The 8 Best Ceramic Cookware Sets, Tested by Allrecipes
If you have concerns about nonstick cookware, or you want the easy-to-clean surface of nonstick cookware with the high-heat tolerance of stainless steel, then ceramic cookware just might be the fit for you. Ceramic pans offer the best of all worlds, and it doesn't hurt that their glazed finish looks stunning on any stovetop.
To help you choose the best ceramic cookware set for your kitchen, we asked Allrecipes product tester Alyssa Sybertz tested to put the top options on the market to the ultimate test. She considered each set's overall feel, look, ease of storage, cleanup, cooking surface, and value. With these factors in mind, she picked the GreenPan Revolution Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set as the best overall. Read on to discover the best ceramic cookware sets, according to our testing.
- Best Overall: GreenPan Revolution Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
- Best Budget: Cuisinart 11-Piece Set Ceramica XT Nonstick Cookware
- Best Nonstick Surface: Caraway 7-Piece Cookware Set
- Most Versatile: GreenLife Soft Grip Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set, 16-Piece
- Most Stylish: Bialetti Ceramic Pro Hard-Anodized 10-Piece Cookware Set
What Is Ceramic Cookware?
Early forms of ceramic cookware date back thousands of years, but modern day ceramic cookware has evolved greatly from its ancient predecessors. What most people call ceramic cookware is actually metal that has been glazed with a silicone-based nonstick coating derived from sand (the technical term for this coating is sol-gel). But you can also find ceramic cookware that is 100 percent ceramic (i.e. made from clay, baked in a kiln, and glazed).
For the sake of our testing, we will be focusing on the former. Ceramic-coated cookware, also called ceramic nonstick cookware, is often constructed with an aluminum or stainless steel base for optimal heat conduction. The ceramic coating offers an easy-to-clean, nonstick surface, while the metal base offers excellent conduction capabilities. It's often considered a safer alternative to nonstick cookware that is coated in Teflon, which at high temperatures (above 500 degrees F) can release toxic fumes.
On the downside, ceramic-coated cookware is less durable than its traditional nonstick and stainless steel counterparts: Its glaze tends to wear down faster. The more you use it, the more it wears down, and the more oil you'll need to use with it.
What to Consider When Buying a Ceramic Cookware Set
Most ceramic cookware sets (and all featured in this review), have an aluminum core. This combined with the outer coating makes for an ultra-lightweight pan, another advantage to ceramic, especially if you have limited grip-strength or arthritis.
But you still want your cookware to be made to last. Look for cookware with handles that are securely riveted to the pan, and have tempered glass lids. These are both indicators of well-made cookware.
Size and Quantity
Since we're talking about cookware sets here, consider the number of pieces (and which pieces in particular), you're looking to add to your collection. Most pieces will include, at minimum, a saucepan, fry pan, Dutch oven/stockpot, and saute pan. From there you can get varying sizes of saucepans and fry pans, as well as a number of lids, utensils, and even accessories like steamer baskets. The sets tested in this review range in size from seven pieces to a whopping 16 pieces.
Keep reading for our picks for the best ceramic cookware sets. Plus, hear our thoughts on those that didn't quite make the cut.
The Best Ceramic Cookware Set of 2022
Other Cookware Sets We Tested
These ceramic cookware sets just missed the mark, but they're still top-rated, functional cookware sets.
How We Tested Each Cookware Set
After rounding up a collection of top-rated ceramic cookware sets, Allrecipes product tester Alyssa Sybertz tested two pieces in each set: the frying pan and the Dutch oven/stockpot.
- Frying an egg in the frying pan. Alyssa heated each pan over medium heat for two minutes. She then added an egg, cooked for two minutes, flipped, and cooked for an additional one minute before removing it from the pan (note that we chose not to use oil or butter in our testing in order to measure the nonstick capabilities; however some brands suggest using a little fat to prevent sticking). For each pan, she noted how well it cooked on the first side, ease of flipping/if it stuck, how much it cooked on the second side, and how runny the yolk was at the end.
- Making applesauce in the Dutch oven/stockpot. For each pot, Alyssa cooked the apples, water, and sugar for 25 minutes, then checked to see how much the apples broke down, how much mashing was required, how thick the applesauce was, and how easy it was to pour it out and clean the pot.
During testing, Alyssa paid special attention to the following factors:
- Overall Feel: Are the pieces heavy? Are the handles comfortable to hold? Do the covers fit snugly?
- Look: Is it attractive? Does it come in colors? Is the look cohesive?
- Ease of Storage: Are the pieces bulky? Can they nest and take up less space?
- Ease of Cleaning: Dishwasher safe or hand wash only?
- Cooking Surface: What do they recommend in terms of greasing the pan? How is the nonstick surface?
- Overall Value: How many pieces do you get for the price? Is it worth the money?