Best frying pans 2023 – top non-stick buys

We tested a sample of the latest non-stick contenders against criteria that included temperature control, handle comfort and eco-credentials. We used the pans to make American pancakes and omelettes, as well as shimmying dry ingredients to test the shape. Read on to discover our best non-stick frying pans.

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Make cooking at Christmas easier this year with Ninja’s Zerostick range

A good non-stick pan makes life so much simpler in the kitchen, whether sautéing, searing or frying. What sets the Ninja Zerostick cookware range apart is its robustness – in fact, it’s 10 times tougher than Tefal’s strongest*, so you won’t have to worry about the non-stick peeling or flaking away over time.

There are six pan types across the range, including the hard anodised collection, the stainless steel collection, the Possible Cookware collection, and the stackable collection. Each pan is also suitable for all hob types, including electric, gas, ceramic and induction.

To explore what’s on offer, head to to shop Ninja appliances and cookware.

*versus Tefal’s claimed strongest and longest-lasting model tested for coating abrasion.

Ninja Foodi Zerostick 3-piece pan set

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Best non-stick frying pans at a glance

  • Best non-stick frying pan: Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK frying pan, £22.50
  • Best large-capacity non-stick frying pan: Meyer Accent Series Ultra-Durable Chef’s Pan, £43.50
  • Best hybrid frying pan: HexClad Hybrid pan, £114.99
  • Best non-stick frying pan for long handles: Smeg frying pan, £71.96
  • Best non-stick frying pan for ergonomic design: Stellar Rocktanium frying pan, £21.95
  • Best ceramic non-stick frying pan: GreenPan Venice Pro Extra frying pan, £40
  • Best non-stick frying pan for large surface area: Judge Vista frying pan, £29.95
  • Best non-stick frying pan to splurge on: Samuel Groves Tri-Ply frying pan, £68
  • Best versatile non-stick frying pan: Circulon Steel Shield C-Series frying pan, £45.50
  • Best non-stick frying pan for eco credentials: Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan, £63
  • Best frying pan for stay-cool handles: KitchenAid Classic frying pan, from £34

Best non-stick frying pans to buy in 2023

Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK frying pan

black Ninja pan with silver handle

Best non-stick frying pan


  • High-quality
  • Slim and comfortable handle
  • Suitable for all hob types
  • Oven-safe to high temperature
  • Responsive to changes in temperature


Star rating: 5/5

You’ll be familiar with the brand Ninja because of their high-powered blenders and air fryers. Ninja have kept the momentum going with their cookware. This non-stick frying pan is robust and hardwearing. It’s also oven-safe up to 260C.

This frying pan is a joy to cook with. Not only is it comfortable thanks to the slim, ergonomically designed handle, but it produced light and fluffy American pancakes and an evenly cooked omelette. Nothing stuck to this pan. The Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK comes at a fantastic price too.

Read our full Ninja Foodi ZEROSTICK frying pan review.

Meyer Accent Series Ultra-Durable Chef’s pan

black meyer accent pan with gold badge

Best large-capacity non-stick frying pan


  • PFOA-free non-stick
  • Two ergonomic heatproof handles
  • Versatile depth


  • Quite wide on the cooker which dominates space

Star rating: 5/5

This is an unconventional pan to feature in our guide due to its wok-like sloping sides and depth. But it’s precisely that shape that makes this pan incredibly versatile and could see you replacing two or three pans in your cupboard with just this one. Suitable for all cooktops, the hard-anodised aluminium triple-layer, non-stick body is supported by two silicone-protected handles that are ergonomic and comfortable to hold. The deep rim makes pouring smooth and easy to control.

Although dishwasher-safe, we found it was easier to simply wash by hand as everything wiped off easily under warm water making it a doddle to clean. It’s also oven-safe up to 230-degrees.

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HexClad Hybrid Frying pan

HexClad Hybrid frying pan

Best hybrid frying pan


  • All recyclable packaging
  • Impressive non-stick
  • Comfortable handle
  • Handle remains cool
  • Controlled cook


  • Sometimes a little slow to cook
  • Expensive

Star rating: 4.5/5

The concept of hybrid cookware is not a new invention, but the HexClad range seems to be a merging of three pan types, rather than two. It’s stainless steel and non-stick, plus the need to season the pan takes us into cast iron territory.

This is a pan that makes many demands of you; it’s not one you can just grab and whack on the stovetop at any old temperature. It needs to be seasoned before use – albeit not every time – and it should only be used at low-medium temperatures.

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But once we’d got everything set up, this pan was nothing short of a joy to use. The handle is comfortable and remained cool throughout the entirety of our test. It cooked with delicacy and control when making an omelette. And our American pancakes were thick and fluffy, with even and consistent browning every time. Both test recipes slipped from the pan with total ease.

