The 10 Best Nonstick Skillets You Can Buy Right Now

They were all the rage since the 1960s, but nonstick pans had a fall from grace in recent years. A series of lawsuits in the early 2000s brought to light the dangers of Teflon (also known as PTFE), the most popular nonstick coating at the time, and its direct link to at least six serious health conditions. But a ton has changed since then — namely the 2015 banning of PFOA, also known as C8, which was the toxic chemical in Teflon.

Nonstick pans are a great addition to your culinary arsenal and there are plenty of safe options out there. New coatings and techniques have created a plethora of pans where eggs slide right off, fish keep their skins, and pancakes practically flip themselves — some even without the help of oil or butter. It's truly something to behold. But with all these choices, how is one to pick? Whether you're a nonstick new recruit or a longtime devotee, we've broken down the best nonstick skillets on the market to help you find the one that suits your lifestyle.

Zwilling Madura Plus Forged Nonstick Fry Pan

For an ultra durable nonstick skillet, try the Zwilling Madura Plus Nonstick Fry Pan. This pan is beloved by Bon Appétit, who claims it is "as slick as a greased-up air hockey table." It uses Teflon (again, PFOA free) to achieve this high praise, but this is no regular Teflon. Zwiling's "3-layer DuraSlide granite nonstick coating" with a "​​plasma primer base" is safe against the usual dangers of dishwashers and metal tools. The company even asserts it has "100% improved abrasion resistance compared to conventional non-stick coatings," which have a reputation for wearing down as soon as you use them.

As far as the base, this pan is made of forged aluminum to help it distribute heat. It even has magnets on the bottom to make it compatible with induction stovetops. Reviewers also appreciate its light weight, its stay-cool ergonomic handle, and its ease of cleaning. What's not to love?

OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Frying Pan

The OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Frying Pan offers the winning combination of quality and value. This pan is hard anodized, meaning its aluminum bottom has gone through a process to make it more durable and corrosion resistant. Hard anodized nonstick pans are generally safer than regular aluminum, as they won't react with Teflon coatings should they flake off, and they conduct heat better than stainless steel models.

The only downside to hard anodized pans is they are typically more expensive — but OXO has solved that problem. At $39.99 at the time of writing, this pan is one of the cheapest on the list, while still being super durable and a top performer. It comes with a great review from The Kitchn, who chose it as their top nonstick skillet on the market. It is also Good Housekeeping approved: their reviewer wrote it "was excellent for releasing eggs and flapjacks even without fat or oil." If that wasn't enough, 86% of Amazon reviewers gave the OXO Pro Frying Pan five stars. This pan is affordable, durable, and, most importantly, it really works!

Tramontina Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan

For another affordable option, check out the Tramontina Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan. This pan is lightweight, durable, and heats evenly, according to The Kitchn. They were tempted to try the Tramontina following rave reviews from Wirecutter, who had nothing but good things to say. Wirecutter has been testing Tramontina pans since 2016, and claim that when well taken care of, the coating can last four years before showing signs of wear. They also highlight the handle, which has a comfortable silicon grip (that is removable should you want to pop it in the oven), and "wide-angled corners" that are great for flipping and turning.

So what's the difference between this pan and the other budget option, the OXO? For one, the handle on this one is more comfortable, thanks to its silicon grip. However, the OXO can get slightly hotter: It's oven safe up to 430 F, while the Tramontina only goes to 400 F. Really, both are great affordable options with few drawbacks. Your choice here depends on which features you'll be happier to have.

Hex-Clad Hybrid Pan

The Hex-Clad Hybrid Pan is a great choice for experienced home cooks who want a more versatile nonstick skillet. This pan features three layers of coating (aluminum sandwiched by stainless steel and ceramic nonstick) which are laser etched, so the different layers make contact with your food at different times. This is great because you don't have to choose between the superior browning properties of a stainless pan and the ease of use of a nonstick. It's truly "the best of both worlds," or, at least, that's how Southern Living described it. In addition to providing some great cooking properties, the laser etching is very aesthetically pleasing. The majority of the pan is home to a pattern of small hexagons, and the lip features a delicate houndstooth. Another plus: It's induction range compatible.

The Hex-Clad also comes with a rave review from The Kitchn, who called it a "supremely wonderful pan." They praised both its cooking abilities and its durability, noting it stands up to metal tools and dog teeth alike (yes, seriously). While it is a little pricier than other skillets, coming in at over $100 for a 10-inch pan at time of writing, experienced cooks who care about efficient browning can feel comfortable splurging on something meant to last.

Greenpan Paris Pro

The Greenpan Paris Pro is one of the top performing ceramic nonstick pans, and a great choice for those concerned about their health or the environment. Ceramic pans differ from traditional nonstick in that they are coated in silica rather than PTFE. Silica is a naturally occurring mineral that, when melted down, gives pans a glossy and (relatively) nonstick finish. PTFE, on the other hand, is a plastic compound. Although harmful chemicals like PFOA have been removed from PTFE, some argue that it is still unsafe simply because it is a plastic, which can be cause a variety of other issues if ingested regularly. It is also worth noting that some health claims made by ceramic nonstick brands might not be so accurate (via The Kitchn), so it's up to you to decide which coating is best for your lifestyle.

