Are you sick and tired of soaking, scrubbing and trying to wash your old frying or saucepan from all the food stuck on it?
A good-quality nonstick pan is one of the most essential utensils for every kitchen. More people are looking to buy non-stick pans because of their convenience, efficiency, and ease of cleaning as well as the fact, that you don’t need to use too much or any oil with many of them.
Currently, there is a wide variety of this type of pans, so we took the time to review a large number of them. At the same time well as asked some professional chefs about which type of pans they preferred, and how to pick the perfect non-stick pan for any need and kitchen.
As a result, we picked our ultimate top 10 best non-stick pans for 2020, with our top favorite being the 12 inch Stone Earth Ozeri Frying pan, and our runner-up – the All-Clad cookware set of frying pans.
To make your choice of the best pan easier, we have added a top budget best choice – the Tramontina 10 inch professional frying pan, as well as another 7 different pans with non-stick coatings or made of non-stick materials from all types and price ranges for you. We picked those which had the best and most durable nonstick surfaces, as well as some which are safe for dishwashers or use in ovens.
Of course, we have chosen the most reputable brands and pans and pots suitable for all budgets, and we have picked only those pans which are proven to be safe without any harmful coatings and materials which can damage your health.
Please, read on to read more about the best pans with non-stick surfaces for 2020, as well as the features to look for in pans, skillets, and utensils of this type.
We love the Ozeri Stone Earth frying pan, which is why we picked it as our best choice for a non-stick pan for 2020. This top quality pan has a coating made of Stonehenge – a natural stone-derived material which is not only 100% nonstick but also perfectly safe and free from PFOA, APEP, NEP, NMP and other harmful chemicals which is great news for your health and for the environment as well. The coating is very sturdy and is scratch resistant.
This is an eco-friendly pan that offers an incredible cooking experience.
The inner part of the pan is made of heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum which has a special magnetized base, suitable for induction stovetops.
The silicone-covered handle very comfortable and safe to handle thanks to its heat resistance and ergonomic shape.
You can easily use the Stone earth pan for frying, sautéing, boiling, baking and braising with less than half of the fat you would use with a traditional pan or skillet. This means fewer calories and less Trans fats for you and for your family. It is compatible with all types of stovetops and heat sources. The special durable, eco-friendly and safe coating is made in Germany.
The pan is dishwasher safe and can be cleaned very easily and quickly. It is also oven safe, warp, scratch and rust-resistant, which makes it a great buy for all of you looking for a pan that you can use for many years ahead.
- Made with natural, eco-friendly and completely safe Stonehenge coating which will endure a lot of cooking, wear and tear, and is suitable for use on any stovetop or in the oven
- Doesn’t include a lid
Its non-stick coating is of top quality, so you needn’t worry about your eggs or other food getting stuck to the pan during frying, even if you are using hardly any oil or fat at all. The sides are angled which makes flipping the crepes or other food you are frying very easy. You will be amazed at how your ready omelet will slide out of the pan without the need of a spatula or other utensils to get it out!
This pan has a comfortable handle and comes with a removable silicone sheath which you can use if you prefer. We have picked the 10-inch version for you, as it is perfect for frying three eggs, or other average sized meals. Of course, depending on your needs, you can choose one of the other size options available, including the 8, 12 or 14-inch Tramontina restaurant frying pans.
Thanks to the thick cast aluminum used for the making of this pan, your food will be evenly cooked with fewer hot spots and better temperature control. It is PFOA free and is dishwasher safe.
The pan is safe for use in an oven at temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it perfect for complex dishes which require frying and then cooking. You can use the same pan for both – which means much less cookware and utensils for cleaning afterwards.
The best part of this deal is that the Tramontina pan is made in the USA and that it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. This means that if the coating starts peeling or flaking, you can contact the manufacturer for a replacement or repair.
This is also our best choice for making eggs. The eggs will be perfectly cooked and can be slid out of the pan into a dish without any effort. After that, no soaking or scrubbing of the pan is required. You just need to wash it with a sponge.
