Best Ceramic Cookware Options in 2020

Upgrading your kitchen may take some time as a whole new set can get pretty pricey and dent your wallet if you haven’t saved or budgeted for it. Koreans have long been using ceramic pans for cooking or braising recipes such as bulgogi, L.A. Kalbi, and japchae. The upside of ceramic cookware is that they are nontoxic, eco-friendly, nonstick, and have a beautiful color that complements your cooking. The entire rave about ceramic pots and pans is not only are they great for clean cooking (nontoxic) but that you get a smoother surface where your food will effortlessly glide with using only 1-2 tablespoons of oil or butter to lightly coat the entire pan surface. And because it genuinely is nonstick due to its coating, it makes cleaning a breeze.

Why Choose Ceramic Over Other Nonstick Options?

1. Nontoxic

By using a mineral-based coating that won’t leach toxic materials into your clean & healthy ingredients, you won’t be consuming toxic materials generally used in regular pans such as PFOA, PTFE, lead, cadmium, nickel, or toxic metals. 

2. Eco-friendly

Ceramic cookware is super eco-friendly as it releases up to 60% less CO2 when produced compares to traditional nonstick coatings. 

3. Non-stick

The best part – naturally slick pans require less oil or butter for cooking and less scrubbing for a spotless clean! AKA, it’ll help you not overdose your pan in oils and add inches to your waistline. 

Like all cookware, there’s always an expensive to affordable range in prices. But before looking at which one to buy depending on your budget, have a look to make sure it checks off everything you need the cookware to do – or else you’ll waste your money and regret your purchase.


What is so bad about Teflon? They are super mainstream!

The traditional nonstick cookware is not suitable for you as it has as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) coating marketed under the brand name of Teflon. While PTFE is not known to cause cancer, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), aka C8, which is used to make PTFE coating, is considered a carcinogen. So what happens when you are cooking with the Teflon nonstick cookware coating is that during cooking, your food releases toxic fumes into your home. Even if you stopped using nonstick pans a while ago, most likely we have PFOA in your blood (I really should get this tested one day), which may lead to cancer, reduced fertility (shit I’m turning 30 this year), and thyroid disorders, etc. 

Got it. What are my options for ceramic cookware? 

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Caraway Cookware Set
$395

Some questions to ask yourself during the checkout process when browsing in addition to the pans being PTFE coating free and PFOA-free. Do you need it to be…

  • Nonstick?
  • Oven safe?
  • Have a lid?
  • Nontoxic coating and free of Teflon®?
  • Dishwasher safe? 
  • Even heat distribution?
  • Usage on both electric and gas cooktops?
  • Colors that match your kitchen?

Here’s my wishlist ranking of ceramic cookware options in 2020:

  1. CarawayCookware Set of $395
  2. From Our PlaceAlways Pan + Dinner for 4 cutlery (plates, bowls, cups) Set $250
  3. GreenPan Padova Ceramic Non-Stick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Light Blue $329.99 or the goop x GreenPan blush pink collection $300.00

Caraway – Cookware Set $395

The Caraway Cookware Set is the priciest of my wishlist but probably has the most value for what you are looking for aesthetically and functionally. It’s a modern design for a modern owner – where it even comes with magnetic lid storage and your pans don’t have to be stacked on top of each other. Yep, bougie A.F., but if I had the $$ budgeted aside, I would get this in a heartbeat.

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Caraway Cookware Set – Stackless Pan & Lid Storage
$395

As a Hello Fresh customer, they often provide coupons of $50 off. I’ll share 🙂 The promo code to use is STORAGE50 only at carawayhome.com, expires 04/30/2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

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Caraway Cookware Set – 4 Magnetic Pan Racks
$395
  • Nonstick? Yes
  • Oven safe? Yes
  • Have a lid? Yes
  • Nontoxic coating and free of Teflon®? Yes
  • Dishwasher safe? Yes, handwashing recommended
  • Even heat distribution? Yes
  • Usage on both electric and gas cooktops? Yes
  • Colors that match your kitchen? Yes
  • Is it PFOA-free? Yes
  • Is it PTFE-free? Yes

From Our Place – Always Pan + Dinner for 4 cutlery (plates, bowls, cups) Set $250

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Dinner for 4 Bundle
$250

FYI – Pan by itself is $145

From Our Place is a modern company based in L.A., and it has been a pleasant surprise knowing that they also accommodate Asian-cuisine cooking. Their signature product is called the “Always Pan” –the perfect size and shape to do the work of eight pieces of traditional cookware. I adore this modern design because truly, I only use one pan and maybe one pot to cook lunch and dinner. 

