What size Pan
I am looking to add a Saute pan to my Allclad collection. I am back and forth between the 3 and 4 quart. It seems they are exactly the same diameter 10 1/2 inches with the only difference being the sides, with the 4 quart being an extra 1/2 inch taller.I probably cook for 1-2-4 people on a regular basis. It seems the 3 quart is the most common, but am I better to get the 4 suggestions?
The diameter should not be too different. Afterall, you don't want your pan to be much larger than the diameter of your stove. In my opinion, I think the 3-quart will do just fine.
I think you answered your own question. If the diameters are the same, get the 4Q. A 1/2" increase in sidewall height is not going to hurt anything, and may prevent swamping.
Do you already have the 5 quart pan? If you do, I would think the 3 quart would be the best choice. (If you don't already have the the 5 quart saute pan, I would buy that one.
That's exactly the difference. I have the three quart (I cook for two). The sides are so low I sometimes wish I had the four quart. I wouldn't want the larger diameter six quart, however.
What do you want to do with it? If you are only going to be using it as a sauté with veg or chicken pieces, chops, and a small bit of pan sauce it will serve nicely. If you want to build a sauce or add pasta, braise with it, you will find the 3 qt often too shallow, especially if lidded, (sauces will expand up with simmering bubbles and will overflow). My 3 qt elicited many swear words from me until I purchased a deeper pan. It's a great pan for what it is, it's use can be limiting if you don't have something larger/deeper. I'd vote for the 4 qt.