If you've got $15 to spend at Sam's Club, you can get quite a few things. For example, you can pick up six boxes of Barilla pasta, eight cans of diced tomatoes, and a bunch of bananas — and still have money left over. You could also get a bag of havarti cheese snacks (24 individually wrapped pieces!), a rotisserie chicken, and a hot dog at the food court. Or 10 hot dogs at the food court! See? Options!
The best thing you can buy at Sam's Club for $15, though, is not food — it's something you can use to make food later.
See, the Member's Mark Nonstick 10-Inch Restaurant Fry Pan for $14.98 is the single best thing you can buy for $15. Member's Mark is the store's private label brand (like Kirkland Signature for Costco) and we will be writing a lot more about it in the future (it's seriously so underrated!). For now, we'll focus on this frying pan, which also comes in 8-, 12-, and 14-inch options.
Buy: Member's Mark Nonstick 10-Inch Restaurant Fry Pan, $15 at Sam's Club
Consumer Reports recently ran a test to find the best frying pans for $40 or less. Out of 21 pans, this one tied for second, earning 81 points and "excellent" ratings for cooking evenness, nonstick food release, ease of cleaning, and handle temperature. The pan that came in first place? A set of Zwilling J.A. Henckels nonstick pans that retail for $100. (The pan that tied, by the way, is the Red Copper 10-Inch Frying Pan, which costs $20 at Target.)
Not a Sam's Club member? You can find the pan on Amazon (under the old private label name, Daily Chef) for around $25, which is still cheaper than the first-place winner.
According to the Consumer Reports writeup, "Food cooks evenly and easily slides out of this 10-inch pan, but it needs nudging once the nonstick coating begins to wear. The handle remains cool but isn't very sturdy. Sam's Club offers members a satisfaction-guaranteed policy." So yeah, there are two tiny ticks against the pan, but they weren't big enough issues to lower the rating — and the price just makes the purchase totally worth it.
Do you have this pan? Would you buy it?