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Best Deep: Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Pan at Amazon
"Useful for sauces, chicken and more with high sides to protect from splattering."
Best Double Burner Reversible: Lodge Cast Iron Grill/Griddle at Amazon
"Ridged and flat griddle pan in one for cooking on burners or in the oven."
Best Round Nonstick: Calphalon Signature Hard-Anodized Pan at Amazon
"Round, non-stick pan made of hard anodized aluminum."
Best Korean Style: TeChef Korean BBQ Non-Stick Grill Pan at Amazon
"Make all of your Korean barbecue favorites and buy the burner attachment for tabletop cooking."
Best With Press: Calphalon Contemporary Panini Pan at Amazon
"Lid pan for contact paninis or chicken, burgers, and steak"
Best Deep: Anolon Advanced Hard-Anodized Nonstick Square Grill Pan
Most grill pans have low sides, but this one has high sides that help protect from splattering, whether you’re using this on the stove or in the oven at up to 400 degrees. The high sides also let you use the pan for sauces when grilling is done and makes it even more useful for roasting juicy chicken or roasts.
The nonstick surface is metal utensil safe and offers superior food release and easy cleanup, The handle is designed to be comfortable, with a secure rubberized grip that stays cool during cooking, and it has dual rivets for security. A channel around the outer edges of the pan collects and holds liquids, while the pour spouts on either side of the pan make it easy to drain those excess fats and liquids.
Best Double Burner Reversible: Lodge Reversible Cast Iron Grill/Griddle
This grill pan takes the place of two — or more. One side is a ridged grill pan and the other side is a flat griddle. Use the grill side for steaks, burgers and anytime you want grill marks. The griddle side can be used for pancakes, bacon, grilled cheese sandwiches, heating tortillas and even a classic British cheese toastie. Put it in the oven to use it as a pizza pan for small pizzas, too.
This is a large pan that will fit over two burners, so you’ll have plenty of space for cooking for a crowd, or cook on half of the pan while keeping the other portion less hot for keeping cooked foods warm.
Since this is made from cast iron, it retains heat and cooks evenly. It comes pre-seasoned, so it can be used right away, but the nonstick properties improve with additional seasoning and use.
This can also be used on your grill, for cooking foods that might be small enough to fall through the grates (think veggies). This is not suitable for all glass top stoves, so check the stove’s manual to make sure it’s safe.
Best Round Nonstick: Calphalon Signature Hard Anodized Nonstick Grill Pan
This round pan will fit your burners, while the nonstick surface makes cooking and cleanup much easier. Made of hard anodized aluminum, this pan is much lighter than a similar cast iron pan, so it’s easier to handle. The nonstick interior is metal utensil safe, so you don’t need to worry about using a metal spatula to retrieve your burger. This model is also oven safe up to 500 degrees so you can finish off steaks in the oven after searing.
The brushed stainless steel handle stays cool during stovetop cooking, and for easy cleaning, the pan is dishwasher safe.
Best Korean Style: TeChef Korean BBQ Non-Stick Grill Pan
This Korean-style grill pan is designed for tabletop cooking, using a portable burner (not included). Made from heavy gauge aluminum with a nonstick surface and a unique swirled channel design, you can use this to make all of your Korean barbecue favorites from thinly sliced beef to hearty pork belly.
The dome-shaped bottom drains fats away from the food and a hole in the pan drains the fat completely, but you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a small cup or bowl ready to catch the drippings.
Because of the hole, this shouldn’t be used on a standard cooktop.
Best With Press: Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized 13 3/4-inch Panini Pan
While you certainly could use any grill pan to grill a sandwich, this pan makes it much easier, since it includes a press. But it’s not just for sandwiches — that press is just as handy for pressing chicken or other poultry to mimic the “under a brick” cooking method. Of course, you don’t need to use the press for your burgers, steaks and more.
Made from heavy gauge aluminum that heats evenly, the pan has a hard anodized surface for durability and easy cleaning by hand or in the dishwasher. The brushed stainless steel handle will stay cool during stovetop cooking.
There are three layers of nonstick coating for durability and easy food release. The pan is oven safe to 450 degrees, so you can use it for finishing your steaks, or for a small roast.
We bought two top-rated grill pans that our reviewer tested for 10 hours. We asked our tester to consider the most important features when using these grill pans, from size to material. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
Size You’ll find grill pans in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to consider your needs. While bigger might seem better for times when you’re serving guests, a larger pan will also take up more storage space.
Material Like other cooking pans, there are pros and cons to different grill pan materials. Cast iron heats evenly, retains heat well, and can be used on induction cooktops, but it can be heavy. Aluminum, usually with a nonstick or another coating, heats quickly, is lighter in weight, and is responsive to heat changes, but all-aluminum pans can’t be used on an induction cooktop.
Cleaning Because of the ridges and grooves, grill pans can be a little more difficult to clean than flat pans. Pans with a nonstick coating are easier to clean, but might not fare well with aggressive scrubbing or when metal utensils are used. Uncoated pans can withstand more aggressive scrubbing, but food might stick more frequently. Some pans are also dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning easier.