You’ll need a saucepan for boiling water, making pasta or soup, making simple syrups, and even making fudge. A saucepan is a must-have.
Most kitchens need a larger stockpot for making pasta and soups as well as a smaller, heavy pot for candy-making or simmering sauces.
Because the large pot is used for boiling water the weight doesn’t matter too much. Most likely you won’t burn what is inside.
However, when making sauces and candy you need a heavy, thick pot to help keep the heat even and reduce the chance of burning what is inside.
Look for pans that are dishwasher safe, have cool grip handles, and ideally…stainless interiors for better flavor.
I recommend the Cuisinart 4-Quart Saucepan with Cover. It is heavy, has great heat distribution, and is a good size to be versatile for both boiling water and candy-making.