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ISO One good non-stick saute pan w/ lid

I'm hoping the 'hounds can help me find a good NS saute pan (or skillet) w/ a lid for a one-application type thing. I've been making my own potstickers and there is just no amount of oil one can put in a cast iron or stainless pan that will make them not stick. Unless someone give me some secret technique I'm missing I need a new pan. So can anyone recommend a good line to look at? Is All-Clad NS worth it? What about the LC line of stainless -- does anyone know if they have any NS pans in their line? Or for a one-application type thing am I better off going to Target and buying the $9.99 special?

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  1. Go for the $19.99 special. The $9.99 special is a bit too thin and will warp quickly and badly.

    1. My favorite non stick is Swiss Diamond - expensive though. I like it because it can go into the oven at pretty high heat and also browns nicely.

      1. I would recommend any aluminum pan that has the Excalibur Teflon finish. This process will be a bit more expensive than generic Teflon finish, but its worth the initial investment.

        I would not recommend All-Clad, but they is just my opinion.

        Sitram has cookware with the Cybernox finish, but this isn't Teflon, but a very low friction surface. This coating tolerates the use of metal utensils, is much more durable and can go in the oven/broiler.

        1. jfood likes the Calphalon One NS. Like MMRuth's requirement it can go from the stovetop to a 450 oven, real important for many of jfood's favorite daily dishes.

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          1. re: jfood

            I agree on Calphalon anodized. My saute pan (5 qt) is not even the "Nonstick" but I've never had a problem with anything sticking to it. It is our kitchen's workhouse; used practically every night, including for recipes that go from stove top to oven.

            1. re: jfood

              me too

              Calphalon

              target and kohls both carry it for an affordable price

            2. Don't see Circulon mentioned much on CH, but it's really good and a bit below the top price range: http://www.circulon.com/cs/Satellite/...

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              1. re: Robin Joy

                Cuisinart makes a good non-stick pan. I found my 2 at Home Goods, nicely discounted. They take lids from other Cuisinart pans. I would not buy very expensive, because the non-stick finish does not hold up for the life of the pan. I personally would not buy really cheap either.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  I would disagree about cuisinart nonstick (aluminum core). The aluminum is pretty thin for their price point even at clearance prices. I would suggest going to marshalls/tjmaxx/ross and browse their cookware sections. Often times you will see some hefty thick non-stick pans with metal handles at clearance prices, but you have to hunt for them.

              2. This pan might fulfill your needs:
                http://www.amazon.com/Circulon-80486-...

                I have mainly All-Clad SS, but needed a few non-stick pieces, and had not heard great things from my friends about AC NS. I saw this piece in action at a relative's house. This piece is much thinner than any other pan I own, but as far as non-stick and clean up goes, it is among the best I've used. And for the price ($19.99 when I bought it), it's amazing. I've used it at high heat on the stove top and in the oven, and so far it still looks brand new (about 9 months of use). I really like the glass lid on it as well. It seems to me that the lid alone would sell for at least what I paid for the pan and lid.

                1. I'm really finicky when it comes to 'non-stick' just from the simple fact they don't seem to work like they should, however ... with that being said, I ordered a 'GreenPan' from hsn.com awhile back, and I kid you not, this is THE best non-stick pan out there! They are reasonably priced and IMO out perform the high-dollar cookware! I am completely sold on this cookware and highly recommend it! The best thing is not only is it oven safe as well, but you can return it for a full refund within 30 days, even if you've used it and decide you don't like it, but I assure you - you will LOVE the GreenPan one you use it!