Buying saucepans can be an exciting time for any home chef. However, this excitement can be short-lived if you don’t buy the right saucepans.
Suddenly, you have more food stuck to the bottom of the saucepan than you have on your plate, and you spend years cleaning them with no avail and cooking, the hobby you loved the most in the world, becomes just another dreaded chore.
This is slightly dramatic we know, but a good set of saucepans can save you a lot of annoying hours spent scraping burnt food off the bottom of pans and provide you with an easy and pleasurable way of cooking your family a great meal.
So, today we’re looking at saucepans, if you hadn’t guessed already. Below are the best sets of saucepans in the UK right now.
Whether you have just moved into your new uni digs, in with your partner for the first time or your new family home, there is a set of saucepans on this list for you.
Best Saucepan Sets in the UK
1. Tefal Essential Cookware Set
This essential cookware set from Tefal is perfect for anyone starting from scratch. If you have nothing to cook in, this set is going to provide you with everything you could possibly need to cook in for years!
This set comes with two frying pans and three saucepans with lids. Every piece of this set is non-stick and has an easy-to-clean exterior.
The frying pans in this set also come with the Thermospot. This is a red dot in the middle of the pan that lets you know when the pan is ready to fry, a very simple little red dot that helps you control your cooking perfectly.
Plus, every piece of this set (including the saucepan lids) is dishwasher safe making cleaning even easier!
- Extremely durable, this set will last you years
- Holds the heat very well
- Very affordable
- Not suitable for induction hobs (see some pans that are here)
We said above that there was a set of saucepans on this list for you whether you were moving into your first uni home, with your partner or into a new family home, well, honestly, this is perhaps the perfect saucepan set for all three of these scenarios!
They offer great control when cooking, will last years and be easy to clean for that whole time!
2. ProCook Gourmet Induction Non-Stick Strain & Pour Saucepan Set
This Procook Gourmet saucepan set was certainly designed for a serious home cook! Every saucepan in this set (you get four altogether) comes with a lid that offers very quick straining and pouring.
So, whether you are making soup or boiling some veg, these saucepans come in very handy!
You have all the sizes you need with this set too. From a small 14 cm saucepan for sauces and things to a massive 20 cm saucepan for the most amount mash potato anyone has ever seen!
Of course, as these are made for the more advanced household chef’s, it goes without saying that they are non-stick. They are also suitable for use on gas, electric, halogen, ceramic, glass and induction hobs. So, no matter what you like to cook on, these saucepans are perfect for you.
- Induction hob safe
- Professional quality
- Strain, drain and pour lids are a godsend!
- Handles and lid handles do get quite hot
If you love cooking, or just like cooking to be easy, you have to try these Procook saucepans. This set will set you up for years and provide extremely easy and enjoyable cooking for the foreseeable future!
3. John Lewis Classic Lidded Saucepans
These John Lewis saucepans are for the chef of the home. They certainly aren’t the saucepans for you on this list if you are on a tight budget, but they are incredible and worth their price tag.
These saucepans are made of stainless steel which provides excellent durability. They have a 6mm aluminium base that disputes heat evenly and retains heat perfectly.
Each Classic saucepan from John Lewis has a liquid indicator inside for more control while cooking. Plus, one of the best features of these saucepans is the stepped non-drip pouring rim. You can pour stuff out of the saucepans, but the rim actually helps to prevent things boiling over.
- Professional look and quality
- Induction hob compatible
- Loads of sizes and pots and pans to choose from with the same style
- The handles heat up a lot during cooking. We know these are metal handles, and they will heat up during cooking, but if you aren’t used to that, you may burn yourself, so be careful!
- Expensive, but the majority of users don’t mind the price because the quality is so good.
These saucepans are expensive, there’s no getting around that. However, they will probably last you the rest of your life and provide you with enjoyable cooking for the entire time! If you are a passionate chef, these will help you take your cooking to the next level!
4. Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel Saucepan Set
Le Creuset has been a cookware leader for the past 100 years. So, it goes without saying that these saucepans are some of the best that you can buy!
These three-ply stainless steel saucepans provide expertly distributed heat from the base to the rim, making cooking or boiling anything easy and quick.
This set provides all the saucepans you can need and the lids to go with them. What’s more, they are stackable saving you space and dishwasher safe, making cleaning a dream.
They also have professional quality handles and “handle helpers” so you’ll never lose your grip or your dinner again!
