This Constantly Sold Out Find Is Our Readers’ Favorite Tool of 2021

published Dec 21, 2021
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It was a great year to be a home cook, and an even better year to experiment with fun and creative kitchen tools. From brand new items that changed our daily routines to budget-friendly everyday staples, our online shopping carts were filled with cooking utensils, appliances, and tools of all sorts.

But there was one find that ruled them all. This item was so popular, it was constantly selling out — no matter how many times the company restocked, or introduced new colorways. Even if you didn’t buy one, you definitely saw it kicking around Instagram. Kitchn readers (and staff, hi!) simply cannot get enough of Our Place’s Always Pan, so we’re dubbing it the best-loved cooking tool of 2021.

This title is passed down from 2020’s winner, the Great Jones Holy Sheet rimmed baking pan. Both items are priced attractively and come in a wide array of “need-it-now” colors, but the Always Pan is a little different because this workhorse does a zillion different jobs. Okay — eight cooking tasks to be exact, but that’s still a lot! The Always Pan was designed to replace traditional frying and sauté pans, skillets, steamers, and saucepans, among other things. Translation: It’s a fantastic choice for small kitchens or those with limited storage space. Hello, when have you ever outfitted an entire kitchen for $145?

Readers also love that it’s naturally nonstick, thanks to a durable ceramic coating. It’s a great heat conductor, too. Think of it as a lower maintenance, less expensive Dutch oven. That can also steam dumplings. And comes in enough hues to match every one of your favorite outfits. (If that’s important to you). As further proof of its awesomeness, it’s designed to work on all cooktops, including induction.

Home cooks adore this pan, leaving rave reviews on social media and the Our Place website. For example: “I love this pan! It is everything they promised it would be and more!” and “Amazing investment for a multipurpose pan.” We could wax poetic about this tool all day long, but the numbers really do the talking: The Always Pan routinely sells out, and at one point the waitlist topped 50,000, so when there’s a sale or new color available, it’s a good idea to take action ASAP

If you were one of the few who didn’t fall in love with the Always Pan in 2021, consider it your 2022 assignment. We’ve got a feeling you’re going to feel right at home with Our Place’s community of creative cooks.  

Buy: Our Place Always Pan, $145