- Affordable, durable, efficient as a non-stick pan, easy to clean and comes with a lifetime warranty
- Doesn’t work with induction ovens
The obvious first reason is that you get not one but two frying pans for a good price – an 8 and a 10 inch one for any cooking need. These All-Clad pans are made of aluminum and have perfectly safe and durable anodized nonstick coating. The pans are perfect if you want evenly heated and cooked foods.
Thanks to the stainless steel base of the pans, you will never need to worry about the pan getting all deformed and warped. They are suitable for all kinds of stovetops, including induction ovens.
The stainless steel handles are sturdy and easy to grip thanks to the ergonomic design. They are safely secured to the pans so you won’t end up with handles which will become loosened or falling off over time.
Plus, the pans can safely be put in the oven to temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes them great for meals which need to be started off on the stovetop and then finished in the oven.
This set of pans is made of the classic American kitchenware maker All-Clad and is sold with a lifetime limited warranty, so you can be sure that you are making a very good investment when you buy it for yourself or as a gift.
You can use these excellent pans for cooking healthier food with less or no fat. And you can safely use them on electric, gas, ceramic, halogen and induction stovetops. The nonstick coating is PFOA free, which will help keep you healthy and safe no matter what you cook in these utensils.
They are easy to clean and scratch resistant. The flat bottom along with the flared sides of the pans makes flipping and tossing the food easier than ever.
- Made of durable stainless steel, aluminum and efficient anodized nonstick finish, great for all types of cooking, including induction ovens
- They are advertised as dishwasher safe, but the manufacturer strongly recommends that you wash them by hand
Our remaining 7 top choices for the best nonstick pans of 2020
This is one of the most popular pans on the market for the last several years. It is sold at a great price and is made of durable and safe materials made by reputed kitchenware and non-stick utensil maker T-fal.
This 12-inch pan is affordable and very robust thanks to its hard anodized aluminum construction. It features the trademark Thermo-Spot heat indicator to eliminate the guesswork when you are cooking and need to know that the pan has been properly preheated.
It features a safe and comfortable riveted handle. The nonstick interior is made of hard titanium non-stick coating. The base of the pan features the TechnoResist anti-wrap tech which will keep the utensil from getting deformed and bent over time.
It can be used at temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and is sold with a lifetime warranty (limited).
It is dishwasher safe and very easy to maintain and clean and will remain scratch free for years if handled and used properly.
If you want a reliable, safe and lightweight frying pan which will never have food stuck on it – you should opt for this one from T-fal.
This is definitely one of the 10 best nonstick pans which you can buy right now, so don’t hesitate and go ahead and order one now!
This professional pan is made of stainless steel surrounding the strong aluminum core. The three-layered nonstick coating will survive daily use at high cooking temperatures for years to come. In fact, it is safe to use and will endure temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit from all types of heat sources, including induction stovetops.
The wide and flat base along with the low flared sides, make this skillet perfect for sautéing, sauce reductions and for flipping foods.
This one has a 14-inch diameter, but it is available in smaller sizes – 8, 10 and 12 inches as well.
Your food will always be evenly cooked in this pan, and you don’t need to worry about the non-stick surface ever reacting with your food or having a harmful effect on it when you use this top quality All-Clad pan.
Made in the USA and sold with a lifetime warranty, this beautiful pan is a must-have for any enthusiast or professional cook.
It includes everything you will need to cook delicious meals without worrying about spending hours scrubbing and soaking the kitchenware after that.
The set has an 8 inch, a 10.25 inch and a an 11.5 inch lidded frying pans, as well as a 10.25 inch square griddle, 3 sauce pans (1, 2 and 3 quarts), a 5 quart Dutch oven, a One Egg wonder, as well as a nifty 3 quart steamer insert for preparing healthy meals.
All utensils are made of hard anodized aluminum and can be used on electric, gas, ceramic and halogen stovetops.
The unique T-fal Thermo-spot indicator will let you know when the pan or pot has been pre-heated enough and ready for the food to be added.
