Non-stick saucepans are something of a staple in most kitchens. We’ve all experienced the annoyance of using a saucepan without a non-stick coating and then cleaning it afterwards.
However, what are the best non-stick saucepans in the UK? Well, we’re going to provide some answers to that question in just a little bit, but first, we’re going to answer some FAQs about non-stick saucepans to find out whether they should stick around or slide off into the history books.
Non-Stick Saucepan FAQs
Are non-stick pans bad for you?
The coating on non-stick pans contains chemicals known as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acids), the most well known of which is Teflon. If a non-stick pan becomes too hot, this can cause the coating to break down and release particles or toxic gases.
In most cases, this won’t happen until the pan goes beyond 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Beyond this temperature, the non-stick coating begins to break down.
Now, you may think that this is quite a high temperature for a pan to reach. However, an empty non-stick saucepan can reach this temperature within two to five minutes.
Although there have been safety concerns surrounding non-stick saucepans since they were created, the chances of you breathing in enough harmful chemicals to get sick is extremely rare. You would need to heat a massive saucepan up to an extremely high temperature and stick your nose over it for quite some time for it to have any lasting effects on your health.
Are non-stick pans dishwasher safe?
Most non-stick pans claim to be dishwasher safe. However, the super-hot water and the harsh detergents used in dishwashers can make the non-stick coating deteriorate over time.
Having said that, if you use natural cleaners and low-temperature settings to wash your non-stick pans, the coating will survive. But if you are worried about your expensive non-stick pans losing their non-stick powers, you can hand wash them instead.
Do non-stick pans really work?
Yes, they do really work. Throughout history, people have created non-stick coatings on cast iron skillets using oil. When you season a cast iron skillet with oil, you are filling in the gaps in the metal and creating a smooth surface that food has trouble sticking to.
The non-stick coating found on saucepans nowadays is basically an improved version of this method. Using a coating like PTFE fills the pores of the metal and creates a long-lasting, hard-wearing coating that doesn’t need to be maintained like an oil coating.
Should you buy a saucepan set or individual pans?
Of course, this is really down to personal opinion and the position your kitchenware is already in. If you are starting from scratch, then buying a set of quality saucepans is a great idea. You can get all the sizes you need and perhaps saves some money.
However, if you already have some pans then buying singles pans to fill a hole in your kitchen is an excellent idea. Basically, we can’t really answer this question! It depends on your saucepan needs!
Best Non-Stick Saucepans in the UK
1. Tefal Ingenio Essential Non-stick Saucepan Set
Obviously, Tefal was going to appear on this list. Tefal has been an industry leader in non-stick saucepans for as long as there’s been an industry to lead. This set of saucepans is compatible with all hobs, is dishwasher safe and has an extremely durable non-stick coating perfect for chefs that love a crispiness to everything they cook!
The removable handles that come with this set makes them perfect for cooking on the hob and then transferring the food directly into the oven and then onto the table or into the fridge.
Overall, this set of saucepans is excellent. The handle can be a bit fiddly, but once you’ve got used to it, it is as helpful as the pans themselves. The one downside to these non-stick pans from Tefal that we found is that they are a little small, but for a couple or small family, they are wonderful.
2. Tower Cerastone Forged Pan Set with Non Stick Inner Coating
The Cerastone coating of these saucepans allows you to cook with less oil, so for the health conscious of us, they are perfect. The silicon handle also means that they are safe to pick up even after being on the hob for a while.
These saucepans are made of forged aluminium so they are as tough as old boots and the induction base means that you can get cooking almost instantly.
It seems that everyone that uses these Tower saucepans loves them. In fact, most people have completed their set of pans with even more Tower products after using these pans. We couldn’t find much wrong with this set either.
The set includes every size of saucepan you can possibly want for everyday cooking, and the non-stick coating works brilliantly. We can’t say more than that, this saucepan set towers above most of the competition.
3. Sapphire Collection 15 cm Non Stick Sauce Pan
This Sapphire 15 cm pan is a great piece of kit to complete your saucepan set with. It is easy to clean, easy to cook with, dishwasher safe and lightweight.
It may not win any awards for style, but what it lacks in appearance, it certainly makes up for in practicality. It’s safe for use with any hob and its size is perfect for the smaller sides and meals.
Although some people have noted that this pan falls over when empty, most people love it for its light weight. Other people love it because it is difficult to find a milk pan with a lid nowadays and this fits the bill perfectly.
It’s a perfect saucepan for everyday use that will last a long time. If you’re looking for a small saucepan to complete your set, you won’t go far wrong with this little number.
4. Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Saucepan Set
This 3-piece saucepan set is guaranteed for life, a tell-tale sign that Le Creuset truly believes in their products. The non-stick coating works excellently and is PFOA free. The hardened bodies of these pans means that even if you are unkind to your kitchenware, they will last for many years to come.
If you aren’t used to having cast metal handles, then you should approach these saucepans with caution each time you use them. Remember, metal handles get hot, so proper care should be taken when cooking with these.
However, for a truly professional feel in your home kitchen, these metal handled, toughened non-stick saucepans are hard to beat. They work great and look like the real deal because they are the real deal.
5. Calphalon Nonstick Chef Stock Pot
Available in an elegant black finish, this saucepan offers all of the space needed to create delicious meals for you and your family. Made from solid anodized aluminium, it can be used frequently for a variety of different cooking needs.
And when you’re finished with it, the pan can be cleaned easily in the dishwasher without compromising long term durability.
The 12 quarts capacity makes it ideal for cooking in larger quantities, and it can be conveniently stacked away to reduce the volume of cupboard space consumed.
However, it’s important to be aware that the handles can become extremely hot when in use for lengthy periods.
We hope this look at non-stick saucepans has been helpful as you choose your next set. To find out more about other cooking and kitchen equipment products, please explore our website further.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.