It’s probably the most useful pan in your kitchen, so it’s worth investing in one that will last. Here’s our pick
Pyrex Pronto 24cm stainless steel sauté pan
Best bits: Super-practical straining holes and pouring lips
Comments: This pan get full marks for practicality – a glass lid so you can see what’s happening, non-conducting handles, a pouring lip on both sides (so good for left-handers too), plus straining holes which make it easy to drain away liquids without losing the contents of the pan. It’s also non-stick and dishwasher-safe making it a very usable kitchen addition.
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Best... for healthy cooks
Circulon Infinite 24cm hard anodised sauté pan
Best bits: Ultra non-stick
Comments: This is a solid pan that feels like it’ll really stand the test of time. It’s super non-stick to the point of needing little or no fat, meaning it’s great for browning ingredients and healthier cooking. You can pop it in the oven, so a good companion throughout various stages of a recipe, plus it’s suitable for the dishwasher. The only drawback is its weight, some may find they need two hands to carry it, especially with the lid on.
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Best... eco choice
Greenpan 24cm Venice skillet
Best bits: The mineral-based coating means the pan is better for you and the environment.
Comments: Greenpan's hard-anodised pan omits 60% less CO2 during production. It’s suitable for all hobs, is ovenproof up to 250C and can go in the dishwasher.
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Morphy Richards non-stick 28cm sauté pan
Best bits: Comes in a range of colours and has quantites etched onto the inside of the pan.
Comments: This pan is a generous size and depth, comes in plum, red, cream and black and has a glass lid. The interior is coated in non-stick Bakelite and can be used on all hobs including induction, however it was one of the heavier pans we tested.
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Best... blowout buy
AGA cast aluminum 24cm sauté pan
Best bits: Lightweight and has a useful detachable handle.
Lid: Yes, but not included
Comments: This pan is non-stick, ovenproof and dishwasher-proof, and comes with a detachable handle so it will fit inside an Aga (or other ovens) and you can buy an additional glass lid. It heats very evenly, and the non-stick means you can cook with less oil.
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Tested by Holly Brooke-Smith and Caroline Hire.
This review was last updated in July 2016. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.