1) Farberware Restaurant Pro 12-inch Open Skillet
(The college student)
UPSIDE Light enough to easily move pan around for flipping and sautéing food; nonslip silicone handle.
DOWNSIDE Nonstick coating at edges of pan get dinged easily.
2) KitchenAid Gourmet Reserved Hard-Anodized 12-inch Skillet
(The everyday chef)
UPSIDE Good searing capability; heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum conducts heat evenly; resists warping; light enough to easily move pan around for flipping and sautéing food.
DOWNSIDE Small cooking surface.
3) Rachael Ray Stainless Steel 12-inch Nonstick Skillet
(The comfort-seeking cook)
UPSIDE Compatible with induction stoves; aluminum cap base for quick and even heating; comfy silicone-coated handle; dishwasher-safe.
DOWNSIDE Small cooking surface; some delicate foods, like fish, may stick.
4) Calphalonhalon Unison Slide Nonstick 12-inch Omelette Pan
(The frequent entertainer)
UPSIDE Excellent searing capability; heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum conducts heat evenly; resists warping; large cooking surface; helper handle makes lifting easier; dishwasher-safe.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; heavy.
5) Cuisinart GreenGourmet Hard Anodized 12-inch Skillet
(The clean-living fanatic)
UPSIDE Environmentally friendly, nonchemical (no petroleum, PTFE or PFOA), ceramic-based nonstick interior; hard-anodized aluminum conducts heat evenly; resists warping; helper handle makes lifting easier.
DOWNSIDE If oil and food spillage cook onto pan exterior, it’s difficult to clean.
USE YOUR NONSTICK SKILLET TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in May 2010.