Ceramic cookware offers a good alternative to traditional nonstick pots and pans that are often coated in Teflon, a material known to release toxins when overheated (500°F is the recommended maximum). When compared to stainless steel, ceramic cookware offers the benefits of high-heat searing and even heating, without the heft, along with coveted nonstick properties. Some are made from clay. baked in a kiln and glazed, but the majority are metal glazed with ceramic. The one downside to ceramic cookware is its glaze tends to wear quicker than traditional nonsticks and it doesn't compare to good stainless that could last forever.

In the Just Cooking Tools Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab, we test ceramic skillets to determine how well they distribute heat on both gas and electric ranges as well as their ability to evenly brown steaks. We check how well the exterior surfaces resist staining and the ability of the saucepans to maintain a steady simmer and cook tomato sauce without scorching.

We test the release properties of the nonstick finish by making fried eggs, scrambled eggs, and pancakes without any butter or oil. Finally, we review how easy all cookware items were to use by determining the thoroughness of the owner’s manual, as well as whether each piece and its lid was oven- and/or dishwasher-safe. Additionally, each piece is inspected for rivets, which attach the handle to the pan and create additional crevices that require cleaning. Lastly, an assessment is made as to how hot the handles and lid knobs became while cooking.

Below are our recommendations for the best ceramic cookware sets, a list that includes top-tested picks, as well as popular sets and new releases from brands we trust:

    Best Overall Ceramic Cookware Set

    GreenPan Revolution 10-Piece Cookware Set

    Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
    GreenPan Revolution williams-sonoma.com

    • Top scorer in Lab tests; heated evenly, eggs were easy to clean, steaks seared well

    • Pricy

    This ceramic cookware set made of anodized aluminum with stainless steel handles and a ceramic nonstick finish, was a top scorer in our multiple tests. It heated very evenly whether we used gas, electric, or induction. Omelets slid right out of the pan, steaks seared perfectly, and pancakes browned evenly without the need for extra butter. It also aced our scorch test, which means, no need to stir soups or stews while they simmer.

    If you're looking to crisp up the topping on a casserole, note that you can put GreenPan Revolution's pans in the oven, up to 600ºF. Cleanup is easy, too, because unlike many nonstick pots and pans, you can pop these ceramic pieces in the dishwasher.

    Best Value Ceramic Cookware Set

    T-Fal Initiatives Ceramic Nonstick 14-Piece Cookware Set

    Initiatives Ceramic Nonstick Cookware
    T-fal amazon.com

    • Great price for many pieces

    • Lightweight pans need to be more closely watched during cooking to avoid overheating

    College students and new cooks will love this cookware set that comes with two spoons and two spatulas that can safely be used without the fear of scratching. The pans are lightweight and heat quickly, and can be heated up to 570ºF. They have thick handles, which make for a comfortable grasp and oversized, stay cool knobs. The large assortment of pans allows for cooking many dishes at once. All pieces can be put in the dishwasher.

    Most Popular Ceramic Cookware Set on Amazon

    Blue Diamond Pan Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

    Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
    Blue Diamond Pan amazon.com
    $79.99 (20% off)

    • Well-priced

    • Handles are hollow and get hot during cooking

    When we saw that Blue Diamond pans boast a 4.4/5 rating on Amazon, we had to see for ourselves. The 10-inch pan is lightweight, but sturdy, and fits comfortably in the hand. Reviewers claim the handle gets hot, and in our tests we were able to confirm that they're hollow and do get hot; we learned that using a low to medium flame helps as well as centering the pan on the burner.

    In our tests, we needed to slide almost all of the spatula underneath the egg to release it, more than others that released very easily. The pans, however, were still very easy to clean and barely any residue stuck to them. Cooked scrambled eggs practically slid off the pan and wiping them clean with a dry paper towel made them look as clean as when we started. The pans also have nonstick rivets, which are one less area we need to normally scrub.

    Best Ceramic Cookware Set for Searing

    Scanpan CTX 10-Piece Deluxe Cookware Set

    CTX 10-Piece Deluxe Set
    Scanpan amazon.com
    $698.95 (39% off)

    • Heavy duty

    • Heavy

    With the Scanpan ceramic CTX line, you can enjoy the beauty of stainless steel and the convenience of a nonstick finish. These pots and pans have a brushed stainless steel exterior, a nonstick ceramic interior, and an aluminum core for even heat distribution. The 10-piece CTX set showed top-notch performance in our testing: Skillets heated evenly on both gas and electric ranges, easily released sticky scrambled eggs without oil, and turned out perfectly seared steaks in practically no time at all. Just be prepared to use a little elbow grease to scrub off burnt-on splatters when cleaning up. The pots and pans are oven-safe up to 500ºF.

    Best Ceramic Cookware Set for Oven Use

    GreenPan SearSmart Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

    SearSmart Hard Anodized Ceramic Nonstick
    GreenPan amazon.com

    • Sturdy design with high, oven-safe temps make these pots and pans very versatile
    • Fry pans have large surface area and short edges that aren't as sloped as other

    • Surface feels rough but cleans very easy

    GreenPan's SearSmart Ceramic Cookware stands up to high heat – 600ºF, while most can only 400ºF. Even their tempered glass lids are oven-safe up to 425ºF. The pots and pans are strong but easy to move around with thick, stay-cool handles.

