The 6 Best Nonstick Pans of 2020

Best Overall: All-Clad Nonstick Fry Pan Set

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 they can be washed in a dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. Lids are not included.

Runner Up, Best Overall: Tramontina Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan

If you cook eggs often you know that cleanup can be a pain. For those who want to breeze through doing the dishes this frying pan from Tramontina will cook restaurant worthy eggs and can be cleaned with a quick swipe of the sponge.

This pan comes in an 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, or 14-inch version so you can choose the model that works best for your household (or buy a few!). It’s made of a heavy gauge aluminum and is PFOA free, plus it is also dishwasher safe. The handle has a red silicone sleeve which remains cool to the touch and this is oven safe up to 400 degrees. Did we mention it is made in the USA and has a lifetime guarantee, score!

The manufacturer recommends not to use non-stick spray or heat above high on this to preserve the non-stick coating. So for those who like to cook on high heat, this might not be the best choice for you.

Best Budget: T-fal B363S3 Specialty Nonstick Non-Stick 3-Piece Set

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 9.5-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 a durable aluminum construction for fast and even heating, and the nonstick surface 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.

Best High-End: All-Clad Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Nonstick Fry Pan

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 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.

Best Eco-Friendly: GreenPan Paris Pro Ceramic Non-Stick Frypan

GreenPan has made a name for itself as “healthy” cookware—meaning it’s free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium. Plus, this GreenPan frying pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum and coated with Thermolon ceramic non-stick material that won’t release any toxic fumes even if you overheat it. It’s also oven safe up to 600 degrees, metal utensil safe, and dishwasher safe.

GreenPan’s thoughtful design allows you to fry your food using less oil, and cleaning is still a breeze! It’s not the most inexpensive pan on the list, but it’s one you can feel good about using for years.

How We Tested
Our reviewers spent 27 hours testing three of our readers’ favorite nonstick pans. To get the most thorough results, our testers tried them with various foods and used different cooking utensils. We asked them to consider the most important features when using these nonstick pans — like their size and how easy they were to clean — and we’ve outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Nonstick Pan
Size
As with most cookware, size is always a consideration. If you’re looking for a nonstick pan to cook breakfast for one, a small pan will save you storage space. If you want to make batches of jam or prepare big family meals, you’ll need something large enough to accommodate all of the food with enough space left for simmering and stirring.

Oven-safe temperatures
Today’s nonstick cookware can handle the heat — including oven heat — but there’s always an upper limit. If you often start foods on the stove and finish them in the oven, make sure to check what temperatures the cookware can withstand, so you won’t have to transfer from one pan to another to finish your cooking.

Induction-friendly
Most nonstick cookware is made from aluminum, which is not induction friendly, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use nonstick cookware on an induction cooktop. Some manufacturers add a stainless steel base to the bottom of the pans, which not only makes them induction-friendly but also helps spread out the heat on the bottom of the pan for more even cooking.

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