, shallow fry & deep fry.
  • 【Stay Cool Woodgrain Handle & See Through Lid】- The non-stick pan has a wood grain bakelite handle, which is comfortable to grip and ergonomic, and keeps it cool during cooking.The see through glass lid allows you to check cooking progress while locking in flavor.
  • 【Sturdy Body & Easy To Clean】 - The cooking pan body is made of 1200°F high temperature aluminum water die-casting, sturdy & durable & anti-warping. The deep skillet designed without rivets, which will not cover up the dirt,very easy to clean.Just wipe it with a paper towel or rinse it with water. Dishwasher safe.
SaleBestseller No. 20
All-Clad E7853364 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Saute Pan Cookware, 4-Quart, Black
  • A versatile piece featuring a large surface area for searing, with straight sides to hold in liquid and prevent splattering and lid to lock in moisture
  • Made from heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum coated with 3 layers of a safe PFOA-free nonstick material that delivers unparelleled release, scratch-resistance, and durability
  • Compatible with all cooktops, including induction thanks to its durable, anti-warp stainless-steel base, and safe to use in an oven and broiler (up to 500°F)
  • Secured with riveted stainless steel handles to ensure a safe grip and tempered glass lid to see progress and lock in moisture
  • Dishwasher safe but we recommend handwashing to preserve the nonstick coating. And you just might want to hold onto it a little longer.

The 5 Best Saute Pans: My Top Picks

All-Clad 4403 Stainless Steel Saute Pan – Best Heavyweight Option

All-Clad 4403 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe 3-Quart Saute Pan with Lid, Silver
  • A versatile piece featuring a large surface area for searing, with straight sides to hold in liquid and prevent splattering and lid to lock in moisture
  • Classic tri-ply construction, made with a responsive aluminum core bonded together with 2 layers of durable, stainless steel all the way around for maximum durability and fast, even heat distribution
  • Secured with riveted stainless-steel handles to ensure a safe grip and to add a bit of style with stainless-steel lid to match
  • Compatible with all cooktops including induction, and oven and broiler-safe up to 600°F
  • 3-Ply bonded construction

The first one on my list is quite the investment. It costs a bit more than what you’d normally expect from stainless steel saute pan, but that’s justified by its superior quality.

It is made of premium 18/10 stainless steel, which is resistant to sticking. It also contains iron-clad material underneath the stainless steel, which helps create an even distribution of heat during cooking. The lid is made of stainless steel, too. This means that the entire pan (including the lid) is safe for oven cooking. You can also clean it in the dishwasher with no problem.

This saute pan is designed to work with induction cooktops, too.

Pros

  • Safe for oven and dishwasher use
  • Ensures even cooking throughout the pan’s surface
  • Made of high-quality 18/10 stainless steel and iron clad.

Cons

  • Because of the material and design, the pan is quite heavy to handle and move
  • There is no warranty that comes with the purchase.

Calphalon Classic Nonstick Saute Pan – Best Nonstick Surface

Sale
Calphalon Classic Hard-Anodized Nonstick 5-Quart Sauté Pan with Cover
  • Dual-layer nonstick for easy food release, and quick cleanup
  • Durable hard-anodized aluminum construction 3
  • Cast stay-cool stainless steel long handle
  • Tempered glass lid
  • Oven safe up to 450F, Capacity: 5 quarts

If you are particularly looking for a saute pan that has a non-stick feature, then this one is right for you. It’s also cheaper than our first contender above.

Calphalon is a leader in global cookware, and this saute pan is not an exemption when it comes to its quality guarantee. It comes with a Teflon-coated surface, giving you a seamless sauteeing experience, whether or not you use oil or grease.

Unlike other non-stick pans, this one is safe to use in the oven for temperatures as high as 450°F. Plus, its tempered glass lid ensures any spits and splatters. Because it is made of glass, you can monitor and check on your cooking without having to lift the lid.

The handles are my favorite part: they keep cool even during cooking. So you can transfer the pan to and from the stove, oven, or countertop without using mitts.

Pros

  • Oven safe for temperatures up to 450°F
  • Made of premium Teflon coating and cast stainless steel
  • High-quality tempered glass lid lets you check on your cooking at any time.

Cons

  • Does not come with a warranty guarantee for damages
  • It is not safe for dishwasher use
  • If cooking in the oven, you cannot include the lid inside.

Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Deep Saute Pan – Best for Volume Cooking

Cooks Standard 11-Inch/5 Quart Multi-Ply Clad Deep Saute Pan with Lid, Stainless Steel
  • Multi-ply clad has 2 layers of 18/10 stainless steel and an aluminum core along base and walls
  • Stainless steel for durability and appearance; Aluminum core for even/quick heat distribution
  • Secure-fitting lid traps in heat and moisture; Straight sides and flat surface to hold a large amount
  • Riveted handles stay cool/comfortable and helper handle for carrying; Tapered lip for pouring
  • Works on Induction, gas, electric, glass, ceramic, halogen, etc.; Oven safe to 500F; Dishwasher safe

Here’s another great saute pan. It’s made of 2-ply iron clad material. It’s more affordable compared to the other more famous brands in our list, but it does hold up well when it comes to quality.

This is bigger than the others in the list. In fact, its depth and size is its biggest winning factor. You can cook larger amounts of food or dishes that contain liquids like soups or stews in this. It can hold up to five quarts.

Plus, you can use it in your oven, too. So aside from sauteing, it has a lot of uses: frying, making deep dishes, baking, and more. It is also safe for dishwasher use.

If you don’t want to break the bank but are looking for a nice and significant upgrade on your sauteing cookware, then this is a great product to go with.

Pros

  • Its deep and wide surface area can handle more volume than other saute pans
  • It is safe to use in the oven, the lid included
  • Safe for dishwasher use.

Cons

  • Because of its larger-than-usual size, it is quite heavy and hard to handle sometimes
  • Because of its price point, the material is lower in quality than the other brand names: it has a 2-ply construction while others use 3-ply iron clad
  • It does not come with a warranty guarantee.

Cuisinart 733-30H Chef’s Classic Saute Pan – Best Overall: Editor’s Pick

Cuisinart 733-30H 5.5-Quart Chef's-Classic-Stainless-Cookware-Collection, Sauté Pan w/Helper Handle & Cover
  • EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN: The 5.5-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Flavor Lock Lid has straight high sides and a flat cooking surface to maximise capacity. Measurement markings provide you with ease of use every time with Drip-Free pouring
  • COOKING AND CLEANING: Experience professional performance with an aluminum encapsulated base that heats quickly and spreads heat evenly, eliminating any hot spots. The cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or alter flavors, providing professional results. Dishwasher safe.
  • EXCEPTIONAL HANDLING: This piece has a cool grip handle which are solid stainless steel riveted stick handles that stay cool on the stove top and provide a safe a solid grip
  • WARRANTY: Lifetime warranty– Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free

Cuisinart is a huge name in cookware and kitchenware. It is beloved by home cooks and professional chefs alike all over the world. That’s why we can’t doubt the quality of their Chef’s Classic Saute Pan.

This saute pan can actually accommodate up to 5 1/2 quarts worth of food. That means it’s versatile, and you can use it for more than sauteing. If that is the case, then you are definitely getting more for your investment. And this pan is actually cheaper than the others on this list!

It is made with 2-ply cast stainless steel. The lid is made of steel, too. Both pan and lid are safe for dishwasher use. You can also use it for baking safely with no problem.

The great thing about Cuisinart pieces is that they look really luxurious. The overall aesthetic boasts of shiny and stylish cooking, even if the price point is relatively affordable. And compared to the others we’ve listed here, it comes with a lifetime warranty that guarantees you replacements if you incur any damages covered by the warranty.

Pros

  • A reasonably priced saute pan that also includes a lifetime warranty coverage
  • It is larger than other saute pans, making it perfect for large-volume dishes
  • Oven-safe and dishwasher-safe.

Cons

  • 2-ply cast stainless steel is less durable than 3-ply cast stainless steel.

Emeril Lagasse 62928 Nonstick Hard Anodized Saute Pan – Runner Up

Emeril Lagasse Dishwasher safe Nonstick Hard Anodized Covered Deep Saute Pan, 5-Quart ,Gray
  • Triple-layer nonstick coating is easy to clean and safe for metal utensils
  • Heavy-gauge aluminum for quick, even heat distribution
  • riveted stainless steel handles go from stovetop to oven, hard anodized aluminum is safe to 450°F, tempered glass lids are oven safe to 350°F.
  • convenient dishwasher-safe construction
  • Tempered glass lids help monitor cooking

The final saute pan on my list comes from no humble origins. If you have lived anywhere, but under a rock, then you know who the incomparable Emeril Lagasse is. He’s got TV shows, restaurants, cookbooks, and an entire cooking empire. So it only makes perfect sense that he has his own line of cookware.

This hard anodized saute pan is no joke. It comes with a copper-coated base that ensures even cooking all throughout the surface.

