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.

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

  1. ILOVEMONEY1618 says:

    I am questioning her cooking ability

  2. Mr. Nope says:

    Am I the only one annoyed by the way she says T-fal? It's Tefal for goodness sake!

  3. SG1Shova says:

    T-Fal used to mean quality. I remember when I was a kid my mom was very proud of her set.

  4. Gavers23 says:

    Why are you spelling Tefal as T-fal?

  5. Erosha Paudel says:

    The moving of the spatula against the pan made me uncomfortable.

  6. Sandy Lee says:

    You use a non stick at your restaurant? 😲😲😲 Do you use an Easy Bake Fisher Price toy Oven too? Talk about Amateur. Shouldn't you compare these non stick to a seasoned high carbon steel pan,,, maybe,,, Talk about Look at me, me , Me, video devoid of anything substantive 😩😡😖💩

  7. Austin Woodruff says:

    The biggest factor in non-stick pans is how long it stays non-stick. A new cheap pan might work just as good but how good is it in 3 months of regular use.

  8. Trump Wilson says:

    She’s cute! Always wanted a oriental wife. I think they called them fob girl in America

  9. Chun Chin says:

    All clad long term winner!

  10. eclaire 27 says:

    I work at a major cooking supply store and let me say, CALPHALON SUCKS. I've tested so many brands over the years and they just are the worst quality.

  11. Shim Barax says:

    Bull you replace pans when they get scratched. Like I'm sure your cooks wash their hands every time they go in the toilet. I worked in restaurants , eat at home.

  12. Jeff Forbess says:

    What about the OXO?

  13. twolfn says:

    I'm really happy I watched this because I've heard that pan was really nice, and I could never remember the name of it!

  14. Denny Diaz says:


  15. xcfan says:

    Nonstick = no high heat. No exceptions.

  16. davyb123music says:

    I have had that same T-Fal pan for almost 10 years. Eggs everyday and still no problems with sticking. Americas Test Kitchen recommended it way back then too.

  17. cuthysmalz2 says:

    The makeup person needs to control the shine on her face half way through the video

  18. LeoVomend says:

    so buy the t fal and then use a cast iron for high heat

  19. Henry Monster says:

    Isn't the #1 rule with non stick to never use high heat? Lol, my calphalon sucks at eggs too, but I can definitely make a mean pancake.

  20. Michael Wan says:

    german engineering made in china for the win xD

  21. TheW3lshGamer says:

    tefal has to be the best bang for your buck non stick pans here in the UK

  22. Michael Tran says:

    But is the T-Fal oven safe? The steel handles of the Calphalon and All Clad win me over. Granted, I never put non stick pans in the oven.

  23. Micheal Williams says:

    I feel like she sucks at cooking

  24. Mark Singleton says:

    I have an all-clad D5 non-stick and it's absolutely amazing! Best part is you can put it in the dishwasher for cleaning (unlike T Fal) and put it in the oven to bake or broil food in the pan. Because of the diversity of All-Clad I won't buy anything else.

  25. jmanok says:

    The best non stick surface might be her oily skin today

  26. mrbear1302 says:

    they missed one test…..they should have run them through the dishwasher and then cooked with no fat. and yes I know you shouldn't put them in the dishwasher…..but I know people who do.

  27. Robert McElfresh says:

    Uhhh… It would be fair to put in some butter or oil, then wipe with a paper towel prior to cooking to see if the caliphon did better as a second pass. Also – the pancake batter was not enough to completely coat the bottom of each pan. In theory – a good pan tries to distribute the heat uniformly. Just having batter exactly the size of your burner does not tell us if the pan distributes heat. Some people have small burners, some people have large.

  28. ZombiE Dad says:

    My copper skillet is the best nonstick skillet I've had and was.only 16 bucks and had it for well over a year and use it daily

  29. Typical K!wi says:

    Only ever use cast iron pans. Non stick is not good and if it heats up too much it can give off gas.

  30. Dust Bucket says:

    Member when T-Fal was the expensive one. Thank you Cooking Channel 😛

  31. Starving Rtist says:

    This video just saved me $75

  32. Ignacio Spiousas says:

    Great test! I have a hypothesis: I think the reason why the Calphalon performed so well searing the fish is that it actually got stuck. While in a non-stick pan it could happen that small tensions in the fish could pull some parts of it up, the fact that there was sticking going on in the Calphalon prevents it from happening and gives a more homogeneous searing. That is the reason why you use grease while searing a steak, in order to fill up the empty spaces between the pan and the piece of meat.

  33. Basil Mahmud says:

    Worth it: Cooking Gear lol

  34. Clay3613 says:

    Don't use soap or scrape your pans, that's all.

