Nonstick finish chips easily
We purchased the Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick 1-Quart Saucier so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Looking for a saucepan that’s just the right size for one-person meals? The Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick 1-Quart Saucier is ideal for tasks like warming soup and melting chocolate, and how can you resist that low price? We wanted to see if this piece of cookware was too good to be true, so we tested it in the kitchen for several weeks. Here’s what we found.
Design: Made with convenience in mind
The Farberware Nonstick 1-Quart Saucier is a small saucepan that comes in a “Champagne” color with a black nonstick interior. We thought the exterior had a slightly pink tint to it, and we loved the overall look.
The inside of the saucepan is lined with a nonstick coating, and honestly, we were disappointed in its quality. We could see the coating didn’t quite reach the edge of the pan, and it almost looked like it was starting to chip. It didn’t affect our cooking in the weeks we used it, but we’re definitely concerned about how this pan will hold up after a few months of use.
The pan has spouts on both sides for easy pouring, and we liked the versatility this offered. We used the saucepan for many tasks, including cooking soup and heating milk up for a makeshift homemade latte. Pouring liquid into a bowl was easy, especially since the pan is lightweight and the handle has a comfortable ergonomic design.
Material: Cheap nonstick coating
This saucepan is made out of aluminum, and while nonstick cookware has its perks, it also has its drawbacks. Mainly, you can’t use metal utensils on nonstick surfaces, nor can you clean them with anything abrasive. However, this pan is dishwasher safe—just be sure it won’t rub against anything sharp during the cycle.
We could see the coating didn’t quite reach the edge of the pan, and it almost looked like it was starting to chip.
Unfortunately, the nonstick coating on this pan was poorly done. On the edges of the spouts, we could see how thin the coating was, and it looked as though it was already wearing out, even though it was brand new. We lightly ran a fingernail over the edge of the pan, and the finish started chipping away—not great.
The handle of the saucepan is plastic, so it doesn’t get hot during use. After an hour on the stove, the portion of the handle nearest to the pan was warm, but it was still comfortable to touch.
Heating Capacity: Pretty average
The Farberware Nonstick Aluminum 1-Quart Saucier performed similarly to other saucepans we’ve owned. When heating up milk for a homemade latte, it only took a couple minutes on medium heat to get the liquid boiling. However, the pan doesn’t hold heat for very long, especially since it doesn’t come with a lid. When we heated up several cups of water, it took a lot longer to reach a boil than with our other covered saucepans.
When heating up milk for a homemade latte, it only took a couple minutes on medium heat to get the liquid boiling.
Farberware says this is an oven-safe saucepan, but only up to 350 degrees. Unless your recipe calls for a low oven temperature, we’d recommend reaching for something that can withstand more heat, like a stainless steel saucepan.
Cleaning: Dishwasher Safe
As we mentioned, the Farberware Nonstick Saucier is dishwasher safe, which makes after-meal cleanup a breeze. However, since the nonstick coating seems to be fragile, we can’t help but think the pan will last longer if you handwash it. That said, the pan came out in one piece when we ran it through our dishwasher.
If you buy this pan, we’d recommend keeping an eye on it after washing, especially around the edge of the pouring spouts. You don’t want the nonstick finish chipping off and getting into your food.
Price: Extremely cheap
With a price tag of just $12, the Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick 1-Quart Saucier is likely an appealing option to college students or someone outfitting a kitchen for the first time. However, the low price translates to fairly low quality, and you’ll probably end up needing to replace this pan within a few years—if not sooner.
Competition: Much better options available
Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick 2-Quart Straining Saucepan: For a better nonstick option, consider the Anolon Advanced Nonstick 2-Quart Straining Saucepan. It’s more expensive at around $40, but it comes with a lifetime warranty. On top of that, it’s heavy duty enough to use with metal utensils, and it comes with a lid featuring a built-in strainer. Overall, we’d say it’s worth the higher price, especially if it gets a lot of use in your kitchen.
Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Sauce Pan: Don’t like nonstick? The Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel 1.5-Quart Sauce Pan has a price around $40, and it has a stainless steel construction with an aluminum base that heats extremely evenly. Additionally, this saucepan has measurements printed on the inside of the pan, is easy to clean, and comes with a straining lid, and it’s even backed by a 10-year warranty.
- Product Name Dishwasher Safe Nonstick 1-Quart Saucier
- Product Brand Faberware
- Price $11.99
- Weight 15.2 oz.
- Product Dimensions 6.5 x 3.7 x 13.07 in.
- Color Champagne
- Model Number 21666
- Warranty Lifetime warranty