IKEA TROVÄRDIG non-stick frying pan (24cm)
Pros: great value, premium feel, consistent adaptable heat, hard-wearing non-stick, retains heat well, big surface area, recyclable
Cons: not dishwasher-safe, heavy
Hob type: all
The ubiquitous Scandi homeware giant IKEA offers outstanding value with its TROVÄRDIG pan. It provided consistent cooking results in our everyday tests, during which we made fluffy pancakes and classic omelettes.
It has especially impressive and accurate heat control, plus smooth and scratch-proof Teflon® non-stick and effortless wipe-clean finish, though you’ll have to handwash the pan.
The initial preheat was slower than other pans, though this indicates the quality and thickness of the base, while also allowing for solid heat retention.
Given its low price point, the pan feels like a premium product with a solid aluminium body and base, as well as a long, versatile stainless steel handle that has a subtle kink, so it fits nicely in your hand.
It’s not the lightest pan but doesn’t ever feel uncomfortable. It performed brilliantly when tossing produce, keeping everything in situ thanks to its shape and a light grip from the coating. The overall tooling and design is as you’d expect, simple yet modern, a balance between old and new styles.
The base of the pan is wider than many competitors with gradually curving mid-height sides, allowing for versatile cooking, great for searing large produce, gently cooking others and for simmering more fluid dishes like risotto and pasta.
A sturdy, reliable workhorse, IKEA’S TROVARDIG took to every challenge with ease and will therefore inspire confidence in terms of cooking and long-term durability. A truly impressive, attractive all-rounder that’s available for a good price.
Comfort and versatility 4/5
Cooking results 4/5
Value for money 4.5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Non-stick: Teflon ®(PFOA-free)
Materials: aluminium, stainless steel
Induction compatible: yes
Dishwasher safe: no (hand-wash only)
Oven Safe: yes
Warranty: 5 years
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