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Best Rated Frying Pans

Cooking shows are some most popular programs on TV. Everyone that cooks can find new techniques and new recipes for that “perfect dish”. But to make that perfect dish, you need the proper equipment. There are many kinds of frying pans on the market, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. This article will show you the different types of frying pans, as well as the best rated frying pans.

Types of Frying Pans

There are basically 7 types of frying pans, Cast Iron, Non-Stick, Ceramic, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Carbon Steel and Copper. Here are some key features of each.

cast iron pan

Cast Iron

Cast iron pans have been around forever. Their durability and versatility have made them a favorite in kitchens for years. If you are considering purchasing a cast iron pan, be forewarned, they are heavy.

Pros

  • This is a very durable type of pan
  • Has high heat retention
  • If seasoned properly, it has non-stick qualities
  • Iron from the pan can be absorbed into the food, good for people lacking iron in their diet
  • No chemicals
  • You can use this pan on the stove top as well as the oven
  • Able to use on induction cook tops
  • Can cook with high heat
  • Great heat distribution

Cons

  • Heavy, people with bad wrists might find them too heavy
  • Handle heats up as the pan heats up, BE CAREFUL
  • Harder to clean than other types
  • Must be maintained properly, otherwise it will rust

Tip: A great place to find an inexpensive cast iron pan is at yard sales. They will probably be rusty or not seasoned, but there are plenty of videos online that can show you how to restore it to like new condition.

Non Sticknon stick pan

 

Non-stick pans make cooking in the kitchen a breeze. Easy to clean, and it’s a perfect pan for people who don’t want to use too much oil when cooking. Be careful not to scratch or chip them, as these pans should be disposed of if you do.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • You can use little or no oil, making it great for low fat diets
  • Food slides out of pan with ease

Cons

  • Some use PFOA, which makes them possibly unsafe.
  • Teflon coated pans with PFOA produce toxic fumes
  • Can only use on low to medium heat
  • Cannot use metal utensils when cooking, it may scratch the surface
  • Should not be used after pan is scratched or chipped

Tip: The non-stick pan that you are buying should say that it’s PFOA free. If it doesn’t, don’t buy it.

Ceramicceramic pan

Ceramic pans are a great alternative to the traditional non-stick pan. These pans are completely safe, and have no chemicals added to their non-stick surface. Extra care needs to be taken with these pans, as they can be rather fragile.

Pros

  • Non stick
  • No chemicals
  • Lightweight
  • Safe to use
  • Even heat distribution
  • Does not have to be seasoned

Cons

  • These pans will break or crack if mishandled
  • Should hand wash
  • The non-stick coating may not last for a long time
  • Can only use on low to medium heat
  • Should only use non-metal utensils for cooking
  • Will not work on induction stove tops

Stainless Steelstainless steel pan

The beauty of stainless steel is that you can use it for any type of cooking. It is completely safe, even when used with high heat. You will need to use oil, as food will stick.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Can use with high heat
  • No toxic chemicals
  • Smooth finish which allows for a relatively easy clean up
  • Can use on induction stove tops
  • Can put it in the oven
  • Does not react to certain foods
  • Heats up fast
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • If taken care of, it can last a lifetime

Tip: If you have food stuck on the bottom of your stainless steel cookware, put a little dish detergent and hot water in the bottom of the pan and let it soak for 10 minutes. The food should come right off.

Cons

  • Can be expensive for a good set
  • Pans may discolor over time due to high heat exposure

 

AluminumAluminum pan

Aluminum is a great conductor of heat, which allows for even cooking. For safety reasons, make sure that the aluminum cookware you purchase is anodized.

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Good conductor of heat
  • Able to use on induction stove tops

Cons

  • It can discolor some foods
  • Aluminum reacts with some acidic foods, possibly giving it a bitter taste
  • Some aluminum can leach into your food
  • Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimers Disease

Tip: If you are going to purchase aluminum cookware, make sure that it is anodized aluminum cookware. The anodization process gives the cookware a coating to prevent aluminum from seeping into the food.

 

Carbon Steelcarbon steel pan

Just like cast iron, these pans are very versatile and durable. Another thing that they have in common with cast iron is that they have to be seasoned. These pans are the #1 choice in many professional kitchens.

