Best Skillets of 2021

By Heloise Blause Updated July 15, 2021

Turn up the heat on your skillet search.

Best Skillets of 2021

Looking for a sturdy pan but tired of scrolling through endless ads? Not sure where to start? Trust us, you’re not alone!

There are many features to consider when choosing the right skillet for you. So if you’re looking to replace all the scratched pans, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve put together a buying guide of the most important features to look for as well as a list of our 8 best skillets on the market to help in your research.

Our Top Picks

Best Skillets of 2021 
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned with Silicone Hot Handle Holder , 10.25 Inch Dia, Black/Red Silicone (L8SK3ASHH41B)Best Overall

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned with Silicone Hot Handle Holder , 10.25 Inch Dia, Black/Red Silicone (L8SK3ASHH41B)

  • Easy to Clean.

  • Even Heat Distribution.

  • Versatility.

De Buyer - Frypan - Mineral B Element 12½''Best Carbon Steel

De Buyer Mineral B

De Buyer - Frypan - Mineral B Element 12½''

  • Choices of Size.

  • Long-Term Investment.

  • Toxin-Free.

Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet with Glass CoverBest Electric Skillet

Presto 06852 Electric Skillet

Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover

  • The Glass Lid.

  • Heats Up Fast.

  • Doubles As A Serving Dish.

Blue Diamond Cookware Toxin Free Ceramic Nonstick Metal Utensil Open Frypan, Frying Pan, 12'Best Budget

Blue Diamond Ceramic Frying Pan

Blue Diamond Cookware Toxin Free Ceramic Nonstick Metal Utensil Open Frypan, Frying Pan, 12'

  • Light Weight.

  • Extra Strong Base.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 10.25' (1-3/4 qt.), CeriseBest Enameled Cast Iron

Le Creuset Enameled Skillet

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 10.25' (1-3/4 qt.), Cerise

  • Damage Resistant.

  • Colour Choice.

  • Helper Handle.

All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan Cookware, 12-Inch, SilverBest Stainless Steel

All-Clad D5 Skillet

All-Clad BD55112 D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan Saute Pan Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver

  • Pouring Rims.

  • Lower Heat.

Cuisinart 622-30G Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet with Glass Cover, BlackBest Nonstick Skillet

Cuisinart 622-30G Skillet

Cuisinart 622-30G Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet with Glass Cover, Black

  • Tempered Glass Lid.

  • Wear Resistant.

  • Fat-Free Cooking.

Copper Chef 10 Inch Round Frying Pan With Lid - Skillet with Ceramic Non Stick Coating. Perfect Cookware For Saute And GrillBest Copper Pan

Copper Chef Skillet

Copper Chef 10 Inch Round Frying Pan With Lid - Skillet with Ceramic Non Stick Coating. Perfect Cookware For Saute And Grill

  • Stylish but Durable.

  • Eco-Friendly.

What Is a Skillet?

A skillet is a pan with a flat bottom and slanted sides. It’s very similar to frying pans or sauté pan, hence a certain confusion. Well, skillets are similar to both but deeper and may come with a lid.

They come in many shapes and sizes, from mini to extra-large.

They’re versatile. With a skillet, you can stir-fry, bake, deep-fry, and cook a variety of food such as omelets, pancakes, or steak(1).

The Best Materials For a Skillet

Skillets are made of different materials. Let’s get through all of them.

Cast iron skillets are popular because they’re durable, long-lasting, and inexpensive.

There are two types.

  • First, there are bare cast iron skillets. These are one piece of metal from the handle to the base. They’re easy to use on stovetops and in ovens. But they’re highly reactive to acidic foods so need to be seasoned to mitigate this. Plus, it makes them non-stick. They’re also really slow heat up/cool down because of their low thermal conductivity. This Lodge skillet is an example of this type.
  • Secondly, you have enameled cast iron skillets which are coated in a vitreous enamel glaze (2). These are lighter and smoother. This makes them better for induction or glass cooktops because the enamel protects the fragile stove from the rough bare cast iron. Though they take longer to heat because the enamel will act as an insulator and has poor thermal conductivity. Check out this Le Creuset example.


