Always Pan Review: Is It Worth It?

Showing what's included with the Always Pan

Whenever a shiny new promise of kitchen minimalism is dangled in front of me, I’m tempted to take the bait. Such was the case with the Always Pan by Our Place, which is a nontoxic, nonstick pan boasting multiple cooking functions. It also happens to be incredibly beautiful, making it total kitchen eye candy. We decided to give it a spin, and today we’re sharing our full review.

Who: Our Place is an LA-based company making cookware and dinnerware with the mission of helping people connect over home cooking.

What: The Always Pan is designed to replace 8 traditional pieces of cookware: a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. It allows you to braise, sear, steam, strain, sauce, fry, boil, serve, and store.

How: Our Place invests in ethical factories that provide supportive environments and compensation to their teams. They make products with thoughtful and responsible materials as often as possible.

Cost: $145 USD

Selling points

  • Exclusive high-performance ceramic nonstick surface
  • No PFOAs or PTFEs
  • Replaces 8 pieces of cookware
  • 2 easy-pour spouts
  • Custom steamer basket and colander
  • “Stay cool” lid and pan handle
  • Beechwood spatula and built-in spoon rest
  • Modular lid to release and trap steam

Note: This review is not sponsored. We purchased the Always Pan, did not contact the company about doing so, and reviewed it an unbiased manner. We do, however, have an affiliate link that provides a small commission when used for purchase.

Always pan and lid for our review

Updated 2/22/21

We purchased the Always Pan in August 2020 and have been using it almost every day to put it to the test.

We didn’t have any complaints for the first 6 months (easy to clean, heats quickly, non stick, the works), and absolutely would recommend it. However, as some other readers suggested, after about 6 months the nonstick coating wore off and was no longer non-stick, which is a huge bummer because we loved the pan otherwise.

I will note, we never put it it in the dishwasher and used it on high heat sparingly. So I don’t believe it was user error.

Pros

  • It’s beautifully designed and comes in many colors (we have our eyes on the lilac shade next)
  • It’s lightweight (4 lbs. including the lid)
  • It’s easy to clean initially (and dishwasher safethough we recommend hand washing), however, after 6 months when the non-stick coating weakened, cleaning became more difficult)
  • It really is nonstick…at first. But after 6 months the non-stick was no longer as effective
  • It heats quickly and evenly
  • It doesn’t require much (or any) oil when cooking (great for those cooking with less or no oil)
  • It’s well designed with a custom steam basket and nesting spatula
  • The company is doing its best to do business ethically and sustainably

Cons

  • It’s expensive — $145 USD (but considering it’s multi-functional, it does save money if replacing other cookware)
  • It’s not oven-safe (cast iron still has a leg up here)
  • It’s not deep enough to boil a substantial amount of ingredients in my opinion
  • Most notably, after ~6 months of gentle, responsible use, the non-stick coating wore off.

Is The Always Pan Safe?

One of the main questions I received when sharing I’d purchased the Always Pan was “Is it safe?” According to all the information available on their website and information they provided when contacted directly, I would say yes.

The Always Pan features an “exclusive non-toxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticals.”

Also from the company:

“Our product is free of lead and heavy metals both for the interior and exterior of the Always Pan. We’re working on some testing that will be available on our site for all our customers (new and old!) to be as transparent as possible.”

Showing the steamer basket in the Always Pan

As far as cooking goes, it’s kind of a dream. We love the steamer basket that allows for a sizable quantity of ingredients.

And the handles on the sides make it easy to lift out once done cooking. (Note: Always be careful when handling a hot pan.)

Steaming broccoli in the Always Pan

It also sautés incredibly well and requires very little to no oil thanks to the nonstick surface (again, at first it sautés great, but as the pan wears, it’s no longer nonstick). I’ve tested it with oil, a light amount of oil, no oil, and water for sautéing and each worked well.

Sautéing vegetables in the Always Pan

The ultimate test? Frying an egg. For the first 6 months it worked beautifully, but after that point, most foods (especially eggs) started sticking to the pan even when a little oil was applied.

