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12 best non-stick frying pans |

12 best non-stick frying pans

The range of good things that can come out of a frying pan makes a mouthwatering list: a full English breakfast, stir fries, pancakes, omelettes, steak and fritatas, to name a few. Even better, making them doesn’t have to be unhealthy. The latest pans are non-stick wonders with durable coatings that will see you through years of flipping and frying.

Buying the best frying pan comes down to how you like to cook. If, for example, you like the option of finishing dishes off in the oven, you’ll need a pan that can withstand higher heat or have a removable handle.


Size is important too – 28cm larger pans are great for one-pot dishes, while if you tend to fry single ingredients, such as eggs, a 20cm pan will be easier to store. Similarly, look for high sides if you’d also like to use your pan for deep frying as well as shallow. Most pans can be used on all heat sources, including induction, but it’s always best to check.

Types of non-stick

In order to make a frying pan non-stick, the surface needs to be coated. Coatings fall into two categories: ceramic and chemical/plastic. Ceramic coatings are made from inorganic natural materials, such as minerals or sand, that are bonded and layered onto the pan’s surface. Generally, the thicker the coating, the more durable it will be over the pan’s lifetime, so one ceramic pan may not be as robust as another.

Ceramic coatings have become popular because they’re made without PFOA and PTFE. These chemicals have some safety concerns and so many manufacturers have removed them from their coatings altogether. However, you’ll still find those made with Teflon (a PTFE-based formula), which can break down and give off fumes if overheated. To cook safely, stick to medium or low heats for cooking, don’t exceed the maximum temperatures supplied by the manufacturer, and replace the pan if the coating starts to deteriorate

How we test

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A robust non-stick coating is an essential element of a frying pan, so we cooked foods likely to adhere. We chose eggs and prepared each pan with a light wipe of vegetable oil, turning the kitchen into a hotel-style omelette station.

We also sautéed minced beef and onions to see if they’d leave any stains or burnt bits behind. Other features we marked each pan on included how easy it was to clean, how quickly it heated up and remained hot, and if the design was ergonomic and easy to use.

Circulon Momentum Hard Anodised 30cm Frying Pan Skillet

£57, Circulon
Best for: Families

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 240°C; Dimensions: 30cm x 7cm; Guarantee: Lifetime

Meet the generously proportioned frying pan with big ambitions to be your go-to cookware choice. Not only can you fit family meals into this large pan, you can cook with metal utensils without worrying about damaging its non-stick coating.

Plus, rather than a smooth base inside, it’s ridged with concentric circles, and features an edge-to-edge induction-compatible base (so every bit of the base heats evenly) with a hard anodised aluminium body and ergonomic soft-grip handle.

In tests, it performed incredibly well, heating on induction as evenly as gas on both low and high heats. Egg moved easily around the pan, although the underside took on the ridges from the surface. It also performed well with onions and meat – while there was some mess left behind, they cooked evenly without burning and the pan was easy to clean after.

Robert Welch Campden Non-Stick Frying Pan 28cm

£74, Robert Welch
Best for: Serious cooks

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 220°C; Dimensions: 28cm x 7.5cm; Guarantee: 25 years for body (10 years for non-stick)

For an incredibly good pro-style frying pan, Robert Welch’s Campden pan is hard to beat. Like many, it’s made from non-stick coated stainless steel but the devil is in the detail. For example, its non-stick coating, Excalibur is PFOA-free and reputedly the most durable non-stick coating in the world.

In tests, it lived up to our expectations as eggs slid around the surface freely, while meat and onions left barely any burn marks behind – and those that remained were wiped away easily. It worked happily on an induction hob and while it took a little longer to heat up than lighter designs (it’s pretty weighty), once it was hot, it retained heat well.

It also cooked food evenly, whether it was in the middle or at the sides, thanks to a copper core sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. What we especially liked about it was its ergonomic yet modern design. A long handle means your hands never come too close to the heat, plus it’s scooped at the top for a thumb, so holding it is comfy.

Debenhams Home Collection Hard Anodised 28cm non-stick frying pan

£28, Debenhams
Best for: An upgrade from basic models

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 210°C; Dimensions: 28cm x 4.5cm; Guarantee: 10 years

If you’re keen to invest a bit more in your everyday cookware without blowing your budget entirely, this anodised aluminium frying pan from the Home Collection is an affordable upgrade, featuring a metal riveted handle, large 28cm size, oven suitability and non-stick coating.

