Sauté pan size, weight, and thickness

Reference: Measurements, weight, and thickness

These tables can help you estimate the thickness of pans you see listed online.

In my experience, the thickness of the copper in a pan is the single most important indicator of how it will perform in use — and also its value. The problem is that many online copper sellers don’t think to include copper thickness in the listing (or don’t know how to measure it accurately). For that reason, the weight of the piece is often its most important attribute: if you know the weight of a pan, you can assess how thick the copper is likely to be.

But in order to do that, you need some known pieces to which to compare it, so I’ve pulled together a bunch for you. I trust these numbers with the caveat that they’re collected with amateur equipment — that is, a tape measure, dial caliper, and home digital scale.

There’s a lot of data so I’ve broken the tables out by type of pan.

How to use this information

Let’s say you’re looking at the online listing for a 26cm copper sauté pan. The seller doesn’t say how thick it is, but says it weighs “about 7½ pounds.” Look below at the sauté pan table: the closest 26cm pan by weight is 7.24 lbs and it’s 2.5mm thick — looks like the seller’s sauté pan is probably about the same thickness.

You’ll see below that for certain types of pots — rondeaux, stewpots, stockpots, and soup pots — I provide two weights (where possible): first for the pot alone, and then again for the pot and the lid weighed together. My experience is that these types of pots are usually (but not always) sold with a lid, and that the seller usually (but not always) weighs the pot and the lid together for the listing. While it’s certainly wonderful to have a fitted lid, you can’t tell from that combined weight how much copper is in the the body of the pot where it really matters. Make sure you understand what weight value you’re seeing in the listing, and if all you have is pot with lid, use the values below to approximate the thickness of the pot without the lid.

Anomalies

There are some situations where the numbers can be misleading, so I’ve added notations in the table beside the measurements that will be out of whack.

  • (A) Antique pans with thick base and thinner sidewalls. In this case, the rim measurement will be unusually low for the pot’s functional thickness, so I’ve added an (A) next to the thickness value for that pan. (These are fantastic pans to have, by the way — you want thick copper in the base of the pan!)
  • (H) Helper handles. A second handle on a sauté pan, skillet, or saucepan will add weight. I’ve added an (H) next to the weight entry because it will be be unusually high for a pan of that thickness.
  • (R) Rolled rim. Some pans have a reinforced rim: the copper at the pan’s lip is wrapped around a slender ring of iron to provide structural rigidity. That iron ring adds extra weight to the pan and makes it seem heavy even though the copper is likely thin, so look for the (R) next to the weight, which will be unusually high for a pan of that thickness.

I hope this helps you know what to expect when you buy a piece of copper online. As always, let me know if you have questions about this!


Rondeaux

22cm no-name rondeau
Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Pan weight only (g) Weight with lid (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Pan weight  only (lbs) Weight with lid (lbs)
51 16.5 16116 20.1 6.5 35.53 3.0
50 17 12180 15700 19.7 6.7 26.85 34.61 2.5
40 11.5 10730 13128 15.7 4.5 23.66 28.94 4.0
40 8.5 6562 15.7 3.3 14.47 3.0
40 17 6446 8732 15.7 6.7 14.21 19.25 2.7
38 11 8174 15.0 4.3 18.02 3.8
36 12.5 7958 9498 14.2 4.9 17.54 20.94 3.6
36 12.5 9162 14.2 4.9 20.20 3.6
36 14 8880 14.2 5.5 19.58 3.0
36 13.5 7712 9192 14.2 5.3 17.00 20.26 3.0
34 9 7182 13.4 3.5 15.83 4.0
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Pan weight only (g) Weight with lid (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Pan weight  only (lbs) Weight with lid (lbs) Thickness at rim (mm)
32 12.5 6390 7610 12.6 4.9 14.09 16.78 3.7
32 12.5 7100 12.6 4.9 15.65 3.5
32 12.5 6026 12.6 4.9 13.29 3.1
31 12.5 6472 12.2 4.9 14.27 4.0
30 11 5522 6962 11.8 4.3 12.17 15.35 3.0
28 9.5 4174 5090 11.0 3.7 9.20 11.22 3.3
28 9.5 4468 5390 11.0 3.7 9.85 11.88 3.0
28 9 2672 3578 11.0 3.5 5.89 7.89 2.0
26 8 2400 3250 10.2 3.1 5.29 7.17 2.1
22 8.5 2512 3056 8.7 3.3 5.54 6.74 3.0
18 6 1386 1642 7.1 2.4 3.06 3.62 2.5

