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If you’re interested in making crepes, the only way to do it right is to use the best crepe pan possible. They have short sides that make it easy to flip or fold crepes and feature a heavy bottom that helps facilitate even cooking.
We considered a few important features when putting together our review. The diameter of a crepe pan is very important. The larger the pan, the more cooking surface you have which makes it easier to spread the batter effectively. Material is important, too. The type of metal the pan is made of determines how quickly the pan heats up, how well it holds heat, whether it distributes heat evenly, and whether or not it can be used in the oven as well as on the stovetop. You don’t want a pan that’s too heavy because it makes it a little more difficult to maneuver, store, and clean. Finally, we considered whether or not the cooking surface is non-stick, a helpful feature when making crepes.
We spent hours researching products when putting together this review, scouring information from manufacturers as well as comments from chefs, experts, and the people who use these pans in their kitchen every day. First, you’ll find a convenient table that puts all of our picks side by side so you can compare them easily. Next up are in-depth reviews of each product followed by a detailed buying guide so you have all the information you need to be sure you’re choosing the best crepe pan for your kitchen.
The Cristel Mutine CR30QE is our choice for best all-around crepe pan. It’s 100% made in France and features a beautiful shiny stainless steel exterior as well as an Exceliss non-stick coating. The profile is ideal for crepes as well as pancakes, pizzas, and omelets or scrambled eggs.
The most interesting thing about this crepe pan is also the most innovative: it has detachable handles. This has a lot of great benefits. It’s easier to store and easily fits into the dishwasher. There are two different handle sizes available, a single long handle to use when cooking and two smaller handles so you can also use it to serve right at the table. It even has a diffuser base to keep food warm.
In addition to being dishwasher safe, you can also use this pan in the oven up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit, 400 degrees for the lid. That means you can use this as much more than a crepe pan. Plus, it’s compatible with a variety of cook tops including gas, electric, and induction ranges. It heats evenly and has a generous 12-inches of cooking space.
Although customers like the detachable handles, we should mention that they’re sold separately. Other than that, users didn’t have many complaints about this beautiful crepe pan.
Our pick for best commercial crepe pan is the Calphalon Commercial Griddle/Crepe Pan. It’s one of the best crepe pans we found for heavy use and lasts a really long time with proper care.
This pan has a three-layer construction that includes a hard-anodized exterior, an aluminum core, and non-stick surface. It extremely durable, oven-safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and covered by a lifetime warranty.
The aluminum construction evenly conducts heat so there’s less chance of burning or uneven cooking. It’s covered with a three-ply nonstick finish so you don’t have to use as much oil or fat when cooking.
The 10-inch cooking surface and low side are a great size and shape to allow your food to slide out smoothly, without falling apart. This is a great pan for crepes as well as tortilla, omelets, and more, though some users found it to be a little small.
One downside is you cannot use metal utensils. Doing so can ruin the finish and void the lifetime warranty. Putting in the dishwasher can also void the warranty but the surface is so easy to clean, this shouldn’t be a problem. A lot of people using this pan claim they’ve been using it for years, even decades, so with proper care, it should last a really long time. Calphalon’s customer service gets a lot of praise, too.
If you prefer the look and performance of stainless steel to non-stick materials, take a look at the Mauviel M’Heritage M150. This pan is made in France and comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects. Not only is it a great pan to cook with but it’s also simply beautiful to look at.
This pan is composed of a 90% copper exterior and 10% stainless steel interior which is a great combination to ensure even heat conduction and control over what you’re cooking. It features a cast stainless steel handle that stays cool and is compatible with just about any stovetop, including gas, electric, and halogen. For induction cooking, a separate interface disc is required.
The large cooking surface and low, sloped sides make this a perfect pan for crepes and omelets. It’s oven safe, too, which make it extremely versatile. Mauviel does recommend that you always cook on low or medium heat and that the flame of a gas stove never goes beyond the base of the pan. The copper exterior might change color over time but this doesn’t affect the conduction or performance. Other than these few little things, users had no complaints about this pan.
Why did it make our list?
Made of 90% copper and 10% stainless steel
Made in France
Even heat conduction
What is not ideal about it?
Need separate interface disc for induction cooking
Our choice for best profession crepe pan is the SolidTeknics AUS-ION Crepe & Griddle Pan. This is another absolutely gorgeous pan that’s designed for long-lasting performance. Each pan is engraved with the month and year of manufacture which makes this a lovely heirloom.
The SolidTeknics AUS-ION pan was designed with the professional chef in mind. It has a vented neck that reduces heat transfer and keeps the handle cool to the touch. Plus, the handle doesn’t have any rivets which increases durability and makes the pan more sanitary because there aren’t any cracks for bacteria to hide.