In tests, it heated up quickly on a medium setting and stayed nicely hot. It also worked on an induction hob without issue. While the non-stick coating wasn’t as slippery as others we tested, there were only tiny flecks of egg left behind.

It struggled a bit more with meat and onions with visible burn marks, although these could be cleaned away by hand and by the dishwasher. We also found that the handle was shorter than some and grew warm – when picking it up, fingers were too close to the heat, so wearing an oven glove might be more comfortable.

Berghoff GEM Cast Aluminium Frypan with Detachable Handle 24cm

£36, House of Fraser
Best for: Easy storage

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: No; Oven safe: Up to 240°C; Dimensions: 24cm x 5cm; Guarantee: 10 years

Whether you have limited space for cookware storage or simply like to keep your cupboards tidy, Berghoff’s Gem cast-aluminium frying pans are an ideal solution. The handles click on and off, meaning that they can be popped in the oven without worry about melting, and be stored in a fraction of the space usually required.

However, while the pan we tested had a great non-stick surface that was easy to clean, it was disappointing to find that it wasn’t dishwasher safe, reducing its convenience. It worked well on induction, though, needing a nudge to free egg from its surface, and worked beautifully for meat and onions, with very little mess left behind.

One quibble was that the handle itself wasn’t terribly ergonomic, being quite straight and hard plastic – we’d love to see this with a shaped soft-grip handle instead.

Tower Olive Lite Cast Aluminium Frying Pan 24cm

£54.99, Amazon
Best for: Colour in the kitchen

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes but handwash recommended; Oven safe: No; Dimensions: 24cm x 5cm; Guarantee: 10 years

Finished with an olive oil-infused non-stick coating and a gorgeous olive green colour, this pan is for those who want their kitchenware to be eye-catching. As well as a durable die-cast aluminium body and bonded steel base, the pan features a chunky wood-look Bakelite handle, which was comfy and sturdy.

In testing, eggs needed a little help to get moving but otherwise didn’t stick. There were some scorch marks left behind by the meat onions but these cleaned away easily. It worked fine on induction but needed at least a medium heat to really get cooking. One downside was that while the pan felt robust and well-built, it was quite heavy for its size.

GreenPan Venice Pro 24cm

£55, GreenPan
Best for: Easy everyday cooking

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: To any temperature; Dimensions: 24cm x 5cm; Guarantee: Limited lifetime warranty

For everything from a thick omelette to midweek casseroles, a pan that can go from the hob to the oven at any temperature is a win. Greenpan’s ceramic-coated frying pan is just one such piece of versatile cookware that combines non-stick capabilities with robust durability.

Its slim stainless-steel handle and mid-weight hard anodised body made carrying it around the kitchen effortless, while its surface was supremely non-stick. None of what we cooked stuck and it worked happily on induction.

However, you may have to adjust how you cook as this pan is very efficient at heat conduction, getting hot quickly and taking longer to cool down, which caught us out by burning the onions and there was still an audible sizzle at a low heat. Meat left behind a sticky mess but the pan was easy to wash.

Lakeland Hard Anodised Bell Shaped 28cm Frying Pan

£44.99, Lakeland
Best for: Great value

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 180°C; Dimensions: 28cm x 5cm; Guarantee: 3 years

There’s a lot to love about this versatile pan – triple layers of PFOA-free non-stick inside, a wide base that can accommodate a family fry-up, and a smart charcoal finish – but it’s the finer points that will ensure you’ll use it on a regular basis.

These include layers of non-stick on the outside, too, so sauce spillages and splashes can easily be wiped away, plus a bellied shape for easier stirring. The pan is made from heavy-gauge aluminium, which heated up fast and stayed hot even when the induction hob zone was reduced, and has a riveted stainless-steel tapered handle with a soft silicone coating.

This meant that even when the heat was at its highest, the pan was cool enough to pick up and carry. Its medium weight was perfect – not too light so it felt flimsy and not too heavy to toss food. Eggs moved around the pan without sticking once, and while there were a few scorch marks from the meat and onions, these washed away in seconds.

Stellar Rocktanium 24cm Non-stick frying pan

£25.03, Amazon
Best for: Healthy cooking

Key Specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 210°C; Dimensions: 24cm x 5cm; Guarantee: Lifetime, 10-year non-stick

A good non-stick pan is as essential as a smoothie maker in a health-conscious home. Stellar’s Rocktanium design includes all the features you’ll need for cooking with little to no oil, finished as it is with hard-wearing PFOA-free Quantanium that’s harder and more durable than conventional non-stick.

