The 8 Best Nonstick Pans of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"Includes two frying pans that have a hard-anodized nonstick finish."
"A well-priced set that includes two versatile sizes, cooks evenly with great heat conduction."
"Dishwasher safe and can also be cleaned with a swipe of the sponge."
"Ideal for a vacation home, but they’re sturdy enough for home cooking too."
"Built for success with three layers of nonstick coating on the cooking surface."
"Hard-anodized pewter finish will stay good-looking for years."
"It won't release any toxic fumes even if you overheat it."
"Tri-ply stainless steel with a nonstick interior that withstands metal cooking utensils and is oven save up to 500 degrees."

Nonstick pans are a must-have for cooks of all levels—from fluffy scrambled eggs and golden pancakes to crispy fried rice, this kitchen essential does it all. With this type of pan, you can often reduce the amount of oil that you use (ideal for anyone watching their fat intake), and cleaning up is simple when food slides right off the surface. With so many options to wade through, choosing the perfect nonstick pan can be a challenge, but we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the best nonstick pans for every budget!

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Best Overall: All-Clad Hard Anodized E785S264/E785S263 Set of 2 Fry Pans

What We Like
  • Durable construction and coating

  • Excellent nonstick performance

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • No large-diameter pan

  • Steep sides limit flipping ability

  • More expensive than some

If one nonstick frying pan is good, two is better. This set includes both an 8-inch and a 10-inch frying pan, so you’ll always have the pan you need. They have a hard-anodized nonstick finish and are made from aluminum for even heating. After a few weeks of use, our reviewer found that the pans looked almost new, putting the nonstick surface "a cut above cheaper nonstick pans." A stainless steel base keeps the pans from warping and makes them suitable for use on induction cooktops.

The handles are stainless steel and designed for a comfortable grip and are riveted onto the pan for security. The pans are oven safe to 500 degrees. While they can be washed in a dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. Lids are not included.

"These pans aren’t the cheapest on the market, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find the same quality of construction and performance for less."Justin Park, Product Tester

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Runner Up, Best Overall: Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10-Inch and 12-Inch Fry Pan Set

What We Like
  • Heavy duty construction

  • Nice weighted feel

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Lids sold separately

  • Unable to use on induction cooktop

Calphalon is a trusted name in cookware, so it's no surprise these pans are a popular choice for home cooks who want an upgrade from cheaper, lightweight fry pans. This set includes both a 10-inch and 12-inch size, perfect for churning out omelets and delicate fish fillets without worrying about sticking. Made of heavy-gauge anodized aluminum, it conducts heat well and cooks evenly (very important for achieving Instagram-worthy pancakes). The handle is made from brushed stainless steel, which allows the pan to be placed directly into the oven (they're rated oven-safe up to 450°F). These pans are great for gas and electric stoves, but cannot be used on induction cooktops.

Once you're finished cooking, the nonstick surface can be easily cleaned with mild detergent and a soft-bristle brush or placed into the dishwasher. Just as with most nonstick pans, you'll want to avoid using sharp metal tools in order to protect the non-PFOA coating from scratches, but these pans are very durable and will last for years if cared for correctly.

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Best Professional Grade: Tramontina 12 Inch Professional Fry Pans

What We Like
  • Durable construction

  • Effective nonstick coating

  • Large, versatile cooking surface

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Heavy

  • Scratches easily

If you cook eggs often you know that cleanup can be a pain. For those who want to breeze through doing the dishes, this frying pan from Tramontina will cook restaurant-worthy eggs and can be cleaned with a quick swipe of the sponge. Our reviewer also found that adding thick sauces, which often stick or burn, was easy, even when using medium-high heat.

This pan comes in an 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, or 14-inch version so you can choose the model that works best for your household (or buy a few!). It's made of a heavy gauge aluminum and is PFOA free, plus it is also dishwasher safe. The handle has a red silicone sleeve which remains cool to the touch and this is oven safe up to 400 degrees. Did we mention it is made in the USA and has a lifetime guarantee? Score!

The manufacturer recommends not to use cooking spray or heat above high on this to preserve the nonstick coating. So for those who like to cook on high heat, this might not be the best choice for you. 

"This pan delivers performance and durability in a professional-grade design—making the cost easier for passionate home cooks to justify." Justin Park, Product Tester

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Best Budget: T-fal Specialty 3 PC Initiatives Nonstick Inside and Out Fry Pan

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Range of sizes

  • Passes the “egg test"

What We Don't Like
  • Unstable due to light weight

  • Less durable

  • Handles loosen

If you’re looking for budget nonstick cookware, this three-pack will ensure that you always have a pan on hand. It includes an 8-inch, a 9.5-inch, and an 11-inch skillet, so you’ll always have one to cook eggs and another for pancakes. Or send a pan or two to college with your kid. Since they’re so inexpensive, they’re ideal for a vacation home, but they’re sturdy enough for home cooking, too.

These skillets are made from a durable aluminum construction for fast and even heating, and the nonstick surface means your omelet will let go easily when you make breakfast. In fact, our reviewer was able to cook both eggs and pancakes with minimal sticking using very little oil. The handles stay cool while ​cooking and the pans are oven safe to 350 degrees. They’re not as heat resistant as higher-end cookware but can withstand the heat required to finish a steak or keep your side dishes warm.

For easy cleaning, you can put these in the dishwasher. They do not include lids but are available in several different colors to match your kitchen or add a pop of color.

