Calphalon Nonstick Saute Pan, 5-Quart

Last updated date: February 2, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

Calphalon Nonstick Saute Pan, 5-Quart

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 26 expert reviews, the Calphalon Calphalon Nonstick Saute Pan, 5-Quart placed 10th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best Saute Pan for a detailed review of all the top saute pans.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
1,941 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Offers an impressive feature set that includes non-stick hard anodized cook surface, strong stainless steel handles, and full lifetime warranty.
- BestReviews
A nonstick interior promotes easier cooking and cleanup. This saute pan comes with a hard-anodized aluminum construction, giving it an extra element of durability.
- Heavy
The pan’s main feature is its hard anodized-aluminum construction that guarantees the fast build-up of even heat across the full surface of the bottom.
- Best Choice Reviews
The pan is constructed of cast stainless steel with a Teflon coating on the bottom surface of the pan. This means nothing will stick to the pan without grease or oil.
- Kitchen Aria
What experts didn't like
A few consumers gripe about warping and the finish chipping in spots after a few uses.
- BestReviews
Takes up a lot of space. Some wish it could handle higher oven temperatures. May warp over time.
- Heavy
- Best Choice Reviews
The lid is not oven safe. The pan is not dishwasher safe. There is no warranty to protect the product from defects or damages that may occur while in use.
- Kitchen Aria

From The Manufacturer

The Calphalon Classic Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan with Cover is made with dual-layer nonstick for extra-easy food release and cleanup, and is constructed from durable hard-anodized aluminum for fast and even heating. With its wide, flat cooking surface, the multi-purpose non stick saute pan gives you plenty of room to brown or sear chicken, fish, steaks or vegetables. Low sides make it easy to flip, stir and turn foods, while still keeping splattering to a minimum. This saute pan is finished with a long, stay-cool stainless steel handle. Includes oven-safe tempered glass lid to help foods retain moisture when cooking.

Overall Product Rankings

Cuisinart Nonstick Saute Pan, 3.5-Quart
1. Cuisinart Nonstick Saute Pan, 3.5-Quart
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 0
Cooks Standard Anodized Saute Pan, 12-Inch
2. Cooks Standard Anodized Saute Pan, 12-Inch
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 1
T-fal Thermo-Spot Saute Pan, 5-Quart
3. T-fal Thermo-Spot Saute Pan, 5-Quart
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 3
All-Clad Tri-Ply Saute Pan, 3-Quart
4. All-Clad Tri-Ply Saute Pan, 3-Quart
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 4
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart
5. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
Tramontina Deep Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart
6. Tramontina Deep Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 1
Farberware Nonstick Saute Pan, 6-Quart
7. Farberware Nonstick Saute Pan, 6-Quart
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
USA Pan Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 10-Inch
8. USA Pan Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 10-Inch
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
GreenPan Ceramic Saute Pan, 5-Quart
9. GreenPan Ceramic Saute Pan, 5-Quart
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
Calphalon Nonstick Saute Pan, 5-Quart
10. Calphalon Nonstick Saute Pan, 5-Quart
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
Duxtop Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 3-Quart
11. Duxtop Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 3-Quart
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Saute Pans

Saute pans allow you to prepare a quick and delicious dish on the nights you want to cook a healthy meal, but don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Since there are a variety of saute pans on the market, it’s helpful to know what features are available before you buy.

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First, you’ll need to consider capacity. Individuals and singles would do best with a small saute pan, like the Cuisinart Nonstick Saute Pan, 3.5-Quart. Families would require a 5 or 6-quart pan if they plan on preparing any one-pot meals.

Second, review the pan’s construction material to ensure it is able to heat the pan evenly and then look to see what its maximum heat capacity is, as some saute pans are only heat safe to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. That may limit the type of dishes you want to make. The T-fal Thermo-Spot Saute Pan, 5-Quart is actually safe for temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which means you’ll have fewer restrictions in what you can use the pan to create.

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Third, examine the pan’s handle. You don’t want a saute pan that doesn’t have a cool-to-the-touch handle or you risk getting burned. Not only is the Farberware Nonstick Saute Pan, 6-Quart’s handle able to stay cool, but it also provides a non-slip grip. On the opposite side of the pan is even a helper handle, which means you can effortlessly move the pan from the stove to the oven.

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Finally, consider any other features that make the saute pan stand out. For example, the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart has an elegant mirror finish and a flavor lock lid. Other models offer interior pan measurement markings and tapered rims for drip-free pouring.

DWYM Fun Fact

The word “saute” is actually derived from the French word “sauter.” The word literally means “to jump,” which makes sense when you think about the process of sauteing food. As the ingredients begin to cook, you quickly push and pull the pan back and forth to prevent the food from sticking. As you do this, the food leaps up off of the pan.

The art of sauteing is similar to that of stir-frying; however, there are a few differences. First, sauteed foods are cooked over moderately high heat, while stir fried foods are prepared over the highest heat. Second, you only need to stir sauteed foods occasionally, but stir-fried foods must be stirred constantly.

The Saute Pan Buying Guide

  • Some saute pans are not induction-safe.
  • Before cooking with your saute pan, it is important that you preheat the pan, melt the butter or heat up the oil and then add the recipe ingredients.
  • Always check the product care label, as some saute pans are not dishwasher safe. If hand washing is required, use a dishrag, liquid dish soap and warm water.
  • Never use a steel wool pad on a saute pan that has a nonstick coating. This will remove the coating and cause your ingredients to stick to the pan.
  • Saute pans vary slightly in price with the factors affecting price being size capacity and construction materials. The Cuisinart Nonstick Saute Pan, 3.5-Quart is traditional in design and has a small capacity, making it the cheapest model on the market. You’ll find the Farberware Nonstick Saute Pan, 6-Quart costs slightly more than the T-fal Thermo-Spot Saute Pan, 5-Quart, simply because it is able to cook a larger amount of food. Finally, the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart commands the highest price due to its elegant mirror finish.