Perfect Pancake Pan: Does It Work?

Pancakes are a special breakfast favorite when weekends roll around, but for some people, making evenly-cooked, uniformly-round pancakes can be a frustrating and messy challenge. The Perfect Pancake Pan promises to solve that problem.

You're supposed to fill each of the four lightly oiled compartments with 1/4 cup of pancake batter, then close the lid and wait for the edges of the batter to turn light brown, with numerous bubbles on the surface. Following the instructions, which say to use a small burner on low to medium heat, can make waiting for the pancakes to cook like watching paint dry on the electric stove our testers Anna and Brandon were using.

The instructions advise you not to flip the pan to its other side while you're holding the pan directly over the burner. After the flip, you're supposed to let the other side cook until golden brown, then lift the lid and slide the finished pancakes onto a plate.

The first batch in our test clearly cooked unevenly. The portions of the pancake that were over the small burner got brown, while the larger portion of pancakes outside the burner were still pale and barely cooked.

After several tries, Anna and Brandon said they did get perfect pancakes, but since they followed the instructions to the letter, placing the batter in the pan, then cooking the pancakes on low to medium, the cooking process took 15 to 20 minutes. The instructions do not say anything about getting the pan hot on the burner before you add the batter.

On a scale of 1 to 4, they give Perfect Pancake 2 stars. The pan does work. The pancakes do come out perfectly round and uniform. But our testers say in their view, using the pan was not better than using the single, large pan they normally use, and it did not save enough time to make it worth the $19.99 price tag.