We liked this pan for many reasons – it’s ultra robust, cooks well and comes in a good range of sizes. Though we did have some gripes: it takes a while to heat up and cook, and it comes with a hefty price tag, but it does come with a lifetime warranty.

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Smeg frying pan

red smeg pan with silver handle and gold badge

Best non-stick frying pan for long handles


  • Available in a range of colours and sizes
  • Great looking
  • Can be used at high oven temperature


Star rating: 4.5/5

From another brand well-known for their fantastic kitchenware comes Smeg’s first foray into the world of cookware. This non-stick frying pan is a more high-end offering, but it showcases some fantastic finishing details, as well as a long, sturdy and comfortable handle.

It cooks fantastically and nothing sticks to it at all. It’s dishwasher-safe, but that would be rarely necessary. Like the rest of the items in the Smeg cookware range, this non-stick frying pan is available in red, black and cream.

Read our full Smeg frying pan review.

Stellar Rocktanium frying pan

grey-black pan with silver handle and with gold badge

Best non-stick frying pan for an ergonomic design


  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Nicely shaped handle
  • Oven-safe to high temperature


  • Some resistance when trying to remove omelette
  • Pancake was a little patchy

Star rating 4.5/5

Featuring a speckled non-stick coating, the Stellar Rocktanium frying pan is available in a good range of sizes (20-30cm) and has an ergonomically shaped handle that comfortably fits the contours of the hand.

This frying pan has a brilliant non-stick surface; neither our American pancakes or omelette stuck to the pan. It didn’t brown quite as evenly as we’d hoped, but both foods were very well cooked.

For ease and added versatility, this pan is both dishwasher-safe and ovenproof up to 210C.

Read our full Stellar Rocktanium frying pan review.

grey and black pan with silver handle

Best ceramic non-stick frying pan


  • Suitable for all hob types
  • Oven-safe to high temperature
  • Available in a good range of sizes


  • Short handle that gets hot

Star rating: 4.5/5

This non-stick frying pan is part of GreenPan’s upgraded Venice Pro range. This slightly weighty ceramic pan is suitable for all hob types, is dishwasher-safe and is ovenproof up to an impressive 260C.

We loved cooking with this pan. It was responsive to changes in temperature and cooked both our American pancakes and omelette brilliantly. We did notice some patchiness on the surface of the pancakes, but flavour-wise we couldn’t fault either of them. Do be careful of the base of the handle as it gets hot.

Read our full GreenPan Venice Pro Extra frying pan review.

Judge Vista frying pan

black and silver frying judge vista pan with gold badge

Best non-stick frying pan for large surface area


  • Comfortable handle
  • Nicely balanced
  • Sides are nice and tall


  • Not ovenproof to a high temperature

Star rating: 4.5/5

Equipped with tall walls and a large flat surface area, this pan is ideal for those dishes that require a hard sear, like a rump steak. This stainless steel pan is dishwasher-safe and available in four different sizes. The Vista is only ovenproof up to 150C and we found the handle a little short, so tossing ingredients in the pan wasn’t the easiest.

This Judge frying pan is responsive to changes in temperature and we were able to cook a soft omelette and evenly browned American pancakes.

Read our full Judge Vista frying pan review.

Samuel Groves Tri-Ply frying pan

Black and silver samuel groves frying pan with gold badge

Best non-stick frying pan to splurge on


  • Fantastic non-stick coating
  • Well balanced
  • ‘Pan for life’ non-stick refurbishment scheme


Star rating: 4.5/5

This professional looking frying pan is beautifully designed and is intended to last a lifetime. It’s available for an expensive upfront cost, but we believe it’s worth the investment.

This Samuel Groves pan is perfectly balanced. Although it’s thin, it’s reassuringly weighty and sits comfortably on the hob. It’s also oven-safe up to 260C – extra points for versatility.

Cooking with it is a joy. Both our omelette and American pancakes were evenly browned and easy to remove from the pan.

Read our full Samuel Groves Tri-Ply frying pan review.

Circulon Steel Shield C-Series frying pan

silver circulon pan with gold badge

Best versatile non-stick frying pan


  • Unique non-stick design
  • Comfortable stay-cool handle
  • Metal utensil safe


  • Some sticking
  • Some may not like the design

Star rating: 4.5/5

Designed to cook like steel and clean like non-stick, this frying pan is ideal for searing meat and veggies. It’s notable for its design, featuring a series of ridged circles inside the pan. For ease and versatility, its dishwasher-safe and ovenproof up to 260C.

We loved the slim ergonomic handle; it’s comfortable and doesn’t get too hot in use. Although this pan cooked very well, we noticed that the circular pattern imprinted onto our American pancakes and omelette. This didn’t affect the flavour, but may be off putting for some.

