What is the best ceramic cookware? Why choose ceramic? What should you look for in modern nonstick cookware?
What options exist? How do you choose cookware that’s right for you?
If you have these questions (or others!), you are in the right place. I cover these and more in this buying guide for the best ceramic cookware.
I know that healthy cooking, along with minimal clean up, is high on my list. Easy to cook with – easy to clean – toxic-chemical free – are usually on the top of people’s choices in cookware.
People are choosing non-stick cookware for health reasons (for fat and oil-free cooking) as well as for easier cleaning. If that’s the case for you and you’re looking to purchase cookware, then consider nonstick ceramic cookware.
Why choose ceramic cookware?
What are ceramics?
They are among the top rated cookware sets for fat-free cooking, resulting in fewer calories and reduced cholesterol intake for people seeking weight control and a healthy lifestyle.
Consider nonstick ceramic pots and pans as a way to create healthier meals.
The ceramic nonstick surface has no nasty PFAS, PFOA, or PTFE chemicals. People purchase ceramic non-stick cookware for these very health reasons and more.
Being easy to clean they save you time cleaning up in the kitchen, allowing you the freedom to enjoy other activities.
I value being able to spend more fun time with my family and anything that helps in this way is a treasure especially when it also contributes to my family’s health.
Ceramic, as a material, is inorganic (meaning no carbon) and non-metallic. A coating of ceramic delivers a natural non-stick surface that is durable and practical and provides one of the best cookware materials for a non-stick surface.
Unlike cast iron, ceramic cookware does not normally require seasoning before use.
- 1 Why choose ceramic cookware?
- 2 Comparison chart: Top 5 bestselling ceramic nonstick cookware sets
- 3 See the latest prices for the top rated ceramic cookware set – click here.
- 4 What’s the best ceramic cookware?
- 5 What options exist?
- 6 How to choose the right cookware for you
- 7 What’s great about ceramic cookware?
- 8 Top 5 ceramic cookware (nonstick) set reviews
- 9 FAQs
- 10 The best selling nonstick cookware on Amazon now
Comparison chart: Top 5 bestselling ceramic nonstick cookware sets
Choosing the cookware set that best suits your needs can be overwhelming. This comparison chart has been designed to make it extra easy. All you need to do is look at the columns and details below and pick the set that best suits your needs.
You can easily compare the prices, ratings, and the design of all the pots and pans. Find more details on the specific ceramic cookware using the See It button.
|Name||Image||Key Features||Add ons||Price||Rating|
|Bialetti™ Ceramic Pro||Hard anodized|
|GreenLife™ Soft Grip|
Soft grip handles
|Farberware PURECOOK||Stain resistant|
surface to aid
|T-fal™ Initiatives||Heavy gauge|
What’s the best ceramic cookware?
What to look for in a ceramic cookware set?
Whether you are looking for a replacement or your first set, ceramic cookware offers some of the best cooking pots and pans. With the variety of cookware on the market, deciding on what’s best in cookware for you can be a daunting process, to say the least.
As well, there are many things to look. Below I go through the important qualities so you can make a choice:
1. Non stick and 100% ceramic cookware
There are two main types of ceramic cookware sets. One is ceramic coated cookware, which is described in more detail below. The second is the 100% ceramic cookware type like the Xtrema Cookware set, reviewed in more detail here.
A thick metal base layer is best for even cooking without hot spots. It will conduct heat well if you’re looking to save energy and experience quick and easy cooking as well.
For gas, ceramic, or electric cooktops look for flat based cookware. For induction ranges, search for magnetic base materials, i.e., cookware with a ferrous base
Strong and sturdy handles are important for safety to have a secure grip when transferring pots and pans between the cooktop and sink. Whether they will be hot to touch is also something to consider.
3. Use in Oven
Will you be using the pots in the oven? Look for oven-safe materials, e.g., metal or silicone-coated handles*. Mostly it is the handles that determine whether a pot can be used in the oven at high heat temperatures needed for cooking or baking.
