Looking for a healthy, safe Teflon alternative that doesn’t let food stick to it? Ceramic cookware fits the bill as being both nonstick and non-toxic (PTFE and PFOA free).
If your nonstick pots and pans are:
- Scratched or chipped
- Hard to cook with because food sticks
- Permanently burnt or have patches of coating missing
- More than two years old
Then they need to be replaced!
Our Top Picks:
- Cuisinart Green Gourmet 12 Piece Cookware Set
- Ecolution Bliss 8 Piece White Ceramic Cookware Set
- 10 piece Gotham Steel Ceramic cookware set
Before you purchase ceramic cookware for your kitchen, you need to know what makes ceramic cookware a good choice, how to use it properly and take care of it so that it lasts.
In our ceramic cookware reviews, you’ll find a variety of buying options to consider. Our reviews cover some of the most important features that we think are necessary to make an informed purchasing decision.
What is the best brand of ceramic cookware? Each brand offers something unique, each with pros and cons. In general, you will want to look for a reputable brand that offers a warranty on their products.
What Is Ceramic Cookware?
When we think of ceramic cookware, we are often thinking about ceramic coated cookware. Most of the sets featured on this page fall into that category.
They are typically an aluminum-based pot or pan which is then treated and the surface coated with their preferred ceramic coating.
These ceramic coatings are known for their great nonstick properties. In fact, you’ve probably seen the “As Seen on TV” labels for cookware like the Gotham Steel Pan which is considered some of the best nonstick cookware.
However, ceramic surfaces aren’t invincible, and we’ll dive further into some of the disadvantages of it further down in this guide.
Best Ceramic Coating
What is the best ceramic coating? As with the large variety of cookware sets to choose from, there are as many types of ceramic coatings that each brand chooses to use.
Ceramic Cookware Brand
Ceramic Surface Coating
Aeternum's Nonstick Coating
Initiatives Nonstick Ceramic
Pure Living Nonstick Ceramic
Rachael Ray Cucina
The comparison chart offers some of the more popular nonstick ceramic coatings, but not all of them.
There are a lot of brands which use the same patented coatings, and it’s hard to say if one trumps the other or not.
The good news is that cookware manufacturers are always trying to improve their nonstick coatings. That helps reduce the need for cooking with fat, butter, or oil making ceramic cookware a healthier choice.
Is Ceramic Cookware Safe?
Concerns about PFOA and PTFE in ceramics were a big deal a few years back and rightly so. Studies found traces of these chemicals in older Teflon coatings.
Is Teflon toxic? The chemicals would break down and “outgas,“ which resulted in the release of toxic fumes at high temperatures. The American Cancer Society has a study about Teflon and PFOA suspected of causing cancer.
Keep in mind that those studies were pushing the temperature limits well beyond normal use.
Nowadays the ceramic vs Teflon debate is pretty quiet because most labels have a statement saying that they are free of lead, cadmium, PFOA, and PTFE. They use non-toxic coatings that don’t outgas or leach chemicals into your food.
That is great news, but the downside of these safer ceramic coatings is that they aren’t as durable or long-lasting.
While some ceramic coated cookware may be cheap to purchase, you’ll have to replace them once the surface coatings wear off. That can happen in a one year or as little as the first time you use your ceramic pans incorrectly.
Consider replacing older ceramic cookware. It’s your health you should worry about, and it makes sense to choose cookware that won’t negatively affect you or your family.
Ceramic Cookware Pros And Cons
Some types of ceramic cookware have benefits and disadvantages where others do not.
- Use it for almost any type of nonstick cooking
- Easy cleanup
- Free of toxic chemicals
- Reduces the need for oil and butter
The following cons are also some general guidelines that we like to stick to. We feel that they help to maximize the life and protect the ceramic surface.
- Using "high heat” settings will likely damage nonstick surface
- Shouldn’t use metal utensils, despite some being scratch resistant to metals
- Shouldn’t clean in the dishwasher, despite some being dishwasher safe
- Can be chipped and cracked easily
- Usually needs to be replaced before a Teflon coated pan
Is ceramic cookware good? Ceramic cookware has a fairly resilient cooking surface, but they still need to be cared for to get the most out of them. Even a small bit of damage to their cooking surface can greatly reduce their usability.
Top 11 Picks: Best Ceramic Cookware Reviews
1. Cuisinart Green Gourmet 12 Piece Cookware Set
The Cuisinart GreenGourmet™ cookware line aims at being more eco-friendly with their water-based ceramic coating and steel handles that are made from 70% recycled stainless steel.
Other brands of ceramic cookware use petroleum-based coatings which require more energy to create and apply.
Of course, using petroleum-based products has also led to intense environmental debates.