Cooking an egg in the Always Pan

We do love the depth of the pan, which allows for sautéing and stir frying a sizable portion of ingredients without spillage.

Cooking spaghetti squash in the Always Pan
Pouring cashew sauce over spaghetti squash in the Always Pan

One thing we do love: aesthetics. It’s incredibly beautiful and the color range is stunning. We have the color “spice,” but also eyed “lavender.” “Sage” is also a stunner. And minimalists will delight in the colors “char” and “steam.”

The pan is also great for serving as it’s lightweight and even looks pretty when plopped down on the table for serving.

Cooking spaghetti squash pasta in the Always Pan

Perhaps the best part about the Always Pan? CLEANING. It’s SO easy to clean. (Again, this is largely at first but as the pan ages and more things stick, cleaning becomes less of a breeze).

Using a soapy sponge to clean the Always Pan

While it’s technically dishwasher safe, the dishwasher is inevitably tough on cookware, so I’d recommend sticking to hand washing to preserve the non-stick longterm.

Drying the Always Pan with a dish towel

More Thoughts

Several readers reached out to us and either praised the pan as the ultimate kitchen companion or said the nonstick coating wore off in a matter of weeks.

At first, we didn’t notice this. But after ~6 months, the nonstick coating started wearing off. If you already own an Always Pan, to help prevent this from happening we strongly recommend the following steps:

  1. It’s not intended to be used over high heat for sustained periods of time (it’s better on medium to low heat)
  2. It wears best when hand washed (avoid dishwashing)
  3. It should not be used with metal cooking tools (like spatulas or whisks) or cleaned with abrasive sponges (like steel wool).

Always Pan in spice color

Do We Recommend The Always Pan?

At first, yes (whole heartedly). But after 6 months, no. It’s just not justifiable due to the high price tag. And ultimately, if it’s advertised as a non-stick pan, it should remain nonstick! I still use the pan for stir fries and saucy things. But when I want non-stick I go for my cast iron. Such a bummer.


Tell us: Have you tried the Always Pan? What has your experience been? Do you have other questions about the Always Pan? Leave your comments below!

Note: This review is not sponsored. We purchased the Always Pan, did not contact the company about doing so, and reviewed it an unbiased manner. We do, however, have an affiliate link that provides a small commission when used for purchase.

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Sarah says

    I guess this pan isn’t really good for beginners. My non-stick went away after 5 uses even with butter, and I even cleaned it with soapy water and the their recommended sponge after each use. It was advertise as it not even really needing cooking spray or butter! But I could hardly flip pancakes and almost had a mental breakdown lol. I got it as a gift and once I saw the price I was mortified. It’s so not worth it, particularly if you’re a college student that doesn’t have time to research every detail to do upkeep.

  2. Nina says

    Totally agree with the review and comments. I loved my pan when it first arrived, so pretty and coating was great. 10 months later, the coating has worn off and I am ready to throw it in the trash.

    Very sad as I loved the look.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Such a bummer! A reader did comment about a trick for restoring the coating, but we haven’t tried it. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words (try “restore”) in the post and comments. Hope that helps!

  3. Livvy says

    Thanks so much for the honest review. I was very close to buying one of these, but can’t justify that price for 6 – 12 months of use! Glad I found this.

  4. Carrie says

    That was a close one! My mom loves new fancy kitchen gadgets and thought this pan would be a perfect gift! Luckily, I saw this review and all the comments before purchasing. Too good to be true. Thanks for the honest review.

  5. Lori says

    I purchased this pan less than 1 year ago. Like the majority of the reviews, I began having issues at about the 6 mo. range. I emailed the company, not expecting much to come of it, and I will say they were fast to respond, very friendly, and offered me a full refund or exchange, abd even sent me a return label for my current pan. I’m still torn on the refund or exchange, but I have enjoyed using the pan. If I spray it with EV olive oil I don’t have any issues so it’s a matter of if I want to go through all this in 6 mos. again.

