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 Non-Stick Frying Pan: OXO 10" Frying Pan
This durable, hard-andodized pan delivers excellent heat conduction while being resistant to scratches. This pan has a three-layer, PFOA-free, German-engineered coating, which heats food items without the need for excess oil. Note that this pan is compatible with most stovetops, except induction, and be sure to hand wash only.
Best Non-Stick Pots and Pans Set: Ayesha Curry Home Collection
Whether it comes to basketball, cooking, or social media content, we all stand the Currys. Now, you can buy products from Ayesha Curry’s new home collection, including a set of pots and pans. This set has three different color options, including brown sugar, sienna red, and twilight teal. These products are oven safe up to 500°F and even have shatter resistant glass list to lock heat and moisture.
Best Budget Frying Pan: All-Clad Non-Stick Frying Pans
If you also want to cook more at home, I suggest these All-Clad Non-Stick Frying Pans. They’re 40% off their original list price, making them a low $30. They’re non-stick, so you can make eggs, sauteed spinach, and make fried rice as much as you please. And these pans being All-Clad? Well, they’ll definitely last you a while. Go ahead and buy them—it’s worth the money.
Wirecutter’s Best Non-Stick Pan: 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 Non-Stick Pan for Eggs: GreenPan Mini 5 Inch
Are you looking for the perfect pan to make an easy, scrambled egg in the morning? Look no further! Available in five different colors, this GreenPan is made without PFAS, PFOA, Lead, and cadmium to ensure that your family remains safe from toxins. This pan is known for its great heat distribution and is even dishwasher safe to minimize your clean up time.
Best Non-Stick Induction Pan: Utopia Kitchen 11 Inch
As someone with an electric stovetop at home, I know how great they can be, especially when it comes to cleaning. However, it’s important to be sure that your pots and pans are compatible. The Utopia Kitchen 11-inch pan was designed with an induction bottom, so it’s suitable for all types of cooking, including electric and ceramic cooktops. This pan also has a bakelite handle, ergonomically designed and riveted, so you never have to worry about it coming loose.
This story was originally published by Ignacia Fulcher on 09/14/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 01/18/2021.