Ceramic Cookware vs. Nonstick: The Battle of Cookware

The nonstick was an all-time favorite and a preferred type of cookware by many for a long time. But with the recent appearance of ceramic as the nonstick alternative, people are leaning towards the new version of kitchenware. There are arguments from both sides as both types have impressive features. But with so many opinions and valid arguments, it becomes unclear which one is superior.

To help you with that, we’ll present the pros and cons of both types of cookware. This way, you’ll be able to access and decide for yourself which type suits you the most. So let’s elaborate on the benefits of both models as well as their flaws.

Ceramic or Nonstick

When it comes to their intended use, both types perform rather well for searing, frying, and sauteing food. They can be used for the same cooking styles, with little to no difference. However, there is a noticeable difference in the material used for the construction of each type. More precisely, the difference lies in the protective layer or finish.

The finish on ceramic cookware is lead, cadmium PTFO or PTFA free, yet it has the same nonstick properties as other types. It’s water-resistant and doesn’t absorb even the slightest amounts of oil. This unique nonstick formula is made from sand derivatives and other alloys such as graphite. Also, it’s considered as one of the environmentally friendlier cookware types. That’s because it’s made from inorganic materials.

On the other hand, nonstick is an undisputed champion of kitchenware that’s affordable and highly practical. It wasn’t until only recently that people started drawing attention to the other type – ceramic. This is mostly due to the rise of awareness about PTFE and the toxicity of this material.

About Ceramic Cookware

When you think of ceramic cookware, an image of pottery, ceramic vases, and ancient relics may appear. And although ceramic isn’t the first material that comes to mind as a substitute to conventional Teflon nonstick coating, things are changing. Ceramics is taking its spot in the cookware industry. Because it’s made from ceramic alloys, this cookware can reach much higher temperatures than other cookware types before deteriorating.

ceramic cookware vs nonstick

A regular ceramic cookware set can endure up to 800 ° F while the conventional Teflon coated cookware can endure around 500 ° F. Ceramic is the safest alternative to standard nonstick kitchenware, as it’s completely safe to use and easy to maintain. This coating doesn’t contain any cadmium, led, PTFE, or any other toxic materials. It’s relatively lightweight and affordable, so it is no wonder that so many people are switching to ceramics.

How Ceramic Can Change Your Cooking Sessions

Ceramic cookware wasn’t much the first time they appeared. It had moderate heat distribution properties; the layer did tend to peel off after a while and was otherwise not impressive. But after the first model, the manufacturers altered the nonstick formula, added a couple of layers more, and ultimately enhanced the overall quality of this cookware.

PROS:

  • Great heat conductivity 
  • Completely safe for use
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Considered as eco-friendly

CONS:

  • Not safe for the use of abrasive sponges and cleaning aid
  • Special care is advised when handling

Nowadays, getting ceramic cookware means less time spent in the kitchen, healthier food, and safer cooking sessions. Because it’s made without any toxic materials, you can leave it on a hot stove much longer than other cookware. Also, the finish won’t peel off, no matter how you cook. Although it’s recommended that you cook on low & medium heat, you can easily cook on high heat if you so desire.

About Nonstick

Nonstick cookware was the undisputed champion in the industry until recently. The reason why it was this much favored is that it’s affordable, lightweight, easy to clean and use, but above all has great heat conductivity properties.

nonstick cookware vs copper

Most nonstick cookware is pretty thin, which usually means that it heats up pretty well. So anyone who’s looking for a decent set of quality nonstick cookware would choose this option. And if you’re budget has fairly limited, the price of any nonstick cookware will seem more than fair. There’s a variety of colors and design types to choose from. This means that it will fit in with most types of kitchen.

Why Do Professionals Favor Nonstick?

Nonstick is the quickest solution for an easy meal. If you have a busy schedule and can’t find the time to cook a decent meal, this is the set for you. You won’t spend an eternity in the kitchen to prepare a breakfast or brunch. This cookware has great heat conductivity and is very easy to use. This means that your food will cook evenly without burning. Most importantly, you’ll use less oil and butter.

Also, nonstick cookware is easy to clean. So you won’t have to be picky with cleaning aid. Professional chefs love cooking with this cookware because when they’re done, one swipe is enough to remove all the grease and stains. Due to great heat conductivity properties, you’ll also use less electricity, gas, or energy ( depending on the type of burners you have).

PROS:

  • Very affordable and practical
  • Comes in a variety of shapes and colors
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • No special precaution needed when cleaning stubborn stains
  • Relatively lightweight

CONS:

  • Will release toxic fumes when overheated
  • Majority of models are constructed using PTFE

In a matter of minutes, your cooking vessel will be ready to sear, fry, saute, or cook any other way you wan. However, classic nonstick kitchenware isn’t known for high-temperature endurance. Due to the material of the nonstick finish, the maximum oven temperature that these pots and pans can withstand is around 500 ° F.

The common misunderstanding that this type will release toxic fumes when overheated is limited only to cases of misuse. Exposing it to high heat burners, open flame, or temperatures above 500 ° F, will lead to the release of toxic fumes. Which is clearly misuse, as this cookware isn’t intended for cooking above the mentioned temperature. On the other side, if you use nonstick properly ( avoid scratching, overheating, and clean regularly), they can probably last a lifetime.

Our Verdict

Although there’s a lot of talk about the toxicity and possible hazard when cooking with Teflon nonstick cookware, it’s important to know a difference between improper and intended use. All products come with a user guide. Some are made to last under specific conditions, others require little to no special care when using. Both Teflon and ceramic are great cookware. Nonstick lasts longer while ceramic has better heat conductivity. So in the end, it’s really about which features suit you the most.

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