Things we love: eggs. Things we hate: Scrubbing scrambled eggs off our favorite frying pan for what feels like an eternity. When it comes to finding the best pan for eggs, it’s smart to ask a friend for their tried-and-true favorite before making a purchase. Consider us that friend, because we polled our runny yolk-obsessed staff for their top picks to bring you the nine best pans for eggs that will satisfy any caliber of cook. Our editors have prepared dozens upon dozens of sunny-side-up delights in the following pans—and dealt with the cleanup afterward—so you know they’re worth every penny. Our list goes beyond typical nonstick picks and includes a range of prices, so it really has something for everyone.
The 9 Best Pans for Eggs, According to Our Breakfast-Loving Editors
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How We Selected the Best Pans for Eggs
We paired our expertise in cookware—cult-favorite brands and timeless mainstays alike—with personal recommendations from our editors to curate this list. Then, we scoured the internet for reviews that back up their claims to make sure others love these picks, too.
The Best Pans for Eggs, at a Glance:
- Best Pan for Eggs Overall: Caraway Fry Pan
- Best Cast Iron Pan for Eggs: Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
- Best Stainless Steel Pan for Eggs: All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel French Skillet
- Most Durable Pan for Eggs: Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick PRO Fry Pan
- Best Pan for Eggs for Newbies: T-fal Simply Cook Nonstick Fry Pan
- Best Budget Pan for Eggs: GreenPan Swift Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan
- Most Splurge-Worthy Pan for Eggs: HexClad Hybrid Cookware 8-Inch Frying Pan with Lid
- Best Pan for Poached Eggs: Calphalon Elite Nonstick Egg Poacher
- Best Cookware Set with an Egg Pan: Tools of the Trade Nonstick 13-Piece Cookware Set
Best Pan for Eggs Overall
“My Caraway pan is still a favorite, especially for eggs,” says VP of branded content Angela Pares. “Two years running, and I’ve had no issues!” We’ll chalk it up to the brand’s famous ceramic nonstick coating, which can handle temperatures up to 550°F (meaning it’s oven- and stove-friendly). The nonstick is long-lasting (just don’t use metal utensils on it) and non-toxic, so it won’t add unwanted chemicals to your food while you cook.
It also works on induction, gas and electric stove ranges, so you can cook your daily eggs no matter what kind of setup you have. Oh, and it’s ridiculously easy on the eyes, since the cookware comes in a variety of chic, muted colors. Did we mention there’s an adorable mini pan available too?
Best Cast Iron Pan for Eggs
Nonstick is a no-brainer when it comes to cooking eggs, but director of branded content Cristina Gutierrez swears by cast iron. “I think eggs always turn out the best in a cast iron skillet, and if you just rinse it out right away, it’s not difficult to clean at all,” she says. Cast iron is beloved for its exceptional heat retention and distribution, as well as its durability and versatility, since it’s basically indestructible and can be used in the oven, on the stove or even atop a grill.
Cast iron skillets get better with time, but a new one won’t disappoint either. “My mom uses my grandma’s, like, decades-old one that’s perfectly seasoned, but I use a Lodge one that I’ve treated very poorly over the years and the results are just as good,” Gutierrez adds.
We love Lodge’s wide range of sizes (there are nine options between 3½ inches and 15 inches wide) and consistently low prices.
Best Stainless Steel Pan for Eggs
“My hot take is that you don't need a nonstick pan to make eggs,” says senior food editor Katherine Gillen. “This 7½-inch guy is a good size for two to three eggs, and if you preheat it properly with a little oil, it can be more nonstick than any DTC ceramic pan (haters stay back!)”
We love this All-Clad skillet’s wide, flat base and flared sides, which make splatter-free flipping and pan-frying a breeze. The aluminum core conducts heat like a charm, while the stainless steel starburst finish will keep your breakfast from sticking and make cleanup painless.
Another plus? “You can use metal utensils on it, and I love a metal fish spatula for flipping fried eggs,” adds Gillen.
Most Durable Pan for Eggs
Le Creuset may be most famous for its Insta-worthy cocottes and Dutch ovens, but did you know the brand also dabbles in nonstick cookware? It claims that the dishwasher-safe, peel-proof, triple-reinforced nonstick surface is four times stronger than its previous iteration, allowing for both slide-out-the-pan eggs and impeccably seared steaks. The hot-forged construction prevents warping over time, and the ergonomic handle won’t get hot as you cook. It’s also compatible with all cooktops, including induction.
“It’s easy to use and has already lasted me years, but in the event of any mishaps, the brand has fabulous customer service,” says senior editor Sarah Stiefvater. “I have a few sizes, but the 9½-inch is my favorite for eggs.”
Best Pan for Eggs for Newbies
If you’re a beginner in the kitchen, you may not want to spend too much on cookware. For an affordable option that can hold up against your cooking and maintenance um, eccentricities, look no further than this T-fal pan.
“I am a terrible cook and beat the hell out of my cookware; this [pan] makes it really easy for me,” says commerce director Nicole Briese. “It has also withstood my abuse over many years now [and] still looks good as new. I even put it in the dishwasher, which I figured would ruin it—nope, still kicking.”
We’re especially fond of the stay-cool comfort grip handle and the thermo-spot indicator, which clearly shows the cook when the pan is adequately preheated.
Best Budget Pan for Eggs
You’ve likely seen infomercials for this brand before, but is it worth the hype? “It’s budget-friendly, durable and eggs truly slide right off,” claims executive editor Candace Davison. According to her—and a slew of happy Amazon reviewers—GreenPan’s ceramic nonstick coating is the real deal. Its heavy-gauge construction makes for easy, even heating, and the pan can withstand up to 600°F in the oven and broiler if need be.
Her one maintenance tip? “Even though it’s dishwasher-safe, it’s better to hand-wash it—I’ve found the nonstick surface doesn’t last long (hello, sticky eggs) if you toss it in there.”
Most Splurge-Worthy Pan for Eggs
Senior editor of special projects Rachel Bowie has been a longtime fan of HexClad cookware. In fact, she claims it saved her marriage, thanks to the impressively scratch-resistant, metal utensil-friendly nonstick surface. The pan sports a patented, laser-etched, triple-ply hexagon design, which allows the pan to have the effect of stainless steel but with the ease of non-stick.
“The grooved design makes it easy to move the eggs around the pan, and it’s dishwasher-safe, too!” raves Bowie. Even better, a layer of aluminum in the center conducts dependably even heat with ease.
Best Pan for Poached Eggs
Will you pick a benny over an omelet any day? Then this Calphalon invention is a must. “I am OBSESSED with my poached egg pan,” says fashion editor Abby Hepworth. “Making poached eggs the old-fashioned way is so tedious, and I can basically only do one at a time. But this makes it easy to make multiple at once.”
A collab with Williams Sonoma, this piece has a triple-layered, nonstick surface that can withstand any metal utensil you use on it. Even better, “the egg cups are removable, and the slightly higher walls and nonstick bottom mean I can use the pan for everything else too, from scrambled eggs to reheating leftovers,” she adds.
Best Cookware Set with an Egg Pan
If you’re in the market for a new cookware set, this collection is a must-have. It will hook you up with two saucepans, a stockpot, a sauté pan, steamer, utensils and, most importantly, an 8-inch fry pan that’s just right for cooking eggs.
“The pan from Tools of the Trade has been fantastic,” says associate editor Chelsea Candelario. “It's nonstick, which makes things so much easier to clean without having to scrub endlessly.” And at about $9 per piece, it’s a pretty stellar deal for a kitchen overhaul.
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.