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8 Top Ceramic Cookware Sets 2018 | Best Cookware Reviews

Top 8 Best Ceramic Cookware 2018 | Buying Guide and Reviews

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You can’t go past ceramic nonstick pots and pans for a greener healthier alternative in non stick cooking since they are toxin free and simple to use.

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A ceramic non stick pan is best for healthy low-fat cooking

However, choosing the right set can be overwhelming. So, I’ve put together this ceramic cookware buyers guide where you’ll find comparisons of some top rated ceramic cookware sets.

I cover the pros and cons as well as the essentials for choosing new or replacement cookware.

See My Value-for-Money Pick in the Non Stick Ceramic Sets

 

Why Choose Ceramic Cookware?

People rate ceramic cookware as the best (and healthiest) simply for these reasons:

  • Easy cooking
  • Less fat or oil
  • Ease of clean up
  • Toxin-free – Ceramic pots and pans are free of PTFE and PFOA.

Ceramic non stick pots and pans beat the traditional nonstick pans because they are healthier.

Why? They don’t have the PTFE (or Teflon) coating that is a potential health and environmental concern. Instead, the ceramic pots and pans have a non stick coating made from silica (sand).

Instead of using toxic chemicals and solvents to stop foods sticking to the cookware, ceramic provides an ultra-dense, ultra-hard ceramic (glass-like) surface that has no microscopic pores to which food particles can stick.

Guide to the Best Ceramic Cookware Sets

The table below compares key features for some of the best pots and pans in this range. Following the table, you’ll find info on the features to look for in the best cookware. Further down, you’ll find the ceramic pots and pans reviews and then, answers to the frequently asked questions that people looking to buy ceramic non stick cookware commonly ask.

Comparison of Top Ceramic Cookware Sets

I compare some top rated ceramic pots and pans sets in this guide. The table includes 9-10 piece family sets, with or without kitchen utensils, a larger 15-piece set, with a steamer insert, for those wanting more, and lastly 7 to 8-piece sets of cookware for the more compact kitchens.

NameKey FeaturesPriceRating

FAMILY SETS:

1. Bialetti Aeternum 

10 Piece
Heavy gauge aluminum
Soft touch handles
View 3.8 stars
2. GreenLife Soft Grip

16 Piece
(12 + 4 tools)
Soft grip handles
Thermolon finish
View 4.0 stars
3. GreenPan Rio

12-Piece
Heavy-gauge aluminum
Thermolon finish
View 3.6 stars
4. Farberware PURECOOK

12-Piece
(9 + 3 tools)
Porcelain enamel exterior
Improved food release surface in pans
View 3.8 stars
5. T-fal™ Initiatives

16-Piece
(10 + 6 tools)

View

 3.9 stars

LARGER SET:

6. WearEver Ceramic Cookware Pure Living

15-Piece
(14 + steamer insert) Silicone handles
Fast heating
Heat Resistant Up to 750°F

View

4.0 stars

BASIC SETS FOR ALL STOVETOPS:

7. Vremi Ceramic Cookware

8-Piece

Wood-look handles
Suits all cooktops
Induction compatible

View4.0 stars
8. Nuwave Duralon

7-Piece

Hard anodized
Suits all cooktops
Induction-ready
Oven safe to 475°F

View4.2 stars

 >> Go to my section for more ‘know how’, on what to look for when considering the best cookware.

Otherwise, read on for short ceramic pans reviews of those listed

Top Ceramic Cookware Reviews

Looking for the best ceramic cookware sets? The following covers popular ceramic nonstick cookware from some of the best cookware brands on the market.

1. Bialetti Aeternum Cookware Set Review

Inside the box

8″ sauté pan
10¼” sauté pan
2-qt saucepan + lid
2.5-qt saucepan + lid
11″ deep saute + lid
5-qt dutch oven + lid

Design

This Bialetti cookware set features a white ceramic interior that is cadmium-, PFOA-, and PTFE-free. It has soft-touch and heat-resistant Bakelite handles that are extra long for ease of handling. Handles are riveted but these covered to help with cleaning and hygiene.

The exterior of this cookware has a hi-temp silicone coating that is nonstick. This means easy cleaning to retain the attractive finish so you’ll be able to take the ware from the kitchen to the table. I also like the 5 quart dutch oven.

The heavy gauge construction means rapid and even heat distribution. The cooking pan set has been designed in Italy.

Cooking Style

I like that this set has a deep saute pan with lid, which is great for shaking and tossing food and you’ll use less fat with this than with a standard frying technique. (Instructions say to use a small amount of oil.)

