Whether you’re simmering soup, flipping pancakes or searing a sirloin, the right pan helps you cook like a pro. The GolfHr Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab logged over 700 data points, fried 165 eggs, seared 50 steaks, and more to rate 35 new cookware lines. We tested how evenly skillets distributed heat on gas and electric ranges, how well they browned meat, and how well saucepans maintained a steady simmer and resisted scorching sauce. We evaluated how well nonstick surfaces released eggs and pancakes and how easy they were to clean. We also checked how easy all cookware was to use, including whether handles became hot to the touch and whether each piece was oven or dishwasher safe.
These top-performing picks can handle the heat! Drumroll, please...
Made of anodized aluminum (with a nonstick finish), this line combines unbeatable performance with durability. The dishwasher-safe pieces with stay-cool handles and lids stack easily to free up storage space. Our kitchen pros were blown away by the pieces’ outstanding heat distribution, quick boiling and even searing. The nonstick coating was so effective that we could scramble eggs or sauté veggies without oil or butter — they slid right off the pan!
The nonstick coating on T-Fal’s pots and pans makes them foolproof when it comes to turning out crepes, frittatas and other sticky foods. Their ergonomic handles stay cool to the touch, so they’re extra comfortable to use when cooking. In our tests, scrambled eggs and pancakes cooked evenly with zero sticking, and marinara sauce simmered steadily even if we didn’t stir it. Whether you hand-wash or use the dishwasher, these pieces clean up beautifully thanks to their dark nonstick finish inside and out.
Made of anodized aluminum with a nonstick interior finish and a stainless steel base that makes it safe for induction burners, All-Clad NS1 was a top performer in our test. It heated evenly, prevented food from sticking to its surface, and no other cookware browned meat more perfectly from edge to edge or boiled water faster. Go ahead and use metal tongs to flip chops — no scratching here.
This nonstick aluminum cookware line from Anolon offers unbeatable performance for a great price. It distributed heat perfectly evenly, maintained a steady simmer, and scrambled eggs (made without oil) with ease in our testing. The silicone-covered stainless steel handles stay cool to the touch throughout cooking, too.
With the Scanpan CTQ line, you can have the beauty of stainless steel and the convenience of a nonstick finish. Unlike many nonstick pans, these can be used for high-heat searing, plus they're oven safe up to 500°F (!) and super easy to clean.
Zwilling's Forté line is here to challenge the notion that nonstick cookware is flimsy. The aluminum pans have five layers of nonstick coating, which means they're super durable and resistant to peeling, scratching, or corrosion.
The red finish on these KitchenAid pans will add a pop of color to your kitchen. On top of stellar cooking results, these induction-safe pieces clean up beautifully, thanks to nonstick interiors and exteriors.