When it comes to cooking, there are those things that take you from everyday gourmet to a culinary superstar, like the cult-favorite butcher block or the cooktop that heats things quickly and evenly. And then there's cookware, the main attraction of any gastronomic experience. If you want your dishes to turn out the way you envision, you'll need to consider swapping out kitchenware that's seen better days with gorgeous new ceramic nonstick alternatives.
Surprisingly, ceramic nonstick cookware is not ceramic. It looks like ceramic — that's how it got its name — but it's actually metal with a coating made of sand that uses silicon to prevent sticking. However, these nonstick pots and pans masquerading as ceramic do have a lot of pros. They are a breeze to clean, free of harmful chemicals, plus your food will slide off with ease. And bonus: They tend to be pretty affordable.
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Here are our top 10 picks for ceramic nonstick cookware to add to your culinary collection.
GreenPan is a brand that's touted for being eco-friendly and safe for cooking. And with a Thermolon Minerals coating — which is made from sand — what's not to love about this fab GreenPan and Food52 nonstick sauté pan? Plus, you can't go wrong with that lovely shade of blue.
If you're on the hunt for a full collection of cookware, this is your territory. The price on this set is simply unmatchable, and let's be honest — nothing screams "I have my life together" quite like coordinated pots and pans.
Take it one step further with this bestselling set from Amazon. On top of all the most-used pieces of cookware, it includes four versatile kitchen utensils, too. Plus, the set comes in 10 different colors so you can customize your look to match your kitchen.
This oh-so-modern and stylish company specializes in ceramic nonstick cookware with a current look. Also, it's beloved for its German ceramic coating. You can either go with the "Small Fry" pan at 8 1/2 inches or the "Large Fry" at 10 1/4 inches.
If you're in the habit of frying up an egg or two every morning, look no further than this downsized piece of ceramic nonstick cookware. GreenPan has created a mini frying pan perfectly sized for eggs. So adorable and practical.
Calphalon has been around for a while, so if you're searching for ceramic nonstick cookware that's tried and true, this is the frying pan for you. And the bonus? This one comes with a handy lid to prevent unexpected splatters.
As a result of German engineering, this Zwilling nonstick pan will get the job done flawlessly every time. Rendered in aluminum, that promotes even heat distribution, you can use metal utensils on this material — which is usually a no-no in the world of ceramic nonstick cookware.
Caraway is another top brand among ceramic nonstick cookware devotees. Perhaps you'd like to add a Dutch oven to your collection. This highly-reviewed beauty is actually pretty durable and comes in plenty of on-trend colors.
Maybe you don't want to break the bank when purchasing ceramic nonstick cookware. In this case, we recommend a sauté pan by T-fal. It's dishwasher safe, has ergonomically designed handles, and comes in a champagne hue we adore.
It's no surprise the beloved brand Our Place made its way onto the list. Aside from this pot's trendy colors and stunning aesthetic, customers swear by its versatility. The nonstick, ceramic coated Perfect Pot replaces a stockpot, Dutch oven, saucepot, roasting rack, steamer, strainer, and braiser. No wonder it has such a loyal fanbase.