  6. Mimi says

    Update: I returned the Always Pan via UPS on Friday, and came home to find another email from someone else on the team. I’m copying it here for anyone who has similar questions to mine:

    “Our Always Pan has an interior coating that is so-gel non-stick coating. It is made primarily from silicon dioxide which is known in the cookware industry as ceramic non-stick. It’s tested not only to the standards of a ceramic coating (meaning no heavy metals are able to pass through the coating) but also to the standards of a polymeric coating. This means that absolutely nothing can pass through the coating making it one of the safest non-stick options available. It’s approved by both the FDA as well as EU standards for the highest level of food safety. To help preserve our non-stick coating, we recommend cooking on low to medium heat with high smoke-point fats (refined coconut, avocado, peanut, extra virgin olive oils and clarified butter, aka ghee). We also recommend using the wooden utensil provided or another soft utensil (any wood, silicone, or nylon utensils work great!). Metal spatulas, spoons, knives, forks, or other sharp objects can scratch the coating, which will make it less non-stick. We also recommend hand washing to help ensure the non-stick coating lasts for years to come.”
    ——–
    Although I loved the look of the pan, I have no regrets about returning it because it didn’t meet my needs. Had I known this information initially, I I wouldn’t have ordered it.

  7. Jessica says

    I purchased this pan in Aug 2020, loved it too! But the non stick is already gone and it’s such a pain to wash…so disappointing.

  8. Mimi says

    Dana,

    Thank you for the extensive feedback on the Always Pan. I treated myself to one for my birthday this month. I thought I had researched it thoroughly but I am “oil-free” so I was confused when the insert in the package said “A little fat goes a long way. 1-2 tablespoons of high smoke point oil is more than enough to lightly coat the entire surface and keep your pan non-stick for years to come.” Maybe it’s just me, but that implied that the oil was a one time thing to temper the pan. I emailed them and asked about using water or broth to saute. Kara responded as follows:

    Apologies for any confusion! We don’t usually recommend heating a pan with nothing in it so whether heating with water, broth, or a tiny bit of high-smoke point oil is always recommended.

    Compared to water or broth, oil reacts differently when it heats up. The viscosity changes and it works with the ceramic coating of the pan to provide the nonstick effect. Where water will steam off, the hot oil will spread out to coat the pan, providing both protection and lubrication – this ensures that your non-stick coating lasts for as long as possible.

    The Always Pan can still work with water or broth, however, if you wish to preserve the non-stick coating for as long as possible, we always recommend cooking with low-medium heat with a little oil to protect the surface.”
    ————–
    Based on all of the info, I cannot justify the cost of this pan for only @6 months of use. I will look forward to reviews of the other cookware that you are looking into. Meanwhile, I will stick to my stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramic over cast iron cookware that have served me well for the 30 years that I have been a vegan cooking instructor.

    For those of you who want to purchase the Always Pan, I used discount code FFFMAG and got $30 off. My pan cost $115 + $6.91 tax.

      • Mimi says

        I’m sorry Jasmine. I don’t teach vegan cooking classes online. If you email me your specific needs, I’d be happy to refer you to some vegan online cooking classes.
        Veggourmet @ aol dot com.

  9. Julie says

    I’m SO glad I came across this updated article in time. I actually had just placed an order for an Always Pan, but after reading this, I was able to cancel it (within the hour time limit). I’ll keep an eye out for your upcoming reviews of other brands. Darn, I really wanted this to be a good non-stick solution. :(

      • Kahlua says

        Thank you so much for your transparent and honest review! Always Pan has a special and is offering their pans for $75, so I was going to buy 4 of these as gifts for my daughters whom all love to cook!
        After reading your reviews as well as all of the others, I will not be buying any…not worth the price even at $75.00. Thank you all!

        • ps says

          FYI you should probably know (and for anyone else that sees this!) that Always Pan is sold via fromourplace.com only! I have seen the $75 always pan “on sale” when i was looking online from a website called alwayspanshop.com – only to realize that its a counterfeit website using their pics and logos etc. If you also carefully read their about us section, their english is a bit….off.

          So please be careful not to fall for those gimmicks! :) Usually when things seem too good to be true (>50% discount), they mostly are. Hope this helps for anyone that comes across the same website!

