Best Saute Pans: 12 stainless steel and nonstick pans analyzed

BEST VALUE
Made In Cookware 3.5-quart Saute Pan

This saute pan by Made In offers the best performance for the money:

  1. 5-ply construction offers superior strength and warp resistance.
  2. Induction compatible. Dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 800F.
  3. Beautiful design. Comes with a lid.
  4. Made In Cookware sells directly to consumers so they can offer premium quality for half the price.
  5. Made in Italy and has a limited lifetime warranty.
BEST OVERALL
All-Clad Tri-Ply 3-quart Stainless Steel

The best saute pan is All-Clad Tri-Ply 3-quart Stainless Steel sauté pan. It's well designed and offers superior strength, heat conduction, and durability. This pan is incredibly versatile and will stand the test of time.

While this pan is more expensive than many other sauté pans, customers who have purchased it are thrilled with the pan. The only complaint some have is that the handle is a little uncomfortable to hold but with regular use, they become quite comfortable with it.

Characterized by its wide flat base, tall straight sides and a tight-fitting lid, a sauté pan is incredibly versatile. The large surface provides enough room for movement as the meat and vegetables are flipped or tossed in the pan so that they are not overcrowded and the tall sides make it easy to access the food with a spatula while retaining liquids and preventing splattering. The technique of sautéing uses moderately high heat and a small amount of fat to quickly cook foods, retaining their texture and flavor.

Our selection of the best sauté pans:

1. All-Clad Tri-Ply 3-Quart Stainless Steel

BEST SAUTE PAN
All-Clad 4403 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe 3-Quart Saute Pan with Lid, Silver
  • Tall, straight sides prevent splattering. Broiler safe,oven ,refrigerator,oven and freezer safe.
  • Ideal for sauteing, browning, and searing
  • Durable three-ply construction for even heat

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: This pan has an aluminum core, with a magnetic stainless steel exterior and a stick-resistant stainless steel interior, and it works very well on medium temperatures. It heats evenly from base to rim, holding its heat very well, and releases the food once it is cooked. It is a nice size for the average family with enough surface area for dry heat and good depth for moist heat. It is sturdy but not heavy and the stainless steel lid fits well to facilitate heat control and retain moisture when braising. The pan is oven safe to 500F, but not broiler safe, and while it is advertised as dishwasher safe the manufacturer recommends hand washing.

  • Quality And Durability: Excellent materials are used in the 3-ply bonded construction of this pan, from the thick-gauge aluminum to the 18/10 stainless steel and they deliver a top-quality pan that is extremely durable. The design offers warp-resistant strength and ultimate heat conduction. All-Clad offers a limited lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

While this pan is more expensive than many other sauté pans, customers who have purchased it are thrilled with the pan. The only complaint some have is that the handle is a little uncomfortable to hold but with regular use, they become quite comfortable with it.

Our score: 4.6 out of 5.

2. T-Fal 6-Quart Copper Ceramic Nonstick

BEST NONSTICK SAUTE PAN
T-fal C41195 Saute Pan Square Pan with Lid, Ceramic Nonstick Jumbo Cooker Cookware, 6 Quart, Copper
  • Nonstick Ceramic coating is metal utensil safe and PTFE, PFOA, Cadmium and lead free
  • The heavy gauge aluminum with ceramic coating offers superior stain resistance, superior scratch resistance and is the most durable ceramic cookware for T-fal
  • Cooking surface able to reach 700 Degree F; oven safe to 350 Degree F; Dishwasher Safe

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: T-fal has added an eco-friendly ceramic nonstick to this pan that is PTFE, PFOA, Cadmium and lead-free. Food does not stick to this pan, it slides out easily and the pan is very easy to clean. The cooking surface can reach 700F, offering even heat distribution and is oven safe to 350F. The pan is suitable for use on an induction hob and is dishwasher safe. This sauté pan is unique with its square shape pan, stainless steel handles and air vent in the lid. Keep in mind that this is the aluminum pan, not a real copper pan.

  • Quality And Durability: Manufactured using heavy gauge aluminum, the pan itself is extremely durable. The ceramic nonstick coating provides superior stain and scratch resistance and is more durable than most nonstick coatings. This pan is covered by a T-fal’s limited lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

T-fal offers superior nonstick coating and customers are pleasantly surprised its durability. Some customers also commented that the lid handle gets very hot.

