Best non-stick frying pans: 7 fresh finds for every level of expertise

Tired of burnt meals or messy clean-ups? Here are the best nonstick frying pans to cure all of your culinary needs

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Ever flip a pancake and have it break mid-air, or believe you're mastering the art of browning the perfect fish fillet only to flip it and see it stuck on the bottom of your pan; or worst, burnt? More times than most, this story is all too familiar, and in most cases, a direct result of inefficient equipment. 

We get being on the hunt for the best cookware sets. Been there, done that. But sometimes, all you need is a trusty non-stick frypan to get you through meal prep and an even faster clean-up. 

Stainless steel pans have their time and place, but when it comes to non-stick, we love how their slick coatings keep food from sticking and burning, make clean up a breeze, and work with a lot less oil than their uncoated counterparts. 

But not all non-stick fry pans are created equal, and some have given this versatile piece of cookware a bad rap, either due to its construction or loss of stick. So, with so many contenders on the market, how does one go about weeding out the good nonstick frying pans from the not-so-great? 

Simple, that's where we, the Real Homes team, come into play. 

So, when it comes to separating okay nonstick frying pans from the best nonstick options, there are a lot of facts and figures to table for conversation. Shoppers need to consider factors such as temperature distribution and tolerance, durability, ergonomics, cleaning protocols, and a very important bonus, it's: general aesthetics.

But even there, after you've considered every single specification, your potentially perfect pan can still fall short, and that's why we're here to help. 

Our team of esteemed pan experts has gone ahead and put so many to the test to trial them out and separate our favorites from our not-so-favorite pans. Now, we've crowned these the best nonsticking frying pans on the market. 

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1. OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro

Best nonstick frying pan, overall: an editor favorite

Specifications
Material: Hard Anodized Aluminum
Available Sizes: 8", 10",12"
Weight: 2.1lb (10-inch)
Reasons to buy
+Sturdy construction and stay cool-handle+Provides excellent heat conduction and scratch resistance+Oven safe up to 430°F/220°C+Dishwasher-Safe
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for induction cooktops-Longtime users expressed pan surface begins to flake after years of use

OXO is known for its efficient and better-designed solutions for your home. And while their sole focus is not cookware, they've created a smartly-designed and competitively priced non-stick fry pan that is durable, high performing, and overshadows the competition.  This is the pan you'll be reaching for all your cooktop recipes. Eggs release like butter, vegetables saute with finesse, and chicken comes out golden and tender. 

Design
Unassuming and simple in its design, OXO's non-stick frypan excels in its user experience and superior heat conduction.  The stainless steel ergonomically-contoured handle feels sturdy in your hand and doesn't get hot when cooking. Meanwhile, it features rolled edges for drip-free pouring to further maximize convenience.  

Specifications
The triple-layer PFOA-free, non-stick coating has excellent food release, even easier clean up, and reduces the amount of oil you'll use in your recipes. It's made with hard-anodized, heavy-gauge aluminum for increased durability and thermal efficiency.  It's also scratch-resistant. 

It's available in three sizes: 8", 10", and 12". We tested the 10-inch and it was perfectly roomy for whipping up various dishes from eggs to hash browns. 

Anything else?
Very few things last forever, cookware included, and especially non-stick. Some long-term users (of at least a year) have noted that the non-stick surface begins to flake after pro-longed use. Luckily, OXO offers a lifetime warranty, and it sounds like if you bring your concerns to their attention, they will rapidly find a remedy. 

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2. Our Place Always Pan

Best nonstick frying pan for versatility: a colorful design-forward pan that replaces 8 pieces of traditional cookware

Specifications
Features: Easy-pour spout
Size: 10 x 2.7 Inches
Capacity: 2.6qt.
Material: Aluminum, ceramic
Cleaning, Care & Maintenance: Handwash
Reasons to buy
+Non-toxic+Sturdy aluminum & ceramic construction+Comes in 7 colors+Mid-range price+One-pan replaces your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest.
Reasons to avoid
-Advanced chefs may not be impressed-Not oven safe

If you spend any time on Instagram, you're probably familiar with the Our Place Always Pan.  The direct-to-consumer pan has become a fan-favorite with foodies, influencers, chefs, and home cooks alike. We got our hands on one earlier this year, and can say with certainty that it's easy to see what the fuss is about.  

