reccommend me a really good saucepan set

(26 Posts)
wannabeEostregoddess Thu 28-Mar-13 08:47:38

I can save for it if I have to as the pans we have are still fine, but they are pink and stained and I want new for the new kitchen.

We have an induction hob. Dont care about dishwasher safe as never put pans in it anyway.

Does anyone have these? Are they any good?

So what pans do you have and do you like them or hate them?

snoworneahva Thu 28-Mar-13 10:05:41

Pans suitable for induction are expensive, there are some cheap options but your selection will be limited. I wouldn't get a set, buying pans to match a kitchen is not a great idea. I'd buy the pans you need, the sizes you use. I need a couple of large pans a small one, a frying pan - non stick minimum. But its likely you'll need something different, depending on how you cook.
Lakeland sell good non stick induction friendly frying pans - we bought an expensive Le Creuset non stick frying pan and the surface is screwed on it, this always happens with me on all expensive non sticks, Meyer and Circulon included so I no longer spend lots of money on non stick. I got Le Creuset stainless steel induction saucepans and I'm happy with their performance.
Ikea sells reasonably priced induction pans and they are well reviewed but the frying pan didn't work on our induction and the Brabantia induction friendly non stick frying pan we bought in TK Maxx only works on the smallest ring and even then not very effectively.

wannabeEostregoddess Thu 28-Mar-13 10:44:21

Im not buying to match the kitchen really. I want a proper set of pans that will last us as I am sick of buying cheap ones that dont last long.

Most of the pans I have looked at said they are ok with induction. Do I need specific ones then?

snoworneahva Thu 28-Mar-13 11:31:23

Some make a better connection than others as they try and get around the challenge of making a non magnetic metal work on induction....don't buy the converter thing either, the connection is poor. Induction has it's drawbacks and the lack of choice in cheaper pans is a frustrating one.

DewDr0p Thu 28-Mar-13 11:34:54

John Lewis Classic range. Mine are 14 yo and look like new. Cook really well, great in dishwasher.

MrsMeeple Thu 28-Mar-13 11:48:20

If you really want to splurge and have good quality, take a look at Demeyere.

wannabeEostregoddess Thu 28-Mar-13 11:57:18

Oh they look lovely Mrs Meeple but that really is a splurge grin

£200 is probably my top budget really and I will have to save for that!

wannabeEostregoddess Thu 28-Mar-13 12:05:25

The John Lewis ones look great. I never think of JL because I am in N.I so theres no stores near, but just checked and they deliver!

BoBoo Thu 28-Mar-13 16:16:30

Debenhams have a sale on, might be worth looking in there. We got some stainless steel there (maybe Meyer?) about 5 years ago and have lasted really well. No idea about induction, sorry.

BoBoo Thu 28-Mar-13 18:38:59

Having checked at home, mine are Meyer, but the design is like this, which is the best thing about them. Pouring spout and holes in the lid, so you can just use the lid to drain.

BoBoo Thu 28-Mar-13 18:44:58

Which I've just realised is a feature of the ones you first linked to...and yours have an extra pan. They look pretty good to me and have a 10 year guarantee, so should be a good buy.

snoworneahva Fri 29-Mar-13 07:04:22

Have you had a look on Which? Or Good House Keeping Institute, or looked at the reviews on amazon?

Can you really judge the quality of a pan is by looking at a promo shot on the Internet?

I second the JL pans. Really good quality and I've had them ages and they're still going strong.

turnipsoup Fri 29-Mar-13 07:16:52

Raymond blanc analon range are brilliant, and you can get them on sale sometimes at Debenhams. They are amazing, so easy to clean and brilliant to cook with

wannabeEostregoddess Fri 29-Mar-13 07:35:25

Can you really judge the quality of a pan is by looking at a promo shot on the Internet?

Erm...no! Hence my reason for posting. And I read reviews.

I get the feeling from your posts that you think I am some kind of airhead, well I am not. This is a forum. I posted a thread.

I never knew saucepans could be so offensive.

AnimatedDad Fri 29-Mar-13 11:48:46

Le cruiset are great. Very heavy ( I think they're iron coated in ceramic) but they don't stick or stain.

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 29-Mar-13 14:02:26

Mine are the John Lewis 'Classic II' pans link. Have had then 20+ years, they get used daily in the oven, on the hob and under the grill and, other than replacing one lid, they're still looking great and going strong!!

chezchaos Fri 29-Mar-13 14:17:56

Le Creuset are fab, I just bought a set of 3 for £180

Sainsbury's sell a much cheaper version, I just bought a huge casserole for £26 after 25% off

LucyApr1985 Mon 08-Jul-13 12:56:28

I found a site that has some good ideas for saucepan sets. The link is: saucepansetshq.co.uk/. Last time I looked it had some reviews and for LeCrueset and Circulon saucepans.

Vibbe Mon 08-Jul-13 18:08:37

Le Creuset. The cast iron ones are great, but the toughened non-stick and stainless steel/3-ply are amazing too.

My dad, who's a very good cook, and who spends an absolute fortune on kitchen stuff, has been cooking in my kitchen with the non-stick and 3-ply from Le Creuset, and he's saying it's the best pots and pans he has ever used.

He usually uses Iittala, Eva Trio, Mauviel, Le Creuset (cast iron), Jamie Oliver and other brands.
He also likes saucepans from Ikea - the Favorit series has won a test in a Danish paper.

tigerlilygrr Tue 09-Jul-13 08:53:55

I don't know anything about induction but I have anolon pans and they 're ace. I bought them from debenhams which has brilliant sales for cookery stuff. I have a couple of le creuset cast iron and I think they're very heavy (I realise that's the point but I have weak little wrists!) Good for occasional use (and the griddle is amazing) but I am not sure I'd want a full set.

Personally I would never get stainless steel pans as all the smudge marks etc would annoy me, other types are better for cleaning. But that may be just me and my lazy ways!

tb Tue 09-Jul-13 20:25:38

I've got Aga stainless steel ones, and they're really good. Their bases are thicker than most others, and are perfectly flat.

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 09-Jul-13 22:19:37

We have a Raymond Blanc analon one, which is pretty good. But the Le Creuset non-stick range is amazing. We have a 30cm and a 20cm frying pan. They make cooking so easy and washing up even easier.

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 09-Jul-13 22:21:21

OMG. shock at the Demeyere prices!

tigerlilygrr Tue 09-Jul-13 22:26:51

This thread has prompted me to design my perfect pan.
It must:
-look as good as le creuset
-be not too heavy to lift but not too light to cook with
-have one of those lids you can drain out of
-be stackable including the lid
-have a removable handle so you can switch from hob to oven

There is no such pan is there...

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