    • Leah says

      Thank you so much. I’ve never had a ceramic “non-stick” that remained non-stick for very long. I decided to wait many months, and then see if anyone had commented on this feature. I’m sad it didn’t remain that way, for everyone’s sake. However, I am grateful to you for saving me money. I will continue to use my “non-stick” pans with a little oil until they no longer work, then replace them for less money than an Always Pan.

      Now if I could just get my cast iron and carbon steel to be as slick as everyone says they should be. I keep using seasoning tips but they never truly get non-stick.

      Thanks again.

        • Leah says

          Thanks for the tips. That’s the sort of thing I’ve done already but perhaps I just need to repeat it several more times.

          Regards,
          Leah

        • Leah says

          Thanks for the tips. That’s the sort of thing I’ve done already but maybe I should repeat it several more times.

  10. Melissa says

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY, FRIENDS! I just got the Always Pan last week. I used it gently TWICE and as I was putting it away last night I noticed residue on the bottom of the pan. Thinking it was leftover dish soap, I wiped it with my finger and came away with metallic nonstick coating! I cannot believe such an expensive pan failed after two gentle uses. Extremely disappointed in the quality of this hunk of junk. When I think about the $145 price tag, and realize it would have taken me 5 hours of working my horrible job to hit that amount, I feel slightly ill. LUCKILY their customer service was helpful and I’ll be able to return it for a refund. Just need to dumpster-dive into my recycling bin to try to find the box!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh gosh, sorry to hear you had a similar experience! Ours did last longer but ultimately the nonstick wore off. So sad!

      • Andria says

        I contacted them regarding these reviews regarding the coating and they were very defensive stating that the reveiws are only done by accredited sources. I said this was as you were completely honest. I love the idea but the potential toxicity throws me off. One of your respondent’s said ” no pan is truly nonstick”. He may have been correct. Shucks!

  11. Shelley says

    Hi- I saw this pan mentioned on Mark Bittman’s website maybe in October (2020) and decided to order it. I cook a lot and have all manner of pans including cast iron, Staub and Le Creuset. While I love those pans, they are heavy. And I just haven’t been able to love my cast iron skillet. Anyways, my daughter-who eats eggs almost every day and also stir fries a lot for lunch- my husband who makes eggs and French toast and I- who cook constantly use this pan multiple times a day. My daughter is an impatient cook and uses high heat almost exclusively. We use plenty of different oils. I have a ton of silicone and wooden utensils, so we do not ever use metal with the pan. It cleans up like a dream – with just a sponge- and sits on the stove at all times, which I have never done with any other pan. Some of the pans I am used to working with are bigger and unwieldy and hard on my wrist when I turn foods out. Note the Always Pan. It’s very easy and I love that it steams, although I use a separate steamer for veggies since I already have one. But it’s good for when we are steaming a lot of different Asian buns. I also like the spout. I hope the coating stays intact for quite some time. We have had it in heavy rotation since October and so far, so good.

  12. Charles E. says

    I’m a trained cook and at home, I’ve tried them all, from super expensive to super cheap and in the end they all lose their non-stick properties after 12 months in the best of cases. And despite never cooking anything at high heat, I have cast-iron for that, not a single company will honour their life warranty. The most common excuse is, you’ve used it on high heat. But what is high heat? Medium on a coil is not like induction and it’s not like gas. In the end, my solution is easy, I find one that I like and that goes on major sale, and I buy two and use one for 6 months and throw it out and then use the other one. It is far from environmentally friendly, but to be honest, choosing non-stick will always be a non-environmentally decision, because they all have an expiry date as opposed to steel and cast-iron which can last decades. For those looking for a long term solution, find an old smooth surface cast-iron pan and season it properly and it will almost be as non-stick as any non PFOA pan.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I hear that! That’s why I think I’ll stop reaching for them altogether. My cast iron is indestructible, as are my stainless steel pots. I do have one non stick that’s not as non-toxic as the Always Pan claims to be, but I only use it for special occasions (crepes, sticky foods, etc.). Thanks for the feedback!

