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The best frying pans you can buy, from cast iron to non-stick and stainless steel |

The best frying pans you can buy, from cast iron to non-stick and stainless steel

Non-stick frying pans 

Non-stick frying pans feature a layer of artificial or ceramic coating on the pan’s surface that prevent foods from sticking. The best non-stick pans can reduce the amount of oil you use, making for a healthier meal. As with cast iron, the pans must be looked after carefully to remain effective.

Teflon, or PTFE, is what makes the surface slippery. PFOA, an acid used in the creation of PTFE, has been linked to cancer, which puts some people off, although it should be noted that the level of exposure is small. Tefal pans, one of the most recognisable on the high street, are PFOA-free, as are most of the better non-stick pans now.


Ceramic non-stick pans are PFOA- and PTFE-free. The ceramic layer usually coats an aluminium or stainless steel pan. Ceramic pans are often more heat resistant than Teflon, but there are several reports of short lifespans and the non-stick wearing off within a few years. 

“Around 95pc of people want non-stick even cooking,” Moran explains. “They’re a staple pan.” You can quickly and easily make your scrambled or fried eggs in the morning, sauté vegetables, or cook your whole fry up.

Good non-stick frying pans are incredibly easy to wash – food should slide off as you hand wash, and you can use a little washing up liquid if you need. Dishwashers should be avoided, as it will “fire a load of salt at the surface, which won’t do the lifetime of the non-stick much good,” says Moran. 

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