For thousands of years the greatest civilizations on earth from Mesopotamia to Mexico have used ceramic dishes to cook their food. They did this not because they did not have steel, they did, they just use it for swords and armor, but instead they cared enough about the quality of their meals that they preferred to use a superior type of cookware. Our civilizations did the same until we started to travel more and more and the needed pots and pans that would not break at every turn of the road. However, now it is becoming increasingly easy to return to that old school type of cooking while preserving the durability of steel cookware. Modern ceramic cookware sets are not that much more expensive than regular ones and they have the advantage of retaining and distributing heat in a much better way. Of course the thickness and quality of the ceramic layer is very important, which is why you will see different price ranges for apparently similar products. We have decided to feature only those sets that made sense both from a price point of view and quality point of view. So make sure to scroll past the following list detailing only the most minimal features of each product, to find the in depth reviews we have created for each one.
1. SilverStone Ceramic CXi Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set
The best option currently on the market today in our opinion is the SilverStone Ceramic CXi Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set. There are several factors we have taken into consideration when making this decision, but the most important one is the fact that the ceramic layer is on the inside of the pot. This means that, because the outer layer is made of high quality steel, you can use the SilverStone on anything from an induction stove to a gas burner, which is quite rare with ceramic dishes. There is also the fact that the ceramic layer is thick and of the highest quality so it does not peel off, scratch, or come off if used properly. The handles are riveted in place so they will not come on down as it happens with screwed down handles, and they are made from a heat resistant rubber, so they are comfortable to handle and also oven safe. The one thing that is implicit but perhaps less known to most people is the fact that ceramic cookware is nonstick, so it is extremely easy to clean, which is why you should really go the extra mile to hand wash your ceramic pots and pans, even though they are labeled as dishwasher safe.
2. Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set
An interesting alternative to the SilverStone cookware set is the Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set. It is slightly more expensive but then again you get a 15 piece set instead of a 12 piece, and the layer of porcelain is actually thicker. The fact that it is set on the outside provides a improved heat absorption quality, and helps keep the exterior of your pots and pans as clean as the interior. So you are probably wondering why the Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set is not the number 1 choice for our list. The reason is precisely because the ceramic layer is on the outside, which means you can only use it on classical stoves electrical or gas powered. We should also mention that the handles are a bit heavier and provide a better balance than in the SilverStone. So if you are certain that for the next 10 to 20 years, given that ceramic cookware is exceptionally long-lasting, you are not going to switch to induction you may actually prefer to choose the Paula Deen Signature Nonstick 15-Piece Porcelain Cookware Set as your family’s next choice.
3. Flamekiss 5-piece Cookware Set
We hate the fact that the Flamekiss 5-piece Cookware Setis not really a 5 piece set but instead they have 3 pans and count the 2 lids as 2 more pieces, so we almost decided not to feature them here. And then we noticed the exceptionally high price and decided to see what made them so confident ask so much money. What we discovered was that they might actually be worth it since they are using an aluminum frame coated entirely in nano ceramic material. The fact is similar to cooking in on all ceramic pan offering the perfect heat distribution and retention system. It is actually the closest you will get the cooking like the deep in ancient Egypt, but you also have to be aware of the fact that you will not be able to use an induction stove.
4. WearEver Pure Living Ceramic Coating Cookware Set
The problem with most ceramic cookware is that it cannot be used on anything more than a medium heat setting. However the WearEver Pure Living Ceramic Coating Cookware Set comes with a lifetime warranty backing up the claim that it can be safely used up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit on a cook top. The only reason why it cannot be used in an oven above 350 degrees is because of the rubber handles that cannot take more heat than that. Unfortunately they are riveted on, so you cannot unscrew them even if you were willing to use such a low jack maneuver to get them in the oven. However, since most stakes that start by being seared at high temperature on a cook top actually need to then be slow cooked in the oven, the 350 degrees that the handles can take, should be more than enough.
5. Concord Cookware 12-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
The final product to make our top 5 ceramic cookware set list is the Concord Cookware CN1200. They are here because they are actually made with a double coated layer or porcelain coating. That double layer provides extra thickness, better heat retention and it is a safety net that we appreciate. Having a double layer means that, even if an accident should happen and you hit or scrape the bottom of the pan, chipping away at the ceramic layer, you will only be affecting the top one, while the bottom layer stays intact.
6. T-fal Initiatives Ceramic Cookware Set
The guys from T-fal have done a very interesting thing in their attempt to lower the price while keeping the quality as high as possible. They have created think aluminum pots and pans with a very thin ceramic coating. That way the aluminum takes the role of evenly distributing the heat, and the ceramic coating is there only to provide a nonstick surface that is both efficient and healthy. It is basically a Teflon pan but instead of exposing yourself and your family to the nasty effects of Teflon you have a ceramic coating. It is safe, it is natural, and most importantly it is protected by a lifetime warranty.
7. Cook N Home Ceramic Coating 10-Piece Cookware Set
If you want and even cheaper alternative to the T-fal offer then you could go with Cook N Home Ceramic Coating 10-Piece Cookware Set. They have been able to lower the price by using screwed on handles and by not offering a lifetime warranty. The good news is that ceramics are such strong materials that you do not really need a lifetime warranty as long as you take good care of that. That means not using a dishwasher, keeping the cooking temperature to medium, and only using plastic or wood cutlery. If you cannot afford one of the ceramic cookware sets in our top 5 choices, we really think that this is one of the best deals you could make, although there are some obvious risks. We should also note that with this set you actually get 6 pots and pans and 4 glass lids, which is an excellent offer.
8. Heuck Nano 8-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
As long as you are willing to give upthe pan and a lid, you can get an even cheaper deal with the Heuck Nano 8-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set. They have the same thin layer of ceramic coating that is there for the nonstick characteristics, but you do have to take good care of it because it is thinner than you can possibly imagine. However when this offer you at least get the one year warranty, but it is a manufacturer warranty, which means that they will only cover things like the handle falling off or the pan breaking in half because of the heat. The good news though is that the Dutch oven is actually safe for temperature up to 350°F.
9. Imperial Home Ceramic Coating Cookware Set
The cheapest offer currently on the market is the Ceramic Coating Cookware Set. You only get a pan and 2 pots, but they do have a thin ceramic coating that is more than enough to provide the nonstick properties you are looking for. Beside the pots and pans you also get 2 lids and 3 cooking tools. That is why you will often find this set under the misleading title of 8 pieces cookware, and why we have featured it here without mentioning the number of pieces in the title.
10. WearEver Gold Ceramic Coating Cookware Set
We have left the WearEver Gold Ceramic Coating Cookware Set is the lost set to be featured on our top 10 list because it is essentially as our number 4 choice. The only difference is that this set is in gold color and for that reason it is somewhat more expensive. We do not believe it is worth the extra money, but we are sure there will be plenty of people who will appreciate the more subdued colors. It offers the exact same quality so as long as you think the price is fitting, you should definitely go with it.