12.5-Inch Pan Lids
How we tested
Our top-rated nonstick skillet, the 12.5-inch T-fal Professional Non-Stick Fry Pan, has always had one drawback: no lid. When tackling any recipe that calls for a cover, such as fried eggs, pan-roasted root vegetables, or skillet lasagna, we had a problem. But most universal pan lids are too small to fit the 12.5-inch diameter of the T-fal. That left us with no choice but to go shopping for 12.5-inch lids.
We found six models made from a variety of materials (aluminum, stainless steel, tempered glass) and priced from $10.80 to $32.16. Three were disqualified out of the gate: the Homichef 12.5 Inch Stainless Flat Lid, the Cuisinox Elite Tempered Glass Lid, and the Swiss Diamond 12.5" Tempered Glass Lid. Despite the proper measurement, they didn’t fit our skillet. Instead, their thin lips rested on the skillet’s top edge—and slipped right off. That left three contenders that had a secure fit on the T-fal. An all-aluminum lid with a recessed center closed off almost an inch of space inside, which was all right for fried eggs but not skillet lasagna. The lid merely rested on top of the lasagna, leaving noodles around the perimeter exposed so that they dried out. Worse, its weight pressed on the food, causing our lasagna to scorch on the bottom. The other two lids, both made from stainless steel, performed better because they were slightly domed. In the end, our top pick fit snugly and trapped steam reliably, ensuring flawless cooking. The only drawback is the price: It costs almost as much as the T-fal nonstick skillet we bought it to fit. But as a bonus, this lid fits two of our favorite cast-iron and traditional pans.