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The Best 12-Inch Stainless-Steel Skillets

Our longtime favorite 12-inch pan by All-Clad faces new competition. Is it still the best choice?

By and Updated Sept. 1, 2022

What You Need To Know

We love stainless-steel skillets in the test kitchen. While cast-iron, carbon steel, and even nonstick have been elbowing them out of the limelight, they're still our top choice for achieving golden, uniform browning and developing fond, the secret weapon of chefs. Those browned bits of stuck food are the source of deeply flavorful dishes and pan sauces—but only if you have a high-q...