When it comes to the best ceramic cookware there is a huge variety to choose from and even if you are an expert cook it is difficult to know where to start. The most expensive is not always the best and sets with the name of a well-known chef attached to them are sometimes more expensive than they need to be because you are – quite literally – paying for the name; a part of the purchase price goes to the aforementioned chef.
With that said, your choice will depend partly on the size of your family and partly on your budget. There are a number of sets on the market that only have one or two saucepans and are therefore not suitable if you want to cook for a family. However since there are less pieces these sets cost less and will be ideal for a single person. Here are our pick of the top four ceramic cookware sets.
Concord 7 Piece Eco Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set
Calling this a seven piece set is, in our view, a little cheeky since three of the pieces are lids. You get a 3 pint and 4 pint saucepan together with a 10 pint Dutch Oven all with glass lids and a 9.5 inch skillet. White ceramic interior and a very pretty red exterior and handles.
Users have commented that they are extremely easy to clean and nothing ever sticks to them. Ideal for the single person and at less than $50 for the whole set on Amazon you really can’t go wrong at the price.
Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel II Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece.
With this set you get a 2 pint and 4 pint saucepan, a 12 pint covered stockpot, a 6 pint saute and an 8.5 inch and 10 inch skillet. The rubberized dual-riveted handles are oven safe to 350 degrees and the glass lids mean you can keep an eye on the food while it cooks. The exterior color is a bright orange reminiscent of Le Creuset. The handles and the lid handles are cool to the touch and the whole set comes with a lifetime guarantee.
It should be noted that these are not recommended for use on glass top cookers as the ceramic base of the pans may weld to the cooker. However, one user reviewing the set on Amazon said that she has a glass top cooker and has never had any problem. The set is not dishwasher safe, but as another user points out they are so easy to clean that it really doesn’t matter. I love Rachael Ray
De Luxe Healthy Legend 11-Piece Cookware Set.
This set of two fry pans, two sauce pans, a stockpot – all with lids – and a square grill pan all use the German Weilburger ceramic coating which is claimed to be ten times as tough as Teflon and even better than ceramic-titanium. In fact the only way in which you can damage the ceramic coating is to hit it hard with a metal object when it will chip. However it is totally scratch proof. The optimum thickness of the pan bases keeps them perfectly flat which is especially important when used with glass top or ceramic ranges, but of course they can be used on gas or electric hobs as well.
Although the uncoated pan and parts are made in Hungary the coating and assembly is all done in the German factory. The grill pan has ridges in the base which means that when you cook a pork chop or steak the oil can run down and you get a grill mark on the meat just as you would on a barbecue. As with many ceramic cook pots they are not dishwasher safe, but so easy to clean in the sink; it only takes a minute to have them up to their sparkling new look. Probably one of the best ceramic cookware sets on the market.
Orgreenic 16-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set.
With this set you have a 2 pint and 4 pint saucepan with lids, a 12 pint stockpot with lid, a 10 inch and 12 inch frying pan, an 11.75 inches square grill pan and an aluminum steamer insert. The set also comes with four utensils. The green non-stick, non-toxic ceramic coating has been tested in the laboratory to withstand thousands of abrasive scrubs and the food still slides out with no problem whatsoever.
Most users rave over this set. Certainly one or two say that they have had problems, but it seems that they have not seasoned the pans when first bought. All ceramics need seasoning, but all that is necessary is a little oil in the bottom of the pan, and heat until it smokes. Then just allow to cool and wipe with a paper towel. The Orgreenic Nonstick Cookware Set is definitely good value for money.