  35. cubbiemalone49 says:

    Ima make myself pancakes for breakfast tomorrow lol 🥞😋😆

  36. Mat Lit says:

    I had a t-fal pan that I hated because the center of the pan was slightly raised. When I added oil, it always pooled to the sides

  37. Head or Tail says:

    are you petrified or had eyes surgery? your eyes don't look bigger they look shocked.

  38. Ian Perera says:

    For some models Calphalon has a "Slide" and "Sear" variant. Slide is more appropriate for the typical non-stick tasks like you tested here, whereas Sear is more for the high heat tasks like the salmon (provides good browning and even heating) and is a pretty good general use pan if you don't want to worry about cleanup. I'm wondering if you got a "Sear" Calphalon, or if that's just their best application even when they don't make a distinction. It also would be helpful if you discussed whether they are oven safe – the Calphalon's usually are. To be clear I've used a bunch of Calphalon pans but I'm not particularly attached to them.

  39. Doppel Giles says:

    i like those plates where can i get that

  40. sneakapikachu says:

    burns the fish…. blames the pan 😂

  41. VanGrindz says:

    I have 2 issues with this comparison:
    1) Never ever use high heat with non-stick pans. Despite being PFOA free, they are still coated in plastic and the finish won't last as long if they are continually subject to high heat. I'm sure the user guides for each of these pans stay to use only low to medium heat. Most are oven safe to 400 degrees F. A burner set to high will get that pan higher than 400 degrees F.
    2) These comparison are so poorly controlled that you might as well make claims off of people's anecdotal experiences with these pans. Did the pans heat up to the same temp? Dd the pancake batter stay the same temp through the duration of the 2nd test? Were the salmon fillets equally fatty and skin side equally flat? Did you apply equal pressure with the steel wool? I'm guessing no to all of these.

  42. Huy Anh Nguyen says:

    For me, the most annoying issue when using non-stick pan with induction cooker is that it usually swollen in the center after five months or six.

  43. Ernie Chang says:

    T-Fal plastic handles burn on the gas stove giving your kitchen a nasty toxic smell. and Teflon is not durable in high heat for long. Get a Mauviel and never look back

  44. PokeBrian1888 says:

    Esthers face is so shiny 😀

  45. Iam Sam says:

    I have a set of Calphalon anodized, and it's best with high heat and meats. Kind of a pain sometimes, but surface has held up for 10 years. I was going to try the All clad, but I'm going to check out the T Fal.

  46. Tim Howard says:

    A major issue in this test is that Calphalon is a completely different kind of pan then the other two, it’s a thicker pan made of layered types of metal with the nonstick part of the outer layer whereas the other two are a Teflon coating. Also it heating up faster is not a bad thing if you know that it’s made different, it was retaining the heat better and more evenly that is why it can actually sear.

  47. Rdizzle B says:

    Well seasoned cast iron. Old school non stick

  48. Zeksteve says:

    Considering you can get the tfal for $20 at Walmart will the coating on the allclad last 5-6 times as long?

  49. Angel Shaju says:

    Why am I watching this…..

  50. Huy Dao says:

    Unevenness in pancakes is just a matter of skill. If it's not round, then it's aint the pan fault

  51. baseballhunter42 says:

    I have Calphalon Elite pans, 8"&10", which are thicker than the ones here, no issues with uneven heating, overheating, or sticking. $70 for both pans, so $35 each.

  52. Jack Lam says:

    What happened for the calphalon durability test? As long as they are fairly similar I go for durability. Surprising and confusing for calphalon

  53. Ali Al humhum says:

    T-Fal is default. 🥃🍽

  54. Derpy Coyote says:

    The $25 pan is the one binging with babish uses

  55. Potato Mag says:

    What good pan can 100 dollar buy you :/ 300-500 at least for good kitchenware

  56. bluej511 says:

    It's actually tefal and they make incredible cookware for the price, not pronounced fall either but fal. Tefal.

  57. dixonng82 says:

    The only problem with this video is that it doesn't account for the fact that the T-fal pan will warp much faster (due to it being thinner) than the other two, leading to serious heat distribution problem. You will be replacing the T-fal pans much more often than the other two, so the running cost will be higher over time.

  58. MrMethadrine says:

    fake Asian

  59. Superchuyito 1195 says:

    Those are brand new pans of course nothing is going to stick, how about you do the same test 1 month later after using those pans ever day

  60. Giovanni Dzaky says:

    Jeez I had two t-fal pans and both of them already got some scratches after just a few months! I never even used any metal utensils on it.. I also read some customer reviews about it and they complained about the same thing! even on t-fal's titanium pans which are to be highly durable…… so I'm confused

  61. Chris Hansen says:

    why dont u try a gas fire range for this test? do over please!

