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Need to replace one often used pan.. suggestions

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Need to replace one often used pan.. suggestions

burgeoningfoodie | Dec 28, 2009 05:03 AM

Hello chowhounds!

I'm currently in an apartment with a mix mash of pots and pans. One pan (either 10 or 12inch) is warmed and needs to be replaced. This is currently a nonstick pan and is used for everything from sauteing to making an omelete. The sides have a small slope which I believe means it may be an omelette pan.. I don't know the set was already in place as it was my gf.

In any case, it is need of being replaced. We have an electric range (with the coils) and want something that does a good job, doesn't cost an arm and a leg (ahem All-Clad), isn't very heavy, conducts heat thoroughly and will last. I don't know if non-stick teflon matters or if stainless steel wrapped around copper/aluminum would be best. I have a huge cast iron pre-seasoned Lodge, though I've not used it yet because I hear you still need to season it and I don't want to attempt to burn down the house just yet (I only have shortening).

What have people experienced? I think the highest I'd be willing to go would be a Tri-Ply Calphalon and taht is still 80-90 bucks. I don't think I want to spend that much right now and so looking for suggestions for what quality I can get for maybe half that much. Thanks a bunch.

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