Design
Design is one of the first things you'll notice about the Always Pan. It comes in seven on-trend colors. We tried it in Blue Steel, but the sage green and brand new Heat, a red hue, are beautiful options, too. Beyond looks, it features thoughtful elements like a built-in spoon rest, two pouring spouts, and a lid that locks for steaming purposes.  The real highlight of the Always Pan is it was designed to replace clutter in the kitchen, or suit kitchens with little storage space... it's definitely attractive enough to be left out on display for both aesthetic and easy use. The key selling point of the Always Pan is that replaces the need to have a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest.

Specifications
The Always Pan is made of lightweight aluminum (it's just 3lbs), and gets its nonstick properties thanks to a nontoxic ceramic coating that's free of PFOAs, PTFEs,, lead, cadmium, and nanoparticles. Good news if you've been turned off of nonstick cookware in the past for fear of chemical seepage.  It's also compatible with all cooktops (we tried it with both a gas and an electric stove top). 

Like most nonstick cookware, the pan is meant to be used at low-to-medium heat, and is not oven safe. 

Additional features
It comes with a beechwood spatula and a stainless steel steamer basket 

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3. All-Clad HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan with Lid

Best nonstick frying pan to splurge on: beloved by chefs

Specifications
Material: Hard Anodized Aluminum
Size: 12"
Weight: 6lb.
Reasons to buy
+Comes with a lid+Oven-safe to 500 degrees+Induction compatible +Large cooking surface
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Heavy to handle

All-Clad's HA1 non-stick collection offers chef-style quality with the ease of non-stick. Certainly an investment, the All-Clad HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan also includes a lid to maximize your cooking potential. 

Design
This All-Clad fry pan is constructed of heavy gauge aluminum with a bonded stainless steel base that makes it compatible with induction cooktops, as well as standard gas or electric burners.  The interior is made up of three layers of high-performing, PFOA-free nonstick coating.  It has a large, flat base for foods to have maximum contact with heat and flared, mid-sized sides for flipping and tossing. 

It has a helper handle for a stable hold as you transfer your pot from stovetop to oven, and a tempered glass lid to keep an eye on your food's contents and traps moisture.  

Specifications
The three layers of high-performing, PFOA-free nonstick coating keep sticky or delicate foods from sticking to the surface, and the pan itself is durably built to resist scratches, abrasion, and stains. This is a heavy-duty pan that should last you a long time. 

Additional Features
Unlike most non-stick pans that should be kept on medium heat or less, the HA1 can stand up to high heat temperatures. 

 

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4. GreenPan Valencia Pro Ceramic Non-Stick Frypan

Best non-toxic nonstick frying pan: healthy and better for the environment

Specifications
Material: Thermolon Ceramic/ hard anodized aluminum
Available Sizes: 10", 11", 12"
Weight: 2.3lb
Reasons to buy
+Made with non-toxic ceramic non-stick coating+Induction-compatible+Dishwasher, oven safe to 600 degrees, and metal-tool safe
Reasons to avoid
-Ceramic coating prone to chipping along rim-Must cook over low to medium-low heat

GreenPan has a dizzying array of product lines featuring its signature healthy Thermolon ceramic coating, but few have the versatility of the Valencia Pro line. In our tests, it released food particles with ease, and clean-up was an absolute breeze. 

Design
Few pans are induction capable, dishwasher safe, and metal utensil safe, and this one hits the trifecta.  It's also oven-safe up to 600 degrees, one of the highest temps on this list. To be induction compatible, GreenPan makes use of Magento technology, which incorporates magnetic iron and copper into the base for induction efficiency. 

Specifications
Marketed as healthy, the gray Thermolon ceramic coating is made from a sand derivative that is transformed into a sprayable solution and infused with diamonds.  In addition to its non-stick properties, it heats evenly and emits no toxic fumes when heated.   All GreenPan ceramic cookware contains no PFAS, PTFE, or PFOA compounds. From an environmental standpoint, the production also produces 60% less CO2 emissions compared to traditional non-stick!

