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Updated: 20 May 2022

Best non-stick frying pans

We tested popular non-stick frying pans from Tefal, GreenPan, Le Creuset, John Lewis and more to see which cooked evenly, were most durable and didn't stick to the food
Joey Willoughby-Rainsford

How much do you need to spend to get a non-stick frying pan you can rely on? In February 2022 we put 16 popular frying pans through a barrage of tough tests to see which had the best and most durable non-stick surface and which cooked most evenly.

The frying pans we tested ranged in price from £8 to £185. We assessed pans from Amazon, John Lewis, Lakeland and more to see which ones cooked evenly, had the best and most durable non-stick surface and were easiest to clean.

Pricing and availability last checked 29 April 2022.


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The best non-stick frying pans

Only logged-in Which? members can view the non-stick frying pan test results below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the non-stick frying pans we tested. 

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Amazon Basics stainless steel non-stick induction frying pan

Amazon Basics stainless steel non-stick induction frying pan

Only available at Amazon£20.30.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.2kg

Dishwasher safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven safe: Yes Induction hob: Yes

We found plenty to love about this Amazon frying pan but plenty to frustrate too. Log in or join Which? to instantly unlock this and all our other reviews. 

AnyDay by John Lewis non-stick aluminium frying pan

AnyDay by John Lewis Non-Stick Aluminium Frying Pan

Only available at John Lewis£10 (out of stock).

Diameter and weight: 26cm, 578g

Dishwasher-safe: No

Oven-safe: No Induction hob: Yes

The AnyDay by John Lewis frying pan is small and the lightest we tested. It's also one of the thinnest and cheapest. 

Did its build and price count against it? Log in now or join Which? to find out how this cheap non-stick frying pan stood up against the pricier non-stick pans we tested.

Argos Home non-stick aluminium frying pan

Argos Home Non-Stick Aluminium Frying Pan

Cheapest price: £8 available at Argos, Sainsbury's.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 662g

Dishwasher-safe: Yes, although packaging recommends washing by hand

Oven-safe: No Induction hob: No

Can a frying pan for less than £10 really have a durable non-stick surface? Our testing taught us that you need be prepared to pay a bit more if you want non-stick that stands up to heavy usage, but we found less pricey frying pans with decent non-stick surfaces. 

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Earthpan Eco frying pan

Earthpan Eco Frying Pan

Cheapest price: £52.99 available at Lakeland, also available at John Lewis, Prestige.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 970g

Dishwasher-safe: No

Oven-safe: Yes, up to 150°C Induction hob: Yes

This Earthpan is a ceramic non-stick frying pan that the manufacturer claims is produced from recycled and recyclable materials, creating 88% less C02 emissions. We weren't able to put these claims to the test but we did test it for non-stick prowess, durability and how easy it is to use and clean.

We were impressed with its sturdy handle, which has an accessible screw that's easily reached if the handle ever needs tightening after prolonged use. To find out what else impressed us, log in now or join Which? to instantly unlock all our reviews and recommendations.

Eaziglide Neverstick2 non-stick frying pan

Eaziglide Neverstick2 non-stick frying pan

Only available at John Lewis£52.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.37kg

Dishwasher-safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven-safe: Yes, up to 260°C Induction hob: Yes

We tested two Eaziglide frying pans - this Neverstick2 and the Neverstick3. This is the lighter and slightly cheaper of the two but it impressed us more than its bulkier stablemate. 

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Eyeing up a full set of Eaziglide pans? See how the Eaziglide Neverstick2 saucepan fared in our Best saucepans review.


Eaziglide Neverstick3 professional frying pan

Eaziglide Neverstick3 professional frying pan

Cheapest price: £55 available at Eaziglide, John Lewis.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1.2kg

Dishwasher safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven safe: Yes, up to 260°C Induction hob: Yes

The Eaziglide Neverstick3 is the newer sibling of the Easiglide Neverstick2. It's designed with an even tougher non-stick coating, Eaziglide says.

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GreenPan Venice Pro Ceramic non-stick frying pan

GreenPan Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan

Cheapest price: £48 available at GreenPan, also available at Amazon, John Lewis.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.3kg

Dishwasher-safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven-safe: Yes, up to 260°C Induction hob: Yes

This ceramic non-stick frying pan from GreenPan's Venice range has high sides and a wide cooking surface. The smooth stainless steel handle is riveted to the pan and has a high arch, keeping your hand away from the heat. 

GreenPan makes a number of eco claims and, while we can't confirm these, we can tell you whether this frying pan is likely to stand the test of time. Log in now or join Which? to instantly unlock its review and all our others.

JML non-stick Copper Stone frying pan

JML Non Stick Copper Stone Frying Pan

Cheapest price: £29.97 available at Asda, also available at Argos, Dunelm, Robert Dyas.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1.04kg

Dishwasher safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven safe: Yes, up to 150°C Induction hob: Yes

JML says its Copper Stone frying pan has a durable non-stick coating. It's made from forged aluminium with a steel base. 

Was the non-stick coating any good for dry-frying and was it scratch resistant? Log in or join Which? to read our full review and find out.


