Top 7 Best Ceramic Cookware 2018 | Buying Guide and Reviews

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Top 7 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. Choosing the right set can be overwhelming, however, with so many choices available on the market. In this buyers guide, I compare features of some top rated ceramic cookware sets. I cover the pros and cons in these as well as the essentials you need to know when choosing any new or replacement cookware.

Short on time? See my pick for the best cookware set assortment in the non stick ceramic range.

Why choose ceramic cookware sets?

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

Many people view ceramic as the best cookware (and healthiest) for these four main reasons:

✅ Easy cooking
✅ Fat-free frying
✅ Ease of clean up
✅ Toxin-free – Ceramic pots and pans are free of PTFE and PFOA.

Primarily…

Ceramic non stick pots and pans beat the traditional nonstick pans because they don’t have the PTFE (or Teflon) coating that is concerning because of its potential health and environmental effects. Instead, the ceramic pots and pans have a non stick coating made from silica (sand).

Guide to the best ceramic cookware

Comparing key features of the ceramic cookware will start you off with choosing the best pots and pans in this range for you. Then, consider the essentials that comprise the qualities of the best cookware. Following on, check out the top ceramic pots and pans reviews for more detail and farther down find answers to the most common questions asked by people looking to buy what’s right for them.

Comparison chart: Top ceramic cookware sets

Compare key features of some top rated ceramic pots and pans sets in the below table. Click the ‘View’ button for more details and the latest prices on these sets.

Name Key Features Price Rating
1. Bialetti CeramicPro

10 Piece
Hard anodized
Stainless steel handles
Oven safe to 400°F
View  4.4 stars
2. GreenLife Soft Grip

14 Piece
(10 + 4 tools)
Soft grip handles
Thermolon finish
Oven safe to 350°F
View  4.3 stars
3. GreenPan Rio

12-Piece
Heavy-gauge aluminum
Thermolon finish
Oven safe to 350°F
View  4.1 stars
4. Farberware PURECOOK

12-Piece
(9 + 3 tools)
Porcelain enamel exterior
Improved food release surface in pans
Oven safe to 350°F
View  4.2 stars
5. T-fal™ Initiatives

16-Piece
(10 + 6 tools)
Oven safe to 350°F

View

 4.3 stars
6. WearEver PureLiving

 15-Piece  (14 + steamer insert)
Silicone handles
Fast heating
Heat Resistant Up to 750°F
Oven safe to 350°F

View

4.4 stars
7. Nuwave Duralon

 7-Piece  Hard anodized
Suits all cooktops
Induction-ready
Oven safe to 475°F
View 4.4 stars

The above list starts with five 9-10 piece sets of cookware (inc. lids), which are an appropriate size for a family.

I’ve then added a basic 7-piece and a larger 15-piece set with a steamer insert for those seeking a slightly smaller or a larger set.

I did note that a few brands add in kitchen utensils making the advertised quantity higher and I’ve identified these in the list.

What to consider in buying the best cookware

Cookware is an everyday item and one you will want to last a good part of your lifetime. It is an important purchase, one you want to be happy with. Simple!

You’ll want the best pans to cook with and their performance and design will determine how much you enjoy and value your cookware once you get cooking.

What’s the best pots and pans set for you? As recommended in all the best cookware reviews… you need to consider:

For my complete guide on this >> Go to our know-more section

Top ceramic cookware reviews

The following reviews cover popular ceramic cookware sets from some of the best cookware brands on the market.

1. Bialetti Ceramic Pro cookware set review

Inside the box

8″ sauté pan
10″ sauté pan
1.5-qt saucepan + lid
3-qt saucepan + lid
3-qt deep saute + lid
6-qt dutch oven + lid

This Bialetti cookware set features cast stainless riveted handles making it oven safe to 400°F – higher than most ceramic non stick pans. It is one of the best rated cookware listed.

The cooking pan set has a hard-anodized exterior meaning it will display long-lasting toughness.

The stainless steel handles have better heat resistance than the phenolic (Bakelite) types, though they will be hot to touch and pot holders are a must when cooking over the stove or in the oven. 

The Bialetti cookware can be used with all conventional stove tops: electric, gas, ceramic, and glass, but are not for induction cooking.

The aluminum base is designed for quick and even heat distribution.

The tempered glass lids have vents, which will release built up pressure release and allow for monitoring of the cooking process without opening the lid. The lids are interchangeable, apart from the smaller ceramic sauté pan.

The cookware is designed in Italy and made in China. It has a gray exterior and a light bluish gray interior.

This lightweight cookware is well priced and comes with a 10-year warranty.

2.1 GreenLife Soft Grip cookware set review

Inside the box

1-qt saucepan + lid
2-qt saucepan + lid
5-qt stockpot + lid
2.5-qt sauté pan + lid
7″ open frypan
9.5″ open frypan
4 utensils

The GreenLife Soft Grip ceramic cooking pans feature ergonomic phenolic handles that have a soft touch. The base is reinforced aluminum and the coating is PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium free.