  • High temperature resistant

  • Retains heat well

  • The enameled cast iron won’t react with acidic foods


  • Requires occasional re seasoning

  • Rusting is possible

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Stainless Steel

All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware Set, Pots and Pans, Tri-Ply Stainless Steel, Professional Grade, 10-Piece

Stainless steel skillets are also durable and can last a lifetime if used properly. But stainless steel has the worst thermal conductivity of all the metals used for cookware.

That’s the reason why you’ll mainly find stainless steel pans that are “fully-clad” (3). This means that layers of metal (aluminum or copper) are sandwiched between stainless steel layers. Each layer of metal is a “ply” and has a specific purpose: improving stainless steel heat conductivity. However, only the base is covered with metal, so no heat is conducted from the base up into the sides.

See examples of 3-ply, 5-ply and 7-ply stainless steel skillets, respectively: All-Clad D3, All-Clad D5 and Heritage Steel.


  • Scratch-resistant with metal utensils

  • Retain heat well


  • Don’t conduct heat well

  • Can be expensive

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Carbon Steel

De Buyer - Round Grill Pan - Mineral B Element 12½''

Carbon Steel skillets are typically found in woks and small frying pans. They’re most notable for their low price.

Carbon steel pans have a lower heat conductivity than cast iron. This is why it’s made very thin (approx. 2.0 mm) because otherwise, it would take forever to heat up.

Most carbon steel skillets aren’t coated so will require seasoning to prevent rusting (4). But they do undergo an annealing process. This forms a layer of carbonized vegetable oil which leaves a sleek black or blue finish on the metal. This is why we call them “Blue carbon steel pans”. This process also makes the surface harder and less reactive.

For example, this De Buyer Round Pan is a French carbon steel grill pan protected with a beeswax layer.


  • Safe

  • Inexpensive


  • Not recommended for acidic food

  • Requires regular seasoning

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Copper cookware is ideal for cooking at very specific temperatures thanks to its high heat conductivity. This means that it’s very responsive to temperature changes, heats evenly, and holds a lot of heat without needing to be thick.

Copper skillets come 100% copper, lined, fully clad by stainless steel or tri-ply.

But use caution with 100% copper as it can be toxic — except for beating eggs or making jams (5)(6). This Mauviel is an example of an entirely copper saucepan.

Lined copper skillets help solve the toxicity issue. These pans have a lining of metal (tin, stainless steel, silver or nickel) between the copper and your food. Note that some linings conduct heat better than others.


  • Resistant to corrosion

  • High heat conductivity


  • Can be pricey

  • Some linings cause sticking (such as stainless steel)

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There are two types of aluminum pans.

  • Firstly, you have pure aluminum. Aluminum cooks well because aluminum it’s highly thermally responsive. However, aluminum is also highly reactive to acidic foods and can leach into the food. Though, the amount of aluminum that will leach into your food is minima (7). This Update International skillet is an example of pure aluminum.
  • Secondly, you have hard-anodized aluminum which works to protect against toxicity risk due to acidic food(8). It’s placed in an acid solution with an electric current which leaves a layer of aluminum oxide on its surface. In addition to reducing toxicity, this process also leaves the aluminum skillet more durable as with this Greenpan example.


  • Great heat conductivity

  • Scratch-resistant with metal utensils


  • Toxicity risk with pure aluminum

  • Can be expensive

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Types of Coating

There are two types of coating: ceramic and PTFE (Teflon).


Ceramic cookware has a ceramic coating on top of a metal core (9). However, ceramic coating is not ceramic but sol-gel. Sol-gel is a mixture of silica (sand) and other inorganic chemicals (10).  Sometimes ceramic coatings contain other materials such as diamond, titanium, and copper, but only in the form of powder or particles.


  • Easy to clean

  • Nonstick


  • Ceramic coating is not organic


PFTE stands for PolyteTraFluoroEthylen. It’s a synthetic compound consisting of carbon and fluorine. This solid has a waxy texture and is resistant to corrosion, friction, and high heat which is why it’s mainly used as a non-stick coating for cookware (11)


  • Makes skillets non-stick


  • Chemicals

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Skillet

These key features will help you find the best skillet for your needs.

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First, make sure to choose the right size for your cooktop, storage space and cooking needs.