The tempered glass lids allow for monitoring of the cooking process without opening the lid. The lids are interchangeable, apart from the smaller ceramic sauté pan.

Best at medium heat. This Bialetti cookware can be used on low to medium heat settings on most conventional stovetops, including electric and gas, but these pots and pans are not for induction cooking.

Pros:

This lightweight cookware is in the mid-price range and comes with a 5-year warranty. Beautiful red design. No rivets to clean around.

Cons:

Only comes in red. Avoid high heat and oven-use to keep this set looking and performing its best for longer. Bakelite part of handle is close to pot – watch for damage from flames on gas stoves.

2. GreenLife Soft Grip Cookware Set Review

GreenLife began in 2013 with the idea of designing a ‘Green Life’ cookware selection to bring healthy cooking within everyone’s reach.

Inside the box

1-qt saucepan + lid
2-qt saucepan + lid
5-qt stockpot + lid
2.5-qt sauté pan + lid
7″ s/steel steamer
4″ mini frypan
7″ open frypan
9.5″ open frypan
4 utensils

Design

The ‘Green Life’ pans come in a choice of colors. You can choose black, red, lavendar, burgundy, and turquoise.

The base is reinforced aluminum and the coating is PFAS-, PFOA-, lead-, and cadmium-free.

This Greenlife cookware set has a rivet-free handle design, which allows ease of cleaning for better hygiene and durability of the coating in the area where rivets usually sit. The rivet-free design combined with features of Thermolon® on both interior and exterior surfaces should make for super easy cleaning.

The cookware is designed in Belguim and manufactured at the company’s own facilities in Jiangmen, China. The current owner, the Cookware Company, also markets the label ‘GreenPan” – our ceramic pan reviews include the GreenPan set below.

Cooking Style

This set also has a saute pan with lid, which is great for tossing food when cooking. I like that the set has a fair sized stockpot, which is always great for those hearty winter soups. The 16-pcs set includes a stainless steel steamer.

The glass lids allow for viewing of the food while cooking without having to lift the lid. These are interchangeable with the pot lids able to fit the frypans.

The GreenLife Soft Grip ceramic cooking pans feature ergonomic phenolic handles that have a soft touch and won’t be as hot to touch as metal handles.

You can choose smaller sets or larger ones to suit your cooking style and family needs.

Pros:

The choice of colors. Suitable for all cooktops apart from the induction type. This line of green pots and pans are economically priced and come with GreenLife’s warranty on defects. Also available in smaller and larger sets.

‘Value for money’ (cost + extras included), versatility (interchangeable lids), and style/design (rivet-free and ergonomic handles) make this is a top budget pick.

Cons:

Like all nonstick surfaces, this ceramic surface is not impartial to wearing with use over time. High flames will tarnish the beautifully colored pots and pans.

3. GreenPan Rio Ceramic Cookware Review

The main obvious differences between this and the GreenLife set are the handle style and trims.

Inside the box:
1-qt saucepan + lid
2-qt saucepan + lid
3-qt saucepan + lid
9.5″ sauté pan + lid
5-qt casserole + lid
8″ frypan
9.5″ frypan

Design

GreenPan were the pioneers of the ceramic nonstick cookware, starting in 2007, and the first to introduce non-PTFE nonstick cookware. Their cookware sets are designed in Belguim and manufactured in China.

The GreenPan Rio ceramic cooking set also has the Thermolon ceramic coating, which makes for easy cleaning inside and out. According to the manufacturer, the coating is safe from toxic chemicals, like lead, cadmium, and fluoropolymers (PFAS, PTFE, and PFOA).

The handles are rivet free, which is great for hygiene and makes for ‘no fuss’ cleaning.

The cookware set also comes in colors of back, burgundy, and turquoise.

Cooking Style

This also has a saute pan with lid and a fair sized stock pot (casserole). This GreenPan Rio set does not come with utensils but has a casserole pan.

The glass lids allow you to see the food cooking without having to remove the covers. Heavy-gauge aluminum bases mean fast and efficient heating. The cookware is safe for oven use only at low heat, i.e., 350ºF (176ºC) oven use and for medium heat on the stovetop.

The handles are phenolic and ergonomically designed. They will be cooler to touch than metal handles.

Suitable for all cooktops apart from the induction type.

Pros:

It has a Limited Lifetime Warranty. It has a great collection of pot and pan sizes to suit the family and dinner party cooking and is well priced. Rivets are covered making for easy cleaning and hygiene.

