Skillets & Skillet Pan Reviews | Stainless Steel Cookware

A Skillet PanThe age-old skillet comes in so many variations, choosing one can be a bit overwhelming. But evaluating a pan based on several simple criteria can make your decision more straightforward.

First off is material. High-end makers have distinguished themselves by creating skillets made of specialized metal alloys. These alloys are extremely good at distributing heat, ensuring that you don’t get any “hot spots” when cooking. Aside from these fancy materials, other popular choices include stainless steel, cast iron and various types of nonstick surfaces.

Size and shape are two other important factors to evaluate. A larger pan ensures you’ve got enough room to maneuver food items, but also can be heavy, harder to store and more susceptible to hot spots.

As far as shape goes, a circular pan is a more traditional choice and works well for sauteing and stirring liquid sauces. A square skillet, though, will be better for grilling sandwiches and other rectangular foods, as it optimizes the amount of space you can use in the pan.

Finally, some cooks like to have a grill pan on hand, a specialized skillet that includes indentations on the surface for keeping grease off of the surface of the food.

Where to Buy


Chestnut Roasting Pan by Paderno

Perforated for Roasted Nuts, Black Carbon 11 Inch

Chestnut Roasting Pan by Paderno | Perforated for Roasted Nuts, Black Carbon 11 Inch

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" isn't a phrase that frequently enters my mind during the summertime. Roasted chestnuts come with memories of winter holidays, hot cider by the fireplace, and Nat King Cole.

But in many other cultures, roasted chestnuts are a street food staple. In Portugal, for example, ...





Swiss Diamond Induction Frying Pan Skillet

Nonstick 11 Inch w/ Cast Aluminum Helper Handle

Swiss Diamond Induction Frying Pan Skillet | Nonstick 11 Inch w/ Cast Aluminum Helper Handle

I'm still fascinated by the induction cooking method, even though induction ovens and cooktops have been around for a while. It reminds me of using a gas burner on an electric stovetop because it has that level of temperature control. I also like that induction appliances are much more energy-efficient, ...





Rival Electric Skillet w/ Lid

Nonstick 12 Inch S12P

Rival Electric Skillet w/ Lid | Nonstick 12 Inch S12P

Mom used to make very tender meat dishes in her electric skillet; a favorite, since she could boil the potatoes and carrots, brown the meat, and then simmer the whole meal in gravy -- all in one pan, all in one appliance. Having an electric skillet is like having the ...





Calphalon One Nonstick Frying Pan

Hard Anodized Aluminum 8 Inch

Calphalon One Nonstick Frying Pan | Hard Anodized Aluminum 8 Inch

I have to have a pan of my own. I need something I can grab when I'd like a quick snack or meal, those times when I want to cook one veggie burger, one sandwich. My partner uses his for two or three eggs. It is the kind of pan ...





Circulon Elite Skillet w/ Saute Pan

Twin Pack Hard Anodized Nonstick

Circulon Elite Skillet w/ Saute Pan | Twin Pack Hard Anodized Nonstick

This two-skillet set from Circulon includes an eight-inch and ten-inch diameter skillet in their Elite pattern. Hard anodized for non-stick cooking, these pans are heavy enough for even heat distribution without distortion. The stainless steel handles are a bit heavy for perfect balance, and you may have ...





Calphalon One Skillet w/ Glass Lid

Deep Dish Aluminum Nonstick 13 Inch

Calphalon One Skillet w/ Glass Lid | Deep Dish Aluminum Nonstick 13 Inch

For preparing family-sized portions and having the quality and durability to last for many years, you just may want to have this skillet on hand.

As a longtime user of large iron skillets, I appreciate the versatility of the oversized pan, even when cooking only for myself. An entire breakfast of ...





All-Clad Stainless Steel French Skillet

Deep Dish Saute Pan 13 Inch

All-Clad Stainless Steel French Skillet | Deep Dish Saute Pan 13 Inch

All-Clad's 13" Stainless Steel French Skillet features three-ply construction and a stay-cool handle of cast stainless steel. Safe at temperatures as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit, this pan can even be used in the oven -- all parts are metal.

This is a hefty pan with enough mass to cook ...





Broil King Professional Griddle

Stainless Steel Electric Skillet PCG-10

Broil King Professional Griddle | Stainless Steel Electric Skillet PCG-10

It helps when considering a griddle of this type to have some experience cooking with a commercial griddle. That way you come to
understand that variations in heating are common and are actually a benefit. The left side of the griddle is made to be slightly hotter than the right (partly due to ...





Circulon 2 Square Griddle Pan

Aluminum Nonstick 11 Inch

Circulon 2 Square Griddle Pan | Aluminum Nonstick 11 Inch

Having a good griddle pan on hand is as helpful as having a dependable skillet. You'll want to consider the size foremost when choosing a pan, checking that it has the capacity to handle your ingredients. This one is sized for serving one or two people a main dish or ...