4. Lids for viewing
Glass lids allow viewing of the cooking process without letting steam escape. Glass makes it easy to see the contents of the pot without lifting the lid. Lids with vents allow steam release and prevent pressure build up in the saucepan.
5. Ease of cleaning
Ceramic nonstick pots and pans are easy and quick to clean. Check for riveted handles, which can require extra care in cleaning around the joins.
What options exist?
Some sets listed include kitchen utensils for use with ceramic cookware. Others come in a choice of colors.
How to choose the right cookware for you
Cost, design, and performance are what people want most when looking to buy cookware. Cookware is an everyday item and one you want to last a reasonable amount of time. It is an important purchase, one you want to be happy with. Simple!
Method One: Pick a ceramic cookware set based on price
Cookware sets range from $30 to $300 (up to $1000 for deluxe brands). You should consider your cooking needs. Do you cook for a family? Or, do you entertain? In which case you may need a larger set.
A basic starting set would be at least one pan and three pots with lids, i.e. a 7-piece set like this one. You can 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 need to base it 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.
Method Two: Pick a ceramic cookware set based on performance
Do you want to use the pan in the oven or on the stove top?
What sort of base is best? What about the finish?
Whether you’re looking for the best frying pan or the best nonstick cookware sets, some features worth considering are the handles, the base, and the exterior finish.
These features will determine how much you enjoy and value your cookware once you get cooking.
The handles of the pot or pan will affect your ease of transferring the pot from the stove to the kitchen bench, and reduce the likelihood of injury because of a heavy load or high temperature.
Consider the handle length and the ease of use with two hands, especially with a larger pan. The handle should remain cool to touch when using it on the stove top.
- For ovenware, a metal handle or one that is silicone-coated is best to withstand high oven temperatures.
- For stovetops, a silicone-coated, wood, or hollow metal handle is best to avoid burns.
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)
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 on a ceramic pan set are places where food tends to collect and require 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).
A thick heavy base will ensure good heat distribution and better cooking performance. A heavy or thick base is less likely to warp also. Be aware that food can burn quickly with a base that is too thin. A flat base is critical.
And remember, one that is slightly concave (like the bottom of a wine bottle) will flatten on heating.
The core can contain one or multiple layers of metal for conductive. Or, it can be pottery or ceramic in its entirety.
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.
3. Interior surface
If you’re wanting easy cleanup and fat-free cooking, you’ll want to consider nonstick cookware.
It’s important to choose a cadmium and lead-free interior and a cooking surface free of PTFE and PFOA in your search for the best nonstick cookware sets.
Cookware sold in the US are required to meet stringent standards regarding these elements (see FAQ section).
4. Exterior Finish
Exterior coatings range from ceramic coatings to ceramic glazes to painted to anodized or enamel.
- Ceramic glazes provide a tough exterior. These are found on 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.
- Ceramic coating, such as Thermolon®, makes for easy cleanup of cookware. The durability of this finish will vary with product coating.
- Painted, may easily be damaged.
Method Three: Pick a ceramic cookware set based on your needs
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 induction cooktops, which work via a magnetic field, you will need cookware with a ferrous (iron) base rather than ceramic.
What do you mostly cook?
The quality and type of cookware you choose, relate to your methods in the kitchen. If you are preparing low-fat meals, you might want the best non-stick frying pan, and in this case, the best ceramic pans are worth considering.
Types and uses of ceramic cookware:
- Ceramic Sauce Pans – for boiling vegetables and cooking rice, pasta, and sauces.
- Pans and Skillets – ceramic pans or skillets for fast frying – deglazing, searing, and browning
- Sauté pan – shallow pan for sautéing and browning, for shaking and tossing food, uses less fat than frying
- Stockpot – for stock making, boiling vegetables and seafood and making soups
- Dutch oven (or casserole dish) – thick-walled cooking pan for oven or slow cooktop cooking of casseroles, stews, and roasts
Looking for the best non stick frying pan or the healthiest cookware? If you’re looking to limit your use of fat and oils in cooking, you might want to consider a ceramic coated non-stick frying pan or skillet like this one.
