Brand & Type: Tramontina 10 inch Non-stick Frying Pan
Price range: $15, after $5 off coupon
Description: This is a very sturdy, simple fry pan with aluminum bottom coating, a sturdy silicon handle and a smooth non-stick surface.
Pros: This is one of the cheaper models on the market, yet it is very sturdy and feels well-made. It is very much like a simple non-stick pan that would be used in a restaurant kitchen.
Cons: Inherent in this pan's non-stick nature there are of course limitations and obvious cons such as its tendency to scratch, its questionable ability to be used over hot temperatures when toxic fumes could possibly be released... Although, we have handled this pan very carefully and have nothing negative to say about this model.
Conclusion: We have been skeptical towards the non-stick concept because of its obvious flaws and limitations and because it often seems you could just as well use a cast iron or stainless steel pan instead. But as the design and surface of a non-stick pan undeniably is very useful for some jobs, we decided to purchase one.
This pan is almost identical to a Farberware model we bought a few years ago. Like most non-stick pan it needed to be replaced after a year or two.