Everybody loves pancakes as they’re delicious and versatile; you can fill them with either sweet or savoury fillings, plus they’re quick and easy to make. All you need is a good recipe and a good quality pan to make the perfect pancakes.
Attempting to make pancakes in a normal frying pan can lead to frustration if the mixture gets stuck to the base, or if the sides of the pan are too tall to flip them over with a spatula.
There are specially designed pancake frying pans which focus on even distribution of heat across the pan and thus cook the pancakes evenly.
They also have lower rims around the edge of the pan to make turning pancakes using a spatula a lot easier. Having a dedicated pan just for crepes and pancakes also ensures a longer life span of the pan and its non-stick coating.
Whether you’re making crepes or fluffy American pancakes, our top 5 best pancake frying pans will help you decide.
Our 5 Best Pancake Frying Pans
5. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Pancake Pan
The Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Pancake Pan is made of cast iron, a material which distributes heat well and should remain non-stick for as long as it is cared for properly. In fact, the pan has a lifetime guarantee as long as you follow the care instructions. In fact, it’s stated that this frying pan will last over 100 years!
A downside of cast iron is that it is heavier than other materials and therefore is more difficult to manipulate. As it is pre-seasoned (with vegetable oil) it can be used straight away, rather than needing an initial seasoning as with traditional cast iron pans. The frying pan can be used on a wide range of heat sources such as induction, electric and gas cookers as well as in the oven and grill.
As the handle is made of the same material as the body of the pan, it can get hot when cooking so you may need to use a handle sleeve. The handle also has a hole at the end to hang it up when not in use. It is recommended you clean the Lodge Pancake Pan by hand rather than using a dishwasher in order to keep the coating intact.
4. Kitchen Craft Colourworks Crepe Pan
The handle of the Kitchen Craft Colourworks Crepe Pan comes in a 4 bright colours to match your kitchen decor and other kitchen accessories – blue, green, pink or purple. The handle is also ergonomically shaped with some raised bumps for comfortable use.
The crepe pan itself is lightweight and has a durable non-stick coating. It is suitable for use with all hob types except for induction cookers. A useful and unique feature of this pan is that it comes with a recipe written on its base, so you always have one at hand.
Catered to the budget conscious, the Kitchen Craft Colourworks Crepe Pan is dishwasher safe, making cleaning after cooking quick and easy.
3. Kuhn Rikon Cucina Non-Stick Crepe Pan
Constructed from aluminium – a lightweight material which makes flipping pancakes into the air easier – the Kuhn Rikon Cucina Non-Stick Crepe Pan features a porcelain enamel non-stick coating which is PFOA-free.
It can be used on all types of hob except for induction hobs. The handle of this pan has an ergonomic design which is easy to grip, plus it has a hole at the end to hang it up with after cooking.
Although the pan is dishwasher safe, it is recommended you clean it by hand to extend ensure the non-stick coating lasts as long as possible.
2. Zinel Designa Crepe Pan
Coming in three different diameters – 24cm, 26cm, 28cm – the main base of the Zinel Designa Crepe Pan is made of cast aluminium, making it durable but also lighter than the standard cast iron pans.
It is coated with a speckled, textured, non-stick surface that requires you to use only minimal oil during cooking; the less oil you use when frying your pancakes, the healthier they will be.
The handle is made from a soft material that is comfortable to hold and stays cool even when the pan is on the hob.
Despite not being safe for oven use, the Zinel Designa Crepe Pan can be used on a variety of heat sources – gas, electric, ceramic, halogen and also induction. It’s also dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
1. Tefal Extra Brownie Aluminium Crepe Pan
The Tefal Extra Brownie Aluminium Crepe Pan is constructed from lightweight aluminium and has a non-stick coating which also helps protect against scratches. Featuring a Thermo-Spot in the centre – one of Tefal’s best innovations – it lets you know when it has reached a high enough temperature to start cooking by turning solid red.
The base is made with ‘Durabase’ technology which is designed to provide an even heat distribution, and is compatible with both electric and gas hobs. It’s safe in the oven at temperatures up to Gas Mark 4 for an hour.
Ergonomically designed, the handle has a raised area to fit your thumb when holding it which makes it easy to grip. You also get a choice of size, either 25cm or a 28cm diameter if you want to make larger crepes.
Despite being marketed as a pancake pan, the Tefal Extra Brownie Aluminium Crepe Pan is also ideal for frying other foods such as eggs, bacon and sausages. Its versatility, excellent value and innovative technology makes it our best pancake frying pan.