Cons:

To retain it’s performance and appeal use non metal utensils, handwash only and ensure heat setting when cooking is no higher than medium. Watch handles of small pots on gas stoves where exposure to open flames can cause damage.

4. T-fal Initiatives Ceramic Cookware Review

This is a great assortment of cookware from the company that invented non stick pots and pans in the 1950s.

The T fal cookware set is ideal for preparing family meals or dinners for guests.

Inside the box:

1-qt sauce pan + lid
2-qt sauce pan + lid
5-qt dutch oven + lid
7.5″ fry pan
11″ fry pan + lid
10″ square griddle
6 utensils

Design

The T-fal cookware is  PFAS-, PFOA-, lead-, and cadmium-free making it a healthy choice for nonstick cookware and an eco-friendly option.

The surfaces are stain and scratch resistant with an enamel finish on the exterior and a ceramic surface interior. The color choices include black and red.

Cooking Style

What I like the most about this T-fal set is that has a griddle pan, which is perfect for making pancakes, French toast, bacon, eggs, and crepes.

The glass lids have vents allowing monitoring of cooking without moving the lids.

Handles are phenolic and lids and handles are oven-safe up to 350ºF, while the cooking surface can be heated to 570° F.

Suitable for all cooktops apart from induction type. A heavy-gauge aluminum base means fast and even distribution of heat.

Pros:

Best ‘Value for money (cost + extras included). It is economically priced and would last some years with care. It has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Cons:

Care in cleaning around the rivets on the interior of the pot or pan will avoid wear to the ceramic surface.

Stainless Steel with Ceramic Non Stick Pans

T-fal also makes ceramic coated stainless steel cookware sets. These are suitable for all cooktops including induction types. Only the frying pans are ceramic nonstick, the rest is stainless steel. Perfect if you like more durable pots for stews etc. but want the fat-free benefits and a healthy option in a non stick pan.

5. Farberware PURECOOK Ceramic Set Review

Inside the box:

2-qt saucepan + lid
5-qt dutch oven + lid
5″ mini skillet
8.5″ skillet
10″ skillet
11.5″ skillet+lid
3 utensils

Design

This ceramic cookware pot set is designed in the USA. The set comes in popular colors of Aqua, Blue, Gray, and Lavender.

The double heavy-gauge aluminum base aids the cookware’s performance of even cooking without hot spots.

I like the stainless steel accents on the handles that add extra style. These are long handles that attach to the vessel with rivets.

The nonstick white ceramic surface is free from PFAS, PFOA, or cadmium

I also like the enamel porcelain exterior that is stain resistant and easy to clean.

Cooking Style

What I like the most about this set is that the 10-inch and the 15-inch ceramic non stick skillet each have a unique interior surface that is textured to enhance food release and ease of cooking.

The set contains shatter-resistant glass lids, which enable easy viewing of food while cooking. The lids that fit the pots also fit the frying pans.

The handles are phenolic and should be cool to touch.

The cookware is oven safe up to 350ºF.

This lightweight ceramic cookware set is ideal for all cooktops except induction.

Pros:

There are three nylon cooking utensils: a slotted turner, a slotted spoon, and a solid spoon included in the set, which is economically priced and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Cons:

The riveted areas might attract grime – Take care in cleaning around the rivets to avoid damage to the nonstick surface.

6. WearEver Ceramic Cookware NonStick

Design

This ceramic nonstick cookware set is made of heavy guage aluminum. The manufacturer claims the Pure Living design has a superior ceramic cooking surface in that it is stain and scratch and is most durable of its designs.

The handles are designed for comfort with soft-touch silicone covering. They are free of PTFE, PFOA, cadmium, and lead.

Performance

Performs well on medium heat. The heavy guage aluminum base provides fast and even heat dispersion

The pots and lids are safe for placing in ovens up to 350ºF (a moderately slow oven).

This set can be used on all cooktops apart from induction.

Make sure to treat before the first use to ensure the best performance (see instructions included for the set).

Pros

Versatility with the number of pieces in the set. Has a stainless steel steamer included in the set. Limited lifetime warranty.

Cons

Care needed when cleaning around riveted areas to avoid wearing the ceramic cooking surface.

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7. Vremi Ceramic Cookware Review

I love the look of this mellow yellow set.

Inside the box:

2.85-qt dutch oven + lid
4.97-qt dutch oven + lid
3.9-qt casserole pot + lid
9.4″ fry pan
10.1″ fry pan

Design

This set has a modern look. The pots and pans have a die-cast aluminum base that heats quickly and evenly. The lids are not clear — they are aluminum, but have steam release holes (a small gap between the body of the pot and the lid).