This pan is made of AUS-ION, a unique material that’s designed to season and cook like cast iron while being only half the weight. The solid construction provides excellent heat distribution and is non-stick for even, easy cooking.
SolidTeknics has very specific instructions as to how to care for and season this pan. If they’re not followed, it voids the warranty so make sure you pay close attention to their recommendations. Seasoning has been used for thousands of years to make sure iron pans and skillets were non-stick so this idea is not new. There are few complaints about this pan but just know that it takes a little work to maintain, just like cast iron.
What are its best features?
Engraved with month and year of manufacture
Made of unique AUS-ION material
Naturally non-stick after seasoning
What could be improved?
Seasoning takes some work
Must follow care and seasoning instructions well to maintain warranty coverage
Le Creuset Crepe Pan is a great choice if you like cooking with cast iron. The great thing about this pan is that the cooking surface is treated with satin black enamel which means that there’s no seasoning required. It’s also thin and lightweight so it’s easy to use.
The cast iron exterior is great for even heating and the smooth surface was designed to perfectly spread crepe batter. An ergonomically designed handle provides a comfortable grip away from direct heat, though some users felt it got a little too hot. You can use it on any stovetop, including induction, and it’s oven-safe at any temperature. In fact, it’s safe for gas, oil, coal, or wood ovens. This pan is perfect for crepes and includes a rateau for spreading the batter and a spatula. It’s also great at making omelets or pancakes, making homemade pizza, and searing meat.
Handwashing is recommended to maintain the coating as long as possible. The pan is covered with a limited lifetime warranty though there are some care instructions to follow to maintain coverage. Though the enamel is very durable, it can crack with extreme temperature fluctuations. That’s why it’s always best to allow a hot pan to cool before washing. Also, don’t use scourers or abrasive cleaners.
There’s a lot to love about the Swiss Diamond 6226i. It’s suitable for gas, electric, and induction cooktops and is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This pan design was actually a design finalist in the Housewares Design Awards and features a truly innovative design.
The Swiss Diamond 6226i is made of cast aluminum which is great at conducting heat, ensuring an even cooking surface for better results. It has a special non-stick surface that’s reinforced with real diamond crystals. Why? Because diamonds are extremely durable, conduct heat better than most metals, and create a naturally non-stick surface. It allows for oil-free cooking and you won’t have to soak or scrub when it’s time to clean up.
A stay-cool, ergonomic handle is comfortable and safe to use and the unique sloping walls make it really easy to flip and fold batter so you can make perfect crepes or pancakes at home. The material will never warp and the rivet-free interior prevents food from sticking and prevents bacterial growth because there’s nowhere for it to hide.
Users had few complaints about this pan. It may be a bit too heavy for some people but, overall, people who used it were very happy with its performance.
Next up is the Woll Diamond Lite. It has a great non-stick coating that features ultra-hard diamond crystals embedded into the non-stick surface. The diamonds make the coating cut and scratch resistant. They also enhance the non-stick properties of the cooking surface and conduct heat more effectively. Your food will brown quicker than with a lot of metals and clean up is a cinch.
This pan is made in Germany using high-quality materials like refined aluminum alloy which doesn’t have the air pockets that lower quality alloys do. The diamonds are carefully ground and trimmed before being applied to the surface and the non-stick coating doesn’t scrape or flake off. Plus, your food releases quickly and easily which means you can cook healthier by using less fat.
The Woll Diamond Lite pan also features an integrated threaded brass insert to make sure the handle stays tight and has an extra-strong cast bottom that resists distortion. It’s oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can be tossed into the dishwasher for cleaning.
There weren’t too many complaints about this pan but some customers felt the sides were too low. While this is ideal for crepes, it somewhat limits what else you can cook with this pan. One more thing we should mention is that it’s not compatible with conduction stovetops.
What are its best features?
Non-stick diamond surface
Cut and scratch resistant
Made with high-quality aluminum alloy
Integrated brass insert to prevent the handle from wobbling
Finally, there’s our budget pick, the Scanpan Classic. This pan has a squeeze-cast metal body that’s made from recycled aluminum. It’s both lightweight and durable and the base is thick enough to resist warping. It maintains a flat surface over time so it sits comfortably on a glass or ceramic stovetop.
One of the best things about this pan is the patented non-stick coating. Food releases quickly and easily so you don’t have to use as much oil when you cook. It’s ten times harder than stainless steel plus it’s scratch resistant so it stands up to a lot of use. Plus, it’s easy to wipe clean though you can place it in the dishwasher if needed. The coating is created using a mix of ceramic-titanium particles and a specially formulated nonstick compound. It’s so effective, you can even use metal utensils.