    In our sear test, steak browned quickly and evenly and quickly formed a nice, flavorful crust. Eggs fried up well with no oil and were easy to release with just a tiny nudge from our spatula. The pans have a rough surface that make them more durable than smooth ones. They seem hard to clean, but we were pleasantly surprised to see that the pans only needed to be rinsed with water after scrambling eggs. The pans also have a wide cooking surface, larger than most of comparable sizes, thanks to the short, sharp edges that aren't as sloped as others.

    Best Ceramic Cookware Set for Storing

    GreenPan Levels Stackable Hard Anodized Ceramic 11-Piece Cookware Set

    Levels Stackable Ceramic Nonstick Cookware
    GreenPan amazon.com

    • All pieces nest for storage

    • Nesting comes with a lot of arranging and rearranging

    GreenPan is known for their ceramic cookware and they offer something for everyone. This Levels Stackable line stands up to tight spaces. While we don't love that stacking means a lot of arranging and rearranging, they take up minimal space and limit the excuse for stray lids.

    The pots and pans are oven-safe up to 450ºF and the lids 350ºF. This set even includes a grill pan, a unique feature when it comes to ceramic cookware sets. The saucepans have pour spouts, an underrated feature, and the handles are wide and slope in for ergonomic grabbing. Needless to say, their metal-safe and scratch-resistant, so stacking shouldn't lead to wear.

    Most Versatile Ceramic Cookware Set

    Cuisinart Advantage Ceramica XT 11-Piece Cookware Set

    Advantage Ceramica XT Cookware Set
    Cuisinart amazon.com
    $96.32 (12% off)

    • Large, slip-proof handles are easy to grab
    • Lightweight

    • Oven-safe to 350ºF (some brands can tolerate up to 600ºF)

    Each piece in this 7-piece ceramic cookware set is light, yet durable and can achieve a good sear on protein. The pans are also very good at frying crispy eggs with minimal oil. The handles are thick and easy to hold; plus, they're made of silicone so they're non-slip and stay cool during cooking – great for weak and arthritic hands. The lid handles are also wrapped in silicone and stay cool.

    A steamer basket adds extra versatility and can also be used as a strainer. The pieces are oven safe up to 350ºF and freezer-safe for easy storage.

    Most Stylish Ceramic Cookware Set

    Caraway 4-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set

    Ceramic Cookware Set
    Caraway carawayhome.com

    • Come in an array of eye-catching earthy colors
    • Designed to be displayed

    • Heavy and lid handles get hot

    These pots and pans will surely make a statement atop your stove. The 4-piece set comes in five different earthy yet bright colors. The slim lids with flat handles are pretty and functional. In our tests, we found them very easy to grab and hold. While the lids aren't transparent, they each have a small steam vent that serves as a good indicator of what's happening inside (high steam = rolling boil; low steam = about to boil.) The set comes with a canvas storage sleeve for the lids, as well as magnetic pan racks. In addition to the modern design, we liked that the nonstick surface cooked eggs well with minimal oil and was easy to clean (hand washing is recommended, as is the practice for almost all nonstick cookware). The set is oven-safe up to 650ºF — though we doubt you're putting your pans in an oven that hot!

    Best Ceramic Cookware Set for Minimalists

    Scanpan Classic 5-Piece Set

    Classic 5 Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
    SCANPAN wayfair.com

    • Basic, entry level set that will last a very long time
    • Comfortable handles and light to medium weight but sturdy

    • Fry pan is ideal for 1 to 2 people/servings

    If you're looking for the essentials that will last you many years, look no further than this set that comes with a 9 1/2-inch fry pan and two stock pots, one perfect for boiling eggs and water for tea, as well as heating soup and sauce, and another big enough for pasta, soups, and stews. They boast wide, stay-cool handles that are easy to grasp and are lightweight but extremely durable. They're a safe and reliable foray into the world of nonstick cookware that can be used with metal utensils. The fry pan lasted for years in our home kitchen, and we put it through the ringer using it daily for everything from eggs to steak and stir fries and then putting it in the dishwasher.

    Best Stain-Resistant Ceramic Cookware Set

    T-fal 12-Piece Cookware Set

    12-Piece Cookware Set
    T-fal amazon.com

    • Budget-friendly

    • Thin handles are not as easy to grab as thicker ones

    You don't have to worry about your food sticking to the pans with this 12-piece set. In addition to being nonstick, the budget-friendly pots and pans are stain-resistant and can be put in the dishwasher. The lid handles are are thin and wrapped in silicone, which allows them to stay cool while you're cooking. The tempered glass lids allow you to see inside and a steam vent helps prevent food from getting too hot and boiling over. The pans are also oven-safe up to 400ºF, but note that the lids can only go in the oven up to 350ºF.

    Longest-Lasting Ceramic Cookware

    Bialetti 10-Piece Ceramic Pro Cookware Set

    10 Piece Ceramic Pro Cookware Set
    Bialetti amazon.com
    $148.75 (26% off)

    • Sturdy
    • Comes with a 10-year guarantee

    • Exterior is matte and not glossy

    These hard-anodized pots and pans will last you a long time hard, and they come with a ten year guarantee. They're oven-safe up to 400ºF so you can use them on the stovetop for eggs to steak, or in the oven to gently finishing cooking seared meat or a braise. The tempered glass lids are study with high handles that help them stay cool. The various sizes make up the perfect starter kit and is ideal for one person making a quick egg in the morning or a larger family looking to cook four chicken thighs at once. Hand-washing is recommended and they are not induction ready.