Cooking Surface

Skillets come in a range of sizes so whether you’re cooking for one or ten, there is a pan for you. Check out the following examples for small to large skillets:


Depending on what you are cooking, you may need a deep or shallow pan. For example, this Joie Mini skillet is 1 inch high so ideal for cooking eggs or bacon. While this Circulon example is nearly 5 inches high which allows you to do things like to deep fry.

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The weight of your skillet will vary according to its material. For instance:

  • This Blue Diamond skillet is made of aluminum and weighs 1.75 pounds
  • This Cuisinart pan is made of stainless steel and weighs 3.04 pounds
  • This Backcountry skillet is made of cast iron and weighs 5.61 pounds

The layers of metal will also contribute to the product’s weight. For instance, stainless steel, aluminum and copper are often layered together and make the skillet heavier.

Finally, the size of your skillet will vary its weight as in the following examples:

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Some skillets can go in the dishwasher while others must be hand washed.

For example, cast iron pans are usually not dishwasher safe because they’re susceptible to rusting and detergents can strip their seasoning. Similarly, carbon steel pans come with the same warning.

Whereas, aluminum, stainless steel and copper are usually fine to go in the dishwasher as with this product, All-Clad.

However, we recommend checking the manufacturer’s directions to be sure.


Similar to dishwasher safety, always check if your cookware is oven-safe.

Some products will have coatings that can’t go in the oven while others are fine up to a certain temperature as with this Michelangelo product which is oven-safe up to 450°F.


Finally, be sure to check if your skillet is compatible with your cooktop. For example, if you use induction cooktops, make sure your pan will work as this Mauviel Fry Pan does.

Or if you have a glass top stove, you will need flat bottomed cookware that won’t scratch as with this KRX wok.

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If you prefer a skillet with a lid, consider choosing a product that comes with one or is a size that matches a lid you already have.
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Some products have an additional handle to the main one which is an excellent feature if your pan is heavy.
This Cuisinel example has just one handle while the Rachael Ray skillet has a helper handle.


Remember to select a skillet with a handle that suits your uses. For example, if you intend on using your pan over an open fire, it must be a material that won’t melt.

The handle materials vary widely. For instance, this Carl Victor product offers a wooden handle while this Avacraft is stainless steel. And an enamel coated cast iron skillet will have a coated handle as with this Mirro pan.

Some products include a silicone protection to prevent you from burning your hand when the handle heats up, such as this Legend Cast Iron.


Finally, some models have rivets (Lodge) while others do not (Cuisinel). Both have their pros and cons so it comes down to preference.

However, remember that rivets can be difficult to clean while those without rivets can’t be easily fixed if they break.

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Consider the skillet brand. Make sure you do your homework to find the best brand for you.

For example:


Calphalon’s founder, Mr. Kasperzak introduced hard-anodized aluminum cookware to the world. The company began selling to commercial buyers but eventually made a name for itself in consumer kitchens across America. Their cookware is known for its classy and modern designs such as that of this sleek Calphalon Nonstick Fry Pan.


Greenpan revolutionized the industry in 2007 with their healthy ceramic nonstick cookware. They’ve refined their manufacturing process so it’s better for you and the planet. Compared to other brands, they’re much more eco-friendly because of their plastic and chemical-free nonstick recipe and their recycled aluminum. Plus their pans come in various colors – like this turquoise GreenPan Rio Healthy Ceramic Nonstick.

Gotham Steel

Made with ceramic and reinforced with titanium, Gotham Steel cookware is known for its strength and non-stick properties. These skillets are dishwasher and oven safe while also scratch and flame-resistant. Check out this product to see for yourself, Gotham Steel Nonstick Frying Pan.


Hexclad is known for its high-tech manufacturing process. They layer various metals so their pans are strong and effective. They also use a laser etching process to create their signature markings that make their pans unique worldwide. If you want a pan for the twenty-first century, this is it: HexClad Revolutionary Laser Etched Hybrid Technology Cookware.


If you’re in search of professional quality, Mauviel is the brand for you. For nearly two-hundred years, Mauviel has produced superior cookware. Michelin-star chefs trust their skillets to create their masterpieces. If you want a high-performance, long-lasting skillet, Mauviel is ideal: Mauviel M’Steel Carbon Nonstick Fry Pan.