  13. Jayne Gideon says

    I wouldn’t support this company. Not only is this pan a disgrace of $145, they are not good people.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yeah, I think the pan doesn’t deliver as promised. Thanks for sharing your input, Jayne!

  14. Kristine says

    I’ve come to believe that all nonstick is at best a temporary wonder. Recently got some tri-ply copper pans and they are more nonstick than my nonstick pan! I can’t imagine paying almost $150 for a pan that I’ll have to replace in a year. Plus the environmental cost of “disposable” cookware.
    I was nervous to fry eggs in my new pans but, once preheated and with a pat of butter, no problem! Actually took a picture of the pan after feeding the eggs! 😉

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Right! It’s so unfortunate. Pans that expensive should last a lifetime. Glad you enjoy your copper set!

      • Alan says

        I have found Tramontina pro line pans to be the best for non-stick. I usually get 1-2 years out of them before I see eggs sticking. At about $35, I get one I use for omlettes and fried eggs, but I also use it for smaller sauteeing. At $35 you cannot beat it.

          • Linda says

            Tramontina pro line pans? How toxic are they? My husband loves eggs, but no matter if he makes them, I make them–always a stuck mess to clean off pans. He’s always asking about getting a non stick pan. I”m always concerned about toxins on these pans. Thanks.

  15. Joy Greene says

    Same here. LOVED it at first, and now eggs are always stuck and hard to scrape off, and other items are starting to stick as well. I’ve mostly used over medium heat and ALWAYS hand wash without abrasive sponges. Now I have to use the scrubbing side of the sponge to clean, or else I should throw it away because it can’t be cleaned :(.

    At this point, I can still use it for steaming veggies and fish, which it does a good job with. But that’s about it.

  16. Aruna says

    Dana, thank you so much for updating this review.
    I was about to purchase but seeing this stopped me.
    We all look forward to hearing your views of other cookware :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      It’s such a bummer because we really liked it before! We’re glad the update was helpful.

  17. Beth G. says

    I don’t have this pan, but I have the Caraway and am experiencing the SAME thing! It starts out being awesome with the non-stick coating and that ultimately fades. They have replaced my pan twice… Ugh.

  18. Evalena says

    I thought that cooking with aluminum was said to be toxic? Same with foil?
    Maybe it has changed, but I feel like that was partially why I was skeptical of the pan as well. Cast iron always wins!!! I love seeing your posts with cast iron too 😉

    • Jeanne says

      Thanks for the reviews! I had the same issues with green pans, and read online tips. It was said not to use olive oil, and to let it cool completely before han washing. I also read that you can lightly clean it with a Mr Clean white sponge, which I have done. That has helped a lot.
      I wish the Always pan had better reviews and wasn’t so pricey!

  19. Michelle C says

    I got the Always pan a few months ago and am still loving it. I have been skeptical though of the “non toxic” coating all along – wondering how it can be SO non-stick! But now that you say the non stick coating “wore off” on your pan – I’m wondering even more about the coating! What IS it made of? And if it’s “wearing off”…. is it going into our food?!
    I really do love this pan! Hope mine lasts longer than 6 months! But also hope the coating really is non toxic!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I am not super concerned about the non-toxic coating, as they seem to be as transparent about that as possible without giving away proprietary information. But the coating wearing off was more upsetting. I hope you continue to love it though! I still use ours, just not for non-stick.

  20. GNovos says

    Whoa, what a timely update! I just saw this pan in your products page today & was considering ordering it! Thanks for the update! Do you still recommend the Calphalon stainless? I have 2 All-Clad pans I despise; they just mark & don’t clean as well as my old calphalon or even my parent’s old Farberware :( I’d be curious to your thoughts! thank you! Be well & wishing you a speedy recovery on your arm! :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s kind! So I do still use the Calphalon stainless steel pots as they always get clean no matter what (with the help of some bar keeper’s friend and a sponge). But they are by no means non-stick and I don’t use them for things other than soups, stews, and sauces. When I’m cooking things like eggs, pancakes, and things that I want a “non-stick” for, I’ve still been reaching for my cast iron (I’m just sure to add a little oil and keep it well seasoned). But I will be trying out some new cookware soon at the recommendation of a few friends and readers and will share if I find anything I like!