It also boasts a durable aluminium body, secure riveted handle and large hanging loop/thumb hole. In testing, it showed exceptional heat distribution and retention – we had to turn down the heat twice as the food was starting to brown much faster.

Our eggs slipped around the pan easily, although there were a few scorch marks left behind. There were also a few burns marks from the meat and onions but these cleaned away easily.

Kaufmann Sienna 2-Piece Frying Pan Set

£37.18, Amazon
Best for: First home and students

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 210°C; Dimensions: 21.5cm x 5.6cm, 29.7cm x 6.6cm; Guarantee: 10 years with 5-year non-stick

Delivering frying flexibility, this twin pack of pans is a perfect first-home buy beyond its price tag. While the brand may not be familiar yet, it’s actually a new range from cooking experts Horwood, meaning the pans are just as durable and well-built as the rest of its products.

The stainless-steel pans feature riveted handles, PFOA-free non-stick coating and are even durable enough to survive high oven temperatures and are induction-compatible.

During testing, they handled eggs without incident, but there was far more sticking when it came to onions and meat, with fatty mess clinging to the surface. Fortunately, this came off in the wash to leave it sparkling.

We also found the design of the handles awkward to use – while they’re a nice length, the end can dig into your hand and the part closest to the pan grew uncomfortably warm on gas.

Judge Radiant Frying Pan Non-Stick 22cm

£15.99, Wayfair
Best for: Budget

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 150°C; Dimensions: 22cm x 6.5cm; Guarantee: 25 years with 10-year non-stick

For a brighter take on the humble frying pan, look no further than the Judge Radiant range – its cherry red hue is ideal for adding a pop of colour to your kitchen, as well as some cooking flair.

Its non-stick features Teflon plus it’s PFOA-free and reinforced with stainless steel. Besides featuring an aluminium body, it has a stay cool handle that didn’t grow hot even on a gas burner, and a comfy soft grip.

However, as we were using an older induction hob to test, unfortunately, it wouldn’t work with this pan – although this shouldn’t be a problem on newer hobs. What we did like about the Radiant pan was that it heated up quickly, was lightweight and handled eggs with no mess. Our onions seared themselves onto the surface once they began to brown but the meat was no problem. Food cleaned away with no traces left behind.

Tefal Non-Stick Veggie Frying Pan

£36, John Lewis
Best for: Vegetarians and vegans

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Oven safe: Up to 175°C for an hour; Dimensions: 28cm x 5cm; Guarantee: 2 years, 10 years repairability

We’re all guilty of sizzling out the goodness from our vegetables, so here’s a smart pan that locks vitamins and flavour in. Tefal’s Veggie Pan comes with a specially created Thermo-Spot, which turns from purple to dark green when the pan reaches the optimum temperature for cooking vegetables, 140°C. This means that you can expect up to 30 per cent more vitamin C, as well as less burning to boot.

Other notable features are that it’s made from aluminium with a distinctive green Bakelite handle (so you can spot it in the cupboard) and a stone-effect surface with ceramic non-stick coating that can even withstand metal utensils.

In tests, it worked perfectly on induction, and egg moved around the pan effortlessly. Onions singed slightly and needed a lower heat – this is where the Thermospot came in handy by knowing the pan was still hot. Meat cooked efficiently but started to stick on a high heat. The pan was comfy to hold, a medium weight and easy to clean, even on the outside, thanks to a matching ceramic coating.

JML Copper Stone Non-Stick Pan 24cm

£24.99, JML
Best for: Copper lovers

Key specs – Suitability: All heat sources including induction; Dishwasher safe: No; Oven safe: Up to 150°C; Dimensions: 28cm x 5cm; Guarantee: 1 year, non-stick lifetime of pan

For those who love the look of copper cookware but not the price tag, here comes a pan you’ll love to have on show. We tested the 24cm version, although there’s a handy set of three available.

Made to withstand high heat, the Copper Stone pan has a forged aluminium core and steel base with a ceramic non-stick coating inside (PFOA- and PFOS-free but not PTE free) and a wood-look Bakelite handle.

The first thing that’s noticeable about the pan is how chunky it is – the rim’s almost half a centimetre thick, yet this didn’t seem to affect how quickly it heated up. Its handle is also wide – fine to hold when cooking but awkward to pick up.

It worked on induction and eggs moved around once firm. Cooking meat and onions left a few burn marks at the edge but these cleaned away by hand as dishwashing wasn’t recommended.

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