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A good pan is indispensable for a fully equipped kitchen. However, it can do much more than just openly fry food. With the help of a suitable pan lid, creamy dishes such as risotto can be cooked slowly and meat can be seared more succulently.

The lid also prevents fats and oils from splashing out of the pan, thus preventing possible burns and making clean-up easier. There are different types of pans and matching lids for different tastes and culinary styles. For our product comparison, we have compared different models and worked out the most important aspects.




Summary

  • A pan with a matching lid allows you to fry, cook and braise food.
  • Important purchase criteria are the shape, size, material and special features of your own kitchen.
  • Pans with lids are available in a wide range of price categories. Good products are already available from a medium price range.

The best Pan With Lid: Our Picks

Pan With Lid: Buying and review criteria

To find the perfect frying pan with lid, we have put together some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria are intended to facilitate a comparison of the individual models so that you can make your choice in an informed and objective manner. The criteria you can use to compare the different pans with each other include:

Shape & depth

Depending on the space available in your kitchen, you can choose between a round and a square pan. Compared to round pans, square pans have the advantage that the frying surface can be used more effectively and that they can be stored in a more space-saving way. If you want to braise different dishes or handle a lot of liquid, then you should also make sure that the pan has a high rim so that nothing spills.

Low pans, on the other hand, are suitable for frying or for dishes such as pancakes that are served directly. For Asian dishes, it's also a good idea to use a wok pan so that you can toss the meat and vegetables in the traditional way. If you want to grill meat or vegetables in the pan, you can also buy a pan with a grooved bottom for the classic grill pattern.

Size

The right pan size for your household depends on how many people you are cooking for and what kind of food you want to prepare in your pan.

A 16 or 18 cm pan is suitable for one or two fried eggs, while a 20 cm pan is ideal for a single person.

For couples, a 24 cm pan is recommended, while a 28 cm pan is the ideal size for 3 to 5 people. All other sizes are only needed if you cook large portions frequently.

Material

When buying your pan, you should pay attention to the material your pan is made of, as this will affect how you can use it. If you buy a classic coated aluminium or stainless steel pan, you can fry in it with less fat and therefore in a healthier way. They are also comparatively inexpensive, but have a relatively short lifespan due to their susceptibility to scratches.

A pan made of enamel or ceramic, on the other hand, is scratch- and abrasion-resistant, but more difficult to clean because there is no non-stick effect. On the other hand, they are heat-resistant up to 400°C and therefore suitable for the oven, depending on the material of the handle.

If you buy a cast-iron pan, you will have to pay a comparatively high price and carry a lot of weight. On the other hand, cast iron pans are very durable and heat-resistant. They are also an excellent heat accumulator. However, they also require more care than other types of pans.

Special features

Finally, when buying pans, you need to consider the special features of your kitchen. Not every pan is suitable for every type of cooker and if you also want to use your pan in the oven, you must read the description of your pan carefully.

There are also a few other adaptations that you might want to consider. If you don't want to be tied to the cooker when frying, you could get an electric pan that you can plug into any socket and start cooking. If your kitchen doesn't have much storage space, you can look for a space-saving pan with a removable handle.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about pans with lids answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about the topic of pans with lids. In this way, we want to give you a deeper insight into the topic.

Why do I need a pan lid?

With a lid, the preparation possibilities of your pan expand to more than just frying. You can braise and cook dishes without losing valuable liquid.

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Cooking with a pan and lid opens up new possibilities, but how do I find the right one for me? (Image source: Unsplash / @cookerking)

This makes meat and vegetables taste particularly juicy. In addition, the pan offers splash protection from hot fats and thus helps prevent burns and spills.

Which pan with lid performs particularly well in the test?

There is basically no best pan with a lid, as you use a different type of pan depending on the recipe and ingredients, whether it is a frying pan, a braising pan or a wok. Basically, you should make sure that the heat is evenly distributed in the pan and that the pan of your choice is suitable for your cooker.

As with any purchase, it also makes sense to check the reviews of other customers before you buy. If you want to look at more in-depth product tests, you can find them at magazines and websites like Stiftung Warentest or Küche und Haushalt.

How much does a frying pan with a lid cost?

Pans come in different price categories, which differ mainly in terms of design and less in terms of functionality or material.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20 - 50 €) Mostly aluminium or ceramic
Medium-priced (50 - 100 €) Mostly aluminium, ceramic or enamel
High-priced (from 100 €) Professional brands, noble design

Are there alternatives to a pan lid?

Depending on what you need the lid for during preparation, you can help yourself in other ways. If you are preparing a sauce or something with a lot of liquid, you can see if you can find another cover, such as a large plate, to catch the condensation. But if you're frying something and you only want the water to escape, not the fat, then a lid with a steam outlet is the best choice.

Conclusion

A pan is more versatile with a suitable lid, so that you can braise and cook as well as roast. The shape and depth of the pan you should buy depends on the type of recipes you want to prepare. For example, a braising pan with a high rim is suitable for sauces and dishes with a lot of liquid, while a frying pan promises the perfect roasting result.

The size of the pan depends on the portions you prepare on a regular basis, and the material of the pan depends on the applications you would like to have, such as further cooking in the oven. You should always make sure that your pan fits your type of cooker so that you can really use your pan with lid.

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