Ceramic or stone frying pans offer an alternative to traditional nonstick. With a traditional look, but a potentially healthier non stick coating, they can be very attractive.
There are lots of different pans out there, with a range of different coatings and technologies. In this article I get to the bottom of all this with the following ceramic non stick frying pan reviews:
- GreenPan Chatham 10″ Ceramic Non-Stick Open Frypan
- T-Fal -Thermo Spot 10.5 Inch Ceramic Pan
- Carote 10-Inch Nonstick Frying Pan Skillet
- MICHELANGELO 10 Inch Frying Pan With Lid
- 10″ Stone Earth Frying Pan By Ozeri
Finding theBest Non Stick Ceramic Frying Pans
Normal non stick these days is not toxic, especially if used right. However if you want to avoid those chemicals, you might look at alternatives, like ceramic pans.
If that is your motivation, be careful! Many pans are advertised as PFOA(Perfluorooctanoic acid) free. PFOA was a potentially carcinogenic chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other traditional nonstick. But it hasn’t been used since 2015! (It’s doubtful any significant quantities were ever actually left in the pan).
Modern nonstick, including Teflon, is still made with PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene). PTFE is safe, as long as you don’t overheat it. The normal advice is not to go above 260 °C (500 °F).
If you want to avoid Teflon or similar, then you need a pan that says PTFE free. If it just says something like “PFOA free,” then it may have PTFE. It might still look nicer, or have advantages over other nonstick pans, but don’t kid yourself, it’s still the same active chemical.
I’ve researched whether the pan has PTFE or not and where possible given you the information in the review.
What you can use with ceramic pans
Ceramic pans won’t work on an induction stove, unless they have certain metals in them. Some are advertised as being suitable for induction stoves due to a special base layer. I’m a bit skeptical of this and most of the ones I’ve seen haven’t worked well on induction stoves. If you want a pan for your induction stove, ceramic might not be the best choice.
However ceramic frying pans are great for gas or electric stoves. You might be able to clean them in the dishwasher, again this depends on what the manufacturer says.
You can also use good quality ceramic in the oven. Again, though, it’s important to check the manufacturer’s guidance.
There are few dangers with ceramic cookware. The main thing is to not use it above the recommended temperature as components could break down.
When I buy a pan I like it to have a lid. It depends on what you use it for though, if you are just frying you might not need it. I find it helps stop mess (by catching the drops of fat jumping out of the pan) and reduces clean up later. I also find a lid essential when I’m popping corn in the pan – it stops the popcorn going everywhere!
If your pan doesn’t come with a lid, this isn’t a big deal. For a 10 inch pan, I recommend the Earth Frying Tempered Glass Lid. It’s see through, which is great to check up on your cooking. It also has an insulated, comfortable Bakelite handle which makes it easy to pick up. Don’t forget to add the lid to the cost of the pan when comparing prices though!
Size will depend on whether you are cooking for the whole family, or just yourself, on how much space you have and what you are using the pan for. Size is measured as the diameter of the pan, sometimes labelled as the width. It doesn’t include the handle (which is sometimes included in the length).
I find that a 10 inch (25cm) pan is big enough for me when I cook for my family of 4. It’s also doesn’t take too much space. The height has never been an issue for me; all the pans reviewed here are deep enough for normal frying.
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The GreenPan Chatham is an affordable true ceramic pan with a range of sizes. The high heat resistance means you can start cooking on the stove top and then pop the pan in the oven or even use for broiling. In theory it is dishwasher and metal utensil safe but you risk it losing its nonstick quality.
It’s a great pan as long as you treat it with care. It cooks evenly, is easy to clean and can handle any food.
This is an “every day” pan. Yes it needs handwashing, but it’s so easy to clean that this isn’t a big deal – the most you will have to do is wipe it with a sponge.
The version reviewed, and linked is the 10” but Chatham offer alternatives from 8 -12 “.
- True Ceramic (No PTFE)
- High heat resistance – can use for broiling!
- Genuinely nonstick – very little oil / butter needed
- No lid supplied
- You need to take care of it – it’s a bit of a diva
If not having a lid is a big deal, consider getting the 11” version with a lid.
This PTFE free cookware is a genuine ceramic pan. Like most T-Fal products it’s built to take a lot of punishment, including dishwasher and oven.
