Best non-stick frying pans 2021: 5 tried and tested buys

We've tried and tested a load of the best non-stick frying pans. Here's our verdict...

Best non-stick frying pan: Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Deep Frying Pan with Helper Handle
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Looking to spend your money on the best non-stick frying pan out there? Whether you have recently changed from a gas hob to an induction one so you need some new kitchenware, or, perhaps you want to splurge on one good pan that you can use every day? We can help. Because new frying pans are expensive, and them being non-stick is important – why use oil unless you really have to when cooking? And don't even get us started on how hard it is to clean frying pans that aren't non-stick.

We've tested all of the non-stick frying pans on our list, by doing one simple thing – frying an egg. Using no oil, with the same spatula for flipping, and on the same hob ring. We sat back to observe a number of factors – how comfortable is the handle? What's the non-stick like? Is it heavy to hold? We answer all of these questions, and more, in our roundup of the best non-stick frying pans below.

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What is the best non-stick frying pan?

After testing each pan on this list, we have landed on the conclusion that thee  Stellar Rocktanium SP20 Frying Pan is the best frying pan you can buy. It comes in four sizes, it has incredible non-stick, it's lightweight and comfortable to handle. That and so much more..

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The best non-stick frying pans

Best non-stick frying pan: Stellar Rocktanium SP20 Frying PanReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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1. Stellar Rocktanium SP20 Frying Pan

The very best non-stick frying pan you can buy

Specifications
Size: 20cm - 30cm
Non-stick coating: PFOA-free QuanTanium
Suitable for all hob types?: Yes
Dishwasher safe?: Yes
Oven safe?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Affordable price+Great non-stick+Comfortable handle+Lightweight to hold+Fast heat up+10-year non-stick warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best looking-Not the easiest for pouring food

We've tried, tested and we love this Rocktanium non-stick frying pan. In fact, out of all of the frying pans we have used, this one stuck out the most for ticking all of our boxes. And, it comes in a range of sizes from 20cm to 30cm wide, to suit your family size.

What we noticed when testing
When testing this frying pan, we immediately noticed how comfortable its curved handle was – great if you are using this pan for pancakes or eggs, or you are cooking something that needs constant attention, therefore, persistent handle holding. Another thing we loved is how fast it took to heat up – this pan was by far the quickest to get our eggs to perfection. Onto non-stick: we used no oil when testing, and we found that the egg was actually sliding around the pan as I moved it – the non-stick coating is that good. In terms of washing, I couldn't fit it in my slimline dishwasher so I washed it up by hand with no issues.

Good to know
This pan is completely dishwasher-safe, and oven safe (up to 210ºC), as well as suitable for use on all hob types. It has a PFOA-free non-stick coating – QuanTanium – and the pan itself is reinforced with titanium to stand up to almost anything. Its curved handle features a loop at the end, should you want to hang it, and it comes with a 10-year non-stick warranty. The only thing we are not so keen on is its grey speckled design – not an issue if you are storing in a cupboard, though.

The second-best non-stick frying pan you can buy: Kuhn Rikon Peak Multi-Ply Frying PanReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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2. Kuhn Rikon Peak Multi-Ply Frying Pan

The second-best non-stick frying pan you can buy

Specifications
Size: 20cm, 24cm, 28cm
Non-stick coating: PFOA-free
Suitable for all hob types?: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Oven safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Feels sturdy+Nice looking+All-round pouring lip+PFOA-free coating+Handle loop for displaying
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Base of the pan isn't smooth

This Kuhn Rikon non-stick pan is our second best pick – it certainly beats our first suggestion in terms of looks and sturdiness, but with that comes a higher price tag.

What we noticed when reviewing
First thing's first: this frying pan is heavier than the Stellar pan in first place, though it's not too heavy as this extra weight just makes it feel more sturdy. Its handle is nice and comfortable and easy to grip, while it has really good non-stick – I didn't have to try and peel the eggs of the pan, the sides automatically curled for easy moving. The one thing we are not too keen on is its textured base. This makes your utensils feel like they are scratching the pan. With that in mind you might want to avoid metal utensils. Though this shouldn't be an issue when using the pan to cook sauces, stews and other liquidy meals – we imagine it would be great when charring food, too. And, its all-round pouring lip makes serving a breeze. Cleaning was easy and the pan just needs a light scrub in the sink. You may want to hand dry the stainless steel base so as to prevent watermarks.

