Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing reviews. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about slow cookers, toasters and toaster ovens, blenders, and even food-storage containers, here we’re rounding up the best frying pans, skillets, woks, and sauté pans you can find on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least-expensive) nonstick pan
“Nothing has ever stuck to it, no matter how burned it was,” says one enthusiastic reviewer who claims to use this pan daily “if not two to three times” a day. They add, “It is so versatile, and because it is 12 inches wide, it can hold enough food for the four of us. Cleanup is super fast, and the pan also heats up fast, so it makes getting the cooking job done a lot faster, too.” Another reviewer writes that the sloped sides “make this my new go-to nonstick pan … You can knock out a breakfast for 1 or 2 people in a matter of minutes. Food will slide right off. I’m tempted to pick up a spare or two for when this inevitably needs to be replaced in the future.” This T-fal model’s affordability also made it a favorite among reviewers. “At this price point, you cannot beat the quality of this pan,” another person writes. “We have used this thing for everything — sauces, searing steaks, sauteing vegetables to finishing stuff off in the oven and it does it all very well. So if you are looking for a great non-stick budget pan look no further than the T-fal professional series of pans, you will not be disappointed!”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of nonstick pan you might be looking for.
Best nonstick pan set
“I would recommend this set to anyone,” writes one reviewer, explaining, “My father thinks he is a professional chef, and he has a whole set of Calphalon, that’s the reason I got it too. I like that it can go from the stovetop into the oven and if I want to make a grilled cheese sandwich, the cheese won’t stick to the pan. Overall, I really like these pans and I hope they will last me a few years.” “The handles are a bit different than my original Calphalons,” writes another reviwer, but this set “lives up to the high quality Calphalon name. They cook beautifully. Temperature is evenly distributed and the clean up is amazing … A paper towel is all you need. Highly recommend this set.”
Best nonstick pan with glass lid
Reviewers love the lid on this T-fal sauté pan for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that the glass lid is “durable and provides the ability for a quick look when simmering,” according to one reviewer. “The lid on this pot fits very tight, not so tight that you can’t get it on and off, but it makes a nice seal,” adds one. Another person says, “the glass lid and the handles are nicely made, feel good, and don’t catch food in hard-to-clean places. The lid appears to be a standard size, as it also fits several of our other pans. Always a nice plus to have an extra glass lid. It has a vent hole so you don’t accidentally vacuum seal the lid to the pan when it cools.” The vent holes also ensure, as one reviewer writes, that “the entire pan heated evenly. It was AWESOME. I love it. Would recommend.”
Best nonstick pan with heat indicator
In addition to being “an absolutely incredible skillet” that heats “evenly, no matter what I put in it,” the T-fal skillet’s heat indicator makes controlling the pan’s temperature easy. As one reviewer explains, “This pan, especially with the heat indicator, makes cooking perfect dishes soooooo much easier. Using this pan, I haven’t burnt anything since I bought it.” Another adds, “Now I don’t have to play guessing games anymore on when the oil is preheated enough to sauté or fry items.”
Best nonstick wok
One reviewer who “bought this wok for simple stir-frys” was “pleasantly surprised how well it’s made.” As they write, “I’ve used it 8 or more times to blacken tuna steaks and the wok’s bowl sides help reduce side splatter. So easy to clean, I don’t miss using my old hand-hammered wok.” Another reviewer calls this wok “excellent for meal prepping large batches of food but can just as easily be used to make some eggs in the morning. It’s decently light for how large it is.” “We haven’t had anything burn or stick yet,” explains a satisfied customer. “Highly recommend for the novice cooks on a budget.”
Best nonstick pan with removable silicone handle
Reviewers of this Tramontina nonstick pan appreciated the removable silicone handle that comes with the skillet, and one person described it as “fantastic quality and fits very snug so don’t imagine it’s some rinky dink afterthought.” Others said that it “stays cool and doesn’t melt on the stove top,” “gives maximum grip,” and is “very hard to damage.” The removable handle also makes cleaning easier. According to one reviewer, “I find that gives me the opportunity to clean the handle completely. (I don’t like the little splattering stains that develop over time on the handles!).” Another added, “I like that I can remove the silicone handle cover to finish steaks in the oven.”
Best nonstick Japanese omelette pan
“I purchased this because I wanted to learn how to make tamagoyaki,” writes one reviewer. Their attempts “in a round pan were underwhelming, the first being not bad, and the second and third tries becoming overcooked scrambled eggs.” But using this TeChef pan, “I made an almost perfect tamagoyai roll on my very first attempt … It was so much easier than trying to do it in a round pan. The eggs came out yellow, with no hint of browning, not overly moist nor dry, and well-formed.” According to other reviewers, “not only does this pan make flawless omelets but you can also make very fine crepes or manicotti or wraps.” Another reviewer explains how cleanup with the TeChef is exceptionally easy: “My favorite thing is that the (screws, rivets, whatever you call them) that connect the handle to the pan are also covered with the nonstick so egg doesn’t get stuck around them like it does on my other pans.” Many reviewers appreciate that this purple pan looks good in their kitchen, too: “I was surprised at how good looking it was when I first opened the box. It’s a very pretty purple color and the bottom has a very interesting pattern. It looks nice hanging with my other pans.”
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