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I have tried expensive pans and cheap ones. I reckon it's best to just go with a cheaper one and replace it when they end up sticking. Lashed out on two Baccarat pans and after the first wash they were useless - and I followed the seasoning tips too!
Barraca stone ware or le cruest
Solidteknics is Australian made and has a multi-century warranty so you can hand it down to the kids! It's wrought iron so lighter than cast iron. It is naturally non-stick so no nasty non-stick chemicals. There's a huge online Facebook community about all their pans and cooking with them. They do a huge range of saucepans and fry pans in steel and stainless (which aren't non-stick). Beware that they aren't cheap but given they are guaranteed basically forever it's money well spent.
To be fair they were good for about the first year