We Can't Get Enough of This Nonstick Cookware

With so many options for nonstick equipment on the market, how can you tell a great nonstick pan from its inferior competitors? We’ve done the work for you.

The cooking surface was slick, both when new and after extensive use, and food never stuck. It’s one of the lightest models we tested, so it was easy to lift and maneuver, but it was also sturdy and resisted denting. All of our testers liked its wide, comfortable handle. Like every other model, its surface became scratched when we used a knife as if to cut a frittata, but it otherwise held up well.

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One of only three pans to pass our test of nonstick coating durability, this pan arrived slick and remained so throughout cooking and abuse tests. It also has a broad cooking surface, gently sloped walls, and a comfortable handle. Because it runs a little hotter than our favorite regular nonstick skillet, you may need to adjust the heat level or cooking time when following recipes. It became scratched when we cut in it.

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The textured surface of this PTFE-free nonstick pan impressed us by producing evenly baked cookies, and its standard size ensured that there was enough space for Parmesan cauliflower to brown nicely. Sticky caramel was no match for the nonstick coating; the caramel-coated popcorn slid off the pan easily. This pan was easy to hand-wash because its coating prevented food from sticking.

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This gold-colored, textured baking sheet produced picture-perfect results. Cauliflower browned evenly, and cookies were a beautiful golden-brown hue. Even very sticky caramel-coated popcorn released easily from the surface. Because we recommend washing all nonstick cookware by hand to preserve the coatings, we didn’t mind that this sheet is not dishwasher-safe. The nonstick coating contains PTFE.

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This mini-muffin tin impressed us with baked goods that were perfectly golden brown and more evenly baked than those made in any other tin. The fairly narrow cups hold 2⅓ tablespoons each, which is the perfect size to produce attractive food that is tender yet fully cooked at the center. Food released easily, and the tin was comfortable to maneuver in and out of the oven due to its roomy 1¼-inch exterior rim.

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This gold-colored muffin tin produced golden-brown muffins, cupcakes, and frittatas, and each item released from this tin’s nonstick coating with ease. There was plenty of space between each cup, so the muffins and cupcakes baked without running into one another. Plus, a 1-inch-wide rim made the tin easy to grab and maneuver into and out of the oven, even while we were wearing bulky oven mitts.

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This griddle heated quickly and evenly, consistently searing burgers and speedily cooking dish after dish with ease. Its 1-inch-tall sides kept grease safely contained, and its large cooking surface easily fit eight pancakes at a time. We also liked its upright, sturdy handles, which allowed for effortless maneuvering. Its nonstick coating didn't scratch in our durability tests and always rinsed clean with minimal scrubbing. This griddle is versatile: compatible with induction, electric, and gas cooktops alike.

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Our former favorite triumphed again. Made from a resin/fiberglass composite, this fish spatula had a relatively thin, smooth head that was long, narrow, and provided ample room for picking up food. Its straight, moderate-length handle brought our hands close to the action and was fairly comfortable to grip, if a little slicker than we preferred. Just don’t leave it on a hot pan—it melted at 450 degrees.  More on this test

The most efficient, comfortable nonstick whisk we tested, this model whipped cream to stiff peaks in 1 minute, 18 seconds—a full minute faster than its nearest rival, and it did so surprisingly effortlessly. With eight moderately flexible, silicone-coated wires set at widely varying lengths, its design offered many points of engagement with any ingredients we wanted to blend, at any angle we needed, without scratching cookware. Testers found its lightly grippy handle (made of thermoplastic rubber) to be very comfortable; its rounded, neutral shape let us easily shift our grasp as needed.

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