These top ten stainless steel skillets will help improve your overall cooking experience instantly. Stainless steel skillets are the workhorses of the kitchen, capable of sautéing vegetables, whipping up an omelet, or creating a decadent sauce. Any trained chef will tell you to look for the highest quality pan you can because this piece of cookware is going to become your new best friend. Simple to clean and non-toxic, the best ones will last a lifetime and provide you with plenty of culinary delights as well. Our list of options will pique the interest of cooks at all skill levels. Have a look.
1. Utopia Kitchen’s Stainless-Steel Skillet with Glass Cover
The Stainless-Steel Skillet by Utopia Kitchen is made with a premium stainless-steel blend and comes fitted with a curved, riveted handle that provides even heat distribution. This professional grade pan is as at home in your own kitchen making a frittata as it is on the line searing a tenderloin. The skillet is designed to resist scorching and pitting and has straight, high sides and a 12-inch surface that holds in heat and moisture. The home chef will appreciate the close-fitting glass lid in case the family is late to dinner. Don’t forget to properly season it for a smooth, non-stick surface. This pan is dishwasher safe as well.
2. Cuisinart’s French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Pan with Helper
The Cuisinart French Classic 12-inch skillet is made with an aluminum core surrounded on all sides by high-grade stainless steel for maximum heat distribution. The handles stay cool, making this pan ideal for the home chef. Perfect for frying a burger or whipping up an omelet, the design of this pan eliminates the frustration of having to adjust the temperature continually. It does a perfect job of browning every time, with no hot spots. Induction compatible, it is as beautiful as it is functional.
3. All-Clad 41126 Stainless Steel Fry Pan with Lid
This skillet by all-clad comes in both a ten- and twelve-inch model and features an aluminum core encapsulated with durable stainless steel. This pan can withstand an oven temperature of up to 600 degrees, allowing it to easily do double duty as your new favorite gadget. Heat distributes evenly throughout this professional-grade pan, and the polished starburst finish ensures that it looks as good as it cooks. The contoured handle is riveted to the pan, and it is safe to use with all cooktops, including induction. Oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe, this versatile pan comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.
4. Calphalon’s Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Pan with Cover
The 5 quarts Sauté pan by Calphalon is one of the top rated stainless steel pans on the market. This multi-purpose skillet can be used for braising, searing, simmering, frying, and much more. Whether you want to make a classic grilled cheese or cook up a one-pot meal in this generous sized pan, this is one skillet you will never want to be without. Provided you season it first, clean-up is a snap. It’s beautiful enough to go right from the oven to the table, and the non-porous surface means you can use any utensils without damaging this fine piece. The glass lid is a handy feature as well.
5. Tramontina 80101/021DS Gourmet Prima Stainless Steel Skillet
Made in Brazil, this handy little skillet is an excellent choice for the home cook who wants an inexpensive skillet that works well but is still light enough to hold in one hand. Stainless steel encapsulates an aluminum base for even heat distribution with no hot spots. This versatile pan is broiler, oven (even induction), and dishwasher safe and has a fluted edge that makes it easy to pour sauces and gravies without dripping. While this pan may be one of the cheapest on our list, it does the job right and comes with a lifetime warranty.
6. Grunen Wolken’s 10″ Tri-Ply Bonded Stainless Steel Pan
The Grunen Wolken’s Stainless Steel Pan has a clean mirror-finish and an aluminum encapsulated base that ensures even heat distribution and a perfect dish every time. Compatible with every stove-top, including induction, it will not alter the flavor of your food or discolor. Its riveted ergonomic handle provides a secure grip, and when you are finished, you can throw it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. Backed by a 30-day refund and lifetime guarantee, you can make sure you really love it before you make a long-term commitment to living with it.
7. USA Pan’s Stainless Steel 10-Inch Skillet
Made with five layers of metal for durability and even heat distribution, this 10-inch skillet will be a staple in your kitchen for years to come. USA Pan is a leader in the commercial cookware industry, and their well-reviewed products have been manufactured in the US for over 50 years. Hand polished to a mirror shine, this skillet is both functional and beautiful. Oven and dishwasher safe, it holds three quarts and is safe to use on any cooktop. If you fancy a different size, it is also available in an 8 or 13-inch model as well.
8. Emeril Lagasse’s Stainless-Steel Fry Pan
This 12-inch skillet by Emeril Lagasse features 3-ply bonded construction that will provide even heat distribution for anything you can cook up. The hollow core handles ensure that heat stays in the pan instead of burning you, and a tempered glass lid allows you to keep an eye on what you are cooking. The non-reactive stainless-steel interior won’t alter the taste of your food, and the inclusion of measurement markers is a convenient touch. This high-quality pan is dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 550 degrees.
9. Cooks Standard’s Classic Stainless-Steel Deep Pan
The encapsulated aluminum disc on the bottom of this Cook’s Standard deep sauté pan allows for even heat distribution throughout, ensuring you maintain the perfect temperature for your next culinary experiment. This inexpensive pan can multitask as well; it sautés, braises, fries, boils, steams, and more. It may be the only one you ever need. It’s oven safe up to 500 degrees and can be used with any type of stovetop. When you’re done, just throw it in the dishwasher for simple cleanup.
10. Cuisinart’s Pro Stainless 10-Inch Open Skillet
The Pro Stainless Skillet by Cuisinart has an upgraded stay-cool handle to keep the heat in the pan and out of your hand. This is one of the best rated and most inexpensive stainless-steel pans on our list. Oven, broiler, and dishwasher safe, this uncovered skillet won’t react with your food or alter the flavor of your recipes. Cuisinart’s heat surround technology ensures that heat stays even distributed from the bottom all the way up the sides for a perfect finish. Compatible with all cooking surfaces, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
By BCR Writing Staff