We’ve all cooked a buttery egg for breakfast, only to ruin it by trying to take it off a pan on which everything sticks. No matter what kind of chef you are—whether you’re working through an Ottolenghi cookbook or making a simple chicken breast—everyone needs a set of reliable pans. There are so many brands and styles that it can be difficult to know which pans are durable and even better, which ones have those thoughtful details that will really make a difference in the kitchen. Here are four staples that can take the heat and stand the test of time.
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Le Creuset is a celebrated classic for a reason—if aesthetics are important to you, there are few brands so attractive as this one. The signature sumptuous colors are sure to brighten up any kitchen, but that doesn’t mean giving up quality. Unlike other cast irons, the black enamel interior of this pan requires no additional seasoning. If you want the benefits of a cast iron without the laborious cleaning, this pan is also dishwasher safe. Whether you’re throwing this pan in the freezer or the oven, the larger loop helper handle makes gripping easy even with oven mitts on.
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This titanium reinforced nonstick is an unbelievable steal. Measuring 23 x 13 x 4 inches, it is deep enough to make chili but still easy for omelettes. The handles on both sides are an excellent feature for when you’ll be taking it out of the oven (safe to 500 degrees), and the stainless-steel base makes it compatible with any surface, including induction. This pan also has a thermo-spot heat indicator to tell you when the pan is properly preheated, and at the end of your feast you can just throw this pan in the dishwasher.
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This 12-inch fry pan is a classic versatile option that can comfortably fit 3-4 chicken breasts at once. The low, sloping sides make flipping easy, and the stainless-steel handles will stay cool on the stovetop to ensure you don’t get burned. If you need to simmer or steam, this pan also comes with a tight-fitting lid, and both the pan and lid are dishwasher safe. This sturdy pan is also oven and broiler safe up to 600 degrees.
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Zwilling makes durable nonstick pans that are beloved by professional chefs and weeknight cooks alike. The thick base provides great heat distribution and the multilayer Duraslide granite nonstick coating is 40 times more durable than other PTFE coatings. At only 1.3 pounds, this lightweight but durable nonstick is sure to become your favorite frying pan.