Calphalon Nonstick Sauce Pan with Double Boiler, 4.5-Quart

Last updated date: February 20, 2020

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Overall Take

The Calphalon Nonstick Sauce Pan with Double Boiler, 4.5-Quart is designed for the space-challenged homeowner, with a stacking design that saves space. Not only do the pots themselves nest in a compact manner, but the lids also are flat so that they easily stack and store. The pans are made of hard anodized aluminum so it resists scratching from metal utensils. In our analysis of 18 expert reviews, the Calphalon Calphalon Nonstick Sauce Pan with Double Boiler, 4.5-Quart placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 20, 2020:
Checkout The Best Double Boiler for a detailed review of all the top double boilers.

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1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
61 user reviews
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What experts liked
Calphalon indicates that it saves thirty percent when it is stacked. The lids are made flat enough to allow the pans to stack into a smaller size and, therefore, create enough space in your storage area.
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From The Manufacturer

Calphalon Premier space saving hard anodized nonstick cookware securely stacks to save 30% more space. Plus, the unique cookware design and flat glass covers stack and nest in any order. The durable, hard anodized construction allows for even heating with no hot spots and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The 3-layer nonstick interior is durable enough to withstand metal spatulas, spoons and whisks. The Calphalon Premier space saving hard anodized nonstick 4.5Qt sauce pan with double boiler includes three 8" diameter pieces and can stack with other 8" diameter products to save more space in the kitchen. Average space saved vs. Like non-stacking Calphalon cookware items cookware must have same diameter

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Rachael Ray Nonstick Steamer Set, 3-Quart
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Expert Reviews: 0
5. Cuisinart Stainless Saucepan and Double Boiler, 3-Quart
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
6. Winware Stainless Double Boiler with Cover, 20-Quart
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Cook N Home Stainless Steel Double Boiler, 2-Quart
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Granite Ware Double Boiler, 1.5-Quart
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
9. ExcelSteel Stainless Steel 3-Piece Boiler, 2.5-Quart
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Double Boilers

Everyone has gotten halfway through a recipe, only to see a reference to a piece of unfamiliar cookware. One of those items is a double boiler, which is especially popular for melting chocolate and cooking sauces and custards.

If you’ve ever seen a double boiler mentioned in a recipe, you’ve probably done what many others have over the years: conducted an online search for a substitute. You can easily get great results by filling a small saucepan with water, fitting a metal mixing bowl with the items you’re cooking inside it and boiling the water until your ingredients are melted.

But if you’re going to be making candy, sauces or other similar recipes on a regular basis, a double boiler will be well worth the investment. A double boiler comes with both pots you need to execute these recipes. Unlike a saucepan and mixing bowl, an official double boiler will be specifically designed for melting in the top pot, including a design that ensures even cooking.

There are many double boilers on the market, varying in design and price. Before you choose one over another, pay close attention to the many benefits each one offers. You may find that you save a couple of dollars, only to struggle with slow or uneven heating. You also could find that you choose a double boiler that isn’t built to last, forcing you to replace it soon after you buy it.

DYWM Fun Fact

The design of a double boiler is based on something called a bain marie, which is a fancy term to describe a hot water bath. The words were shortened from “balneum Mariae,” which translates as “Mary’s bath.” That term refers to the inventor of the two-vessel heating system, Mary the Jewess, although her original bain marie design looked more like something you’d see in a lab than something used to cook. Mary’s discovery used the ability of stacking pans to create “indirect heat,” which allows for heating liquids without having to worry about scorching. Sauces, chocolates and custards are the most popular items cooked using double boilers.

The Double Boiler Buying Guide

  • Different types of cooktops require different pots and pans. If you have a stove that uses induction heating to cook, you’ll find that many of the stainless-steel pots on the market aren’t compatible. Look for one that specifically advertises that it works over induction heat.
  • Wooden spoons are safest with stainless steel cookware. However, some double boilers have a finish that doesn’t scratch when used with metal cooking utensils.
  • Between uses, you’ll need somewhere to store your double boiler. If you hang your pots and pans, look for a set that has hooks or holes in each handle. If not, consider how much space they’ll take up and make sure you have enough room in your cabinets for storing them.
  • Cleaning is a consideration with any cookware. A nonstick surface can keep things quick and painless. However, a dishwasher-safe double boiler can be even more convenient.
  • Stainless steel pans traditionally had handles that heated up during use, requiring you to use a potholder. For this reason, it’s important to be extra diligent while shopping to make sure you get a double boiler with stay-cool handles.
  • If you ever plan to use either of the pans in your oven, look for one that has handles that are oven safe up to the heat level you’ll need.