Reasons to avoid -The Stay Cool handles maybe don't look all that premium-Not everyone wants a frying pan in a saucepan set I'm perfectly happy with the set of pans I've used for the last 20+ years and had no need of an upgrade.
They're easy to clean and the lids are cunningly vented so you can drain water off without needing a colander or sieve. As I say, I was perfectly happy with my hardy, 20-year-old set of pans, but using these did pique my curiosity.
Reasons to avoid This three-piece suite of non-stick saucepans from Le Crest is just fantastic. The pans feel weighty and solid without being overly heavy while Le Crest says that the new three-layer reinforced non-stick coating is 'four times stronger'.
Given the price of this pan set, you probably want to take Le Crest’s word for that rather than test it out with metal cooking utensils. The set contains a 16 cm, 18 cm and 20 cm saucepan each with solid stainless steel helper handles and glass lids, and they’re suitable for all hob types including induction.
Available in gray or white with non-stick cream interiors, the Stand set’s bodies are constructed out of aluminum bonded to induction-ready steel. They’re very light in the hand and a good choice for anyone with arthritis or weak wrists.
Belgian company Greenspan gets its name from the ‘green’ credentials of its proprietary ceramic coating Thermal, a safer alternative to FOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) which is said to release toxins when overheated. Manufactured using an extremely durable bi-ply composite of stainless steel and aluminum with Thermal interior and oven-ready stainless steel handles, these induction-friendly pans provide excellent heat distribution and impressive non-stick slipperiness when whipping up thick and sticky sauces like bolognese.
However, we would have preferred so have seen the supplied glass lids fitted with steam holes to prevent froth from spilling over when boiling pasta and rice. Hint: removing the lid and placing a wooden spoon across the pan often helps keep froth at bay.
Reasons to avoid If you want to start building up your kitchenware, then we recommend the Morphy Richards Special Edition Pan Set. This cookware set comes with 16, 18 and 20 cm pots and a 24 cm frying pan which makes a great starter kit for new homes.
Each piece has a silicone handle and glass lid for safe, easy cooking, so ideal for 'beginners'. The modern color choices and sleek design make this the perfect housewarming gift for contemporary homes.
Cookware sets can seem like a bargain, but don't be swayed by the number of pieces on offer. Sets from major brands like Anglo, Baccarat, Circular, Race or Teal can range from $100 to more than $1000 depending on the number of pieces and the quality of the material.
Fiona has a recommended list of must-have pieces for novices and experts alike: Essential cookware piecesItemTypical cost Good forage Dutch oven (6L)$50 to $500Stove-to-oven slow cooking, baked bread, casseroles.
Major brands include Baccarat, Chaser, Fishers, Le Crest, Lodge and Stab. Large saucepan (4-5L) $20 to $320 Boiling and mashing vegetables, rice, pasta, soups.
Optional cookware piecesItemTypical cost Good forsook pot (8-10L)$15-$300 Making stock, large batches of ragù, boiling pasta, sterilizing jars. Sauté pans with glass lids $50 to $500 One pot meals such as risotto, mac and cheese, stroganoff. Cast iron char grill plate $30 to $400 Cooking steaks, charring vegetables, browning bread. Flat-bottomed wok $30 to $400 Stir fries and deep-frying.
We review a range of induction-compatible saucepans and fry pans in our test kitchen, from brands of all price points including budget Kmart models to offerings from Anglo, Baccarat, Circular, Steele, Prolix, Scan pan, Race and Teal. When we test non-stick fry pan durability (which involves 10,000 passes of a scourer with a 10 kg weight attached) we still get very good results for some models that are half the cost of others.
Stainless steel A popular choice because it's strong, hard, non-corrosive and affordable, but stainless steel cookware doesn't conduct heat well, so it's often combined with aluminum or copper in multi-layered bases, which are better at conducting and dispersing heat. Aluminium pots conduct and retain heat very well, are lightweight, don't rust and tend to be cheap, but they heat up over the total pan surface so some food may stick to the sides.
Aluminum can also pit if you leave moist food in it, which can cause it to leach into your cooking. Copper looks good but is not easy to keep clean and needs to be coated so it won't contaminate the food.
While enamel coatings can help stop rust, they can chip if roughly handled. Aluminum and copper conduct heat well, so they're often used for the core of the base (the disc).
An extra support handle helps with lifting larger pans. Making foolproof scrambled eggs or crispy-skinned fish is easy if you’re using one of the best non-stick frying pans on the market.
The first one was sold in the 1960s after French engineer Marc Gregory discovered how to add a coating of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon to cookware. PTFE releases toxic fumes when heated at temperatures above 300 °C, so manufacturers sought ways to produce non-stick pans without Teflon.
Health concerns about a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (FOA) have also pushed companies to make pans without using this substance. Each of these best -rated non-stick pans was chosen based on performance, versatility, durability, and price.
With a recycled aluminum core and a ceramic-titanium Scot-free surface, it offers exceptional performance without compromising your health or safety. No list of the best non-stick fry pans in Australia is complete without the Circular Symmetry Skillet.
With a sleek, tulip-shaped body, this product brings sophistication to any kitchen without compromising performance. The pan’s bottom features unique, circular grooves, which ensure even cooking.
Both the pan and its lid can be used in the oven for up to 450 °F/230 °C, making it ideal for finishing a gourmet dish. The Teal Ingenious product line has the best non-stick frying pan for beginners looking to stock up their kitchen for the first time.
It has a layer of aluminum encapsulated with copper to deliver exceptional cooking performance. Ideal for everyday cooking, it’s compatible with any heat source and is safe to use at any temperature.
Cooking with ceramic or anodized pans is ideal for reducing your oil and fat intake, and it can also make cleanup a breeze.