When it comes to cookware, there’s nothing as essential as a good non stick frying pan. This type garners the biggest market share by far of any cookware, says CR market analyst Marion Spencer-Wilson.
It’s easy to see why. Eggs and anything else you cook simply glide off nonstick surfaces, and cleanup is a cinch. “Nonstick pans are much easier to clean than stainless and other types of frying pans,” says Cindy Fisher, who oversees CR’s cookware tests. “All you need is a little soap and water.” Below are the best non stick pans from our tests.
The 10 best non stick pans for 2021
1. Anolon Advanced Bronze Hard Anodized Nonstick
The Anolon pan is our favorite for most people — and not just because of the great price! This pan cooked perfectly golden-brown pancakes, fluffy frittatas and fish without leaving any skin behind. Plus, it’s also a cinch to clean — sometimes even with just a dry towel.
The pan is PFOA-free, metal utensil safe, ovensafe and suitable for all stovetops (except induction). With a rubber handle that feels secure in-hand and sloped sides just like the expensive brands, flipping and turning food is effortless. Finally, the sleek, clean design would complement any kitchen collection. You can also buy this skillet as part of a set here.
In our tests, the Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Restaurant Fry Pan distributed heat more evenly than other nonstick pans, thanks to its thick cast-aluminum construction. The flared edge let us easily scrape the corners with a spatula, flip fried eggs, and slide omelets onto a plate.
This lightweight pan is easy to maneuver, and we appreciate its comfortable handle, with a removable silicone sheath for heat protection. With proper care, the Tramontina’s nonstick coating should stay slick and scratch-free for at least four years (based on our experience so far). If you have an induction cooktop, however, go with one of our other picks, because this Tramontina pan isn’t induction-compatible.
Out of all the pans tested, this one heated the most evenly, having the smallest difference between the hottest and coldest spots on the pan. “The general shape of the pan was what you want in a skillet, not so deep that it traps steam, but high enough edges to be able to make a quick sauce in it without spilling,” says Adam. “The nonstick finish on this pan is the best finish that is made by DuPont, which should be durable over the long term compared to cheaper finishes.” On top of all this, the pan can be safely heated up to 500 degrees F.
The Anolon skillet was also the only nonstick skillet that didn’t have significant losses in nonstick ability after being scraped with a metal spatula. The only downside to this pan is it won’t work with induction burners and it’s not dishwasher safe. Overall, this skillet is a great buy for its quality and durability if you can spring for it.
“You can’t go wrong with All-Clad,” Wilk said. The classic kitchen brand is known for its high-quality cookware and the pans are no different. You can get this two-piece set, which comes with an 8.5- and 10-inch pan, to suit all your cooking needs or grab one of their single skillets. Either way, you’ll have no problem prepping food in their nonstick pans, which are made with a triple coating so your food will slide right off.
Unlike the other pans on this list, the Mauviel M’Steel 12.5-inch Black Carbon Steel Fry Pan doesn’t contain a nonstick coating. Instead, carbon steel cookware is seasoned with a coating of oil (similar to the seasoning you’ll find on cast-iron skillets). That makes the pan naturally nonstick so it will last longer than coated nonstick pans, although it can’t be washed with soapy water.
When we tested the best carbon steel pans, the Mauviel M’Steel exceeded our expectations in almost every way. This French-made pan was easy to season and immediately obtained a nonstick coating. Our fried eggs and French omelet slid easily around the pan without sticking, making clean-up a breeze.
Tefal are the doyens of non-stick cooking. “They sell a huge amount of pans for a reason: they work well, and they’re inexpensive,” says Moran. One of the best features of the Tefal frying pan is the red light indicator, in the middle of the cooking surface. When it lights up, you know you’ve reached required temperature – this means you should avoid overheating it, a prime reason for ruining non-stick pans, because, as Moran explains, heat and plastic (Teflon) aren’t the best of friends.
But it’s easy to use, and requires almost no oil for cooking veg or eggs. The non-stick is PFOA-free. Cleaning is simple, too, and you can use washing-up liquid.
As for downsides, the pan is oven-friendly but only to 175C, and only for an hour. I’m not sure I’d trust myself to keep within those guidelines. At 1.2kg, it’s neither noticeably light nor heavy, but tossing isn’t a problem.
The green earth ceramic pan is created with Greblon technology. This German created technology is a type of non-stick coating, which is both tough and durable and scratch resistant, meaning that your pan will last for longer.
Greblon also is easy to clean and more resistant to high heat levels. It also is free from both PTFE and PFOA chemicals, meaning that there is nothing harmful being released into the environment while you are cooking.
This is a major benefit if you are looking for an eco-friendly ceramic pan. Not only is it better for the environment than other non stick coating technology, it’s also a lot better for your health, a massive benefit over other non-stick cookware that may use a different non-stick coating technology.
The Eaziglide Neverstick2 non-stick frying pan has a smooth stainless-steel handle on one side and a smaller grab handle on the other. Both handles are riveted to the pan. This pan’s base is slightly thicker than most of the pans we tested. The metal of the pan itself isn’t as smooth as the others on test, but did the unusual texture prove to be a burden or a blessing when it came to testing its non-stick performance?
Newbies and professional cooks alike will be impressed by this nonstick pan that can do it all from frying and scrambling eggs with no oil or butter to searing steak. You could even use it to cook a thick steak by browning it first and then popping it in the oven without fear of it warping because it’s oven-safe up to 500ºF.
It has a thick handle and feels durable in the hand, sits balanced on the stovetop and heated the most evenly in our tests. We felt confident putting this one through multiple dishwasher cycles because of its rough coating that’s less likely to wear over time.
This is a solution driven product that will only deliver the best results in the kitchen. Prepare meals from scratch with this beautiful nonstick frying pan set. Be it the stylish handles, the ergonomic design, or the fascinating modern and rustic appeal of the frying pans.
It delivers even and quick heat distribution with the premium quality aluminum construction. The interiors of the non-stick pans are designed to last long and makes the process of cleaning easier. The frying pans come with easy to hold handles.
Safety: When it comes to food preparation, safety is paramount. Don’t compromise the safety of your food or your health when looking at cookware, and especially not when shopping for non stick pans.
Construction: The materials and processes used to make non stick cookware directly affect the quality of the final product. Look for non stick cookware made from at least 5-ply metal cladding. This cookware features pots and pans with thoughtfully layered metals for superior performance.
Function: The function of your non stick pots and pans includes everything from even heat distribution to durability. Cooking is personal. So, before purchasing new cookware, be sure it will function well for you and your lifestyle.
Durability: If you plan to make an investment in cookware, then your new pots and pans should last a lifetime. Certain types of cookware are naturally more durable than others. For example, due to the nature of the material, ceramic cookware is quite delicate. Always look for products that pair strong materials with a smart manufacturing process to create durable pots and pans (including non stick cookware) that will stand up to the test of time.
Value: You will undoubtedly pay a little more for high-quality cookware, but do not pay too much. To really get great value from your cookware, you need to find a brand that costs less without sacrificing quality.
No matter which coating you choose, having a trusty nonstick skillet (or two) in the kitchen is essential. It’s the one piece of cookware that guarantees a dish can be ready — from preheat to plating — in under 15 minutes. And after you’re done cooking, you’ll find that cleaning nonstick cookware is just as quick and easy.
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