Saucepans

30cm saucepan “BG”
Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Weight (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Weight (lbs)
36 21.5 14350 (H) 14.2 8.5 31.64 (H) 3.6
34 30 11508 (H) 13.4 11.8 25.37 (H) 2.5
34 21 8982 (H) 13.4 8.3 19.80 (H) 2.8
30 17.4 8260 11.8 6.9 18.21 4.3
28 15 6014 11.0 5.9 13.26 3.8
28 15.5 3912 11.0 6.1 8.62 2.0
27 16 3706 10.6 6.3 8.17 1.8
26 15 4052 10.2 5.9 8.93 2.5
24 13 4370 9.4 5.1 9.63 3.4
24 13 4554 9.4 5.1 10.04 2.8 (A)
24 14.5 4300 9.4 5.7 9.48 2.7
24 14.5 3972 9.4 5.7 8.76 2.7
23 12 5000 9.1 4.7 11.02 3.0 (A)
22 12 3326 8.7 4.7 7.33 3.1
22 12.5 3394 8.7 4.9 7.48 2.5
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Weight (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Weight (lbs) Thickness at rim (mm)
20 11.5 2000 7.9 4.5 4.41 1.7
20 11 3690 7.9 4.3 8.14 1.8 (A)
20 11 2895 7.9 4.3 6.38 3.1
18 10 2320 7.1 3.9 5.11 3.0
18 10 2568 7.1 3.9 5.66 3.0 (A)
16 8 1256 6.3 3.1 2.77 1.5
16 9.5 1905 6.3 3.7 4.20 3.0
14.5 8.5 1072 5.7 3.3 2.36 1.8
14 7.5 862 5.5 3.0 1.90 1.4
14 8.2 1460 5.5 3.2 3.22 2.9
14 7.5 622 5.5 3.0 1.37 1.3
12 7.5 1288 4.7 3.0 2.84 2.4
12 7.5 1075 4.7 3.0 2.37 3.0
12 7.5 612 4.7 3.0 1.35 1.3
11.5 7 940 4.5 2.8 2.07 2.0
10 6.5 822 3.9 2.6 1.81 2.0

(A) This is an antique pan with a thick base and thin sidewalls, so the rim thickness does not represent the true thickness of the pan.

(H) These saucepans have helper handles, so the weight is going to be greater without increasing the copper thickness.

