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The 8 Best Nonstick Pans That Every Home Chef Must Buy in 2022

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Here’s the thing about nonstick frying pans: They don’t defy the laws of thermodynamics and physics. There’s always a way for food to get stuck to one, as you’ve probably noticed while reading product reviews. Also, frying food naturally involves some sort of fat. A nonstick pan helps reduce the amount of fat, but to “fry” anything on a skillet, you’re going to need a little bit of grease. It will result in a better finished product on your plate, make cleaning up more effortless, and season the pan, further adding to its nonstick capabilities.

Since every home cook needs a quality nonstick pan in their arsenal, we rounded up the best nonstick pans for all your cooking needs — from frying restaurant-quality eggs to making fluffy pancakes. We also included a list of things you need to consider before buying this kitchen equipment, so be sure to read on.

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Best Overall: Tramontina Professional Fry Pans

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Tramontina is well-known in professional kitchens due to its reputation for being a workhorse. Its pans are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and consist of a well-balanced 3.85 pounds of heavy-gauge aluminum. Made in the USA and coming with a lifetime warranty, you can’t beat these pans for the price.

Best for Beginners: T-fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan

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If you’re a novice cook and are worried that your pan may be getting too hot, this one literally tells you when it’s ready with its Thermo-Spot heat indicator. The T-fal E93808 is lightweight yet durable, and the stainless steel induction base lets you sear better than most beginner aluminum pans.

Best Value: Utopia Kitchen 11-Inch Nonstick Frying Pan

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For the price, you can’t beat this pan. It’s well-balanced and surprisingly durable. For the price of a six-pack of fancy craft beer, you won’t feel bad if you have to get another one after a year.

Best Splurge: Mauviel Copper 150b Fry Pan

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If you walk into a Michelin star-rated French kitchen, you’re likely going to find pure copper pans. The tin lining is the original nonstick coating, and copper is the absolute best material for conducting heat — so sear to your heart’s content. Be aware that you’re going to pay dearly for this combination of beauty and performance, though. Yet, with the proper care, you can hand this pan down to your grandkids.

Most Eco-Friendly: GreenPan Valencia Pro Nonstick Frypan

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Not only is this a terrific all-around pan, but it’s also the safest one around for the environment. The Thermolon ceramic nonstick coating is free of all the chemicals people usually worry about with nonsticks. Plus, its manufacturing process emits 60% less CO2 compared to other traditional coatings.

Other Nonstick Frying Pans We Love

Carote 12-Inch Nonstick Frying Pan Skillet

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This Swiss-made pan is also very eco-friendly thanks to its granite coating. Its Durit, tungsten carbide nonstick technology makes the coating among the most durable available. The wooden handle has a unique feel and adds a nice design element to your kitchen if you happen to display your pans on hooks or open shelves. It’s somewhat a hybrid between one of the best woks and a regular frying pan, so it’s an all-around winner in our books.

Lodge Carbon Steel Skillet

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Lodge is well-known for making some of the best cast-iron skillets, and its carbon steel fry pan doesn’t disappoint, either. It comes to you pre-seasoned, so it’s technically nonstick. Still, we suggest seasoning it a couple of times before trying to fry something delicate, like eggs or fish. If you take this step, this pan will be your go-to for life.

Tuxton Home Concentrix Nonstick Pan

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Whether you’re cooking omelets for breakfast or orecchiette for a fancy dinner, the Tuxton Nonstick Pan will surely elevate any dish for any occasion. It features an encapsulated aluminum base for even heat distribution and a scratch-resistant ceramic coating to maintain its nonstick properties. Plus, it’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe for further convenience.

How to Choose a Nonstick Frying Pan

Here are some things to consider before buying a nonstick pan:

  • If it claims to be dishwasher safe, take the time to wash it by hand. This will significantly extend its lifespan.
  • If the manufacturer says the pan can be used with metal utensils, use silicone or wood anyway. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Although most nonstick pans now can withstand higher temperatures on the stovetop and in the oven, it’s best to stick with low to medium heat.

Now that you know which nonstick frying pan is right for you, you’ll need the best kitchen tools and appliances for a fully functioning kitchen.

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