Best non-stick frying pans: Stainless steel, ceramic and cast iron models

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If a worker is only as good as its tools - then it’s time for you to step up your cookware. We have fried, scrambled, sautéd, seared a whole host of pans to find the best well-engineered non-stick on the market.

Quality meals come from quality kitchenware and that starts with your pots and pans.

In order to really flex your culinary skills to MasterChef-levels, you need non-stick frying pans that can withstand heavy-duty kitchen adventures - and these are worth a splurge.

Non-stick has become a prerequisite for all pans. Not only does it save on scrubbing afterwards, but it allows you to use less oil, butter or fat in the cooking process and thus, gives you a healthier way to whip up your favourite dishes.

From sizzling steaks to eggs every which way, cooking in a non-stick is quicker, better tasting and doesn’t require scratching and excessive elbow grease after the feast. Who doesn’t love low-key clean up?

Look out for pans made from cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic for their tough and durable constructions. Are they oven safe? Can they be put in the dishwasher? Are you able to use them on an induction hob? These are all questions worth remembering in the selection process.

Tefal Ingenio Expertise Non-Stick Frying Pan Set, 3 Piece

Diameter: 22cm and 26cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

Keep burnt body parts out of the cooking process with Tefal’s aptly named Ingenio pan set. The hard-wearing duo is made up of two pans (22cm and 26cm) in which the handle is removable. This means you can pop them on the hob (induction included) or in the oven with ease and keep the handle away from the heat. It’s also super handy for storage purposes - if you’ll pardon the pun. They clip on extremely seamlessly and feel sturdy even when the pan is heaving with ingredients.

What’s more, the cooking utensils themselves are treated with Titanium Excellence non-stick coatings to make light work of both cooking and cleaning. This is a long-lasting non-stick - particularly if you opt for handwashing over the dishwasher (although it is safe to be put in the latter).

Buy now £56.25, John Lewis

Our Place Always Pan

Diameter: 25.4cm

Dishwasher-safe: No

Oven-safe: No

Induction hob suitable: Yes

Yes, it’s a pan, but this is no ordinary pan. It’s a home chef’s dream, combining eight cooking functions in one space-saving design.

It can do everything from baking to roasting and even crisping and steaming. Use on the stove and in the oven without fear of straining your wrist; it’s beautifully lightweight.

Oprah Winfrey deemed it “the kitchen magician”, and if it’s good enough for Oprah…

Buy now £100.00, Our Place

Le Creuset Non-stick stainless steel frying pan

Diameter: 26cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

Whether you are whipping up pancakes or sizzling steaks, Le Creuset’s frying pan has you covered. The homeware brand beloved for its aesthetically-pleasing, tough and durable cookware has done it again with this technologically advanced pan. Crafted from a three layer stainless steel for uniform heat distribution, it will stand the test of time, while also remaining non-stick and safe with a PFOA-free coating. For healthier cooking, this is your best bet as you need less in the way of oil or added fat. It can be used on all heat sources - including induction and oven as well as popped in the dishwasher after the food is ready. There’s also a lifetime guarantee.

Buy now £170.00, Selfridges

John Lewis & Partners 'The Pan' Stainless Steel Non-Stick Frying Pan

Diameter: 20cm, 24cm or 28cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

Don’t underestimate John Lewis’s own-brand offering. The department store has an impressive selection of essential products including this non-stick pan dubbed simply, ‘The Pan’. If that wasn’t enough to prove its prowess then you’ll be pleased to learn of the 18/10 stainless steel construction that is not only a fantastic heat conductor but is also corrosion resistant to stand the test of time - even with unavoidable cooking fails. The interior is non-stick, it can be used on all hobs including induction and it’s dishwasher and oven safe up to 180 degrees. There are three sizes; 20cm, 24cm and 28cm.

Buy now £25.00, John Lewis & Partners

Smeg Frying Pan

Diameter: 24cm, 26cm or 28cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

The Italian cooking label may be best known for its retro style appliances but Smeg has now struck out into cookware with frying pans, woks and casserole dishes - all of which have the same sleek, 50s-inspired design. The frying pans are curvaceous and attractive but more importantly, they are crafted with the utmost attention to detail. There are six layers that include cold forged aluminum, thickened bottom and a stainless-steel plate to ensure even distribution and to protect the shape so it can withstand the highest of temperatures. The non-stick primer coating means food can brown without sticking. It can be used on all hobs and placed into the oven up to 250 degrees. The pans are also dishwasher safe and come in a range of sizes; 24cm, 26cm and 28cm.

