We cooked a pancake to assess evenness of heating, checking the pancake for brown spots and for any pancake stuck to the bottom of the frying pan.
For ease of use, we considered the balance of the frying pan, how comfortable the handle was, and how easy it was to clean.
The durability of non-stick frying pans is assessed through a scratch test – a mechanical arm scrubs each frying pan 10,000 times and the damage is recorded.
We also assessed the flatness of each frying pan’s base when heated. If the base turns concave (like a wine bottle base), the food may run to the sides of the pan.
After our cooking tests, we assess how easy each frying pan is to clean.