Earns praise for its spacious 7-quart capacity and hard anodized cook surface that resists sticking and heats evenly. Safe for use in the oven up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Backed by the company's full lifetime warranty.
Rare reports of the bottom of the pan warping, but the warranty provides peace of mind. Some owners wish it had a traditional handle instead of loop handles.
Grabs attention with its sleek, stainless steel construction from handle to lid. Ideal size for most cooks – 5 1/2 quarts. Oven-safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. Limited lifetime warranty.
The downside of a stainless steel pan such as this model is that food is prone to sticking. This potentially makes cleanup challenging.
Offers an impressive feature set that includes non-stick hard anodized cook surface, strong stainless steel handles, and full lifetime warranty. Rated for oven temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
A few consumers gripe about warping and the finish chipping in spots after a few uses, but many more are impressed with the quality.
Stands out for the unique oval shape that leaves more room to fit other pans on stove top burners. Hard anodized cook surface; rubberized lid and pan handles; limited lifetime warranty.
Oven safe to only 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Somewhat prone to warping, as the bottom could be thicker.
Cooks rave about how well this pan's non-stick ceramic coating works, and how easy it is to clean. Has cool-touch handles. Falls on the lower end of the price range.
The downside to the impressive ceramic coating is that it may chip when used with very high temperatures – rated oven safe for only 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
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A sauté pan, with its straight sides, offers a large surface area for searing meat, reducing sauces, and keeping your ingredients inside the pan while you cook. Look for models with a large, flat bottom for even heat distribution and a long handle that allows you to easily shake or toss ingredients. Heavy screws or rivets should be used to attach the handle to the body of the pan so you have better leverage and control. Saute pans are often made of copper, anodized aluminum, cast iron, stainless steel, and various nonstick surfaces. Copper and anodized aluminum offer the best conductivity but come at a high price. You'll have to decide which material is right for you based on the type of cooking you do most often and the foods you like to sauté.
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