This Cuisinart ceramic cookware set stands out from many others because it has a black surface coating rather than the typical white.
The 12 Piece Set Features:
- 2 Saucepans (1.5 Quart with cover, 2.5 Quart with cover)
- 3 Quart Everyday Pan with cover
- 6 Quart Dutch oven with cover
- 2 Skillets (8” open skillet, 10” deep dry skillet with cover)
An interesting find here is that they have included instructions to season the pans twice a year with vegetable oil. Many other sets do not require seasoning, but we think because the ceramic coating is water based, it may need the extra care.
And while this set is not dishwasher-safe, it is oven and broiler-safe according to Cuisinart.
Cuisinart is a trusted brand with over 35 years of experience and continues to make improvements to their cookware products.
The Cuisinart Green Gourmet 12 Piece Cookware Set is our top pick, not only because of the above but because the eco-friendly nature and performance of this set stands out from its competitors.
2. Bialetti Ceramic Pro 10 Piece Cookware Set
The Bialetti Ceramic Pro cookware set looks incredibly stylish, but you’ll probably want to avoid the dishwasher to keep them in top-notch shape.
Bialetti is an Italian brand, but their professional ceramic line is not made in Italy. In fact, it is made in China.
A lot of cookware is made in China, both good and bad, so I completely understand any concerns you may have.
Their website states that their cookware is PFOA and PFTE free and oven safe up to 400°F.
That falls in line with what we expect from ceramic cookware and their 10 year guarantee helps solidify that they are serious about their products.
10 Piece Set Top Features:
- 2x frying pans (8”, 10.25”)
- 2x Sauce pans with lids (2 qt., 2.5 qt.)
- 1x Stock pot with lid (5 qt.)
- 1x Deep saute pan with lid (11”)
The handles and styles are slightly different than the GreenLife set we have reviewed on this page, which may make this set a better choice if you need larger holes to hang your pots and pans with.
While the 10 piece Bialetti ceramic pro cookware set didn’t make our top pick, but the overall value and 1- year guarantee brings it in as a close second.
What affected our decision here was that the eco-friendly nature of the Cuisinart set mentioned above is going to be hard to beat.
3. T-fal Initiatives 14 Piece Cookware Set
Our budget pick is the T-fal 14 piece ceramic cookware set which may be ideal for a kitchen that is in need but can’t afford higher-end options.
They also offer a 16 piece set, but the only difference is a couple of extra cooking utensils. The ones included with this set are more than adequate to whip up your favorite meals with.
This set has everything you need to get started and includes 4 nylon cooking utensils, 3 pots with lids (1 qt., 2 qt., and 5 qt.), 2 fry pans (8”, 11”) and 1 Egg Wonder frying pan. Unfortunately, the set is not induction compatible.
Yes, a small frying pan dedicated to eggs is included. Perhaps this is their way of saying “it’s possible to cook an egg without sticking and we have the perfect pan for you!”
They state that this cookware is oven safe up to 350°F, and the cooking surface is heat resistant up to 570°F. We recommend keeping the temperatures well below those, especially for cheaper cookware.
To top things off, they include a limited lifetime warranty. Most brands around this price range offer a one year warranty because that’s typically around the average time when ceramic coated pots and pans start to fail.
If you’re on a tight budget and need some pots and pans, the 14 piece T-fal C996SE Initiatives ceramic cookware set is worth a look.
4. Wearever 15 Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
The 15 piece Wearever ceramic cookware set is another top contender, but only for those who are willing to invest a little more.
What makes this set stand out is that it is advertised as dishwasher safe, metal utensil-friendly, and built from heavy gauge aluminum.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use this set with an induction stovetop.
The oven-safe temperature of 350°F is fairly standard, but it has a whopping 700°F heat resistant cooking surface. It’s PTFE/ PFOA, Cadmium and lead-free so that you don’t have to worry about toxic chemical issues.
The WearEver Pure Living 15 Piece Set Includes:
- 3 Saucepans with lids (1 qt., 2 qt., and 3 qt.)
- One 5 qt. Dutch oven with a lid
- 3.5 qt. Deep saute pan with a lid
- 3 Fry pans (8”, 10”, and the 12” comes with a lid)
- One Steamer Insert
By now you should know that we don’t think dishwashers or metal utensils go well ceramic cookware. Despite those things, the set is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
This is another set where the manufacturer recommends seasoning your ceramic cookware. The instructions are on the included pamphlet which says to cook 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on high for 3 minutes.
It’s a bit of a shock to us to see the recommendation of using high heat with ceramic as this has typically been one of the main disadvantages of ceramic. However, their coating and increased temperature tolerance may allow it for this purpose only.
If you buy this set, make sure that you follow their instructions properly just case you need to follow up with a warranty claim.