      • Jordan says

        I look forward to your future reviews! I bought the Always Pan for my next place after reading your initial review and now that it finally arrived + your 6 month update came out, I will be returning it before ever getting to use it. Bummer, but thanks for being transparent!

  21. Rondelle says

    I have been using the always pan daily for a couple months and I DO NOT recommend it. First two months great then it became non stick. I also wasn’t aware it wasn’t meant for high heat. I honestly don’t understand the point of a pan that can’t be used over high heat especially a pan that claims to be so versatile and is so expensive. Anyway thank for your review haha I should have waited for it before I purchased it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Rondelle! The first 6 months were so great for us, too. But after that, the nonstick wore off. Just updated the review this week! Sorry the same happened to you. And I agree, it should be safe to use over medium / medium high heat.

  22. Dianna says

    oh nooooo!! I just got mine in the mail TODAY (the day of your update)… and am bummed to hear that the non-stick wears off.. :(

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I know!! I had ordered a second one b/c I loved it SO much (we were happily using it every day!), but I decided to return the second one since the nonstick didn’t hold up as well as I’d hoped. It’s still a good pan for other things, just not nonstick unfortunately!

    • Anne says

      I hope you see this. I had the same problem. There’s a few steps you can do to fix this or help it. These are the tips the company gave me:

      “To restore the non-stick coating, boiling a little water in your Always Pan, and then (after cooling slightly) giving it a scrub with a non-abrasive sponge should do the trick! If you’ve still got some sticking, we suggest soaking it overnight with warm soapy water and giving it a scrub with a non-abrasive sponge. And as a last resort, if those don’t quite do the trick, you can try baking soda with some vinegar and scrubbing with a non-abrasive sponge too.”

      I did step one, twice. Then I did step 1 again BUT I put soap on the sponge, and washed the pan immediately. Used a rubber bottle washer things to push the non scratch sponge that they provide. I then left it soaking for a few hours.

      I just finished cooking in it. I’m happy to report that not one grain or rice stuck to the pan! Woohoo. I don’t think it’s exactly like it was 6 months ago but definitely better. I may repeat my version of step 1 again.

      They also said they will exchange the pan if it’s not restored to my liking.

      Hope this helps!

  23. Talia Attaille says

    What is the base metal of this pan? There isn’t a hint of what is under the coating! Is it aluminum, steel, stainless steel, or some secret alloy? Isn’t full disclosure of all materials required?

      • Rachel L says

        I agree that it was super frustrating to have the non-stick wear off! I would never pay this much for a pan that isn’t oven safe and isn’t non-stick. It also wasn’t clear in the instructions not to use with high heat and after about a week we got burn marks on the outside of the pan so it also isn’t even pretty anymore. This was a waste of money and when I contacted customer support they just offered the advice not to use high heat and how to clean it but no real solutions or to offer a replacement. Next purchase will be an enameled cast iron skillet, I’d rather have functionality than lightweight or looks.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          I totally agree. A few readers and friends have suggested other brands I intend to try and if I have good luck with anything I will definitely share!

  24. Marie says

    We love this pan. I purchased a cast iron pan, a “green type” non stick pan and this pan all around the same time. I have to say I use the cast iron in a different way and won’t compare it to this, but the other non stick pan is a good comparison. I tried to be very careful with both but we have kids and they cook and do dishes and both have been put to the test. This pan takes a beating and still performs! I’m buying my son-in-law one for his birthday. We really like the forgiving nature of the coating. The size is great, cleanup is a breeze and the style is perfect. Thanks for the review!

  25. Gregg says

    I think the question for non-stick pans is always how long the coating will last. You didn’t report on this, nor does the website mention it. I’ve NEVER had one that lasted more than a year, so I’m not going to be fooled again. BTW, “exclusive” means that no independent agency is allowed to test the coating for potential chemicals, that is, the company can keep it’s formula as a trade secret.

    Cooking a single egg is not a very good test. Look up America’s Test Kitchen on how they test nonstick pans. They cook 50 eggs in a row and report on how many eggs it took to start sticking. None of the pans actually made it to 50. They bang the pans (as if dropped) and report on the dents and if the handle fell off. They see how well the pan sears meats, and what damage is caused by dishwashers.

