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It wasn’t too many years ago that everyone had a T-fal or other brand non-stick frying pan and loved it. But, as the pans got older, the non-stick coating started to become not as effective, and even started cracking and pealing. That’s when we started the search for the best non stick frying pan Canada.

Then, information started to come out about how there were harmful chemicals called PFOAs in the coating that was flaking off and ending up in your food. T-Fal has since come up with a new non-stick coating that is PFOA free, but it was too late – we had already started the search for a new non-stick frying pan.

Like we explained in our write up on the best stainless steel rice cooker available in Canada, we wanted to find a chemical free solution to the traditional non-stick coatings – we aren’t fans of chemicals in our food or in our bodies.

Our Instant Pot has a stainless steel inner pot that is relatively easy to clean with a scrub pad, and our rice cooker has a stainless steel inner pot.

However, stainless steel frying pans really do seem turn things into a mess – like our gluten free pancakes, or eggs! That’s when we came across a pan at Canadian Tire with ‘The Rock’ finish.

It’s built to mimic the texture of a cast iron pan. With thousands of tiny little bumps and dips, they seem to immediately cook a thin layer of your food, keeping it from sinking down into the dips, which means your food is sitting on top of thousands of tiny bumps – easy to lift out of the pan.

The Rock Tec surface claims to be 50% harder than comparable cookware, and has 40% better scratch and wear resistance too. When compared to other options for the best non stick frying pan Canada, the Rock Tec surface has “3X superior release performance” when compared to other surfaces.

Since we first wrote this review, there have been a bunch of other non stick frying pans that have showed up for sale that have similar rock style finishes. Their names vary, but they all indicate the same finish – Rock Tec, Granite Ware, Granite Stone, Rock Finish etc.

Chemical Free - Starfrit The Rock Zero Ceramic

With the same non-stick Rock coating of our recommendation for the best non stick frying pan Canada, the ceramic coating on this pan makes it completely chemical free - which is why it's called the 'Zero'.

While it is more expensive than the other Rock frying pans, it's the only option that is completely chemical free with it's natural ceramic coating.

After being pelted with tiny metal beads, the dimpled surface of this non stick frying pan is coated with a natural ceramic coating that is 100% chemical free. No PFOA, no PTFE, no nickel, no cadmium etc.

Get the best price Starfrit The Rock Ceramic Non Stick Frying Pan in Canada from:

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Top Choice - Heritage The Rock Non Stick Frying Pan

In our experience, the Rock coating makes this the best non stick frying pan Canada. The only downside is if you have a fancy induction cook top this pan will not work for you.

The Rock non-stick fry pan is manufactured with a technology that makes the cooker surface 3 times more durable than regular non-stick pan surfaces. It's also 40% more scratch and wear-resistant and 50% harder than comparable plans!

This 12" non stick frying pan Canada has an extra thick forged aluminum base to provide even heat distribution and prevent warping.

If you can find this non-stick frying pan when it's on sale, Canadian Tire will have it at half the price of other online retailers.

Get the best price Heritage The Rock Non Stick Frying Pan in Canada from:

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Heritage The Rock Stainless Non Stick Frying Pan

If you like the look and weight of a stainless steel frying pan, then you might opt for this non stick frying pan from Heritage.

It comes with the same Rock coating as our top choice, but it also has an additional layer of stainless steel on the outside - which does make it cost a little more.

If you have an induction stove, or if you just want a stainless steel pan because you love the way it heats up, or the weight of it in your hand, than this is it.

From Heritage, this Rock Tec non stick frying pan is the same as the cheaper aluminum version, except for it has an extra outer layer of stainless steel.

Get the best price Heritage The Rock Stainless Steel Non Stick Frying Pan in Canada from:

CanadianTire.ca

Budget Pick - Starfrit Stainless Steel Non-Stick

This Starfrit frying pan always seems to be a little cheaper than the Heritage pans, so if you're on a budget you can still get Rock.Tec coating. Just don't expect these to last as long as the thicker, sturdier versions from other companies.

From Starfrit, this non stick frying pan with Rock.Tec treatment provides superior non-stick performance. Plus, since it's stainless steel it works with induction stoves.

Starfrit says nothing sticks, it never warps, and it lasts longer.

Get the best price Starfrit The Rock Stainless Steel Non-Stick Frying Pan in Canada from:

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Upgrade Pick - Hexclad Non Stick Hybrid Frying Pan

Part non-stick, part indestructible stainless steel, this frying pan lots costs more, but it's backed by a lifetime warranty - and it'll work on an induction stove.

Hexclad has come up with a high-tech way to have the non-stick properties of a more delicate cooking surface and the scratch resistance of stainless steel.

They call it a hybrid pan and it features laser-etched hexagon shapes. The depressions are coated in non stick, and the tiny stainless steel portions are raised up, protecting the non-stick finish from metal utensils.

Get the best price Hexclad Non Stick Hybrid Frying Pan in Canada from:

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Another Hybrid Option - Frieling Black Cude Hybrid Frying Pan

100% scratch resistant, this hybrid stainless steel/nonstick frypan has the best of both worlds!

The Black Cube texture cooks like stainless steel, but has the benefits of non-stick cleanup. Metal utensils are safe to use and they won't scratch or alter the cooking surface because of the raised, textured, stainless steel pixels.

