When buying a non-stick frying pan, it is always worth shopping around to find the best pan for your needs.
Of course, we’ve done all the shopping around for you here. Before we started writing this cookware article, we explored the web to find the most popular, best non-stick frying pans in the UK right now.
So, if you need a frying pan, you’re in the right place. But how did we choose these amazing frying pans?
Well, we created a buyer’s guide to non-stick frying pans and followed that. Before we get to our favourite pans, here is that buyers guide. It’s got all you need to know about purchasing a frying pan.
Guide to Choosing a Non-Stick Frying Pan
Know your non-stick coatings
When choosing a non-stick frying pan, it is important to know what the type of non-stick coating it has.
For many years, manufacturers of frying pans used non-stick coatings that contained harmful chemicals. These chemicals were PTFE and PFOA. These were known for breaking down at high temperatures, typically over 240 degrees Celsius. This breakdown meant that harmful chemicals could be released into your food.
Thankfully, a lot of manufacturers are now breaking away from these non-stick coatings. They are opting instead for more natural non-stick coatings like ceramic and titanium.
Ceramic and titanium provide a really strong bond to the metal of the pan and offer an excellent non-stick coating that will last for years.
Depending on how you use a frying pan, of course, a non-stick coating with PFOA or PTFE can work for you. However, for the most flexibility and durability, while cooking, we recommend a more modern non-stick coating like ceramic or titanium.
Frying pans can be made from stainless steel, aluminium, copper and more. Does the metal really make a difference, though? Well, in a way, yes.
A pan made from aluminium, for example, will heat up differently when compared to a copper pan.
Also, some materials will not work with induction hobs. Keep in mind that frying pans are intended for different purposes, and some are created for a specific cooking method.
Generally, though, if you want a solid frying pan that will last years and perform well during those years, stainless or aluminium is a good bet.
Even really good frying pans come with a variety of wall thickness. Some very high-end pans have a really thin wall.
This isn’t because the pan is made cheaply; it is designed that way. A thin-walled frying pan heats up really quickly but doesn’t hold heat in so it needs constant high heat to perform well.
A thick-walled frying pan, on the other hand, can hold heat really well, it just takes a bit longer to heat up.
For everyday use, a thick-walled pan is usually acceptable. However, some people prefer a thinner wall.
Is one frying pan enough?
We recommend having a few sizes of frying pan. In fact, at home, I have two frying pans of the same size and then another one that is a lot smaller for eggs.
We only have two of the same size frying pans because my partner liked the look of one and I preferred the other.
However, having two frying pans really helps when creating different parts of a meal. For example, if I fancy tuna one night, but my partner wants a steak, we can sear both and cook them to perfection at the same time.
Even if you live alone, two frying pans can be used to cook different components of a meal. Now that we own two frying pans, we certainly won’t be going back to just one, two are so handy!
In most cases, 26cm to 30cm is a good size. With a 30cm frying pan, you can put a good amount of spinach in it or sear a steak without the frying pan cooling down too much.
If you love your steak, 30cm is the best option. As steaks are large, you need a larger pan so that when the meat is first put into the pan, it doesn’t draw all of the heat away from the bottom and the sides.
A 20cm frying pan is excellent for eggs and omelettes, but it isn’t as universal as a pan that’s 26cm to 30cm.
Induction hob ready?
About 80% of frying pans now work with induction hobs because they are increasingly popular. However, if you own an induction hob, or want to own one in the near future, always check. Particularly if you’re purchasing a frying pan on our list.
The frying pans below are extremely good quality, and you’ll have them for years. So, you won’t want to give up your favourite frying pan because it isn’t compatible with your new hob.
Is it oven-safe?
Even frying pans with plastic handles claim to be oven-safe nowadays, but are they really? Some manufacturers claim their frying pans can be used in an oven up to 400 degrees Celsius. For others, it’s about 250 degrees.
If you love transferring your frying pan to the oven, this is an important factor to check. Also, go for a pan that can easily handle the temperatures you typically cook at.
If you go for a pan that can just about manage the heat, the non-stick coating could begin to fail, or other parts of the pan.
Is it dishwasher-safe?
Most non-stick frying pans are dishwasher safe, but do check. Pans made from cast iron, for example, can’t be put in the dishwasher as the cleaning cycle will affect the seasoning on the pan.
To sum up this frying pan buyer guide, there is no pan in the world perfect for everyone. There are certainly general-purpose frying pans that will work perfectly for most general tasks. However, if you want a frying pan for a specific reason, these are things to consider:
- How many pans do I need?
- Should the walls be thick or thin?
- What material should it be made from?
- Will it work on my induction hob?
- The perfect size for me
- Is it oven and dishwasher safe?
Asking yourself how you use or want to use a frying pan will help you buy the right pan for the job. I have a Tefal non-stick frying pan and an aluminium skillet that I love, but you may hate the combination.
Cooking should be enjoyable and so finding the equipment that can bring you as much joy as possible is important.
We hope this frying pan buyer’s guide has helped you narrow down the pans you’re considering.
Are you ready to find out which pans are the best in the UK now? Let’s do just that, shall we?
