Alert: The “Supremely Wonderful” Pan Our Tools Editor Uses Nearly Every Day Is on Major Sale Right Now
If you’ve been looking for a skillet that combines nonstick performance with the durability and weight of stainless steel, there’s a good chance you’ve come up empty-handed. That’s because most nonstick pans can’t be used over high heat, making them useless for searing and roasting, and yet, without perfect technique, food sticks easily to stainless steel, requiring you to use a generous amount of cooking fat. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with HexClad’s innovative line of nonstick cookware, as Kitchn Tools Editor Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm discovered when she became the proud owner of a 10-inch Hybrid Pan. After four years of steady use, Riddley shares, “it’s my go-to pan for frying and scrambling eggs, searing fish, browning chicken thighs, and more,” and adds that she reaches for it “nearly every day”.
Relatively new arrival on the cookware scene, HexClad has earned a reputation for their super-durable, versatile pans, ranging from skillets to woks, to griddle pans. And we have good news if you’re in the market for any of the above: HexClad is running a major sale on their full line of Hybrid pans, including Riddley’s beloved 10-inch model!
Much more than a marketing buzzword, the pan bears the “Hybrid” name for a reason. It has all of the trademarks of a tri-clad stainless steel pan, namely, a layer of highly-conductive aluminum sandwiched between stainless steel, with the added functionality of an innovative PFOA-free, ceramic nonstick coating. The pan’s unique honeycomb design is more than an aesthetic feature. The hexagonal pattern has what the brand calls a series of stainless steel “peaks” and nonstick “valleys”, that work together to prevent food from sticking with minimal cooking fat.
Unlike some coated cookware, the stainless steel peaks on HexClad’s surface is extremely resistant to scratching and flaking, meaning it can be used with silicone, wood, and even metal utensils. Riddley admits, “I frequently use my fish spatula with it and the surface still looks like new.” In the event your pan starts to show subtle surface imperfections with normal wear and tear, HexClad assures that you can continue to use it safely without loss of performance. That’s one less nonstick pan in the landfill! What’s more, the brand offers an impressive lifetime warranty on their products.
Whether you have a gas, electric, or induction stove, the pan’s flat bottom will make full contact with your heat source, and it’s oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing you to cook a range of recipes using different techniques. Riddley shares that you can “start something — like a frittata — on the stovetop and finish in the oven”. Whatever you create, the nonstick surface will make serving easy, and you can either clean it by hand or place it in the dishwasher.
Buy: 10-inch Hybrid Pan, $109.99 (normally $137)