When you think of Le Creuset, you probably picture their French ovens: iconic cast iron pots, enamelled in vibrant hues evocative of a Provencal farmhouse. They're inheritance pieces, expertly crafted and covered by a lifetime warranty. But as it turns out, the same can be said for the stainless steel range—and it looks oh so good in a modern kitchen.

If you're looking to build your collection, the saucier chef's pan is a great place to start. For one thing, it was ranked the top-performing saucier by Cook's Illustrated (and you'd better believe they know their stuff). And on top of that, it might just be the answer to all your culinary blunders. The saucier's curves are designed to hold ingredients together better than your average saucepan, which makes it ideal for sauces (obviously) and risotto dishes. Run, don't walk, to William Ashley, where it's currently on sale.

Regular $240, Sale price $216; William Ashley