This is another established European cookware brand from Belgium. Demeyere creates thoughtfully crafted products for professional chefs and amateur cooks alike. They believe in functionality and style which is evident in their cookware like this Aluminum Non-Stick Frying Pan. They are even part of the Zwilling group.

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Different brands have different warranty terms and lengths. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s website or contact them for the warranty details in case you run into issues with your product.

For example, Mauviel offers a lifetime warranty while Le Creuset’s warranty policy differs from product to product.

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Country of Production

Check where your cookware is made as it may impact the quality. For instance, Le Creuset skillets are made in France while Lodge pans are made in the USA.

The Best Skillets Of 2021

Now that you know what to look for, check out our list of best skillets. We’ve spent hours researching customer reviews, manufacturer specs, and expert advice. We based our favorite pans on value for money, quality, efficiency, and of course, our own insight.

1. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

There’s a reason cast iron skillets have been in use for hundreds of years. They’re strong, heat well, and last ages. This Lodge cast iron nonstick pan is even pre-seasoned to limit sticking.

We chose it as our best overall because it will do the job for years to come.

Our favorite part about this nonstick pan is its multi-use properties. We know that having many pots and pans can overload the kitchen and dishwashing. But with this Lodge skillet, you can fry, braise, sear, bake, sauté and broil.

Plus, this skillet heats evenly and is induction-compatible.

Finally, it comes with a silicone grip helper handle that makes it easier to use.

What We Like

Easy to Clean

One common complaint with cast iron skillets is that they are difficult to clean. However, this Lodge pan solves that issue. Because it’s pre-seasoned, you won’t have the stickiness associated with cast iron. We recommend filling it with water while it’s still hot for the easiest clean.

Even-Heat Distribution

No one wants to find their omelet raw in the middle and charred on the edges thus, a pan that heats evenly is essential. You can rely on this skillet because of cast iron’s tried and true even heat distribution.


The more your pan can do means the more value for your money. You can bake this skillet in the oven, place it on your outdoor grill and even use it on an induction cooktop. Whatever you need to cook, it’s got you covered.

What We Don’t Like


Cast iron is a durable and long-lasting material so it’s quite dense compared to other pans. Therefore, if you prefer lighter cookware, this skillet may not be for you.

Must Re-Season To Prevent Rust

Lodge pre-seasoned this pan so that it’s nonstick. However, you will need to season it more with continuous use. Under seasoning may result in rusting.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 12”, 4 pounds
Material Hard Anodized
Coating Quantanium nonstick interior reinforced with titanium
Lid Included Yes
Oven Safe Yes up to 500°F
Dishwasher Safe No
Induction Safe No
Warranty Limited LIfetime
Country of Production China

2. De Buyer Mineral B Element Fry Pan

When it comes to cooking, we trust the French and therefore, this skillet!

This carbon steel nonstick skillet has the durability of its competitors without the weight. The strength of the material means it’ll be a staple in your kitchen and a great long-term investment.

Plus it’s toxin-free because it’s coated in beeswax.

Above all, however, we love the choice of sizes. It’s always a hassle to clean a massive frying pan when you’ve only cooked one egg. Especially if you have limited space. With this skillet, you can choose the perfect size for your cooking needs

What We Like

Choices of Size

This frying pan comes in six different sizes ranging from 8 to 14 inches. We know that one-size-fits-all doesn’t always prove true when it comes to cooking. For instance, whether you prefer crepes or pancakes, there’s a perfect size for your cooking needs.

Long-Term Investment

Carbon Steel is durable and long-lasting. Many customers vouch for this product because they’ve had it for years and use it daily. Therefore, its excellent value for money earns this skillet its spot on our best list.


The less toxins the better when it comes to cookware. This skillet’s beeswax coating means you can eat your food with the assurance that no chemicals have made their way onto your plate.

What We Don’t Like

Cleaning Takes Time

Some customers say this carbon steel pan takes time to clean. Additionally, you’ll likely have to use steel wool to get this skillet to shine.