Sauté pans

40cm Mauviel sauté pan
Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Weight (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Weight (lbs)
44 10.5 15146 17.3 4.1 33.39 4.0
42 13 9816 16.5 5.1 21.64 3.0
41 12.5 9530 (H) 16.1 4.9 21.01 (H) 3.1
40 10.5 9170 15.7 4.1 20.22 3.7
36 8 7016 (H) 14.2 3.1 15.47 (H) 3.1
36 10.5 11712 14.2 4.1 25.82 4.5
32 8.5 7362 12.6 3.3 16.23 3.6 (A)
30 9 5520 11.8 3.5 12.17 3.5
30 9 5370 11.8 3.5 11.84 3.4
30 8.6 5450 11.8 3.4 12.02 3.0
30 8 3354 11.8 3.1 7.39 2.0
30 6.5 3052 11.8 2.6 6.73 2.0
30 9 5652 11.8 3.5 12.46 3.5
30 10 3310 11.8 3.9 7.30 1.8
28 7.5 5350 11.0 3.0 11.79 2.5 (A)
28 8 4604 11.0 3.1 10.15 3.5
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Weight (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Weight (lbs) Thickness at rim (mm)
26 8.2 4366 10.2 3.2 9.63 3.5
26 7.5 3714 (H) 10.2 3.0 8.19 (H) 2.5
26 8 3908 10.2 3.1 8.62 3.5
26 7.7 3282 10.2 3.0 7.24 2.5
25.5 7.7 4066 10.0 3.0 8.96 3.1
24 7.5 2530 9.4 3.0 5.58 1.8
24 7.7 2678 9.4 3.0 5.90 2.6
24 7.5 2950 9.4 3.0 6.50 3.0
24 7 2696 9.4 2.8 5.94 2.6
24 7.5 2516 9.4 3.0 5.55 2.0
23 6 2400 9.1 2.4 5.29 2.5
22 7 1848 8.7 2.8 4.07 1.8
22 6.8 1906 8.7 2.7 4.20 2.0
22 7.5 2362 8.7 3.0 5.21 3.0
22 6.3 2708 8.7 2.5 5.97 3.0
21.5 6.5 3458 8.5 2.6 7.62 3.5
20.5 5.5 1946 8.1 2.2 4.29 2.6
20 5.5 1310 7.9 2.2 2.89 2.0
20 6 2036 7.9 2.4 4.49 2.9
20 6 2044 7.9 2.4 4.51 2.8
20 6 2035 7.9 2.4 4.49 3.0
19 5.5 1214 7.5 2.2 2.68 2.0
18 5.6 1665 7.1 2.2 3.67 3.0
18 6 1600 7.1 2.4 3.53 3.5

(A) This is an antique pan with a thick base and thin sidewalls, so the rim thickness does not represent the true thickness of the pan.

(H) These sauté pans have helper handles that increase their weight.

Skillets

26cm and 31cm Mauviel skillets
Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Weight (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Weight (lbs)
31 5.5 2586 12.2 2.2 5.70 2.5
31 4.5 3194 (H) 12.2 1.8 7.04 (H) 3.1
30 5.5 2850 11.8 2.2 6.28 2.5
26 5 1900 10.2 2.0 4.19 2.5
26 5.5 2344 10.2 2.2 5.17 2.5
20 5 1428 7.9 2.0 3.15 2.5

(H) This skillet has a helper handle that increases its weight.

Soup pots

14cm Dehillerin soup pot “Hotel de Paris”
Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Weight no lid (g) Weight with lid (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Weight no lid (lbs) Weight with lid (lbs)
22 27 4542 4980 8.7 10.6 10.01 10.98 2.5
21.5 23 2950 3690 8.5 9.1 6.50 8.14 1.9
19.5 25.5 2554 2948 7.7 10.0 5.63 6.50 2.0
18 23.5 2254 2578 7.1 9.3 4.97 5.68 2.4
16 18.5 2504 6.3 7.3 5.52 1.5 (A)
16 18.5 2166 2442 6.3 7.3 4.78 5.38 2.5
14 23 2622 2814 5.5 9.1 5.78 6.20 2.5

(A) This is an antique soup pot with a thick base and thin sidewalls, so the rim thickness does not represent the true thickness of the pot.

Stewpots

Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Pot weight only (g) Weight with lid (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Pot weight only (lbs) Weight with lid (lbs)
50 26 18444 19.7 10.2 40.66 3.0
40 22.5 9038 11326 15.7 8.9 19.93 24.97 3.0
40 21 9124 15.7 8.3 20.11 2.7
34 18 8404 10694 13.4 7.1 18.53 23.58 3.0
32 17.5 6410 7586 12.6 6.9 14.13 16.72 3.1
31 18 6406 12.2 7.1 14.12 3.0
30 16 7000 11.8 6.3 15.43 3.1
28 14.5 5672 11.0 5.7 12.50 3.7
28 17 5324 6252 11.0 6.7 11.74 13.78 3.2
28 15 6080 6996 11.0 5.9 13.40 15.42 4.0
28 16.5 5254 11.0 6.5 11.58 3.0
28 16.5 5386 6312 11.0 6.5 11.87 13.92 3.2
26 13.5 3880 4364 10.2 5.3 8.55 9.62 2.6
26 12.5 2720 3460 10.2 4.9 6.00 7.63 1.8
24 14.5 2510 3050 9.4 5.7 5.53 6.72 3.0
20 11.5 2042 2806 7.9 4.5 4.50 6.19 2.0
18 13.5 2408 2730 7.1 5.3 5.31 6.02 2.5
16 11.5 1476 1772 6.3 4.5 3.25 3.91 1.5