Always Pan - ceramic cookware
Always Pan
$145

Also, it comes with a nesting spatula, finished with natural mineral oil and a nesting stainless steel steamer basket! Fricken intuitive as we all love of broccoli, right? 

  • Nonstick? Yes
  • Oven safe? No
  • Have a lid? Yes
  • Nontoxic coating and free of Teflon®? Yes
  • Dishwasher safe? Yes, handwashing recommended
  • Even heat distribution? Yes
  • Usage on both electric and gas cooktops? Yes
  • Colors that match your kitchen? Yes
  • Is it PFOA-free? Yes
  • Is it PTFE-free? Yes
10,000 Abilities 万能 Always Pan - ceramic cookware
10,000 Abilities 万能 Always Pan
$175

For the 2020 Lunar New Year of the Rat, they have limited-edition ceramic cookware, spruce and bamboo nesting steamer basket that is amazing to steam all your baos (buns such as Char Siu Bao), and dumplings such as Siu Mai (steamed pork and shrimp) and Har Gow (steamed shrimp). If you cook a lot of Asian-cuisine and your budget is pretty good, I would highly suggest this option 10,000 Abilities 万能 Always Pan.

GreenPan – Padova Ceramic Non-Stick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Light Blue $329.99

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Padova Ceramic Non-Stick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Light Blue
$329.99

This company has a high success story as they have created a new branded term for their ceramic nonstick coating called “Thermolon™”. Like the other recommended options above in this post, these sets of pans emit 60% less CO2 when cooking.

ceramic cookware
Padova Ceramic Non-Stick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Light Blue
$329.99

What sets this ceramic cookware brand apart from the rest for me as someone who cooks Asian-cuisine a lot, is that they have nonstick ceramic woks as an option too! Fricken neat, if you ask me!

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Lima Ceramic Non-Stick Wok, 12.5-Inch
$64.99
  • Nonstick? Yes
  • Oven safe? Yes
  • Have a lid? Yes
  • Nontoxic coating and free of Teflon®? Yes
  • Dishwasher safe? Yes, handwashing recommended
  • Even heat distribution? Yes
  • Usage on both electric and gas cooktops? Yes
  • Colors that match your kitchen? Yes
  • Is it PFOA-free? Yes
  • Is it PTFE-free? Yes

Granted, If you are looking to get just the frying pan to try it out, GreenPan sells individual fry pans on Amazon such as 10” frypan for $38.59.

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goop x GreenPan Exclusive Blush Padova 10-Piece Set
$300

But let’s say you are on the other side of the spectrum and you want some rose & gold colors in your kitchen… no fret, because Gwenyth Paltrow has your back with her company’s partnership with GreenPan with the exclusive Blush Padova 10-Piece Set. The ceramic cookware is adorable, but if you are living with a partner using the same pans together, I would highly recommend if that person also digs a blush pink and gold-tone.

My boyfriend is pretty reserved about gold tones, so I immediately know it wouldn’t be very much of joy for him to see this set in the house. But if I were living alone and not have to care about anyone else, dude – this is the one


Over to you! 

What are your thoughts about ceramic cookware, and did you already know we have been second-hand smoking up these toxic fumes right in your homes? I’m still shocked, trust me. Like, how was this ever OK, and it still sells as if it is the number one mainstream option for pots and pans? If you know someone who is getting married and they have a wedding registry, or if a couple is moving in together because they bought a house together, I would definitely refer this article to them! Sharing is caring!

Cee Ng

Hello, I’m Cee! I’m a lifestyle blogger during my downtime and a consultant and producer during the day. This blog is to share experiences in travel, work, beauty, relationships, cooking, shopping and lifestyle tips that I hope can inspire you to live the best version of yourself in whichever stage you are in life and have fun with no regrets!