If the Copper Stone frying pan is on your shopping list, you may be interested in the JML griddle pan too. See how it fared in our quest to find the Best griddle pans.


Lakeland Stainless Steel non-stick Frying Pan

Lakeland stainless steel non-stick frying pan

Only available at Lakeland: £40.99.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1.57kg

Dishwasher safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand 

Oven safe: Yes, up to 200°C Induction hob: Yes

Lakeland says this frying pan has an encapsulated aluminium base for even heat distribution. 

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Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel non-stick frying pan

Le Creuset 3-Ply stainless steel non-stick frying pan

Cheapest price: £185 available at Le Creuset, John Lewis.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.69kg

Dishwasher-safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven-safe: Yes, up to 260°C Induction hob: Yes

This Le Creuset frying pan is the priciest and heaviest we tested. It's sleek and stylish with a smooth polished stainless steel exterior. There are two handles riveted in place, the longer of which has a high arch to keep your hand away from the heat. The second handle is a hoop. 

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Oxo Good Grips non-stick frying pan

OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Frying Pan

Cheapest price: £51.99 available at Amazon, also available at Lakeland.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.13kg

Dishwasher-safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven-safe: Yes, up to 200°C Induction hob: Yes

The Oxo Good Grips non-stick frying pan has one of the most comfortable handles of all the pans we tested, and it's riveted in place and covered in silicone. The handle also has a high arch, keeping your hand away from the heat. 

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ProCook Professional Anodised frying pan

ProCook Professional Anodised Frying Pan

Only available at ProCook£56

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1.13kg + lid 0.73kg

Dishwasher-safe: Yes, lid too, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven-safe: Yes, up to 260°C; lid up to 180°C Induction hob: Yes

This non-stick frying pan from ProCook has a riveted brushed-chrome handle. It was one of two we tested that comes with a lid (made of clear glass). There's a high arch to the handle to keep your hand away from the heat while cooking. 

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ProCook Professional Granite frying pan

ProCook Professional Granite frying pan

Only available at ProCook£56.

Diameter and weight: 28cm, 1.15kg + lid 0.73kg

Dishwasher safe: Yes, lid too, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven safe: Yes, up to 260°C Induction hob: Yes

ProCook says this granite frying pan is forged with an aluminium body for strength and durability and offers amazing heat distribution. It's one of the two frying pans we tested that comes with a lid.

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Tefal Cook Healthy non-stick Aluminium frying pan

Tefal Cook Healthy non-stick aluminium frying pan

Only available at Argos£34

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.43kg

Dishwasher safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven safe: Yes Induction hob: Yes

We put two Tefal pans frying pans to the test, as Tefal is one of the biggest brands for non-stick cookware.

Tefal says this Cook Healthy frying pan is its first to have an extra-resistant non-stick coating enriched with natural minerals to provide a strong non-stick for quick and easy cooking. 

To find out if the non-stick coating lives up to those claims, log in or join Which? to read our full review and find out.

Tefal Emotion Stainless Steel non-stick frying pan

Tefal Emotion stainless steel non-stick frying pan

Only available at John Lewis£52

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 1.4kg

Dishwasher safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven safe: Yes, up to 175°C for an hour Induction hob: Yes

This was the pricer of the two Tefal frying pans we tested. Just like the Tefal Cook Healthy pan, this one has Tefal's Thermo-Spot heat indicator - the circle in the middle that turns solid red when the pan reaches the optimum cooking temperature. 

Tefal also claims this frying pan has an extra-thick 'Titanium' non-stick surface, which means you can use metal utensils on it. It also says that, whether you're flipping an egg or stirring a sauce, the coating won't scratch.

We put each of the frying pans we tested through a durability test to see how the non-stick coatings held up.

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Tesco frying pan

Tesco frying pan

Only available at Tesco£8.

Diameter and weight: 30cm, 680g

Dishwasher safe: Yes, but we recommend washing by hand

Oven safe: No Induction hob: No

The Tesco frying pan was the cheapest frying pan we tested, but was it the best frying pan we tested for less than £20.

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How we tested non-stick frying pans

Over the course of five days, we took all 17 non-stick frying pans to our kitchen and conducted the following tests on them: 

Non-stick

We dry-fried four eggs together in each non-stick frying pan for five minutes, after giving each pan one minute to preheat. 

Once the eggs had fried for five minutes, we tried to slide them onto a plate. If they didn't slide out by themselves, we attempted to pop a silicone spatula underneath them to get them moving. 

The bottom half of the eggs in a few pans ripped off completely, and other pans had parts of the egg left behind. We were able to cleanly slide eggs out of five of the pans we tested.

From this test, we ranked the pans from best to worst for non-stick performance. The pans with the least sticking got the highest scores.

Egg residue in frying pan
An example of a frying pan that did poorly in our non-stick test.

Heat distribution

To test the evenness of cooking, we cooked two pancakes in each frying pan. 

Our pancake batter was made using a standard recipe that was the same for each pan.  We carefully wiped each pan with oiled kitchen paper before cooking each pancake - we used one teaspoon of oil per sheet of kitchen roll.

