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Decent non-stick?

spacesasha Aug 29, 2009 01:22 PM

I also will buy two pieces of non-stick as this is most practical for a few key dishes. What is the best non-stick out there?

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    jeffreyem Aug 29, 2009 03:54 PM




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      MakingSense Aug 29, 2009 10:42 PM

      That's crazy to pay the kind of money they want for those pans at Sur La Table.
      I got a set of 2 Wearever non-sticks like the ceramiguard one (maybe not exactly "ceramigard") for less than $20 at Costco. That was so many years ago that I can't even remember how long I've had them. Minimal scratching and they're still going strong.
      Wearever's non-sticks are great and the pans themselves are heavy.
      Similar ones are available at restaurant supply houses for $20 or so.

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      knet Aug 29, 2009 04:44 PM

      Honestly I would not pay that much for a non stick . IT is true that some brands are better than others but in the end, non-stick has a limited lifespan and as long as you don't subject it to high heat, metal utensils and dishwashers even a less expensive pan will be fine. I have a Kitchen Aid Gourmet Essentials - bought it on a CI recommendation and it's been great so far, over a year. I once had an Ikea 365 non stick for 4 years which was great as well - can't think of any reason to spend money on a non stick. Save your money for the lifetime investment cookware pieces.

      1. jillp Aug 30, 2009 06:10 PM

        The only non-stick I will spend any money on is Swiss Diamond. Every other brand has been destroyed by my adorable husband.

        Swiss Diamond is pricey but it's worth it. Unlike other nonstick, it isn't sprayed on, it's baked on. It can withstand metal tools and has a better weight than less expensive nonstick.

        It's actually worth the money.

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          dmd_kc Aug 30, 2009 09:58 PM

          I'm the only one who ever uses it and never abuses it -- but my All-Clad 12" nonstick skillet performs as well today as when I bought it about nine years ago. My Circulon griddle is also magnificently even-heating and long-lasting.

          I use the All-Clad the most of any piece of cookware I have. I adore it.

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            MakingSense Aug 31, 2009 12:13 AM

            Yay!!!! A great post. Exactly right.
            Buy decent quality. (Doesn't have to be pricey.)
            Take good care of it.
            Don't worry.

            Eat will. Live long. Love often. yeeeeeessss.

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              Caitlin McGrath Sep 2, 2009 09:20 PM

              Same here, I have couple of All Clad nonsticks, which I am very careful with in cooking, washing, storing, and the finish is still pretty much flawless. If you take good care of it, it will take good care of you. These skillets heat so much more evenly than inexpensive nonsticks I've owned.

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              qwerty78 Aug 31, 2009 07:06 AM

              i really like the analon advanced. they are often on sale and are heavy- I use them for fish and am able to get a sear that I couldn't with other non stick.

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                easily amused Aug 31, 2009 07:22 AM

                I like the Berndes line of products. Their 11 inch non-stick frypan is often in use in our house.


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                  Mother of four Aug 31, 2009 04:18 PM

                  I agree. Berndes is the only non stick that I will use. They are wonderful, and every once in awhile you can pick up one at TJ Max. I also got a good deal on their website. Actually I just went to their website and they are having a sale!

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                    paulj Aug 31, 2009 07:10 PM

                    I just got one from TJM, not because I knew anything about the brand, but because it felt solid, and was induction ready. It is thick aluminum, with steel dots on the base to work with the induction burner.

                    I was surprised at how warm the base of the handle (long hollow metal) got. Usually when I use the induction burner, the rim and handle of the pans stay cool - but that is with steel and iron. In this case the aluminum was more effective at conducting heat up the sides and to the handle.

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                      easily amused Sep 1, 2009 08:18 PM

                      The Handle on all of my Berndes skillets stay cool...You are right about picking them up at a discounter...like TJ Maxx...Ross...Marshalls. The 11 inch is an all around keeper.

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                        paulj Sep 3, 2009 06:58 PM

                        It is long enough, and hollow, so it does not get hot all the way. I just surprised that the base got hot, given my experience with other pans on the induction burner. Such a burner does not have any flames or radiant heat to directly heat the handle - instead it was all being conducted through the pan sides, an indication of conductive the thick aluminum is.

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                  Rick Sep 3, 2009 06:19 PM

                  I bought a calfalon <sp?> at Marshall's for around $30 and I love it. I recently had to pull out my old T Fal and it felt like absolute junk in comparison.

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