Every kitchen needs at least one good nonstick pan, if only for frying eggs, making a quick-stir-fry, or toasting a cheese sandwich. Plus you can't beat how easy nonstick cookware is to clean! With options at all prices, you're sure to find a skillet, griddle, or other pieces that are right for you. Here are our top picks of both new and tried-and-true nonstick brands to consider.
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All-Clad's line of nonstick cookware, B1, is made of hard-anodized aluminum for durability and quick, even heating. The nonstick interior is a three-layer coating and is PFOA-free, and the handle is riveted on. Best of all, the cookware is dishwasher-safe. Options include fry pans, a roaster, griddles, grills, saucepans, a soup pot, a stock pot, and more, as well as full sets.
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This cookware from Lagostina features a PTFE- and PFOA-free nonstick ceramic interior with stainless steel surfaces both inside and out. The three-ply construction includes a heat-radiating aluminum core for optimal heat distribution with two layers of stainless steel. It has riveted stay-cool handles and is induction compatible, dishwasher safe, and oven safe up to 425 F.
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It's not just a clever name: Swiss Diamond cookware's nonstick surface is made from diamond crystals, which are durable, a better heat conductor than metal, and are naturally non-stick, yielding a super-durable nonstick coating. The body of the cookware is pressure-cast aluminum, and the cookware is heat-safe up to very high temperatures (up to 500 F) so it is suitable for oven use. Swiss Diamond cookware is available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, even woks and specialty pans... like Japanese omelet pans and Swedish pancake.
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A layer of copper is sandwiched between aluminum and stainless steel in Analon's Nouvelle Copper Cookware collection, a combination of metals that offer the best of all worlds in terms of heat conductivity and retention. The exterior is hard-anodized and the interior has a durable nonstick coating that even withstands metal utensils. The pans can be used in the oven and on virtually all cooking surfaces, including induction.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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A leader in the nonstick cookware category, Calphalon strikes a good balance with its Unison collection. The cookware is made from a triple layer of PFOA-free nonstick surface, and there are two different interior finishes: Slide Nonstick is a super-slick surface that offers excellent release for sticky foods like eggs or batters, and Sear Nonstick has a texture for browning meats and vegetables. The cookware is made of hard-anodized aluminum with cast stainless steel, stay-cool handles. It is... dishwasher- and oven-safe.
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Proud to be free of PFOA and PFOS toxins, Scanpan of Denmark has developed a unique nonstick coating for their pots and pans. All Scanpan cookware can go from stovetop to oven (up to 500 F) and includes not only fry, roast, and grill pans, but also special chef pans, woks, abelskivver (European pancake pan), and blini (small buckwheat pancake) pans.