Finally, nonstick skillets that aren’t a flash in the pan.

Consumer Reports’ tests have found three inexpensive nonstick skillets that are keepers. Fried eggs easily slide out of each pan, one after another. Cleanup is a cinch. The clincher? These pans range in price from $15 to $40. 

"Food cooks evenly in all three pans, and each handle stays cool to the touch," says Cindy Fisher, who oversees Consumer Reports’ cookware tests. "Even after we roughed up the pan in our tests, eggs slid out with just a nudge or two."

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Lab Tested for Your Home
Our lab kitchen heats up when our experts put fry pans to the test. We evaluate both nonstick and uncoated pans for how well they turns out evenly browned pancakes, and how well nonstick surfaces release fried eggs when the pan is new—and then again when the coating is worn.

We use an instrument to assess a handle’s sturdiness, and measure how hot it gets during heating. We test the durability of nonstick surfaces with a machine that rubs steel wool over the coating until it has worn through or up to 2,000 strokes, whichever comes first. A big part of nonstick’s appeal is easy cleanup, so we note how difficult it is to wash away a sticky béchamel sauce. 

Cookware Brands in Our Tests

You’ll find over two dozen nonstick and uncoated pans in our frying pan ratings from such familiar brands as All-Clad, Cuisinart, Faberware, Le Creuset, and Lodge. Rachael Ray, Copper Chef, and Red Copper—as seen on TV—are in our frying pan ratings, too. 

We shop where you shop, so Member's Mark from Sam’s Club has been added to the mix, along with frying pans from Gotham Steel, GreenPan, Orgreenic, Swiss Diamond, and Tramontina.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of three impressive frying pans that sell for $40 or less. All come with a lifetime warranty.


Before you shop, check our cookware buying guide and frying pan and cookware set ratings.
 

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Member's Mark Nonstick (Sam's Club) frying pans

Price: $15

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Red Copper Nonstick frying pans

Price: $20

Cooking evenness
Nonstick food release-new
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Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick frying pans

Price: $40

Cooking evenness
Nonstick food release-new
Nonstick durability
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