The Best Nonstick Pan

The Best Nonstick Pan

Our pick

Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Restaurant Fry Pan

Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Restaurant Fry Pan

The best nonstick pan

With its classic flared-lip pan shape, slick nonstick coating, and comfortable handle, this is a quality pan that will last for years.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon

In our tests, the Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Restaurant Fry Pan distributed heat more evenly than other nonstick pans, thanks to its thick cast-aluminum construction. The flared edge let us easily scrape the corners with a spatula, flip fried eggs, and slide omelets onto a plate. This lightweight pan is easy to maneuver, and we appreciate its comfortable handle, with a removable silicone sheath for heat protection. With proper care, the Tramontina’s nonstick coating should stay slick and scratch-free for at least four years (based on our experience so far). If you have an induction cooktop, however, go with one of our other picks, because this Tramontina pan isn’t induction-compatible.

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Runner-up

Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware 10.5-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan

Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware 10.5-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan

Less smooth, but great release

The Nordic Ware’s surface isn’t as smooth to the touch as that of our top pick, but nonetheless, the eggs and crepes slid out of this pan with no effort. And the inner rivets are nonstick-coated, a feature many pans lack.

Buying Options

$41 from Amazon

If for some reason our top pick is sold out, the Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware 10.5-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan is a solid second choice. It’s made from cast aluminum and has flared sides, a bent lip, and a silicone handle—just like our top pick. (Also like our top pick, it won’t work on induction cooktops.) The Nordic Ware pan’s coating isn’t as smooth to the touch, but that didn’t impact its nonstick qualities. Eggs and crepes released from the pan just as easily as from our other picks. The Nordic Ware’s nonstick coated inner rivets (which some folks find easier to clean than uncoated ones) are an added perk (and the Tramontina pan doesn’t have these). The Nordic Ware pan is a solid choice, but it’s not our top pick because we want to see firsthand how well the nonstick coating holds up to real-world use over time.

Also great

Ozeri 10-Inch Stainless Steel Pan with Nonstick Coating

Ozeri 10-Inch Stainless Steel Pan with Nonstick Coating

Good for induction

This heavy-bottomed pan is a solid choice if you cook on induction. It heats up quickly and evenly, and it’s super-slick.

Buying Options

$28 from Amazon

If you cook on an induction cooktop, you’ll want a nonstick skillet with an encapsulated disk—a thick, tri-ply steel and aluminum plate—welded to the bottom of the pan. Induction burners generate heat with a magnetic field, so the base of the pan needs to contain ferrous metals, like iron and steel, in order to work on induction. Of the encapsulated-bottomed nonstick skillets we looked at, the Ozeri 10-Inch Stainless Steel Pan with Nonstick Coating is our pick for people who cook on induction ranges. It has a good weight, nice balance, and a comfortable rounded handle. The Ozeri pan also heats up quickly and evenly (which wasn’t the case for all of the induction-compatible skillets we tested), and the slippery coating allows food to slide around with zero resistance.

Also great

All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan Set 8″ & 10″

All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan Set 8″ & 10″

A set of high-quality skillets

These pans are thick, sturdy, and an excellent value for a set of two.

Buying Options

$60 from Bed Bath & Beyond

If you want to have more than one pan, the All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan Set 8″ & 10″ is a great deal. These thick-gauge hard-anodized aluminum pans heat evenly (albeit slowly) and cook delicate foods just as well as a $130 tri-ply nonstick skillet. They also work on all cooktops, including induction (although their bonded steel base doesn’t heat as evenly as the multi-layer encapsulated bottom on the Ozeri pan). The 10-inch B1 pan is heftier than our top pick (it’s almost 3 pounds, whereas the Tramontina weighs about 2 pounds). But the comfortable rounded handles and excellent balance make both All-Clad B1 pans easy to maneuver. This set isn’t our top pick because we think most folks can get by with one nonstick skillet.

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Our pick

Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Restaurant Fry Pan

Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Restaurant Fry Pan

The best nonstick pan

With its classic flared-lip pan shape, slick nonstick coating, and comfortable handle, this is a quality pan that will last for years.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon

Runner-up

Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware 10.5-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan

Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware 10.5-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan

Less smooth, but great release

The Nordic Ware’s surface isn’t as smooth to the touch as that of our top pick, but nonetheless, the eggs and crepes slid out of this pan with no effort. And the inner rivets are nonstick-coated, a feature many pans lack.

Buying Options

$41 from Amazon

Also great

Ozeri 10-Inch Stainless Steel Pan with Nonstick Coating

Ozeri 10-Inch Stainless Steel Pan with Nonstick Coating

Good for induction

This heavy-bottomed pan is a solid choice if you cook on induction. It heats up quickly and evenly, and it’s super-slick.

Buying Options

$28 from Amazon

Also great

All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan Set 8″ & 10″

All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan Set 8″ & 10″

A set of high-quality skillets

These pans are thick, sturdy, and an excellent value for a set of two.

Buying Options

$60 from Bed Bath & Beyond

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