The exterior is heat-resistant enamel and claimed to be 100% Scrape Free. The handles and knobs are a wood-look Bakelite type. The interior is a marble ceramic coating that resists staining and is easy to clean. The manufacturer claims the coating is lead-free, BPA free, PFOA free.

The pots are versatile in that they are designed for cooking and then serving, with handles both sides for easy maneuvering and an exterior in a color to add vibrancy to your table. The set is available in green, blue, or yellow from Amazon.

Also, no seasoning of cookware is required.

Cooking Style

You can’t go wrong with two fry pans, two dutch ovens, and a casserole pot for preparing meals on the stove top.

But, as far as for oven use, I wouldn’t depend on these for that style of cooking since the handles and knobs are made of Bakelite.

This set suits all stovetops including induction, gas, electric, and halogen types. When using on induction always make sure the size of the cookware base is larger than the element size.

Pros:

Not bad seeing as these suit induction as well.

Cons:

Handles may become hot during use if left sitting over heat. These pots and pans are not designed for oven cooking.

8. Nuwave Duralon Ceramic Set Review

The company, NuWave LLC, was founded under J. S. Moon in 1993 and produces some of the best induction cookware.

Inside the box:

1.5-qt saucepan + lid
2-qt saucepan + lid
5.5-qt stock pot + lid
10.5″/12″ fry pan

Design

The pans are hard anodized aluminum based with a steel core for conduction. The interior has the Duralon® ceramic nonstick coating.

The exterior is hard anodized to give it durability and resistance to chipping. The set comes in one color, bronze. It features a bronze-colored nonstick ceramic surface that is free from PFAS and PFOA.

I like that the pieces are super easy to clean; the handles are cool-to-touch stainless steel, and the set can be used in the oven.

Cooking Style

The set contains tempered glass lids with vents, which let you view the food while your cooking and also allow for built-up pressure release.

There is no need for seasoning of cooking surface.

The cookware is oven safe.

This set is one of the best rated cookware sets for induction cooking. But, it also suits electric, gas, ceramic, and glass stovetops.

Pros

It is well priced and comes with a Limited Warranty (coating not included).

Cons

The handles are attached with rivets, which may mean taking care in cleaning around the riveted areas in case of grime building up in these spots. 

You can choose a 10″ or a 12″ ceramic frypan. 


What to Consider in Buying the Best Cookware

Cookware is an everyday item and an important purchase because it is something you will want to last for a fair amount of time. All the best cookware reviews will tell you that performance and design are what matters the most regarding your satisfaction with your purchase.

But… you should also consider your cooking style and the type of cooktop you use. And, let’s be real, the price you are willing to pay plays an important part in your decision.

Choosing the Best Pots and Pans Set

For that best ceramic cookware purchase, let’s start with the design and performance…

Do you want fast and even heating?

Most nonstick ceramic sets have metal bases that will conduct heat well, saving on energy costs and providing quick and easy cooking. The best ceramic pan for this sort of performance is a non stick one with a metal core that conducts heat and distributes it fast and even.

By the way, the 100% ceramic cookware types are ideal for slow cooking on the range top or oven cooking as they absorb and withstand high heat. (Superb for locked-in flavor and goodness of hearty pot meals).

Those with a thin base will burn your food too easily. A heavy or thick metal base will be less likely to warp and a flat base is critical, or one that is slightly concave (like the bottom of a wine bottle) as it will flatten on heating.

How important is ease of cleaning for you?

If you’re wanting easy cleanup and fat-free cooking, you’ll want nonstick cookware. A ceramic coating means easy cleanup of cookware. Just a simple wipe with a paper towel can be enough.

What about being safe for your health?

Check that the cooking surface of the cookware is free of PTFE and PFOA and of heavy metals, when searching for the best nonstick cookware to buy healthwise.

Ceramic cookware is typically free of PTFE and PFOA as well as heavy metals – find out why in my FAQ section at the end.

Just so you know upfront, coatings of ceramic cookware sold in the USA must abide by 21CFR170(b). The ruling goes beyond ceramic cookware made in USA to cover that sold here but made elsewhere as well. Although most of the best nonstick cookware are designed in the USA, most (if not all) are manufactured overseas.

What about the finishes?

The exterior finish is an important design feature. You might prefer a certain color, one that suits your kitchen. But look beyond that to the types of finishes.

Exterior finishes range from ceramic coatings and glazes to painted, anodized, and enamel. Here’s a bit of a run down on each…

Ceramic glazes provide a tough exterior. These are found in 100% ceramic cookware. They contain various inorganic minerals and oxides that give strength, color, and glossiness to the cookware finish.

