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Ceramic is a super versatile material for any kind of cookware. It’s nonstick, easy to clean, lightweight, and just all around an excellent material for cooking.
But it can be hard to find good ones. There’s all sorts of imitators and weird not quite ceramic materials out there; some of which are good, and some of which are bad.
So let’s take some time and go over what’s acceptable, what’s not, and what you should look for in this kind of cookware.
Here are the best ceramic cookware set you can buy:
- Best overall - Rachael Ray Cucina 12 piece Ceramic Cookware Set
- Runner up - CorningWare 12 piece Ceramic Bakeware Set
- Best for sweets - Green Life 12 piece Ceramic Bakeware Set
- Best quality materials - Gotham Steel Professional 5 piece Ceramic Cookware Set
- Best for induction stovetops - Vremi 8 piece Ceramic Cookware Set
- Best compact bread machine - Sunbeam Programmable Bread Maker
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7 Best Ceramic Cookware Sets Reviews (2020)
1. Best overall - Rachael Ray Cucina 12 piece Ceramic Cookware Set
These are great piece of cookware, and perfect as the core of any kitchen. They are both stovetop (but not induction stovetop) and oven safe, giving them extreme versatility in what you can do with them.
The variety here is good, with all the core bits you want in any cookware set made very well, of a hard aluminum core with an enamel shell (for appearance) and a nonstick ceramic interior. They come in a variety of nice colors to match any kitchen, with this particular “Agave Blue” color being by far my own favorite.
The silicone handles are nice, oven safe and heat resistant for easy gripping even with serious stovetop heats involved, and the lids seal perfectly, while the handles on both the lids and sides are easy to grip and move wherever you want with comfort.
The less said about the utensils the better, but that doesn’t really impact my judgment that this is probably the best ceramic cookware set on the market, at least without paying ridiculous amounts of money. But if you prefer all nonstick pans, we have it covered here.
Lightweight and maneuverable.
Very nice colors.
Durable and well made.
Easy to grip and solidly riveted handles.
Fair price for the quality.
Cheaply made utensils may as well not even be included.
2. Runner up - CorningWare 12 piece Ceramic Bakeware Set
This cookware set is basically an exact clone of one that has served me well for years, save that it comes with different lids.
CorningWare is well known as a high quality bakeware provider, and this is sort of a “greatest hits” of their best pieces, in my opinion.
The best by far, or at least the one I personally get the most use out of, is the 2.5 quart oval pan. It’s perfect for a variety of things, and makes the best cornbread I’ve ever had short of a perfectly seasoned cast iron skillet.
The rest are equally high quality ceramic, and give you a huge amount of variety in what you can cook. Ramekins are excellent for custards and mini-pies, while the others are great for everything from baked mac and cheese to pot pies, helping to ensure a very even cooking.
The glass lids that come with this set are nice, though honestly not as appealing to me as the plastic ones, which are far better for storage of leftovers and the like than their glass counterparts.
Finally, these pieces are surprisingly impact resistant, which is great if you find yourself (or a mischievous pet) dropping these off the countertop every now and then. By far the best bakeware I can find.
The only thing I’d caution with this set is tat there are intermittent quality control issues mentioned by a variety of customers. Not by far the majority, but enough that I would be sure to keep the receipt and return information on hand if they come with some kind of unexpected defect.
Great variety; you can bake almost anything in these.
Excellently constructed of a very durable ceramic.
Good heat distribution; evenly cooks anything you out in it.
Inconsistent quality control issues based on manufacturer or location.
3. Best for sweets - Green Life 12 piece Ceramic Bakeware Set
This is a nice one, in both appearance and function.
You get a great bake set here, made of extremely sturdy materials. A stainless steel base is well bonded to the ceramic coating on the main cooking surface, giving you the perfect pairing of durability, nonstick use, and even heating you need for baking.
This in particular comes with everything you need to get started, and not just for the step you out it into the oven. I really like these utensils. They’re light silicone things, but well made and perfect for whipping up batters and light doughs.
The look is quite good as well, coming in a variety of nice pastels (which seems to be this company’s signature look if their other products are anything to go by) that can be perfectly paired with any kitchen utensils. All this and a fairly low price tag makes this set a strong contender.
Looks very nice.
Comes in a variety of colors.
Very durable, but lightweight.
Good assortment for baking.
Nonstick ceramic coating.
Just the basics; none of the more esoteric pans you might need for more specialized baking.
4. Best quality materials - Gotham Steel Professional 5 piece Ceramic Cookware Set
While a very limited assortment, these are 3 top quality pieces of ceramic cookware that will form the backbone of any kitchen.
The construction on these is impeccable. They have an exterior of aluminum, with an interior of the usual titanium ceramic mix. This leaves these pans as being extraordinarily lightweight but tough, giving them an easy to handle feel.
The handles themselves are very sturdy, firmly riveted and well placed, with a nice curve to them that fits the hand a lot better than the standard straight design. The handles on the lids I’m less a fan of, being a bit slender and annoying to hold, especially with mitts on. You feel like you’re trying to pinch these handles whenever you grab them.
Still, everything else is top notch, and at a fairly reasonable price for the quality. If it was a little lower it would be an unequivocal recommendation from me, but could be considered a bit pricey for many peoples’ purposes.
Lightweight and easy to handle.
Very durably constructed.
Nonstick ceramic interior.
A bit pricey.
Pot lid handles are annoyingly slim.