Pros

  • You can use metal utensils with it
  • Good for induction cook tops
  • Able to use with high heat cooking
  • It is non-stick if seasoned properly
  • Along with copper, it is the preferred choice of many professionals
  • No chemicals
  • Good heat distribution
  • You can use on the stove top as well as the oven

Cons

  • You must season
  • If you cook foods with a high acidic value, be prepared to have to possibly re-season your pan.
  • You cannot put carbon steel pans in the dishwasher
  • Make sure to buy a quality carbon steel pan or it may warp

 

Coppercopper pan

Copper is a great conductor, it can heat up and cool down quickly. Professional chefs like to use copper cookware when they are preparing temperature sensitive dishes and sauces. Good copper cookware can be rather expensive.

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Can cook with high heat
  • Great heat distribution
  • Cools down fast to give you more control when cooking
  • If you have a good copper pan with brass or iron handles, you can put it in the oven
  • Along with carbon steel, it is the choice of many professionals
  • A good quality copper pan isn’t as heavy as some other types

Cons

  • Cannot use on induction cook tops
  • Copper cookware can be difficult to cook with initially, you have to get a feel for it
  • Not dishwasher safe, HAND WASH ONLY!
  • Dents easily
  • You have to polish it from time to time to keep it looking good, and to remove the patina and tarnish that may develop over time

The Best Frying Pans

After careful study, he are some frying pans that we recommend worth considering. Eventhough these are very good pans, to avoid disappointment, keep in mind the pros and cons of each type of pan when choosing. Follow the instructions for each specific pan to keep it in mint condition.

 

Lodge 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet With Silicone Holderlodge frying pan

 

The Lodge name is very well-known for making quality cast iron frying pans. They’ve been around for a while, the company was founded by Joseph Lodge back in South Pittsburg, Tennessee back in 1896.

This durable cast iron frying pan has everything that you expect from the Lodge name. This pan features high quality workmanship, it’s also pre-seasoned at the Lodge factory, so you don’t have to worry about it. Another nice feature about this pan is the removable silicone handle that comes with it, to prevent burns. Just remember to remove the silicone if you are putting the pan in the oven.

Features

  • Versatile, can use it anywhere, including induction cook tops
  • Pre-seasoned that only gets better with age
  • Great for all different types of cooking
  • Able to put in the oven
  • Comes with silicone handle holder

If you want a quality pan and don’t mind the weight, this is a great choice for a great price!

This pan retails for around $33.

 

All Clad D5 Fry Pansall clad pan

 

This high quality American-made stainless steel fry pan is a great choice for chefs or aspiring chefs. It features 5 alternating layers of aluminum and stainless steel. What this means is that the D5 pans heat up slowly and evenly, giving you great heat distribution throughout the pan.

These pans also feature a flat bottom and flared sides which it easy for you to turn your food with a spatula. Although stainless steel requires you to use oil for cooking, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The oil tends to give your dishes more flavor. There are healthy oils that you can use, such as olive oil for cooking at medium heat, and coconut or avocado oil for cooking at high heat.

Features

  • Highly polished surface does not react with food and makes for an easy clean up
  • 5 alternating layers of stainless steel and aluminum provide strength and even heat
  • Strong heat-resistant handle
  • Great for all different types of cooking
  • Able to use in the oven
  • Great for all cook tops, including induction
  • Dishwasher safe

This quality doesn’t come cheap, but you probably won’t have to replace it.

The 8″ pan is around $112.

 

Matfer Bourgeat 062005 Frying PanImage result for matfer bourgeat carbon steel pan

Matfer Bourgeat is a family owned French Industrial Group that has been around for over 200 years. It’s an industry leader in professional cookware, and is in many restaurants all over the world. Much like a cast iron pan, the black (carbon) steel pan needs to be seasoned to make it non-stick as well as prolong the life of the pan. The seasoning instructions are on their website, click here for the link.

The versatility of the steel pan is what makes it a popular choice amongst professionals. With good heat distribution and high heat compatibility, you can prepare any dish. The beauty of the steel pan, just like cast iron, is that you can pop it in the oven as well.

Features

  • Great for all types of cooking
  • Can be seasoned to give it non-stick properties
  • Strong, high quality steel handle
  • Can use on all cook tops, including induction

A professional pan for a decent price.

This pan retails for around $70.

Greenlife Soft Grip Ceramic Frying PanImage result for greenlife pan

The Greenlife company was started in 2013 with one goal in mind, to bring healthy cooking to everyone. They blazed the trail, being the first ones on the market to introduce high quality cookware made with healthy non-stick ceramic coatings. Their coating is made with Thermalon, which is a 100% natural ceramic finish.