Seasoning With the Beeswax Coating

Finally, to season this saucepan, you may need to dedicate some time and energy. Some reviewers even comment on needing to remove the beeswax coating to season to their liking. In other words, if you do not have the time or the wish, you may want to choose a different material for your skillet.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 8”, 9.5”, 10.25”, 11”, 12.5”, 14”
Material Alloy Steel
Coating Beeswax
Lid Included No
Oven Safe Yes at a maximum of 400°F
Dishwasher Safe No
Induction Safe Yes
Warranty One-year
Country of Production France

3. Presto 06852 Electric Skillet

No room, no problem. If you don’t have space for a stove or oven or if you’ve run out of burners, this electric skillet is your solution.

It’s a nonstick coating on the inside and the outside makes cleaning a breeze. You can even put it in the dishwasher.

In addition to these features, it’s electric and heats fast.

Finally, however, this pan made it onto our best skillets list because of its convenience. You can cook anywhere with electricity and then use it to serve meals buffet-style. One less serving dish for you to wash will make life that much easier!

Related : The Best Electric Skillets of 2021

What We Like

The Glass Lid

This frying pan comes with a fitted glass lid. So you can check up on your food as it cooks without disrupting the heat consistency. It’s especially convenient when steaming and re-heating.

Heats Up Fast

One notable upside to electric skillets is their efficiency. The pan will heat up quickly and the glass lid will help increase heat retention. Whether you’re in a rush to cook your food or not, the lower energy bill is a nice bonus.

Doubles As A Serving Dish

Piled-up serving dishes are a big downside of entertaining. This skillet means one less serving dish to wash because you can cook in it and then place it right on the buffet. It will keep its contents warm so your guests can come back for seconds without the hassle of re-heating.

What We Don’t Like

Temperature Settings Can Be Too Extreme

One downside to electric skillets is the preset temperatures. Some customers say that their pan will get too hot at certain settings and not hot enough at others.

The Nonstick Coating Doesn’t Last Long

This skillet’s nonstick surface on both the inside and out may become less effective over time. Thus, it requires re-seasoning as it ages.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 23 x 13 x 9 inches, 9 lbs
Material Aluminum
Coating Non-stick
Lid Included Yes
Oven Safe N/A
Dishwasher Safe Yes (with heat control removed)
Induction Safe N/A
Warranty One year limited warranty
Country of Production China

4. Blue Diamond Ceramic Frying Pan

Sparkling clean isn’t a figure of speech when it comes to this ceramic skillet. Blue Diamond’s nonstick coating is actually diamond-infused.

This frying pan is oven and broiler-safe, dishwasher-friendly, and toxin-free.

In addition to all these features, it’s budget-friendly. This saucepan proves that great cookware doesn’t need to break the bank. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just need to fry some eggs, this pan fits the bill.

What We Like

Light Weight

The benefit of ceramic compared to other materials is its lightweight. Weighing only 2.2 pounds, you can cook like a pro without the extra arm workout.

Extra Strong Base

Cooking with a skillet that has a warped base can ruin your food and be frustrating. This pan’s Warp Control Base was designed to limit damage and therefore, lengthen its product life.

What We Don’t Like

Scratches May Appear After a While

This skillet is safe for metal utensils however, scratches may appear after a while. If you prefer flawless-looking frying pans, this is an element to consider.

Handle Gets Hot

Its riveted stainless steel handle is for ideal comfort but can heat up fast. Thus, we recommend using oven mitts or similarly, buying a silicone grip to avoid burning your hands.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 12”
Material Aluminum, Ceramic
Coating Toxin-free diamond-infused ceramic nonstick
Lid Included No
Oven Safe Oven and broiler safe up to 600°F
Dishwasher Safe Yes
Induction Safe No
Warranty 90-day money back guarantee
Country of Production China

5. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Handle Skillet

Le Creuset has been well-renowned in the cookware industry for almost a hundred years.

This skillet is durable and wear-resistant. It has a black enamel interior that prevents sticking so you can cook with little to no extra fat. It’s dishwasher safe and cleans easily.

This enameled cast-iron skillet by Le Creuset combines modern materials with classic French charm. So, if you’re looking for a highly functional yet fashionable nonstick pan, look no further.

What We Like

Damage Resistant

This pan comes with a lifetime warranty because of its durability. Cast iron is long-lasting generally but Le Creuset has gone one step further using enamel to resist stains and wear and tear.

