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.
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?
- Guide to the Best Ceramic Cookware Sets
- What to Consider in Buying the Best Cookware
- Choosing the Best Pots and Pans Set
- Available Options
- Top Ceramic Cookware Reviews
- 1. Bialetti Aeternum Cookware Set Review
- 2. GreenLife Soft Grip Cookware Set Review
- 3. GreenPan Rio Ceramic Cookware Review
- 4. T-fal Initiatives Ceramic Cookware Review
- 5. Farberware PURECOOK Ceramic Set Review
- 6. Vremi Ceramic Cookware Review
- 7. Nuwave Duralon Ceramic Set Review
- Why is Ceramic the Best Nonstick Cookware?
- Other Cookware You May Like
- Final Thoughts
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.
|1. Bialetti Aeternum||10 Piece|
Heavy gauge aluminum
Soft touch handles
|2. GreenLife Soft Grip||16 Piece|
(12 + 4 tools)
Soft grip handles
|3. GreenPan Rio||12-Piece|
|4. Farberware PURECOOK||12-Piece|
(9 + 3 tools)
Porcelain enamel exterior
Improved food release surface in pans
|5. T-fal™ Initiatives||16-Piece|
(10 + 6 tools)
|6. WearEver PureLiving||15-Piece|
(14 + steamer insert) Silicone handles
Heat Resistant Up to 750°F
BASIC SETS FOR ALL STOVETOPS:
|7. Vremi Ceramic Cookware||8-Piece|
|8. Nuwave Duralon||7-Piece|
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 pans 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.
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.
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?
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
Stainless Steel Set with Non Stick Pans
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*
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.
Top Ceramic Cookware Reviews
Looking for the best ceramic cookware sets? The following covers popular ceramic cookware sets from some of the best cookware brands on the market.
1. Bialetti Aeternum Cookware Set Review
8″ sauté pan
10¼” sauté pan
2-qt saucepan + lid
2.5-qt saucepan + lid
11″ deep saute + lid
5-qt dutch oven + lid
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.
The heavy gauge construction means rapid and even heat distribution. The cooking pan set has been designed in Italy and is made in China.
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.
This lightweight cookware is in the mid-price range and comes with a 5-year warranty. Beautiful red design. No rivets to clean around.
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
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”. Hence, why our ceramic pan reviews include the GreenPan set below.
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.
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.
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.
1-qt saucepan + lid
2-qt saucepan + lid
3-qt saucepan + lid
9.5″ sauté pan + lid
5-qt casserole + lid
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Best ‘Value for money‘ (cost + extras included). It is economically priced and would last some years with care. It has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Care in cleaning around the rivets on the interior of the pot or pan will avoid wear to the ceramic surface.
5. Farberware PURECOOK Ceramic Set Review
Inside the box:
2-qt saucepan + lid
5-qt dutch oven + lid
5″ mini skillet
This set is designed in the USA but manufactured in Thailand. 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.
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.
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.
The riveted areas might attract grime – Take care in cleaning around the rivets to avoid damage to the nonstick surface.
6. 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
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.
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.
Not bad seeing as these suit induction as well.
Handles may become hot during use if left sitting over heat. These pots and pans are not designed for use in the oven safe.
7. 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.
The pans are aluminum based with a steel core for conduction. The interior has the Duralon® ceramic nonstick coating.
The exterior is hard-anodized. 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.
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.
It is well priced and comes with a Limited Warranty (coating not included).
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.
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.
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.
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.