If you decide that ceramics are the way to go, the Paris Pro is a great place to start. According to Greenpan, not only is its "healthy nonstick ceramic coating" PFOA-free, but it's also plastic-free, which means it won't create harsh fumes at high temperatures or cause health effects if it flakes off into your food.

Greenpan was also the first company to add ceramic nonstick pans to their lineup, so it is no wonder theirs are top performers. The Paris Pro was described as "elegant" by Healthy Cookware Lab, who also said its coating was "reliably good" at releasing tough foods. Chowhound noted how it felt light and easy to maneuver, in addition to giving it high marks for egg frying and scrambling.

Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick Pan

Le Creuset has been a trusted name in cookware since 1925. Like the Hex-Clad, the Toughened Nonstick Pan has a layer of aluminum sandwiched between two stainless layers. The steel makes it induction compatible while the core retains the "fast and even" heating properties of aluminum. This skillet is coated on the inside and outside with nonstick formula for easy cleanup.

The Toughened Nonstick Pan holds up very well in testing. In fact, the only con Good Housekeeping could give this pan was that its riveted handle is "trickier to clean," which is hardly a complaint. Ceramic Cookware Reviews also gave it high praise, saying their eggs were "very happy to slide around the pan" and their pancakes showed "no sign of any burnt or overcooked areas which is a common sign on cheaper lower grade cookware." The one major downside to this skillet is that it's definitely pricey, retailing for $169.99 for a 9.5 inch at time of writing. However, those who have purchased Le Creuset's expensive Dutch ovens know they are built to last and great investments. Their nonstick is no different.

All-Clad HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan

This set from All-Clad features two hard anodized, nonstick skillets for the price of one. These skillets are compatible with any stovetop, and have a high oven-safe threshold of 500 F, making them a great choice for a variety of home cooks. Their high sides create a deep-set cooking surface, which is great for preventing spills or splashes. And if you're worried about ruining them in the dishwasher, rest easy. Their unique bonded steel base prevents warping and deep scratches. Lastly, their tri-ply coating means you won't have to worry about incidental scratching or chipping.

All-Clad nonstick pans consistently appear on "best of" lists and are favorites of both The New York Times and Consumer Reports. Prudent Reviews wrote All-Clad is "exceptionally durable and makes everyday cooking easy," as well as worth the slightly higher price tag. This set is also loved by Amazon users, 83% of whom gave it a five star rating.

Ninja Foodi Neverstick Fry Pan

Another versatile nonstick, the Ninja Foodi Neverstick Fry Pan is like "nonstick, stainless steel and cast iron in one," (per Food Network). Thanks to its use of multiple metals, this pan "promises to sear like stainless steel, handle a 500-degree oven like cast iron and ensures a lifetime of nonstick capabilities," promises which The Food Network claims it lives up to. Their reviewer even wrote the Foodi caused her to replace all her old pots and pans!

According to Ninja, these skillets are forged at 30,000 F, as opposed to the usual 900 F for nonstick, making them extremely durable and oven safe at high temps. They are also great for people who don't want to baby their dishware too much, as you can use them with metal utensils and toss them in the dishwasher. As a last exciting note, they are induction compatible!

The Spruce Eats gave the full Neverstick Cookware Set an "excellent" 4.6 star rating, complimenting their expensive look as well as their cooking prowess and ease of cleaning. The Foodi also made fans out of SFGate, who appreciated its ability to sear steak as well as it can release an egg.

Anolon Advance Hard Anodized Nonstick Skillet

Anolon was the first company to apply nonstick coating to hard anodized pans. Though they invented the tactic more than 30 years ago, Anolon's pans continue to rank best-in-class year after year. Their Advance Hard Anodized Nonstick Skillet features a three-ply core for heat distribution (stainless sandwiching aluminum again, did we mention Anolon is the blueprint?), as well as sturdy "SureGrip" handles that won't slip away. Their nonstick exterior means even splashes and scorch marks will be easy to clean, and their gently lipped edge makes it easy to slide out omelets and crepes.

The Spruce Eats gave the full Anolon Advance cookware set a seriously high 4.8 star "excellent" rating, which is rare for them. It also received high marks on Amazon, where 82% of its nearly 5,000 reviews are five-star. Customers report great durability on these pans, easy maneuverability, and great value for the price — the set of two retailed $79.99 on Amazon at time of writing, making each pan as affordable as the budget options.

Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware Nonstick Frying Pan

The Nordic Ware Restaurant Cookware Nonstick Frying Pan is a solid favorite of restaurant quality. This pan has a "professional grade PFOA-free non-stick interior surface" and a "heavy-gauge pressure cast aluminum" base, making it both slippery and good at conducting heat. It's 2.1 inch depth is great for preventing spills, and the removable silicon grip on its handle makes it comfortable to flip and shake. While it is not dishwasher safe, the entire interior, including the rivets, is nonstick (which really should be standard, but surprisingly is not). It's also NSF certified, which means its safety has been endorsed by an international third party organization. Pretty cool!

Good Housekeeping loves this pan, noting it can both brown meats efficiently and release sticky foods with ease. It's also well-ranked on Amazon, where one reviewer called it the "best nonstick pan I've used." This is a great, affordable pan that can do it all.