The ₱300 Non-stick Grill Pan: Is it worth it?

This pan has an average user rating of 4.7/5 (out of 852 reviews). Mga 1 month kong binalik-balikan ito sa Lazada para magbasa ng reviews bago ako bumili. Is it worth the buy? Read on to find out!

First Impression


I ordered the item on March 25 and received it the next day. HOORAY for the fast delivery. The item was well-packaged. The pan looks sturdy. I like the foldable handle kasi easier to store BUT… may BUT pero more on that later.

Upon removing it from the box, a strong smell of plastic greeted me. I thought it may be from the bubble wrap because the actual pan smells okay. Hinugasan ko siya pero hindi pa rin talaga nawala yung amoy.

Looked similar to the boxes of pans which can be bought from bazaars and night markets.

Test Run

I then tried making sunny side up egg to test it out. The pan was slightly indented upwards sa gitna which made the egg white run to the side. Pero in fairness, non-stick talaga siya.

The pan heated up quickly and the plastic-y smell came back stronger – strong enough to give me a minor headache. Naluto naman yung egg and inamoy ko, wala naman siyang amoy. Natakot lang talaga ako kainin kaya tinapon ko. Sorry egg. Hahahaha!

I sent the seller a message and normal lang daw yun kasi bago yung pan. Since di ko naman pwede i-return or refund kasi di naman defective, tinago ko nalang thinking pwede ko naman i-resell sa Garage Sale.

After a couple of days, I decided to give it another shot and cooked meat on it. I was surprised to learn that the smell is gone and everything else went well.

The Verdict

To answer the question – is it worth it?

YES! Especially if you are on a tight budget. I mean, it gets the work done. I’ve been using the pan for at least a month now and is fairly happy with it. Unlike sa regular frying pan, hindi masyado naso-soak sa oil yung niluluto ko and minsan butter lang or no oil at all.

No grill marks, sad reacts only.

BUT… ito na yung BUT. Yung foldable handle. May certain angle siya na kapag ni-lift mo yung pan, magco-collapse siya habang may laman yung pan na mabigat (i.e. meat). Hassle diba. Pero in time, you’ll learn naman yung proper way of handling it and yung technique.

The other thing that makes me sad is that I was expecting for my meat to get grill marks since it is a grill after all and there wasn’t any. (Mas soshal kasi kung may grill marks eh, diba? )

So tingin niyo, safe na ba talaga kainin yung mga niluto dito sa pan? Hahaha! Tell me what you think in the comments section.