We Cooked 68 Omelets to Find the Best Nonstick Pan—These Are Our Favorites
Not every frying pan is created equally, and that fact is never more apparent than when you're making eggs. They're super slippery when raw, but they become the world's stickiest food when cooked—especially if you use the wrong type of pan. We love a good omelet, but nothing turns us off more than when silky eggs begin to coat the bottom of the pan, leaving that thin, crusty, flakey layer that's impossible to scrape off. That's where a quality nonstick pan comes in—it's an indispensable tool that every home cook needs, and there is no substitute.
Though multifunctional frying pans have their benefits, some tasks—like scrambling eggs and searing flakey fish—require a dedicated nonstick pan, and having one that you can rely on is essential. But with so many different brands to choose from, it can be hard to know where to find the best nonstick cookware.
We're firm believers that cookware is subjective, and the best for you might not be the best for us, so it's important to evaluate a few things before diving into a purchase. Before selecting the best nonstick pan for your needs, you'll want to assess what type of material it's made of, how often you'll use it, and how you intend to clean and care for it. If you plan to flip pancakes every Sunday morning, you'll want a pan that's lightweight and easy to handle with gently sloped sides. If you plan to sear and braise short ribs, you'll want something that has deeper sides and is safe to transfer from the stovetop to the oven. No matter what you use it for, a good nonstick pan should be durable and easy to maneuver, and most importantly, it should conduct and transfer heat evenly without causing any food to stick to the pan.
How We Tested
After far too much time spent unsuccessfully scraping stainless steel pans, we did what any normal people would do: we cooked 68 omelets, 51 pancakes, and 48 ounces of salmon in 13 different pans to find the best nonstick pan. Then, we decided to make things even stickier and melted marshmallows in each pan.
We put the pans to work over the course of a month, where we assessed everything from weight to price to care and clean up. We're happy to report that we found a lot of great options. Most importantly, our quest reaffirmed what we already knew: if you treat it right, a nonstick pan is a culinary gamechanger.
The Best Nonstick Pans
- Best Overall: Zwilling Madura Plus 11-inch Nonstick Deep Fry Pan
Our tester loved the deep sides and large, even cooking surface on this completely nonstick pan.
- Best Value: Nordic Ware 10-inch Sauté Pan
This pan is lightweight, nonstick, and easy to clean, which makes it perfect for everyday use.
- Best Set: All-Clad Hard Anodized 2-piece Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-inch and 12-inch
This 2-piece set of reliable, durable pans is an incredible bargain for the price.
- Best Oven-Safe: Made In 10-inch Nonstick Frying Pan
Made In's nonstick pan excelled in all of our tests, conducted heat evenly and efficiently and was easy to clean in between uses.
- Best Splurge: Le Creuset 11-inch Toughened Nonstick Pro Pan
Though slightly more expensive, our testers love that this pan is dishwasher-safe, oven-safe and scratch resistant.