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Best Non Stick Pans, Frying Pans & Skillets – for 2017

Maybe like so many other people you love the ease of using your favorite non-stick pan? You might be looking to replace some of your old worn out cookware and are not too sure what to get.

Well, no worries, we have gone ahead and some of the legwork for you.

After doing some research we have made a list of the best non stick skillets and frying pans on the market for 2017.

Today’s best non stick pans present an array of non-toxic and aesthetically pleasing options that can handle everything from frying sausages to simmering gravy.

Most of the best nonstick pans now are made from ceramic and are sturdier than their Teflon cousins.

Read on to find out which one of our choices are going to best suit you.

Do I need non stick cookware?

While most professional chefs use nonstick pans like a novelty item rather than a mainstay, every kitchen requires at least one nonstick skillet or pan. Some home chefs prefer nonstick and opt for this type of cookware for everyday use.

It should be noted that for home cooking using nonstick pans or skillets  are the best option for fragile foods like eggs and fish that are cooked at lower temperatures.

The bad news about non stick pans

It is important that you understand that while we will be talking about the benefits of non stick pans in your kitchen, there is one drawback: Non stick pans do not have a long life span. If you look after then you are looking at 3-5 years of use.

The up side of course that generally they are not so expensive that this is a problem. We just like to to have this in mind when reading the reviews.

There are other options that will last longer such as cast iron skillets.

The good news about non stick pans

While non stick pans may not last as long as others, they are by far the  easiest to  maintain. You don’t have to worry about rust or dirt sticking to the  pan, they are easy to  clean and light to lift making it a breeze to  use them in the kitchen.

I am not sure about you, but the  pan is one of the things that I use the most in the kitchen and while I know that the ones that I buy will not last so long, I get good easy time-saving use out of them and if you are a busy person  then I am sure that you will agree that this is gold.

The health advantage of cooking with non stick frying pans

In addition to working well for fragile foods, non stick skillets present a definite health advantage in terms of what you are cooking with . Unlike stainless steel or cast iron cooking vessels, non stick pots and pans don’t require a lot of oil, butter or lard to keep food from sticking.

The pan’s coating keeps food from sticking, flaking and breaking, which means healthier cooking and eating habits for you and your family.

There is some controversy over the use of nonstick materials as they have been linked to potential hazzards, if this is something that concerns you then you might want to  read our guide to choosing  healthy cookware.

Outdated Apprehensions of non stick cookware

In the past, people have shied away from using nonstick pans because of the worry about toxins in Teflon, PFOA and PTFE .

While avoidance of these materials is a legitimate response on many levels, it doesn’t mean nonstick cookware is out of the question.

Accommodating the properties of your nonstick pans will mitigate certain health risks. Namely:

  • Avoid sharp or abrasive utensils on nonstick surfaces and
  • Maintain low or medium heat when cooking.

Moreover, there are nonstick options on the market today that do not contain Teflon, PFOA or PTFE. Some of them will even allow you to ramp up the heat or pop your nonstick pan in the oven

What can I cook with my non-stick frying pan?

Foods that Non stick frying pans are good for:

  • Any eggs
  • Stirfries
  • Bacon
  • Pasta sauces
  • Curries
  • Stews

Foods that Non stick frying pans are good for:

  • Steaks
  • Hamburgers
  • Pork chops
  • Lamb chops
  • Frying meats that require hot temperatures to sear or brown the meat
  • Any food where you have to preheat an empty pan

you should always be aware of the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to nonstick cookware. No matter how good the cookware is if you are using it outside of these recommendations then you are potentially going to run into problems

What should you look for in a  non stick frying pan?

The right size – Is the pan the right size for what I want to cook with it? You will want to make sure that you are getting something that will accommodate your needs.
Think about how many people will you typically be cooking for
what sort of foods will you be cooking. If you are cooking stews or sauces have a look to see if the lip is deep enough for the job
If you are using this pan to make omelettes is the lip of the pan designed for your omelette to slip off easily.

Does this frying pan have the right type of non-stick coating for what I want to use it for? – If you are going to be cooking foods that require higher temperatures does the pan you are looking at have the right coating. We have written an article on the dangers of Teflon here.

Does the coating on the frying pan suite my style of cooking? If you are a gentle cook then you can maybe get away with some of the less scratch resistant coatings. you should also look into what type of utensils you are using, if these are going to scratch your pans they will need to be replaced

A good frying pan should be well looked after and as scratch- free as possible. This will give you the best results when you cook.