Painted exteriors, though economical, can scratch or wear away with use.

Anodized finishes are tough and chemically inert. You can read more here: Chemical Materials, Elsevier.  The non-stick coating is expected to last longer when applied to an anodized pan compared to one that’s not.

Porcelain enamel is a glass-based coating that is sprayed and fused to the cookware substrate through high heat (1500°F). It won’t peel, flake, or rust.

What about the handles?

Look for handles that you can grip securely as this will reduce the risk of injury when handling the cookware, moving it from the over or using it over the heat. Consider how well handles are attached, the handle length, whether they will become hot or not, and the ease of use with two hands, especially with a larger pan.

Handles fixed by welding or fastening with screws can work loose over time, while riveted handles may mean areas of grime build-up and require care in cleaning for hygiene if they are not coated well with the ceramic surface.

Whether the handles will be hot to touch when on the stovetop is another thing to consider. The handle should remain cool to touch when using it on the stove top or you will need to use pot holders. For stovetops (and ovens), the best handle to avoid burns is a silicone-coated, Bakelite, wood, or a hollow metal handle.

Do you want clear view lids to see the food?

Most people like glass lids because they make it easy to see the contents of the pot without having to lift the lid and releasing steam.

Lids with vents also prevent pressure build-up in the saucepan.

Some sets have lids of a size that works on other pots or pans in the set.

What is Your Cooking Style?

The quality and type of cookware to choose will depend on your methods in the kitchen.

How do you mostly cook?

If you are preparing low-fat meals, you will want a non-stick as that best frying pan, and in this case, ceramic pans are worth considering.

The cookware pieces for your cooking style

  • Saucepans – You’ll need these for boiling vegetables and cooking rice, pasta, and sauces.
  • Frypans and Skillets – Include these if you are wanting fast frying or deglazing, searing, and browning.
  • Griddle Pan – Great addition being perfect for pancakes, French toast, bacon, eggs or crepes.
  • Sauté pan – A saute pan is shallow and used for sautéing and browning. It’s best for shaking and tossing food, and techniques that use less fat than frying.
  • Stockpot – You’ll want one of these if you are into stock making or boiling lots of vegetables or seafood and for making soups.
  • Dutch Oven (or Casserole Dish) – This is a thick-walled cooking pan that is used in the oven or for slow cooktop cooking of casseroles, stews, and roasts.
  • Design of Rims – In pots and pans, slightly rolled rims are designed for pouring whereas straight rims are suited to the tossing of ingredients while cooking.
  • Design of Sides – Cookware with high vertical sides are best for simmering liquids whereas those with flared sides are best for evaporating liquids while cooking.

For oven cooking, look for oven-safe materials in the parts, particularly the handles and knobs.

Mostly, the type of handle (and then the lid) will determine whether a pot can be used in the oven for roasting or baking, i.e., in the oven at high heat temperatures.

Oven safe temperatures for cookware based on the type of handles and other parts:

  • Stainless steel handles are oven safe to 500°F (260°C)
  • Phenolic resin (Bakelite) parts to 350°F (175°C)
  • Silicone parts to 400°F (204°C)

The 100% ceramic cookware will withstand the highest heat of any kitchen oven.

Type of Cooktop

Ceramic non-stick cookware is suitable for gas, ceramic, and electric cooktops. A heavy flat base allows even distribution of heat on these types of stovetops.

What Type of Cooktop Do You Have?

  • For gas, ceramic, or electric cooktops, all ceramic cookware as long as it has a flat base will suit. Tip: Avoid using high flame settings on gas burners as this can discolor the exterior of cookware.
  • For induction ranges, you will need magnetic base materials, i.e., cookware with a ferrous base.

Price

How much are you prepared to pay for high-quality pots and pans? Cookware sets range from $30 to $300 (up to $1000 for deluxe brands).

Do you cook for a family? Think about the size and quantity of the cookware. Do you entertain? In both cases, you may need a good-sized set.

A basic starting set would be at least one pan and three pots with lids.

For an everyday family, 8-10 pieces should give you all you need. But, for a large family of say 10-12 or if you entertain large parties, you may want to choose the larger sized options available.

As well, you can always add others as your budget allows you to expand, as long as you don’t mind that they may not exactly match.

While it’s best to purchase good quality pots and pans, you might need to base your purchase on what you can afford. Buying an entire cookware set first-up rather than buying individual pieces later has advantages in saving you money in the long run.

Here’s the deal…

Acquiring a quality cooking set that covers all your needs is worth the investment.

