I bought a stainless steel 12" skillet and when it arrived it has a Non stick coating on the inside. I didn't realize that. I already have a non stick set, anodized aluminum I think, so I wanted to explore stainless. I'm seeing a lot of similar pans, from all the brands. What's the point of putting non stick in stainless? Is it just for style/looks or is there actually a benefit? Should I keep it and try it out? Or will I see the same results as my other non stick set?

  • It might be helpful to tell us the brand or to provide an Amazon link.
    – Jolenealaska
    Feb 26, 2016 at 1:04
  • William Sonoma. Didn't think brand would matter. I'm just talking about the style of pan, nonstick stainless steel, regardless of brand. Why bother? Feb 26, 2016 at 1:05
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    It gives us a place to start looking for their explanation for it. Thanks.
    – Jolenealaska
    Feb 26, 2016 at 1:06
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    Because people with induction stoves want a non-stick pan :)
    – Ming
    Feb 26, 2016 at 4:25
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    @WillemvanRumpt you're focussing on entirely the wrong part. I'm not saying people with other stoves don't want non-stick, I'm saying people with induction stoves, who are wanting a non-stick pan, cannot use aluminium non-stick pans, so would search for something that's stainless steel and non-stick.
    – Ming
    Feb 26, 2016 at 6:46

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Many stainless steels are ferric, so will work with induction cooktops. Aluminum cannot interact with magnetism, so cannot work on induction, so many companies offer stainless steel non-stick pans for the induction market.

You won't see much difference in performance, and since it's not what you want in the first place I'd send it back unused.

  • Ah that makes sense then. Returning I will do! Thanks! Feb 26, 2016 at 13:31
  • I thought I did. I was using the phone app.... that's weird. Feb 26, 2016 at 19:18

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