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There are tons of different types of nonstick cookware to choose from, but we love ceramic pans. Why, you ask? Their nonstick properties, durability, and often eco-friendly composition mean they get two thumbs up from amateur home cooks and pro chefs alike. Featuring a smooth surface that’s lovely to sauté or stir upon, ceramic pans also boast a nonstick coating that is free of dangerous-for-your-health substances such as PTFE and Teflon (or PFOA).
Another perk of cooking on ceramic skillets and pans is that they often have an aluminum base, which means they distribute heat wonderfully and save you from unevenly cooked food. (Ceramic cookware is technically constructed of metal and then coated with a nontoxic, nonstick ceramic layer.)
We also like that ceramic pans are a fairly low-maintenance cookware to take care of since their nonstick coating keeps food from sticking, so you can swiftly wipe muck off with a sponge. (When cooking, a bit of oil should be enough to get going and enhance the nonstick properties.) They’re typically dishwasher-safe, too. Last but not least, they tend to be lighter in weight and a much more affordable alternative to stainless steel cookware.
Ready to make the switch? Keep reading for our favorite ceramic pans from budget finds to cheffy splurges and get to more important questions, like what you’re cooking for dinner.
The Best Ceramic Pans
- Best Overall: Caraway Ceramic Cookware Set
- Best Budget: Bialetti 10-Piece Ceramic Pro Cookware Set
- Best for Small Kitchens: Neoflam Midas 9-Piece Cookware Set
- Best Large Frying Pan: Great Jones Large Ceramic Fry Pan
- Best Small Frying Pan: GreenPan Chatham Ceramic Fry Pan
- Best Sauté Pan: Farberware Glide Ceramic Nonstick Sauté Pan
- Best Everyday Pan: From Our Place Always Pan 2.0
- Best Temperature Technology: Ballarini Parma Plus 2-Piece Pan Set
- Best Mini Pan: GreenPan Mini Healthy Ceramic Non-Stick Round Egg Pan
What to Consider
Once you cook on ceramic, you’ll be glad you made the switch. But before buying a ceramic pan — or entire set of them — there are a few things to keep in mind. Set your budget. Ceramic pans typically run from $20 to $200. After that, you’re going to want to look for high-quality nonstick performance. If you see in the reviews that food releases from the pan easily and it’s not a nightmare to clean up, then that’s a good sign you’re purchasing a great nonstick pan.
It’s also important that the ceramic coating itself is long-lasting (look for customer reviews that note the nonstick surface as such or mention that it’s durable) and is free of toxic substances like PFOA and PTFE, lead, and cadmium.
Don’t overlook the handle. Look for a ceramic pan that has a handle with an ergonomic design, a comfy grip, and a grip that is heat-resistant, too. Then, the size of the pan is an important factor when shopping for ceramic cookware. Are you regularly cooking for one or two, or do you need a pan with a larger surface area for entertaining or cooking for a household with several members on a nightly basis?
It’s worth noting that while a lightweight pan may be easier to maneuver around the kitchen, bigger pans may retain heat in a superior manner. And on the cleaning front, while the bulk of ceramic pans are dishwasher-safe, some aren’t so always scan a product description and see if you can pop a pan in the dishwasher if that is a deciding factor for you.
How We Selected
As a culinary school grad and product reviewer, Perri has tested dozens of ceramic pans over the years. She loves Our Place’s The Always Pan for how sleek it looks (when entertaining, put it on a trivet for serving directly from the table), but from Great Jones to GreenPan, there’s a slew of other brands that create high-quality ceramic pans with nonstick coating that lasts for a long time.
In addition to hands-on testing of Our Place and Great Jones cookware, we also pored over dozens of product reviews to see what real customers had to say about the nonstick properties of the pans, their handles, their heat distribution, and more.
Additionally, we liaised with PR pros to learn about the latest and greatest product releases in the ceramic cookware realms and consulted trusted sources like Food & Wine and Good Housekeeping to cross-check our picks.
Perri is a New York City-born and -based writer; she holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Columbia University and is also a culinary school graduate of the plant-based Natural Gourmet Institute, which is now the Natural Gourmet Center at the Institute of Culinary Education. Her work has appeared in the New York Post, Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, Oprah Daily, Insider.com, Architectural Digest, Southern Living, and more. She's probably seen Dave Matthews Band in your hometown, and she'll never turn down a bloody mary. Learn more at VeganWhenSober.com.
Danielle is the former food & drink editor for BestProducts.com, where she put her knowledge as a cocktail consultant and connoisseur to use; her work can also be spotted on Thrillist, Food & Wine, and Delish. Prior to joining BestProducts.com in 2016, she was slinging fancy cocktails in Brooklyn, reporting on the best bars and restaurants in the country for Food & Wine magazine, and drinking all the whiskey New York has to offer. Outside of work, you’ll most likely find her catching the end of happy hour at her favorite bars in New York or dreaming up pretty new drink recipes.
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