Shopping for a new omelette pan and tired of ripping through the cheap non-stick pans that make omelette creation a breeze. I've tried a few of my deBuyer pans but hate the transition from bottom to sides on the skillets and on the crepe pan I find the sides are not high enough (I like to whip the pan around a bit while cooking). I have a country pan but that seems a bit awkward for this.
The easiest and likely solution will be to try the 'new' deBuyer omelette pan . The shape appears to be about perfect (especially the side transition), the height of the sides looks nice as well. The down side to the deBuyer is that I already have 5 other deBuyer pans as well as a few cast iron pans and thinking I may like to go lower maintenance with this purchase.
I found a few stainless that look to be a decent shape; Viking, All-Clad, and Demeyere (the Demeyere is above budget). I currently have mostly All-Clad stainless and while some people don't like the All-Clad handles I find them completely comfortable. What other brands would be good options? If I go stainless what would be the difference cooking with the 5 layer vs 3 (my current stuff is all 3 layer). Any opinions on this would ideally be directed strictly to making omelettes (I like French and Country omelettes a la Pepin). Unfortunately I'm currently cooking on electric which sucks but is what it is.
Other option I considered but the price seems prohibitive and I believe these are the pans Julia Child talked trash about (meaning at least that she had tried them). I believe her gripe was that they were overpriced but I could be wrong.
One final question is what people prefer for size...I currently use a 10" pan and I have to use 4 XL eggs to make a decent omelette. I believe the last pan I linked to be the right size at 8.5" while the deBuyer is 9.5". The American stainless seems to be either 8" or 10" and I think I have seen 9" but maybe it was the Demeyere? My guess is that the shape of the bowl will determine the actual results more than the exact size of the pan? I think I'd like 8.5"-9" for three XL eggs?