The best non-stick frying pans 2017

From flipping pancakes to frying eggs; avoid potentially sticky situations with our list of the best frying pans

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We all know the struggle is real when it comes to frying anything. It all gets stuck to the bottom of the pan, you’re meal looks like a dog's dinner, and then you have to scrub the life out of it to remove the debris. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then you, my friend, need a new frying pan.

And not just any old frying pan, but one of the best non-stick frying pans on the market. We promise you’ll thank us later when you can enjoy your eggs over easy with no casualties in the making. 

How to buy the best frying pan for you

Our list rounds up the best for all budgets and levels of expertise, whether you’re working in a top restaurant or just working on your patented technique for flipping pancakes. You’ll want something with robust construction (usually aluminium or stainless steel), durable coating (ceramic or Tefal), and a comfortable oven-safe handle. 

Those of you looking to limit your intake of fats and oils will appreciate how easy these pans make it to cook with minimal or no amount of oil, and you’ll be pleased to hear you can put the scourer down, as these pans are super easy to clean. And for those eco-warriors out there, we’ve even found you some eco-friendly and toxin-free options below for guilt-free frying.

Our pick of the best frying pans to buy today

1. Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Shallow Frying Pan

A tough pan that is easy to clean and can cook just about anything with ease

Specifications
Best for: Investing
Non-stick Type: Toughened non-stick
Handle: Stainless steel
Available in (cm): 20 / 22 / 24 / 26 / 28 / 30
Reasons to buy
+Durable and long-lasting+Dishwasher safe
Reasons to avoid
-Use with caution above medium heat 

Like all things Le Creuset, this pan will set you back a few pennies, but it’ll be worth it for years of delicious food and hassle-free clean-up. Its stainless steel handle stays cool and looks pretty cool, too. Made of hard-anodised stainless steel, this pan is ridiculously tough yet easy to handle. It is compatible with all hobs and ovens -including induction.  

2. GreenPan Venice Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan

It’s easy being green with this thermolon coated fryer

Specifications
Best for: Eco-warriors
Non-stick Type: Thermolon ceramic
Handle: Stainless steel
Available in (cm): 20 / 24
Reasons to buy
+Safely heated up to 450 celsius+No harmful chemicals
Reasons to avoid
-On the heavy side

This eco-friendly fryer from GreenPan is a good all-rounder. It’s Thermolon coating means that this pan is free from lead, cadmium and other chemicals that you may be concerned about. It still keeps its hard-anodised base and wipe-clean finish inside and out, and it’s suitable for all hob types.  

3. Scanpan CTX

Lightweight, non-stick, and good-looking to boot

Specifications
Best for: Lightweight
Non-stick Type: Ceramic titanium
Handle: Stainless steel
Available in (cm): 20 / 24 / 28
Reasons to buy
+Easy to handle+Ovenproof to 260 degrees celsius
Reasons to avoid
-The most expensive on our list 

If you’re a fan of flipping pancakes, then this is the frying pan for you. A clever combo of steel and aluminium means that the Scanpan feels impressively heavy duty, yet light as a feather to handle. Its special ‘stay cool’ stainless steel handle looks stylish, but won’t singe your hands and you can use any utensil with it, even those made of metal.  It boasts a GreenTek coating, meaning this one is also free from chemicals.  

4. Tefal Ideal One Egg Wonder

This miniature frying pan is an egg-cellent choice for your sunday morning breakfast

Specifications
Best for: Eggs
Non-stick Type: Tefal coating
Handle: Silicone
Available in (cm): 12
Reasons to buy
+Perfect size for individual portions+Durable and easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for induction hobs 

If you struggle with broken yolks and uneven egg whites, then the Tefal One Egg Wonder will change your life! Whether you like them sunny side up or over easy, this non-stick miniature pan can make the perfect egg in minutes. It’s surprisingly versatile, too. You can start your cooking on the hob and finish in the oven, up to 180 degrees celsius, and if treated well, the non-stick coating is protected by a lifetime guarantee. 

5. Tefal Expertise Frying Pan

All the toughness of Le Creuset, without the hefty price tag

Specifications
Best for: Durability
Non-stick Type: Tefal coating
Handle: Silicone
Available in (cm): 21 / 24 / 26 / 28 / 30 / 32
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Thermospot technology
Reasons to avoid
-Lid costs extra 

If you like the Le Creuset but don’t want to pay that much for a frying pan, then the Tefal Expertise Frying Pan is a fantastic alternative that won’t break the bank. This is one of the best non stick frying pans for everyday use because it is extremely durable and praised for its ‘Titanium Excellence’. It’s a popular choice of pan due to its Thermospot technology which tells you when your pan is at the optimum temperature for cooking.  

6. Green Earth Frying Pan

A chemical-free, colourful pan that is green by name and green by nature

Specifications
Best for: A splash of colour
Non-stick Type: Ceramic
Available in (cm): 20 / 24 / 28
Handle: Silicone
Reasons to buy
+Looks cool+No hot spots
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t last as long as others 

If you think that all non-stick frying pans look the same, then this one will brighten up your kitchen in an instant. Not all about colour though, this is yet another chemical-free non-stick frying pan that is leading the way in more environmentally friendly cooking. So, if you’re an eco-warrior but can’t afford the ScanPan or GreenPan, this is the one to get.  Plus, its high-quality anodised aluminium construction reduces risk of hot spots, meaning you get a truly even cook.  

7. Tower Cerasure Colour Change Fry Pan

A large pan with ceramic coating for easy, oil-free cooking

Specifications
Best for: Foolproof frying
Non-stick Type: Ceramic
Available in (cm): 20 / 24 / 28
Handle: Stainless steel
Reasons to buy
+Colour-change technology+Large pan
Reasons to avoid
-White lining prone to stains 

Our final choice, the Tower Cerasure Colour Change Fry Pan, shares the Tefal Expertise’s colour-changing technology for optimum safety when cooking. So if you like the idea of the Thermospot Technology but the Tefal was just out of your price range, this one comes in at a more reasonable price and we highly recommend it. The largest pan is great for those man-sized portions whereas the smaller pan is perfect for students to practice foolproof frying.