    • Iza says

      The most amazing pot I have ever had in my life. I Am recommending to all of my friends and family members. Very easy to use ( light weight) very easy to clean. I love the design too.

      • Noelle says

        America’s Test Kitchen is a godsend. I think “nonstick” is really just a gimmick. You love it until it’s too late to return it when it starts sticking. I have a large TFal nonstick skillet that I love for omelettes, but even then, I use a spray of Pam.

  26. KM says

    As an FYI, I got my Always pan last year and also loved it. For a while. But the non-stick coating has been increasingly worn away and in the last few weeks, everything sticks. Even oil doesn’t fix this since the pan bottom is a bit domed so the oil runs to the sides. Very frustrating. I really think people are better off buying a ceramic braising pan or an All-Clad for the price.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing! We’re still going strong with ours (6 months), but will continue posting updates!

      • Patti says

        China. They say in a responsible factory run by a woman….
        That was what led me to look for independent reviews, thank goodness for Dana. I trust that she would never badmouth a good product and was initially so happy with it that I could feel the disappointment in the update.
        I’m super disappointed all the way around… LA based company (made in China), so versatile (but watch the heat, stay out of the oven and hand wash…)
        To me a lie of omission is still a lie.
        Shame. My Le crueset and calphalon are heavy but true

    • KC says

      Totally agree with you! Ours became horrible to use after 2 months, and we were super careful and taking exceptional care of it.

      Also, I saw in response to a comment on Instagram that they do not recommend using above low/low-medium heat….which is super limiting.

      Would not buy again or recommend to a friend. Back to my All-Clads.

      • Noelle says

        Geeeez. What is the point of a pan if you aren’t supposed to use it above medium heat? Sounds a but scammy, tbh. You need higher heat to steam, to boil, to saute, to stir-fry, to sear…

  27. SGC says

    Why wouldn’t someone want to purchase a STAUB pan? They run for close to the same price. Does just as well and transfers in the oven.

  28. Elizabeth says

    Hi! I’ve been trying to cook with no oil in my Always Pan, and I have found the food to be sticking. Do you have any recommendations for how to cook with no oil in this pan and not stick?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elizabeth, have you tried adding a little bit of water? That works well for sautéing. If you haven’t seen this guide on cooking with less oil, we think you might find it helpful.

  29. Taylor says

    I was lured in as well! I got the sage color which is beautiful. So far I really like it and it is very non-stick–only complaint is that I like to make a large quantity of food to have leftovers for 2 and I wish it was a little bigger. But still glad I got it and it’s perfect for smaller portions.

  30. Roger Cole says

    What is the diameter of the part in contact with the stove? I have an LG induction range and the small burner (6.5″ diameter markings) is too close to the edge of the stove, making the Always Pan sit well off center. The pan would sit on the middle size burner (8″ diameter) fine, but is it too large to work properly?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It’s a patented nonstick, nontoxic coating. You can learn more about it on the company’s website!

  31. Claire M says

    Thanks for the great review! LA based but made in China… it’s one of my sticking points, but the factory seems ok. Just hard to justify the similar price compared to Le Creuset or All-Clad but for cheaper aluminum/materials in general. It is pretty though. Sadly, outside the US, the shipping is really a killer :(

  32. Fran Perreault says

    Hi there. Thank you for the review. I have searched and have yet to find what the core of this pan is made of. What is the nonstick coating sitting on? Is it aluminum? Thank you :)

  33. Ryan Patterson says

    Thanks for the thorough review. I get easily lured in by aesthetics so this was helpful to know the performance of the pan lives up to the design. The color choices may ruin the singular nature of the pan, since I want them all, lol.

  34. Adrienne Johnson says

    Can anyone vouch for how long the nonstick capability lasts? I’ve heard that it’s anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months with this pan. I do tend to buy nonstick ceramic pans every few years. For the price, I’d like it to last for a while!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Adrienne, as I mentioned in another comment it is quite a durable nonstick! we’ve had it for 4 months so far and use it almost daily with no signs of wear. But perhaps others who’ve had it longer can chime in!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Louis, we bought this product and are simply sharing our unbiased (unsponsored) review. And we receive a very small affiliate payment if our link is used, which we openly disclose.