What’s great about ceramic cookware?
- Super easy to clean
- Healthier cooking with less fat and oil required in cooking
- Appealing styles and colors to suit your decor
- Even cooking
- Rapid heating
- Free of hazardous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)*
- Non-reactive with acids. So, no leaching of toxins into your food*
*qualities that make these preferable to other non-stick cookware.
- 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
It can be confusing choosing the best cooking pots. See my review of Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware.
The 100% ceramic cookware has absolutely no metal layers and is guaranteed non-toxic. It is not entirely non-stick however with slight greasing of the pan needed. You can check it out here.
Eco-friendly and healthy choice cookware
I always look for toxic-chemical free and natural materials in consumer goods. Like most people, I want this today because I know what’s ‘good’ for the environment is also ‘good’ for me (and my family).
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.
Ceramic coated pans include some of the best non-stick cookware without the harmful chemicals like PTFE and PFOA — Making them eco-friendly and a healthy choice cookware.
The 100% ceramic cookware is not only free from harmful chemicals but is entirely recyclable, being made of clay materials.
As far as energy consumption in the manufacture of ceramics, the most energy-intensive area is the firing and drying of the clay. It is considered less energy intensive than the manufacture of primary metals.
You can find out how to recycle that old cookware here.
Top 5 ceramic cookware (nonstick) set reviews
Below are short reviews of five ceramic cookware sets that are worth a look. If you are considering purchasing a new or replacement set you will find something for your budget in this list.
♦ Bialetti® Ceramic Pro Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set Review
Our first item is the Bialetti Ceramic Cookware Set. It ranked the highest overall in the comparison table for the below reasons.
The benefits of this set come from its hard-anodized exterior, which gives it long-term toughness.
It is oven safe to 400°F – higher than most ceramic nonstick cookware. The handles are stainless steel with better heat resistance than the usual phenolic resin type, though they will be hot to touch and pot holders are recommended.
It is well priced and comes with a 10-year warranty.
Cast stainless, riveted handles. Lids & handles oven safe to 400 ºF. What rates this one higher than others here is the rivet-free handle design, which allows ease of cleaning and durable use. This combines with features of Thermolon on both interior and exterior surfaces, which should make for super easy cleaning. It is economically priced and comes with GreenLife’s warranty on defects. ‘Value for money’ and color/style have added to the choice of this for Editor’s Pick. Phenolic, handles with soft touch. Lids & Handles oven safe up to 350ºF.
Tempered glass lids with vents.
Hard anodized aluminum base and exterior.
*No PFAS, PFOA.
♦ GreenLife Soft Grip Ceramic Nonstick 14-Piece Cookware Set Review
Reinforced aluminum base.
Thermolon® ceramic coating on interior and exterior.
*No PFAS, PFOA, lead, or cadmium
♦ T-fal® Initiatives Ceramic Nonstick 16-Piece Cookware Set Review
Cast stainless, riveted handles.
Lids & handles oven safe to 400 ºF.
What rates this one higher than others here is the rivet-free handle design, which allows ease of cleaning and durable use. This combines with features of Thermolon on both interior and exterior surfaces, which should make for super easy cleaning.
It is economically priced and comes with GreenLife’s warranty on defects. ‘Value for money’ and color/style have added to the choice of this for Editor’s Pick.
Phenolic, handles with soft touch.
Lids & Handles oven safe up to 350ºF.
It includes a great assortment of cookware, suitable for preparing family meals or for dinner parties, and includes a griddle pan.
A downside: 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. However, it is economically priced and would last some years. It has a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
- 1-quart covered sauce pan + lid
- 2-quart covered sauce pan + lid
- 5-quart dutch oven + lid
- 7.5-inch fry pan
- 11-inch fry pan + lid
- 10-inch square griddle
- 6 nylon kitchen tools
Riveted, phenolic handles.
