A frying pan is a piece of kitchen kit you shouldn't be without. The BBC Good Food on-test team bring you an expert review of our top non-stick picks. Discover our best buys.
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Best bits: Sturdy but lightweight and a comfy handle
Hob type: All
Danish cookware titan Scanpan excels at pans with longevity and excellent non-stickability. This ceramic pan has a handle that feels great in the palm, it’s lightweight and survived the Good Food drop test, despite being one of the more featherweight fryers we assessed. Available in various sizes from 20cm.
SKK Titanium 2000 Plus
Best bits: Good heat conductivity and distribution
Hob type: All except induction
Our food editor-at-large Barney has had this cast aluminium pan for many years and still swears by it. It has a very wide, flat surface area so plenty of ingredients can be cooked at once, plus it’s heavy in an old-school, farmhouse kind of way. The Titanium 2000 coating is very effective and heat distribution is good. The only downside is that it doesn’t work on induction hobs.
GreenPan Venice Pro frying pan
Best bits: Innovative environmentally-friendly non-stick technology
Hob type: All
Most modern non-stick pans have coatings that are free from nasty chemicals, but Greenpan really shout about their Thermolon ceramic coating. It doesn’t contain any PFOA (perfluoroocatanoic acid, a man-made chemical traditionally used as a non-stick coating that has links to adverse health effects), which isn’t to the detriment of its non-stick credentials. It’s good value for money and cooks evenly, too.
Tower ceramic-coated change frying pan
Best bits: Clever colour-changing technology
Hob type: All
This thrifty pan is a good one for beginner cooks, as the base changes colour when it reaches the perfect cooking temperature. The ceramic coating means barely anything sticks to it, and Tower boast that this ‘Cerasure’ non-stick technology means less oil is needed for cooking. A great bargain buy.
What frying pan should I buy?
Why buy a non-stick frying pan?
A non-stick surface is easy to clean and enables you to cut down on (or even eliminate) added fat in a recipe.
What non-stick frying pan should I buy?
It may be worth buying two – one for family cooking and the other for a solitary fry-up or one-person meals. Trying to cook a small quantity of food in a large pan means the juices are spread too thinly and the food starts to dry up. Also, think about the depth of the pan. If you cook a lot of omelettes, you'll need shallow sides to enable the food to slide out easily.
What we looked for
1. A resilient non-stick coating: We all have moments when the metal fish slice scrapes the bottom of the pan, so a coating that scratches after one mistake doesn’t cut the mustard. We also looked for innovations in coating technology.
2. Minimal cleaning required: Even if the instructions say the pan can be put in the dishwasher, you’ll really need to wash up by hand to increase the life of the non-stick coating. So we were looking for a pan that needed minimal cleaning and no scrubbing to protect the surface for as long as possible.
3. A good handle: Ideally, it should be riveted. We also looked for a handle that didn’t have any nasty dirt traps or get too hot to hold.
How we tested
To test the pans, we fried eggs and made pancakes.
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