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best 1 quart saucepan under $50?

madeliner Feb 22, 2013 10:24 PM

This has got to be the most boring post ever but...

I would like to get a 1 quart saucepan with a lid - I dont have enough to get buy comfortably (right now only 2 and 1 has no handle on the top)

I am not fussy, just want a good quality item

any suggestions would be nice.

thanks !

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    w0x0f RE: madeliner Feb 22, 2013 10:42 PM

    All-Clad has a great 1.5 quart at $79.95 (Amazon). Not quite what you spec'd, but worth a look.

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      Eager6 RE: madeliner Feb 22, 2013 11:31 PM

      I suggest the Tramontina 1-Qt. 18/10 Stainless Steel TriPly-Clad Covered Sauce Pan. $24.97 at walmart. Youll have to order it online, but I think shipping is free to your nearby walmart. I have the 2 qt that I got with the 10 pc set, and this stuff is awesome.


      Here's a comparison of the Tramontina Tri Ply vs All Clad:



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        Ruthie789 RE: Eager6 Feb 23, 2013 03:39 PM

        Totally agree on the Tramontina. I have the 16 quart and it was one of my best purchases ever. Tramontina will come back in stock, wait for it, value + quality. America's test kitchen or cook's country tested Tramontina and it rated first.

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          w0x0f RE: Ruthie789 Feb 23, 2013 07:09 PM

          Is it compatible with induction? If you put a magnet against the bottom, does it hold or fall off?

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            Ruthie789 RE: w0x0f Feb 24, 2013 02:52 AM

            I will have to go and get a magnet and try it out. It is stainless steel so a magnet will stick.

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        goodthyme RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 10:02 AM

        If you have a Homegoods near you, I would recommend this French made Cuisinart saucepan for you to look at - model FCT19-14:

        It should be about $20 or less. I purchased a few pieces of various sizes including a 2.25qt and 10 inch fry pan and all were under $30. They are stainless tri-ply, and nifty handle design that's very comfortable and stays really cool.

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          GH1618 RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 10:12 AM

          Maybe this one, although I haven't used it:


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            John Francis RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 02:19 PM

            I use the Calphalon Simply Calphalon Hard-Anodized 1-Quart Nonstick Saucepan with Lid. The lid is glass, and both saucepan and lid have soft silicone handles. I'm quite happy with it. Calphalon's price is $30, and I believe that's what I paid at Bed Bath & Beyond.


            1. Becca Porter RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 02:58 PM


              You get an extra 20% off right now. You'll never have to replace it.

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                madeliner RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 03:34 PM

                Thanks all, I'll check them all out!

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                  Miss Priss RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 06:43 PM

                  The Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 1.5 quart saucepan is very nice and is only $30 on Amazon.com:


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                    madeliner RE: Miss Priss Feb 24, 2013 12:21 AM

                    it sure is

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                      madeliner RE: Miss Priss Feb 24, 2013 12:24 AM

                      no it doesnt matter but I have 2 already and they were passed down and do the job but the lids were whacked just needed a third and wanted something "nice" - it matters to me

                    2. sal_acid RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 06:46 PM

                      Calphalon anododized aluminum is a great pan. Agree on Tramontina too

                      1. ipsedixit RE: madeliner Feb 23, 2013 07:36 PM

                        Does it really matter? It's a saucepan, after all.

                        I bought a 1 qt saucepan about 8 years ago at WalMart for something like 9.99, and it's lasted to this day. And I used it probably on average 3-4 times a week, if not more.

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                          mikie RE: ipsedixit Feb 23, 2013 08:08 PM

                          I supose it depends on what you cook in it. If you're boiling water for ramin noodles, then anything will do. But, if you have a sauce where temperature control is critical, then perhaps the quality of saucepan is more important.

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                            ChrisOfStumptown RE: ipsedixit Feb 23, 2013 08:30 PM

                            I agree.

                            Among other pans, I have a pair of Update International stainless saucepans. They work very well for 90% of what I do, and they do an acceptable job for the other 10%. I don't think they sell a 1 qt pan but the 2 qt pan with lid is $17 plus shipping online from restaurant supply stores.

                            If the OP wants a better pan, Bridge Kitchenware has a third off Sitram until the 26th, meaning a 1 qt Profiserie pan w lid for $40 or so which would be my rec for a better pan.

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                              mostytoasty RE: ipsedixit Jul 18, 2013 02:32 PM

                              The quality of saucepans absolutely matter. Firstly, for even heat distribution. Cooking on low temperatures, should not burn the base but leave the sides uncooked. An even heating saucepan with a close fitting lid is critical for steaming rice for example or for cooking something that requires a good steam-trap...

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                              madeliner RE: madeliner Feb 24, 2013 12:08 AM

                              this is in my amazon cart

                              I so appreciate all the replies, never found a nicer site than this one

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                                blastingcap RE: madeliner Jul 18, 2013 08:47 PM

                                This is probably too late given the date of this thread, but if I had a $50 budget and really wanted a saucepan, I would get a Demeyere Resto egg poacher. The egg poaching part is removable, and you get a 1.5 quart saucepan with nice stay cool handle and thick aluminum disc base and a glass lid. It's a two-for-one deal, basically.

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