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The best pancake and crêpe pans tried and tested

Published: February 21, 2022 at 4:08 pm
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Whether you're preparing for Pancake Day or brunch, we review the top pans for making everything from perfect crêpes to fluffy American pancakes.

Making perfect pancakes requires a foolproof recipe, a touch of flipping flair and ideas for delicious fillings, plus the right tools. A good non-stick pan is an absolute essential, but true pancake aficionados may wish to go one better and invest in a specialist pancake pan.

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Reasons to buy a pancake or crêpe pan include the shallow lip that aids flipping, the optimum non-stick surface, the thin, flat metal base for quick heat distribution and even cooking, plus the perfect surface area. The pan can multi-task and serve as a really good frying pan, too.

We put pancake pans to the test to bring you our favourite products. You may also want to check out our review of the best tools for Pancake Day to find whisks, moulds, spatulas and more, then take a look at the best shop-bought pancake toppings (from caramel sauce to fruity compotes). Plus, if you want to perfect your pancake flip, watch our video on how to flip a pancake.

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Best pancake pans at a glance

  • Best pancake pan for ease of use: GreenPan Essentials ceramic non-stick pancake pan, £35.25
  • Best pancake pan for children: Premier Cookware Essentials pancake pan 24cm, £10.99
  • Best investment pancake pan: STAUB 28cm cast iron pancake pan, £74.99
  • Best mid range pancake pan: Lakeland forged aluminium non-stick crêpe pan 25cm, £19.99
  • Best-value pancake pan: MasterClass ceramic non-Stick crêpe pan 24cm, £12.99
  • Best frying pan for pancakes: Ninja Foodi Zerostick frying pan, £34.99
  • Best budget frying pan: Stellar Rocktanium frying pan, £25.18
  • Best budget pancake pan: Kuhn Rikon Cucina 22cm non-stick crêpe pan, £24.99
  • Best frying pan for eco credentials: Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan, £79.95
  • Best pancake pan with eco credentials: Prestige eco non-stick 24cm frying pan, £25.99
  • Best blow out pancake pan: Le Creuset 24cm toughened non-stick crêpe pan, £87.20
  • Best handcrafted pan: Netherton spun iron crêpe pan 26cm, £68
  • Best pancake pan for flipping: Judge crêpe pan 22cm, £16.75
  • Best pancake pan for fun design: Nordic Ware smiley face pancake pan, £49.58
  • Best multipurpose pan: Circulon Infinite French skillet 25cm, £40
  • Best pancake pan for American style pancakes: Nordic Ware silver dollar pancake pan, £51.95
  • Best for versatility: Silverwood 29.5cm griddle pan, £54.95

The best pancake pans to buy online in 2022

GreenPan Essentials ceramic non-stick pancake pan 24 cm

GreenPan Pancake Pan, Non Stick, Toxin Free Ceramic Frying Pan - Induction & Oven Safe Cookware - 28 cm high res with highly recommended badge

Best for: ease of use

4.5/5

We could find very little wrong with this pan. Marketed as being suitable for ‘intense use’, you can use it on all types of hobs including induction. It’s oven safe up to 260C.

The non-stick is excellent and the pan comes with a ‘limited’ life-time guarantee. The coating is guaranteed PFAS free without any toxic chemicals. Unusually, you can even use metal utensils on it and it can go in the dishwasher, though we found it washed very easily by hand.

The pan is ceramic, so it is slightly heavier than others which may be a consideration if you toss your pancakes rather than flipping them over with a spatula. We found it heated up reasonably quickly and the handle grip was comfortable.

Performance is very good – both our crêpes and our American pancakes browned evenly. The crêpe tossed easily both because of the effective non-stick and the very shallow lip of the pan.

This feels good value for money especially given the guarantee.

Premier Cookware Essentials pancake pan 24cm

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Best for children

3.5/5

If your kids are hoping to get involved in the flipping action, this is an ideal pan to get them started. It’s particularly light and easy to hold, and works on any type of hob.

