(Closed) The great pan debate: stainless steel v. nonstick anodized?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Do you prefer stainless or hard anondized (mostly... I know a mix is good)?
    stainless steel : (49 votes)
    58 %
    hard anondized : (36 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
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    3295 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i have some stainless and some nonstick also…. i use the non stick for things like eggs, pancakes, etc. i use the atainless mostly for chicken and stirfry. i hate that things stick in the stainless pans though πŸ™ im not sure what ill register for either.

    Post # 4
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    875 posts
    Busy bee

    Definitely stainless steel and a better grade!  As an aside to this post… I recommend stainless cookie sheets as well!  I have noticed that non-stick is becoming the norm there, but it doesn’t seem to make sense to use it on a cookie sheet.  A good cookie doesn’t stick!

    Post # 6
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I picked up a few of the food network brand of non stick pans at Kohls and I am in love with them.  I am kind of a pan snob, and I have to say they are the best pans I have ever had.  I can also sear in them and they just wipe out. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.  Only bad part is non stick should not go into the dishwasher, it can pit the surface. 

    Post # 7
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    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I like having some of both. And also a cast iron fry pan, and a dutch/french oven. My suggestion would be to mix & match, register for a few of both, not a “set”. If you want them to match, there are come companies that do both, such as Calphalon.

    Post # 8
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i strongly prefer nonstick. i have a couple stainless pots — it’s best to get a mixture depending on what you’re using it for. also, nonstick won’t last you forever, but stainless can if you take care of it. each has pros and cons, so it depends a lot on what you cook the most and your preferences.

    Post # 9
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    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    I bought a 4 piece all-clad stainless steel set that was incredibly expensive- I’ll never use non stick again (though someone has a point with eggs. Eggs are easier to cook in cast iron). I love to cook and cook daily so it was a little luxury that makes me (and my husband!) happy. I love all-clad stainless steel, my staub dutch oven, and an iron skillet.

     

     

    Post # 11
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    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @CorgiTales: Grilled Cheese (personal fave in the winter) won’t stick in the non-stick, LOL.

    Post # 12
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    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    You might want to go with a mix then if possible.  I really like our stainless steel because it’s so tough.  Our dogs can dig around in the left overs and we don’t have to worry about them scratching it, you don’t have to be as gentle on cleaning it.  Ours are over a year old and look brand new.  I’ve never gotten to use all-clad but heard great things.  If there’s one kind of pan you use a lot you might want that to be a more ‘special’ pan and invest a little more in in.

    Post # 14
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    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Belle2Be: Haha, our dogs are our pre-wash.  I mean sometimes we just do the prewash and stick the dishes back in the cabinets without a real wash, dogs mouths are clean, right? 

    Just joking, but they are our prewash, really decreases how much cleaning we or our dishwasher has to do and they’re really good at their job.

    Post # 15
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    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    My Mom is very anti non-stick coatings.  I don’t have any of the research, but she says she keeps reading that it will eventually come off into your food and cause health problems (read: cancer)  So… it is worth it to me to put in the extra cleaning needed for stainless so as not to get lectured anytime I am cooking with my mom πŸ˜›

    @maureen9004:  what does all clad mean?

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