        • Rachel says

          This is a very odd comment based on the fact the Minimalist Baker clearly disclosed that they purchased the pan and received know compensation for their review. They even made it clear they will get a small commission if purchased through the link.
          Thank-you for the review it was very informative although, I am still undecided on the pan. Wish it was made in North America.

  35. guest says

    not worth it. it is basically a ceramic pan that is deep- which I have bought a flat wok style pan at TJ MAXX for $14-20 and it works very well and it is ceramic non stick. That is a $120 savings!! I also see similar pans at Grocery Outlet and Aliexpress- as we know they are all made in China anyways- the large price tag is simply MARKETING. TJ Maxx had an array of nice colors and ‘brands’. The one i bought was “Natural Elements” it was $20 and is about 13 inches wide and 4 inches deep/ ceramic non stick. The same Natural Elements pan on their own website is $100 but at TJ Maxx it was $20. cheers

  36. Elizabeth Brand says

    Hi! I just bought the Always Pan, and I’m so excited to try it (and it was also $30 off today, which was a bonus). I am wondering what spatula you use with this pan, particularly when cooking eggs. What brand is the blue one you are using in the photo above? I haven’t been able to find a spatula I love, and I trust your opinion on cookware! Thank you!

  37. Cassie says

    I bought the pan a few months ago and am completely in love. I got it in black and regret not getting it in green so may pick up another one, and get another foodie friend one as a birthday gift. I also 100% recommend!

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        Adrienne, I can say ours is still very nonstick at 4 months in! Will report back here if there are any other updates.

      • Tony says

        Ours stopped being non-stick after 6 months. It’s great while it lasted. Then everything started to stick. At this point we have to add so much oil that it’s essentially a deep fryer.

        Their customer service is not helpful either. The response is that the Always pan can only handle up to medium heat. If the user ever turns on high heat on the stovetop, then all bets are off.

        I’d steer clear away from the Always pan unless you’re OK with replacing it every 6 months.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Interesting! We’ve had ours for ~6 months now and it’s still going strong. Will report back if we encounter any similar issues.

          • Jane Smith says

            Thanks Tony, I would have brought this pan if it wasn’t for this Website reviews. Tony you help me make a decision NOT to buy this Always Pan and I will steer clear..

            And Dana please make up your mind, you either had the pan for 4 or 6 months..

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Jane! Sorry for the confusion. We absolutely loved it for the 6 months, and right around that time it started to lose its nonstick despite hand washing and avoiding high heat. I still use it, but wouldn’t recommend it to people who are looking for a solid non-stick pan. We just updated the post today with our thoughts!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Marilaur, here’s what it says in the FAQs on the Our Place website: “Our Always Pan was designed to be compatible with all stovetops! Ideally, the ring on your stovetop is aligned with the center (4.5 to 6 inch diameter) of the pan to ensure a solid magnetic connection. Typically that means using the smallest burner if you’ve got an induction stove!”

  38. Lorena says

    I’ve been thinking of purchasing this pan for some time but the idea that is a non-stick pan ends up turning me away, as great as it seems. However, if the company does in fact release the results of their testing in regards to it being non-toxic and show proof, I will definitely buy one. Thank you for your detailed review!

  39. Jasmine says

    Hi,

    Thanks for this incredibly detailed review! I just have a question about steaming: Is the pan deep enough that when you use the steaming basket, the food will not touch the boiling water?

    I really want to get something that steams (not boils!) food (such as dumplings) but I’m worried that the pan is too shallow.

  40. Adriane Winge says

    I’ve had my eye on this pan for a few months now so this review has definitely solidified my decision to purchase so thank you!

    Also, would you share the recipe or link to the spaghetti squash recipe shown in your photos.

    Cheers!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you found it helpful, Adriane! Recipe for the squash is coming soon =) Stay tuned!

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