The set has a rivet-free handle design, which allows ease of cleaning, 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 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.

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

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.

The ‘Green Life’ pans come in neat colors of Black, Burgundy, and Turquoise.

This line of green pots and pans are economically priced and come with GreenLife’s warranty on defects.

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

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2.2 GreenPan Rio ceramic cookware review

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

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 phenolic and ergonomically designed. They are rivet free, which is great for hygiene and makes for ‘no fuss’ cleaning.

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 oven-safe to 350ºF.

The cookware set also comes in Black, Burgundy, and Turquoise. The main difference between this set and the GreenLife set is in the handle trims and the number and size of the pieces in the sets.

This set is minus the utensils but has an extra piece, a casserole pan. Both are good cookware sets.

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.

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.

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3. 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 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

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.

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

The glass lids have vents allowing monitoring of cooking without moving the lids. The 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. A heavy-gauge aluminum base means fast and even distribution of heat.

The handles are joined to the cooking vessel by rivets that tend to be areas where food collects – Care in cleaning around the rivets will avoid damage to the surface.

It is economically priced and would last some years. It has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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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.

Check out the 12-pc Stainless Steel Ceramic Cookware set here.

4. 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

The double heavy-gauge aluminum base adds to the cookware’s performance of even cooking with no hot spots. This lightweight ceramic cookware set is ideal for all cooktops except induction.

The enamel porcelain exterior is stain resistant and easy to clean. The handles are phenolic and the long handles are attached with rivets.

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 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 cookware is oven safe up to 350ºF and the nonstick white ceramic surface is free from PFAS, PFOA, or cadmium.

This set is designed in the USA but manufactured in Thailand. The set comes in popular colors of Aqua, Blue, Gray, and Lavender.

Note the stainless steel accents on the handles that add extra style. There are three nylon cooking utensils: a slotted turner, a slotted spoon, and a solid spoon, included in the set. 

It is economically priced and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

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5. Nuwave Duralon ceramic set review

Inside the box:

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

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

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

There is no need for seasoning of cooking surface.

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 handles are attached with rivets. 

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.

The exterior is hard-anodized.  The cookware is oven safe and the bronze-colored nonstick ceramic surface is free from PFAS and PFOA.

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

The set comes in one color. You can choose a 10″ or a 12″ ceramic frypan. It is well priced and comes with a Limited Warranty (coating not included).

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Why is ceramic the best nonstick cookware?

If you’re looking to limit your use of fat and oils in cooking, a ceramic coated non-stick frying pan or skillet is the way to go.

You might be wondering: Is ceramic cookware good for your health?  Why are ceramics the best pots and pans to buy?

As mentioned earlier, there are three good reasons people choose ceramics for their non stick cookware:

1) Health benefits (fat and oil-free cooking without the nasty chemicals) put them in the list of the healthiest cookware;

2) Fuss-free cleanup; and

3) 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 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.

Choosing the best pots and pans set

Design and performance

Whether you’re looking for the best frying pan in general or the best nonstick cookware set, the handles, base, and finishes are what will mean the difference when you are using them.

Here are five main things to weigh up regarding that best ceramic cookware purchase:

Do you want lids or not? Do you want clear glass lids to view the food?

Some sets have lids that are interchangeable between pots and pans.

Most people like glass lids because they make it easy to see the contents of the pot without lifting the lid and allowing the steam to escape.

Lids with vents also prevent pressure building up in the saucepan.

How do you like your handles?

Strong and sturdy handles will provide a secure grip and reduce the risk of injury due to heavy load or heat. Consider how well they are attached, the handle length, and the ease of use with two hands, especially with a larger pan.

Whether they will be hot to touch when on the stovetop is something 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.

Fast and even heating

What sort of base is best for performance?

The core can contain one or multiple layers of metal for conductivity. Or, it can be pottery or ceramic in its entirety, which will heat slower and is best for slow cooking.

A metal core will ensure good heat distribution and better cooking performance. A heavy or thick metal base is less likely to warp with food easily and quickly burning with a base that is too thin.

A flat base is critical, or one that is slightly concave (like the bottom of a wine bottle) as it will flatten on heating.

The best ceramic pan for fast and even cooking on the stovetop is one with a thick metal base layer. The nonstick sets are lightweight and fairly inexpensive. They have metal bases so will conduct heat well if you’re looking to save energy and experience quick and easy cooking.

How important is ease of cleaning to you?

If you’re wanting easy cleanup and fat-free cooking, you’ll want nonstick cookware.

Ceramic coating, such as Thermolon®, makes for easy cleanup of cookware.

Check for riveted handles, which can require extra care in cleaning around the joins if exposed.

Safety

It’s important to consider cadmium and lead-free cookware with a cooking surface free of PTFE and PFOA when searching for the best nonstick pans to buy.

The US Federal regulations restrict the inclusion of lead and cadmium in any product for food use.

