I received a gift certificate to CSN Stores and decided to use it to buy a good frying pan. The only good frying pan I have at the moment is a cast iron skillet. Because of health/environmental concerns about non-stick, I've decided to get a stainless steel fry pan. I think I can learn to cook most anything in stainless steel, since I've already gotten to be pretty good with the cast iron skillet.
My main requirements are that:
1) it be relatively easy to clean (though it doesn't need to go in the dishwasher -- I usually hand-wash pots & pans)
2) that it be durable (last at least 10 years, preferable much longer). I don't want it to end up in the dump!
3) that it look good out of the box and stay attractive over the long-term (this is obviously related to no. 1 & no. 2 above)
4) I am in a stage of life where I move frequently. Thus, the pan needs to work well on all types of stovetops, since I can't predict what sort of stove I'll have. (No need for it to go in the oven, though, since the cast iron can do that.)
Although I don't want my pan to scratch easily and won't be buying a dedicated set of utensils to go with it, I do plan to read the materials that come with the pan and care for it as instructed (ie, this pan will get tender loving care)!
I think I have narrowed it down to three choices (all are similar in price).
Frieling Sitram Profiserie
8in - $49.95; 9.5in - $59.95; 11in - $84.95
A lot of people seem to like this line, though some people have found it doesn't work well on gas/electric ranges. Comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Handles are soldered (no rivets).
8in - $54.95; 9.5in - $69.95; 11in - $89.95
A lot of people seem to like this line. Comes with a 2-year guarantee. Handles are soldered (no rivets).
Anolon Chef Clad
8in - $39.95; 10in - $69.95; 12in - $84.95
I haven't found any reviews about this line. I like the fact that the sizes are a little bit bigger (10in and 12 in versus 9.5 in and 11in). Comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Handles are riveted.
Also, would you recommend buying lids separately for any frying pans I may acquire?
If you could give feedback on the three lines mentioned above, I would be grateful. I am unlikely to consider other brands or lines since I am limited by my budget and by where I am going to make the purchase (due to wishing to use my gift certificate).
Thanks for your advice!