Good to know
This pan is made from five layers, three of those layers being stainless steel, aluminium and PFOA-free non-stick. It can be used on all hob types, including induction, while it can be used in the oven up to 240ºC, and it's dishwasher-safe, too. The comfortable handle and loop mean that it can be displayed with pride – it looks good, so why not?

The best eco non-stick frying pan: Lakeland Eco Hard Oxidised Frying PanReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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3. Lakeland Eco Hard Oxidised Frying Pan

The best eco non-stick frying pan

Specifications
Size: 24cm or 28cm
Non-stick coating: Eco Hard Oxidised
Suitable for all hob types?: Yes
Dishwasher safe?: Yes
Oven safe?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Really good non-stick+Eco-friendly, BPA and PFOA free+Steep sides+Looks nice+Feels sturdy
Reasons to avoid
-The handle is flat – not the most comfortable to hold-Quite heavy-Watermarks when left to dry

If you are looking for an eco-friendly non-stick frying pan, then your search ends here, with the Lakeland Eco Hard Oxidised Frying Pan. It comes in two sizes – 24cm and 28cm. We think it's a great secondary pan, for smaller jobs that don't require your (probably expensive) and 

What we noticed when testing
This Lakeland frying pan surprised us while testing! We did notice almost immediately that the flat handle wasn't the most comfortable, but we also realised how good the non-stick coating was. This pan is squared around the sides, making it deep enough for sautéing, too. It's also a dream to wash up as the surface is so nice and slippery, though we did notice some watermarks after leaving to dry on our draining board.

Good to know
The non-stick coating of this pan is eco-friendly, BPA-free and PFOA-free. There are three layers of this coating to ensure longevity. Not only is this pan induction safe, but it can be cleaned in the dishwasher and you can use it in the oven up to 180ºC. It also looks nice – albeit plain – being black and stainless steel and with steep sides. There's a loop at the end of the handle for displaying, too.

The best non-stick frying pan for families: Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Deep Frying PanReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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4. Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Deep Frying Pan with Helper Handle

The best non-stick frying pan for families

Specifications
Size: 26cm, 28cm, 30cm
Non-stick coating: PFOA-free
Suitable for all hob types?: Yes
Dishwasher safe?: Yes
Oven safe?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Two handles+From hob to table+Very deep+Feels super sturdy+Lifetime guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Heavy-Scratchy surface when using metal utensils-Lids sold separately

This Le Creuset non-stick pan is our best pick for families. Why? It comes in three sizes, it's super deep for cooking to feed more mouths, and it has two handles for easy carrying. You can also take it from the hob (or oven) to your table for serving – less washing up! Oh, and it's sturdy enough to deal with daily use.

What we noticed when testing
Admittedly, the egg test didn't fare well with this pan. Realistically, though, you would never use this large (and deep) pan for frying an egg – it's more for cooking up hearty meals from stir fry to pasta and even risotto. And we love it for doing just that – it's large, too, so it can cook plenty enough for four portions (we are talking about the 28cm pan). It is quite heavy, but with two handles this makes it easier to carry from the hob to the oven or your table. What we will say is, you are best to use it with non-metal utensils or it will feel like you are damaging the pan – and for the price, you don't want to do that. It's a little too large to fit in a slimline dishwasher, but washing by hand was easy and smooth.

Good to know
This Le Creuset pan has a great, PFOA-free non-stick coating – three layers, to be exact – while it features ergonomic handles for easy carrying. It's also oven safe to a whopping 260°C, and you can use it on all hob types from induction to AGA. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee – If you are only going to buy one good frying pan, and you want it to last for years of daily use, then we suggest this Le Creuset one.

