After 25 years in restaurant kitchens I know a great pan when I have one in my hand. This is the best all-around pan for frying non-stick I've ever used. Surface is perfectly smooth, browns and caramelizes as good as cast iron. Heats up fast, stays hot, and cooks evenly. Wow! Works better than fry pans I've paid 4 times more for. Great handle, extra long and stays cool.