The coating is labeled as metal safe, but you should still opt for plastic or silicone tools whenever possible. It's also labeled as dishwasher safe, but hand washing will prolong life. 

The Valencia Pro collection is available in multiple sizes, variations, and sizes. We tested the 11-inch and it whipped up fried eggs with ease.  At just over 2 pounds, it had some heft to it, and the handle stayed nice and cool. 

Anything else?
After storing with some other fry pans, I found a small rough spot along the rim that's only noticeable by placing your finger over it. It didn't affect the cooking performance, but the ceramic coating is prone to chipping and should be handled with care.  

If induction compatibility isn't an issue for you, we also tested the Amazon-exclusive Midnight Prime, which offers better value (a 5-piece set is under $100) but weirdly has instruction saying you shouldn't cook with Olive Oil. 

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5. Blue Diamond Cookware Triple Steel Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan

The best nonstick frying pan for endurance

Specifications
Material: Aluminum, Ceramic Non-Stick
Size: 8", 9.5", 11"
Weight: 4.2lb. (11")
Reasons to buy
+Attractive brushed stainless steel design+Diamond-infused ceramic coating is strong, slick, and offers excellent heat conductivity 
Reasons to avoid
-Short warranty

Looking for a pan that will impress and is built to last? The Blue Diamond Triple Steel collection uses diamond-infused (yes, real diamond) ceramic nonstick coating that is five times harder and ten times longer-lasting than traditional coatings. It's deep blue, slick surface yields excellent heat and offers some of the best easy food releases we've seen yet. 

Design
The triple-layer design features two stainless steel layers surrounding an aluminum core that extends throughout the pan for power and performance. Storage and use were also kept in mind with an angled stainless steel handle that allows the pan to stack to save space ( especially useful if you buy a set) while the v-shaped cutout helps it stay cool. 

The eye-catching Midnight Diamond coating is toxin-free (no PFAS, PFOA, lead, or cadmium) so you can cook without worry, looks amazing, and performs even better. 

Specifications
Blue Diamond claims to be five times harder, ten times longer-lasting, and have four times better heat retention. While we personally aren't able to back up those claims, we can mention how it's a joy to cook with, especially for large portions.

It's also oven and broiler safe up to 600-degrees and dishwasher safe, so it's safe to say you can pretty much do as you please with this pan. It's so durable, you can use your metal tongs or spatula without worrying about scratching the diamond-strong coating. Talk about a relief. 

Anything else?
Fancy a lid? Several Blue Diamond models also come with a lidded option. 

There is a warranty, but it is on the shorter spectrum, of just two years. 

 

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6. Carote 9.5-Inch Nonstick Frying Pan

Best eco-friendly nonstick frying pan: granite coating is a great alternative to ceramic

Specifications
Material: Nonstick Granitestone, aluminum
Size: 8", 9", 9.5", 10", 11" or 12"
Weight: 1.81lb.
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for any eco-friendly user out there +Durable and sturdy+Extremely easy to clean 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best on induction stoves

If you're looking for an all-around fan-favorite option that also happens to be eco-friendly, then this Carote Nonstick Frying Pan Skillet is for you. 

Design
This 9.5" frying pan uses Swiss imported natural granite stone, a 5 layers granite-coated surface that features the best durability and offers resistance to scratching, rusting, shedding, chipping, or peeling. It utilizes a die-cast aluminum base that helps with heat retention and is finished with a wood-grain handle made of Bakelite resin that only adds to its earthy aesthetic. The thickened and enlarged bottom is suitable for all stoves and approved for kitchen use. It's marketed as safe to use on all cooktops, but some induction users say it didn't meet their expectations. 

Specifications
Granite is found to be acid food resistant, meaning you can safely cook acidic food without it affecting the flavor and smell of your dishes. Also, the surface material will not leach when cooking or storing highly acidic dishes. Carote also emphasizes the healthfulness and earth-friendliness of its cookware, by noting that not only is everything non-toxic, but using this pan releases less smoke or cooking fumes, which leads to a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions. 

