• All-Clad 4110 NS R2 Non-Stick Fry Pan

  • How We Tested

  • What You Should Know About Nonstick Pans

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All-Clad pan
Credit: All-Clad

The All-Clad pan was the quickest to warm up and provided the most even heating—but it'll cost you quite a bit of cash.

Best Overall
All-Clad 4110 NS R2 Non-Stick Fry Pan

The All-Clad brand is well-known for producing USA-made, bonded stainless steel pans that top everyone’s performance list. They make our favorite stainless steel skillet, so we weren’t surprised when they aced our nonstick pan tests. This pan features their renowned all-clad stainless steel bottom with three layers of PFOA-free nonstick coating on top. Although we recommend hand-washing nonstick pans, the pan is also dishwasher-safe and oven-safe to up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Features aside, the induction-compatible All-Clad earned top marks on all our tests. Our French omelets slid easily on the nonstick surface, and the pancakes turned out light and fluffy. Of all the pans in our test group, the All-Clad was the quickest to warm up and provided the most even heating, browning both sides of the pancake nicely. It was one of the heaviest pans we tested, but the straight handle design created balance by putting the weight towards the far edge of the pan. While it was slightly too hefty to flip eggs comfortably, the nonstick coating still performed. The eggs released easily, and we could flip them with the flick of a spatula—even when we weren’t using any cooking oil.

It also performed well on our destructive tests designed to test the pan’s ability to hold up over time. It did scratch when we hacked at it with steel wool, but it held up well against metal utensils (something we don’t recommend using with nonstick pans). It was also the only pan that didn’t warp when we exposed it to thermal shock, dunking it in cold water after heating it on high heat.
Our only significant complaint is the lofty price tag. All-Clad does back their cookware with a limited lifetime guarantee, but they don’t cover normal wear and tear. Several Amazon reviewers note that the warranty does not back scratches to the nonstick surface, so you’ll want to take very good care of this expensive pan to avoid running into longevity issues.

Pros

  • Very quick and even heating

  • Induction compatible

  • Sturdy and well-built

Cons

  • Too heavy to easily flip

  • Expensive

How We Tested

Omelette
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It’s important that your nonstick pan heats evenly, otherwise there’s no chance those eggs will look Instagram-worthy.

The Tester

Hi, I’m Lindsay Mattison, a trained professional chef and dinner party enthusiast. I’m the type of person that uses every single pot and pan in the house when I’m cooking dinner (and, I’ll probably dirty up all the tasting spoons and mise en place bowls, too). So, I definitely understand the importance of having the right set of pots and pans to get the job done! It wasn’t easy testing all these cookware sets (and my house was quite cluttered for a few weeks), but it was well worth it to help you find the best pan at the right value.

The Tests

We tested five 10-inch nonstick pans and rated them on three major criteria: nonstick coating, construction, and distribution of heat.

To test the pan’s nonstick coating, we cooked French omelets—no cooking oil allowed—to see how the released from the pan. Smooth omelets passed; rough and jagged omelets not so much.

Scratch test 1
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We tested to see how the nonstick coatings would hold up over time.

We tested construction by examining whether the pan was balanced and shaped so that one could flip eggs with an easy flick of the wrist. We examined the handle shape and positioning to see if the handle became too hot or wobbled annoyingly during use.

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We tested distribution of heat by cooking pancakes to see how the pancake browned on each side. We looked for a pan that could cook the batter’s first side without sticking and retain enough heat to brown the second side.

Finally, we used steel wool and metal cutlery (which you should never use on a nonstick pan unless the manufacturer states otherwise) to get a sense of how each pan’s nonstick coating would hold up over time.

What You Should Know About Nonstick Pans

What's the Difference Between Stainless Steel and Nonstick?

Again, this goes back to your cooking style. Stainless steel is great for searing meat, leaving behind those delicious fond bits that make the perfect start to a pan sauce. They also tend to last longer than the nonstick varieties, which can be easily scratched and generally can’t go into the dishwasher. That being said, nonstick is easy to cook on and even easier to clean. Many people find themselves attracted to nonstick pans when they start out because it’s a low-cost investment that can be upgraded in the future. When looking at nonstick, keep in mind there are two material types: The hard anodized nonstick pans are Teflon-free and tend to be heavier (and more durable) than the coated varieties.

What should a good nonstick pan do well? It not only has to release your food without sticking but should also be properly balanced and weighted. If it's too heavy, it'll feel cumbersome and hard to clean. It’s also important that your nonstick pan provides even heat distribution, otherwise there’s no chance your fried egg will look Instagram-worthy.

How Do I Clean Nonstick Pans?