Our score: 4.3 out of 5.

3. Calphalon Tri-Ply 5-Quart Stainless Steel

BEST 5-QUART SAUTE PAN
Calphalon 2029634 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

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: Calphalon’s tri-ply design combines aluminum and stainless steel to ensure even heating from base to rim. The wide, flat cooking surface is great for browning, searing and sautéing, and the sides are low enough to allow air to circulate, keeping foods crisp but tall enough to prevent splattering. The pan is dishwasher safe, oven safe to 450F, broiler-safe, and suitable for all stovetops including induction.

  • Quality And Durability: The combination of heavy-gauge aluminum and stainless steel make this classically designed sauté pan strong and durable. It is eye-catching with its polished stainless steel exterior and satin-finished interior. The long brushed stainless steel handle stays cool on the stovetop and the glass lid is tempered for durability. It is covered by a full lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

Customers enjoy that this pan heats up quickly, cooks evenly, and is easy to care for. A few have found it heavy and too large for their stove and some have found that the bottom warps over time.

Our score: 4.6 out of 5.

4. Cuisinart Multi Clad Pro 3½–Quart Stainless Steel

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Cuisinart MCP33-24HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 3-1/2-Quart Saute with Helper and Cover
  • Updated cast-stainless-steel handle stays cool to the touch and comes riveted for strength
  • Triple-ply stainless construction
  • Rims are tapered for drip-free pouring

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: Cuisinart’s Professional triple-ply construction ensures even heat distribution across the bottom and up the sidewalls of this pan and eliminates hot spots, even on medium heat. The tapered rims ensure drip-free pouring and the stainless steel handles stay cool when cooking. The stainless steel lid is tight-fitting, locking in moisture, nutrients, and flavor when cooking. Oven safe to 550F, this sauté pan is also broiler safe and dishwasher safe. 

  • Quality And Durability: Cuisinart’s limited lifetime warranty backs this top quality pan. The triple-ply design of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel is super strong and very durable. The handles are riveted for strength and every part of this pan is built so that it can be used for many years

User Reviews:

This is a strong, sturdy pan with a tight fitting lid and customers are overwhelmingly thrilled with its design, functionality, and durability.

Our score: 4.6 out of 5.

5. Anolon 5-Quart Nonstick

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Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Nonstick Saute Fry Pan with Helper Handle, 5 Quart, Gray
  • BIG ON PERFORMANCE: Spacious 5-quart sauté pan with lid and helper handle is perfect for a wide range of frying pan and sauté pan recipes
  • BUILT TO LAST: Heavy-duty, hard anodized saute pan is incredibly durable and delivers fast, even heat without the hot spots that burn foods
  • LET IT SLIDE: Premium nonstick inside and out delivers superior food release and effortless cleanup so pans look newer longer

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: This hard-anodized aluminum base is covered with a modern graphite nonstick coating inside and out so that nothing sticks to the pan and it is easy to clean, even if you mess over the sides. The interior of the pan is covered with a triple layer of premium nonstick coating to provide superior performance. Anolon’s signature SureGrip handles are riveted to the pan, are extremely comfortable and heat resistant, and are oven safe to 400F. 

  • Quality And Durability: Anolon is known for its premium design and quality and this sauté pan does not disappoint. Every single element used in the manufacturing of this pan is superior in quality from the aluminum to the graphite nonstick coating and SureGrip handles, and this is the reason for this pan’s incredible durability. This pan is guaranteed by Anolon’s lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

Customers enjoy cooking with this pan. It is spacious, versatile and genuinely long-lasting. Many customers who have followed manufacturer’s guidelines, and have used the pan on a medium heat without any nonstick sprays, have used their pans for up to 10 years.

Our score: 4.6 out of 5.

6. Cuisinart 433-30h 5-Quart Stainless Steel

Cuisinart 433-30H Contour Stainless 5-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Glass Cover,Silver
  • CLASSIC STAINLESS PERFORMANCE - Stainless steel surface doesn't react with food or alter flavors – the most elegant and efficient cooking material.
  • SUPERIOR HEAT DISTRIBUTION - Pure aluminum-encapsulated base heats up quickly and enables even heat distribution for consistent results. No more hot spots!
  • KEEP COOKING COOL - Maintain a solid grip with the always cool, always secure stick handles, contoured to your hand for extra comfort.