Read our full Circulon Steel Shield C-Series frying pan review.

Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan

Black frying pan with gold badge

Best non-stick frying pan for eco credentials


  • Made from recycled aluminium
  • Comfortable handle
  • Dishwasher-safe


  • Browning was a little uneven

Star rating: 4.5/5

Made from recycled tin cans, the Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan wins big eco points! A pan for everyone, this model comes in three different sizes and is suitable for all hob types.

This pan is brilliantly shaped, its wide with gently sloping curves making tossing and flipping foods a breeze. Although both our American pancakes and omelette were well cooked, we noticed they weren’t as evenly browned as some of the others we’ve produced. But flavour and texture-wise, we couldn’t fault them.

Read our full Kuhn Rikon New Life frying pan review.

KitchenAid Classic frying pan

black frying pan with grey handle and gold badge

Best frying pan for stay-cool handles


  • Comfortable handle
  • Able to tighten handle
  • Dishwasher-safe


  • Can’t go in the oven to high temps
  • Browning a little uneven

Star rating: 4.5/5

This design of this simple-looking non-stick frying pan from KitchenAid seems a departure from their usually brightly coloured kitchen appliances, but on closer inspection it’s clear to see this pan has a high-quality finish.

It features an impressive non-stick coating that neither our omelette or American pancakes stuck to. Both foods cooked very well, though we did notice some distinct cool spots on the pancakes. This frying pan is also dishwasher-safe, but only ovenproof to 160C.

Read our full KitchenAid Classic frying pan review.

How we tested non-stick frying pans

What was our test criteria?

Supreme temperature control

The ability to accurately adjust the temperature with subtle precision, even after cooking over high heat, will provide you with the greatest overall control, transforming your everyday cooking. It’ll mean that you can save food that you forgot about for a moment, cook every type of egg dish imaginable with precision, or perfectly simmer a midweek risotto or pasta sauce.

Design with cooking in mind

A large surface area for cooking with elegantly curved sides that are neither too shallow or too tall, alongside a balance between weight and size, and a comfortable, stay-cool ergonomic handle, are ideal. This will let you toss food – often the best way to mix ingredients – with ease.


We look at the packaging the frying pan comes with and whether it’s recyclable or not. We also look at what the frying pan is made from and the length of the warranty.

Reliable, eco-friendly non-stick

An effortlessly slick non-stick coating with just a touch of grip will prevent spread when cooking pancakes or frying eggs. Look for scratch-resistant non-stick (often with a specific warranty for the coating) that’ll hold up to long-term wear and tear. Further, to avoid any health issues or chemical aftertaste, look for eco-friendly materials, particularly ones that are PFOA-free.

Recipe results

We cooked BBC Good Food’s basic omelette in each pan, making a note of how long the pan took to pre-heat. We then monitored how quickly the eggs cooked, how easy it was to lower and control the temperature, as well as checking how effective the non-stick was. Once cooked, we tasted each batch to check how evenly the eggs cooked, whether they held well – i.e. didn’t overcook when left to sit in the pan – and if the pan added any chemical notes to the flavour.

Finally, we made a batch of American pancakes, this allowed us to check how evenly the pan heated up, how efficiently it transferred to the food and whether the non-stick had the necessary subtle grip. For example, did the pancakes spread too much initially or were they nicely puffed? Was the surface of the pancakes evenly browned, or was it patchy?

After extensive testing, we also rated the pans on how easy they were to clean.

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How to choose the best non-stick frying pan

Whether you’re cooking up an indulgent pan-fried rib eye steak or a showstopping dish, like Barney Desmazery’s pan-fried scallops with parsnip purée & pancetta crumbs, a good frying pan can help you to achieve an intense sear and flavoursome crust. You can also use your frying pan as a mould and serving dish, like Anna Glover did for this frying pan filo tart.

A generously sized frying pan is a great way to reheat leftovers quickly. Take any leftover pasta sauce, like our pasta arrabbiata with aubergine, heat it through, then add your pasta, tossing the two together.

What’s the best material for a non-stick frying pan?

Choosing the right pan can be a bit of a minefield. To start with, you need to pick what materials you want your pan to be made of. All of the frying pans we’ve tested are made from aluminium or stainless steel.

Pros: lightweight, budget-friendly, good heat conductivity
Cons: can warp, scratches easily, can react to acidic food

Stainless steel
Pros: durable, produces weighty pans, does not react to any type of food
Cons: some cheap pans can transfer heat poorly and unevenly

What to look out for when choosing a non-stick frying pan?

  • Suitable for all hobs/your hob
  • Ovenproof to a high temperature
  • Easy to clean or dishwasher-safe
  • Comfortable handle that’s a good length and stays cool

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