5. Best for induction stovetops - Vremi 8 piece Ceramic Cookware Set
This is a very interesting and unique looking set, with a ton of hard to find features.
First off, they’re safe for induction stovetops, which not a lot of cookware is. Already that’s enough of a place for me to recommend that if you have an induction stovetop, you should seriously consider picking these up.
The assortment of cookware is also unusual. You get two Dutch ovens and a pair of weird skillets, all with lids.
Everything here is very well made. It’s sturdy aluminum at the core, with an oven safe enamel on the exterior and an interior ceramic coating. It all comes together to give you a great nonstick cookware set that is impact resistant and oven safe.
The Dutch ovens are great, and the lids are nicely designed to leave a bit of a gap, so steam can release naturally without requiring you to cock the lid (which can sometimes fall and create a seal when you don’t want one. The skillets are likewise interesting, with an interesting forward sloped design that is supposed to make flipping things easier (you have more lip to work with in the front for it), which is something I’ve never seen before.
Finally, the bakelite (plastic) handles -made to look like wood- tie together the design of this set very well, giving you a great rustic look without impacting the durability and safety of the set. Unfortunately it’s also the only real misstep of this set: it makes these not oven safe; a severe oversight for this kind of cookware.
Still, they’re perfectly serviceable on the stovetop, it’s just not an ideal situation.
Safe for induction stovetops.
Lightweight but thickly constructed.
Decent assortment of cookware to work with.
Great steam release lid design.
Very interesting angled frying pans for easy flipping.
Due to the bakelite handles, this cookware is not oven safe.
6. Best compact bread machine - Sunbeam Programmable Bread Maker
A bit simpler than other pieces of cookware on the list, but sometimes all you need and really wish you had is a massive flat baking dish, and this deliver son that promise.
They’re quite well made of a durable ceramic that is relatively impact resistant and heats well in the oven. It also makes a pretty good roasting tray for any heat source you’d care to mention, though you should take care to keep it away from open flames.
They look nice and come in a wide enough variety of sizes to give you the versatility for just about anything you’d need to use it for. They’re great for marinating and brining overnight.
The only real issue is the price. They’re well made, but they’re charging about a third more than what I’d really like to pay for these. Still, the quality is enough to eb worth keeping your eye on these and snapping up at a good enough opportunity.
Well made and versatile in function.
Looks nice in any kitchen.
Variety of sized pans for multiple uses.
Nonstick for easy cleanup.
Solid ears make it easy to grip and move.
Safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
A bit pricey for what it offers.
7. Best space saving set - Neoflam Midas 9 piece Ceramic Cookware Set
Very interesting set here.
It’s a cast aluminum body with a ceramic coating, as you’re used to in this kind of cookware and actually comes with most of the standard stuff, even though it doesn’t look like it at first.
The secret here is the detachable handles, which can be clipped on and off of each of the individual pieces, as needed. This is handy for a few reasons. One, because it makes the set oven safe (even though the handle isn’t), and two it gives you a whole lot of space saving opportunity. You can stack this cookware set as though its were glass or ceramic bakeware meant to be nested inside each other, and store the handle somewhere else.
This is a great apartment set from NEOFLAM. It takes up very little space, it’s not very expensive, and it works perfectly for just about any kind of cooking. Great unique take on ceramic cookware.
Lightweight and easy to handle.
Detachable handle for ease of use.
Space saving design.
Larger pots can be a bit annoying to remove from the oven without natural gripping points.
We have a strong tossup here, with Rachael Ray’s Cucina set being my favorite stovetop cookware set, and the CorningWare set being my favorite bakeware set. I eventually gave it to the Cucina set, largely because I use stovetop cookware more than my bakeware, which I imagine is true for most people, so it provides a bit more bang for your buck.
The rest of these are quite good as well, some with very interesting features or just filling a small niche that’s nice to have, but ultimately for about 90% of cooking purposes, I’d say buy the winner and runner up and you’re set for life.
What Do You look for in a Ceramic Cookware Set?
The first thing you want to do: define ceramic cookware, because it can be very different based on what kind of cookware you’re looking for.
What is Ceramic Cookware?
There are essentially two major kinds of good ceramic cookware: completely ceramic, and ceramic coating.
The former is used mostly for bakeware specifically, as it can get away with having a completely ceramic or ceramic composite material that gives it excellent heat retention and impact resistance, at the cost of not really being safe for the stove or anything else.
That’s where a ceramic coating comes in, usually over an aluminum core. It provides a nonstick surface to the cookware that makes it easy to clean without compromising its structural integrity. These are usually (but not always) good for both stovetop and oven use.
What Makes a Good Cookware Set?
In a word: value.
This is the combination of variety, quality, and price.
A set should be varied enough to give you a versatile, multi-use cookware set. A good cookware set should provide everything you need to cook most meals, even if sometimes improvisation will be needed (you CAN cook stir fry in a skillet, as an example, it’s just more finicky than an actual wok).
The quality is fairly self explanatory: it should be durable, solidly constructed, and hard to break. For ceramic cookware this also means that it should be heat and scratch resistant, nonstick, and safe to use.
As for pricing, depending on the above factors, you’re looking at the ballpark of $70 to $100 for a good set.
Any more than that, and you should expect to get a ton of extras, more than the standard set (a couple of frying pans, 2 to 3 saucepans, and a big stockpot for most cookware sets), immense quality improvements in materials used and how solidly made the cookware is, or preferably both at once.