Buy now £120.00, Amara

Circulon 78064 - Momentum - Stainless Steel Frying Pan

Diameter: 20-25cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

From pies to pizza, Circulon’s Momentum frying pan does it all. The cookware boasts a Total Non Stick System so you need little to no oil and it has long-lasting effects (15x longer than its competitors according to the brand) - elbow grease from long clean up times will be a thing of the past. It is also suitable for all hobs; induction, gas or electric - with a stainless steel construction that is tough and durable. It’s PFAO-free as well as oven and dishwasher safe. It is available in a range of sizes from 20-25cm and with various materials including hard anodised.

Buy now £33.09, Amazon

ProCook Classic Frying Pan

Diameter: 24cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

If it’s a quality pan that will do the job and do it well that you’re after, this may just be the one for you. It is made from 3.5mm coated aluminium that gives both an optimal heat distribution and is hard-wearing. It can be used on all hobs, has a riveted vented handle and is dishwasher safe. There’s a 10 year guarantee.

Buy now £24.99, ProCook

Salter BW04136 Marble Collection 2 Piece Frying Pan Set

Diameter: 20cm and 24cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

The houseproud among you will appreciate the stylish marble detailing of this pan set from Salter. There are two included - 20cm and 24cm - and they are designed to make your life that little bit easier. When you are cooking up delicacies from meat to fish, you will need far less, if any, oil at all so your meals are healthier and require less effort. The pans are durable and can be used on all hobs. The handle is made from a Bakelite silicone to ensure stability when lifted.

Buy now £29.74, Amazon

Eaziglide Neverstick2 Non-Stick Open Frying Pan

Diameter: 20cm, 24cm or 28cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

When you call a pan ‘Neverstick’, you are setting the bar high for said pan. Thankfully, this option didn’t disappoint. Eaziglide has created this pan from toughened forged aluminium with a non-stick that is designed to last you throughout your cooking adventures for years to come. Despite this, it doesn’t feel weighty or cumbersome to use with a sturdy handle that is easy to grip. The pan also deserves style points for the speckled, marble-like design.

Buy now £34.00, John Lewis

KitchenAid Classic Frying Pan

Diameter: 20cm, 24cm or 28cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

Heating up quickly and evenly, this is a great pan for everyday use. It’s made from aluminium with a non-stick coating and can be used on all stovetops. You can even use it in the oven to temperatures of up to 160 degrees. Test out new recipes and be content in the knowledge that your tools are up for the task. The handle is a hugely appreciated stay-cool design and there’s an extra thick base that provides an uniform heat distribution and creates the optimal frying environment. Nailed it.

Buy now £37.05, Amazon

Argos Home 28cm Non Stick Aluminium Frying Pan

Diameter: 28cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: No

For the money, it’s really hard to go wrong with Argos’ non-stick frying pan. It holds up very well to scrutiny and the non-stick coating that makes it very easy to clean, while it’s not too heavy to handle, either. This is a great bang for your buck and an ideal starter pan for those just beginning to flex their cooking prowess - students, we’re looking at you.

Buy now £8.00, Argos

OXO Frying Pan, Non Stick Pan with Soft Touch Handle

Diameter: 20cm

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

Sauté, stir, simmer and sear to your heart’s content with OXO’s non-stick frypan. The German-engineered cookware requires less oil or butter due to its long-lasting coating that will give you years stick-free cooking. The pan is created using a patented Magneto induction technology where a magnetic coating on the base gives unrivalled stability and ensures it won’t change shape, wobble or scratch over time. It is oven safe up to 180 degrees.

Buy now £29.92, Amazon

Copper Non Stick Frying Pan with Stone Coating

Diameter: 20cm

Induction hob suitable: Yes

This non-stick frying pan is so pretty we had to show it from two angles - and don’t worry the handle is Bakelite wood effect and completely heat resistant. Obvious good looks aside, how did it perform? Heating quickly and evenly, this non-stick beauty cooked a sticky stir-fry to perfection and cleaned up with little elbow grease required. As fortune would have it, this bestseller has just gone on sale at 50 per cent off. Grab one while you can.

Buy now £15.99, Amazon

KitchenCraft Multi-Section Griddle

Dishwasher-safe: Yes

Oven-safe: Yes

Induction hob suitable: Yes

This is the breakfast pan of champions. The griddle has different sections for all of the essential breakfast components, which not only keeps the freakishly neat among us happy, but also means that egg whites stay round and, crucially for veggies, the meat juices keep away from the rest. It took the pan a little time to heat all the way across due to the surface area, but once it was there everything cooked quickly and evenly and lifted off easily without any scraping or hacking. It washed very easily too. The only downside was that it only does two eggs at a time, but they did fry well (albeit less cylindrically) on the other sections too.

Buy now £29.09, Amazon

Verdict

For sheer practicality, you can’t go wrong with the Tefal Ingenio Expertise Non-Stick Frying Pan Set. Clumsy cooks everywhere will appreciate the ease in popping off the handle to keep burnt fingers out of your meal times. Honourable mention also goes to the Le Creuset pan for style, substance and the lifetime guarantee.

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