Dont just look at the price, always make sure that it will fit the use you have in mind. What it the best non-stick frying pan for others may not be the best one for you.

Should I get a non stick Skillet, frying pan or a saute pan?

While all of these are essentially similar there are some differences that you should be aware of. Below we some suggestions as to what each type of pan is good for.

What are non stick skillets good for?

These are typically used for searing or browning foods such as meat. If you are looking for something like this then yu should be making sure that you buy something that has a high tolerance to heat.Your typical Teflon pans are not going to be suited for this type of cooking. You might want to look at something like scan pan as they have a range that is very heat tolerant

What are non stick frying pans good for?

These are very similar to skillets, you will use them for frying primarily. these will generally be used in cooking foods that require a lower temperature such as omelettes or types of eggs. These typically don’t come with lids as frying is all about getting cooking at a higher temperature than boiling water. You want to get rid of the steam as fast as possible.

What are non stick saute pans good for?

These are ideal for making sauces. They often come with a lid so that you can keep the moisture in and as a result are cooking at temperatures around boiling point. Cooking with these usually means longer cooking times where the idea is to let something simmer away and cook like that. They are great for making sauces where you have meat that is tender and moist when cooked

The New Non stick

Ceramic or enamel coated pots and pans, along with hard anodized aluminum options, are the nonstick of the new millennium. Unlike the nonstick options of decades past, they are nontoxic and more scratch resistant.

While traditional nonstick cookware is now made more safely, ceramic, enamel and anodized nonstick pans top our list because of their price point, durability, health-conscious manufacturing and design.

Remember that when you are using something like a non stick pan as long as you stay within the  recommended temperatures and uses you will be fine.

#1 Best non stick frying pan 2017- Our Choice – Tramontina non stick cookware

Tramontina ceramic cookware review -(80114/535DS) Professional Non stick 10-Inch Frying Pan

Our Rating: 

This is a great pan to have in your arsenal of pans. It comes in at a very reasonable price and has been built with lots of use in mind. It has been designed to be used in commercial kitchens so is tougher then normal ones.

What we really like about this pan:

  • It is made with Commercial-Grade 3004 aluminum and has a thick base for even heat transfer making it great for gas stoves.
  • PFOA-free eclipse nonstick for easy cooking and cleaning.
  • It has a stainless steel handle that comes with a removable sleeve making this perfect for using in the oven when needed (up to 400 degree Fahrenheit or 204 degree Celsius).
  • Has a hang hole in the handle for easy storage

What we don’t like about this pan:

  • There is not a lot to not like about this non stick pan, just remember it is nonstick and while robust must be treated as such using the correct spatulas etc.

Best non stick fry pan contenders 2017

12” Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating

Our rating:
(100% PTFE, PFOA and APEO Free)
This nonstick pan is a favorite of over 3,000 consumers for good reasons. Not only does it feature a 100 percent PFOA and PTFE free ceramic nonstick coating; it is also the perfect size for everyday use and is induction compatible.

The pan also features a comfort grip silicone handle. While the pan is not oven safe, it is a bargain buy at under fifty dollars.
Materials: Ceramic and Aluminum
Size: 12 inches
Oven Safe: N/A

What We Like:

  • PTFE free
  • Scratch resistant ceramic
  • Induction compatible
  • Silicone handle so you aren’t constantly reaching for a potholder

What We Don’t Like:

  • Not oven safe
  • Requires special care to maintain nonstick coating

Cuisinart 6422-24 Contour Hard Anodized 10-Inch Open Skillet

Our Rating: 

This is a sturdy mid range pan that you will do well with. While the base is thinner then you might expect, the hard anodised aluminum makes sure that the heat transfer is both quick and even.
The shape of the pan makes transferring cooked delicate items easy to keep in one piece.

What we like about this pan:

  • You can use this on the stove top as well as in the oven(Oven Safe up to 500 deg F)
  • Good quality non stick coating that will help this pan to last longer.
  • Good solid handle making it easier to use and keeps cool

What we don’t like about this pan:

  • Be aware that this one does not come with a glass lid – there has been some confusion about this

#1 Quantanium non stick Pan

Cuisinart  nonstick skillet  722-30HNS Chef’s Classic Stainless Non stick 12-Inch skillet

Our Rating: 
Fitted with helper handle

Designed by Cuisinart means you are getting something that is stylish and practical. They range in price from $14 for the smaller ones to $49 for the larger ones. We like that there is a selection of sizes so that you can choose the one best suited to your needs.