There’s even a pancake recipe and instructions imprinted in white on the base of the dark pan, though of course we tested it out with our BBC Good Food recipes. This pan can go in the dishwasher, which is a bonus, though it’s quick and easy to clean by hand too. The recipe had slight brown marks after a couple of uses, though it was still perfectly legible.

The 24cm pan is made from aluminium and has two layers of non-stick coating. It has a Bakelite handle which stays cool when cooking. However, this is slightly uncomfortable to hold as it is open at the bottom.

The pan came in a thin layer of bubble wrap, which is disappointing from a sustainability perspective and, these days, slightly unusual but the product card with the care instructions is recyclable.

This one is for the hob only – it can’t be used in the oven – but at this price you really can’t complain. It’s great value for money.

STAUB 28cm cast iron pancake pan

STAUB 28cm Cast Iron Pancake Pan HIGH RES with recommended badge

Best investment pan

Score: 4/5

This isn’t the pan for you if you think Pancake Day isn’t complete without an exciting and potentially risky flip of the pancake. Made of cast iron, it’s heavy – very heavy – so it stays firmly on the hob. Instead, pancakes you cook in it are designed to be turned over with a spatula. A wooden spatula – as well as a wooden spreader – is included in the box.

The pan, which can be used on all hob types, was slower than average to heat up and it needs a bit of practice to get right. But results are worth it once you do! It’s much bigger than others we tried, so you will get noticeably larger crêpes. The edge of the pan is so shallow you couldn’t make crêpes too thick if you tried, so it helps you get lacy results every time. Once you master the use of the spreader, you’ll be able to make pancakes with a real flourish so this is great for flamboyant cooks. Our pancakes were evenly cooked too.

Although the pan washes fairly easily, its weight does make it awkward to manoeuvre in the sink.

This is an investment pan, backed up by an incredibly lengthy 30-year guarantee. The almost flat design is pleasing on the eye and the wooden handle is an attractive feature.

Lakeland Forged aluminium non-stick crêpe pan 25cm

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Best mid-range pancake pan

5/5

This is an easy to use, easy to clean pan which you can use on all types of hobs. It goes in the oven up to 170C and this is helpfully marked on the base of the pan, in case you forget after you’ve disposed of the packaging.

The speckled appearance gives it an eye-catching look and it scored very highly on performance too. The shallow lip, double layer of non-stick and the light overall weight of its forged aluminium body combine to make flipping crêpes easy. The soft-feel handle is comfortable to hold and didn’t get hot during use. The pan is helpfully built up higher by the handle, giving extra protection as you flip.

At 25cm, this is slightly larger than most of the pans we tested, and spacious enough to easily cook four American pancakes at once. It heated up quickly and evenly.

This comes with a three-year guarantee and it can go in the dishwasher, though hand washing is recommended.

MasterClass ceramic non-stick crêpe pan 24cm

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Best-value pancake pan

Score 4.5/5

If you’re put off buying a pancake pan because you think you will only use it a couple of times a year, this budget-friendly pan should assuage your guilt. It’s suitable for all hob types including induction, goes in the oven up to 150C (which we would say is quite restrictive for most cooking) and is chemical free. It even comes with a 15-year guarantee.

With an aluminium body and iron base, this pan is light with a shallow lip and a very effective non-stick surface.

Despite its below-average price tag, this scored highly on all the things you want in a pancake pan. Most importantly, it’s simple to use – our crêpe came away cleanly from the sides and flipped very easily. All of our pancakes were evenly cooked and none of them stuck.

Washing up afterwards was very quick, apart from a few scraps of pancake that got caught around the steel rivets inside. If we are being very pernickety, the handle wasn’t as comfortable to hold as some of the others.

Ninja Foodi Zerostick frying pan

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Best frying pan for pancakes

Star rating: 5/5

Not only is the Ninja Foodi Zerostick frying pan an excellent piece of kit for everyday frying tasks, but it excelled in our pancake test.

It's equipped with a tough non-stick coating and long, thin handle ideal for deft pancake flips. This frying pan heats up quickly, and most importantly, evenly. It produced the smoothest and most even finish on our pancakes of all the frying pans tested.

