Best Pans And Pots For Your Kitchen: Tried and Tested

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Best pans

by Piper Huxley |
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For the ultimate cooking experience, why not peruse our buyer’s guide to the best pans? Whether you’re looking for an overhaul of your cookware with a brand, spanking-new pan set, or just a new addition to your kitchen cupboards, A Modern Kitchen has found some great kitchen buys, no matter what cooking level you’re at. Whichever meals you like to prepare, you must ensure that your new cookware reflects your lifestyle and how you cook.

Anytime we need to whip up a carbonara, steam some veg or fry some eggs for brekkie, we’re probably using a pan. Hopefully, anyways. When deciding which pan to add to your cookware collection, it’s important to note there are a few different types; from frying pans to stockpots, we’re inundated with variety. It’s hard to know what to choose. Grilling and broiling may be possible in a griddle pan, but making a roux from scratch certainly isn’t. Well, we’ve never tried it anyway…

Best Pans At A Glance:

Best overall pan set: ProCook Gourmet Non-Stick 6-Piece Cookware Set – View Offer at ProCook
Budget pan set: Argos Home 5-Piece Pan Set – View Offer at Argos
Versatile pan: Always Pan 2.0 – View Offer at Our Place
On-trend copper set: M&S Copper Non-Stick 4-Piece Pan Set – View Offer at Marks & Spencer

Still a little clueless on what to grab? We’ve written an in-depth buyer’s guide below, just nestled above some FAQs. What do you need to look for when buying a pan? All of the factors considered, such as budget, hob compatibility, and extra features) should hinge on your lifestyle, as well as your skills in the kitchen. How much do you cook? If you’re anything like us - who spend hours in the kitchen, lovingly preparing meals every night – something durable may be on the cards.

If you’re looking to pick up a specialist pan for your induction hob, fear not, because a lot of brands are ensuring that their cookware is accessible to all types of stoves. For our meaty round-up, we’ve handpicked a selection that showcases the variety of cookware that the world has to offer. With that being said, there are versatile pans such as the Always Pan (read our full review) – perfect if you’re stretched for space and need something that can do it all. Now, onto the best pans and pots for your home cooking.

Best Pans UK 2023

Best wok pan

With its exceptional cooking surface composed of high-quality non-stick, the Salter Megastone wok offers enhanced cooking, enabling the creation of healthier fried dishes with minimal or no oil. If you love to cook a stirfry - or something similar, this may be the best pan for that. After all, wok pans have deep walls that slope, trapping in more heat and ensuring a quick cooking experience. It's been constructed from four layers of PFOA-free materials and guarantees enduring excellence, allowing the use of metal utensils and dishwasher cleaning. We're impressed.


  • Ultra non-stick, PFOA-free coating
  • Suitable with metal utensils and the dishwasher
  • Soft-touch Bakelite handles with glass lid


  • Wait until cool for cleaning
  • Requires oil for first use

Best set of frying pans


Tower Induction Frying Pan Set in Rose Gold
Price: $72.03

Distinctive, this Tower Frying Pan Set in Rose Gold has a non-stick coating that requires only a small amount of oil for a low-fat frying method and easier cleaning. Structured from high-quality aluminium, these 24 and 28-cm pans take your stove-top cooking to the next level. Plus, the Rose Gold-plated handles are durable and stylish. Suitable for all hob types to provide even heat distribution, these pans are durable and reliable. Handwash only, though.


  • Induction compatible
  • Cool-touch handles
  • PFOA-free non-stick


  • Not metal-utensil safe
  • Not dishwasher friendly

Best griddle pan

Designed to sear and cook your food without having to use loads of oils and fats, this Habitat Griddle Pan in Orange unleashes your inner chef. Whether used indoors or outdoors, this cookware is made from cast iron with a tough enamel coating free from lead and cadmium - and is, bonus, suitable for most hobs, including gas and induction. Though it's not dishwasher-safe, it can be popped into the oven for up to 240 degrees. Just handwash in warm water.


  • A budget-friendly Le Creuset dupe
  • Tough enamel coating fee from lead
  • Oven safe up to 240 degrees


  • Cast iron needs a little more TLC
  • Not dishwasher safe

Best frying pan

For a solo frying pan, you can't go wrong with Tefal. With the Tefal Precision Plus Non-Stick Frying Pan, you can fry eggs and more to perfection. It has an Easy Plus coating, which provides durable, non-stick performance for whatever you intend to tackle. A mid-range piece of kit, this Tefal frying pan is great value, great quality. The Thermo Spot marking turns full red when the pan reaches the ideal temperature and you can rely on the ergonomic handle for comfy, easy handling. Unfortunately, this pan isn't induction hob-friendly.