  62. Justin Williams says:

    I love this series. Esther you're a really dope host

  63. Girlie Corpuz says:

    I have SaladMaster, been using it for 20 years and no regrets 😊

  64. Yiming Zhang says:

    i swear she doesnt know much about cooking and cookwares

  65. Anna says:

    Is the pan she is referring to as Tfal actually Tefal (I'm not American so this confuses me a bit)

  66. Lissy says:

    You should try 3 different knives!

  67. litewurks says:

    Best non stick pans you can get are Vollrath. 30-40 on Amazon

  68. Mudbone gaming says:

    next time test it using your face oil…

  69. June Kim says:

    I received new Calphalon a few days ago, and now I am confused. Anyone who has been using Calphalon, how do you say about quality of the pan?

  70. Bert Dong says:

    The second one is for fire, do over

  71. Juan Kolemar Cahya says:

    Cantik mbak😍

  72. kenyabob says:

    Teflon shouldn’t exceed ~490 degrees. All of these high heat tests are destroying the non stick material.

  73. James L says:

    T Fal is a good value, but they only last a year of continuous use.

  74. James L says:

    You need to use gas.

  75. missmya3972 says:

    Thank you for this honest review!! I need a new non stick pan and will try a TFal.

  76. Ken Roman says:

    Have a T-Fal wok bought at K-Mart in in 89/90 and it stll looks and performs as new. Even in the 60's the instructions for T-Fal were low to medium low heat and I still use them that way and they last and last. Now the newer T-Fal has that indicator dot in the center that makes things even easier.

  77. BTassie says:

    Nonstick pans are toxic. Teflon coating and coatings that are similar are cancerous! PFAS chemicals – look it up!

  78. DiscntBatman says:

    Does she look like she's expecting?

  79. lakorai2 says:

    On todays episode of sexy asian chef….

  80. Lance uaisei says:

    you know T-fal a great brand when in Japan its doing great in sales. FOH

  81. john alamariz says:

    Im using a tefal wok for 2years….still nice

  82. Katka Lucena says:

    i didn't know the tfal was a cheap pan. i always see it on asian cooking shows

  83. LeRoy Miller says:

    My seasoned cast iron is about as non stick as I could ask for and it was used when I got it 39 years ago.

  84. zsazsa dhysha says:

    why I watch this? I use wok for everything 🤣🤣

  85. Spotted Ranch says:

    Needed this now. So thank you so much. Great job all the thing I need to know when in store choosing new device.

  86. Simon Cook says:

    I've had numerous Tefal Pans and all have had issues with warping and been thrown out after less than 12 months.

  87. BLankspace says:

    Cant make an omelette without butter smh

  88. gamer ZED says:

    U r a fcn idiot

  89. Twilight Midna says:

    I'm dying with laughter, my mom bought the calphalon pan and pot set, and I knew!!!!! I knew they were terrible. Exhibit A, the egg test. This is what my mom gets for never looking at reviews and only looking at price and what looks nice. They're also way too heavy for people with arthritis.

  90. Vidhi Gupta says:

    That pancake was beautiful

  91. ratmondC says:

    You jiggled the Calphalon on the egg test, but you didn’t juggle the T-fal or Allclad. Not a valid experiment

  92. ADHD says:

    Where's the damn flour test?


    Titanium pans are the best ..from salad master …thats what i use they are high value ….quality material doesn't chip and doesn't corrode ..its very safe to use as opposed to all those contaminative pans you guys are talking about …

  94. SAMWEST says:

    Basically ALL non stick pan is “PFOA free”, it just means pfoa wont be presented in the final product, not because they don’t use pfoa in making it, they just evaporate to the air. What you need to worry about is PTFE, that’s the harmful stuff that is in every “Teflon” non stick pans, but without it it won’t be non stick, if the PTFE gets destroyed by metal, or evaporated by high heat, the vapor will make human sick and kill birds. So be gentle with your non stick pan and try to get your iron pan to be well seasoned.

  95. T. Zappa says:

    You pressed down on the fish on the Tefal pan

  96. J Sung says:

    Scanpan for $100 ftw!

  97. Stephen Putnick says:

    "the first pancake is always weird". Looks like that's totally not true, just don't use any butter.

  98. pde442 says:

    Awesome video

  99. Daisy R says:

    Never use non stick, it's poisonous for your health. Use stainless or cast iron.

  100. Brandon Chang says:

    all the fish is burnt lol, not a great test.

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