Cuisinart Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart

Last updated date: March 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4


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Overall Take

The Cuisinart Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart is constructed with an aluminum encapsulated base. This base eliminates any hot spots, so that your food cooks evenly from start to finish. The pan is also outfitted with a cool-grip handle, tapered rim for drip-free pouring and a matching lid. In our analysis of 28 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart Stainless Steel Saute Pan, 5.5-Quart placed 5th 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
8.0
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,043 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Grabs attention with its sleek, stainless steel construction from handle to lid.
- BestReviews
This saute pan features a generous 5.5-quart capacity along with a stylish mirror-finish exterior.
- Heavy
The rim has been formed especially for drip-free pouring, allowing you to cook spicy curries and heartwarming broths and simply transfer them into a dish to serve, without spilling or making a mess.
- Ktchn Dad
This 5.5 quart sauté pan has a “helper handle” and cover. The helper handle is great for lifting the pan off the stove to pour things out and for stabilizing while cooking.
- Best Reviews Hub
The pan is polished to a brilliant sheen that reappears after each washing.
- Best Choice Reviews
The stylish and shiny sauté pan may seem like the best choice considering it is so cheap but also because it comes with a lifetime warranty to protect it from any damages or defects that may occur while in use.
- Kitchen Aria
What experts didn't like
The downside of a stainless steel pan such as this model is that food is prone to sticking.
- BestReviews
Cleanup can be tricky. Food tends to stick. A bit heavy.
- Heavy
- Ktchn Dad
- Best Reviews Hub
- Best Choice Reviews
The pan is only made of 2 ply cast stainless steel instead of 3 ply which does make it lighter but also less durable and less even heat distribution.
- Kitchen Aria

From The Manufacturer

The 5.5 Quart Sauté Pan with Helper Handle & Cover is a supremely versatile pan twith high, straight sides and the flat cooking surface to maximize capacity. Sear meats, poultry and more; cover to simmer for a perfect finish with convenient measurement markings so you know exactly how much food you are preparing.

Overall Product Rankings

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

DYWM 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.