We cooked each pancake for two minutes on each side (after preheating each pan for one minute) recording how evenly each pancake's two surfaces were cooked. We checked whether any parts were undercooked or burnt or if any edges or sides were a lighter colour. 

Each non-stick frying pan was then ranked from most to least even heat distribution. 

A spirit level was used to ensure the pans and our hob were flat and level.

Pancake in frying pan
An example of a pancake cooked in a frying pan with good heat distribution.

Scratch resistance

The scratch test was conducted in three parts: 

  1. First, we washed each non-stick frying pan with a scrubbing pad. 
  2. Then we scraped and dragged a metal spatula across each pan's surface back and forth and side to side 10 times. 
  3. Finally, we placed a 25cm-diameter stockpot on each frying pan, pushed down on it and scraped it from side to side. 

We recorded the results of each of these three tests and ranked the frying pans from least to most scratched. The least-scratched pans were ranked higher.

Scratch frying pan
An example of a frying pan that did poorly in our scratch test

Washing

To test how easy each non-stick frying pan is to wash, we took the pans straight after cooking the eggs and dry-fried bacon in them for five minutes after a one-minute preheat. 

Once the burnt bacon was removed, and the pans allowed five minutes to cool, we washed them by hand using one teaspoon of washing-up liquid in 10 litres of hot tap water. The water was renewed for each pan. 

Using a non-scratch sponge, we cleaned each pan and then ranked them from easiest to hardest to clean. 

Even the frying pans we found hardest to clean weren't too difficult.

Build quality

We considered the design and shape of each frying pan and its handles, as well as checking them for any manufacturing faults or flaws.

The best non-stick frying pans impressed us with the quality of their craftsmanship and well-considered designs, while the worst seemed poorly put together.

How we chose these non-stick frying pans

We bought the most popular and bestselling frying pan brands from national retailers. We chose to test larger-sized frying pans, as these are more popular. 

The largest size sold by most retailers for home use is 30cm in diameter, so our test focused on 30cm pans or the largest sizes offered in popular ranges or from popular retailers. 

What does PFOA free mean on the label?

When you see 'PFOA free' on an item of cookware, it simply means the chemical PFOA wasn't used to make the non-stick coating. 

PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) is part of the larger PFASs (perfluorooctanoic acid and polyfluoroalkyl substances) family, a group of thousands of industrial chemicals used in all sorts of everyday items such as food packaging, clothing and cosmetics. 

PFOA was used worldwide as an industrial surfactant in chemical processes, including manufacturing non-stick pan coatings. It's now considered a health concern and subject to regulatory action across the globe. In the UK, these regulations are currently under review. The government is due to have a consultation on a new draft of the UK Chemical Strategy sometime in 2022.  

For more information, check out ClientEarth, PFAS Free and Chem Trust.

All the pans we tested state that they are PFOA free. It is worth noting though that even if a product says it is PFOA free, it still may contain chemicals from the same family of substances.


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How to care for your non-stick frying pan

Most premium and high-end non-stick frying pans come with a use and care guide. We recommend reading this before use and following the instructions. 

Here are a few simple tips to get the best use and longest life out of your non-stick frying pan: 

  • Hand-wash it with hot soapy water before using it for the first time. This way you remove any residue or dirt from the manufacturing or shipping process. After the wash, rinse well and dry completely. 
  • With non-stick frying pans, there is no need to 'prime' or 'cure' them.
  • Don't use metal utensils on your pans. It's much safer to stick to wooden or silicone utensils.
  • When cooking, stick to medium or low heat settings as much as possible. Avoid constant high heat, as the non-stick coating could start to deteriorate.
  • Allow the pan to cool naturally before you wash it. Drastic temperature changes can warp the pan. 
  • Always hand-wash with a dishcloth or non-scratch sponge, even if the pan is dishwasher-safe.
  • Try to store your non-stick pans without anything on top of them. If that isn't possible, use a tea towel or sheet of kitchen roll to protect the non-stick surface. 

Which frying pans can go in the oven and on an induction hob?

Our table below shows you at a glance which of the non-stick frying pans are safe for ovens, induction hobs and dishwashers.

Frying panOven-safeInduction hobDishwasher-safe
Amazon Basics stainless steel non-stick induction frying panYesYesYes, but we recommend hand washing
AnyDay by John Lewis non-stick aluminium frying panNoYesNo
Argos Home non-stick aluminium frying panNoNoYes, but hand-wash recommended
Earthpan Eco frying panYes, up to 150°CYesNo
Eaziglide Neverstick2 non-stick frying panYes, up to 260°CYesYes, but we recommend hand washing
Eaziglide Neverstick3 professional frying panYes, up to 260°CYesYes, but we recommend hand washing
GreenPan Venice Pro Ceramic non-stick frying panYes, up to 260°CYesYes, but we recommend hand washing


Why don't all pans work on induction hobs?

To work on an induction hob (a type of electric hob), pans need a minimum amount of ferrous/magnetic material in their base, otherwise, they won't work effectively. People who buy an induction hob often find that some of their existing pans work well, some don't work at all, and you get some in between (where there's some magnetic material but not enough for optimum performance).

We bought all the products we tested and no food was wasted to bring you these results.