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Best High-End: All-Clad Stainless Tri-Ply 4114 NS R2 12-Inch Fry Pan

What We Like
  • Sturdy construction

  • Easy to use and clean

  • Great for omelets

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • May not last as long with regular use

This 12-inch nonstick frying pan is built for success with an aluminum core surrounded by stainless steel, along with three layers of nonstick coating on the cooking surface for easy food release and simple cleanup. It also can be used at high heat to crisp foods in oil or to sear meats for the best flavor. It has a wide flat base and a low profile with flared sides that’s ideal for sautéing, flipping foods in the pan, or reducing sauces.

The contoured handle is comfortable to hold and is permanently riveted onto the pan with stainless steel rivets. The pan is oven safe to 500 degrees and can be used on any cooking surface, including induction.

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Best Grill Pan: Rachael Ray 11-inch Aluminum Non-Stick Grill Pan

What We Like
  • Affordable price

  • Easy to clean

  • A truly nonstick surface

What We Don't Like
  • Does not include a lid

  • Cooks limited types of food

Regular frying pans are fine for cooking steaks, burgers, and vegetables, but a grill pan does it better, leaving attractive grill marks and allowing grease and juices to drain away so you won’t be simmering or steaming your food. You can use this for fish, vegetables, or for grilling fruit or pound cake for dessert, too.

The pan has a comfortable rubberized orange handle that’s riveted on for durability, and the exterior hard-anodized pewter finish will stay good-looking for years. The pan is oven safe to 350 degrees, so you can finish your chops in the oven or keep vegetables warm for serving. Our reviewer also said that the burgers and chicken she tested "all cooked evenly regardless of where they were on the pan."

This is made from aluminum, so it’s not compatible with induction cooktops. It is dishwasher safe, but the nonstick finish makes it simple to clean by hand as well.

"For those stuck with just a sponge and a sink, having pans that don’t require elbow grease to clean are a must."Julie Hershman, Product Tester

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Best Eco-Friendly: GreenPan Paris Ceramic Non-Stick Fry Pan

What We Like
  • Free of harmful chemicals

  • Heats evenly

  • Sturdy construction

What We Don't Like
  • Lids can get hot

  • Nonstick quality doesn't last

  • Takes longer to cook food

GreenPan has made a name for itself as "healthy" cookware—meaning it's free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium. Plus, this GreenPan frying pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum and coated with Thermolon ceramic nonstick material that won't release any toxic fumes even if you overheat it. It's also oven safe up to 600 degrees, metal utensil safe, and dishwasher safe. This pan comes in 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch versions so you can pick whichever size suits your needs.

GreenPan's thoughtful design allows you to fry your food using less oil, and cleaning is still a breeze! It's not the most inexpensive pan on the list, but it's one you can feel good about using for years.

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Best Hybrid Nonstick: HEXCLAD Hybrid Technology Nonstick Stainless 12-inch Saute Pan

What We Like
  • Sleek stainless steel appearance

  • Super durable nonstick surface

  • Compatible with all cooktops, including induction

  • Oven safe up to 500°F

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Need to season pan in order to maintain nonstick properties

Hexclad is somewhat new to the cookware world, but this brand boasts a unique technology that gives its pans the durability of stainless steel with the ease of nonstick. This hybrid saute pan is constructed of magnetic stainless steel (making it ideal for induction cooktops) with an aluminum core (which acts as the heating element). Instead of a traditional nonstick coating, the inside of the pan has a black hexagonal pattern that creates "peaks and valleys". The "peaks" create heat and the "valleys" create a surface that somehow magically releases eggs but is also resistant to scratching with metal cooking utensils. This pan is also very heat-durable, able to withstand temperatures up to 500°F.

One thing to note is that unlike traditional nonstick pans, this one has to be seasoned before first use. The company also recommends cooking on a lower heat than usual for best nonstick results, attributed to the pan's quick heating and distribution properties. The only real drawback to this piece is a hefty price, but if you can get over the initial investment, Hexclad offers a lifetime warranty on its cookware and will send you a new one should the pan fail to perform.

Final Verdict

The All-Clad Nonstick Fry Pan Set is our top pick because of its exceptional nonstick performance and quality of construction. Its coating resisted major scratching even after weeks of testing. If you're looking for a cheaper option, try the T-fal B363S3 Specialty Nonstick Nonstick 3-Piece Set, which offers a wide range of sizes at a fraction of the price.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Donna Currie is a cookbook author who writes roundups and reviews products for The Spruce Eats. She has tested more than 90 kitchen products for the brand, about 20 of which were pieces of cookware.

This piece was edited by Bernadette Machard de Gramont, a writer who specializes in global food and wine content and an avid cook who has personally owned the Calphalon and GreenPan options mentioned in this piece. She researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools, and interviews field experts for their insight.

What to Look for in a Nonstick Pan

Size: As with most cookware, size is always a consideration. If you’re looking for a nonstick pan to cook breakfast for one, a small pan will save you storage space. If you want to make batches of jam or prepare big family meals, you’ll need something large enough to accommodate all of the food with enough space left for simmering and stirring.

Oven-safe temperatures: Today’s nonstick cookware can handle the heat—including oven heat—but there’s always an upper limit. If you often start foods on the stove and finish them in the oven, make sure to check what temperatures the cookware can withstand, so you won’t have to transfer from one pan to another to finish your cooking.

Induction-friendly: Most nonstick cookware is made from aluminum, which is not induction-friendly, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use nonstick cookware on an induction cooktop. Some manufacturers add a stainless steel base to the bottom of the pans, which not only makes them induction-friendly but also helps spread out the heat on the bottom of the pan for more even cooking.

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