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: This large sauté pan is made of premium stainless steel and has an aluminum-encapsulated base that heats up quickly and evenly distributes heat. The pan is oven safe up to 500F, and is also broiler and freezer safe, making this an extremely versatile pan. The tempered glass lids have a stainless steel rim and are oven safe to 350F.

  • Quality And Durability: Sturdy and well made, this pan is built for long-term performance. It is heavy and durable, with a well-fitting lid. The pan’s handles are stainless steel, very comfortable to use and firmly riveted to the pan. This sauté pan is guaranteed by Cuisinart’s lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

This pan is so attractively designed that customers take it from the oven to the table to serve their guests. The glass lid fits very snuggly but the lid handles get hot. 

Our score: 4.4 out of 5.

7. Emeril Lagasse 5-Quart Stainless Steel

Emeril Lagasse 62957 Stainless Steel Covered Deep Sauté Pan, 5-Quart, Silver
  • Encapsulated aluminum base, which means that the cooking surface heats up quickly
  • convenient dishwasher-safe construction
  • magnetic stainless steel base is suitable for use on all stovetops, including induction

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: This is a large and spacious sauté pan, ideal for cooking for large groups. Made with an encapsulated aluminum base, this stainless steel pan warms up quickly. Suitable for use on all hobs including induction, it is oven safe to 550F and the glass lid is oven safe to 350F. The lid fits well, locking in moisture during extended cooking. This pan is also dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. 

  • Quality And Durability: The material used in the making of this high-quality pan is solid and durable and the stainless steel handles are riveted to the pan. The encapsulated base is a sturdy design that adds to the pan’s durability.

User Reviews:

Customers have been pleasantly surprised how well this pan cooks large meals and how easily it cleans up afterward. It is a very large pan, sometimes covering a second stovetop burner and is quite heavy. Some customers commented that the lid handles get hot.

Our score: 4.4 out of 5.

8. Calphalon Classic 5-Quart Nonstick

Calphalon Classic Nonstick Saute Pan With Cover, 5 Quart, Grey
  • Dual-layer nonstick for easy food release, and quick cleanup
  • Tempered glass lid
  • Durable hard-anodized aluminum construction

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: Designed for everyday cooking, this sauté pan is made from hard-anodized aluminum with a double layer of nonstick coating. The aluminum heats up quickly and evenly distributes heat across the pan. The pan has a wide base and low sides making it spacious enough to sear meats and vegetables, allowing air to circulate and making it easy to stir and flip foods. The long, stainless steel handle stays cool while cooking and the oven-safe glass lid seals in moisture during cooking. This pan is oven safe to 450F.

  • Quality And Durability: Durable hard-anodized aluminum is used in the construction of this pan and the dual non-stick layer enhances its durability. It is covered by a full lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

While most customers are generally very happy with the purchase of this pan and its durability, some have commented that the aluminum is too light and that the pan warps with time. Some have found that the helper handle and the lid handle get very hot.

Our score: 4.5 out of 5.

9. Cuisinart 3½-Quart Chef’S Classic Nonstick

Cuisinart 633-24H Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 3-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Lid
  • Hard anodized exterior
  • Interior pan Measurement markings
  • Unsurpassed heat distribution

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: Hard-anodized aluminum and Cuisinart’s signature Quantanium nonstick coating make up this sauté pan. Food does not stick to the Quantanium layer and the pan is really easy to clean. It heats quickly on medium heat and the heat distribution is excellent. Oven safe to 500F, this pan is not dishwasher safe and must be washed by hand. The steel Cool Grip handles are securely riveted to the pan and the flared rim offers drip-free pouring. 

  • Quality And Durability: Covered by a lifetime warranty, this is a strong pan. While it is not very heavy, it is very sturdy. The multi-layer nonstick coating is strengthened with titanium particles making it extra strong and far more durable than average nonstick coatings. The hard-anodized exterior, Quantanium nonstick coating, Cool Grip handles and the tempered glass lid are all good quality and make up a durable nonstick sauté pan.

User Reviews:

Customers enjoy that this pan heats quickly and evenly. Some have commented that the handles get hot and that the lid does not seal well.

Our score: 4.5 out of 5.