Nonstick pans have a reputation for being cancer-causing, but they’re now just as safe as stainless steel. The chemical coating (containing the "forever chemicals" PFOAs) that was responsible for health concerns isn't used anymore; in fact, you’ll find the words “PFOA-free” on every nonstick pan out there. Today, there are two types of coating choices for nonstick pans: PTFE (commonly known as Teflon) and ceramic.

You’ll have to be careful when caring for your nonstick pan because both types of coating can scratch and will break down over time. To avoid damaging your pan, choose wooden, silicone, rubber, or nylon utensils instead of metal ones, and never use stainless steel scrubbing brushes when cleaning. To prolong the life of your pans, don’t put them in the dishwasher, either (I know, hand washing is such a pain!). When cooking, always use low or medium heat settings instead of high heat and avoid using these pans in the oven (especially if they have plastic handles).


Other Nonstick Pans We Tested

Scanpan Classic 9.5 Inch Fry Pan

This Danish-made nonstick pan features PFOA-free ceramic titanium, making it unique amongst the pans we tested. This type of nonstick coating is said to be safe for use with metal utensils, which is typically a big no-no with nonstick pans. Sure enough, the Scanpan Classic Fry Pan was the only pan to pass our scratch tests with flying colors. Visible marks were apparent after we scoured it with steel wool and scraped it with metal utensils, but none of the scratches penetrated the surface. However, it was the only pan we tested that warped when heated and placed in cold water

During testing, the pan felt light in my hands, and its short handle made it easy to maneuver—although the handle’s plastic material did get hot after extended use. It was the only pan we tested that didn’t have rivets connecting the handle to the inside of the pan, which made for easier cleaning. Unfortunately, the pan’s heavy base made it the slowest to preheat.

The Scanpan Classic Fry Pan is definitely an appealing purchase, thanks to its ease of cleaning and scratch resistance. This pan could last a long time, so long as you’re careful not to expose it to extreme changes in temperature, like placing it in the sink while it’s still hot.

Pros

  • Durable nonstick coating that resists scratching

  • Easy to maneuver

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Warped when heated and placed in cold water

  • Plastic on handle gets hot after extended use

  • Slow to preheat

Cuisinart 6422-24 Contour Hard-Anodized 10 Inch Skillet

The Cuisinart Contour Hard Anodized Skillet is a favorite on Amazon, and it’s easy to see why. The pan’s heavy weight is well balanced by a contoured handle that angles up, so it’s really comfortable to hold and use. While the pan’s tall, sloped edges make it slightly harder to flip eggs, it performed well overall. It browned our pancakes a bit unevenly but returned quickly to its preheated temperature when we added room-temperature ingredients to the pan.

Overall, this pan is solidly constructed and gets the job done. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which won’t cover any damage you do to the nonstick surface but will cover manufacturer’s defects.

Pros

  • Well-built and heavy

  • Balanced weight makes it comfortable to hold

Cons

  • Somewhat difficult to flip

  • Somewhat uneven cooking on pancakes

Tramontina Professional Restaurant 10-in. Nonstick Frypan

The Tramontina Professional Nonstick Restaurant Frypan has a long, rubber handle that is hard for me to love. While it did keep my hands away from the heat during testing, the balance and grip felt weird and uncomfortable to use.

On the flip (heh) side, the pan has an exceptional nonstick surface, producing a perfect omelet and fried eggs that flipped without clinging to the pan at all. Less sticking should mean quicker cleanup, but the handle has three rivets connecting it to the pan instead of the classic two-rivet system. While it’s not a deal breaker, it does make the pan slightly harder to clean, forcing you to really dig your sponge into the sides.

Pros

  • Exceptional nonstick surface

Cons

  • Uncomfortable rubber handle

  • Difficult to clean

T-Fal E93805 Professional Nonstick 10.25 Inch Fry Pan

From one of the most well-known names in inexpensive nonstick cookware, the T-Fal Professional Nonstick Fry Pan seemed poised to perform. The pan’s claim to fame is the Thermo-spot indicator, an area of the surface that displays a solid red spot when the pan is preheated, but unfortunately, this feature didn’t work well on my gas cooktop. While it did heat up quickly, T-Fal’s nonstick abilities paled in comparison to the other pans, producing the worst omelet of the group.

The contoured silicone handle provided a nice grip, with a shape that makes flipping motions easy. The silicone material on the handle extends all the way up to the base of the pan which causes the whole handle to heat up very quickly. While I liked the pan’s shape and compatibility with induction cooktops, its performance fell disappointingly short.

Pros

  • Easy to maneuver

  • Induction compatible

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Thermo-spot indicator didn't work on glass

  • Silicone handle gets too hot to hold

  • Unimpressive nonstick surface

Meet the tester

Lindsay D. Mattison

Lindsay D. Mattison

Professional Chef

@zestandtang

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, food writer, and amateur gardener. She is currently writing a cookbook that aims to teach home cooks how to write without a recipe.

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