The T-fal Prometal Pro nonstick surface is resistant to scratching and extremely durable. These pans and pots are oven safe for temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as for use with metal utensils. They are also dishwasher safe.
The only problem is that they cannot be used for induction cooking. But if this isn’t an issue for you – this set is the perfect combination of non-stick pots and pans for any home and kitchen!
This Vremi cookware set is another one of our favorite all in one non-stick cookware sets for 2020. It consists of 2 Dutch ovens, 2 saucepans, 2 frying pans (7.75 and 10.75 inches), 4 glass lids and 5 non-stick utensils.
All of the pots and pans are made of safe food grade aluminum, enamel exteriors and vented glass lids, which will allow you to monitor the cooking and will prevent spills and messes on the stovetop.
All of them are oven safe for temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but the glass lids should not be placed in the oven.
This entire set is perfect for a newlywed couple or for a new home, and best of all is sold at an amazing price.
The non-stick coating of the cookware and the utensils is BPA free. The utensils have ergonomic handles and hanging holes for easy storage and access.
They are suitable for electric and gas stovetops, and cannot be used for induction cooking.
These pots, pans, and utensils are very easy to clean, even though they are not dishwasher safe.
Overall, this 15 piece cooking kit from Vremi is the perfect gift, and the best purchase if you are looking for an affordable, comprehensive and durable set of all the pots, pans and other utensils you will need for cooking those perfect meals every time!
It is a heavy duty pan which has a 3mm gauge design making it safe for use in the oven for temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much higher than some of our other top picks.
The pan comes with a useful lid made of tempered glass, which is great if you want to prevent spills and messes during the cooking, and which will allow you to keep an eye on your food as you are cooking without opening the lid. Plus the lid is oven safe for up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit too.
The 3-layer non-stick coating on this pan will make sure that your food is evenly cooked, and that none of it will remain stuck on the bottom during the process. It doesn’t contain any toxins, so you don’t worry about the non-stick coating being potentially harmful for you, no matter what temperature you cook with.
The pan and lid are dishwashers safe, and the handle will never be too hot to hold and handle, so you don’t have to worry about getting nasty burns during a heated cooking session ever again!
If you are sick of ending up with partly burnt and partly undone dishes, you should try out the Anolon Advanced non-stick pan. It has a heavy-duty construction which allows for perfectly even heat distribution during the cooking.
The top quality non-stick coating of this wonderful pan will remain nonstick for years. It is made to last, and will quickly become the favorite piece of cookware in your kitchen. The 12-inch size of this pan makes it versatile for preparing dishes of all sizes.
The dome-shaped glass lid is break-resistant and will keep the moisture and heat inside the pan as you are cooking, as well as helps limit the spills and mess during the process.
The handle is ergonomic and strong and can withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees when used in the oven. It is always cool to touch and will help make your cooking experience much easier and safer.
This pan comes with a lifetime warranty, and given the price and the value offered is an offer which you definitely should not pass by!
This 11-inch nonstick pan from Vesuvio is probably one of the most elegant ones on the list. It is an Italian made gourmet-quality cooking tool which has a ceramic coating. The coating will ensure that the pan stays clean the cook is cooked evenly and well, and that you and your family are safe from any potentially harmful chemicals which some non-stick surfaces release. It is also very durable and scratch resistant.
The base of this pan is made of 3.7mm aluminum allowing it to heat up quickly for those of you hate to wait for ages for the pan to be preheated properly.
All of the materials used for the pan and the coating are recyclable, eco-friendly and free of PTFE, lead or cadmium.
The pan is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and is perfect for searing, frying, sautéing, steaming and making all kinds of dishes which need to be finished in the oven.
The slope of the sides of the skillet and its generous depth make flipping the food easier than ever.
The handle has a cool touch silicone cover which is safe and comfortable to hold. The pan is dishwasher safe, very easy to clean and requires no maintenance.
