ExcelSteel Stainless Steel 3-Piece Boiler, 2.5-Quart

Last updated date: February 20, 2020

DWYM Score
7.3

ExcelSteel Stainless Steel 3-Piece Boiler, 2.5-Quart

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Overall Take

The ExcelSteel Stainless Steel 3-Piece Boiler, 2.5-Quart is made using highly-polished stainless steel for a more classic look. It comes with a see-through tempered glass lid to make it easy to watch food that needs to be covered while cooking. The top pan holds at least a quart of liquid, which should cover the most common recipes. In our analysis of 19 expert reviews, the ExcelSteel ExcelSteel Stainless Steel 3-Piece Boiler, 2.5-Quart placed 9th 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.

Expert Summarized Score
6.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
561 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The boiler is also safe in a dishwasher. It's constructions makes it light-weight and, therefore, easy to handle.
- Kitchenistic
Eas to use and cleans up well. Size is ideal to cook for 1 or 2 people, or a small group.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
Some buyers consider the construction material too thin.
- Kitchenistic
Lightweight to the point of being flimsy. Food sticks. Handles heat up and the unit becomes hard to handle. Unit stains easily.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

Made of highly polished stainless steel, this 2.5 Qtr. piece is the ideal kitchen tool for melting your favorite chocolate or cheese. Features stay cool handles with hanging loops and a see-through tempered glass lid allows you to monitor your cooking. The pans are also dishwasher safe and induction stovetop ready.

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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.

DWYM 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.