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A good-quality saucepan may cost more, but it's likely to outlast cheaper models, saving you money in the long run. We lab test and review stainless steel saucepans with a 20cm diameter, ranging in volume from 2.9L to 3.9L. Our saucepan buying guide will help you decide which one you need.
Our test covers a range of brands and our expert testers give every saucepan a thorough workout to help you find the models that:
We also give you good and bad points for each model and our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
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We recommend saucepans that score at least 80% overall.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
A Discontinued model cannot be found in retailers or online and is no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites or in second hand dealers.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
We assess each saucepan by cooking white sauce and scrambled eggs. The white sauce test shows the evenness of the pan's heating, checking it for brown spots and adherence to the surface. The scrambled eggs test reveals which saucepans have any "sticking issues". We also examine how hot the handles and lid knobs become during cooking and how securely the handles are attached.
We assess how comfortable the saucepan is to hold and pour from without dripping, taking into consideration the weight, balance, handle and rim. We also assess condensation build-up during cooking (stem vents, splattering and rattling lids) and how much effort is required to clean the saucepan.
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