Coatings must abide by that listed in 21CFR170(b). That includes cookware sold in the US (see FAQ section). That is, the ruling goes beyond ceramic cookware made in USA to cover that sold here as well. Although various ceramic cookware sets are designed in the US, most (if not all) are manufactured overseas.

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.

Durability

The durability of the interior and exterior finish of the cookware will vary with product coating.

In general cookware, exterior finishes range from ceramic coatings and glazes to painted, anodized, or enamel coatings.

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.

An economical finish consisting of a painted exterior may scratch or mark easily.

Anodized finishes are tough and chemically inert. You can read more here: Chemical Materials, Elsevier.  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.

Joins, welds, and rivets

Handles fixed by welding or fastening with screws can work loose over time.

Rivets are another way of joining handles to the pan.

Riveted handles are places where food tends to collect and require care in cleaning for hygiene.

If the rivets are not coated with the ceramic, cleaning may not be simple and care is needed to avoid damage to the nonstick coating when cleaning around this area (see cleaning tips below).

What type of cooktop do you have?

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.

  • 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, search for magnetic base materials, i.e., cookware with a ferrous base.

Do you want cookware that can go in the oven?

Look for oven-safe materials.

Mostly it is the handles that determine whether a pot can be used in the oven at high heat temperatures needed for roasting or baking.

Oven safe temperatures:

✅ 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)

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

Consider your cooking style

The quality and type of cookware you choose, relate to your methods in the kitchen.

How do you mostly cook? What is your cooking style?

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

The different cookware:

Saucepans
Best for boiling vegetables and cooking rice, pasta, and sauces.

Frypans and Skillets
Used for fast frying – deglazing, searing, and browning

Griddle Pan
Perfect for pancakes, French toast, bacon, eggs or crepes

Sauté pan
A shallow pan for sautéing and browning, for shaking and tossing food, uses less fat than frying

Stockpot
Best for stock making, boiling vegetables and seafood and making soups

Dutch oven (or casserole dish)
A thick-walled cooking pan for oven or slow cooktop cooking of casseroles, stews, and roasts

In pots and pans, slightly rolled rims are best for pouring, straight rims for tossing ingredients. High vertical sides are best for simmering liquids, flared sides for evaporation while cooking.

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.

The Nuwave Duralon 7 Pce - A Basic Cookware Set
One highly popular basic set is this Nuwave Duralon Ceramic Nonstick 7 Pce Cookware Set (with 10″ or 12″ Frying Pan), designed for normal stovetop and induction cooking. 

Click here to see the latest price and reviews of the Nuwave Set

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 benefits in 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
If you are looking for a set with a large cooking pot, this one has an 8-Qt stockpot with cover, perfect for making a batch of soup or jam, braising beef and veggies, or cooking rice. It is excellent for large meals with the best bit being the easy cleanup because it’s coated with ceramic. One swipe of a soapy sponge and it’s clean.

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.

 

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

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. (See my review of this pure ceramic cookware here.)

The 100% natural ceramic cookware is best for slow cooking styles. It is perfect for oven use as it can withstand very high temperatures and will last you a lifetime with care.

The 100% ceramic cookware has all of the features listed for the non-stick ceramic cookware (minus rapid heating), plus the following:

✅ Higher heat and scratch resistance
✅ More versatile. Can be used in the oven, microwave, and then as a serving dish or storage in refrigerator or freezer
✅ Totally recyclable
✅ More durable and long-lasting
✅ Best for slow cooking

The 100% ceramic cookware has absolutely no metal layers and is guaranteed non toxic ceramic cookware. It is not entirely non-stick however with slight greasing of the pan needed. These are good cookware sets for slow cooking and for cooking, serving, and storing in the one vessel = less to clean. You can check out the latest prices on these sets here.

It can be confusing choosing the best cooking pots. The cost and quality of 100% natural put these type in the high end cookware range. You can find out more about this high quality cookware in my review of the Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware.

FAQs

What are the ceramics in the non stick cookware?

Answer

Is ceramic non stick cookware safe?

Answer

Is ceramic cookware safe? Ceramic nonstick cookware is an eco-friendly and healthy choice cookware

How is the non stick coating of ceramic pans formulated?

Answer

Quick start tips for using ceramic cooking pots

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Cleaning ceramic cookware

Here's how

More tips for lengthening the life of ceramic cookware

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Heating and cooking with your ceramic cookware

Find out the best way

Using and caring for lids and handles

Find out how

Can ceramic cookware be used in the oven?

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Is seasoning of the cookware required?

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Ceramic vs other types of cookware

Find out the differences

Warranty

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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.

Wanting the best ceramic frying pan? Be sure to check out my ceramic frying pan reviews.

Complement your ceramic cookware with a set of good quality ceramic knives – the sharpest knives in town that stay sharper for longer. When they do dull, you can easily sharpen them with a ceramic knife sharpener, like these.

Yours truly,

Crystal

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