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
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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 Frying Pan: Copper Chef™ 10-Inch Round
Looking to combine convenience and performance in one non-stick frying pan? The Copper Chef™ 10-Inch Round nonstick fry pan has a Cerami-Tech interior coating for easy food release, so there’s no need to cook with oil or butter. This coating is PFOA- and PFTE-free. The product is compatible with all stove types, including induction, and is oven safe up to 850º F. It’s also dishwasher safe and has a steel induction plate that can conduct heat without hotspots.
Best Pots and Pans Set: Brooklyn Steel Co. Zodiac 12-Pc.
Right now, Macy’s is offering the Brooklyn Steel Co.’s 12-Piece Zodiac Collection for approximately 40% off. This cookware set is constructed from aluminum, combined with a nonstick interior for great performance and easy cleanup. This product also has protectors to prevent scratching, chipping, and sliding when stacking.
Suitable for gas, ceramic, halogen, electric, and induction stovetops, this set includes:
- 8" fry pan
- 10" fry pan
- 2.5-qt. saucepan with lid
- 3.5-qt. saucepan with lid
- 6-qt. Dutch oven with lid
- Set of 4 cookware protectors
Best Budget: Invitations® Nonstick 10-Inch Aluminum Pan
The Invitations® Nonstick 10-Inch Aluminum Pan has a durable body designed for fast, even heating. The non-stick coating gives you the luxury of easy cleanup and minimal hours spent over the sink. It also comes with a pan protector to prevent damage to the cookware’s interior during storage.
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: Granitestone Diamond Cookware 5.5-Inch in Blue
Manufactured with a durable aluminum body, the Granitestone Diamond fry pan is coated three times for a durable nonstick finish. Its double-riveted silicone handle is cool to the touch to ensure you won’t get burned while cooking. As a bonus, the pan was infused with diamonds, making it durable enough to withstand metal utensils.
Best Induction: HITECLIFE 8-inch Skillet, 5 Layers
Forged from high-quality aluminum, the HITECLIFE 8-Inch Non-Stick Induction Skillet is super durable and has anti-rust performance. This product ensures quick and even heating for energy efficiency. The non-stick coating is three layers from American Whitford and doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals. Also, you can rest easy knowing that this pan has been through strict checking before being shipped out.
This story was originally published by Ignacia Fulcher on 09/14/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 05/03/2021.