9 Best Frying Pans For Every Type Of Cook

Sarah Ceniceros

Shopping for kitchen items like pots and pans may not be your idea of fun, but when you’re starting from scratch or looking to update your space, these things are a must. For experienced cooks or those looking to start, it can be tough to know where to begin as far as what’s worth the price tag. These are our picks for the best frying pans out there for various stove tops, family sizes, and budgets.

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Best Multi-Functional

The Always Pan

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The super-viral Always Pan is a non-stick frying pan but that’s just the start of it. This one item can replace up to eight traditional pieces of cookware and can be used to fry, braise, sear, steam, strain, and boil. 



Another brand with a cult following, the Caraway fry pan comes in six bright colors and uses a ceramic non-stick design. Caraway also offers the ability to make your own cookware set depending on your needs so you don’t have to splurge on a set full of items you won’t necessarily use.


Best Heat Distribution

Calphalon Fry Pan

The aluminum construction of this Calphalon pan guarantees even heating across the surface which in turn leads to even cooking. The shape of the handle is also made to keep cool even when on the stove.


Most Durable

Le Creuset Toughened Fry Pan

Le Creuset


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The surface on this pan is reinforced three times making it four times stronger than typical pans. This durability also makes it safe to use with metal utensils without the worry of scratches. 


Compatible with Induction Stoves

All-Clad Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan

All-Clad’s frying pan is compatible with induction stoves and is a foot in diameter making it a large surface for one-pan meals and bigger cuts of meat. The nonstick surface makes it easier to cook with less fat and the pan itself is oven safe.  



Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Skillet



Easy-to-grip handles and a dense cooking surface make this Cuisinart piece durable and great starter EQ for those who may not be experienced in the kitchen.



T-fal Fry Pan

Perhaps one of the best basic frying pans out there, T-Fal makes dishwasher safe pieces that won’t break the bank. The red spot in the center of the cooking surface turns a solid red color when the pan is preheated and ready for ingredients to be added in so there’s no guesswork involved. 


Best Granite Coating

Nonstick Deep Frying Pan with Lid

The deep walls of this pan make it ideal for one-pan meals or recipes requiring more ingredients at once. The lid and handle is heat-resistant and compatible with a stove types.


Best Stainless Steel

Mueller Stainless Steel Fry Pan

Mueller Austria


Stainless steel kitchen items look so sleek and Mueller pairs function with aesthetics. It is oven safe to 500°F without lid, or 350°F with lid, so you can go from cooking eggs in the morning to searing steaks for dinner. 

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