You may be searching for ceramic cookware reviews because it’s hard to miss all the infomercials you see for this non-stick, super-slick coating all over the media.
I’m no different than a lot of you because I own more than one old-faithful (had it forever) Teflon skillet — is it time for me to trash my Teflon?
While I try to practice healthier food alternatives I’ve given little consideration, until now, about the cookware my meals are prepared in.
After doing more than a little research for ceramic cookware reviews I decided to summarize what I found into a cookware comparison chart.
Ceramic Coatings vs Teflon Coatings
As you may recall, Teflon, a coating made by DuPont was in the news some time ago because it contained PFOA which stands for perfluorooctainoic acid.
This is a synthetic chemical compound that was used as part of the manufacturing process for PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) giving Teflon its non-stick properties.
Some studies for this coating showed that when heated to temperatures above 500 degrees, it released harmful gases that, in the studies, could be potentially harmful to both humans as well as pets.
DuPont staunchly defends its Telfon coating and maintains its products are safe today, when used correctly.
They are also a participant in a voluntary PFOA stewardship program with the EPA to ban any PFOA chemicals use in products by 2015.
Ceramic coatings have become popular because they do not contain PFOA, lead or cadmium in their manufacturing process making them more stable under high heat. They are marketed as a greener alternative.
A true ceramic coating process is derived from using only natural materials and nano-technology (molecule altering) to create a moisture-proof surface coat without using harmful chemicals. It’s non-toxic and non-reactive up to recommended temperatures — releasing no gases or contaminants.
Ceramic Cookware Reviews Comparison Chart
Here I’ve included what information I gathered on the various ceramic cookware brands. This ceramic cookware comparison is organized in spreadsheet format and into two pages more for readability in the video below.
Since all the ceramic cookware comes in both individual pieces as well as sets I chose to base cost comparisons on a single 10″ skillet across all brands. Ceramic cookware review category headings are as follows:
- Brand names are sorted alphabetically
- Is the Brand PFOA and PTFE free with its coating
- Is the product dishwasher safe (you’ll note most are not)
- Is the product Induction Cooktop safe (again you’ll note many Brands are not)
- Does the product handle keep your grip cool
- Cost variation between Brands
- Whether Brands are made in the United States
- What the maximum temperature the Brand can be heated to without issue
What the manufacturer’s warranty is for the product
The Ceramic Cookware Brand I Chose
The first thing I want to mention is that I did not purchase a full set of ceramic cookware. I’m, personally, pretty loyal to the Calphalon brand and have invested literally thousands of dollars in the pieces I own.
As mentioned earlier, I do or rather did have a couple of old Teflon skillets I used mostly for eggs and for skillet recipes when I’m not using my cast iron pan.
I’ve since replaced these with the WearEver C944S264 Pure Living 10-in and 8-inch saute pan and fry pan cookware set.
The reasons I chose the WearEver Pure Living line is because it’s made in the good old USA. I’m all for providing jobs to US workers or keeping those with jobs employed.
It’s also dishwasher safe where many of the other Brands are not — I’m not a fan of hand-washing dishes or pots and pans. And lastly, for my own personal use, it’s all I need — the set has great user-reviews and is extremely affordable.
Only you can decide what’s right for your household but the ceramic cookware reviews comparison chart should help you save some time in the review process.