Available in three different sizes: 20cm, 24cm and 28cm, we found all to be lightweight and easy to carry around. The frying pan also remained balanced on the hob.

This ultra-versatile pan is suitable for all hob types, is dishwasher safe and is oven safe up to 260C.

Read our full Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK frying pan review

Stellar Rocktanium frying pan

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Best budget frying pan

Star rating: 4.5/5

If you're not looking to break the bank, the Rocktanium frying pan from Stellar is a brilliant option.

It's has all the makings of a pan brilliantly engineered for pancakes: an effective non-stick surface, lightweight body and long comfortable handle.

This pan took around 2mins30s to heat up, giving you enough time to whip up a delicious pancake batter. We were impressed with the results on our pancake test and enjoyed light, fluffy and evenly risen morsels. The Rocktanium pan is a fantastic all-rounder, too.

Read our full Stellar Rocktanium frying pan review

Kuhn Rikon Cucina 22cm non-stick crêpe pan

Kuhn Rikon crêpe pan

Best budget pancake pan

The Kuhn Rikon crêpe pan may have a budget price tag, but do not be fooled, this is a cracking pan and turns out a great pancake in no time.

The pan is made from aluminium making it super-light, a great heat conductor but unfortunately does not work on induction, all other heat sources are fine. At only 22cm it is relatively small but still big enough for a decent-sized pancake.

The pan heats up extraordinarily fast, so care is needed not to burn thin crêpes by keeping the heat low to medium. The handle is plastic which also adds to the lightness, and with its good non-stick surface, our pancakes soared.

Surprisingly, the pan comes with a 2-year guarantee making it an absolute bargain for the price.

Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan

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Best frying pan for eco credentials

Star rating: 4.5/5

Sporting impressive eco credentials, the Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan is made from recycled aluminium cans from Europe. This versatile pan is suitable for every hob type, is oven safe and dishwasher safe too.

The handle is a little stubby, but comfortable nonetheless. The walls of the pan are gently curved, making the New Life pan a great choice for pancake-flipping masters!

This pan is quick to heat up, but we found our pancakes a little patchy, aesthetically. However, we couldn't fault them when it came to flavour and texture.

A fantastic option for pancakes, and more.

Read our full Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan review

Prestige eco non-stick 24cm frying pan

Prestige eco frying pan

Best pancake pan with eco credentials

Prestige makes a bold claim with their eco pan, claiming it is the world’s friendliest, plant-based, non-stick, good-for-you-and-the-planet pan. It's PFOA and palm oil-free, and for every pan sold they plant a tree. It is made with recycled material and is fully recyclable. Oh, and it makes excellent pancakes.

The pan is ostensibly a frying pan, but the super, silky non-stick, beautifully curved sides and soft-grip cool handle make it ideal for pancakes.

For the American style, the pan is roomy enough to cook four at a time while still easy to turn over. With the crêpes, the batter swirls smoothly over the surface, and when flipping, they fly like a dream.

The pan is one of the few on the test which is dishwasher-safe, and even at the low price comes with a 5-year guarantee.

Le Creuset 24cm toughened non-stick crêpe pan

Le Creuset crêpe pan

Best blowout pancake pan

If the high price tag makes you wince, be assured the Le Creuset crêpe pan is of the highest quality, with its three-layer reinforced non-stick surface, so smooth you will need little or no oil or butter for cooking. It heats evenly across the pan in no time at all. And, with the help of gentle lip up the sides, flipping pancakes was smooth and easy.

The pan is reasonably light given how robustly made it is. The curved stainless-steel handle is riveted firmly onto the pan and lovely to hold, and also hollow, so does not get hot.

The pan was the most expensive on the test but will serve you well for frying and griddling; is ovenproof to 260C; dishwasher-safe – but not needed as it cleans with just a wipe – and comes with a lifetime guarantee, so is a superb investment piece.