10. Rachel Ray 5-Quart Nonstick

Rachael Ray 87395 Brights Hard Anodized Nonstick Saute Pan / Frying Pan / Fry Pan - 5 Quart, Gray
  • SAUTE PAN WITH HELPER HANDLE: 5-quart, oval-shaped nonstick sauté pan with lid and helper handle features hard anodized cookware construction for durability and even-heating
  • ENHANCED NONSTICK COOKWARE: Saute pan is covered with superior nonstick inside and out for effortless food release and easy, dishwasher safe cleanup
  • OVEN SAFE: Oven safe to 350 degrees F, the nonstick pan is dishwasher safe for convenience and works great with many other pieces in the Rachael Ray collections

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: Uniquely designed, Rachel Ray’s oval sauté pan is made to fit on one stove plate while providing the full benefit of a large 5-quart vessel. Its modern rubberized orange handles are eye-catching and very comfortable to work with. Made from hard-anodized aluminum with a nonstick coating, it heats evenly releases food quickly and the shatter-resistant glass lid seals well to hold in moisture and flavor. The handles are all securely riveted onto the pan and glass lid. The pan and its handles are oven safe to 350F and are also dishwasher safe. 

  • Quality And Durability: This is a beautiful pan that performs well and the hard-anodized steel provides a sturdy structure. The nonstick coating on this sauté pan works well and is durable. This pan is only oven safe to 350F and the manufacturer warns that using the handles in the oven may cause discoloration. This sauté pan is guaranteed with a limited lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

This pan is a good size for preparing a large meal and most customers are very pleased with its unique design and that it works well. Some customers found the pan warped slightly over time so that the lid no longer fitted tightly. 

Our score: 4.8 out of 5.

11. Cooks Standard Multi-Ply 5-Quart Stainless Steel

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

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: This 5-quart sauté pan is made of 2 layers of 18/10 stainless steel and an aluminum core offering excellent heat distribution from base to rim. Oven safe to 500F, the riveted handles stay cool and the tight-fitting lid seals in heat and moisture. This is a versatile pan that can be used on any hob and in the oven, but it is not broiler safe. An additional bonus in the design is that the base of this pan is scratch-resistant and it won’t damage your hob.

  • Quality And Durability: A multi-element alloy aluminum core is used throughout to attract heat and evenly distribute it throughout the pan. Top-quality stainless steel is bonded to the aluminum core inside and out, and is also used in the lid and handles creating a pan that is beautiful and very durable.

User Reviews:

Most customers enjoy using this pan and find it efficient and versatile. Unfortunately, quite a few customers have commented that the base warps within a short space of time.

Our score: 4.5 out of 5.

12. Woll Diamond Lite 5-Quart Nonstick

Woll Diamond Plus/Diamond Lite Open Sauté Pan, 11-Inch
  • Extremely cut and scratch resistant, ultra hard coating with embedded diamond crystals and totally non-stick thanks to superfine nanoparticles
  • Cast handle for safe lifting and handling with an integral, threaded brass insert for sturdy, firmly affixed handles
  • Safety glass lids for energy efficient cooking, ovenproof up to 480f/250c or - than glass lids- terracotta lids for the melt in the mouth results

Things to love:

  • Features And Performance: Hand-cast in Germany, this aluminum sauté pan is covered in Woll’s signature ultra hard nonstick coating that contains diamond crystals and very fine nanoparticles. This composition creates a PFOA-free coating that is extremely scratch resistant, and to which food does not stick. The diamonds in the coating are excellent heat generators and together with the aluminum offer good heat conductivity. The cast handle is firmly affixed using a threaded brass insert and is safe to use, but on a pan this size there should be a helper handle. The pan is oven safe to 500F but the glass lid is only oven safe to 480F.

  • Quality And Durability: This pan itself is well designed and very durable. The handcrafting process ensures that the aluminum is unstressed and free of air pockets, which would decrease the pan’s durability. The extra-tough composition of the nonstick coating is strong enough to be used with metal utensils. This pan is covered by Woll’s limited lifetime warranty.

User Reviews:

The nonstick feature of this pan is a huge hit with users and it works very well. Unfortunately, quite a few customers have commented that the nonstick feature only endures roughly 6 months of regular use before losing its effectiveness. 

Our score: 4.3 out of 5.

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