Unlike some non-stick pans, you can use high heat without worry about damaging the pan, or releasing harmful toxins in the air. It has an aluminum reinforced body which allows for even heat distribution. The soft grip handle stays cool while you cook. The Greenlife pans are also dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning up a breeze.

Features

  • Coated with Thermalon, a toxin-free non-stick surface.
  • Oven safe up to 350 degrees
  • Lightweight and scratch resistant
  • Dishwasher safe, which allows for an easy clean up
  • Comes with glass lids, so you can keep an eye on your food while it’s cooking
  • The soft grip handle is comfortable and keeps your hands cool

This is a nice, lighter alternative to some other pans that we’ve mentioned.

The 12″ version retails for around $25.

 

Swiss Diamond Fry PanImage result for swiss diamond frying pan

Swiss Diamond is a quality cookware company located in Sierre, Switzerland. Their unique non-stick coating uses real diamond particles embedded into the surface. Why diamonds? Diamonds are the hardest material known to man, giving the pan durability. Diamonds are naturally non-stick and are great heat conductors (4x better than copper), which give their pans great even heat.

The pans are made with heavy-duty cast aluminum which ensures that they will never warp. Unlike a lot of non-stick pans, Swiss Diamond pans are oven safe up 500 degrees. Swiss Diamond pans are PFOA free, however they do contain PTFE. Studies show that PTFE is safe and is used on most non-stick surfaces. If you are at all uneasy about using a pan with PTFE in it, I recommend that you use one of the other natural non-stick pans listed.

Features

  • Non-stick surface allows for easy clean up.
  • Diamond particles embedded in the surface, gives the pan great heat distribution
  • Oven safe up to 500 degrees
  • This pan is dishwasher safe, although they recommend hand washing

Swiss Diamond has won many accolades for its cookware including being a gold medal winner at the International Exhibition of Inventions, and being called “The Rolls-Royce of non-stick fry pans” by the Wall Street Journal.

The 9.5″ pan will cost you around $95.

Red Copper Frying PanImage result for red copper frying pan

You’ve probably seen the commercial, and you probably thought that it’s not that good. You may want to reconsider. The Red Copper pan is a quality copper infused ceramic coated pan that is resistant to scratches, chips and peeling. It is also toxin-free, with no PFOA or PTFE chemicals added. With the proper care, this pan will last you a long time.

The one thing about this non-stick pan compared to other non-sticks is the extra care needed to keep it functioning properly. It’s very important to read the instructions before using this pan. Like a cast iron or carbon steel, the Red Copper pan needs to be seasoned before it’s first use. It’s a relatively easy process, consisting of spreading a light coating of vegetable oil in the pan and placing it in the oven for 20 minutes at 300 degrees. For answers to other questions that you may have regarding this product, you can check the FAQ section on their website by clicking here.

 

Features

  • Oven safe up to 500 degrees
  • Copper infused ceramic coating is non-stick and scratch resistant
  • Toxin-free
  • Copper allows the pan to heat up evenly
  • Compatible with most cook tops, including induction
  • Lightweight
  • Can use with high heat

Like I said before, if you follow the initial instructions with the pan, and re-season it every so often, it will last a long time.

The 10″ pan retails for around $20.

Anolon Advanced Umber French SkilletsImage result for anolon frying pan

 

Anolon has been manufacturing hard-anodized aluminum cookware since 1989. Their pans are made with top quality aluminum and stainless steel, and include a high quality PFOA free non-stick coating. Unlike some non-stick coatings, this one is metal utensil safe, and despite having soft handles, you can still put it in the oven up to 400 degrees.

Being made of aluminum means that they heat fast, and distribute the heat evenly throughout the pan. With the hard-anodized coating, you don’t have worry about any of the issues surrounding aluminum pans. These pans are heavy (but not too heavy), durable and built to last.

Features

  • High quality non-stick coating is PFOA free, and is metal utensil safe
  • Oven-safe up to 400 degrees
  • Soft handles are comfortable to the touch
  • Easy to clean (hand wash only)
  • Hard-anodized aluminum construction which allows the pan to heat evenly throughout

Good durable pans at a reasonable price.

You can get a 10″ and a 12″ pan sold together for around $50.

 

Final Thoughts

Whether you are preparing a new dish or an old favorite, having the proper equipment that suits your needs is a must. If your one to not experiment in the kitchen, then your basic non-stick pan will probably do just fine. If, however you like to try new things and new techniques, I suggest that you go with a pan that allows you as much versatility as possible.

With so many types of pans on the market, I hope that this review has helped you narrow down your selection process. Bon Appetite!!

All the best,

Ed

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