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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 pick of the best ceramic cookware set in the non stick range.

Why Choose Ceramic Cookware Sets?

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

✅ Easy cooking
✅ Fat-free frying
✅ 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 Table: 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.

The list starts with five 9-10 piece sets of cookware (inc. lids) suited for a family.  You’ll find a larger 15-piece set with a steamer insert for those seeking a slightly smaller or a larger set following these. And then you’ll find the 7 to 8-piece sets that suit all stovetops.

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

Name Key Features Price Rating

FAMILY SETS:

1. Bialetti CeramicPro

10 Piece
Hard anodized
Stainless steel handles
Oven safe to 400°F
View  4.0 stars
2. GreenLife Soft Grip

14 Piece
(10 + 4 tools)
Soft grip handles
Thermolon finish
Oven safe to 350°F
View  3.9 stars
3. GreenPan Rio

12-Piece
Heavy-gauge aluminum
Thermolon finish
Oven safe to 350°F
View  3.8 stars
4. Farberware PURECOOK

12-Piece
(9 + 3 tools)
Porcelain enamel exterior
Improved food release surface in pans
Oven safe to 350°F
View  4.0 stars
5. T-fal™ Initiatives

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

View

 4.0 stars

LARGER SET:

6. WearEver PureLiving

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

View

4.0 stars

BASIC SETS FOR ALL STOVETOPS:

7. Vremi Ceramic Cookware

8-Piece

Wood-look handles
Suits all cooktops
Induction compatible
Oven safe to 500°F

View 4.5 stars
8. Nuwave Duralon

7-Piece

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

View 4.4 stars

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 ceramic 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 ceramic 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, otherwise, read on for my ceramic pans review.

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 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

Bialetti Ceramic Pro — Design and Performance

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 ceramic cookware listed here.

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

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

Bialetti Ceramic Pro — Your 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.

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 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.

Bialetti Ceramic Pro — Type of Cooktop

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

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

Bialetti Ceramic Pro — Price

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

Cons: The color may seem drab to some. Not everyone likes anodized. The metal handles can get hot to touch.

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″ open frypan
9.5″ open frypan
4 utensils

GreenLife Soft Grip — Design and Performance

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

GreenLife Soft Grip — Your 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 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.

GreenLife Soft Grip — Type of Cooktop

Suitable for all cooktops apart from the induction type.

GreenLife Soft Grip — Price

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.

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.

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3. GreenPan Rio Ceramic Cookware Review

The main difference between this set and the GreenLife set is in the handle trims and the number and size of the pieces. The GreenPan Rio set is minus the utensils but has an extra piece, a casserole pan. Both are good cookware sets.

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

GreenPan Rio — Design and Performance

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 Black, Burgundy, and Turquoise.

GreenPan Rio — Your Cooking Style

This also has a saute pan with lid and a fair sized stock pot (casserole).

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

GreenPan Rio — Type of Cooktop

Suitable for all cooktops apart from the induction type.

GreenPan Rio — Price

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.

Cons: Like all nonstick surfaces, this ceramic surface does wear with use over time.

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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

T-fal Initiatives — Design and Performance

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.

T-fal Initiatives — Your 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.

T-fal Initiatives — Type of Cooktop

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

T-fal Initiatives — Price

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

Cons: 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.

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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.

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

Farberware Purecook — Design and Performance

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.

Farberware Purecook — Your 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.

Farberware Purecook — Type of Cooktop

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

Farberware Purecook — Price

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.

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6. Vremi Ceramic Cookware Review

I love 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

Vremi Ceramic — Design and Performance

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, PTFE 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 or yellow from Amazon.

Vremi Ceramic — Your Cooking Style

You can’t go wrong with two fry pans, two dutch ovens, and a casserole pot. The manufacturer states these are oven safe to 500 ºF but I wouldn’t use the lids in the oven since they are Bakelite.

Also, no seasoning of cookware is required.

Vremi Ceramic — Type of Cooktop

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

Vremi Ceramic — Price

Not bad seeing as these suit induction as well.

Cons: Handles may become hot during use if left sitting over heat. While the pans are oven safe to 500 ºF, the lids are not.

Check out the price on the Vremi 8 Piece Set

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.

Inside the box:

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

Nuwave Duralon — Design and Performance

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.

Nuwave Duralon — Your 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.

Nuwave Duralon — Type of Cooktop

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

Nuwave Duralon — Price

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. 

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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.

Choosing the Best Pots and Pans Set

Design and Performance

Here are some main things to weigh up regarding that best ceramic cookware purchase.

Fast and Even Heating. What Sort of Base is Best for Performance?

The best ceramic pan for fast and even cooking on the stovetop is one with a thick metal base layer. A metal core will conduct heat and ensures good heat distribution and performance. So first up, look for a heavy or thick metal base, which is less likely to warp. Food will easily and quickly burn with a base that is too thin.

Whether you are looking for the best nonstick cookware or simply the best frying pan, a flat base is critical, or one that is slightly concave (like the bottom of a wine bottle) as it will flatten on heating.

Most nonstick ceramic sets have metal bases that will conduct heat well, saving on energy costs and providing quick and easy cooking. The 100% ceramic cookware types will heat slower and are best for slow cooking and cooking in the oven.

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 makes for easy cleanup of cookware.

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

Safety

Consider cadmium- and lead-free cookware as well as a cooking surface free of PTFE and PFOA when searching for the best nonstick pans to buy. People ask: Is ceramic cookware good for your health?

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

Durability

How durable the interior and exterior finish of the cookware will be will vary depending on the type of coating. Cookware exterior finishes range from ceramic coatings and glazes to painted, anodized, and enamel.

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, and Handles

You need handles with a secure grip to reduce the risk of injury due to heavy load or 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 where rivets are not coated with the ceramic surface.

Consider Your Cooking Style

The quality and type of cookware to choose will depend on 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.

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)

These are relevant for a ceramic non stick review. There also the 100% ceramic cookware, which will withstand the highest heat of any kitchen oven.

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.

Do You Want Cool Handles?

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.

Which Cookware Pieces Do You Need?

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.

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, search for 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.

Basic 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

Extra

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
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.

Check the 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.

Check out the latest price on the T-fal Stainless 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

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
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.Hidden content

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?

You’re wanting a good pots and pans set without the possible leaching of harmful chemicals that could slowly cause you harm. Ceramic 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.

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

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: [email protected]) 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, depending 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.

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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.

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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