We’re tackling the confusion and giving you an in-depth rundown on ceramic cookware (the marketing name for the technical term “sol-gel”). Check out the following list of pros and cons of ceramic pans that will help you determine whether ceramic is the best choice for your kitchen.
Simply put, it is silicone oil that is released every time ceramic cookware is used. Ceramic pots and pans are not actually made of ceramic, but rather metal that features a sol-gel coating bonded to the rest of the cookware's construction.
There is not yet enough evidence or studies to determine conclusively whether ingesting small amounts of silicone oil is harmful to the human body. The irregularity of the spacing of these particles increases the ceramic coated pan's cooking surface area, making it rough and, thus, leaving areas where the surface does not touch the food.
As a result, ceramic coated cookware will not heat quickly and evenly. The lifespan of a nonstick ceramic pan is quite short when compared to other types of cookware available, such as stainless steel, PTFE-based non-stick surfaces, and cast iron skillets.
Our special Made Slick surface is oven safe up to 500 F and consistently delivers a truly non-stick cooking experience again and again. Plus, our non-stick frying pans effectively distribute heat, cooking food evenly due to their heat-efficient 5-ply stainless clad construction and our high-quality manufacturing processes.
Ceramic cookware offers a good alternative to traditional nonstick pots and pans that are often coated in Teflon, a material known to release toxins when overheated (500 °F is the recommended maximum). When compared to stainless steel, ceramic cookware offers the benefits of high-heat searing and even heating, without the heft, along with coveted nonstick properties.
The one downside to ceramic cookware is its glaze tends to wear quicker than traditional nonstick and it doesn't compare to good stainless that could last forever. In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab, we test ceramic skillets to determine how well they distribute heat on both gas and electric ranges as well as their ability to evenly brown steaks.
We check how well the exterior surfaces resist staining and the ability of the saucepans to maintain a steady simmer and cook tomato sauce without scorching. Finally, we review how easy all cookware items were to use by determining the thoroughness of the owner’s manual, as well as whether each piece and its lid was oven- and/or dishwasher-safe.
Omelets slid right out of the pan, steaks seared perfectly, and pancakes browned evenly without the need for extra butter. It also aced our scorch test, which means, no need to stir soups or stews while they simmer.
If you're looking to crisp up the topping on a casserole, note that you can put Greenspan Revolution's pans in the oven, up to 600ºF. Cleanup is easy, too, because unlike many nonstick pots and pans, you can pop these ceramic pieces in the dishwasher.
Lightweight pans need to be more closely watched during cooking to avoid overheating College students and new cooks will love this cookware set that comes with two spoons and two spatulas that can safely be used without the fear of scratching.
They have thick handles, which make for a comfortable grasp and oversized, stay cool knobs. With the Scan pan ceramic CTV line, you can enjoy the beauty of stainless steel and the convenience of a nonstick finish.
These pots and pans have a brushed stainless steel exterior, a nonstick ceramic interior, and an aluminum core for even heat distribution. The 10-piece CTV set showed top-notch performance in our testing: Skillets heated evenly on both gas and electric ranges, easily released sticky scrambled eggs without oil, and turned out perfectly seared steaks in practically no time at all.
Eggs fried up well with no oil and were easy to release with just a tiny nudge from our spatula. They seem hard to clean, but we were pleasantly surprised to see that the pans only needed to be rinsed with water after scrambling eggs.
The pans also have a wide cooking surface, larger than most of comparable sizes, thanks to the short, sharp edges that aren't as sloped as others. While we don't love that stacking means a lot of arranging and rearranging, they take up minimal space and limit the excuse for stray lids.
The saucepans have pour spouts, an underrated feature, and the handles are wide and slope in for ergonomic grabbing. Each piece in this 7-piece ceramic cookware set is light, yet durable and can achieve a good sear on protein.