Helper Handle Helps With the Weight

Cast iron skillets are heavy so this pan has a loop helper handle on its side to help you transfer it from stove to oven to table or wherever you need to take it.

Colour Choice

Le Creuset is famous for its color choices. This pan will brighten up your kitchen. Whether you choose their dreamy turquoise or cherry red, don’t be surprised if this cast iron skillet steals the spotlight when you entertain.

No Further Seasoning So Lower Fat Cooking

Le Creuset has mastered the seasoning part with their black enamel coating so you don’t have to. If you don’t want the hassle of pre-seasoning your cast iron skillet but are also not looking to cook with loads of butter, this pan is for you.

What We Don’t Like


This pan is long-lasting, durable and nonstick so these many features and impressive design do come at higher cost than other skillets.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 10.25”, 5.15 pounds
Material Cast iron
Coating black enamel
Lid Included No
Oven Safe Yes up to 500°F
Dishwasher Safe Yes
Induction Safe Yes
Warranty LIfetime
Country of Production France

6. All-Clad D5 5-Ply Stainless Steel Skillet

The All-Clad method is so good, they patented it.

All-Clad crafts this skillet by layering stainless steel and conductive aluminum creating a smooth and solid base. This process produces a warp-resistant pan with superior heat conduction.

It’s oven, dishwasher and induction-safe to make your life even easier. Plus, its Starburst finish gives it that perfect shine we expect from stainless steel products.

If you’re looking for a sleek, strong, stainless steel skillet, All-Clad has you covered.

What We Like

Pouring Rims

How many times have you gone to transfer the contents of your pan only to have half fall out the sides? This skillet has flared rims specifically designed for pouring to solve that issue.

5-Ply Means Lower Heat

This skillet has five layers of bonded stainless steel and aluminum so the heat is evenly distributed. This process minimizes warping and hotspots so your food is cooked just how you want it. All this metal means you don’t have to go above medium heat and can save on energy bills.

What We Don’t Like

Can Be Stickier Than Other Materials

This skillet doesn’t have the easy food release that other nonstick pans on our list do. We recommend cooking with oil or butter to ensure your food doesn’t stick.


It’s highly polished finish can show some wear and tear over the years. Even with proper cleaning, you may find this pan looking worn after a while.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 8”, 10”, 12”
Material Stainless Steel
Coating Starburst Finish
Lid Included No
Oven Safe Oven and broiler-safe up to 600°F
Dishwasher Safe Yes
Induction Safe Yes
Warranty Lifetime
Country of Production USA

7. Cuisinart 622-30G Chef’s Classic Hard-Anodized

Hard-Anodized is even harder than stainless steel, if you can believe it!

This nonporous, wear-resistant skillet can handle anything. It has a Quantanium nonstick interior that’s reinforced with titanium. You can skip the oil and butter because this skillet easily releases sticky food.

Additionally, its black finish means it won’t show stains the way other nonstick pans do.

If you want further reassurance, its lifetime warranty means Cuisinart is certain it’ll do the job for years to come.

What We Like

Tempered Glass Lid

We love that this skillet comes with a fitted tempered glass lid so that you can watch your food cook without disrupting its temperature. Additionally, it’s a great way to let all the flavours soak into your dish.

Wear Resistant

Hard anodized is an excellent choice if you are looking for a wear-resistant, long lasting pan. It’s durable and scratch resistant. Similarly, the pan’s aluminum core helps spread heat evenly to prevent damage.

Sloped Sides To Eliminate Hotspots

The skillet’s sloped sides means that whatever you are cooking will spread across the pan evenly. This increases the cooking surface area and ensures even heat.

Designed for Fat-Free Cooking

If you don’t want your food to stick to your pan but also aren’t looking to add extra calories with oil and butter, this pan is ideal. Its Quantanium nonstick interior is made even stronger with titanium so food doesn’t get stuck and you only have to add fat if you want to.

What We Don’t Like

Will Burn on High Heat

However, be careful with your temperature. This pan heats up very quickly because of the hard anodized and the aluminum core.

