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By now, you’ve probably (definitely?) heard of the Our Place Always Pan. But, if not, here’s a brief introduction: The Our Place Always Pan promises to replace your fry pan, skillet, steamer, sauté pan, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. And if you’re thinking that’s a lot, you’d be right! And that’s why people are so enamored of this all-in-one cookware wunderkind.

As soon as I saw this pan flood my Instagram feed (my targeted ads are almost always on point), I was aesthetically on board. Its muted hues and minimalistic looked screamed “Buy me!” And, lucky for me, I was able to test it for Cook’s Illustrated this past summer. I spent a couple of weeks trying it out: frying eggs, making stir-fry, steaming vegetables and dumplings and eggs, boiling pasta and using the pan’s colander to drain it, and frying even more eggs until they stuck. I also washed the pan a ton, obviously.

So, yeah, I got to know the pan well. Ultimately, I thought the pan had its pros and cons. I totally see why the internet is so obsessed with it. I did really like the pan — I just didn’t think it was necessarily the best option for every home cook. Here’s who the Our Place Always Pan is great for (and who it isn’t).

Who Should Get the Our Place Always Pan

Who Should (Maybe) Not Get the Our Place Always Pan

Do you own the Our Place Always Pan? If so, what do you make in yours? Lets us know in the comments!

Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Lifestyle Editor, Tools

Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm is the Tools Editor at The Kitchn. A professional kitchen equipment tester, she’s worked for America’s Test Kitchen, EatingWell, and Food52. Her goal: to find the best gear for your kitchen so you don’t waste time or money on anything else. She lives in Boston, MA with her two dogs.

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