Top Product: Always Pan
As a seasoned home cook, I can prepare a meal in just about any pot or pan. But after pan-frying salmon in my years-old, worn-out pans, I knew it was time to get creative.
In my opinion, non-stick frying pans are one of science’s greatest gifts to the kitchen. And let’s be real, who wants to complicate their life any more than they have to?
However, picking the best option for your budget isn’t always that easy.
After significant research, I discovered the best pans: picks straight from experts and cooking aficionados and ensure that you get effective, long-lasting, and budget-friendly pans.
Best Overall: Always Pan
If you’re a regular in the kitchen, there’s a fair chance that your cupboard is stashed full of pans. A saute pan, a steamer, a skillet, a saucepan, just to name a few. However, with one purchase, you can significantly reduce your cookware clutter.
Consider investing in an Always Pan. This widely-celebrated, non-stick ceramic pan serves eight different roles, letting you fry, boil, braise, saute, strain, sear, and even steam. Designed for everything, the modular lid traps, and releases steam. The beechwood spatula works two-fold as a built-in spoon rest.
Shoppers are consistently “blown away” by the pan’s “versatility” and “beautiful” style. Buy one today in your color of choice.
Best for Frying: Cuisinart 622-20 Chef’s Classic
It’s no wonder Cuisinart has cultivated the reputation that it has. Their pans provide incredible quality at an affordable price, especially this 622-20 Chef’s Classic. It’s hard anodized, which is harder than stainless steel. This product is also dense, nonporous, and highly wear-resistant. Plus, it’s oven-safe up to 500 degrees F and has a tapered drip-free rim with a limited lifetime warranty.
Best Pots and Pans Set: Farberware DiamondMax 15-Pc. Set
Faberware has brought heavy-duty performance and reliability for over 100 years. This cookware set has colorful exteriors and superior DiamondMax nonstick interiors that perform three times better than ceramic nonstick. These pots and pans are oven safe up to 350°F. The shatter-resistant glass lids allow cooking to be monitored without losing heat or moisture. It has durable construction with heavy-duty aluminum for excellent heat distribution and durability.
Note that this set includes:
- 1-Quart Covered Saucepan
- 2-Quart Covered Straining Saucepan
- 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven
- 8- and 9.75-Inch Skillets
- 9-Inch by 13-Inch Cookie Sheet
- 6 Prestige Nylon Tools: Slotted Turner and Spoon, Solid Spoon, Pasta Fork, Whisk, Ladle
Best Budget: Granite Stone Diamond 8" Titanium & Mineral
The Granite Stone Diamond 8" Nonstick Titanium & Mineral Infused Round Fry Pan is absolutely a steal!
The titanium and diamond-infused coating allows you to cook with less butter or oil so that you can stay healthy. The lightweight design makes for a comfortable cooking experience.
Plus, it’s made by pressing from a single sheet of aluminum for even heat distribution and no hot spots. This product is even oven safe up to 500°F.
Also, feel safe knowing that this pan is PFOA-free and suitable for all stovetops.
Wirecutter’s Best: Tramontina Professional Aluminum Restaurant Pan
Do you have the confidence of a professional chef but shopping on a more modest budget? Worry not: Tramontina’s non-stick restaurant pan has found the sweet spot just for you. It’s a bit heavier than most skillets and can take heat up to 400 degrees. It was also manufactured with a sweet silicone grip to keep your hands safe during the next gourmet cooking spree.
Made in the USA, this pan was the Wirecutter’s pick for the best overall non-stick pan around, with the review citing its “durable coating” and “excellent maneuverability,” not to mention the good heat distribution and long-lasting build. It’s also just $30 right now at Amazon.
Best for Eggs: Copper Chef Non-Stick Fry Pan, 8 Inch
The Copper Chef Non-Stick Fry Pan, 8 Inch comes with a steel induction plate for rapid heat distribution across. Heat resistant up to 850° F, this pan is perfect for the oven or any stovetop, including electric, induction, ceramic, and gas. This product is part of Cerami-Tech which comes with an exclusive non-stick ceramic coating and riveted handles for a super-secure grip. With Cerami-Tech, clean-up is super easy without leaving any residue behind. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe.
Best Induction: GraniteStone Diamond 10" Titanium Coating
The GraniteStone Diamond 10" Titanium Nonstick Coating Mineral Infused Fry Pan has triple food-grade granite layers for maximum durability and to prevent age or heat-induced warping. It’s oven-safe for up to 500° Fahrenheit and comes with a toxin-free ceramic non-stick coating that is free of PFOA and has a scratch-resistant surface. It’s even suitable for all stovetops and metal utensil and dishwasher safe.
This story was originally published by Ignacia Fulcher on 09/14/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 09/08/2021.