We often get asked which is the best ceramic cookware set you can buy, and this is quite tough to answer since there is such a wide variety of makes and sets to choose from. It also depends on your budget, so choosing a good quality set is always going to be difficult. To help you out, we have written out some guidelines to look out for, and then linked to some of our highest ranking reviews below that so you can have an idea what to look out for.
The Safety aspect
The first thing you should look out for is a PFOA free nonstick coating. These are chemicals used in the manufacture of nonstick cookware, and have been proven to be dangerous to the environment and to your health when they are exposed. These chemicals are only really exposed when the nonstick coating is subject to extreme heat, so it isn’t really a major worry. However the good news is that they are non existent in most newer cookware sets, so this shouldn’t really be an issue in this time. Still, it is worth seeing if the cookware set you are buying is 100% safe, so remember to keep this in mind.
Most good quality sets are oven friendly, so this is something else to look for. If you are buying a set with lids, the lids will often only be able to withstand lower temperatures than the main set, so remember to keep an eye on this. Most nonstick coatings are only designed to be used on lower and medium heats, and the same applies when you are putting them in the oven. If the ceramic coated cookware set you are interested in claims to be oven friendly, always make sure you know what temperature the cookware set can tolerate, otherwise you run the risk of damaging the cookware.
If you are going to be using the cookware set quite often, it is recommended to buy on that will do the job. Many sets these days come with ergonomic handles, to make them easy to use over long periods of time. Many quality sets come with riveted handles, and this creates a sturdy and solid connection to the pot or pan. Some of the premium sets have a tough nonstick coating that will allow you to use metal utensils with the nonstick coating. These same sets are also dishwasher safe, but you will have to be prepared to pay the price to get a set with these types of features.
A good warranty is the next thing you should think about. Most cheap sets come with a one year warranty, but this shouldn’t always be a deciding factor. If you do find a nonstick ceramic cookware set that you like, but the warranty is a bit on the short side, you can always read some user reviews to find out how it performs past the warranty date. Amazon is a fantastic source for these user reviews, and they will give you a good idea of what to expect from the performance and durability of your new cookware.