Need to Wash By Hand

If you prefer a pan that you can toss in the dishwasher after use, you may want to reconsider this nonstick skillet. Additionally, be sure not to use steel wool when washing by hand as it will damage the exterior finish.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 12”, 4 pounds
Material Hard Anodized
Coating Quantanium nonstick interior reinforced with titanium
Lid Included Yes
Oven Safe Yes up to 500°F
Dishwasher Safe No
Induction Safe No
Warranty Lifetime
Country of Production China

8. Copper Chef Skillet

Style and practicality meet in this Copper Chef skillet.

It comes with a tempered glass lid manufactured with thermal shock-resistant technology so you can turn up the heat without worrying your lid will shatter.

Plus, this skillet has a built-in induction plate so you don’t have to use the high heat and can save energy. Speaking of eco-friendly, its non-stick coating is toxic chemical-free.

Finally, this pan’s exterior coating keeps it from oxidizing unlike other copper pans that require re-polishing every so often.

What We Like

Stylish but Durable

Copper cookware is all the rage right now, but functionality is also important. This pan can endure heat for long periods of time without damage. Your sauces can simmer for hours in this nonstick skillet while it adds a trendy touch to your kitchen. Plus it’s coated unlike other copper frying pans so it won’t tarnish with time.


The CeramiTech nonstick coating means you can cook with less fat and is also free of PTFE, PFOA, PFOS and Cadmium. It’s healthier for you and the planet because it’s free of toxic chemicals.

What We Don’t Like

Can Be Difficult to Season

This pan has a nonstick coating. However, if you prefer to season your pans, some customers say that it can be complicated with copper.

Additional Specs

Available Sizes 10”, 2.6 pounds
Material Aluminum
Coating Ceramic Nonstick
Lid Included Yes
Oven Safe Yes up to 850F, Lid up to 500 F
Dishwasher Safe Yes
Induction Safe Yes
Warranty Lifetime
Country of Production China

Skillet Comparison Chart

ProductAvailable SizesMaterialCoatingLid IncludedOven SafeDishwasher-Safe Induction SafeCountry of Production
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet10.25 inchesCast ironPre-seasonedNoYesSilicone handle holder is dishwasher safe, skillet is notchooseUSA
De Buyer - Frypan8”, 9.5”, 10.25”, 11”, 12.5”, 14”Alloy SteelBeeswaxNoYes at a maximum of 400 degrees Fahrenheit NochooseFrance
Presto Electric Skillet23 x 13 x 9 inches, 9 lbsAluminumNon-stickYesN/AYes (with heat control removed)chooseChina
Blue Diamond Ceramic Frying Pan12 inchesAluminum, CeramicToxin-free diamond-infused ceramic nonstickNoOven and broiler safe up to 600°FYeschooseChina
Le Creuset Enameled Skillet10.25”, 5.15 poundsCast ironblack enamel NoYes up to 500°FYeschooseFrance
All-Clad D5 Skillet8”, 10”, 12”Stainless SteelStarburst FinishNo Oven and broiler-safe up to 600°FYeschooseUSA
Cuisinart 622-30G Skillet12”, 4 poundsHard AnodizedQuantanium nonstick interior reinforced with titaniumYesYes up to 500°FNochooseChina
Cuisinart 622-30G Skillet10”, 2.6 poundsAluminumCeramic NonstickYesYes up to 850°F, Lid up to 500°FYeschooseChina


A quick summary of the most common questions before you choose your skillet.

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Are Skillets Recyclable?

Yes, skillets are recyclable if they’re aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, or copper. But if they’re coated with ceramic or PTFE, they must be stripped of the coating.(12)
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What Skillets Do Chefs Use?

Chefs usually use copper because of its superior heat conductivity. It also appears to be more authentic-looking in professional kitchens and chic restaurants. You can find more information here: Cheftalk Article

Light Your Fire With The Perfect Skillet

We understand that the many pans out there can be overwhelming. Knowing what to look for can help you find your dream skillet without the hassle of browsing for hours.

Whichever skillet you choose, be sure to consider the most important features like brand, material, and compatibility. Who knows, you may even find a pan that will last a lifetime.

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About the Author

Heloise Blause

Since always, I am passionate about food; I enjoy writing and want to share my passion and offer quality articles to my readers. On Homekitchenland, I like to research, review, and compare kitchen appliances, write product reviews, and develop recipes.

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