Ceramic vs. Teflon vs. Stainless Steel: Which One to Choose?

Choosing which type of cookware to get as your first set can be tricky. Naturally, you want it to last long enough and to have decent features. Nothing complicated, right? However, when you enter a store, and the salesman presents three different types of product, you might get confused.

If you don’t know whether to go with ceramic, Teflon, or stainless steel, you might end up buying one from each. So to avoid unnecessary expenses and lack of storage capacity in the kitchen, you should focus on one type. So the next step is to inquire about the qualities of each kind.

This way you can decide for yourself which one fits you the most. More importantly, no sales associate will ever be able to persuade you into buying something you’ll rarely use or ever for that matter. Here’s everything you need to know about ceramic, Teflon and stainless steel cookware, their features, and overall quality.

Ceramic VS Teflon

If you’re stuck between ceramic and Teflon cookware and can’t decide which one to get, this review should help. There are many features on both sides that can prove beneficial to your cooking style. Not everyone has the same taste for cookware. Then again, that’s why there are so many types. However, your concern is whether ceramic is better than Teflon, and vice versa. The best way to determine is to round up the qualities of both and compare them. So let’s start.

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Heat Conductivity

Both materials have outstanding heat conductivity. It’s recommended to cook on low or medium heat. This is because the heat distributes equally on the entire surface so that there aren’t any hot spots, or need to max up your burners. Ceramic non-stick layer is made from sand derivatives in most cases, with a method called Thermalon. The coating is then sprayed on the surface without the use of PTFE, PFOA, or cadmium.

Teflon products share more or less the same heat conductivity properties with ceramic cookware. However, not all models are free from toxic materials (PTFE, PTFOA mostly) as the non-stick properties depend on them. Luckily there’s a very small percentage of these products due to the increase of safety awareness.

Usability and Maintenance

The usability of ceramic is equally good as that of Teflon products. They’re both easy to clean and maintain, although Teflon might have an advantage here. You don’t need to use too much oil, so after you’re done with cooking, all it takes is a swipe, and they’re ready for use again. If the stain is really persistent, you might need to submerge in hot water for a bit before you clean.

Safety and Intended Use

There are suggestions that Teflon cookware can be pretty harmful when overheated. The problem lies in the protective layer that emits toxic fumes when exposed to extremely high temperatures. Ceramic cookware doesn’t share this issue, which makes it our favorite. However, the issue with Teflon cookware can’t be accepted as a flaw, as it is recommended to cook on low and medium heat.

Burning the cookware or exposing it to open flame will naturally result in it being harmful to the environment. Then again, that’s obviously not the intended use of cookware. Using Teflon cookware appropriately won’t result in any fumes being released, leaching, or anything of the sort.

Ceramic vs. Stainless Steel vs. Teflon

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When we try to compare all three types, there isn’t really much room to brand one as superior to the rest. They all have pros and cons, and it really comes to you to decide which one suits you best.

Ceramic cookware is easy to clean and use but only with non-abrasive sponges and cleaning agents. Also, it has outstanding heat conductivity properties. However, some suggest that seasoning is imperative in order to ensure they keep non-stick properties even after a while.

Stainless steel cookware can be used in the dishwasher, and you don’t have to clean with caution. They are pretty durable, and you may even use abrasive cleaning aid. This makes cooking a whole lot easier. You won’t have to worry whether you’ll damage it every time you clean. They can withstand higher temperatures in the oven than other types of cookware. This is mostly due to the design and materials used in construction. The handles aren’t made from silicone or polymer blends but mostly stainless steel and other alloys.

Teflon kitchenware also has features that make it superior to other types in some way. It all really depends on your cooking style and intended use. Teflon pots and pans are a great way to make a quick meal, whether it’s complete, pancakes, or anything of the sort. They are dishwasher safe, although some models should be primarily hand washed. You’ll use the same amount of oil and butter as you would with other cookware types.

Conclusion

All three types have qualities that make them better than others.

If you need an easy to use cookware that you mostly use for preparing brunch or breakfast, you should go with Teflon.

If you’re aiming for durability and safety, go for ceramic.

It really comes down to your preference and idea of quality. Your cooking style will dictate what features and qualities you need in cookware. So the best way to determine is to focus on the features you prefer and choose your cookware according to that.

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