Oxo Good Grips Non-Stick Fry Pan, how does it compare with the competition? Oxo is one of my favorite company around. They focus on ergonomics and design for their kitchen utensils and wares. In the past, they only stuck with manufacturing kitchen gadgets. It is interesting to see how they fare in the production of cookware. This review will take a closer look at how their cookware is designed. What features it has and the construction of their cookware.
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Cookware Quick Summary
|Categories||Oxo Good Grips Non-Stick Fry Pan 12 inch|
|Compatibility||Gas, Electric, Halogen, Glass Top|
|Oven Temperature||390 degrees Fahrenheit/200 Degree Celsius|
|Warranty||10 Year warranty|
|Country of Manufacturer||Unclear Probably China|
|Thoughts||A well designed pan with a focus on ergonomic. The pan handle and shape has a emphasis on ergonomic, something that most manufacture do not do. However, the warranty is only ten years though and expect to pay a little more. But really, most of the time its cheaper to just buy a new one than to ship it in.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Oxo 12 inch Open Fry Pan|
Hard Anodized cookware is different from your standard teflon pan. The process which they adhere the non stick finish makes the non stick coating more durable. It apparently hardens the aluminum oxide layer making it stronger than a traditional teflon pan. How they accomplish this is via a electrochemical process that adheres nonstick coating onto the pan. This process is called anodizing. Anodizing is used in a lot of products these days. They can coat the outsider layers of metal with different colors and material. One common one that you might have seen is electroplated copper. Check the video below for more information about anodizing.
In a traditional teflon pan, they sand blast it then apply the non stick coating. It is then finished off by baking it in a oven. In my experience this method is not as durable but it is also more cost effective. So there is a bit of a trade off to it.
Oxo Good Grips Non-Stick Fry Pan Design
This section will discuss the various design features of Oxo Good Grips Non-Stick Fry Pan. We will go over the handle, shape and performance.
Oxo Good grips is known for their superior handle and ergonomic. It should come as no surprise that the handle on this skillet is simply amazing. It tapers in ward with a slight curve to fit the contours of your hand. The bottom of the handle has a notch so that your index finger can fine control the pan. However, according to the description, it is meant more as a stop. It prevents your finger from reaching too far into the pan and burning yourself. The handle is covered in Silicone so that its soft and maintains grip. The only issue with this design is the temperature limit. As with all silicone and plastic handle, they have a lower oven safe temperature limit than metal. This pan oven safe temperature is 390 degree Fahrenheit. Other than that, this is one of the best handle I have ever used.
The shape of this skillet resembles that of a traditional french skillet. It flares out gently to so that you can use a spatula. While at the same time, the sidewall is still tall enough to let you flip food with your wrist. It has the perfect balance between the two. The lips are also subtly rolled so that liquid can be poured with ease. Quite frankly, I am impressed at how well designed this skillet is. It is on part with how All Clad designed their skillet, if not better.
Non Stick Coating
It seems like most non stick cookware manufacturer source their nonstick finish by a German company. They all seem to advertise the fact. So given that, you can be assured that they have the same durability as everyone else. On amazon, there has been some reviews complaining that the finish came loose. From what I can see, almost all pans has a reviewer saying that they experienced it.
Increasing the Life of your Non Stick Pan
The biggest issue with non stick pans is the durability. Once the coating goes, so does the pan. Here are two ways you can increase the life of your pan.
1) Never use metal utensils or Nylon Scrubber. The abrasion that the coating will face is simply too much. While it might survive a couple of time, if your compound it over a year, it wont survive. While we are all guilty of this, this is one thing that we should all follow.
2) Over heating the pan. At temperature above 500 degree Fahrenheit, the teflon coating will start to degrade rapidly. At 572 degree Fahrenheit, it can release noxious gas that can cause flu like symptom. This is called Teflon Flu. It has been known to actually kill birds.
To prevent this from happening, always add oil to a cold pan. The oil will regulate the maximum temperature of the pan. If you see smoke coming from it, it is time to lower the heat. You have already pass the recommended cooking temperature. I would say that this is the biggest killer of nonstick cookware.
Oxo Good Grips Non-Stick Fry Pan Warranty
I think this is the biggest issue with the pan. Most other manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty. Oxo only has 10 year. While I do consider this a problem, most of the time its cheaper to just buy a new one. On the other hand, The hassle of shipping it in was never worth it for me. If anything, they will just deny you for mistreating the pan. To me, having a warranty or not is a wash. Ten year or a lifetime, does not really matter. You would have better luck returning it to the vendor.
This is a question that comes up a lot. OXO Good grip did not implement a steel bottom on this pan. The construction is just a hard anodized aluminum. In order for a pan to be induction capable, the pan needs to be magnetic. Unfortunately, aluminum has too weak of a pull to be able to do this. However, stainless steel does have a strong pull. So if you want a pan that has induction capability, look at the bottom of the pan. Those steel bottom base will usually be a plan silver finish.
Oxo Good Grips Non-Stick Fry Pan Thoughts
This is a pretty well made pan. The best part of their skillet is the handle. It is simply comfortable. It is balanced well with a nice weight to it. This should let you sear food easily but keep in mind of the temperature. You do not want to overheat the pan. If you are looking for a nonstick skillet for eggs and fish, this is the way to go. However, expect to pay little more for it though.
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