Traditional Non-Stick
★★

Pros: Popularized by big box stores, traditional non-stick pans are the most commonly used and readily available option. Light weight and compact, they are ideal for small kitchens and for at-home chefs experimenting on a budget.
Cons: The least-loved cookware of most culinary professionals. According to Chef David Gwynn, owner of Cypress Restaurant and Vertigo Burgers and Fries, traditional non-stick is “not recommended for high heat uses like searing or sautéing because the Teflon coating can give off a harmful gas. In addition, some non-stick surfaces can flake off if not cared for properly.”
Price Range: $–$$