If you are looking for the best cookware to buy why not take a look at ceramic pots and pans. More and more consumers are opting for ceramic cookware sets over other cookware types for a variety of reasons. Some prefer the look and feel of ceramic cookware while others are health conscious and are looking for a safer set of pots and pans.
Whatever the reason, choosing the best ceramic cookware set can bring with it a few questions and in some instances you could be left scratching your head as to which is the best. In this article we hope to clear up some of the confusion around ceramic cookware sets so you have a better understanding and make the right purchase.
The best ceramic cookware sets come in an array of different colors, the pots and pans are durable, nonstick and easy to clean – it’s easy to see why so many are now swapping out their old pots and pans for new ceramic sets.
Best Ceramic Cookware Brands
It doesn’t matter if you are shopping for the best cast iron cookware, copper cookware, or even looking for the best wok, you’ll find some manufactures of all pots and pans that are better than others and weeding out the bad from the good can sometimes be a challenge.
When it comes to ceramic cookware sets there are a handful of reputable manufactures that produce some of the best. Brands like T-Fal, Cook N Home, WearEver, and even Rachel Ray, produce some great budget ceramic sets that even the most modest of budgets will be able to afford. Then there are well-known brands such as Cuisinart and Calphalon that offer a great range of ceramic and enameled cookware sets.
Is Ceramic Cookware Safe?
Is ceramic cookware safe? In a nutshell, yes. In the past (2006) there was research carried out that looked into the potential health risks associated with nonstick coatings that cover most of the pots and pans we use. Not just ceramic cookware but all cookware sets that use nonstick carried potential health risks if they used PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) in their nonstick coating. Thankfully today the best ceramic cookware sets do not use any hazardous nonstick coating and are perfectly safe to use and they often proudly state that they are PFOA free.
For budget ceramic cookware sets caution should still be taken as to whether they are using a PFOA nonstick coating on their pots and pans, if the cookware set doesn’t state anywhere on the packaging are on paperwork it’s probably safe to say that they are not PFOA free.
Also another factor to take into consideration is lead, cadmium and other toxic substances that can be found in some glazed ceramics, so always try and buy the best set you can afford and look for brands that conform to US FDA standards. If you find that your ceramic cookware is starting to chip and crack it’s always best to err on the side of caution and to stop using it and invest in a new set.
What to Look For in the Best Ceramic Cookware Set
Ceramic cookware is really no different to other pots and pans when it comes to buying a new set. Things like the price, heat conductivity, and durability should all be factors in your buying decision.
A lot of ceramic pots and pans for example will come with non-ceramic handles that are attached to lids that cannot be placed in the oven, and there are some sets that can only withstand certain temperatures, so caution should be taken when shopping around.
Another thing to look for is whether the ceramic set carries any sort of warranty; many of the best cookware set will come with a lifetime warranty while budget sets tend to have none.
Ceramic Cookware Sets versus Glass Cookware
When it comes to the debate of whether ceramic cookware is better than glass there is no true winner. Both offer the same pros and cons and can be used on almost any cooking surface such as in the oven, stovetops, or even in the microwave (unless the ceramic is coating a metal pot or pan).
Glass cookware is slightly more durable than ceramic as it doesn’t scratch or break easily and rarely discolors overtime. And both glass and ceramic are strikingly similar when cooking almost any food. There really isn’t a one overall winner; both are very similar so it really comes down to personal preference as to which you prefer.
Best Ceramic Cookware Sets Some of my Favorites
Still not sure which is the best ceramic cookware set? Not to worry I have picked put three of my favorites that will look great sat on your kitchen stove top.
Calphalon Ceramic Cookware Set 10-Piece Black
If you are looking for the best ceramic pots and pans then look no further because I believe this is the best for the money.
The Calphalon ceramic cookware set is an ideal choice for cooking enthusiasts on a budget and comprises of ten pieces including an 8 inch and 10-inch omelet pans, a 1, 2 and 3 quart set of sauce pans with lids, and a 6-quart covered stockpot.
This ceramic cookware is not dangerous and complies with all of the latest US FDA standards and is PFOE-free. The handles feature comfortable silicone grips that have been designed to stay cool even on the hottest of stove tops.
The accompanying Tempered glass lids fit snuggly and tightly to their matching pot or pan and make viewing your food whilst cooking super easy.
Rachael Ray Ceramic Cookware Set 10-Piece Porcelain Enamel II
The Rachael Ray ceramic cookware set is a great modern looking collection of pots and pans available in a full range of colors from royal blue, lime green, citrus yellow all the way to traditional sunset orange.
The beautiful and functional set includes a 1-quart and 2-quart, covered saucepan, a 6-quart covered stockpot, a 3-quart covered sauté pan, an 8.5-inch skillet and a 10-inch skillet. The Rachel Ray cookware set heats up really fast and we found that it evenly cooked our food time and time again. The nonstick surface was a breeze to clean and nothing stuck to it even as hard as I tried to make food stick.
If features rubberized grippy handles that are not only comfortable but can go inside the oven as well. With the tempered glass lids you can easily keep track of the food you are cooking without having to remove the lid each and every time.
WearEver Ceramic 10-Piece Cookware Set
The WearEver ceramic 10-piece cookware set is perfect for home cooks looking for an affordable ceramic coated set of pots and pans. They have been manufactured from high quality aluminum that guarantees high heat retention. They have then been coated in PTFE free, PFOA free, and Cadmium free ceramic.
The set includes a 3.5-quart covered skillet, a 5-quart covered Dutch oven, a 3-quart covered sauce pan, a 10 inch and 8-inch sauté pan, as well as two handy nylon tools kitchen tools.
The WearEver ceramic cookware set has nonstick exterior and silicone riveted handles and comes with tight fitting tempered glass lids making viewing your cooking food easy.