One of the coolest T-Fal features is the thermo spot. It’s the red dot in the middle with black markings on it. Put the pan on the stove and heat. When the black markings turn red then the pan is pre-heated and ready to use (preheating any nonstick helps stop sticking). Although cool, I don’t use the red dot as I just wait until I see small bubbles start to form in the oil. This video (for a different T-Fal pan) explains the Thermo Spot:
T-Fal definitely offers one of the strongest ceramic pans, however there is a small hitch – sometimes the pan will arrive a bit warped. Personally, I don’t think this is a big deal as little bit of a slope won’t affect most cooking. If it bothers you though – just send the pan back. The best way to do this is to examine it before using it. Drizzle some water over and see if there are any spots the water either gathers in or flows away from. If there are then the pan is probably warped, it should be returnable if you haven’t used it for cooking.
- Genuine Ceramic (PTFE free)
- Great Value
- Dishwasher & oven safe
- T-Fal Thermospot
- Sometimes the pan comes a bit warped.
- No lid with regular version
If not having a lid is a big deal, consider getting the jumbo version. It is almost as good as the regular version, except the handle can become a bit loose.
This is basically an Aluminum skillet with a special ceramic nonstick coating called Granitec and produced by ILAG. The key to this ceramic skillet is that you need to treat it very carefully:
- Wash it (gently) then oil it on first use
- Don’t put it in the dishwasher
- Only use for low to medium heat
It’s great if all you are going to be doing are eggs and you are able to look after it. It should work a treat if you do this, but it is a little bit of work.
Fortunately, it’s not as much work as, say cast iron, though it is more delicate than cast iron. Whether it contains PTFE (used in Teflon) isn’t very clear. I’ve contacted the manufacturer to confirm but have yet to hear back. This probably means it does contain PTFE, meaning it isn’t the best ceramic skillet.
- Interesting technology
- Scratch resistant
- If treated correctly then very good nonstick – minimal cleaning needed.
- Not very clear but appears to contain PTFE
- Not dishwasher proof
- Needs oiling before use (or after a deep clean)
- Maximum temperature 230°C (450 °F) (less than Teflon)
- Handle deforms / melts easily if overheated
I love this pan! It really has the stone look going. It’s genuinely ceramic, and is robust enough to take a bit of punishment. Michelangelo have managed to make a PTFE free ceramic coating that is just as good as other nonstick coatings.
Although PTFE free, the maximum temperature is 230 °C (450 °F), this is fine for most cooking but lower than PTFE (Teflon). You shouldn’t leave it on a high heat for long, and never without something in the pan. You are fine to put it in the oven as long as it stays below 230 °C (450 °F).
The Aluminum core makes it light and super comfortable to use – this is a great advantage. What’s more the anti-warp base helps prevent the types of deformities seen on other pans, making it a tough pan.
Exceptionally for a ceramic pan, this pan actually works well on induction stoves. There must be a layer in the pan which generates heat from the induction cooker.
It even comes with a lid to help contain any mess you make. It’s always nice to have everything come in one package
- Genuinely seems to work on induction stoves
- Anti-warp base
- PTFE free
- Durable nonstick
- Super light thanks to Aluminum core = very easy and comfortable to use.
- Comes with a lid
- Raised centre – I actually find this useful for containing eggs, but purists like a completely flat pan.
- The metal knob on the lid can get hot when cooking
- Max temperature is lower than Teflon / PTFE.
This is a great pan but be careful – it isn’t PTFE free. PTFE doesn’t bother me but it is the active compound in Teflon, so if you are trying to avoid traditional nonstick this isn’t the pan for you.
Technically it is also not ceramic but it is a stone frying pan. That said, it is a solid pan that as long as you use it right will last a long time. The nonstick coating is fantastic and so much easier to clean. My main suggestions are the same as for any other PTFE nonstick:
- Don’t use it in a room with pet birds
- Don’t use it above 260 °C (500 °F), this is very high – most cooking is fine.
- Don’t use metal utensils with it
If you want a nonstick pan that looks nice, is high quality and will last then this is the pan for you – as long as you don’t care about PTFE.
- Great nonstick coating that really lasts
- High quality
- Even heat distribution across the pan
- Advertised as stone without exposure to controversial chemicals but includes PTFE
- No lid included
- At the time of writing it was quite expensive
If PTFE bothered me then the pan I would choose is the Michelangelo Frying Pan. It’s a great frying pan, suitable for cooking for the whole family. It is genuinely nonstick and PFTE free. Plus I love that it comes with a lid, which means I don’t need to buy one separately.
The great thing about the Michelangelo Frying Pan for me is that it doesn’t need babying. Use it to cook, wipe it down and then hang it up to dry. It’s easy and comfortable to use, with a lid containing any mess.
At the time of writing, it is slightly more expensive than some of the other pans. I believe that in the long run you will save money as you won’t have to keep shelling out for replacements. It’s always worthwhile investing in a bit of extra quality. You might even save money in the short term once you factor in the cost of a decent lid.