Cuisinart Green Gourmet Skillet

Hard Anodized Eco Friendly Nonstick 12 Inch GG22-30H

Cuisinart Green Gourmet Skillet | Hard Anodized Eco Friendly Nonstick 12 Inch GG22-30H

Cuisinart took their eco friendly title seriously in all aspects of the development of this product. The handle is made from 70 percent recycled stainless steel and it stays cool during stovetop use. The aluminum alloy encapsulated base conducts heat efficiently and needs less energy to reach and sustain the proper ...





Staub Honeycomb Saute Skillet Pan

French Cast Iron Black Matte 10 Inch

Staub Honeycomb Saute Skillet Pan | French Cast Iron Black Matte 10 Inch

You get some idea of how seriously the French take the art of cooking when you see the quality, and commensurate price of fine French cookware. This saute pan from Staub will handle anything you care to prepare in it and keep getting better with age.

This is a cast iron ...





Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Round Grill Pan

Nonstick Hard Anodized 12 Inch

Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Round Grill Pan | Nonstick Hard Anodized 12 Inch

The Cuisinart is a high quality grill pan made even better by the ability to use any type of tool on the nonstick surface. I am as guilty as anyone about occasionally having nothing at hand but a fork or metal spatula and I risk using one, even though I know ...





Mauviel Cuprinox Pour La Table Frying Pan

Copper Skillet 12 Inch Stainless Bronze

Mauviel Cuprinox Pour La Table Frying Pan | Copper Skillet 12 Inch Stainless Bronze

The 12 inch Mauviel Cuprinox Pour La Table Round Frying Pan is the skillet you'll want to perform all of the most basic cooking tasks in the kitchen. Great for everything from pancakes to browning meat or simply warming a dish, the skillet's copper exterior will provide the right amount ...





Mauviel Cuprinox Pour La Table Crepe Pan

Copper Cast Iron Handle 10.2 Inch

Mauviel Cuprinox Pour La Table Crepe Pan | Copper Cast Iron Handle 10.2 Inch

The Mauviel Cuprinox Pour La Table Crepe Pan has a 10.2 inch flat bottom and shallow sloped sides, perfectly sized for better control over the pancakes as they cook. The 1.2 to 2 mm copper exterior conducts heat quickly and moves it across the surface of the pan as well ...





Mauviel Pour La Table Frying Pan, Oval Skillet

Cuprinox Copper Stainless 12 Inch

Mauviel Pour La Table Frying Pan, Oval Skillet | Cuprinox Copper Stainless 12 Inch

The Mauviel Cuprinox Pour La Table 12 inch Oval Frying Pan is generously sized to hold larger amounts of meat and vegetables. The oblong shape is perfect for fish, asparagus or omelette making. Mauviel pans are designed to be safe for the oven, so you can heat or finish in ...





Calphalon Contemporary Panini Press Grill Pan

Hard Anodized Nonstick Pan

Calphalon Contemporary Panini Press Grill Pan | Hard Anodized Nonstick Pan

This Calphalon pan features a hard anodized exterior and a nonstick cooking surface with raised ridges for creating grill marks. The accompanying stainless steel sandwich press fits into the pan to press foods from above, trapping heat and helping the sear. The handles stay cool during stovetop use and the press handle ...





Calphalon One Everyday Pan

Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick 10 Inch

Calphalon One Everyday Pan | Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick 10 Inch

The hard anodized interior and exterior of this pan have been infused with a nonstick polymer. The aluminum provides great distribution of heat and helps to cook without burning or hot spots. The nonstick allows speedy cleanup and provides easy release of food. Cook with less oil and finish with a ...





Calphalon Triply Omelet Pan

Skillet Stainless Steel Aluminum Core Cookware

Calphalon Triply Omelet Pan | Skillet Stainless Steel Aluminum Core Cookware

In the Calphalon Triply Omelette Pan, stainless steel covers a core of aluminum, lending the pan the properties of both metals for improved results. The pan's omelette shape, with sloping sides and a rolled rim, make it easy to deftly flip foods. This ten inch skillet is oven and broiler safe ...





Le Creuset Skillet

Blue Enameled Cast Iron 10 1/4 Inch

Le Creuset Skillet | Blue Enameled Cast Iron 10 1/4 Inch

The Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet has a shock resistant finish for long term durability. It performs well no matter what type of stove you own. The satin black enamel interior helps seal in moisture and the delicious taste of your ingredients. The exterior enamels have a range of vibrant colors. While ...





Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Open Skillet Pan

Aluminum Nonstick Hard Anodized 10 Inch

Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Open Skillet Pan | Aluminum Nonstick Hard Anodized 10 Inch

The Cuisinart Chef's Classic Hard Anodized Skillet has 3mm of hard anodized aluminum. Its surface is dense, nonporous, and very resistant to wear. The hard anodized layer is harder than stainless steel. The interior of the pan features Quantanium nonstick coating, which contains titanium reinforcement, so even metal tools are safe ...





Mauviel Cuprinox Style Frying Pan

Copper Skillet Stainless Steel 9.4 Inch

Mauviel Cuprinox Style Frying Pan | Copper Skillet Stainless Steel 9.4 Inch

Mauviel has designed a 9.4 inch frying pan perfect for individual items, side dishes, or preparing small amounts of food.

The generous handle is ergonomic in design, created from cast stainless steel (fastened with stainless steel rivets) and made to stay cool as you cook. The 2 mm copper exterior, paired ...





Mauviel Cuprinox Style Oval Frying Pan

Stainless Steel Skillet 14 Inch

Mauviel Cuprinox Style Oval Frying Pan | Stainless Steel Skillet 14 Inch

This Mauviel pan is the perfect size for constant use in the kitchen, capable of performing any number of tasks efficiently. The 2 mm copper exterior forms 90% of the pan body and its conductivity carries heat evenly and immediately to your food. Once removed from the heat source, ...





Mauviel Cuprinox Frying Pan

Copper Skillet Stainless Steel Thick 10 1/2 Inch

Mauviel Cuprinox Frying Pan | Copper Skillet Stainless Steel Thick 10 1/2 Inch

Mauviel offers a 10 1/2 inch frying pan featuring sloped sides for greater control over temperature and handling. The pan is made for high heat frying, aided by 2.5 mm thick copper and its ability to conduct heat.

Created with a stainless steel interior lining, the pan will not react with your ...





Calphalon One Covered Fry Pan

Skillet Nonstick Hard Anodized 12 Inch

Calphalon One Covered Fry Pan | Skillet Nonstick Hard Anodized 12 Inch

In the booming gourmet cookware industry, the race has been to find the best combination of durable high quality and reasonably low price. Calphalon has come tantalizingly close with their line of hard-anodized cookware with a strong scratch resistant nonstick coating.

This 12-inch fry pan is a good size for all around ...





All-Clad Stainless Fry Pan

Kitchen Deep Skillet Aluminum 12 Inch

All-Clad Stainless Fry Pan | Kitchen Deep Skillet Aluminum 12 Inch

Many folks shopping for cookware balk at the high prices commanded by the All-Clad line. Chefs and cooking professionals don't, because we understand the value of a top quality tool. For me, a fry pan that won't let me down is worth its weight in gold. Otherwise known as a skillet, ...





Calphalon Contemporary Omelet Combo Set

Hard Anodized Nonstick Skillet

Calphalon Contemporary Omelet Combo Set | Hard Anodized Nonstick Skillet

This Calphalon set includes one 10 inch and one 12 inch omelet pan. The pans are made of hard anodized aluminum exteriors with nonstick interiors and brushed stainless steel handles which stay cool during use. The sides of the pans are sloped to enable you to slide foods out more ...





All-Clad LTD Square Skillet Pan

Hard Anodized Non Stick Griddle 11 Inch

All-Clad LTD Square Skillet Pan | Hard Anodized Non Stick Griddle 11 Inch

This neat stovetop griddle will help you painlessly create not just breakfast foods, but sandwiches and meat items with ease.

Excellent conductivity is provided by the aluminum core of the pan. The hard-anodized aluminum exterior is a signature of the LTD collection and resists scratching, chipping and peeling. A dual interior layer ...





All-Clad LTD Round Skillet Grille Pan

Hard Anodized Non Stick Cookware 12 Inch

All-Clad LTD Round Skillet Grille Pan | Hard Anodized Non Stick Cookware 12 Inch

Convenient stovetop grilling is now at hand. The LTD line from All-Clad stands out because of the striking black hard-anodized exteriors. They resist scratching, peeling and chipping.

Starting with a thick aluminum core, 18/10 stainless steel is then bonded to its surface, and then a layer of scratch resistant professional ...





All-Clad Cop-R-Chef Kitchen Skillet

Stainless Steel Copper Pan 8-Inch

All-Clad Cop-R-Chef Kitchen Skillet | Stainless Steel Copper Pan 8-Inch

Heavy gauge copper outer layer gives unparalleled even heating and precise control for recipes with delicate components. Professional chefs or gourmet home cooks who need an extra measure of control to their cooking will appreciate these pans. All-Clad describes the thermal conductivity of this pan as ideal. Heat dispersion is enhanced ...





Le Creuset Square Skillet Grill

Red Enameled Non Stick Cookware 10 Inch

Le Creuset Square Skillet Grill | Red Enameled Non Stick Cookware 10 Inch

Enjoy indoor grilling of vegetables and meats without the clutter of counter top appliances--Le Creuset's 10" Square Skillet Grill does it all right on your stove top. The even heating of the non stick ribbed black enamel grilling surface puts the delicious taste of low fat grilled foods within ...





