The old ways of waiting to create a wedding registry to get a full 10-piece cookware set are over. Don't wait to get married. And don't opt for that full cookware set. Instead, buy the best of each kind of pot and pan—the best cast-iron skillet, the best stainless steel skillet, the best saucepan. Sound overwhelming? Let's just take it one step at a time.
First stop: a good nonstick skillet. You need it for mastering the perfect French omelette. You need it for a stellar soft scramble on an otherwise dreary Saturday morning. And you need it for crêpes, obviously. This weekend you can get two of our winning nonstick skillets at deep discounts at Nordstrom and Sur La Table. And even if you've already built that arsenal of killer pots and pans, your nonstick skillet might need an update (unlike your cast-iron skillet, they need to be replaced every few years). Read on to find out which pot deal is right for you:
All-Clad Nonstick Fry Pan Set
Technically, All-Clad's nonstick pan did not win our product test. Truth be told, we had a hard time finding a winner for the test because so many performed well and came with rave staff reviews. Digital Director David Tamarkin stands by his All-Clad Nonstick Pan, which, like the other top performers, has an aluminum core and multiple layers of PFOA-free coating. That aluminum core means you'll get a level of superior even heating that many cheaper nonstick pans won't afford. Ultimately, it was the expense factor that kept All-Clad from our top spot, even though we trust the brand.
Now that price factor is irrelevant since you can get the nonstick pan at a discount. In fact, you can get two of them for a total of $60 at Nordstrom right now. Essentially, you're getting two of the highest quality nonstick pans for just a little more than the price of one. (And if you prefer larger pans, All-Clad's set of 10 and 12-inch nonstick pans are also offered at a discount right now.
BUY IT: All-Clad 8-Inch & 10-Inch Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan Set, $60 (originally $90) at Nordstrom
GreenPan Heritage Nonstick Skillet
If you're looking for a nonstick pan made of completely natural materials, choose a ceramic pan. We've seen more ceramic pans lose their nonstick ability over time than non-ceramic PFOA-free pans. However, GreenPan is different. The pan is constructed from hard anodized aluminum, which provides even heating, and has a ceramic nonstick coating that's PTFE- and PFOA-free. It's scratch-resistant, induction-friendly, and oven-safe up to 600 degrees—a huge benefit if you often cook with your nonstick pan in the oven.
We loved the look, feel, and heft of the pan—its medium weight was a breeze to use, and pancakes and eggs lifted perfectly off the slick surface. And of all the ceramic pans we tested, the GreenPan appeared to have the most long-lasting coating.
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