Buyer’s guide: which stainless-steel saucepan to choose?
To cook in good conditions, you need quality utensils. When it comes to pots, you have a lot to choose from. You will find pots made of many different materials; however, stainless steel offers a few advantages that should not be overlooked. Stainless steel is a hypoallergenic material that is not dangerous to food. Moreover, stainless steel is unbreakable, resistant and is even used to make surgical tools. CRISTEL stainless steel, for instance, is composed of 18% chrome and 10% nickel, is 97% recycled and 100% recyclable. If you have decided to buy a stainless-steel saucepan, the first thing you need to know is how to choose it properly. In this case, what criteria should you use to determine which stainless-steel saucepan to choose?
Which type of utensils?
Stainless steel saucepans are, without a doubt, the best on the market. Solid and heat-resistant, they allow you to cook healthy, with little or no fat. Moreover, stainless-steel saucepans are much more environmentally friendly than other pots. Needless to say that stainless steel is a more expensive material, which means smaller budgets will find it hard to afford stainless steel saucepans. Yet, if you choose a stainless-steel pot of poor quality, it will not withstand the heat and cooking for long. Therefore, if you want to buy one or more stainless-steel saucepans, think quality and don't be afraid to spend money on it.
Nowadays, stainless-steel pots are among French people’s favorites. Thanks to them, people rediscover the pleasure of easy and healthy cooking. Despite the higher price of stainless-steel saucepans, their sale increases each year. And this craze is not about to end.
With or without detachable handles?
You will have to choose your stainless-steel saucepans according to the size and layout of your cupboards. If you don't have much space at home, it is possible to find stainless steel pots with detachable handles. This kind of pot is really very practical and saves you a lot of space. On the other hand, if space is not a problem for you, then treat yourself to a full set of pots, you won't regret it.
Saucepans with detachable handles are very practical, as they can easily be put in the oven without burning. Moreover, they take up very little space in your cupboards and fit easily in the dishwasher.
With which fires is it compatible?
Many people don't think about it or don't know it, but not all pots are necessarily compatible for all types of fires (ceramic hob, gas, electric stove...). We therefore advise you to choose CRISTEL stainless steel saucepans, since they are compatible with all types of fires and that will make you save a lot of money in the long term.
Indeed, imagine that today you have a gas stove and it breaks down. If you later turn to induction hobs, your stainless-steel saucepans that are compatible with your gas stove will no longer be compatible with your induction hob. This is why it is easier and cheaper to choose stainless steel pots that are compatible with all types of fires. In this way, whatever type of fire you have or may have in the future, you can be sure that you will always have compatible pots.
For what use?
CRISTEL stainless steel saucepans make it easy to cook a wide range of dishes and sauces. They will help you to cook everyday dishes as well as more complex ones.
The use you make of your saucepan will obviously influence your choice. You should also consider the depth and size of your saucepan based on your kitchen accessories.
How much does it cost?
You will keep a CRISTEL stainless-steel pot throughout your life. Don't think of it as an expense, but rather as an investment. Stainless steel is a more expensive material than others, but its high quality justifies its price.
CRISTEL stainless steel saucepans are made in France and are guaranteed for life against all manufacturing defects. You will thus be sure to use a resistant and high-performance pot for many years to come.
How sustainable is it?
As explained above, the quality and materials of the pot are extremely important. Why is this so? Simply because a good quality stainless steel pot will last you much longer. Most of stainless-steel pots are made of nickel, chrome and iron. The current standard is 18/10, which means that the pot is made of 18% chrome and 10% nickel. Stainless steel 18/10 is therefore a healthy, inert material without a coating that could get damaged with wear.
CRISTEL stainless steel saucepans are made of high-quality materials. In addition to a lifetime warranty, you also have the possibility to have your utensil retreaded with a non-stick coating at low cost via the dedicated page on our CRISTEL website. You will thus give it a second life.
What size should I choose?
The advantage of our stainless-steel pots is that they are available in many different models and sizes (12 cm, 14 cm, 16 cm, 18 cm, 20 cm, 22 cm, 24 cm, 26 cm, 28 cm, 30 cm). If you are a single person, a small-sized saucepan will be more than enough for you. However, if you are a couple with children, in this case, you should choose a complete set of stainless-steel pots.
Similarly, choose your stainless-steel saucepan according to your cooking habits. If you cook often and in large quantities, it will be better to choose a set of pots of different sizes.
How heavy is it?
When choosing your stainless-steel saucepan, you should also consider its weight. Indeed, you cannot cook in good conditions with pots that are too heavy, because you will not be able to move them easily. You should choose lighter models.
Choosing a stainless-steel pot can seem quite complicated when you don't know much about it. This is quite normal: the choice is so vast. In addition, you need to be well-informed about the composition of the pot you want to buy and its compatibility with the different types of fires.