Best Nonstick Pans that are Healthy

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If you tossed your nonstick pans after reading about the potentially carcinogenic properties of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used to make the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) that coats the surface of old-school nonstick cookware, we have good news: A generation of healthier nonstick pans with ceramic-based coatings has emerged for a wide range of cooking needs. We picked our favorite cookware from this crowded field based on ease of cleaning, versatility and quality of finished product.

BEST FOR OATMEAL | Zwilling J.A. Henckels Spirit 2-quart Nonstick Saucepan with Lid

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Plus: Oatmeal eaters understand the anguish of coming home at the end of a long day to find the remains of breakfast pasted onto the sides of the pan. This good-looking saucepan rinsed clean in seconds—even when covered with an inch of oatmeal crud.

Minus: We only wish we’d tried the four-quart version as well.

BEST FOR EGGS | Bialetti Aeternum Fabio Viviani Signature Ceramic 12-inch sauté Pan

Plus: This generously proportioned pan helped us turn out (and clean up) omelets with ease, and the stainless-steel handles never got too hot.

Minus: The white surface stained faster than our other favorites, and we wish we could have just tossed it in the dishwasher, but this one, alone of our winners, calls for hand-washing only.

BEST FOR FISH | GreenPan Paris 9½-inch Covered Sauté Pan

Plus: We kept returning to this pan for sautéing fish. It distributed the oil more evenly than others we tried, and everything from salmon steaks to trout fillets came out perfectly cooked time and again. The deep sides give it a big capacity and make it capable of accommodating sauces, too.

Minus: This one was a bit heavier than our other favorites.

BEST FOR STIR-FRIES | Cuisinart Green Gourmet 12-inch Everyday Pan with Medium Dome Cover

Plus: With its expansive surface, this pan resembles a shallow wok. We used it to cook rice and veggies with minimal oil—and minimal cleanup, too. While the pan was dishwasher-safe, we rarely had to go to the trouble since food remnants slid right off. The stainless steel lid came in handy, too.

Minus: We wouldn’t have minded if this pan were deeper still.

BLUE RIBBON | Scanpan Professional 12-inch Nonstick Fry Pan

Plus: We used this remarkably lightweight pan for stir-fries, scrambles, fish and eggs, always without mess. This all-purpose favorite has withstood heavy use, too, without chipping or degrading.

Minus: Unlike our other favorites, Scanpan still uses PTFE, thought the company has patented a way of making the compound without using PFOA in the process.

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