Is it just me or is it amazingly difficult to buy a non-stick frying pan that is a) actually non-stick and b) capable of lasting longer than a few months with regular use, regardless of what promises it comes attached with and which celebrity chef it is endorsed by? I think that after rather a few dud purchases I may actually have found the all elusive perfect pan, and the good news is that it will currently set you back under £7, and yes you did read that right!
I bought this frying pan from Robert Dyas, it is branded as being one of their items and only available in their shops, or from their online store. It's Teflon coated and suitable for all hob types - I've been using mine to cook on gas. I'm a keen cook, so this pan probably gets used at least once every single day, for various purposes - making pancakes, frying onions or making an entire meal in a pan. I find that the pan is large enough for a whole family meal, it's actually quite deep, about 5cm or so, and I find I can make an entire paella or spaghetti bolognaise in it; for a fried breakfast or Spanish tortilla it's absolutely ideal.
The pan has a non stick black coating that, thus far, seems to be quite durable over a few months' use - there are a few scrapes on the outside but the all important cooking part of the pan is still as good as new. This is one pan that is billed as being dishwasher safe that actually is. It's not the lightest of pans, I don't think it is made of aluminium (Robert Dyas do make an aluminium range if that is your preference), but it seems to heat up quickly enough, and has dimples on the base, to aid heat diffusion I assume. The plastic handle stays cool, hasn't become heat damaged with extensive use, is reassuringly chunky and firmly attached to the pan, it's also oven safe up to 170 degrees C - I've browned off omelettes made in this very pan with no problems.
The most important thing about this pan though, as mentioned before it actually is non-stick, rather than claiming to be so. I've had absolutely no problems with it at all, it was a joy to use from the first time I used it, having thrown away a much more expensive and disappointing frying pan which hadn't lived up to its promise. Unbelievably this pan, despite its low price tag does come with a five year guarantee; I haven't had cause to use this and so don't know how stringent the terms are, in all honesty I just anticipate my frying pan lasting a good while yet, so far it has outlasted many other pans I have owned.
I'm delighted with this frying pan - there's nothing fancy about it at all, no heat spots, or celebrity chef name printed on it, it's a pan, plain and simple, that works. I'm so pleased with it that I plan on buying the rest of the range as I think I might be onto a good thing. In conclusion there's no celebrity endorsement here but I, a more run of the mill, everyday cook highly recommend it - so if you too are sick of pans that promise a lot, cost a fortune but ultimately don't deliver, get yourself to Robert Dyas, you won't regret it!
Footnote: I find Robert Dyas' website hard to search so have included a link below should you be interested in buying this, currently priced at £6.74