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Should I Choose A Fixed Handle Saucepan?

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: October 27, 2023

A staple in every kitchen, a saucepan is a very versatile piece of cookware. Saucepans are circular vessels with vertical, high sides that are used for simmering and boiling and have a long handle that allows you to hold and pour. So should I choose a fixed handle saucepan? – you may ask and answer on that find in this article that we prepared for you!

Saucepans get their name because they are mainly used to create and reduce sauces; however, the depth of the saucepan makes it perfect to be used for other purposes like boiling water, heating milk, deep frying and braising. 

Typically, smaller saucepans have a single long handle, while larger pans usually have two ear handles and these are called soup pots or sauce pots. 

When you consider a saucepan with a handle, there are different types of handles i.e., fixed and removable. The question is, “should I choose a fixed handle saucepan?” In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of saucepan handles and the pros and cons of each. 

Saucepans With Fixed Handles 

Should I Choose a Fixed Handle Saucepan?

The handle of the saucepan allows you to lift the vessel. The handle should be securely attached, remain cool to touch while cooking and be comfortable to hold. Handles are usually fixed to saucepans by using welds, rivets, screws and may also be an extension of the body of the utensil. 

Welded Handles 

A weld is created when 2 pieces of metal are melted together. The process of welding sometimes makes use of filler material. Welded handles are fixed to the body of the saucepan internally. The inner surface is usually plain that prevents any food from getting stuck, making it easy to clean. 

Welded handles not only look nice but since no metal is exposed there is no corrosion. Moreover, welded handles are stronger than riveted handles. They are more stable and don’t wobble when you’re moving around with the saucepan. 

However, the drawback with welded handles is that they can break suddenly without any warning, which can be hazardous, especially if you’re carrying any hot liquids in the pan. 

Riveted Handles 

Rivets are essentially small metal pieces, which are crushed between two pieces of harder metal. The rivet that is formed holds the metal pieces together. 

Usually, rivets are made out of stainless steel and aluminum. Most saucepans made of copper or aluminum have riveted handles because they have lower melting and softening points compared to stainless steel. 

However, riveted handles are difficult to clean easily because they have parts where the food can get stuck, resulting in the buildup of fat and bacteria. Riveted handles start weakening over time and become loose before breaking. 

Screwed-On Handles 

These handles typically make use of a screw that fastens the handle to the saucepan. Screwed-on handles are fairly inexpensive and are usually found on cheaper saucepans, but they are quite effective. 

Screwed-on handles are more convenient compared to riveted and welded handles because screws are replaceable and you can do it yourself, unlike rivets and welds, which may need a specialist to repair them. 

Also, if you need to replace a cracked or warped handle, the screw attachment makes it much easier to replace the handle on your own. The biggest drawback with screwed-on handles is that they are more susceptible to getting loose, causing the saucepan to wobble. 

Extension Handles 

Many saucepans come with a handle that is an extension of the body of the vessel itself. While these extension handles may be strong; however, the limitation is that when the saucepan is heated, the handle also becomes hot, as it is made of the same heat conductive material as the saucepan’s body. 

Saucepans With Removable Handles 

Should I Choose a Fixed Handle Saucepan?

In recent years saucepans with removable handles have been gaining popularity. You can purchase saucepans with a detachable handle that has a single button to lock the handle into place. Some of the advantages of removable handles include: 

  • If you’re tight on space, then removable handles make storage very easy. Saucepans with removable handles are space saving and are excellent for smaller shelves where long fixed handles come in the way of the handles of other cookware.
  • Removable handles allow you to arrange your cookware and saucepans in a better way and make your kitchen cabinets more organized. 
  • Saucepans with a removable handle are very convenient and easy to carry when hiking, camping, etc. You can easily put the saucepan in your travel bag or backpack without the handle coming in the way.
  • A removable handle makes your saucepan more functional and versatile. Detaching the handle allows you to convert the saucepan into a storage container and store the leftovers.
  • The detachable handle makes it easy for you to use the pan for serving and take it from the stove to the fridge, table and the stove again. 
  • The design of some removable handles makes them multifunctional and allows you to use them with different saucepans and pots. 
  • Fixed long handles occupy a lot of space, especially with other cookware in the dishwasher. Removable handles make it very easy to set the saucepan in the sink or dishwasher and clean it with ease.
  • An insulated saucepan handle helps to keep your hands safe when you’re cooking. When cooking on a stovetop, you can allow the handle to be on. However, if you want the pan to withstand higher heat, then you can simply detach the handle to prevent it from burning and put the pan in the oven.
  • And, when you want to take the saucepan out of the oven, you can reattach the handle to the pan. You can also detach the handle when you’re using the saucepan on a camp stove or grill. 

Parting Thoughts 

Saucepans commonly come with fixed long handles that are riveted, welded, fixed with screws or are just extensions of the body; however, these days, you also have the option of purchasing saucepans with removable handles. 

While both fixed, as well as removable handles are functional, as you can see, both have their pros and cons. And, to answer the question, “should I choose a fixed handle saucepan?” Well, it all depends on your requirement and use. 

It is a good idea to evaluate the saucepan and the type of handle vis-à-vis your needs and then choose one that works best for you. 

Chef and Restaurant Owner Matty Riedel
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