One of our favorite stainless steel saucepans fetches a hefty $150 at full price. Stainless Steel Fry PansIf you're in the market for a stainless steel skillet, the All-Clad model with an added lid is our product test winner. Food MillA food mill is pretty much the only tool that allows you to make perfectly smooth, not-gluey mashed potatoes. 3-Quart Sauté Pan with Copper CoreCopper cookware is incredible—but expensive—which is why we usually lean towards stainless steel, nonstick, and cast iron. Copper is an excellent material for even heat distribution and conductivity, while the stainless steel exterior provides a more durable surface that heats up quickly and can withstand constant use.