What is the best stainless steel saucepan set ?
We tested 19 stainless steel saucepan sets. The classically designed pot set convinces with its heavy quality without frills like glass or plastic.
The market for saucepan sets is large and there is enough choice. After extensive work, we decided on 19 pot sets that reflect the market well, 17 of which are still available. For many people, a pot just seems to be a vessel in which food is cooked – but there are more differences than you think, and this mainly concerns handling and material quality.
Brief Overview: Our Recommendations
- +Torsion resistant, medium weight
- +All pot bases are flat
- +Lids do not rattle when cooking (pressure escapes)
- -High handles: steam contact
- +Heavy and sturdy, great workmanship
- -Water only boils relatively late because the pots heat up more slowly
- +Great handling and good for small kitchens
- -Expensive and the largest pot is relatively small
- +Solid set with ergonomic handles
- -The lid rattles and drips at the highest level
- +Stable, compact pots
- +100 percent stackable
- +Liter scale
- +Pouring edge
- -Only special Ingenio lids harmonize with the clip-on handle
- +Very heavy quality
- +Five solder joints per handle
- +Thick sandwich bottoms
- -5.5 liter pot not quite flat
- -Lid tilts at 5.5 liter pot
- -Lids clatter with boiling water
- +Stable pots
- +Pouring edge
- +Lid does not rattle (no pressure hole)
- -Not stackable
- -Steam contact Henkel
- -Thin handles
Excilon Home Kitchen Ware Pots & Pan Set with Saucepan Frying Pans, Cooking Pots, Lids, Utensil PTFE/PFOA/PFOS free, 11 Pcs.
Amazon Stone & Beam Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Kitchen Cookware Set, Pots and Pans, 12-Piece
Professional Stainless Steel Cookware set 8PC, 8 PC, Silver
What pot sizes do you need?
Anyone who likes to cook a lot needs a small collection of different pots. The all-round pots of our day are all made of polished stainless steel. Aluminum is on the march, especially as tests often only give these pots satisfactory marks.
Stainless steel pots are suitable for all types of stoves
Stainless steel pots have a more or less thick sandwich pan base. This contains a ferromagnetic material for induction, often in combination with other materials that store heat and absorb and distribute it particularly quickly.
Almost all pots on the market can be used for gas, electrical plates, glass ceramics (ceramic) and induction hobs alike. If you have a stove that heats by induction, you should still pay careful attention to the information. Without exception, all sets in this test are also suitable for induction.
When it comes to cleaning, stainless steel pots are very easy to care for. What is a no-go with coated pans is standard with pots: you can also use the steel sponge to do so. All stainless steel pots are also dishwasher-safe.
For cooking without a family, 1.5, 2 and 3 liter pots are usually sufficient. As soon as guests come or eat four or more family members, a large 5 or 6 liter pot is absolutely necessary.
If the fricassee or the stew has to be mixed for 15 people, it must also be 10 liters or more, for example with the WMF vegetable pot Ø 28 cm , which can hold a full 14 liters. Glasses or juice bottles can also be boiled in it and thus sterilized and made durable.
Such large pots are almost never included in saucepan sets. Here the largest pot is usually 5 liters, sometimes 6.
So we tested
We researched all available test reports, read countless customer reviews and interviewed experts. Finally, we tested a total of 19 pot sets, of which 17 are still available.
Most sets come with four or five pots. Some sets also have a saucepan with a lid. The price range for saucepan sets is large. In our test field, the cheapest set cost 60 euros, the most expensive set 450 euros. We were very excited to see if there were any differences in quality and if the most expensive set was the best.
To anticipate: You can cook with any pot, but the quality differences in terms of material thickness and pot bases are very large. We would therefore advise against the very cheap sets.
Our test consisted of a practical and an evaluative part. In practice, we have used the largest and the smallest pot from each set. The saucepan, if available, or the milk pot were left out.
We brought a liter of cold water to the boil and measured the time. We did this on an induction hob with the highest setting. We accompanied the cooking test with the thermal imager. As soon as the boiling point was reached, we reduced the heat setting to a gentle simmer without a lid. The thermal images of the pots were taken in this condition.
We also paid attention to ergonomics and comfort: do the lids rattle when cooking at the highest level? Does liquid drip out of the side? How warm or hot do the handles get? How easy can they be handled and how can the loaded pot be guided? Are there pouring holes or drip edges?
In comparison, we assessed the stability and the value of the pots. Are the bottom and the lid flat? Does the lid lie evenly and how much play does it have?
Test winner: WMF Gourmet Plus set
The WMF Gourmet Plus set is the prototype for classic shapes, materials and functions. No ergonomics experiments are dared here: there is not a single piece of plastic on pots and lids. Pots and lids are simple in color and not even polished to a high gloss. The lids have no glass, but instead a small hole through which the pressure can escape when cooking. As a result, the lids do not rattle when cooking.
The manufacturing quality is excellent: the heavy pots have a thick sandwich bottom, even with force we can not bend the pot edges. All pot bases are completely flat, not a matter of course if we take a look at the rest of the test field.
The lids are all sitting on their pots – without tipping, which is also rare. The handles have a nice wide U-shape, even large hands can grip here safely. A heavy, felt pot is safe in the hands. The WMF Gourmet Plus is there with the discipline of boiling a liter of water with 168 seconds.