  • Ergonomic grip for easy handling
  • Compatible on most hobs
  • Durable non-stick performance


  • Not induction safe

Best aluminium frying pan


Aluminium is an interesting choice for pans. It heats up quicker than stainless steel and it’s lighter and therefore easier to move about. The downsides are the tendency to wear out quicker and they can command an increased price tag.
Le Creuset’s take on the aluminium fry pan really is worth considering however. Part of the Toughened Non-Stick range, these frying pans are designed to be durable, versatile, and retain the low weight of aluminium pans. It also features a triple-layer non-stick coating and an oven-safe design that uses steel for the handle.


  • Fantastic non-stick qualities
  • Durable build


  • Smaller diameter

Best overall pan set


ProCook Gourmet Non-Stick 6-Piece Cookware Set
Price: £149 (RRP £219)

Made from aluminium for strength and durability, this ProCook Gourmet Non-Stick 6-Piece Cookware Set is the ultimate treat for your kitchen. Suitable for all hob types, including induction, this premium six-piece set is all oven and dishwasher-safe. Each saucepan comes with a lid, and all pieces have ergonomic CoolTouch® handles for comfort and safety. Though on the more expensive side, ProCook guarantees 25 happy years with their professional set.


  • Ease of use with non-stick, pour design
  • Silicone handle for easy handling
  • Dishwasher-safe and induction-compatible


  • Do not use metal utensils on the non-stick

Best cast iron casserole pot

Enjoy family favourites with Salter's Cast Iron Collection. This Salter Heritage Casserole Pot is oven safe up to 240 degrees and has a tough, enamel exterior. Plus, it's safe for an induction hob. Guaranteeing excellent heat retention, this dish from Salter is attractive, reliable and durable. This would be a great addition to your kitchen for any season. Perfect for experts and novice cooks alike, this casserole pot retains all the moisture and enhances flavour with the lid.


  • Suitable for all hob types
  • Oven safe with great heat retention
  • Sturdy, robust and reliable


  • Cast iron needs a little TLC
  • Not dishwasher safe

Versatile pan

If you’ve been on the internet at any time this year, there is a fair chance you’ve come across the Always Pan from Our Place. And – yes, you may be thinking. A viral pan? Surely, not. Allegedly, the Always Pan can replace your frying pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula and spoon rest. That’s a lot, and we are impressed.
With the updated 2.0 version, the stylish Always Pan can even double as a roasting or baking dish. Fancy that.


  • Integrated all-in-one design
  • Chemical-free non-stick
  • Innovative extras to impress


  • Not dishwasher safe
  • It might be too bulky to store for some

Budget pan set

Dishwasher safe, this Argos Home 5-Piece Pan Set is made in the UK with an effective non-stick. Each saucepan has steam vent lids to prevent liquids from boiling over. Suitable for gas and electric hobs, these pans from Argos have handles that can withstand high temperatures. They're solid if you're on a budget. However, they're not induction safe, which may be a disappointment for some. However, the same set is available in colours such as Cream or Red.

Customer Review: "I am very pleased that I bought this product which is giving good value for money. Would definitely recommend it to anyone on a tight budget, especially at this time of year!"


  • Budget-friendly versatile set
  • UK-made with effective non-stick
  • Dishwasher safe for easy clean


  • Not induction or oven compatible
  • May not be long-lasting

Eco-friendly pick

Prestige Eco 5-Piece Set
Price: $446.59

If you’re willing to pay more for something that lasts a little while longer and is better for the environment, we recommend Prestige’s Eco range. In an unusual green marble, this Prestige Eco 5-Piece Pan Set is made from recycled materials – including the aluminium itself. Easy to clean and scratch-proof, this pan has a soft grip stay-cool handle and boasts even heat distribution for great results. Prestige plants a tree for every pan sold. How cool.

Customer Review: "I love these pans! We've had the frying pans for a while and they are brilliant. Traditional non-stick coatings always end up coming off and the prospect of ingesting toxic chemicals is awful. These pans offer a more environmentally friendly and safer way of cooking. They look great, cook really well and are extremely well made."


  • Brilliant value and reliable pan set
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Suitable for dishwasher and induction hobs


  • Customers report surface discolouration

Premium cookware set

Again, this premium Le Creuset 4-Piece Cookware Set is the ultimate cookware dream for kitchen lovers. An iconic and historic brand, Le Creuset makes high-quality, premium cookware that is made to last. Though on the pricier side, you're well taken care of. This four-piece set features a non-stick frying pan and three saucepans made from three-ply stainless steel, promoting even heating and superior results. Plus, they're dishwasher-safe and induction-friendly.


