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We tested 8 saucepans. Which ones hit the spot?

Checking pot of steaming food.

Essteele

Essteele Per Salute 20cm/2.9L Covered Saucepan

recommended

85

Avg price

$200

Member Reviews

    Test results

    • 89
      Performance
    • 100
      Scrambled egg
    • 64
      Boiling water
    • 74
      Ease of use
    • 80
      Balance-weight
    • 75
      Handle-comfort
    • 60
      Steam-control
    • 80
      Pouring

    Good points

    • Excellent result for evenness.
    • Saucepan is balanced, moderately heavy.
    • Comfortable, soft Bakelite handle with moulded grip area.
    • Fairly easy to pour, flat edge rim makes a slightly wider pour, no dripping on to bench easy to hold with one hand. D-shaped handle opposite side for extra stability.
    • PFOA-free.
    • Non-stick surface easy to clean.
    • Spoon rest knob on lid.

    Bad points

    • Only OK boil time result.
    • No protective rim around the lid handle.
    • Steam escapes from around the lid, condensation build-up on the handle .
    • The rim of the glass lid is rubber and has crevices that can accumulate grime and be difficult to clean may accumulate odours .
    • Below the lid handle can become dangerously hot.

    How we test

    Performance (70% of overall score): we cook scrambled eggs (70% of the performance score) to assess the pot’s evenness and stickability and we time how long it takes to heat 1L of water (30% of the performance score).

    Ease of use (30%): we consider the balance of the pot, how comfortable the handle is, steam control, how easy it is to pour from, and how easy it is to clean.

    Model

    • Avg price

      $200

    • Price survey

      June 2020

    Specifications

    • Weight (kg)

      1.3

    • Volume (L)

      2.9

    • Time to boil 1L water (minutes.seconds)

      4.44

    • Base diameter

      16cm

    • Base thickness

      0.3cm

    • Base material

      Not stated

    Features

    • Suitable for induction cooktops

    • Oven safe

      Up to 180°C

    • Steam vents

    • Glass lid

    • Non-stick lining

    • Measurement grading

    • Dishwasher safe

      No

    • Claims no PFOA

      Yes

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