WMF has installed the classic steam escape hole (pressure compensation) in the lid of Gourmet Plus . This can usually prevent the handles from evaporating, and the annoying rattling of the lid is also avoided. These weak points could be avoided by attaching handles further down, however, the proximity to the bottom of the pot would in turn promote strong heating of the handles. Here the manufacturer has opted for the lesser evil, the steam.
The handles are very high, and escaping steam could come into contact with your hands. However, the risk is minimal, after all the pressure escapes through the small hole in the lid.
Overall good pots. Does not heat up quickly, but keeps you warm for a long time. Lids only close satisfactorily. Easy to use.
The test winner convinced us the most, but other models for large and small budgets also have their advantages. We present our further recommendations below.
The WMF Function 4 saucepan set offers stability and value at the highest level, the product is manufactured in Germany. The ergonomics of the handles is the best of all pots because the pot can be operated with one hand.
The red silicone lip of the lid seems to take some getting used to, but also gives the pots a chic look. Above all, it not only prevents the lids from rattling or slipping, it also offers four closing and drain positions. The top of the Function 4 lids have markings for the three pouring openings and the “closed” position. Pasta or rice can be poured directly from the pot using two different sieve sizes. You can save yourself the breakthrough; the silicone protects the metallic outer ring sufficiently.
We liked the high weight of the pots. Because the old equation, according to which heavy pots are best, also worked in our test. The comparatively high weight is reflected in the stability. The polished Cromargan stainless steel surface is very smooth and almost looks like chrome.
WMF’s Function 4 5-liter pot with lid weighs 2.57 kilograms, which is slightly above average. We did not notice the weight in the handling negatively, the wide handles with the recess for holding the fingers easily compensate for this.
It seems like a real luxury when you no longer have to look for a place to put the lid down. With Fissler Intensa it is simply hooked into the side handle. This works smoothly and the condensed water drips back into the pot, the wide brim makes it possible.
On top of that, Fissler has come up with a special curvature to tilt and close the lid. In contrast to WMF Function 4, it is rather inconspicuous and solved without a silicone edge.
The stackability of the five Fissler pots is a fine thing. They all fit together, including the saucepan. No other set from the test can be stowed so space-saving.
The wide brim prevents the lid from rattling, but drops during the cooking process are still moderate at the highest heat setting.
However, this luxury cooking costs a lot of money , 360 to 430 euros are due for the Fissler Intensa . However, there are disadvantages: the largest pot in the set only holds 3.5 liters. With Schulte-Ufer and WMF Function 4 or Gourmet Plus, 5 liters of soup fit into it.
If you don’t want the ergonomic experiment or plastic on the pots – but you want the heavy quality – the Fissler Profi Collection is a very good alternative for a similar price.
The Schulte-Ufer maxi set Wega 5-piece. Set 1046 offers very high quality, solid pots. At the time, we had the 4-part Schulte-Ufer take-4 set Wega without saucepan in the test, but the same is no longer available. Since it is the same design, we now recommend the 5-piece set.
The handles are classic round but unfortunately a bit narrow. A heavy, large pot squeezes your fingers uncomfortably. The even heat distribution in the bottom of the pot is commendable. We only measured a difference of three degrees.
The biggest weak point is the dripping and clattering lids in the highest cooking level. There is no equalization hole through which the pressure can escape.
We recommend Schulte-Ufer maxi set Wega 5 pieces. anyone who wants to acquire good, long-lasting quality without having to dig deep into their wallets. The Schulte-Ufer set offers a lot of pot for little money.
The weak point of the Schulte-Ufer are the heavily dripping, clattering lids in the cooking process at the highest level.
Are pots taking up too much space in the sink and cupboard? Then let’s just cut the handles off!
Tefal’s radical approach to Tefal Ingenio with pots without handles will throw the classic chef out of the concept. When handling several pots, the handle must always be repositioned before the hot pot can be moved.
But you can get used to it and the wages are space-saving, stackable pots. This way, more fits in the cupboard and dishwasher. For the handle there are also pans up to 28 centimeters, casseroles etc. Alternatively, larger sets with lids and pan splash protection are also available.
Standard lids can only be attached at an angle due to the push-in handle or when the handle is not on. One solution is the specially shaped glass lid from the manufacturer, which is available as a set with 16/18 and 20 centimeters for 35 euros .
The choice is yours: there is no reason not to use the matching lids of your previous pot set. To do this, however, you must release the handle each time.
Not much fits in, however, because a single push handle cannot lift a 6-liter pot with one hand. The largest Ingenio pot therefore only holds 2.6 liters, the largest Ingenio pan is 28 centimeters in diameter.
The push-in handles are designed for ten kilograms, so there is a little room for space with the food content. The mouse gray or black handles are not exactly cheap at 22 to 30 euros .
Tefal Ingenio is there for just under 100 euros if you buy the set of 3 pots and the three lids. This is not cheap, but for high-quality, heavy pots and a minimum of space, you can accept that. However, in the extended family you will not be happy with the small pots, they should rather use the Schulte-Ufer set 1046 Maxi Wega (5 pieces).