  • Dishwasher, induction and oven safe
  • Long-lasting and durable stainless steel
  • Boasts even heat and superior results


  • Only one piece is non-stick

Mid-range pan set

Tefal 5 Piece Origins Stone Pots and Pans set, Non Stick, Aluminium,  Black,
Price: $75.42

Perfect for a new home, this aluminium Tefal Origins Non-Stick 5-Piece Cookware Set has a distinctive, black stone effect that will look so stylish. Non-stick and with a durable design, these pans are easy to handwash. Tefal guarantees perfect results every time. If you're looking for a smaller set with saucepans and frying pans, this is it. With Bakelite handles for a comfy grip and Thermo-Spot technology for even heat distribution, you can't go wrong.

Customer Review: "I brought these pans as our first set in our new house, and I cannot fault them. We use them every night when cooking plus breakfast too - they clean up great and are totally non-stick! I would definitely recommend these; they suit us perfectly for what we need."


  • Mid-range and reliable non-stick set
  • Dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning
  • Thermo-spot for easy cooking accuracy


  • Not induction-friendly

Best sauté pan

'Why settle for non-stick when you can have ZEROSTICK?' says Ninja. Twenty times stronger than normal non-stick, Ninja's ZEROSTICK can withstand anything you may throw at it. The extremely durable cooking surface is metal-utensil safe, scratch-resistant and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. PFOA, lead and cadmium free. Built to last with stainless steel handles, this durable forged aluminium cookware is second to none, no matter the cooking level.

Customer Review: "Brilliant saucepan, really sturdy and looks good, will start to upgrade all my kitchen cookware with Ninja."


  • Oven-safe and induction compatible
  • Tough and long-lasting ZEROSTICK
  • Scratch-resistant and withstands metal


  • Non-stick needs a little TLC to last

Cast iron skillet pick

ProCook Cast Iron Skillet 26cm Matte Black
Price: £39 (was £79)

You can't go wrong with this ProCook Cast iron Skillet. A cast iron skillet offers incredible heat retention and distribution making it the perfect choice for charring, frying and browning meat, fish and vegetables. Easy to hold and use, this cookware has a fabulous finish, looking smart. Each of ProCooks cast iron cookware offers exceptional value for money, with a smooth and durable enamel coating for easy cleaning. It'll last a while, that's for sure.

Customer Review: "The product was advertised at a reduced price. It is of very good quality. It does its intended job superbly. I found the size to be very accommodating and not too heavy."


  • Great value-for-money cast iron skillet
  • Incredible heat retention and distribution
  • Suitable to use on induction hobs


  • Cast iron needs a little extra TLC
  • Tricky to clean if not looked after

Reliable stock pot

Trustworthy, this M&S Medium Non-Stick Stock Pot will make bulk cooking ever so easy. Forged from hardwearing aluminium. this pot can be used on the hob and then transferred to the oven for further cooking - up to 180 degrees. Suitable for all hobs and dishwasher-safe, this ergonomic, durable stock pot is a great choice for those of us who love to cook for a dinner party, especially hearty soups and stews. It's tough, non-stick and scratch-protected.

Customer Review: "Great for the hob to oven cooking. It has a large capacity and is very good for sautéing and casseroles etc. I was sceptical about the transfer to the oven from the hob but have been pleasantly surprised."


  • Part of a wider, reliable M&S collection
  • Non-stick makes cleaning easy in the dishwasher
  • Induction-friendly and oven safe to 180 degrees


  • No extra features such as a pour spout

Ideal for paella and beyond

ProCook Non-Stick Paella Pan 30cm
Price: £12 (was £17)

We know what you're thinking: a paella pan... surely not? If you love this Spanish dish, which is rich in essential vitamins and minerals necessary for human health, and intend to make it often, then why not find the right pan for it? This ProCook Non-Stick Paella Pan stretches further than the National dish of Spain, suitable as a griddle for searing steaks, a wok and even a stand-in roasting pan. This non-stick cookware is ideal for large batches and is durable, too.

Customer Review: "Bought as a birthday gift. Very pleased with it, hasn't used it yet but their last one is rusted! So fingers crossed this quality one won't. Was more heavy duty than expected for the price - on offer on the website. Cheaper than our usual online giant retailer."


