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 Frying Pan: Faberware Kitchen Ease
Constructed to heat food evenly and quickly, this Faberware set of three pans is a great budget buy and simultaneously diminishes the presence of hot spots in your cookware. With dual-riveted stainless steel handles, these pans offer a strong and comfortable grip for their users. Beyond the cooking process, the clean-up isn’t half bad either. These skillets are dishwasher safe and are even over safe to 500℉.
Best Pots and Pans Set: T-Fal Culinaire 16-Pc. Aluminum Set
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This T-Fal 16-Pc. aluminum set is an absolute steal at Macy’s, i.e. one of the best destinations for sales in home goods. This set includes a one egg wonder, an 8" fry pan. a 10.25" fry pan, a 1-qt. saucepan with lid, a 3-qt. saucepan with lid, a 5-qt. Dutch Oven with lid, and a 13" cookie sheet, in addition to a number of kitchen utensils. These products are dishwasher safe and oven safe to 350°F. They were also manufactured with Thermo-Spot technology, which lets the chef know when the pan has reached the ideal cooking temperature.
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: Granite Stone Diamond Cookware
Looking for the perfect fry pan to get your quick scrambled egg fix? Look no further! Granite Stone’s Classic Blue Collection offers some of of the latest products from the award-winning cookware brand. These pans’ cooking surface is coated three times with non-stick material to ensure fewer pieces get left behind. The coating is also infused with diamonds (hello!) to make this pan withstand all the spoons, spatulas, and any other cooking utensil that you may throw its way.
Best Induction: 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 02/25/2021.