Aldi just released an Always Pan dupe for $25, but it won't be around for long

Allow us to introduce you to Aldi's Crofton 'Awesome Pan' aka your new kitchenware obsession

Always Pan dupe, aldi crofton awesome pan in dusty blue
(Image credit: Aldi)

Dust off your recipe collection: an Aldi Always Pan dupe has just hit shelves, and it's begging for some real estate on your stovetop and social feed. 

The Always Pan from Our Place earned viral success on TikTok for its functionality and good looks, assuring customers that their videos would look appetizing...even if their meals did not. 

Though it has eight-in-one capabilities—braising, searing, steaming, straining, sautéing, frying, boiling and serving—the $145 price tag has deterred some shoppers. Fortunately, Aldi's copycat pan delivers on performance and appearance for a lot less. 

Aldi's Crofton "Awesome Pan" is available in dusty blue, matte black and beige, adding the perfect aesthetic to those #foodie pics. It's a bit larger than the 10-inch Always Pan, clocking in at a 10.25-inch diameter. 

Compatible with all types of cooktops (electric, gas, halogen, glass ceramic and induction), the aluminum Awesome Pan features a non-toxic, nonstick coating and a stay-cool handle.



Meet Aldi's Crofton Awesome Pan (aka The Always Pan Dupe)

There are a few differences between each item; the Always Pan comes equipped with a nesting steamer basket, a beechwood spatula and a built-in spoon rest that the Awesome Pan does not have. It also boasts larger secondary handle than the Awesome Pan. 

Regardless of features, a less-expensive alternative is a perfect way for cooks of all levels to cash in on Grade A products. Shoppers will need to be quick, though: the Awesome Pan hit shelves in Aldi stores and online via Instacart on January 19, 2022. Like most of Aldi's releases, this won't be around forever. Our advice? Snag 'em all—stat!

Aldi, Crofton Beige Awesome Pan ($24.99

Aldi, Crofton Dusty Blue Awesome Pan ($24.99

Aldi, Crofton Matte Black Awesome Pan ($24.99)

We can't wait to see what you whip up with your Awesome Pan! 

If you're looking for equally attractive kitchenware, be sure to check out the limited-time heart-shaped Drew Barrymore dutch oven on sale for Valentine's Day. Our hearts have officially gone into overdrive!

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara. 


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)