There’s no shortage of debate over which frying pans will deliver the best performance for any budget. As a seasoned home cook, I can make a meal in just about any pot or pan thrown my way. However, after recently cooking a couple of duck breasts in my weathered, off-brand-years-old pan, I figured it might be time to upgrade my cookware and research the best non-stick frying pans you can find on the internet.
These picks come straight from experts and cooking aficionados who want to make sure you get something effective, long-lasting, and well-suited to your budget. Let’s get to it.
This pan was rated the best overall frying pan over at Food Network for a reason. It can heat super fast, but EVENLY, so no matter where you place the meat on the pan, it’ll get the same amount of brown, which is super important for stir-frys or whatever else. Plus, it’s only $24, which is a great beginning price for the budget-conscious.
So, here’s a personal recommendation, but is also backed by Consumer Reports. Apparently I DO know what I’m talking about. I’ve had this duo for about eight years, and honestly, the main reason for the purchase was for the color (red matched with the rest of my kitchen). Home decor aside, the pan heats evenly, and things like eggs will easily slide off the pan. Cleanup is simpler—give it a rinse with a sponge and you should be ready to go. But if you’re lazy like me, you can also pop it in the dishwasher.
It says it can withstand oven temperatures of 350 degrees or less, but I’ve made duck breasts in this bad boy on 450 and it was fine. Plus, this duo, which includes 10.5- and 12-inch pans at a low $29 is a deal in and of itself.
Got a pro mindset but a more modest budget? Worry not: Tramontina’s non-stick restaurant pan finds the sweet spot between those extremes. It’s weightier than the skillets above and can take over heat up to 400 degrees. It even has a sweet silicone grip to keep your hands safe.
It’s the Wirecutter’s pick for the best overall nonstick 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 $35 right now at Amazon.
Usually, ceramic pans lose their slickness over time, but we’ve found Green Pan’s frying pan worth the $40, plus its PFAS-, PFOA-, lead- and cadmium-free, which means good for the planet. We stan.
This last pick is for the folks who are PROFESSIONAL, ok? Le Creuset is a well-known brand for a reason. This pan can withstand heat up to 500 degrees in the oven, is PFOA-free, as well as dishwasher- and broiler-safe. So get creative with the meals you’re going to want to make. Obviously, with all of this going for it, the price is about $114 for a 10-inch pan, but it’s an investment that will last you for years to come, and isn’t that what you want from cookware, anyway?