We Tried the Instagram-Loved Our Place Pan to See if It Lives Up to the Hype
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Sure, the Our Place Always Pan is pretty. But is it useful? Our Test Kitchen has been using this pan for a year to put it to the test!
MEGAN MOWERY/TASTE OF HOME
You know those sponsored products that pop up on your social media feeds again and again, tempting your impulse purchase self-control? They’re usually beautifully styled, with excellent branding and thousands of likes and positive comments. For me, the trending kitchen item I kept wanting to investigate is the Our Place Always Pan.
The pan is more gorgeous than any essential kitchen tool has the right to be—but I had a suspicion that the strong aesthetics prove it’s more show than substance. When I was offered the opportunity to write an Our Place pan review, I jumped at the chance to see if the viral gadget could perform in the kitchen and not just on Instagram.
What is the Our Place Always Pan?
The Our Place Always Pan claims to replace eight pieces of cookware with just one pan. It functions as a frying pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan and non-stick pan, plus it includes a spatula and a built-in spoon rest. It’s 10 inches in diameter, with a 2.7-inch depth and 2.6-quart capacity.
The pan’s aluminum body is lightweight for easy movement while cooking, and its cooking surface is coated in nonstick ceramic for a smooth, slick design. A mesh strainer fits neatly inside for easy steaming, and a lid keeps items warm and steam locked in. The included beechwood spatula is kept tidy with a clever knob on the pan’s handle, so you can rest the spatula mess-free when you’re not using it. Finally, two spouts on the pan make for easy pouring with minimal mess.
Upon pulling it out of the box, I was immediately impressed by the pan’s appearance, which was to be expected. It really looks as good in real life as it does in the ads. My small kitchen is basically out of functional storage space (especially for organizing pots and pans), so I was pleased that I can proudly display this pan on my stove full-time. It actually adds to my décor, not detracts from it. The blue shade I chose, called blanch, is soothing and eye-catching, and the nine other shades are similarly on-trend.
Testing the Our Place Pan
Megan Mowery/Taste of Home
When creating my Our Place pan review, I wanted to use not only my own experience as an amateur home cook, but also the expertise of Taste of Home’s own Executive Culinary Director, Sarah Farmer. She’s been using the pan for over a year and has been seriously impressed by its performance in the kitchen.
“The Always Pan is completely display-worthy. It’s so much more than just a pretty pan. It’s got both style and substance; it is form and function,” Sarah says. “From eggs (which still don’t stick to the pan even after more than a year of use and cleaning) to pancakes, pork chops, ground beef, grilled cheeses and more, this pan truly is always in use at my house.”
After Sarah’s Our Place pan review, she’s such a devotee that it’s earned a permanent place in her kitchen. “Honestly, the Always Pan is a part of my kitchen now. In fact, I’m such a fan, I gifted one to my parents last Christmas,” she says. “This Christmas, I’ve got one on order for my sister!”
In my own humble home cook opinion, I’m just as impressed as Sarah is. During my two-month test of the pan, I used it nearly every day, and it held up beautifully.
The Our Place pan’s surface is so nonstick that I’m often tempted to sauté without oil, and it’s incredibly easy to clean. It heats quickly and evenly, and feels sturdy yet still lightweight in my hand. The built-in spatula holder is a genius detail that leaves my kitchen counters much cleaner than usual. The pan’s handle stays room temperature, so it’s easy to maneuver without feeling the heat.
And, of course, the Always Pan looks absolutely gorgeous in my kitchen. It stays on my stovetop full-time, and I’ve consistently received compliments on it. In fact, I’m strongly considering purchasing the matching Our Place Perfect Pot, too.
My only issue with the pan is that its side handle isn’t temperature-controlled like the large handle is. In an unfortunate mistake early into testing the pan, I grabbed the side handle when it was at medium-high heat and burned my hand. That was certainly more user error than a defect, but it would still be a nice feature for both handles to be heat-resistant.
- Impressive non-stick surface for easy cleaning
- Heats evenly for consistent cooking
- Clever built-in spatula holder
- Comes with a mesh strainer, spatula and cleaning sponge
- Works on all types of stovetops (including induction)
- Space-saving nesting design
- Available in 10 stylish colors—it’s pretty!
- Side handle isn’t temperature-controlled.
- More expensive than some nonstick pans on the market.
How to Clean the Our Place Pan
Cleaning the Our Place Always Pan feels like much less of a chore than my usual dishes. That’s because the nonstick pan’s surface makes sauces, crumbs and everything else slide right off and into the sink. A quick rinse with dish soap is all it takes to clean the pan. It comes with a loofah-like sponge as well, which makes scrubbing easy—not that I ever had to scrub much anyway.
After completing my Our Place pan test, and talking to Sarah about her professional experience, I wholeheartedly recommend purchasing the Our Place Always Pan. It won over both me as an amateur home cook and Taste of Home’s Executive Culinary Director—no easy feat!
It makes a great gift for foodies, gift for cooks or an upgrade to your worn-out cookware. Though it might be pricey at $145, it’s worth the cost for its high-quality, thoughtful design and its ability to replace multiple pieces of cookware.
Where to Buy the Our Place Pan
The Our Place Always Pan is currently only available for purchase online through Our Place’s site. We recommend grabbing your favorite color quickly, though, because they tend to sell out frequently.
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