Though it can cost a tad more initially, you should see the benefits of savings over time from not having to buy extras or replacements that are likely to be more expensive the next time around.

Things to Consider Price-Wise:

  • How many pieces and what size pots and pans do you need?
  • Will you be mostly cooking for the family or to entertain guests or both?
  • Do you want a matching set or don’t mind mixing colors?

Available Options

What are the choices available?

Some best ceramic cookware brands include kitchen utensils to use with the non stick coating. Some come in a choice of colors and certain brands offer the same design in smaller or larger sets. So you can choose the size of your cookware collection.

The Farberware® PURECOOK, for example, is available in aqua, but you can also choose blue (see the gorgeous blue here) or gray (check out the cool gray here) that come with the proper kitchen utensils.

Set with Large Stockpot

The Cuisinart 59 10 Piece Champagne Set
Wanting a large cooking pot? This set has an 8-qt stockpot with lid, perfect for soup or jam making, braising beef, cooking seafood and veggies, or rice. The best bit — The ceramic coating means a quick swipe and it’s clean.  > Latest Price on the Cuisinart Set

Stainless Steel Set with Non Stick Pans

The T-fal Precision Stainless Steel Set w Ceramic Nonstick Pans
If you prefer cooking with stainless steel but want a pan that is a healthy non stick choice, then consider this 10-piece set of cookware with two cooking utensils included.

Click For Latest Price on the T-fal S/Steel Set

What’s So Great About Ceramic Cookware?

People choose ceramic non-stick cookware because it is:

  • Super easy to clean
  • Healthy. Ceramic cookware means less fat and oil required in cooking
  •  Crafted in appealing styles
  • Made in colors to suit your decor
  • Designed for even cooking
  • Crafted for rapid heating  Non toxic cookware *
  • Non-reactive with acids. So, no leaching of toxins into your food*
*Free of hazardous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – qualities that make these preferable to other non-stick cookware.

100% Natural Ceramic Cookware

If you are looking at ceramics because of the health benefits, don’t forget, there are two main types of ceramic cookware sets to consider. One is the ceramic coated cookware with nonstick cooking as covered in this guide. The second is the 100% pure ceramic cookware type, for example, the Xtrema ceramic cookware set, which is a wholesome and natural way to cook.


Why is Ceramic the Best Nonstick Cookware?

Why are ceramics the best pots and pans to buy?

If you’re looking to limit your use of fat and oils in cooking, then you can’t go past a ceramic coated non-stick frying pan or skillet.

Once again, the three main reasons people choose ceramics for their non stick cookware:

  • Health benefits (fat and oil-free cooking without the nasty chemicals) put them in the list of the healthiest cookware
  • Fuss-free cleanup
  • Easy cooking

If that’s the case for you, then consider nonstick ceramic cookware over the earlier traditional non stick cooking pans that contain PTFE and PFOA, which potentially cause serious health and environmental concerns.

The nonstick surface reduces the need for fat or oil in cooking = fewer calories and thus lowers cholesterol intake. This benefits weight control and contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

Being easy to clean they save you time cleaning up in the kitchen, allowing you the freedom to enjoy other activities. I certainly value this aspect.

 

FAQs

What are the ceramics in the non stick cookware?

Answer
Ceramic is an inorganic (meaning no carbon) and non-metallic material that constitutes the material in the natural ceramic cookware like Xtrema. It is one of the best natural cookware materials.

In the non stick ceramic cookware type, the manufacturers use sand (silica) that is formulated to provide a non-stick surface.

Is ceramic non stick cookware safe?

Answer
Commonly asked questions are those about ceramic cookware safety: What are the ceramic cookware dangers? Are ceramic pans safe? Is ceramic cookware safe?

 

You’re wanting a good pots and pans set without the possible leaching of harmful chemicals that could slowly cause you harm. Ceramic nonstick cookware is an eco-friendly and healthy choice for cookware. These pots and pans are PFOA free cookware. They are also PTFE free and are regarded as non-toxic cookware.

You should avoid PFOA – perfluorooctanoic acid — also known as C8, which is a synthetic compound that has been used in the non-stick coating, Teflon. It persists in the environment and is harmful to animals and humans.

Another synthetic compound to avoid is PTFE – polytetrafluoroethylene — which has also been used in cookware with the Teflon non-stick coating. As it breaks down, PTFE is harmful to humans and in the environment, is lethal to birds.

Regarding lead and cadmium, all ceramic cookware sold in the US must meet certain standards.

