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Jul 19, 2011 06:25 PM

What to Replace AC 3.5 qt Sauce Pan with

Hi everyone,
I have a set of All Clad D5 Cookware that I purchased from Williams Sonoma.
After putting the pieces to the test, I have discovered that I HATE the Sauce Pans.
Currently I have a 3.5 QT., 2 QT and 1.5 QT.

The one I hate to cook with the most is the 3.5 QT is way too heavy to lift with one hand - for example to move contents into a strainer.

I am looking for a replacement that is lighter and easier to handle.

So far I was considering a Chef's Pan/Saucier - Le Creuset seems to have a good one.

I mainly use this type of pot for cooking Frozen Vegetable, Pasta, etc.

Appreciate any help!

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  1. I, too, was considering the LC pan. If you get it, let me know how it works.

    You might try the 3.5 qt saucier from American Kitchen. Made in the USA by...Regalware? I think.

    1. Won't LC weigh even more than AC?

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      1. re: Jay F

        Le Creuset's stainless steel line.

        1. re: E_M

          Oh. I thought that had gone away. Is it really lighter than AC stainless?

          Here's the website for American Kitchen:

          1. re: Jay F

            Not sure if it is lighter, but it has a helper handle, which makes a world of difference. It also has handy interior capacity markings (as does American Kitchen). I like that.

      2. What about a lighter, more heat-responsive version of that 3.5 qt saucepan with a helper handle? All-Clad's MasterChef2 is two layers of aluminum lined with stainless:

        1. I have an All Clad original SS 3.5 quart, and an All Clad D5 4 quart with helper handle. The helper handle makes ALL the difference in the world. (I also prefer the pouring lip on the D5).

          Any new AC pieces that I buy will be D5, and I will get it with helper handle if it is available on the size. It is worth the extra money to get the pieces with helper handles.

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          1. re: eliz553

            The D5 3.5 that I have does have a helper handle; however it is way too heavy to hold with one hand and every time I have cooked with it that is what I had to do. Holding the large hand in one hand and the spoon in the other to push the contents into a bowl; way too heavy!

            1. re: raplum

              I looked up the relative weights of the 3-qt. AC, LC, and AK saucepans on amazon. All I could find were the shipping weights. The LC weighs 5 pounds, the other two, 4 pounds.

              1. re: Jay F

                All Clad D5 4-qt. saucepan: 8" diam., 5" high; 4 lb. 14 oz. with lid.

                Le Creuset Stainless Steel 3.5-Quart Chef's Pan with Lid 3.3" H x 9.4" W x 9.4" D 6.7 lbs

                1. re: raplum

                  Hi, raplum:

                  If a 5-lb pan is too heavy, IMO you only have three reasonable choices: (1) a good straight-gauge aluminum pan; (2) the cheapest, thinnest steel or aluminum pan you can find; or (3) a boiling insert to use in a heavier pan.


          2. I would find one with two loop handles instead of one long + one loop handle.

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            1. re: cutipie721

              Agree with cutiepie - what about the All Clad SS soup pot. It's called a soup pot but it's really just a 4 qt sauce pan with two loop handles.