Best Non-Stick Frying Pans in the UK
1. Tefal 30cm Comfort Max Non-Stick Frying Pan
The reason this Tefal Comfort Max made the top of our list is simple. Firstly, it has the ThermoSpot that has served many Tefal owners, like myself, well for many years. This spot lets you know when the frying pan is at the perfect temperature.
It also has a very durable non-stick coating. This is called the Power Resist non-stick coating, and it is safe in the oven up to 175 degrees.
If you want a frying pan that can be transferred to a hot oven, perhaps choose another pan on our list. However, for general cooking tasks, this Tefal is perfect.
It’s made from superior grade stainless steel. It has a very robust base that won’t deform, and the base will work with an induction hob too.
I love this frying pan because it is very comfortable to use. It is also well made, and the non-stick coating is fantastic.
2. Le Creuset 28cm Toughened Non-Stick Frying Pan
This frying pan from Le Creuset certainly wins on style points, but it has a lot more to offer than just style too.
The frying pan is made from aluminium and has 3 layers of a PFOA-free non-stick coating. The coating’s so good that you can use metal utensils with this pan and it has a lifetime warranty.
Plus, as this frying pan has a stainless handle, it can be used in the oven up to 240 degrees Celsius.
Thanks to the aluminium body, this pan has fantastic heat retention. Even on low heats, this pan is capable of sealing food perfectly and creating some wonderful caramelised flavours.
We chose the 28cm frying pan for our list, but it comes in 20cm to 30cm options too. If you want a frying pan with style, class and superior non-stick properties, this one is perfect!
3. Eaziglide Neverstick 2 Frying Pan
Eaziglide makes some exceptional frying pans. The Neverstick 2 range is just the tip of a very non-stick iceberg!
This body of this pan is made from forged aluminium to provide a very robust base. Then, Eaziglide has forge-welded a piece of stainless steel to the bottom of the pan. This forms an unbreakable bond and means this pan is induction hob compatible too.
The Neverstick 2 non-stick coating is a secret formula, but it does contain titanium. This means that this non-stick coating is practically indestructible. Plus, the coating is so good that you don’t need to use oil or butter during cooking.
You can use this pan in the oven, with metal utensils and it is dishwasher safe too. This non-stick coating allows you to cook healthy meals and never worry about your frying pan wearing out!
4. Circulon Premier Professional Twin Pack Frying Pans
Remember when I mentioned that two frying pans are often better than one? Well, that is how this fantastic set of frying pans made our list.
Circulon makes some excellent frying pans that have been featured in a few of our lists. However, these professional frying pans are incredible. Both are made from anodised aluminium and have a stainless-steel base. This means these frying pans are extremely tough.
The non-stick coating on these pans has also been really well thought out. They have used the best non-stick coating possible and then made it better with their Total non-stick system.
Now, I don’t how their Total non-stick system works, but the results are incredible. Circulon has created two frying pans here that will last many years and be extremely versatile in the kitchen too.
5. Carote Non-Stick Frying Pan with Lid
When it comes to non-stick coatings, granite is one of the best choices. The granite coating on this pan comes from Switzerland, and there are five layers of it.
If you can destroy this non-stick coating in a few years, then Carote should hire you as a tester because it is extremely tough.
While this pan could’ve easily made this list with just this coating, the frying pan below the coating is also excellent.
The body of this great pan is made from thick aluminium, but it has a base that will work with an induction hob too.
Plus, this frying pan comes with a lid as well. So, suddenly this amazing frying pan offers so many more ways of cooking.
Carote offers a lifetime warranty with this frying pan too, so use it, abuse it and love it!
6. Circulon Ultimum Stainless Steel Frying Pan
Circulon makes some exceptional frying pans as proved by the two above. However, this frying pan also comes with a lot of style. Sure, it once again is packed full of non-stick goodness, but it also looks beautiful as well!
The body of this frying pan is made from stainless steel which already has excellent non-stick properties. Add in Circulon’s Ultra Total Non-stick system, and it is superior to most frying pans on the market.
Circulon makes an entire system of cookware with the same style as this frying pan, and I love them all.
This range has a very professional style that works wonderfully in a modern kitchen. However, when it comes to cooking, this frying pan performs magic in any kitchen!
7. John Lewis Aluminium and Titanium Non-Stick Frying Pan
John Lewis has been known for making quality cookware for years, and their latest range of cookware keeps this tradition alive and pushes it into the 21st century.
This frying pan is made aluminium. The non-stick coating is titanium-fused ceramic. This non-stick coating is unfazed by anything you can throw at it.
You can use this frying pan in the oven up to 240 degrees. It’s dishwasher safe, and you can use less oil during the cooking process too.
Of course, as this is a John Lewis product, you also get fantastic styling with this pan and a great warranty too. This pan looks professional and feels great to cook with. Whether you’re a beginner cook or a pro, this frying pan is for you!
And there you have it, there is our list of the best non-stick frying pans in the UK in 2020.
With our buyer’s guide, you can get the perfect frying pan for your kitchen and enjoy it for years. However, the Tefal Comfort Max would get our vote all day, every day. Its comfortable handle and the superior non-stick coating make it a joy to use.
We hope this look at non-stick frying pans has been helpful. For more info about non-stick pans, how to get the coating to last as long as possible and more, check out our other articles.
We have a wealth of information about non-stick cookware on here that can help you enjoy cooking that little bit more.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.