Is this $100 Nonstick Pan Really the Best? — The Kitchen Gadget Test Show


– What makes for a really good nonstick pan? So we have three different price points of nonstick pans We have the T-fal, for $25

The Calphalon for $40 And then the All-Clad for $100 So each of these pans that we are testing today are made without PFOA Which is a harmful chemical sometimes used in manufacturing these types of pans So never buy a pan that isn't PFOA-free

Of course, in my experience, at the restaurants, we try not to invest too much money into really expensive nonsticks, because typically what happens is everyone's using it, and they get messed up And then we're gonna have to buy them all over again So we don't like to invest too much money in them, so I always go for a cheap to mid-tier option and just replace them every time they get scratched I would say that if you're a home cook and you're taking care of your pans, then you could maybe invest in something a little bit more expensive and nice So the tests that we're gonna do today are gonna show how the pans do in low heat, medium heat, and high heat

So for the low heat, we'll do an egg test For medium heat we'll do pancake, and for high heat we'll do a fish sear And of course for these tests we're not using any butter, oil or fat to test the quality of the nonstick Okay so starting easy, (claps) we are gonna do the egg test on low heat We're gonna cook two eggs per pan, and the point is that we're coating the entire surface to see how it comes out

Okay so we got our eggs, and we're gonna start off with our low end, the T-fal Looks good, typical nonstick You can see the edges, they're coming away from the pan, so it's working, it's all good Well that came right out, looking good Passed the egg test

So this is our second option, the Calphalon for $40, and I'm noticing that this actually got really, really hot, much quicker than the other one So when you're doing an omelet, you get this real thin layer on the sides, which I'm not sure if it's gonna come out or not No Ugh, I can't believe it! (man laughs off camera) So this is not gonna work Oh, what? This is BS, straight up

It's the same heat as the other one This is why we do The Kitchen Gadget Test Show I'm shocked, actually – Okay – Now moving on to the All-Clad, which is our most high-end pan

And you can see the skin coming away from the pan, which we didn't see with the Calphalon, which is what should be happening with a nonstick That's how it should be, it's perfect Maybe there is a difference! So I am totally shocked, because I really thought the egg test was a no-brainer, and that they would all work But obviously we had a lot of differences Starting with the T-fal

No residue, it looked really good, and it performed quite nicely Calphalon, not so much I had a hard time obviously And you can still see, there's still some left in there And of course the All-Clad, no residue, beautiful omelet, passed with flying colors

So it's surprising that the low-end and the high-end is kind of equal, and the mid-tier just didn't work at all So moving on (claps) to our second test, pancakes We are testing medium heat, and we're gonna use pancake batter to see the evenness of the heat, and of course the nonstick element Starting with the T-fal Okay

The ideal pancake should be a beautiful, even sear on both sides, slightly crispy but still fluffy inside Okay guys, I'm ready to flip Now when you see all these bubbles form, that's when you know you're ready to flip Beautiful, that was easy Look at that

That is a nice pancake And it's really beautifully even, too Okay, that was easy, moving on Now with the Calphalon The material of the Calphalon is much thinner

No I got it So what we're noticing with the Calphalon is that the material is really thin, so it's getting hotter a lot quicker So we're gonna redo the test, at a lower heat Okay Even at a lower heat, I'm still hearing the sizzle

Time to flip I mean it is nonstick, but it's not as smooth as our first pan I mean yeah, you see rings It's not like an even, beautiful color Okay

Okay There we go There's some residue Okay so now moving on to the All-Clad Yep, feels smooth

Look at that I see some residue on the pan I mean it's really subtle, but there's still some in there Okay, moment of truth, guys (Claps) The results

Starting with the T-fal Our pancake looks beautiful, very, very, even Okay so our Calphalon, which we had trouble with so we had to make the pancake twice because it was heating up too quickly Our pancake is also very blotchy, and you can see these rings of unevenness And now for our All-Clad

You can see the pancake looks pretty nice, but there's a little bit of unevenness But overall not bad But I can see a little bit of residue left on the pan See? This is why I said, you shouldn't spend so much money on nonstick, the T-fal is winning by far Now moving on to high heat

It's going to smell like fish, we're all gonna smell fishy For our next test we're searing fish on high heat So this is the T-fal Gonna cook some salmon on skin-side down (pan sizzles) All right

(pan sizzles) I don't know, does that look burnt? Slightly Moving on to our Calphalon pan (pan sizzles) Nice and crispy, and it didn't stick But this is good, this is done I'm very confused by that

Moving on to our most expensive pan, the All-Clad (pan sizzles) It's too blotchy everywhere I mean it's crispy, it's not burnt, it's just like A little bit surprising Obviously we're not using any oil or fat in the pan, and we were just searing the salmon as is

So the T-fal and the All-Clad kind of had similar results in terms of the evenness of the skin So you see little pockets, similar patterns on both of these Whereas the Calphalon was surprisingly pretty nice and even You can see that the sear is nice and even, it's crispy all throughout They all did pretty well with the nonstick element

Except for the T-fal, surprisingly you see a little bit of the residue left, there was a tiny bit of sticking happening The clear winner I would say is the Calphalon Which is really interesting because it failed the other two tests But in terms of the fish searing beautifully and evenly, I think it did the best job We are going to test the durability of these

So we will take a steel wool, and rotate 25 times And then we will use a metal spatula, and go back and forth 25 times Non-stick pans have a reputation of being not so durable, so that's why we're doing this test Do not do this at home, you should never use metal on your nonstick But for testing purposes, we must do it

And of course for the last test, our durability test, I would say the T-fal was the clear winner Not much residue on the pan, so pleasantly surprised All right guys, final thoughts We went through all the tests You really don't wanna spend that much money on nonsticks, because honestly, for $25, this does the best job

So why go and spend $40 to $100 on something that doesn't work as well? The T-fal is amazing, it did a great job Clear winner

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