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Stainless steel options are your best bet.

low end: Tramontina tri-ply is great value mid end: calphalon stainless steel or commercial hard anodized (no coating), cuisinart tri-ply, sitram, paderno high end: all-clad, mauviel, demeyere. For the Tramontina, the difference in performance between it and All-Clad is not that wide, considering the almost 3x difference in price. The Cuisinart Multiclad Pro is basically China-made All-Clad tri-ply at a third of the price.

If you really want "Buy it for life," you should go with All-Clad. They're made in the USA using the highest quality materials. They heat much more evenly than other pans, they're much more balanced, and they last indefinitely, even with abuse.

I used just okay pans for years: Calphalon, Circular, Farberware, etc. I switched to All-Clad when a chef friend showed me his set that he bought 20 years ago and used every day -- heavily. Good as new.

All-Clad is great, and the Cuisinart Chef's Classic line is a great performance line for the price. It's aluminum core instead of copper, but if you know what you're doing copper or aluminum are equally sufficient. One may be better, but either is great.

Stainless is the way to go, but take the time to learn how to use it properly or it will cause you no end of frustrations. Pre-heat EMPTY, and cook food at a medium heat with oil of your choice. Too hot and you'll hate yourself. Bar-keepers Friend is your friend.

I really like All-Clad copper core. Very even heating which not only means less stirring and more consistent results, they are also easier to clean because there won't be burnt stuff unless you really screw up. They work great both with both electric and gas. They do not work at all with induction heating. Their other major shortcoming is that they are ridiculously expensive so I only have saucepan and one skillet; all my other pots & pans are less expensive All-Clad or Cuisinart.

Best products

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All-Clad 4203 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Sauce Pan with Lid / Cookware, 3-Quart, Silver - 8701004398

The classic sauce pan is a versatile essential found in a variety of sizes in every well- equipped kitchen. With high, straight sides and a smaller surface area, the sauce pan holds heat well and limits evaporation. Because of its shape, this pan is ideal for making sauces, heating liquids, cooking food in liquids and reheating. Can be used with or without its lid to control evaporation.

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Saucepans

Sauce makes everything better. Our premium, stainless steel, 5-ply construction evenly cooks sauces from the pan's base up through walls. Plus, with a stay-cool, long handle, you’ll notice a more comfortable cooking experience.

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Tramontina 80116/022DS Gourmet Stainless Steel Induction-Ready Tri-Ply Clad Covered Sauce Pan, 2-Quart, NSF-Certified, Made in Brazil

The Tramontina Sauce Pan is a high-end, versatile and durable pan that makes a useful addition to your kitchen. You can prepare sauces, reheat soup or cook your vegetables all in this stainless steel saucepan with a splatter protection lid. The Tri-Ply Clad 2 Qt Sauce Pan is constructed to provide optimal heat diffusion and the performance you expect in a quality pan.

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Cuisinart MCP19-18N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 2-Quart Saucepan with Cover

No other piece of cookware performs with the versatility of the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless saucepan. Whether you're preparing a delicate hollandaise sauce, steaming savory wild rice or simmering a hearty soup, no other piece of cookware offers more reliable results. Cuisinart®MultiClad Pro Stainless Cookware bonds stainless steel to a core of pure aluminum for unsurpassed durability and performance. We guarantee it with a lifetime warranty.

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Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 1-1/2-Quart Sauce Pan with Cover

Classically styled with a polished stainless steel exterior and a satin finished interior, the Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 1.5-qt. Sauce Pan is designed with three layers to ensure even, consistent heating. A heavy-gauge aluminum core surrounded by stainless steel provides excellent heat conduction for browning and searing, while giving you enhanced control of the cooking process. The small saucepan is perfectly sized for reheating foods, boiling an egg, or making small batches of soup, sauces, breakfast cereals, and more. The bottom interior is sloped for easy stirring. Includes tempered glass cover.

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