Glass lids with vents.
Lids & handles oven safe up to 350ºF.
*No PFAS, PFOA, lead, or cadmium.
It features stain and scratch resistant surfaces.
The cooking surface can be heated to 570°F and cookware is oven safe to 350°F.
♦ GreenPan Rio Ceramic Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set Review
It also 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.
- 1-quart sauce pan + lid
- 2-quart sauce pan + lid
- 3-quart sauce pan + lid
- 9.5-inch sauté pan + lid
- 5-quart casserole + lid
- 8-inch frypan
- 9.5-inch frypan
Rivet free, phenolic handles.
Easy to clean Thermolon® ceramic coating on interior and exterior.
Lids & handles oven safe up to 350ºF.
*No PFAS, PFOA, lead or cadmium.
♦ Farberware PURECOOK Ceramic Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set
A downside: the handles are joined to the cooking vessel with rivets that will need care with cleaning. It is economically priced and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
- 2-quart sauce pan + lid
- 5-quart dutch oven + lid
- 5-inch mini skillet
- 8.5-inch skillet
- 10-inch skillet
- 11.5-inch skillet + lid
- slotted turner, slotted spoon, & solid spoon
Riveted, phenolic handles.
Double heavy-gauge aluminum.
Porcelain enamel exterior, stain resistant.
Lids & handles oven safe up to 350ºF.
*No PFAS, PFOA, or cadmium.
How does ceramic cookware differ to porcelain cookware?
Ceramic, like porcelain, is made from clay by firing and hardening. The difference is that porcelain is fired at a higher temperature than ceramics and is translucent, while ceramics is opaque.
Porcelain cookware usually involves cast iron or steel carbon, coated with porcelain enamel.
Is ceramic nonstick cookware safe?
Commonly asked questions are those about ceramic cookware safety: What are the ceramic cookware dangers? Are ceramic pans safe?
You’re wanting good pots and pans that are not going to leach harmful chemicals and slowly cause you harm. Ceramic pots and pans are PFOA free cookware. They are also PTFE free and are regarded 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 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.
Quick start tips for using ceramic cooking pots
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.
What are the differences in the ceramic coatings?
Some of the best pots and pans to cook with are those with ceramic coating.
Options range from Thermolon® ceramic cookware to Greblon® ceramic pans.
There are different ceramic coated cookware available. Patented Thermolon™ is a ceramic nonstick coating used by GreenPan™ and GreenLilfe™. The manufacturers state this is a ceramic non-stick layer derived from sand (or silicon dioxide) and does not contain lead, cadmium, PFAS, or PFOA.
What as PFASs? They are per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, one being PFOA.
Thermolon is manufactured using a Sol-Gel procedure where the sand is made into a sprayable solution that is sprayed onto the roughened frypan and then fired in a kiln at a lower temperature than traditional non-stick frypans (said to thus emit 60% less CO2 as a result).
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 involves 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 referred to by Cuisinart® also involves the Sol-Gel technology.
Cleaning ceramic cookware
Ceramic cookware is considered dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleaning, but I recommend hand washing for long-term care of your cookware.
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.
Tips for lengthening the life of ceramic cookware
These tips are for ceramic cookware but apply to care for pots and pans in general:
- Hand wash (even if labeled dishwasher safe) – recommended for all cookware• 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 care of your cookware.
- 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
Preheat on low settings first and allow the oil to heat before adding the food. 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
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?
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).
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.
Seasoning the cookware
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
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.
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.
The best selling nonstick cookware on Amazon now
- GreenLife Soft Grip 14pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set, Turquoise
- Copper infused: Red Copper 10pc Ceramic Cookware Set by Bulbhead Ceramic Copper Infused Nonstick
- Non ceramic: Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Agave Blue. This cookware uses PTFE (aka Teflon) in the nonstick cooking surface.
Complement your ceramic cookware with a set of good quality ceramic knives.