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8-Inch Ceramic Nonstick Skillets

Published November 2020
MORE ON THE BEST CERAMIC SKILLETS
We also tested and recommend the 12-inch and 10-inch versions of these nonstick ceramic skillets. Our full review of nonstick ceramic skillets with detailed brand comparisons is available here.

How we tested

Small nonstick skillets get a lot of use in our kitchens. The manufacturers of our top two 12-inch ceramic nonstick pans, GreenPan and Kyocera, also make 8-inch models, so we decided to test them. We used both pans to prepare scrambled eggs and fried eggs, as well as the sauce and bread crumb topping for Tagliatelle with Artichokes and Olive Oil for Two. To learn more about the pans’ performance and handling, we also used them at home for several weeks of real-life cooking. 

Both GreenPan and Kyocera confirmed that the nonstick coatings on these small skillets are the same as those on their respective 12-inch models we originally tested. These coatings are free of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the substance present in regular nonstick coatings such as Teflon that can release toxic fumes when heated above 500 degrees. Instead, they contain a material that’s derived from beach sand, so there’s no risk of producing harmful fumes. 

Just like the larger pans, both of these 8-inch ceramic nonstick skillets had impressively slick cooking surfaces. Making eggs was a breeze: Neither scrambled eggs nor fried eggs stuck to the pans, and the eggs were easy to nudge out of the skillets and onto our breakfast plates. Nothing stuck when we toasted bread crumbs and made a cream-based artichoke pasta sauce. However, we did have to make a few small adjustments to the recipes. Ceramic conducts heat very effectively, which means that ceramic nonstick pans get hot faster than regular nonstick cookware and stay very hot throughout the cooking process. We found that starting at slightly lower temperatures than those stated in recipes and shortening the cooking times gave us the best results. 

For those who like the convenience of a nonstick skillet and want to avoid PTFE, we recommend both of these pans. Both have slick 6-inch cooking surfaces that provide plenty of space for cooking small batches of food and making an egg or two in the morning. Their handles are wide and comfortable to hold. Of the two pans, we again preferred the one from GreenPan. Its walls are gently sloped, so it’s very easy to stir food and glide a spatula around its perimeter. In comparison, the walls of the Kyocera skillet are much straighter, forming sharp corners at their base that are hard to access with a spatula. The GreenPan is also ovensafe to 600 degrees, compared with 400 degrees for the Kyocera model. Although the 12-inch Kyocera pan was considerably less expensive than the 12-inch GreenPan model at the time of the original testing, there’s no meaningful price difference between these 8-inch models. In fact, the Kyocera costs a bit more than the GreenPan. 


Methodology

  • Test two 8-inch ceramic nonstick skillets, one priced at about $35 and one priced at about $40, purchased online
  • Confirm with the manufacturers that the skillets’ coatings do not contain polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and are identical to those used on their 12-inch skillets 
  • Make scrambled eggs
  • Make fried eggs 
  • Make Tagliatelle with Artichokes and Olive Oil for Two
  • Wash by hand throughout testing 


RATING CRITERIA

Nonstick Ability: We confirmed with the companies that the PTFE-free ceramic coatings are the same as those used in their 12-inch skillets. We noted whether the food we prepared stuck or was easy to remove. 

Capacity: We compared the size of the pans’ cooking surfaces and the shape of their walls, noting whether we could stir food without spilling it. 

Ease of Use: We considered whether it was easy and comfortable to maneuver the pans on the stovetop, lift them into the air, empty them, and wash them. We also considered whether the pans could be used to prepare recipes as written or if they required a lower heat, shorter cooking time, or other adjustments by the cook.

Durability: We noted whether the pans warped, dented, and/or scratched over the course of testing. We also considered the pans’ maximum ovensafe temperatures.


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The Results

Winner
Recommended

Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block

Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little.

$248.64*
Recommended

Schmidt Brothers Downtown Block

This roomy block completely sheathed our entire winning knife set using just one of its two sides—and quite securely, thanks to long, medium-strength magnet bars. Heavy, with a grippy base, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard made this model extra-safe but also made it a little trickier to insert knives and to clean; the wood block itself showed some minor cosmetic scratching during use.

$141.90*

Schmidt Brothers Midtown Block

This smaller version of the Downtown Block secured all our knives nicely, though the blade of the slicing knife stuck out a bit. With a base lined with grippy material, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard afforded extra protection against contact with blades but made it a little harder to insert knives and to clean; the wood itself got a little scratched during use.

$67.99*
Recommended with Reservations

Swissmar Bamboo Magnetic Knife Block

This small, scratch-resistant model had a stable, rubber-lined base and could hold all our knives, though the blade of the 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a bit. But inch-long gaps between its small magnets made coverage uneven and forced us to find the magnetic hot spots in order to secure the knives. Its acrylic guard made it safer to use but harder to insert knives and to clean.

$49.93*
Not Recommended

Messermeister Walnut Magnet Block

This handsome block was done in by its shape—a tippy, top-heavy quarter-circle that wasn’t tall or broad enough to keep the blades of three knives from poking out. It lacked a nonslip base, and its extra-strong magnets made it unnerving to attach or remove our heavy cleaver. Finally, it got a bit scratched after extensive use.

$129.95*

Epicurean Standing Knife Rack 12"

This magnetic block sheathed all our knives completely, though with a bit of crowding. But it was hard to insert each knife without hitting the block’s decorative slats on way down, and because the block was light and narrow, it wobbled when bumped. Worse, we couldn’t take it apart, so splatters that hit the interior were there to stay. Additionally, the outside stained easily, and when we wiped it down, the unit smelled like wet dog.

$99.95*

Kapoosh Rondelle Knife Block

This model stabilized knives with a mass of stiff, spaghetti-like bristles that shed and nicked easily after extensive use, covering our knives with plastic debris. While all our knives fit securely, several of the blades stuck out, making this unit feel less safe overall. Finally, though the bristles could be removed and cleaned in the dishwasher, their nooks and crannies made this block hard to wash by hand.

$24.99*

Kuhn Rikon Vision Knife Block, Clear

This plastic block required us to aim each knife into the folds of an accordion-pleated insert that was removable for easy cleaning but got nicked easily with repeated use. Because we could only insert the knives vertically, longer knife blades stuck out; a cleaver was too wide to fit. The lightest model in our lineup, this block was dangerously top-heavy when loaded with knives.

$35.88*