You’ll also notice that “Engineered in the USA.” is printed on the bottom of these pans. However, upon further investigation, it appears that they are made in China. Of course “engineered” and “made” are two different terms.
Even with those points, we think the Wearever 15 piece Pure Living ceramic cookware set is a solid choice and step above what other brands are offering, but that is also reflected in its price.
We’ve seen this brand grow quite quickly in the past couple of years and are confident to recommend considering them.
5. Ecolution Bliss 8 Piece White Ceramic Cookware Set
That’s because this set uses their Bliss hydro ceramic water-based coating.
8 Piece Set Includes:
- 2 Frying pans (8”, 9.5”)
- 2 qt. Saucepan with Lid
- 4.5 qt. Pot with Lid
- 5 qt. Dutch oven with Lid
Just when we thought that they only had one-upped their competitors, they nailed it with their induction compatible base. That means if you have an induction cooktop, you can use this cookware with it.
We think one of the things that they could have done better was to include removable rubber handles to allow them to be used in the oven at higher temperatures.
We’re not that familiar with the brand Ecolution, even though they say they have been selling for generations, but if the 8 piece white ceramic cookware set is any indication of their future products, it looks like we may be switching up our top picks in the near future.
6. Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set
Up until this point, the products we’ve mentioned have been lacking when it comes to baking in the oven. However, Vremi ceramic cookware is oven-safe up to 500°F.
This set is available in 3 different pastel colors of blue, yellow or green.
They are worthy of display, but hanging the pots might be a little tricky whereas the pans have holes at the base of the handle.
Vremi 8 Piece Set Includes:
- 2 Dutch ovens with lids (2.86 qt., 4.97 qt.)
- 3.9 qt. Casserole dish with lid
- 2 Angled frying pans (9.4”, 10.1”)
Instead of having holes in the lids to release steam and pressure, these have small gaps between the lids and the pots.
The handles will get hot with these, so it’s important that you use proper oven mitts or cooking gloves.
This set is also induction compatible with one caveat; the induction burner shouldn’t exceed the size of the base of the pot or pan to heat up correctly. So using a large burner for a small pan is not ideal.
If you’re looking for a beautiful addition to your kitchen, the Vremi 8 piece ceramic cookware set covers all the bases fairly well and offers a free 1-year warranty.
7. GreenLife 14 Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
The 14 piece GreenLife nonstick ceramic cookware set with soft grip handles available in 3 separate colors, red, black, and turquoise.
GreenLife uses Thermolon™ diamond reinforced ceramic coating which is the key to helping prevent food from sticking inside these pots and pans.
But don’t get too excited about the words diamond reinforced. You can still scratch the heck out of this set and wreck it with a metal spatula.
The manufacturer claims that the set is oven safe up to 180°C or 350°F. Unfortunately, the handles probably won’t hold up in the oven. So if you’re expecting to toss this set in the oven, we don’t recommend it.
In Kendra’s unboxing video and Green Life cookware reviews, she presented great tips that we agree with when working with ceramic cookware.
At first glance, the quality may appear to be lacking because of how thin and light the cookware is. However, when used correctly and handled with care it shouldn’t be a problem.
The set should last quite a while, but we recommend replacing after a year or sooner if you notice the pots and pans deteriorating beforehand.
A big issue overall that we haven’t covered so far is lids. GreenLife understood that issue and made a point to create lids also fit the frying pans.
While GreenLife was an early adopter and became a well-known brand of ceramic cookware, we think that this 14 piece diamond reinforced ceramic cookware set is a great choice, but fairly average aside from the great fitting lids.
8. Calphalon Classic 11 Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
Calphalon is a leading brand that excels and competes with some of the best cookware on the market. We’re always impressed with how sleek, and professional their products look.
The Calphalon 11 piece ceramic cookware set certainly seems to fit the bill at first glance.
This set features measuring marks on the pots to help you cook more accurately. They also feature pouring spouts and strainer lids to help drain water from pasta or after blanching vegetables.
This set includes:
- 2 Fry pans (8”, 12”)
- Round Griddle
- 3 qt. Saute pan with lid
- 2 Saucepans with lids (1.5 qt., 2.5 qt.)
- 5 qt. Dutch oven with lid
Because the lids are constructed from glass and metal, they are going to get hot. We would recommend silicone cooking gloves to get the best grip when handling them.
We’re not sure exactly which ceramic coating they are using, but it doesn’t appear to excel over its competitors with being nonstick. However, we have to admit that they look great!
If you have a hard time trusting brands that you aren’t familiar with, then Calphalon might be one of the better picks for you.
9. Cook N Home Ceramic Cookware Set
What’s In The Box?
- 2 Saucepans with lids (1 qt., 2 qt.)
