If you don’t need something that’s induction compatible (or if you’re not into lime green), we also recommend the Cook N Home 12-inch heavy-gauge nonstick skillet in black, as well as the lighter-weight pan in blue, available in a 12-inch size or in a set with an 8-inch and a 9.5-inch pan. These work just as well as the green on a regular stovetop: electric, gas, ceramic, glass, or halogen. (Only the lime-green version is induction compatible.)
During testing, the 12-inch induction-compatible nonstick pan browned our wild flounder fillet nicely. That’s something you don’t always find with nonstick cookware, since browning typically requires high heat — and you’re never supposed to use high heat with nonstick cookware, unless you want to destroy it fast. Nonstick pans are also not as good at conducting heat as their uncoated counterparts, so you shouldn’t expect them as good a golden brown as you’d get from regular stainless-steel, cast-iron, or aluminum pans.
Another winning feature of the Cook N Home pans is that they’re relatively easy to clean. Sure, they’re all dishwasher-safe, but because substances slide off their surfaces so easily, you’ll probably never need to waste dishwasher space. In most cases, some hot running water and a wipedown with a single paper towel will have your Cook N Home pans ready for their next use. The only time ours needed extra work was after we cooked peanut sauce, which left a thin coating of oil in the pan.