The aluminum body distributes heat evenly for consistent results whether you’re making crepes, eggs, pancakes, or homemade pizza. It’s oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can handle high-temperature stir-frying on the stovetop as well.
People who bought this pan were pretty happy with its performance though some commented that it heats up slowly. It’s covered by a lifetime warranty though this doesn’t apply to accidental damage.
Why are we impressed?
Made of recycled aluminum
Can use metal utensils
What negatives must you be aware of?
Slow to heat up
Heats up slowly
Things to Consider
A crepe pan is one of those things that you never knew you needed but once you have it, you won’t know how you lived without it. If you’re looking for the right crepe pan for your kitchen, use this detailed buying guide to figure out which one is right for you.
Reasons to purchase a crepe pan
The truth is there really is no reason not to buy a crepe pan. First of all, the name is a bit deceiving. Obviously, crepe pans are ideal for making crepes but they’re also useful for cooking a variety of other things. In fact, you can use them as you would a regular frying pan. Because of their shape, they make it really easy to flip omelets or pancakes. They’re great for cooking bacon or sausage, too.
If you opt for an oven-safe crepe pan, you have a lot more options. Use it to broil or sear meat, roast vegetables, or to make a homemade pizza.
Gorgeous French crepe making tips
While a crepe pan can be used for a lot of other purposes, it was specially designed for making crepes. The following video demonstrates how to make traditional French crepes from start to finish. In it, you can really see why the shape and weight of the crepe pan are so important.
Crepe pans vary in price, mostly depending on the quality of the materials. The pans that we chose for our review range from $80 to about $290 with most falling in the $100 to $200 range. That might sound like a lot, but consider this: they’re made to last a really long time. In fact, in our research, we found comments from people claiming that they’ve been using the same crepe pan for decades. If you like to cook, a good crepe pan is definitely worth the investment.
Features to consider while buying the best crepe pan
Crepe pans vary a bit from one model to the next. Here are some of the main features to consider when deciding which is the right one for you.
What the pan is made out of is very important. Each material has different pros and cons.
Aluminum crepe pans are very popular. Aluminum is lightweight and really durable which is a great combination. These pans are easier to hold and maneuver and have good heat distribution so there aren’t any hot spots. Note that a lot of aluminum pans are covered with non-stick material which can flake or wear off over time.
Cast iron is much heavier but they can literally last a lifetime if properly cared for. In fact, you might even be able to pass them on to your kids. They don’t come with a non-stick coating. Some people consider them a healthier option but in order to get the most out of one, you have to put some time into proper seasoning with oil. Over time, a natural non-stick finish develops.
Another material used for crepe pans is carbon steel. They’re strong and durable but are sensitive to temperature so you may have some trouble with even heating or keeping the temperature under control.
Stainless steel is another option. Because it’s not a very good heat conductor, it’s usually paired with a copper or aluminum base. They usually have a non-stick coating and are really durable. Plus, they’re a bit lighter than cast iron, though they won’t last nearly as long.
There are quite a few options in our list that come with a non-stick coating, like the Cristel Mutine CR30QE and the Le Creuset Crepe Pan. The great thing about non-stick coatings is they allow you to use less oil or butter when you’re cooking which can cut out a lot of fat and calories from your meal.
That said, there are some disadvantages, too. Depending on the type of coating, it may chip or flake off over time and the coating is not usually covered under warranty. You have to take care of them correctly and usually cannot use metal utensils with them because they can easily damage the surface. Abrasive cleaners and scrubbers can cause damage as well.
The thicker the coating, the longer it lasts. On average, you’ll get about six years out of a pan with a non-stick coating, possible up to ten or even 25 years depending on what the coating is made of and whether or not you take good care of it. As we mentioned, although these pans are all covered by lifetime warranties, these do not normally apply to the coating.
When choosing a pan, make sure you know what the non-stick coating is made of and how long you can expect it to last. Check the warranty information, too.
Size and weight
Most crepe pans have a diameter between eight and 11 inches. Which size is right for you depends on how big you plan to make your crepes, the size of the heat source, and your ability to control the pan. Larger pans are a little harder to maneuver but facilitate larger crepes and can be more useful for cooking other things.
Weight is important, too. As you saw in the video above, moving the pan is an important part of making a proper crepe. If you’re making a large batch, chances are your hand is going to get pretty sore after you’ve made a few. The lighter the pan, the easier it is to maneuver. That said, you don’t want a pan that’s too light, either. It won’t be as stable on the stovetop and is more likely to warp and become uneven over time.