- 3 qt. Casserole dish with lid
- 5 qt. Dutch oven with lid
- Fry pans (8”, 9.5”)
You’ll want to be particularly careful with heat and utensils with this set. There’s not a lot of information about the ceramic coating or build of these pots and pans, but we recommend only using silicone utensils and a low-med heat at maximum.
If you’re strapped for cash and need something to get you by, the Cook N Home NC-00359 10 piece cookware set may be worth considering. That is a popular line, but we would recommend the T-fal budget pick over this one.
10. Cerapan 10 Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
The marble finish of this cookware contrasted with red handles makes it stand out from other cookware.
The 10 Piece Set Includes:
- 2 Fry pans (8”, 9.5”)
- 3 Saucepans with lids ( 1.3 qt., 1.8 qt., 2.3 qt.)
- 5 qt. Dutch oven with lid
This set is dishwasher-safe and suitable for induction cooktops. Because this set uses TPR Bakelite handles, they shouldn’t be placed in the oven beyond 350°F.
The Cerapan 10 piece ceramic nonstick cookware set is ideal for anyone who has a mid-range budget or is new to ceramic cookware. The quality of this is much better than our last budget pick and should hold up well when used properly.
11. Gotham Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set
And finally we come to our last review, but that doesn’t mean that this pick is our least favorite.
As seen on TV, Gotham steel ceramic cookware is a popular choice that showcases some incredible nonstick properties. One of their biggest claims is that you don’t need to use butter or oil with this cookware.
While demonstrations have certainly proved that you can slide food right out of them, at some point you’re going to have to add a little fat to the pan to prevent things from sticking.
This set is oven safe up to 500°F and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. The 10 piece set is not compatible with induction.
What Do You Get?
- 2 Frying Pans (8.5”, 10.25” with a lid)
- 3 Pots with lids (1.5 qt., 2.5 qt., and 5 qt.)
- Aluminum steamer insert
While it does seem to be one of the better nonstick coatings on the market, it can still be scratched, so we recommend using soft utensils with it.
While there are many claims and one-off demonstrations, we think that to keep these pans in tip top shape you’ll need to follow our general guidelines of not cooking with too high of heat, hand wash, and use soft cooking utensils like wood or silicone.
If you’ve had a bad experience with ceramic cookware or you’ve recently decided to get into the game, the 10 piece Gotham Steel cookware set is worth considering.
Tips And FAQ
1. Is ceramic cookware dishwasher safe?
We believe that you should only hand wash ceramic cookware. That will help ensure that the nonstick properties are not stripped away or damaged when banged around in the dishwasher.
Do not scrape anything off the surface of your ceramic cookware. That can remove the coating that makes them nonstick.
If stubborn food or residue doesn't come off, try soaking in hot water (not boiling) for a couple of hours. Food particles should come off easily, but if not, see our how to clean ceramic cookware guide for other cleaning methods.
When your cookware is clean and dry, make sure to nest your ceramic cookware carefully. Stacking can damage the surface from cookware that is heavy or has sharp edges.
It’s preferable that you don’t nest them at all, but rather hang them or put them on a rack.
2. Can you use metal utensils on ceramic pans?
Do not use metal utensils with ceramics because they can chip or crack your cookware despite what some manufacturers claim.
The best utensils for ceramic cookware are made of wood, nylon, plastic or rubber.
Be sure to read the information that comes with your cookware set to see what they recommend.
3. Is ceramic oven safe?
Ceramic coated cookware is a little different than 100% ceramic cookware, as seen in our Xtrema cookware reviews, and usually should not be heated more than 350°F degrees. That lower temperature is often because of the rubber handles that come attached to most sets.
However, some brands of higher end ceramic cookware come with metal handles for higher heat cooking.
When cooking on the stovetop, 350°F comes very quickly. We recommend always using lower temperatures than you're used to, like med-low instead of med-high. That will help prevent ruining the ceramic coating or warping the pan.
Of course, you should always read the manufacturer’s information to find out what the acceptable temperature range is for each particular piece.
Cooking with ceramic cookware can be a challenge. With most cookware, there is going to be a learning curve, but ceramic is not as forgiving. If you ruin the ceramic coating quickly, you’ll need a new set immediately.
If we had to choose just two products from our reviews, our top picks would be:
The Cuisinart Green Gourmet 12 Piece Cookware Set for those who have the budget for it, want something that works, and are concerned about the environmental and health impacts cookware may have.
For those on a budget, we would encourage you to save a little bit extra and check out the 10 piece Gotham Steel cookware set to get you by. Some of the more budget-friendly sets lack in quality and may not work out over a longer period.
Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments with your best pick and favorite tips for keeping ceramic cookware nonstick.