The California Proposition 65 standards are regarded the most stringent available to consumers and require companies to display a warning label on products that have toxic substances exceeding certain limits, particularly 0.1 ppm for lead and 0.049 ppm for cadmium.

The US FDA also sets standards for lead and cadmium levels in cookware.

Ceramic is the best cookware material for this. It’s not just about toxic chemicals leaching into our food, it’s also about the harm to factory workers exposed to toxins, the impacts on wildlife, and the contamination of our soil, water, and air from waste disposal.

I also have an article on ceramic cookware pros and cons.

Remember to recycle your old cookware. You can find out how here.

How is the non stick coating of ceramic pans formulated?

Answer
Ceramic coatings include patented types, like Thermolon, used by GreenPan and GreenLife in their best ceramic nonstick cookware.

Thermolon coatings involve a Sol-Gel procedure: “Thermolon is developed from an inorganic, ceramic polymer based on silica that is coated using a sol-gel process. It is a mineral-based coating made primarily out of a combination of silicon and oxygen – the same basic elements found in sand. Thermolon’s inorganic origins allow it to overcome environmental and engineering inefficiencies found in organic non-stick coatings such as PTFE.” (Porcelain Industries 2018)

From the manufacturers (e-mail: info@thermolon.com) of Thermolon:

“Thermolon™ is inorganic (i.e., mineral in origin) and, therefore, offers a unique
combination of properties:

• Hardness (up to pencil hardness 9H)
• High heat resistance (up to 450°C)
• Low coefficient of friction

Thermolon™ is a natural solution that is in accordance with International Food Contact Regulations such as those set by the U.S. Federal Drugs Administration (FDA) FDA CFR21 § 175.300 and the German LFGB §30 and §31.”

Patented Weilburger Greblon® ceramic nonstick coating used by Healthy Legends also uses the Sol-Gel technology, which is a process that converts the inorganic solution into a gel that is applied to a metallic base by spraying or dipping and then hardened by firing (known as curing).

Weilburger claims their product contains no lead, no cadmium, no PFOA, and no PFOS (Perfluorooctane sulfonate, another PFAS).

The nano-ceramic technology used in Cuisinart ceramic cookware and by other cookware companies also involves the Sol-Gel technology.

Ceramic Pan Care

Quick start tips for using ceramic cooking pots

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On receiving your ceramic pots and pans set, remove all labels and packaging materials.

Before use, wash cookware with warm, soapy water. Then rinse and dry using a soft cloth or paper towel.

Store by placing paper napkins or pan protectors between cookware to protect surfaces.

Use only silicone, nylon, plastic or wooden utensils with your ceramic nonstick cookware.

Use on low or medium heat or to temperatures advised by the manufacturer. Low to medium heat works well with ceramic cookware having an aluminum base layer, which quickly conducts heat.

See below for tips on maintaining your ceramic cookware.

Ceramic pan care – Cleaning

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Handwashing is best. ‘Dishwasher safe’ cookware is a feature of ceramic cookware sets.  However, dishwashing is not necessary. The pots and pans are super easy to clean by hand. Take it from me it’s best to avoid the harsh detergents and any damage from the dishwasher arms to keep your cookware looking the best cooking set.

Make sure the ceramic frying pan fits in the sink. Do not soak. Clean once it has cooled down. Don’t use harsh scrubbing pads.

How to care for ceramic cookware

Here are more tips for lengthening the life of ceramic cookware.

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These tips are for ceramic cookware but apply to care for pots and pans in general:

  • Hand washing (even though for ceramic cookware, dishwasher safe is a feature) will increase the longevity of use
  • Avoid storage damage by placing paper napkins, towels, or pan protectors between cookware when not in use
  • Always use a small amount of oil or butter so the coating lasts longer and food does not stick
  • Avoid spraying oil or extra virgin olive oil as this may produce a buildup and damage the ceramic surface
  • Only use low or medium heat as high heat can damage the ceramic cookware
  • Select the proper burner size to avoid heat touching and torching the sides
  • Allow the ceramic cookware to cool before washing as cold water on hot cookware can damage the non-stick coating or warp the pan
  • Use only silicone, nylon, plastic, or wooden utensils – Metal utensils will scratch the surface
  • Ensure it has cooled before washing as adding cold water to a hot pan can damage the non-stick coating. A rapid change of temperature can also cause warping.
  • Care for lids: Tempered glass lids are oven safe to 350 ºF Cleaning Ceramic CookwareCeramic cookware is considered dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleaning, but I recommend hand washing for long-term ceramic pan care.
  • Avoid storage damage by placing paper napkins, towels, or pan protectors, like these, between cookware when not in use –  avoid stacking pots and pans

Most important! Use utensils that won’t harm the surface. You can buy BPA-free utensils that won’t harm the surface, like these here.

