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The Best Non-Stick Cookware Without Teflon

Back when our grandmothers were in charge of the kitchen, Teflon pots and pans were the big hit. After copper and other material cookware, being able to remove your food from the pan with ease had no comparison whatsoever.

However, fast forward a couple of decades, scientists decide to study Teflon and its properties only to find this material is potentially carcinogenic, and is coated with perfluorooctanoic acid, which is truly hazardous to cook with.

Fortunately, there are now several alternatives for tossing the old Teflon pans and still cooking without your food sticking to the sides or using unhealthy quantities of oils and fats. Ceramic, T-fal, and hard-anodized aluminum are a few of them.

Let’s review a number of these alternatives so you can have a better idea of what each has to offer before you decide which one you like the most.

T-fal E765SC Hard Anodized Cookware Set, Nonstick Pots and Pans Set, Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator, 12 Piece, Gray

T-fal took over the non-stick market in 1954 when it started creating its cookware line. They offer a great alternative to the unhealthy Teflon and present diverse cookware sets which bring, in this case, 12 different pieces with diverse purposes to simply your cooking. This might be one of the few brands on the market that are completely dishwasher safe! They also resist oven heat and allow you to cook with wooden, nylon, metal and coated utensils without creating any scratches on the coating of the pieces. They also come with a technology that shows when the pan is perfectly preheated for you to start cooking without overheating your food.

Features

    • The set contains: 8” frying pan, 10.25” frying pan, a 5.6-quart Dutch oven pan with lid, and 1.1-quart sauce pan with lid, 2.3-quart sauce pan with lid, and 3.2-quart sauce pan with lid, a spoon and a spatula
    • Hard-anodized aluminum construction for high durability
    • Thermo-Spot heat indicator that shows proper pre-heating
    • Hard titanium non-stick interior that offers lasting performance
    • TechnoResist anti-warp base
    • Oven and dishwasher safe (in ovens up to 400°F)
    • Lifetime limited warranty
    • 12-piece black cookware set
    • Riveted silicon handles designed for comfortable gripping
    • Presents T-fal as a non-stick material
    • It includes a nylon spoon and a slotted spatula for both stirring and serving

    Pros

    • The material is metal-utensil safe, which is exceptionally durable and scratch resistant
    • This set is dishwasher safe, an uncommon feature among similar products
    • The Thermo-Spot heat indicator comes in handy when letting you know if the pan is perfectly preheated, sealing the natural juices in your food without drying it out
    • The hard-anodized exterior is not only easy to clean, but has a long-lasting durability
    • They are compatible with all cooktops except induction
    • T-fal non-stick technology quickly and evenly distributes heat, preventing sticking and eliminating the need for oils and fats

    Cons

    • They only work for low to moderate heat, as high heat lessens the life of the non-stick coating
    • The coating seems to rub off with time, even if only silicon or plastic utensils are used on them
    • The pans are a bit too lightweight, may be off balance when they are on the stovetop
    • Not all of the pots and pans come with a lid

 

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Agave Blue

Rachel Ray is known for being as good cook as well as a manufacturer of cookware. Her products always stand out on the market for originality and approaching cooking from a chef’s point of view. This 12-piece set is made of hard porcelain enamel, resulting in cookware that is completely non-stick without presenting any danger to your health. All pieces come with a lid, are oven safe, and the package includes a turner and a spoon. The originality of the set resides in the beautiful design that puts pastel colors onto each piece, welcoming cooking more than other sets.

Features

  • The set includes: a 1-quart sauce pan with lid, a 3-quart sauce pan with lid, a 6-quart stockpot with lid, an 8” skillet, a 10” skillet, and a 3-quart sauté pan with lid
  • Crafted with durable aluminum and sturdy hard-enamel porcelain exteriors
  • Comes with a modern Espresso-colored, PFOA-free, non-stick material
  • Dual-riveted stainless steel handles
  • Comes with shatter-resistant glass lids for all pieces
  • Includes a slotted turner and a spoon
  • Oven safe up to 400° Fahrenheit
  • Suitable for all stovetops except induction
  • All rustic pieces
  • Lifetime limited warranty

Pros

  • Rustic and modern design that offers a durable performance
  • Long-lasting, non-stick material allows you to remove food easily
  • Comfortable riveted handles that are easy to grip
  • The color palette is definitely a big plus and unique on the market
  • All of the pieces come with their own glass lid

Cons

  • This set is not dishwasher safe
  • Users have experienced exploding glass lids, which can cause terrible accidents
  • The uniqueness of the color stops being important when it starts fading with time
  • Only work for low heat, as medium and high heat can cause melting of the pieces
  • The coating starts peeling off after a month of use, causing danger when coming off on the food
Bialetti 10 Piece Nonstick Granito Cookware Set, Oven Safe, Gray

Bialetti is an Italian brand that is extremely popular in its country of origin. They started in the art of coffee brewing and have evolved to offer a whole line of cookware that include this 10-piece Granito Cookware Set, which is an excellent non-stick option to Teflon. Each piece has even-heating technology, is oven safe, and has riveted silicone handles. The exteriors are made with silicon polyester and the set comes with glass lids that allow you to see what is happening with your cooking food.

