So as not to hijack the topic by the new cook looking for fry pan advice, I'm making this a separate question.
I have a couple of 8" non-stick fry pans that I'm about to toss because I can't stand that they won't lay flat on my gas range burners until they have enough weight in them. (My 6" omelet pans never seem to have the same problem.) I'm guessing that the issue is the construction method and/or quality of these wobbly pans, so I'd appreciate some insight before I go and buy new ones. I'm talking inexpensive, daily-use non-stick pans here. I have a couple of All-Clad pans as well, but I don't use them every day because they are just too hard to keep looking good (at least for me). What would you suggest for decent quality basic, non-stick, under $20????? Possible?