This beautiful Vesuvio ceramic coated pan comes with 1-year money back warranty, so you can buy it, test it, and if for some reason you don’t love it as we do, you can return it and get your money back in the next 365 days.
Why do you need a non-stick skillet?
Everybody needs at least one non-stick pan for cooking eggs, crepes, fish fillets or other delicate foods. This type of cookware is perfect for beginners as well as for those of you who don’t want to spend time and energy soaking and scrubbing the pan after every use.
The non-stick coating of these pans will allow you to cook your meal without any food getting burnt and stuck on the bottom or sides.
It also allows for the use of less or no fat during the cooking, if you are looking towards reducing the amount of fat, calories and Trans fats you are consuming.
Keep in mind though that nonstick pans can have their downsides as well. Some of them do not have a very durable coating which means that you will be using the pan for a few years only. Of course, we have tested and picked the top 10 pans in this category which have the most durable and safe non-stick surfaces. Our top choice – the Stone Earth Ozeri pan will last for years, and so will all of the other pans which we have meticulously handpicked for you in our list.
Make sure that you pick a pan which is suitable and can be used for the type of stovetop you will be using. Some of our top picks are great for induction oven cooking, while as others are not compatible with induction stovetops.
Nonstick coating and material types
Ever since scientific research suggested that some types of non-stick coating can be potentially harmful to our health and can cause various health problems including some types of cancer, people are becoming much more careful and pickier when it comes to choosing the types of non-stick pans, pots and other cookware they use at home.
Today, there is a very wide variety of non-stick materials and coatings used, so here is an overview of the most popular types and what to expect from each of them.
This is the most popular classic nonstick material used for nonstick coating which was originally made famous by Teflon. Although it is highly efficient in repelling water and being non-stick, there have been some concerns for the safety of its use. This type of cookware is perfectly safe if you use it within the recommended temperature levels. 500 degrees Fahrenheit is the highest temperature level which is safe for PTFE coated cookware.
Make sure that you check what the recommended temperature by the manufacturer of your pan is before using it, in order to stay on the safe side.
In general, the recommendations are that you cook at medium temperature levels when using the PTFE coated pan on a stovetop and that you avoid preheating an empty pan. Adding fat, broth, water or other liquids will keep the temperature levels safe. And also, avoid leaving the pan unattended during the cooking to make sure that the temperature levels stay safe.
All of the pans on our list are PFOA free and are made of safe materials.
Ceramic non-stick cookware
This is a newer non-stick material used for pans and other cookware. It is considered a safer and more eco-friendly option, which is free of PFOA and PTFE. Even though it can have a shorter lifespan than the classic non-stick coating, you can ensure that your ceramic coated pans and pots stay nonstick and usable for years if you use them and maintain them properly. We have picked several ceramic pans for you and our favorite – the 12-inch Ozeri stone Earth frying pan, which is eco-friendly and perfectly safe thanks to the special stone-derived coating used.
In order to prolong the life of your ceramic coated pan, you need to clean off the oil and fat buildup meticulously after each use. But avoid scrubbing it too harshly in order to prevent damaging the surface.
Thanks to the modern non-stick surfaces, you can now cook without oil completely in order to avoid such a build-up, and also in order to make healthier meals with fewer calories.
Features we looked for when assembling our top 10 list of nonstick pans
Our starting point was the idea that the best nonstick pan should provide all the qualities which a traditional restaurant range skillet does. These include – even cooking, ability to cook delicate foods, a good balance of the body and handle of the pan, flared sides for easier flipping and some others.
We have picked pans with different types of coatings, made of different materials, as well as of different sizes. Our top choice is the recommended 10-inch size which is suitable for making a perfectly sized omelet, but of course, you can pick a smaller or larger sized one depending on your needs.
We have included several sets, which include different sized pans such as our best runner-up pick – the All-Clad nonstick frying pan set, as well as larger sets of more pieces of cookware such as the 15 piece Vremi set and the 14 pieces T-fal hard anodized set.