  • Large handles for easy transportation
  • Offers versatile, batch cooking
  • Easy cleaning in the dishwasher


  • Not suitable for induction

On-trend copper set

Upgrade your cookware with this stylish metallic copper-effect pan set, just like we're seeing in the popular Country Kitchen trend. These brass-coloured cookware pieces will elevate your kitchen to no end. The M&S Copper Non-Stick 4-Piece Pan Set have induction bases and are dishwasher-safe, making them accessible and easy to clean. Not only are they non-stick, but they are forged from aluminium for durability. Marks & Spencer can do no wrong.

Customer Review: "Really lovely pans. Smart and lovely colour. Great quality. We wanted a copper set for a while and this was a good fit."


  • A stylish addition to Country Kitchens
  • For use on all hob types, including induction
  • Easy to clean in the dishwasher


  • Some customers would love a matching stock pot

Just in time for pancake day

Professional Granite Crepe Pan
Price: £34 (was £57)

Next, we have ProCook Professional Granite Crepe Pan, which apparently "can’t be beaten”. Coming with a triple layer of reinforced non-stick gives this pan superior non-stick release. Plus, it’ll ensure your pancakes will easily slip off the pan. With an aluminium body, this pan will offer even cooking and sleek Bakelite handles for easy handling. We love the quality of ProCook’s cookware. Plus, as a bonus, customers talk about how good this pan is good for chapatis.

Customer Review: "Brilliant! Bought for pancake day but we've used it for so much more. Good heat distribution, nothing sticks and a doddle to wash afterwards. To ensure an effective long life for the non-stick surface, be sure to follow the instructions (on the card that is stuck to the pan) to give it an oil coating before first use and occasionally thereafter."


  • Strong, reliable and durable pan
  • Fantastic heat distribution
  • Induction and dishwasher-safe


  • The design may not suit everyone


If you're looking to replace your current set, there are a few options:

For the pan that does it all, the cast iron and ever-iconic Always Pan 2.0 from Our Place is a good option for those of us who love to batch cook and experiment in the kitchen, cooking for our friends and family. It replaces many pieces of cookware, which is very impressive. Whether frying, simmering or steaming, the Always Pan has your back.

If you're looking for a collection, we love the ProCook Gourmet 6-Piece Set. Though a little on the pricey side, the pans come with rave reviews for their sturdiness and durability. Not only do they last a long time, but they're equipped to help you conquer any sort of dish you wish. You'll be whipping up Michelin-style grub in no time. Just watch.

Buyer’s Guide


Before purchasing a pan, consider its intended purpose. Many of our picks will have more than one use, but consider what you like to make at home before you buy. Different types of pans excel in various cooking tasks. For example, a crepe pan is a thin, fast-heating pan for pancakes. Assess your cooking needs first.

Material and Coating

Pans come in a range of materials, each with its own benefits. So, choose a material that aligns with your cooking style and preferences. Perhaps, you're wondering: Which material is best for pans?

Stainless Steel - pans offer durability and even heat distribution.

Non-Stick - pans are great for low-fat cooking and easy cleaning.

Cast Iron - pans provide excellent heat retention and versatility.

Copper pans - offer rapid temperature changes.

Budget and Value

For many of us, the budget will come into play. So, make sure to set one before you browse. This factor will affect the quality of the pans you're willing to buy. While premium pans might offer enhanced performance and longevity, there are also budget-friendly options that provide decent performance for occasional cooks.


Luckily, pans come in various designs are styles, catering to all tastes: classic or modern. For this, we recommend considering your kitchen aesthetics and personal style when selecting a pan. For example, in homely Country Kitchens, copper or copper-feet pans will be the most suitable. While aesthetics are important, functionality should remain a priority.

Hob Compatibility

Of all, ensure that the pan (or pans) you choose are compatible with your cooking appliance. After all, you don't want to damage your induction hob or have to deal with returning a large box full of cookware. To avoid this, verify hob compatibility before purchasing to avoid compatibility issues. Remember: induction hobs require pans with magnetic properties, while gas and electric stovetops are generally more versatile


For many of us, comfort (and ease of use) are crucial. We've made sure to choose pans with great reviews, ergonomic handles, balanced weight and well-designed shapes that can facilitate easy use. After all, you don't want to run into any difficulties when flipping pancakes or pouring out pasta water. Comfort makes everything more efficient...

Extra Features

Extra (or additional) features separate the good to the best... Some pans (or sets) offer additional features like lids, pour spouts, detachable handles for oven use, or stacking capabilities for efficient storage. All of this makes our lives easier. Evaluate these features based on your specific needs and kitchen space. Small kitchens need to be a little more organised...


