Tramontina: It came down to a photo finish for best budget skillet between the Calphalon and this Tramontina pan. The Calphalon edged out Tramontina's capable 10-inch skillet, which costs under $60, with a bit more even heat distribution in the tests I ran.
Material: Material's $105 10-inch sauté pan is a great option if you're looking for a more robust (read, heavier) pan with a lid. It's technically a sauté pan and not a skillet since it has straight sides, and it performed well across the board.
De Buyer: This legacy French producer makes an excellent 11-inch skillet, but it might be better suited for a professional kitchen. It's heavier than most and costs a whopping $215. This all makes it hard to recommend to the casual home cook.
Demeyere: This Belgian-made seven-ply skillet was the heaviest of all the pans I tested, despite being just 9 inches across. The 4-pound frying pan heated evenly and seared food well, but that weight coupled with a bloated $250 price tag means it's probably not a great pick for most people.
360 Cookware: This five-ply American-made skillet performed about as well as any other, but at $139, there are other pans that'll give you a better bang for your buck.
Tuxton Home: I don't have much bad to say about this budget-friendly skillet, but it was a little harder to clean than some of the others. The Tuxton home three-ply pan can be had for under $40 and will definitely get the job done.
All-Clad Graphite Core: This All-Clad skillet has a light graphite core, so it might be a good pick for someone who struggles to wield a standard frying pan. That said, it's not cheap — $200 for a 10-inch — and it distributes more unevenly than its aluminum-core counterparts.