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.
- Why Choose Ceramic Cookware Sets?
- Guide to the Best Ceramic Cookware Sets
- What to Consider in Buying the Best Cookware
- 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?
- Choosing the Best Pots and Pans Set
- Available Options
- Other Cookware You May Like
- Final Thoughts
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.
|1. Bialetti Aeternum||10 Piece
Heavy gauge aluminum
Soft touch handles
|2. GreenLife Soft Grip||14 Piece
(10 + 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 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:
- Design and performance
- Your cooking style
- Type of cooktop
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 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
Bialetti Aeternum — Design and Performance
This Bialetti cookware set features a white ceramic interior that is cadmium, PFOA-, and PTFE-free and soft-touch heat-resistant Bakelite handles.
Note, those extra long handles for ease of use.
This cooking pan set has a hi-temp silicone exterior that is nonstick. This should mean it’ll be easy to clean and thus stay attractive so you’ll be able to take it from kitchen to table. And, you’ll either love or hate that red color!
The cookware is designed in Italy and made in China.
Bialetti Aeternum — 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 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.
Bialetti Aeternum — Type of Cooktop
This Bialetti cookware can be used with most 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 Aeternum — Price
This lightweight cookware is in the mid-price range and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Cons: The soft touch handles mean this one is not the best rated ceramic cookware if you’re wanting something that is oven safe. The lids do not have vents. Just like all nonstick cookware the inner surface of this set wears with time and use. The ceramic interior in this one is not as long lasting as some people expect for the price.
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
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.
‘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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- Read my full review of the GreenLife Soft Grip Set here.
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.
1-qt saucepan + lid
2-qt saucepan + lid
3-qt saucepan + lid
9.5″ sauté pan + lid
5-qt casserole + lid
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.
- Read the reviews from real owners of the GreenPan Rio Set
- Read my full review of the GreenPan Rio set here.
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
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
Best ‘Value for money’ (cost + extras included). It is economically priced and would last some years with care. It has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Cons: Care in cleaning around the rivets on the interior of the pot or pan will avoid wear to the ceramic surface. You will need to like black.
- Click here for the Best Price for the T-fal Initiatives Set .
- Read my full review of the Initiative set here.
5. Farberware PURECOOK Ceramic Set Review
Inside the box:
2-qt saucepan + lid
5-qt dutch oven + lid
5″ mini skillet
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.
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, blue, or yellow from Amazon.
Also, no seasoning of cookware is required.
Vremi Ceramic — Your Cooking Style
You can’t go wrong with two fry pans, two dutch ovens, and a casserole pot for preparing meals on the stove top.
But, as far as for oven use, I wouldn’t depend on these for that style of cooking since the handles and knobs are made of Bakelite.
Vremi Ceramic — Type of Cooktop
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.
Vremi Ceramic — Price
Not bad seeing as these suit induction as well.
Cons: Handles may become hot during use if left sitting over heat. These pots and pans are not designed for 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.
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.
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.
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 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)
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 – 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.
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. (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.
What are the ceramics in the non stick cookware?
Is ceramic non stick cookware safe?
How is the non stick coating of ceramic pans formulated?
Ceramic Pan Care
Quick start tips for using ceramic cooking pots
Ceramic pan care – Cleaning
How to care for ceramic cookware
Here are more tips for lengthening the life of ceramic cookware.
Heating and cooking with your ceramic cookware
Using and caring for lids and handles
Can ceramic cookware be used in the oven?
Is seasoning of the cookware required?
Ceramic vs other types of cookware
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.
- If PTFE doesn’t worry you, what is highly popular right now is Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set (check out the latest reviews and price of the Rachael Ray set here). Just know that while it has a porcelain enamel exterior finish, a check of its specifications shows that PTFE (aka Teflon) is used in the nonstick cooking surface (not actually ceramic).
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.
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