The Anolon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Pan (90€) is a good-looking pan with decent performance, but it showed some unevenness during the flour test and eventually did not rise from the middle of the pack. In fact, the cool grip of the Made In was the favorite of all the skillets I tested: at 8 inches it was about half an inch shorter and less steeply angled than its competitors — differences that made it more convenient for this little chef to maneuver. As with most pans we tested, the handle of the All-Clad on the stove remains cool even when wet (but not when the pan comes out of the oven, obviously). Omelette Pan had a drastic 90-degree temperature difference between the hottest and coldest parts of the pan, and the patina it developed after two applications was impossible for us to scrub. After removing the chicken, we used the stock to make a quick lemon, butter and caper pan sauce, watching how well the pans were de-iced and the sauces were reduced. To compile our lineup, we searched for recommendations from Epicurious employees, surveyed hundreds of user reviews on Amazon, and consulted the results of past tests conducted by reliable industry sources such as Cooks Illustrated, Serious Eats, the Wirecutter, and Good. That is, if you're new to the kitchen or just don't have the money in your wallet, the Tramontina Gourmet 12-inch Skillet is a serviceable budget alternative that can be used well to moderately. *Featured to '' ''BabyHomeSurniturePatio & DiningElectronicsBeautyGroceryHousehold EssentialsAlloweentTop DealsClearanceso easy. *Featured to '' ''BabyHomeSurniturePatio & DiningElectronicsBeautyGroceryHousehold EssentialsAlloweentTop DealsClearanceso easy. After heating each pan over medium heat for six minutes (we used the same burner every time in our test kitchen), we measured the temperature fluctuations around the inner edge of the pan with an infrared thermometer, hitting the same nine places. Having made hundreds (if not thousands) sauces at the pasta station and fried more oysters than you can imagine, I know exactly what to look for in a frying pan. A high quality stainless steel skillet should last decades (both in function and appearance), so we paid attention to how easy the pans were to clean and when they came with lifetime guarantees. Other Stainless Steel Skillets We Tested More Items You Can Enjoy The Best Cookware Sets The Best Cookware For Induction The Best Nonstick Pans The Best Cookie And Baking Trays. Our flour test showed that the Tramontina heated very evenly over the surface of the pan, with a slightly darker ring near the center of the pan. Photo: Michael Skillet's superior handling is partly due to the cast stainless steel handle, which is long, concave and straight — like a metallic celery stick mounted with the curve upwards. This guide builds on the work of Wirecutter format editor Michael Zhao, who wrote the first version of this guide, and Wirecutter kitchen employee writer Lesley Stockton, who has been cooking professionally for almost 20 years.) As a result, the pan felt a little crowded when a package of chicken thighs wet, and this lack of breathing space made tanning more inconsistent. In fact, All-Clad has dominated the stainless steel cookware landscape for so long that, in the direction of these reviews, a skeptical voice on the back of the head could not help but wonder if they still deserved the awards. If you partially remember that the exterior of your pan looks bright and shiny, we recommend scrubbing it with a softer Scotch-Brite Dobie sponge. However, we still consider it helpful to know the difference between the most common cookware varieties to make sure you know what you are buying: Stainless Steel Tri-Lag: This design sandwiches a layer of aluminum or copper between two layers of steel. When considering non-stick, remember, there are two types of material: the hard anodized pans are Teflon free and tend to be heavier (and more durable) than the coated grades. We boiled water to test the speed heating of each pan, weld the steak to measure its heat retention capabilities, and determined if the pans felt light enough for daily use. Read on why we loved it; for the peculiarities of how we tested and what in a.