We know that a crepe pan is perfect for making crepes but why? What exactly does that mean?
Well, they have very specific features that make them ideally suited for crepe making. First, the sides are low. If you compare a crepe pan to a frying pan, you’ll see that the crepe pan’s size are at least half as high. This makes it easier for you to flip the crepe.
Crepe pans also have thick bottoms. There are a few reasons for this. One is that it adds a little more stability which keeps it stable and can help prevent warping over time. More importantly, though, a thick bottom helps hold heat and disperse it evenly so there aren’t any hot spots and your crepes cook nice and evenly.
Consider the handle, too. Longer handles are easier to hold and protect your hand from the heat source. Plus, a good handle makes it easier to flip the crepe.
It’s important to pick a pan that releases the crepe smoothly and easily. As we mentioned, there are several options with non-stick coatings but there are cast iron and cast aluminum options, too.
Finally, check the rim. All crepe pans have short rims when compared to a frying pan but some are lower than others. Really low rims are ideal if you’re planning to use the pan only for making crepes. The SolidTeknics AUS-ION Crepe & Griddle Pan is a good example. If you’re planning to use your crepe pan to make a variety of things in the kitchen, go with one that has a rim that’s slightly higher, like the Calphalon Commercial Griddle/Crepe Pan.
Cleaning depends on the material. We picked quite a few pans that are dishwasher safe, including the Swiss Diamond 6226i. Others should be washed by hand. The good news is that, with the right non-stick surface, cleanup is pretty easy. All you have to do is wipe the surface clean.
While induction stovetops aren’t very common, they are becoming more and more popular. Not all crepe pans are compatible with them. Induction stovetops use a coil of copper wire and an alternating electrical current to generate heat in the pan. In order to work, the pan has to be magnetic so it all depends on what material the pan is made of.
Not all of our picks can be used for induction cooking. If you have this type of stove, look for pans with copper or steel bases. The bottom of the pan should be thick and flat to make adequate contact with the stovetop.
Handles should be long enough that you can hold them without having to worry about getting too close to the heat. They should also be made of heat-proof material. Making the perfect crepe depends on being able to move the pan around which makes handle design very important.
All of these pans come with a limited lifetime warranty but that doesn’t mean that everything is covered. Most don’t cover accidental damage from dropping or banging the pan into something and non-stick coatings aren’t usually covered.
Make sure you read the warranty information carefully. Some brands have a lot of specific care requirements. If you don’t follow them correctly, you could void the warranty.
Crepe pan maintenance tips
Every pan has its own maintenance requirements but there are a few general things to keep in mind.
First, let the pan cool before washing, especially if the pan has a non-stick coating. Exposing these pans to temperature shock can cause the coatings to degrade very quickly.
Some pans have to be seasoned before their first use by rubbing them with oil and placing them in a hot oven. This is especially important with cast iron pans which should also be oiled regularly to develop the finish.
Finally, wash the pan appropriately after every use. Some of them are dishwasher safe while others should be washed without detergent. Plus, you should always allow the pan to dry completely before putting it away.
Yes. Crepe makers have their own heat source, like a waffle iron. Some of them also have a top that folds over and a handle so you can flip the crepe by turning the cooking surface. So, you’re flipping the crepe without actually flipping the crepe.
It depends on what you want to do with it and how large you want your crepes. Larger pans are a better choice if you’re planning to use your crepe pan to make other things in the kitchen, primarily because they have a larger surface area. Smaller pans are easier to handle and can make it easier to flip the crepe, especially if you’re a beginner.
Yes! You can essentially use them as a frying pan, just make sure the sides are high enough to prevent grease or oil from running out. Some are even oven safe so you can use them to make things like pizza or even bread.
Our pick for best all-around crepe pan is the Cristel Mutine CR30QE. This pan features a gorgeous shiny stainless steel exterior and non-stick coating. It’s dishwasher safe, oven safe, and has detachable handles so you can use it for cooking and as a serving dish on the table.
If you’re looking for a commercial quality crepe pan, take a look at the Calphalon Commercial Griddle/Crepe Pan. It’s built for heavy use and can last a really long time if cared for properly. The aluminum construction heats evenly and has a non-stick finish that’s oven safe and easy to clean.
Finally, we recommend the Mauviel M’Heritage M150C for best crepe pan. It’s made of 90% copper and 10% stainless steel, a perfect combination for heat conduction and control. The cast stainless steel handle stays cool and the low, sloped sides are perfect for crepes.