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. Lastly, an assessment is made as to how hot the handles and lid knobs became while cooking.
Greenspan Revolution williams-sonoma.com Top scorer in Lab tests; heated evenly, eggs were easy to clean, steaks seared well 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.
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 pots and pans are strong but easy to move around with thick, stay-cool handles. 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. The pans are also very good at frying crispy eggs with minimal oil.
SCANPANwayfair.com Basic, entry level set that will last a very long time Comfortable handles and light to medium weight but sturdy 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. The World of Williams Sonoma Thoughtfully Designed.
Made from 100% pure ceramic, Extreme is all-natural, non-toxic and will never leach chemicals, metal, cadmium, lead, or change the taste of your food. The solid ceramic construction also offers even heating, easy cleaning and the versatility to take dishes from fridge, to stove top, to oven, to table.