Living in a shoebox apartment in New York City makes having as few items as possible an essential task—especially in the kitchen.
I’m always on the lookout for products with multiple functions, so I finally decided to splurge on Always Pan, a piece of cookware from kitchen retailer Our Place described as a “cult favorite” and “do-it-all.”
If you’re familiar with Instagram, you’ve likely seen the Always Pan blessing your social media feed. It is hard to miss with its aesthetic and elegant exterior.
The brand’s account has more than 383,000 followers, and at one point there was a 60,000-person waiting list for a product that the Today Show deemed “the Internet’s favorite frying pan.”
What makes it so popular is the “all-in-one” function of eight pieces of cookware: frying pan, frying pan, steamer, frying pan, saucepan, saucepan, non-stick frying pan and spoon rest. It also comes with a spoon.
Always Pan has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars out of 24,000 reviews, so I tested it out.
Our place offers two main products — Always Pan for $145 and Perfect Pot for $165 — which makes browsing the company’s website very easy.
As an indecisive woman, the hardest part was choosing the color. Six are currently available, including ‘blue salt’ and ‘sage’, while four more have been sold.
I eventually went with a “spice” color, which is a neutral salmon color.
Our place offers a 30-day trial where you can get a full refund if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
There is also free, just-in-time shipping – a huge plus.
Best Features of Always Pan
The product description states that Always Pan can boil food. I was immediately sold, never heard of such a thing before.
I tried making a pasta dish from a single mold, and it was a huge success. The pasta and vegetables were cooked perfectly in about 10 minutes, just by adding tomato sauce and a cup of water (depending on the recipe and quantity of ingredients).
It’s also impressive how deep this pan is. I boiled an entire bag of pasta and vegetables at the same time – that means a lot.
Here are other things I loved about Always Pan:
- Frying: Your eggs will never stick to the pan again. I’ve made the eggs different ways with just a little cooking spray, and they never once turned out to be a mess.
- sautee: Anyone who has burned vegetables – guilty – will find that those days are over. With just one drop of olive oil, the onions come out almost completely translucent, and my broccoli is no longer charred.
- steaming: Dumplings are one of my favorite foods, and now I can steam them to perfection. Simply add a little water to the pan to bring it to a slow boil, then add the food into the steaming basket and put the lid on top.
- spoon rest: It sounds trivial, but it takes less time than I need to wipe my counter thanks to the convenience of a built-in spoon.
Other pros and cons
Besides being very beautiful, the Always Pan is durable and sturdy.
There is a non-toxic, non-stick ceramic coating, so everything can be cooked in different ways without sacrificing your health and the quality of your food.
It is also easy to hand wash and dishwasher safe.
Noteworthy features of the Always Pan include pouring spouts, stay-cool handles, spoon and steamer basket.
One big drawback, though, is that it’s heavy and not oven safe, and I’m not a fan of it. But many of the positives still outweigh the negatives for me.
Here’s what other professional product review sites have said about Always Pan:
- CNET: “If you’re the kind of person who cooks at home a lot but not a ton of terribly complex meals and sticks to, let’s say, a lot of scrambled eggs, french fries, grilled chicken, and steamed or sauteed vegetables, this is a solid pan to own and is likely to fly inside. And out of the treasury regularly.”
- New York Post: “I live with my parents who have a million pots, pots and lids that all somehow fit in our kitchen cupboards, and that completely replaces the need for about 80% of them.”
- The strategist: “The proportions are the kind that really work for a lot of things. It’s shallow and elegant enough to fry an egg, but deep enough to make sauces.”
Let’s just say this – the pots and pans I used to have, the Always Pan is now a permanent part of my cookware assortment.
The product may not be able to function as a Dutch oven, but that’s what French cookware brand Le Creuset uses.
I think this skillet is also great for first-time cooks because it serves multiple purposes. In the long run, you’ll end up saving money instead of investing in a variety of pots and pans.
Where do I buy?
You can buy Always Pan on Our Place. It retails for $145 but rarely goes on sale.
Deals in our place
We also place the following deals on packages:
Aside from the company’s primary products, you can find dishes, cutting boards and knives separately for sale.
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