West Elm Greenpan 12" Frying Pan
Credit: Photograph by Plamen Petkov

This pan's mineral-based Thermolon coating – the key to its nonstick properties – proved itself time and again: Steaks seared wonderfully and omelets slid out smoothly. Cleaning is as simple as wiping with a soapy sponge – no scraping necessary. It's better than any Teflon pan and can handle temperatures as high as 850 degrees. [$50; westelm.com]