If you're looking for the essentials that will last you many years, look no further than this set that comes with a 9 1/2-inch fry pan and two stock pots, one perfect for boiling eggs and water for tea, as well as heating soup and sauce, and another big enough for pasta, soups, and stews. They boast wide, stay-cool handles that are easy to grasp and are lightweight but extremely durable.
They're a safe and reliable foray into the world of nonstick cookware that can be used with metal utensils. The lid handles are thin and wrapped in silicone, which allows them to stay cool while you're cooking.
The tempered glass lids allow you to see inside and a steam vent helps prevent food from getting too hot and boiling over. These hard-anodized pots and pans will last you a long time hard, and they come with a ten-year guarantee.
They're oven-safe up to 400ºF so you can use them on the stove top for eggs to steak, or in the oven to gently finishing cooking seared meat or a braise. The tempered glass lids are study with high handles that help them stay cool.
Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Editor & Product Analyst, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab Betty Gold earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Studies and Nutrition from New York University, and prior to joining Good Housekeeping, she worked with the James Beard Foundation and other leading food media brands like Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, and The Martha Stewart Show.
Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. They're easy to clean, non-reactive, and often less heavy and costly than more traditional pots and pans.
You might recognize the Dialect name from their stove top espresso pots, but they also make many other cooking products including ceramic -lined nonstick cookware. Handles are heat-resistant, so you won’t need a potholder during stove top use.
The pans are made from ceramic -coated aluminum with an anodized exterior for even heating and durability. This hard-anodized aluminum set has long stay-cool cast stainless steel handles, measuring marks inside the pans for easy filling, pour spouts for easy emptying, and straining lids so you can dispose of cooking liquid easily.
While this set is designed for everyday use and has a 10-year warranty against defects, you should avoid metal utensils with this cookware to preserve the ceramic finish. This attractive set of ceramic cookware from newcomer Caraway Home comes in an assortment of earthy colors and has clean lines that go well with a modern minimalist aesthetic.
Abiding by their “Cookware Without Chemicals” ethos, their pans are made from aluminum with ceramic -coated interiors, and feature riveted stainless steel handles that have a subtle bump underneath to indicate where the “hot zone” starts so you don't burn yourself. The pans are oven safe up to 550 degrees and will work with every cook top, including induction.
Caraway Home recommends that you avoid using sharp-edged tools while cooking, and advises hand washing these pans to preserve the life of the nonstick ceramic coating. The pots and pans are a reasonable size, and the griddle is a nice addition to the set.
This set will add some color to the kitchen with an aqua exterior, a stain-resistant white ceramic interior, and black handles with stainless steel accents. The larger skillets have a textured surface that improves food release, which is great when you’re cooking a large piece of meat or fish, or when you’ve got the pan full of breaded cutlets.
The lids are shatter-resistant glass with round knobs, and the set is oven safe to 350 degrees. This aluminum cookware is lightweight for easy handling, while it also heats quickly and evenly.
While the mini skillet might have limited use, it would be fine for cooking a single egg or melting butter. If storage space is an issue in your kitchen, this colorful set nests neatly thanks to the removable handle that stays out of the way when it’s not needed.
The set also includes two plastic lids, so some cookware can double as food storage containers. While this is a great beginner set for small kitchens, it may not be sufficient for people who cook a lot.
Also, the single removable handle might require some coordination when multiple pots are on the stove. When you're looking for nonstick pans, skillets are the number one item people go for thanks to the need for easy release when it comes to cooking foods that tend to stick (think eggs and pancakes).
This set includes one 8-inch and one 10-inch skillet, two versatile sizes that come in handy for whatever your cooking needs are. Cleanup is easy thanks to the smooth nonstick surface; hand wash with mild dish soap or opt to put it right into the dishwasher.
Final Verdict Donna Carrie is a food writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. Smaller sets take up less space, of course, but you might have to shop for additional pieces.
However, some nonstick cookware sets have stainless steel discs on the bottom of each piece, meaning that they’re induction compatible. If you have an induction cook top or you might get one in the future, make sure your chosen set will work for you.