The main features which we looked for when making this list for you, include:
A slick and flat surface
Flatness is essential in order to avoid the fat from sliding to only one area of the pan and causing uneven coverage and cooking. A flat surface also makes the process of flipping the food much easier.
An even heat distribution
All of the pans which we have picked for you provide even heat distribution. This is vital if you want to avoid unevenly cooked food with burnt and other undercooked parts.
Pans with such a feature will not only produce better food but will also last longer thanks to the fact that there are no hot spots which can cause a faster break down of the coating.
We have picked pans which are made of anodized or cast aluminum which is inexpensive, durable and is an excellent conductor of heat. Of course, we have added pans made of other durable materials as well, which too offer a perfect even heating cooking experience, such as pans with a stainless steel tri-ply coating which is great for induction stovetops but is a more expensive option. There are pans with bonded steel bottoms which too are suitable for induction cooking and are not as expensive.
Shape and comfort of use
Our top choices all have traditional flared sides which are much better for perfect food flipping with or without a spatula. This type of sides also ensures a better evaporation of the water in the pan. We have tested them all to choose the ones which provide the perfect balance between the body of the pan and the handle and which remain perfectly stable and flat on the stovetop burner.
The handles of our top 10 picks are all ergonomic and comfortable to hold and maneuver with. Keep in mind that some of them are oven safe and others are not, so pick your pan accordingly.
Price, warranty, and durability
As you can see our list contains budget-friendly and high-end choices suitable for any budget. The majority of the pans on our list are sold with a lifetime warranty, but this is a limited warranty which won’t cover any damage caused by abuse or misuse.
Our top selections for the best non-stick pans for 2020 are all sturdy and durable, but only if you use and maintain them properly. Read on to see how to take proper care of your non-stick pan, and prolong its life.
Also, read the instructions of the manufacturer in find out whether your pan is dishwasher safe, the temperature levels it should be used for as well as for any other instructions for use including the types of utensils and washing materials and solutions you can use and those to avoid.
How to take care of the nonstick coating and prolong the life of your pan
Depending on the type of pan you choose, you need to ensure that you use and clean it properly, in order to prolong the life of the non-stick coating.
For a longer durability of your non-stick pan, avoid cooking with no oil or fat whatsoever. Rub just a small amount of vegetable-based oil on the cooking surface while it is cold. Some pans need to be seasoned with small amounts of oil occasionally too.
Don’t use nonstick spray on your pan in order to prevent the buildup on it which can ruin its non-stick qualities.
Even if the pan is marked as dishwasher safe, wash it by hand if you want to prolong its lifespan. The problem with using a dishwasher is that the detergent or the heat of the water can damage the nonstick surface, and most of all – the rubbing between the nonstick surface with other dishes and utensils in the dishwasher during the washing cycle.
Also, make sure you keep metal forks and other utensils away from the non-stick surface of your pan, even if it is advertised as safe for use with metal. You can use safe wooden, plastic or silicone ones instead if you want to have a good quality nonstick pan for longer.
When you are washing your pan, don’t use the heavy duty scrubbers or sponges, but a soft one instead.
As mentioned earlier, don’t overheat the pan. Leaving the pan on the cooktop at high temperatures is bad for the pan, especially if it is empty.
Don’t hurry to wash the piping hot pan with cold water, as the temperature change can quickly wear off the nonstick coating as well.
Never stack your pans one on top of the other, as the coating can easily be damaged. A quick fix for this problem is placing regular or paper towels in between the piled up pans to protect their nonstick surfaces.
So, thank you for taking the time for reading our comprehensive guide to the best nonstick pans for 2020. Let’s hope that we have been helpful in making your choice for the perfect pan for yourself or a gift.
Since the range and variety of pans in our list is so wide, we are pretty sure that there will be one for every need and every preference.
Whichever you choose, make sure you take proper care of your cookware and follow our guideline for prolonging the life of the pan.
Go ahead and order your favorite one now and enjoy the delicious eggs, pancakes and other fantastic meals you will be able to cook in one of these marvelous pans!
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