Originally Posted by Gretchen
And they don't last "forever" anyway so it is not worth it to spend a lot on a non-stick pan.
I respectfully disagree. If you are someone who likes to use non-stick pans and takes care of your cookware then it probably IS worth it to get the good stuff which can be expensive. The reason I am saying this is that if you buy a pan that has a lifetime warranty (Calphalon is one tht comes to mind) then as long as you have treated the pan well (no metal utensils, no dishwasher, etc.) then the company will replace the pan once it is no longer up to your standards.
The benefit of getting one of those as opposed to buying a cheap throw away non-stick pan is mass. The pricier pans have more mass which means better heat retention which means more even cooking without hotspots.
I have had my Calphalon non-stick pans for about 4 years or so. They are used frequently. No they are not as slippery slick as they were were we first got them, but they are still completely non-stick (even the one that has a big scratch).