Get the best price Frieling Black Cube Hybrid Nonstick Fry Pan in Canada from:

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Alternate Pick - T-fal Titanium Non Stick Frying Pan

If you've always been a T-fal person, you might prefer this new and improved non-stick from T-Fal rather than stepping into new territory of a Rock.Tec pan.

We label this the budget pick, but if the Heritage Rock pans go on sale, they're often cheaper than this T-Fal Titanium pan.

If you've always been a T-fal person, then you might want to check out this improved non-stick finish pan - scratch resistant and PFOA free).

Perfect for everyday use, this frying pan uses T-Fal's best non-stick coating for the ultimate in scratch resistance making it safe for use with metal utensils.

Get the best price T-Fal Titanium Non Stick Frying Pan in Canada from:

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What if I have an induction cooktop?

The Rock technology works on gas, electric, ceramic, and halogen stovetops. However, if you have an induction stovetop, you’ll want to make sure you get a frying pan made out of stainless steel and not aluminum (and you can expect to pay a little more).

The good news is that stainless steel pans typically last longer before warping, but with these non-stick pans you’ll likely have a limited lifespan before the non stick properties turn to be only sorta-non-stick.

How long will a Rock Tec pan last?

We loved these so much that we bought 2 different sizes – a large non stick frying pan with a lid, and a smaller one without a lid.

The large one is now about 4 years old, and the coating is not as effective, and the bottom has warped – meaning it takes a really long time to preheat on our ceramic cooktop because only the middle of the pan is making contact with the heating surface.

The smaller non stick frying pan is over a year old now and still looks brand new. We’ve been careful not to use the pan at high temperatures and there are no signs of it warping anytime soon.

How do I care for a non stick frying pan?

Rock Tec surfaces need to be treated just like any other non-stick cooking surface. When cooking, don’t use metal flippers and spoons. Instead, use plastic, bamboo, or silicon scrapers and flippers.

When washing your non stick frying pan, Canada, don’t use scrub pads! If you have food stuck to your pan (stray pieces of egg, little drips of pancake batter etc), let the pan completely cool and then fill with water and let it sit. We have only had to do this for egg that has spilled on the vertical sides of the pan, and soaking only takes a few minutes and the egg can be gently scraped off the best non-stick frying pan with a plastic spoon.

What brand makes the best non stick frying pan Canada?

Since we first wrote this review, there have been a bunch of other non stick frying pans that have showed up for sale that have similar rock style finishes. Their names vary, but they all indicate the same finish – Rock Tec, Granite Ware, Granite Stone, Rock Finish etc.

We still like the Heritage non stick frying pans the best. Some of the other bands are cheaper at normal pricing, but they’re thinner (and lighter, and feel a little cheaper). The thinner base material is what makes a pan heat or cool quickly and can lead to the bottoms warping faster. The Heritage pans have a triple ply thick forged metal base that just gives them a premium feel.

Best non stick frying pan canada thickness comparison

Depending on what you’re willing to spend, or if you are willing to wait for a non stick frying pan to go on sale, then our choice is the Heritage brand available from Canadian Tire and Amazon. We were able to get ours for 75% off, putting them at the same price as the thin-metal based entry level pans.

What’s better – Hybrid style non-stick or rock finish?

The hybrid style pans use laser etching to provide a raised stainless steel finish that, since it is slightly higher than the non-stick finish, protects the non-stick finish from being scratched with utensils or while cleaning.

The rock style finish is a non stick technology that is more durable and PFOA free.

So what makes the best non stick frying pan? It depends…. if you really want your food to cook like you’re using a stainless steel frying pan, then the hybrid style will do that. If you want the best non-stick performance for an entry-level price, then the rock-style non stick frying pan will be your best bet.

This comparison video does a great job of putting the two frying pans against each other. As you can see, the shrimp browns faster in the hybrid pan, and the shrimp doesn’t stick at all but it’s held in place enough you need a flipper.

In the granite rock pan, browning is slower, but the shrimp doesn’t even stay in place allowing you to swish and flip them without a utensil.

Are non stick pans really a health risk?

They seem to be, yes. The original Teflon-style coatings actually release chemicals when heated too high, and can release hydrofluoric acid and a variety of organofluorine compounds that are toxic to humans (and birds!).

Since this was discovered and widely reported, non-stick coatings have stopped using PFTE with PFOA, but the replacement product is turning out to have the same issues. Lab tests on rats have shown that the new chemical causes many of the same health concerns as PFOA (https://theintercept.com/2016/03/03/new-teflon-toxin-causes-cancer-in-lab-animals/).

The granite and rock style non stick frying pan surfaces are blasted with tiny stainless steel balls to harden and add texture to the surface. Then a non-stick coating is applied to the textured surface. To completely avoid all coatings, you can also get ceramic rock tec pans that have a ceramic texturized coating. By using a textured ceramic surface, the non-stick performance is increased above those of smooth ceramic frying pans.

We’ve found information from Starfrit (the company that makes the Rock Tec pans) that the non stick coating does not contain PFOA but still contains PTFE (October 2020 src in the ‘Questions’ tab). For completely chemical free non stick cooking, look for the textured ceramic coatings like the Starfrit Zero pan above.

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