The best easy to store non-stick frying pans: Freedom 3 Piece Frying Pan Set GraphiteReal Homes Rated bronze

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5. Freedom 3 Piece Frying Pan Set Graphite

The best easy to store non-stick frying pans

Specifications
Size: 24cm and 28cm
Non-stick coating: Ceramic
Suitable for all hob types?: Yes
Dishwasher safe?: Yes
Oven safe?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Pack of 2+Convenient to store+From hob to table+Very lightweight+Great price for 2 pans+Not the most sturdy+Also great for students
Reasons to avoid
-They will tip towards the handle when there's no food inside-Not the best looking-Not the easiest to clean – may need a good scrub if food burns

Small kitchen? Minimal cupboard space? This non-stick frying pan set is so convenient to store, with one detachable handle for both size pans. Stack them atop one another, and pop the handle in the top pan. At 24cm and 28cm, there's a pan for everything, too.

What we realised when testing
Due to the nature of these pans – they have detachable handles – they did not feel the sturdiest. Though we very much like the detachable feature as it's admittedly handy for smaller kitchens. When using these pans, we found that unless food is inside, they will fall towards the side of the handle. However, once they are heated up and with an egg inside, the non-stick coating proves itself to be good. They are also very lightweight. After a cracked yolk, we did have to scrub this pan clean using quite a lot of elbow grease, but this was to be expected. They also have an all-round pouring lip, and you can take them from the hob to your table, detach the handle and use them for serving. Convenient!

Good to know
These space-saving frying pans have an aluminium body and a ceramic coating. Stack them neatly when not in use, or use them both together and switch between different pans with one handle. You can use them in the oven up to 260°C, and they are dishwasher-safe. Looks-wise, these pans are blue, and they cannot be hung to display for obvious reasons. Admittedly, they are only really a good option for students or those with minimal kitchen space.

How to buy the best non stick frying pan

When buying the best non-stick frying pan, there are a few things to consider. We've listed all of these factors above, below each every pan, but here's what else to know:

Size
This should be dependant on how many people are in your household, and what you are buying a non-stick pan to mostly cook. The pans in our guide range from 20cm to 30cm. It's also a smart idea to consider the depth of your new pan, for when it comes to cooking sauces or stews.

Non-stick coating
This is obvsiously a very important factor – all of the pans in our guide have a non-stick coating. Though some have three layers, others have one layer of coating. This non-stick coating will last depedning on how you care for the pan, and how often its used. Simply enough, PFOA-free means that the coating is free from the chemical PFOA. A non-stick pan will usually be made from polytetrafluoroethylene – otherwise known as PTFE – to make them smooth and to ensure your food doesn't stick to them.

Suitable for all hob types
If you are investing in a pan that you'll be using for years, you definitely want to make sure it is suitable for every hob type. Should you move home or change your hob, your pan will still be compatible.

Dishwasher safe?
As simple as it sounds – is your new non-stick pan dishwasher safe? Be mindful that larger pans won't necessarily fit into slimline dishwashers, and washing your pan in the dishwasher could damage the non-stick coating. In our eyes, you are always best to hand wash and dry frying pans.

Oven safe?
For when the hob won't cut it, lots of frying pans can be popped in the oven after the hob, for browing or heating your food twice-through. Be sure to check which temperature your new pan is safe for – some are 180ºC, others 260ºC.

Price
Lastly, but arguably most imoprtantly, is price. If you are looking to buy a pan to last you a life time, and you use a non-stick frying pan pretty much every day for cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner, then you may want to invest more in something that will last. If you never use a pan, just for the occasional fried egg or omelette, then you can get away with something a tad more reasonable.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our UK Shopping Editor, she spends much of her time giving advice on what you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a sofa bed for your spare room, accessories to give your space a new lease of life, shiny new appliances for a kitchen or some smart tech for an easier life. She's also our fitness and beauty guru, with hands-on experience with some of the top hair tools and the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, DIYing accessories to fit with her ever-changing colour scheme, or going on long walks with her pug. Next up on her to-renovate list is her bathroom...