The 6 Best Nonstick Pans to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best nonstick pans from brands like Farberware, T-fal, and more

When nonstick pans were first introduced, they were great for cooking eggs, but the material was fragile. It was plastic-like and it scraped easily off the pans. While those were fine for cooking eggs or simmering a sauce, foods didn’t brown well in them so their use was limited.

Since then, nonstick materials have evolved. They’re bonded more strongly to the pans so they’re less likely to scrape, peel, bubble off, and some are so strong that you can use metal utensils in the pans. The better...MORE nonstick materials can be used for searing meats or getting some browning on vegetables. Some nonstick pans are even dishwasher or oven safe.

While there’s obvious value in having a nonstick skillet for cooking eggs, nonstick material is useful in other pans as well. Nonstick pans are great for making jams, jellies, or candies, and they are just as useful for making custards or milk-based sauces that can stick to uncoated pans. If you’re making breaded chicken or fish, the coating will be less likely to stick to the pan and more likely to hang onto the food.

When food doesn’t stick to the pan, it’s less likely to burn, but nonstick isn’t all about cooking. It also means that cleaning the pan easier, since even burned bit will release without a lot of soaking and scrubbing.

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    If one nonstick frying pan is good, two is better. This set includes both an 8-inch and a 10-inch frying pan, so you’ll always have the pan you need. They have a hard anodized nonstick finish and are made from aluminum for even heating. A stainless steel base keeps the pans from warping, and makes them suitable for use on induction cooktops.

    The handles are stainless steel and designed for a comfortable grip and are riveted onto the pan for security. The pans are oven safe to 500 degrees. While...MORE they can be washed in a dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. Lids are not included.

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    This sauté pan combines the best attributes of a frying pan, a sauce pan, and a Dutch oven. The wide flat surface is great for browning meats and sautéing vegetables, while it’s deep enough to braise a stew or make a pot of pasta sauce. It holds 4 quarts, so it holds as much as an average sauce pan, but it’s a bit small compared to average Dutch ovens.

    The finish is hard-anodized, so it’s well-bonded to the aluminum pan, and the multiple layers make sure food releases easily and cleanup is a snap...MORE – even if you burn something. And you don’t need to use special cooking tools, since metal utensils won’t harm the coating.

    A long handle on one side lets you hold the pan like a skillet and the Sure Grip rubber on that handle makes it more stable and secure when you’re tossing vegetables or pasta. A helper handle on the opposite side makes it easy to lift the pan, even when it’s full. The convenient pour spouts make it easy to transfer food. 

    The pan is oven safe to 400 degrees. It includes a shatter-resistant glass lid so you can see what’s cooking without letting the heat out. This cannot be use on an induction cooktop. It is not dishwasher safe, and hand washing is recommended.

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    T-fal was one of the early adopters of nonstick coatings on cookware, and they’re still making plenty of pans. This very affordable 10.25-inch frying pan is perfect for cooking breakfast and cleans easily in the dishwasher.

    The pan has a heat indicator in the center of the cooking surface that shows when the pan is perfectly preheated and ready to start cooking. While it’s oven-safe, it’s only safe to 350 degrees, which is less than some of the more expensive pans.

    This pan is dishwasher safe. It...MORE comes in a variety of colors to match your kitchen or add a pop of accent color. It does not include a lid.

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    If you’re looking for budget nonstick cookware, this three-pack will ensure that you always have a pan on hand. It includes an 8-inch, a 10-inch, and an 11-inch skillet, so you’ll always have one to cook eggs and another for pancakes. Or send a pan or two to college with your kid. Since they’re so inexpensive, they’re ideal for a vacation home, but they’re sturdy enough for home cooking, too.

    These skillets are made from heavy gauge aluminum for fast and even heating, and the nonstick surface...MORE means your omelet will let go easily when you make breakfast. The handles stay cool while cooking, and the pans are oven safe to 350 degrees. They’re not as heat resistant as higher-end cookware, but can withstand the heat required to finish a steak or keep your side dishes warm.

    For easy cleaning, you can put these in the dishwasher. They do not include lids, but are available in several different colors to match your kitchen or add a pop of color.

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    This 10-inch skillet has a proprietary nano-ceramic coating that’s free of PTFE, PFOA and petroleum products. The coated ensures that food releases easily, and it’s also durable and scratch resistant, so you’ll own this pan for a long time.

    The pan has a heavy-gauge aluminum core for quick, even heating, and the handle is ergonomically designed for a sure grip and it stays cool during cooking.

    This pan has some stainless steel its base, so it can be used on small induction burners. However, it can...MORE have problems on larger induction burners that might detect the aluminum rather than the stainless steel. In general, ceramic pans should not be used on very high heat on the stovetop, to preserve the coating.

    The pan is oven safe to 500 degrees. Hand washing is recommended.

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    This 14-inch nonstick frying pan is built for success with an aluminum core surrounded by stainless steel, along with three layers of nonstick coating on the cooking surface for easy food release and simple cleanup. It also can be used at high heat to crisp foods in oil or to sear meats for the best flavor. It has a wide flat base and a low profile with flared sides that’s idea for sautéing, flipping foods in the pan, or reducing sauces.

    The contoured handle is comfortable to hold and is...MORE permanently riveted onto the pan with stainless steel rivets. The pan is oven safe to 500 degrees and can be used on any cooking surface, including induction.

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