Features

  • The set includes: an 8” fry pan, a 10.25” fry pan, an 11” covered deep sauté, a 2-quart covered sauce pan, a 2.5-quart covered sauce pan, and a 5-quart Dutch oven
  • Durable granite sear
  • Three layers of non-stick interior that easily releases food
  • Easy to clean because of the material it is made of
  • Oven safe up to 400° Fahrenheit
  • Bialetti offers a lifetime warranty of their Granito cookware line
  • The base is thick, that allows even heat for superior cooking results
  • Healthy material, PFOA-free non-stick surface
  • Aluminum vessels
  • Riveted silicon handles for comfortable and secure grip, oven safe as well
  • Works on all stovetops except induction
  • Silicon polyester exterior
  • Includes glass lids
  • Metal utensil safe

Pros

  • The glass lids give you a glimpse of what’s happening with your food, preventing from overcooking
  • You can use metal utensils on its granite surface without causing scratches or long lasting marks
  • Three layers of non-stick coating boast superior release of food debris, making the set easy to clean
  • It is oven safe
  • Offers even-heating technology
  • Great silicon handles that are truly ergonomic

Cons

  • The coating on the bottom, that allows even heating, rapidly flakes off
  • The surface is not scratch-free and can get scrapes from spatulas, even when used with extreme care
  • The handle attachment is flimsy and presents the possibility of falling off
  • The metal parts of the bottom of the pan and lids can melt with overheating, which means they can only be used with low or moderate heat
  • Not dishwasher safe
Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Black

The Circulon Symmetry cookware set features a total food-release system thanks to the non-stick PFOA-free material that reduces abrasion, eliminates scratching, and prevents chipping. Metal utensil friendly, dishwasher friendly and oven safe, the stainless steel base and hard-anodized pan bodies are long lasting, and durable. This is one of the few models that can be used with induction cooktops. Some of the pieces come with glass lids, and all of the handles are enhanced with rubber to prevent slipping.

Features

The set includes: 1-quart pouring saucepan, 2-quart saucepan with lid, 3-quart saucepan with lid, 8-quart stockpot with lid, 8.5” French skillet, 10” French skillet, and 3-quart sauté pan with lid

  • Total food release system with DuPont autograph metal utensil
  • Metal utensil friendly
  • Safe non-stick material inside and outside
  • Stainless steel base that allows even heating of your food
  • The cookware is suitable for all cooktops, including induction
  • Comfortable silicon and cast stainless steel handles that provide a slip-free grasp
  • Oven safe up to 400° Fahrenheit
  • Elegant tulip shapes that fits well with every kitchen
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Lifetime warranty included for the set

Pros

  • The Circulon cookware is completely dishwasher safe
  • It is one of few in the market to be suitable for all types of stovetops, including induction
  • The non-stick PFOA-free metal utensil features high-quality non-stick surface that reduces abrasion
  • The technology of the surfaces resists scratching, staining and chipping
  • The heavy-gauge hard-anodized pan bodies are twice as hard as stainless steel
  • The tulip shape is part of its unique design
  • The cast stainless steel handles are enhanced with rubber that provide non-slip grip
  • Tempered glass lids allow you to monitor the cooking process of your food
  • Total food release system

Cons

  • The edges can chip with time
  • The coating of the pieces can peel, eliminating the non-stick feature
  • Glass lids do not go well with high heat

 

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware Set (SA10H)

 

Calphalon is a brand with strict standards that offers a cookware set crafted from pure medium-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum that results in non-stick pieces that excel in heat conductivity. These are exceptionally durable pieces that stand out on the market for being both oven and broiler safe. These non-sick PFOE-free pots and pans allow you to leave Teflon behind, while still cooking without fats and oils to prevent food from sticking to the inner surfaces.

Features

  • The set includes: 8” omelet pan, 10” omelets pan, 1.5-qt. sauce pan with cover, 2.5-qt. sauce pan with cover, 3-qt. sauté pan with cover, and a 6-qt. stockpot with cover
  • The brand’s signature is hard-anodized medium-gauge aluminum that excels in conduction and offers even heating
  • Double-coated interiors with Calphalon’s sturdy, non-stick coating
  • The lids are made of tempered glass
  • Double-riveted silicon handles that stay cool with high temperatures to make your cooking safe, and feature higher stability
  • Oven and broiler safe
  • PFOE-free non-stick coating

Pros

  • The set is quite affordable compared to other brands
  • The medium-gauge hard-anodized aluminum is 80% harder than stainless steel
  • Sturdy and durable material for long-lasting pans and pots
  • The non-stick coatings are PFOE-free and are presented in two layers that simplify cleaning and food release
  • They are durable and last for a long time
  • One of the few brands whose non-stick material stays in place after constant use

Cons

  • Not dishwasher friendly
  • Some of the pieces do not bring their own lid
  • The bottoms of the sauté pans can burn, which may not affect their efficiency but do not look aesthetically attractive

Conclusion

By now, with all these great options of non-stick materials that are not harmful to your health, Teflon is out of the question. What must be remembered for these alternatives is never to overheat them, or the surface layer will come off resulting in contaminated food. As long as you keep this in mind, any of these models and brands are a good choice, and it will all depend on how much money you are willing to pay, whether you want them to be dishwasher safe, and if your stovetop is induction or not. Review their features before finally selecting one of these cookware sets that will prevent your food from stick to the surface, and also let you cook healthier, fat-free foods.

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