NuWave Cookware – Review – Is It Worth A Buy?

You’ve seen the promises on daytime TV for the newest and greatest cookware; so what about NuWave cookware?

This aptly named brand works around the newly popular choice to embrace cooking with less oil for a healthier lifestyle. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.

What Is NuWave Cookware?

It’s always good to learn about the brand before you buy it. Here’s a snapshot of what NuWave is all about.

Experienced Beginnings

NuWave has always had its roots firmly in the kitchen. The company was founded in 1993 by a guy named Jay S. Moon. He had small appliance experiences with companies such as LG, Whirlpool, and GE.

Moon wanted to make healthier and more energy efficient items for the kitchen, so that’s exactly what he said out to do.

His company’s guiding statement is “creating products that are affordable and make day-to-day life easier and healthier.”

The NuWave Oven

Before they got into the cookware business, NuWave created their first product – the NuWave Oven. It has since sold over six million units!

After the smashing success of this combination infrared and convection oven, they ventured into other small appliances for the kitchen.

Here’s what they make today:

  • The NuWave Oven
  • PIC Cooktops
  • Brio Air Fryer
  • NutriPot Pressure Cooker
  • Medley Digital Skillet
  • BruHub Coffee Maker
  • NutriMaster Slow Juicer
  • Mosaic Precision Induction Wok
  • Flavor-Lockers Vacuum Storage System
  • NuWave Duralon Cookware

PICs and Cookware

It was the foray into the induction cooktop world that prompted the creation of their NuWave Cookware line. Designed to work with any induction or regular cooktop, it really shines when paired with their energy efficient NuWave Precision Induction Cooktops (PIC).

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop 1300 Watts

You can find NuWave cookware in hard anodized, stainless steel, and forged models. All of these collections feature a ceramic coating on the interior for a nonstick surface.

Each piece of cookware starts with a steel base and has either aluminum or stainless steel added just before the ceramic primer and titanium – or diamond-infused ceramic coating.

The ceramic is free from harsh chemicals and helps to cook foods using less butter for added health benefits.

The ceramic coating also registers in at an ultra-hard 9H (for comparison, a diamond is a 10H).

Best NuWave Pots and Pans

Let’s review some of the most popular NuWave cookware items, including their NuWave Cookware set and basic frying pan.

1. NuWave Duralon Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set

Nuwave Duralon Ceramic Nonstick 7 Pc. Cookware Set

This cookware set is part of the hard anodized cookware collection. It’s made with a steel base for induction heating, heat-holding aluminum metal, a hard anodized exterior for durability, and a final coating of nonstick ceramic.

The ceramic coating is PTFE, PFOA, cadmium, lead, and BPA free.

The set includes a 10.5-inch frying pan, a 2-quart saucepan with lid, a 1.5-quart saucepan with lid, and a 5.5-quart stock pot with a lid. This is a good selection of cookware to help cook any meal.

Unfortunately, you can’t put the stock pot lid onto the frying pan, which would have been nice.

The lids themselves are made from tempered glass, and the ventilation hole ensures that you can cook without burns or boil overs. These lids are oven safe as well.

Disappointingly, the shape of the pans is slightly bowed, so food tends to burn in the center and ruin the pans. Also worth noting is that the coating on these pans isn’t covered under the product warranty.

You can put these pots and pans in the dishwasher, but it isn’t recommended. [https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/18/your-money/18shortcuts.html]  

Over time, the ceramic coating can fail. It’s best to wipe them out with a dry cloth. This makes cleaning simple and easy.

2. NuWave 12 Inch ‘Everyday Pan’ (Induction Ready)

NuWave 31188-Inch Stainless Steel Everyday Pan with Lid, 12

This pricey pan is part of the stainless steel NuWave collection. The conductive base is steel, while the outer is stainless steel. The inner is coated with NuWave’s Duralon non-toxic and hard ceramic nonstick coating.

This 12-inch pan has a pour spout on the side for easy draining of sauces or gravies. It has one long handle and one short handle; both handles are non-conductive for easy handling.

The tempered glass lid has a cool handle and a ventilation hole. It also has a silicon edging that has drainage holes. Because of the pour spout, the lid can’t achieve complete suction closing. Both the pan and the lid are oven safe up to 350℉.

This pan has a massive 5-quart capacity. It can make large batches of scrambled eggs or cook a roast equally well.

This large size does come at a compromise: it’s very heavy and expensive – certainly not a good option for those who can’t lift heavy objects.

3. NuWave Cast Iron Griddle

NuWave Model 31113 Induction-Ready Black Cast Iron Griddle (10.6' Diameter) with Oven-Safe Porcelain Coating

This piece of cookware is a unique addition to the NuWave lineup. It doesn’t have the Duralon nonstick coating like the other cookware; instead, it has an enamel coating over solid and induction-ready cast iron. This coating is eco-friendly and helps food not to stick.

The skillet measures 10.6 inches across and has a large handle. The handle does get very hot, so you’ll need an oven mitt or a silicone handle cover to manage it without injury.

The beauty of this pan is that you don’t have to continually season it like normal cast iron skillets. Just wipe it clean after each use, and it will heat well and keep food from sticking – although a little bit of oil while cooking is still recommended.

This pan is solid and heavy duty, but very shallow. It’s best used for searing cuts of meat or making things like grilled cheese or a quesadilla. Making sauces isn’t the best use for this pan.

4. NuWave Stainless Steel Ceramic BBQ Grill Pan

NuWave Model 31124 Stainless Steel Ceramic BBQ Grill Pan (11' Diameter) with Duralon Healthy Ceramic Non-Stick Coating, Stainless-Steel and Tempered Glass Dome Lid, and Ridges for Great Grill Marks

This unique pan gives you a way to get those coveted grill marks on your meat and veggies without having to fire up a real grill. This 11-inch stainless steel pan has the signature NuWave Duralon nonstick ceramic coating. There are ridges at the bottom for the grill effect.

It has two durable handles on each side that are non-conductive, so they don’t get as hot as the rest of the pan. The handles and the rest of the unit are oven safe.

The lid of this pan is large and domed to help cover large food items, like a big cut of meat. The rim and curved edge are stainless steel, while the center is tempered glass. The glass makes searing and roasting meats easy because it goes effortlessly from cooktop to oven.

Like all Duralon cookware, you have to be careful not to damage the ceramic coating. Since the warranty is only good for six months, handle this product with care, and follow all manufacturer’s directions for use!

Final Thoughts

If you have an induction or glass top cook stove (especially if you have a NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop), then these pans are a fantastic option for you.

They are sturdy and non-toxic, and the nonstick coating works quite well. You’ll want to purchase the 7-piece set and the 12-inch skillet to have a full, usable cookware set.

However, if you have an electric or gas stove top, these pans aren’t the best option. They are more of an expensive, specialty option rather than a use-everywhere cookware collection. You can find less expensive quality pans for regular stoves.

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