All-Clad Master Chef 2 Skillet

Brushed Aluminum Cookware 8 Inch Fry Pan

All-Clad Master Chef 2 Skillet | Brushed Aluminum Cookware 8 Inch Fry Pan

All-Clad pans contain a thick aluminum core which extends into the sides for maximum heat distribution and even cooking all across the interior of the pan. The handles are stainless steel and riveted in place for strength. They're also grooved on the top and rounded at the bottom for ...





All-Clad Copper Core Kitchen Skillet

Stainless Steel Cookware Pan 12 Inch

All-Clad Copper Core Kitchen Skillet | Stainless Steel Cookware Pan 12 Inch

All-Clad's Copper Core pans have a unique five ply construction. A core of pure copper distributes heat evenly and quickly. Bonded to that core, aluminum layers are finally covered in stainless steel to form the interior and exterior of the collection. A stripe of copper encircles the exterior. Containing the ...





All-Clad LTD Non Stick Skillet

Aluminum Stainless Steel Fry Pan 12 Inch

All-Clad LTD Non Stick Skillet | Aluminum Stainless Steel Fry Pan 12 Inch

The LTD series by All-Clad has a black hard-anodized aluminum exterior, but still features the same three ply bonded construction and aluminum core for superior and even distribution of heat. Two interior layers are formed of 18/10 stainless steel bonded to scratch resistant Whitford Excalibur nonstick. The cooking surface is ...





Fagor Aluminum Square Griddle Pan

Non Stick Skillet Induction w/ Removable Handle

Fagor Aluminum Square Griddle Pan | Non Stick Skillet Induction w/ Removable Handle

The new cast aluminum cookware by Fagor is induction ready, which allows a high degree of savings and efficiency when combined with use of an induction cooktop, yet it can be used on any cooktop.

The conductivity of cast aluminum provides uniform heating. The griddle is guaranteed never to warp due ...





Swiss Diamond Skillet

11 Inch Nonstick Cast Aluminum Pan 6428

Swiss Diamond Skillet | 11 Inch Nonstick Cast Aluminum Pan 6428

Diamond crystals (sourced from US suppliers) form the virtually indestructible nonstick coating, which is actually fused to the pan. Also, diamonds conduct heat, so the coating actually adds to the performance of the pan. The surface won't peel, crack or blister and offers perfect distribution of heat. Finally you can use ...





All-Clad 4 Quart Saute Pan

Stainless Steel Skillet

All-Clad 4 Quart Saute Pan | Stainless Steel Skillet

Handcrafted in the US, this is the bestseller of all of All-Clad's cookware collections. The riveted (noncorrosive rivet) handles are strong, grooved along the top and wide for comfort and lifting. They stay cool for stovetop cooking while remaining safe for oven use. Three bonded layers of aluminum at ...





Calphalon Griddle, Crepe Pan

Commercial International, Non Stick 10-Inch Skillet

Calphalon Griddle, Crepe Pan | Commercial International, Non Stick 10-Inch Skillet

The 10-inch Calphalon Griddle/Crepe pan should not be limited by its name. Certainly, crepes will easily slide out of this pan with its gently sloping sides. And the non-stick surface should make flipping pancakes as easy as flipping a coin.

But, don't limit yourself. You can just as easily use ...





Lodge Logic Cast Iron 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Lodge Logic Cast Iron 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Let me count the ways I love my Lodge cast-iron skillet. Durability, quality, versatility. Yes. Yes. Yes. Olde-timey appeal? Got it in spades. It's the ultimate All-American cooking vessel. Every cook should have one or two of these. I really do use it for nearly everything. They hold heat evenly and ...





Circulon Elite Skillet

12-Inch Nonstick Hard-Anodized w/ Glass Cover | Kitchen Cookware

Circulon Elite Skillet | 12-Inch Nonstick Hard-Anodized w/ Glass Cover | Kitchen Cookware

This pan comes with the patented TOTAL Hard-Anodized Hi-Low Food Release System. What does this mean to you? That the company guarantees the non-stick surface will outlast all other non-sticks. I believe one of the best characteristics is the non-stick outside.

If you've ever spent a frustrating amount of time trying to scrub baked-on ...





All-Clad Deep Skillet

12-Inch Frying Pan, Stainless Steel Cookware

All-Clad Deep Skillet | 12-Inch Frying Pan, Stainless Steel Cookware

When you cook often, you need a good pan, a trusty one you can return to time and again. That pan needs to do a couple of things consistently: heat evenly and distribute that heat well. The All-Clad Stainless has become that pan for almost every cook who ...





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