I would like to have some kind advises on choosing frying pans. I have a cheap STEKA 24cm alumunium pan from Ikea which was only S$3.90, with nameless non-stick coating. Now that I can afford higher quality pans, I own a large Tefal sautee pan and a WMF stainless steel pan, both for different purpose. The STEKA is treated as a 'spare' pan, hanged on the kitchen or stacked with my housemates' utensils, while I keep others tidy in the cabinet. But I'm grabbing it daily for almost everything. I reheat foods, fry eggs, stir fry vegetables, cook pasta, pan-fry fish/chicken, etc. I treated it like cheap, irreplacable good but it's still performing well after 4 years. I just need to let it cool and wash it with water with a quick swipe and hang it dry, before rushing to office.
However my sense of healthiness often kicks in, especially because of the nameless, cheap coating STEKA has. After suffering a huge ovarian cyst, I become more concerned to a safer and more natural lifestyle, including the cookware I'm using. I'm looking for a safe and affordable non-stick pan to replace STEKA, which can sustain daily usage, last for years, and a breeze for daily usage (e.g. easy cleaning). My Tefal sautee pan is too big for daily usage and WMF is not non-stick. I'm looking at another Tefal, Scanpan, Le Creuset or Staub pan, but wondering whether they can last long and suit my daily needs. Kindly help with some advises or suggestion... all will be greatly appreciated.