Heating and cooking with your ceramic cookware

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Preheat on low settings first and allow the oil to heat before adding the food to your ceramic non stick frying pan. This is like most cookware. Best advice about using lids and handles

Do not let the cookware burn dry. As well, it is advisable to allow ceramic cookware to cool before washing. Avoid plunging your hot ceramic pan into cold water, and this could compromise the non-stick qualities of your cookware. Being ceramic, care is needed to avoid it chipping.

Using and caring for lids and handles

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In removing lids while cooking, make sure to tilt the lid so that it directs the steam away from you and keep hands and face away from steam vents.

Glass lids with cracks, chips, or scratches should not be used to avoid injuries to users or people nearby.

Hot glass lids should not be placed under cold water, as they could break or crack due to the temperature change.

Remember that tempered glass lids are oven safe to 350°F (175°C).

To avoid a vacuum seal forming after turning the heat down, leave the lid ajar or the steam-vent open on the pan. Keep potholders available for use.

Keep handles positioned so that they are not over other hot burners. Retighten handles and knobs that are fastened with screws that may loosen over time.

Can ceramic cookware be used in the oven?

Answer
Yes, but at what level the heating will depend on the handle types and the lids. It is best to check with the manufacturer as there are wide variations in designs.

As a guide, ceramic cookware with a stainless steel handle is oven safe to 500°F (260°C); phenolic resin (plastic/bakelite) parts to 350°F (175°C); and silicone parts to 400°F (204°C). In most cases, you won’t be putting your best ceramic non stick pan in an oven set at a very high temperature.

The best ceramic cookware for use in the oven is the 100% natural ceramic type — see my review here — which can withstand the high temperatures.

Is seasoning of the cookware required?

Answer
Unlike cast iron, ceramic cookware does not usually require seasoning prior to use in the oven. However, some manufacturers recommend you season their pots and pans before use with a light rubbing of cooking oil after washing in soapy water and rinsing.

It is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided with the product.

Ceramic vs other types of cookware

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Aluminum cookware

Aluminum leaches from aluminum cooking vessels and is a considered a neurotoxin, which is a toxin that affects the brain and nervous system.

Aluminum cookware is especially reactive to acidic food with older saucepans leaching more so than newer ones. This is something to consider when cooking popular tomato soups, for example.

Cast iron cookware

Similar to copper, iron leaches into foods. Iron has benefits for our health, but people who suffer problems with iron build up (e.g. because of hemochromatosis) need to be watchful of this.

Stainless steel cookware

A metal alloy product, stainless steel cookware can leach metals such as iron, chromium, molybdenum, nickel, titanium, copper, and vanadium into food. Nickel is not needed for our health.

Copper in cookware

Copper conducts heat well but is reactive to acid and so leaches copper and possibly nickel into foods. 

Warranty

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Make sure the cookware you choose comes with a warranty in case of unfortunate factory defects that may not be evident at the outset. Choosing brands and models that guarantee a lifetime warranty will serve you well for peace of mind.

A lack of warranty is often associated with cheaper brands and products.

Economically priced items are wise, however, where you are wanting a product to see you through a temporary situation and/or to suit a small budget and these often do offer lifetime limited warranties, while some cheaper brand products offer limited warranties.

Other Cookware You May Like

If you consider copper ceramic pots the best type of cookware, you may like the Red Copper 10pc Ceramic Cookware Set by Bulbhead.

What is highly popular right now is the Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set See Real Owner Reviews of the Rachael Ray set on Amazon. Just know that while it has a porcelain enamel exterior finish, a check of its specifications shows that it uses PTFE (aka Teflon), not ceramic, in the nonstick cooking surface.

To complement your ceramic cookware, consider buying a set of ceramic knives. These are the sharpest knives to have, will stay sharper for longer, and are easily sharpen.

Final Thoughts

I hope you found value in my non stick cookware reviews. Consider nonstick ceramic pots and pans as top rated cookware sets for healthier meals.

Concerning non stick cookware brands, there’s one reason people buy brands offering ceramic non stick: They have a safe, natural, non-stick surface (no nasty PFAS, PFOA, or PTFE chemicals). This is why non stick ceramics rate high as the top cookware sets in the minds of people seeking safer healthier choices.

Looking for the best ceramic frying pan? I review of 6 best ceramic frying pans here.

Yours truly,

Crystal

 

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