It is made of 2-ply cast steel, and the surface has a Teflon non-stick coating, ensuring easy and seamless cooking. The lid is heat-tempered, so you can check on your dish at any point without removing it. It’s also oven-safe up to 350°F.

This pan is actually quite affordable, and it comes with a limited warranty, too.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced saute pan with a limited warranty
  • Can accommodate up to 5 1/2 quarts of food
  • Oven-safe up to 350°F, and dishwasher-safe.

Cons

  • You need to remove the lid when using it in the oven.

Things You Need to Know When Buying Sauté Pans

best saute pan

Depending on your final choice, saute pans can cost quite some money. That’s why it is important to find some time to think about some factors before making a choice. Below, we will discuss some of the must-haves of each saute pan, as well as different features for different kinds of (home) cooks.

Brand and Quality

The first thing you need to check is the quality of the pan. Oftentimes, the brand of the product can tell you a lot about its quality. At least for popular and reputable brands, this is true. For those who don’t have all the time to do their research, the easiest (and often safest) thing to do is to go with the most known and renowned brands. There’s absolutely no problem with this. Often, the branded ones come with good warranty terms.

However, if you are working with a limited budget, I recommend doing the research instead. It’s no secret that you usually pay more for the “name” of the brand. So if you can’t afford the convenience, then keep on reading.

One of the best “tells” of a cookware’s quality is its weight and sturdiness (unless you’re specifically springing for lightweight cookware). Go for saute pans that are made of heavy-duty metal. Check the handle to see if it wiggles or is sturdy.

Another big thing with saute pans is that you’d want to get one that’s oven-safe. I’m willing to bet that you’d want to use this purchase for more than just sauteing. Having an oven-safe pan lets, you enjoy it for far more dishes. With this in mind, it’s also good to look for pans with a nonstick surface. This isn’t just going to make it easy for you to cook; it will also save you from hours of scraping and difficult cleaning later. If you do not prefer non-stick models, then I’d recommend ceramic saute pans.

Construction and Design

best saute pan

Finally, if you want to delve deep into your research, you’ll want to check the saute pan’s construction. This aspect is essential because it doesn’t only indicate the longevity and quality of the cookware, but it will also let you know in which capacities you can – and are allowed to – use it.

Can it serve multiple purposes besides sauteing food? Can you use it as a skillet, wok, baking dish, or saucepan? In conjunction with this, you’ll need to consider the size of the saute pan. If you are sure that you’ll use it for merely sauteing and light frying, a shallow pan will do.

But if you can see yourself using it for soups, stews, sauces, and other high-volume dishes, then go for larger-sized pans. We’ve included some deep pan options in the list above. Typically, saute pans are 12-14 inches, but there are a lot of varieties available today.

The actual material that makes up the pan is important. Mostly, saute pans are either all cast iron, stainless steel, or heavy iron-clad pans. Like the Emeril Lagasse 62928 Nonstick Hard Anodized Saute Pan we featured earlier; there are some saute pans that have copper bottoms. This choice will give you an even cooking surface. However, copper bases will not be induction-compatible.

On that note, if you are going to use an induction cooktop, make sure to choose an induction-compatible saute pan.

Check the material of the lids and handles, too. The lids today are often tempered glass or pure steel. Each has its pros and cons. Tempered glass lids are lighter and allow you to check your dishes during the cooking process without having to remove the lid and return it multiple times. However, they are not safe for oven use. You’ll have to use the pan without the lids.

Lids that are made of materials other than glass (such as metal) are safe for oven use. If the recipe requires cooking in the oven with the lid on, go for this option.

Conclusion

It took some debating, but I ended up with a clear winner for this round: the Cuisinart 733-30H Chef’s Classic Saute Pan. It’s reasonably priced, oven-safe, dishwasher-safe, non-stick, and can hold a good volume of food. Its material makeup of it is also impressive. Plus, you get a nice warranty that comes with the purchase.

Cuisinart 733-30H 5.5-Quart Chef's-Classic-Stainless-Cookware-Collection, Sauté Pan w/Helper Handle & Cover
  • EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN: The 5.5-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Flavor Lock Lid has straight high sides and a flat cooking surface to maximise capacity. Measurement markings provide you with ease of use every time with Drip-Free pouring
  • COOKING AND CLEANING: Experience professional performance with an aluminum encapsulated base that heats quickly and spreads heat evenly, eliminating any hot spots. The cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or alter flavors, providing professional results. Dishwasher safe.
  • EXCEPTIONAL HANDLING: This piece has a cool grip handle which are solid stainless steel riveted stick handles that stay cool on the stove top and provide a safe a solid grip
  • WARRANTY: Lifetime warranty– Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free

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