Stockpots

All about dovetails
Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Pot weight only (g) Weight with lid (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Pot weight only (lbs) Weight with lid (lbs)
38 38.5 15304 15.0 15.2 33.74 2.5
32 32 9940 11156 12.6 12.6 21.91 24.59 2.5
32 31.5 10500 12.6 12.4 23.15 2.5
28 28 6480 6992 11.0 11.0 14.29 15.41 2.5
26 26 4630 5562 10.2 10.2 10.21 12.26 1.5
24 23.5 2992 3992 9.4 9.3 6.60 8.80 1.2
24 24 3966 3260 9.4 9.4 8.74 7.19 2.0

Windsors

Flight of Gaillard Windsors
Metric measurements Imperial measurements Thickness at rim (mm)
Inside diameter (cm) Height (cm) Weight (g) Inside diameter (in) Height (in) Weight (lbs)
27.5 10 4384 10.8 3.9 9.67 3.0
27 9 5334 10.6 3.5 11.76 3.8
25.5 9.5 3237 10.0 3.7 7.14 3.4
24 8 3482 9.4 3.1 7.68 3.5
22 8 2544 8.7 3.1 5.61 3.2
21 8 2806 8.3 3.1 6.19 2.5 (A)
20 7 2140 7.9 2.8 4.72 3.1
20 7.7 2100 7.9 3.0 4.63 2.8
20 6.5 2035 7.9 2.6 4.49 3.0
20 7 2090 7.9 2.8 4.61 2.6
20 6.5 2076 7.9 2.6 4.58 3.2
18 7 1736 7.1 2.8 3.83 3.0
17 6.5 1746 6.7 2.6 3.85 3.0
16 3 610 (R) 6.3 1.2 1.34 (R) 0.7
16 6 1210 6.3 2.4 2.67 2.2
14 5.6 962 5.5 2.2 2.12 2.4

(A) This is an antique pan with a thick base and thin sidewalls, so the rim thickness does not represent the true thickness of the pan.

(R) This pan has a rolled rim that increases weight.

8 Comments

  1. Hi, this is the first time I have tried access this since you added a lot more information and reformatted the page. Unfortunately I can’t see the all important right-hand column and don’t seem to be able to scroll or shrink to fit my screen as I could before. I am using a smart phone rather than laptop and am not good at this so the fault may well be mine.

    1. Oh no!! I’m so sorry — I work on a laptop and I’m not always aware of how pages look on other devices. I’ve added code to the page so that the tables scroll horizontally rather than get cut off. Does that help?

  2. I am intrigued by the second 20cm saucepan which is almost 800g heavier than the one of similar dimensions listed below yet significantly thinner though not marked as “A” or “H” . Does it have an unusually long or chunky handle?

    1. Roger, thanks for the excellent catch. That particular saucepan is an antique Dehillerin with a thick base and I mistakenly did not note it as (A). I’ve done so — thanks for noticing that!

  3. So far, I thought I knew all pages of VFC. Until yesterday I came across “Reference: Measurements, weight, and thickness”. This page is said to be linked to the “Buyer’s Guide”, but I cannot find it there. No problem, I give this valuable orientation my own bookmark so that I can find it again quickly. By the way, I started to create a similar, albeit less extensive, list a few years ago in order to have my own references in my research. Since then, I have supplemented my list with every discovery.

    1. Martin, I’m so glad it’s useful to you. I had two small reference pages earlier but discussions with a reader showed me that I had more useful data to share, so I consolidated them into one page and added much more data. This page is linked to the Buyer’s Guide under the “Buying copper online” section but perhaps it needs more prominence!

  4. Thank you, now I have discovered the “hiding place”. I appreciate how much work there is behind such a table.

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