Netherton spun iron crêpe pan 26cm

Netherton Foundry pancake pan

Best handcrafted pan

The Netherton crêpe pan is hand-made of spun iron in Shropshire and comes pre-seasoned with flax oil and ready to use out of the packaging, with just a quick rinse needed.

The pan is lighter than it looks, and with its comfy oak handle and gentle flared side, it is perfect for easily flipping a crêpe. The pan can also be used for other cooking and frying.

Thanks to the spun iron, the pan heats rapidly and evenly, including up the side. It needs nothing more than a low to medium heat to make evenly, beautifully coloured pancakes.

No dishwasher here; wash the pan without detergent to keep from damaging the lovely surface which builds up over time. The seasoning will need repeating from time to time, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful, non-stick, multi-purpose pan that will last for years to come.

Available from Netherton Foundry (£58.20)

Judge crêpe pan 22cm

Judge pancake pan

The best pancake pan for flipping

If there’s one attribute important in a pancake pan, it's the ability to flip that pancake up in the air effortlessly with just enough oomph to launch it and turn it over and for this, the Judge crêpe pan is the one.

The 22cm pan has a super smooth Xylan Plus coating and comes with a 10-year guarantee. There’s a heat resistant handle, and with a reasonable weight to the pan, holds really well. And, washing-up is a dream, even after testing both American pancakes and crêpes, it only needed a quick wipe, but it is dishwasher-safe if you must.

It is the pan’s flipping qualities that make it a standout. All the above are essential, but this pan has a smart lip on the rim near the handle, which is like a starting block for the pancake, as you flip, the pancake slides up it and gracefully flies into the air. We loved it.

Available from:
Amazon (£17.79)
Harts of Stur (£12.50)
Horwood (£21)

Nordic Ware smiley face pancake pan

Nordic Ware smiley face pan

Best pancake pan for fun designs

This pan is excellent quality and makes delicious American-style pancakes that will make you smile; there are seven cute, cheeky, funny faces on the pan to choose from and keep the whole family happy.

Unfortunately, the pan is made from cast aluminium so, is not suitable for induction hobs. It has a robust non-stick surface, so all that is needed for the pancake is the lightest brush of oil or butter; we found that a brush worked better for this job as it got nicely into the crevices of the faces.

We needed to cook several pancakes to get the amount of batter right – a good tablespoon; we finally settled at medium for the cooking heat as any hotter the little faces burned. Three minutes on each side gave a lovely, fluffy pancake with good colour.

The pan is only suitable for making this pancake style, so it is quite pricey, but it will provide hours of fun.

Available from: Amazon (£65), Divertimenti (£55)

Circulon Infinite French skillet 25cm

Circulon skillet pan

Best multi-purpose pan

It is more than possible to make crêpes and pancakes in a frying pan, especially one with the promised non-stick system here. Little oil or butter is needed, and the heavy-based pan heats up evenly right across in seconds.

The pan has low-high grooves across the surface which anchors the crêpe in place, stopping it slipping around, but no way sticks it down.

It's a French skillet rather than frying pan meaning it has higher, gently curving sides that the crêpe flies up, flips over and lands effortlessly back in the pan in a flash.

It's reassuringly weighty, but not heavy, and has a comfortable curving handle that makes it very easy to lift and move around. Here is an excellent multi-purpose pan that also makes beautiful pancakes, so if space (or cost) is a consideration, this does the job of several pans in one.

Available from Circulon (£35.50)

Nordic Ware silver dollar pancake pan

Nordic Ware silver dollar pancake pan

Best pancake pan for American-style pancakes

This 7-cup pan was easily our favourite for making American-style pancakes, though its repertoire doesn’t end there. Use it for making your favourite blini, Scotch or potato pancake recipes.

The heavy cast aluminium pan heats rapidly and evenly, requiring only a medium heat, though if the heat is a little too high, it responds quickly to turning down. Though it is called a heavy cast, the pan is, in fact, light and has a long, heatproof handle.

The American pancakes tested were the best on the test. The super non-stick coating meant we used very little oil for cooking.

The pancakes rose beautifully and were the right side of a golden colour and nicely set after 3 minutes, making turning over with a small silicone spatula so easy. Breakfast may never be the same again with these light, fluffy pancakes on the table.