Anything else?
Aside from the easy clean-up, nearly 20,000 reviewers claim this to be the "best non-stick frying pan," they've ever used. 

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7. T-Fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan

Best nonstick frying pans for beginners: signature Thermo-spot indicator lets you know when pan is ready to use

Specifications
Materials: Hard anodized aluminum
Size: 8", 10" or 12"
Reasons to buy
+The thick center core creates evenly distributed heat+Thermospot Indicator to show when the pan is preheated and ready to cook+Dishwasher and oven safe
Reasons to avoid
-Not safe to use with metal utensils-Pan is slightly convex

Designed for comfort and safety, this T-Fal E93808 Professional Nonstick Fry Pan is ideal for those who are looking for evenly distributed heat. It features T-Fal's iconic heat indicator that turns solid red to show when pans are properly preheated to start cooking, leaving out all the guesswork in terms of if your pan is ready to go. 

Design
Built with a thick induction base and crafted from hard-anodized aluminum with titanium, the nonstick interior is both sleek and sophisticated, with a variety of foods releasing from the pan with ease. The silicone handle stays cool to the touch and offers a comfortable grip, and it's both oven-safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and dishwasher, though for protecting the pan's non-stick features, we'll stick to handwashing. 

Specifications
Available in 8- 10- and 12-inch sizing, the innovative Thermo-spot indicator turns a solid red to allows users to know when pans are properly pre-heated; a critical component for anyone who's looking to seal in moisture with delicious flavor when sauteing or searing their meals. It's also safe to use on all stovetops, including induction.  

The pan is cadmium-free, and warp-resistant, which is perfect for anyone looking for longevity. And it comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can cook using T-Fal for years to come.

The pan is meant to be used at low-to-medium heat.

Anything else?
While the pan is marketed as scratch-resistant, we do not recommend using metal utensils. The pan also seems to be convex, which was slightly annoying to some buyers, but does not affect performance and still evenly distributes heat. 

It comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can cook using T-Fal for years to come.

What factors should you consider when investing in a nonstick frying pan?

Much like any other worthwhile investment, a nonstick frying pan is no different, and you should dial-in on its price, capabilities, and functions. You should also consider whether or not this is for individual use or shared use and how many you will be serving when used. From there, you can decide whether the price and size best serve you, and your daily needs. 

Should you put your non-stick frying pan in the dishwasher?

We get it, putting the frying pan in the dishwasher is quick and easy for anyone short on time, and if that's your preferred way to go, you do have several options.  Non-stick frying pans that are rated as dishwasher safe are usually pretty easy to be found, and several were included on this list, but the general consensus among our team and cooking experts is that you should hand-wash your non-stick frying pans. A dishwasher can be too abrasive on sensitive non-stick coating, making it lose its non-stick properties much faster.

Can you put a non-stick frying pan in the oven?

It completely depends on the materials that they are made of, as well as the temperatures that non-stick coatings can handle, as high temperatures can break down the non-stick coating and even release toxic fumes. Be sure to check the instructions on which it states the temperatures it can handle. Some frying pans can handle temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, while some can handle up to 600 degrees of heat. 

If using a glass lid, be sure to check their temperature threshold too. Oftentimes, anything above 400 degrees Fahrenheit can cause the glass to crack or shatter. 

And remember, if your frying pan has plastic or wooden handles, it is not safe to put into the oven, as they will melt and are not meant to withstand such high temperatures. 

What is the best non-stick frying pan?

Lately, our top choice when it comes to the best all-around non-stick frying pan is the  OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro. Its mid-range price point enables all to access good, non-stick cookware that will have them feeling like a pro chef. If you're short on space or love a pan that can do it all, we also think you'll be happy with the Insta-ready Our Place Always Pan to bring your recipes to the next level — and display proudly on your cooktop. 

Jaclyn Turner
Jaclyn Turner

Jaclyn is an eCommerce editor at Future Home Interest, and scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with housewares you will love. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with sites like Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, but got her start at the trade mag Home Furnishings News, which fueled her excitement for innovation in the home category and seeing the newest launches.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves long strolls through HomeGoods, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo puppy, Reese. 

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