- Stylish and professional
- Induction hob compatible
- Grill, freezer, hob, oven and dishwasher safe
- Energy efficient
- Not non-stick
This is a professional-grade set of saucepans for the home perfect for any family that is serious about cooking!
5. ProCook Gourmet Steel Induction Saucepan Set
We have another set of Procook saucepans on this list for good reason, they are amazing! This set can be used on any hob and is totally dishwasher safe.
Each saucepan is also made from the highest quality of stainless steel possible to provide the best heat distribution possible. However, unlike the other pro-grade saucepans on this list, these Procook ones have stay-cool silicone handles.
So, if you want to take your cooking skill to the next level but are worried about using metal handles, these are the best saucepans on this list. They provide the quality and cooking power you need, but won’t cook your hands as well as the food!
- Professional-grade quality
- Beautiful styling
- Induction hob compatible
- Dishwasher and oven safe
- 10-year guarantee
- Not non-stick
If you want to start getting serious about cooking, these are the best saucepans on this list for you. For the price, they are outstanding value and will help you create stunning dishes for your family and friends.
How to Choose a Saucepan Set
When choosing a saucepan set, it is worth taking some time to think about what you’ll be using your saucepans for.
For example, if you’d like saucepans that you can transfer into a hot oven, you will need to choose a saucepan set that has handles and non-stick coatings that can cope with this heat. Here’s how to choose the right saucepan set for your needs.
The material that your saucepans are made from is really important. The material determines how quickly and evenly the saucepan heats up.
It also determines how strong your saucepan will be. Aluminium, for example, isn’t as strong as stainless steel or carbon steel, but it heats up quickly.
Cast aluminium, though, is nice and strong but also has some brilliant heat distribution properties. Saucepans can be made from a number of materials, including:
- Stainless steel – Strong, holds heat, not suitable for all hob types (depending on the grade).
- Carbon steel – Very strong, hold heats nicely, takes a while to heat up and can rust unless seasoned.
- Aluminium – Very quick to heat up, but lacks some strength
- Copper – Heats up fast, but is the weakest material
- Cast Iron – Super strong, hold heat brilliantly, but takes longer to heat up, also can rust unless seasoned and combinations of these materials
Many good quality saucepan sets are made from a combination of these materials, typically stainless steel and aluminium. This combination provides strength and brilliant heat distribution. It also allows the saucepan to work on most hob types, but more on that in a bit.
The saucepans that you choose should be made with a good quality grade of your chosen material. That way, they will last you many years.
Many saucepans have plastic handles which are fine if you only intend on using your saucepans on the hob.
However, if you want to use saucepans in the oven, you may want to consider buying saucepans with metal handles and no non-stick coating (more on that in a moment).
While plenty of plastic handles state they can go in the oven, there is typically a temperature limited on the handles. This can stop you from using the saucepans in the oven at higher temperatures and can be frustrating.
If you don’t intend to use your saucepans in the oven, basically any handle material will work for you. Still, it is probably worth buying saucepans with plastic handles as they don’t heat up during use.
Most non-stick coatings on the market now are PFOA-free or completely natural. Chef’s Pick always tries to include these non-stick coatings on our website rather than any that could release harmful fumes and chemicals into your home.
If you intend to use your saucepan sets in the oven, it might be worth buying stainless steel saucepans or cast-iron ones. These don’t require a non-stick coating, and these coatings can breakdown in the oven at higher temperatures. Again, if you don’t want to use your saucepans in the oven, a good quality PFOA-free non-stick coating is a fantastic choice.
There are some brilliant saucepan brands available in the UK right now. Our favourites, though, are brands like ProCook, Le Creuset and Tefal.
Tefal offer really brilliant saucepan sets for those cooks that just want simple to use cookware. ProCook offers affordable, professional saucepans that will last you many years to come.
Le Creuset makes the finest cookware in the world, in many chefs’ opinions. It will last decades and is a joy to use but come with a steeper price tag.
Lastly, think about the hob type you have currently and the hob types you may have in the future. As we said, a lot of our favourite saucepans last many years.
If you’re considering owning an induction hob in the future (or you dream of owning one), it’s good good to know that your saucepans will work on that hob too.
After all, ProCook and Le Creuset saucepans will be in your home for a decade or more, so make sure you can use them on the hob you own and may want to own in the future.
We hope this look at the best saucepans in the UK has been helpful in your search for saucepans. If you are still hunting for other kitchen products, check out our website further. We have everything you need to create a kitchen that is the heart of your home.