Available from:
Amazon (£49.46)
Divertimenti (£55)

Silverwood 29.5cm griddle pan

Silverwood griddle pan

Best for versatility

This lovely looking griddle is handcrafted in Birmingham and could quickly become a kitchen favourite given its versatility. With care, the griddle can be used for crêpes, but even better will cook drop scones, Welsh cakes, blinis, and on and on.

The downside for some, though, is the griddle is not induction friendly. If you do have the right heat source, it has amazingly fast, even heating. The American pancakes were light and fluffy with an even colour, and after a few attempts of not letting the batter run over the edge, we managed impeccable crêpes too.

The griddle has a lovely basket-style handle which is safe and secure for moving even when hot, and better still, folds away for easy storage. The griddle washes up easily in hot, soapy water, which is just as well as dishwashers are a no-no.

If you don’t have an induction hob, this versatile griddle can be used for pancakes and much more beyond.

Available from:
Silverwood (£46.95)
Amazon (£39.99)

Buyer’s advice

Why buy a specialist pancake pan?

A good, multipurpose non-stick frying pan will generally do the job when it comes to pancake making, however the non-stick element is really important.

The pancake pans that passed our test all have great non-stick credentials, but also have a flat, shallow design with a small lip to help flip the pancake.

Pancakes folded with lemon and sugar

The heat of the pan is very important when making pancakes – pancake pans are often thinner than regular frying pans so they conduct heat quickly and efficiently.

In a similar vein, handles are likely to get very hot during a batch cooking session, so rubberised or plastic handles are common to protect your hand. A tapered handle will also feel more comfortable in the hand.

A pancake pan can also double up as a general use fryer. They’re particularly good if you like to cook with minimal oil – some of them barely need any at all. Recipes like omelettes are ideal for pancake pans as the shallow sides will help them slide out easily onto the plate.

Which pancake pan to buy

  • Consider how you’ll be using this pan. If you just want to use it to make crêpes and pancakes, you can go for a smaller size (around the 24cm mark). However, if you want this to double up as a fryer, go for a larger diameter.
  • If you’ll be using this pan frequently, opting for a material like reinforced cast metal should ensure longevity.
  • The non-stick coating is of paramount importance. Among our sample were a number of heavy duty, cast iron, skillet-style pans that had no non-stick coating. While this ‘natural’ finish has its benefits in some ways, it’s a no-no when it comes to pancake making – we found ours just stuck to the bottom and had to be scraped off.
  • Most of the pans we tested were suitable for all hob types, including induction. However, the Nordic Ware skillet and some other pans had to be tested on gas. Do check before buying to ensure the pan is suitable for your cooker.

How we tested pancake pans

We reviewed a representative sample of pancake pans and scored them against the following criteria on our testing matrix. We used our foolproof easy pancake recipe to test the pans, plus our fluffy American pancake recipe.

Handle comfort
Pancake-making sessions can last a while, especially when you have a big batch of batter. We looked for a handle that was comfortable, didn’t get too hot and could be easily gripped – rubber or plastic handles work well on this front. We also liked handles that had a notch for hanging.

Heat distribution
We expect pancake pans to heat up quickly and evenly. If the finished pancake had darker spots or cooked quicker in certain parts of the pan, we marked the product down.

The non-stick surface
Arguably the most important criteria for pancake pans. We looked for a surface that allowed us to easily tease the pancake up to be turned or flipped. We looked for a PFOA-free coating and discounted any pans that omitted an unpleasant chemical smell, even after being washed several times.

Ease of flipping
We judged the pans on how easy the pancakes were to flip – both the handle comfort and shape and size of the lip are important here. A shallow, well-angled lip is ideal.

Pancakes folded into triangles served with lemon and sugar

Finished effect of the pancake
Golden, evenly cooked, nicely round pancakes were what we were after – any burnt spots were taken into account.

Ease of cleaning
We judged how well the pans could be cleaned with hot soapy water and a sponge.

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