Yes - the dreaded cleaning. For those of us with busy lifestyles, non-stick pans are typically the best they're easier to use and clean in the dishwasher. But, non-stick does require a little extra care to preserve it. On the other hand, stainless steel and cast iron pans will require TLC, such as seasoning and even specific cleaning techniques. Opt for pans that fit your lifestyle, cleaning preferences and routine.


Is Non-Stick Toxic?

Non-stick cookware nowadays typically arrives PFOA-free, making them safe for everyday home cooking. Don't exceed 260°c, though. If the non-stick in your pan flakes, avoid using it and get in touch with the manufacturer. If you look after your non-stick pans with care, then they should last for a while...

How Do I Clean My Pans?

Cleaning your pans properly is essential to maintain their longevity and cooking performance. The cleaning method may vary depending on the material and coating of the pan. Thanks to Taste of Home, we have some tips:

How To Clean Cast-Iron Pans

General Cleaning - can involve soap and water. Just gently hand wash after use.

Tough Stains - can be helped with the salt method, which is sprinkled on the pan and scrubbed. The coarse salt will "work as a gentle abrasive to remove grime," says Taste of Home. Then, wash like normal.

Avoid - soaking your cast iron pan "in water for an extended period of time, as it will rust."

How To Clean Stainless Steel Pans

General Cleaning - for this material should start with a paper towel to wipe any excess oil. Then, simply handwash with soap and water, using a nylon dish brush or soft sponge. Taste of Home says that the dishwasher should be avoided as it can "damage your pan over time." Remember to towel dry immediately to avoid water spots.

Tough Stains - can be tackled "with a mixture of vinegar and water... [brought] to a boil," says Taste of Home. Then, they recommend scraping any burnt-on food with a wooden spoon or nylon dish brush.

Avoid - the dishwasher, of course. Plus, Taste of Home confirms our suspicions about steel wool pads and abrasive cleaners being no good for this type of pan: "[they] scratch the surface of your stainless steel pan."

How To Clean Copper Pans

General Cleaning - should involve washing warm water after you "allow it to cool completely" with a soft sponge and gentle dish soap, says Taste of Home. Sounds pretty easy, right?

Tough Stains - may come down to how you want your copper pans to look and operate. Some cooks like the natural discolouration of copper (known as patina), finding it rustic, protective and requiring fewer oils, fats or butter. If you like your copper looking clean and smart, Taste of Home point out an easy, natural method of combining "lemon juice (or vinegar) with baking soda and make a paste. [Then] cover the pot with the paste and buff with a soft cloth."

Ketchup has even been making the rounds on the internet as an effective cleaner of copper...

Avoid - using cleaners "containing bleach to clean copper cookware." It's corrosive.

How To Clean Nonstick Pans

General Cleaning - will come easy for owners of non-stick pans. After all, most food will "rinse right off, especially if you tackle the job right away," says Taste of Home. For longevity, handwash with something gentle.

Tough Stains - are a little harder to come by on npn-stick, but it does happen. For this, Taste of Home recommends filling your pan "with water and about 1/4 cup of baking soda" and pop it back on the hob. Simmer for around 10 minutes and then handwash as normal.

Avoid - the dishwasher, says Taste of Home: "The hot water and harsh detergent in your dishwasher can damage the nonstick coating." Good to know. Most brands say their cookware is dishwasher-safe. Use sparingly for pans.

How To Clean Aluminum Pans

General Cleaning - should involve soap and water.

Tough Stains - may be caused by accidental scorching. Luckily, Taste of Home has a hack for this: "Fill the pan with water and throw in a dryer sheet. Let the pan soak for half an hour and remove the sheet to scrub away."

Avoid - leaving baking soda on your aluminium pans for too long, as it can cause discolouration.

How To Clean Ceramic Pans

General Cleaning - is an easy job, due to ceramic pans being naturally non-stick. Hurrah! So, much like non-stick pans, they can be tackled with a soft sponge, soap and water. Taste of Home adds: "Remember to allow the pan to cool completely before washing."

Tough Stains - can be tackled easily, also. You can simmer soapy water on low heat and, followed by gently scraping away "with a sponge or non-abrasive brush."

Avoid - steel wool or abrasive cleaners. Though durable, ceramic can scratch.

If food is burnt onto your pans, we love this hack from Expert Home Tips:

Piper Huxley is a Homes, Gardens and Wellness Product Writer for A Modern Kitchen, specialising in cookware. When she’s not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, Piper is re-watching a TV show or listening to a podcast.

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