What we like about the Cuisinart nonstick skillet:

  • The thick Aluminum encapsulated base makes for fast and evenly spread heating
  • Has a Titanium reinforced Quantanium nonstick interior.
  • Comes with a helper handle for easy lifting for those who dont have the strongest wrists.
  • Nice solid stainless steel handle.

What we don’t like about the Cuisinart nonstick skillet:

This is another great pan with very little not to like about it.

  • Be aware that the bigger ones are a little heavy
  • This pan is not induction ready

#2 Oven safe or ovenproof nonstick skillets

Cuisinart 622-30G Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet with Glass Cover

Our Rating: 

This is another great pan from Cuisinart. This is a hard anodised not stick skillet that is good fro frying or sauteing. It finish is what you would expect from Cuisinart. It has a Quantanium nonstick interior that provides a longer lasting non stick cover

According to the manufacturer the nonstick coating is the result of hard anodization and the pan is made without the use of any PFOA.
Materials: Anodized Aluminum, Titanium, Stainless Steel
Size: 12 inches
Oven Safe: 500 degrees

What we like about this pan:

  • Hard Anodized making it a tough contender in the kitchen that looks good and is durable
  • Quantanium nonstick interior that is reinforced with titanium making sure that the finish lasts as long as possible
  • Oven safe to 500 degrees F
  • solid stainless steel handle that is rivited onto the pan making it sturdy and usable in the oven
  • Has a lid (so many dont!!)

What we don’t like about this pan:
There really is not much to not like about this pan

Bigger is better: Best non stick saute pan for bigger meals

Best non stick Saute pan – The T-fal A91082 Non stick Oven Safe Jumbo Cooker 5-Quart Saute Pan with Glass Lid

Our rating:
This jumbo saute pan will handle your one pan meals and promises the ease of nonstick cleanup after you’re finished cooking and eating. The vessel’s higher walls give it a 5 quart capacity, and the handles make it perfect for stir frying.
Additionally, it is oven safe up to 350 degrees since the handles are made with bakelite. Finally, though the pan features a nonstick coating as opposed to anodized aluminum or ceramic, it is 100 percent PFOA, lead and cadmium free.
Materials: Nonstick Coating, Aluminum, Bakelite
Size: 12 inches
Oven Safe: 350 degrees

What We Like:

  • Extra large for more cooking
  • Glass lid so you can see your food
  • PFOA, lead and cadmium free

What We Don’t Like:

  • May not handle high heats well

#4 High end nonstick pans

Le Creuset Toughened Non stick 12-Inch shallow Frying Pan

Our rating:
This frying pan comes highly recommended 
This everyday fry pan is far from the ordinary, considering it combines all the best elements of a nonstick piece with Le Creuset’s sought after design. You can cook using most oils as the temperature range on this ids great

In addition to being oven safe to 500 degrees, the pan is induction ready and dishwasher safe.
Materials: Anodized Aluminum, Cast Stainless Steel
Size: 12 inches
Oven Safe: 500 degrees

What We Like:

  • High-end design
  • Oven safe to 500 degrees
  • Handles designed to stay cool on the stovetop

What We Don’t Like:

  • Luxury pricetag isn’t for everyone

All-Clad 4110 NS R2 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded PFOA-free Non stick frying pan

Our Rating: 

This is a high end pan and so you should be expecting a lot from this. While it is likely that the people interested in this will be those that are passionate and advanced cooks, this is good for everyone. It is a well crafted, practical and I might say good looking kitchen tool.

What we like about this pan:

What we don’t like about this pan:

  • While the quality of pan is great, the nonstick surface may not be as robust as some of the others on the market
  • My research on All clad customer service has brought back mixed results

#5 Best nonstick pan on a budget

What if these are not what you are looking for?

We have said earlier that you should be looking for something that suits the job you have in hand. After looking through this you might be wondering if actually, non stick cookware is the way to go.

Don’t worry, there is always the right  pan for the  job, we have also written about other pans that we think are good

Check out our article on the best stainless steel pans here

check out our article on the best cast iron pans here

In conclusion

There are a lot of choices for those that are looking for something that is nonstick. The real trick with non-stick pans is to make sure that you have a good idea as to what you might be cooking with it as this will help you choose the right one for your needs.

  • Always read the technical spec for the cookware that you are planning to buy
  • Always remember that the responsibility lies on your shoulders to get the right thing
  • How you use and look after your cookware is up to you and will always have a direct impact on the life of your cookware

Some further reading

Is nonstick cookware really dishwasher safe?
The dangers of Teflon: The truth without the hype
How to clean ceramic pans
Is Ceramic cookware safe? – What are the dangers?