Don’t you find it a hassle that in order to fry an egg you have to preheat your pan and then pour some oil in it to create the nonstick surface? Yet find your egg or bits of it somehow still sticking to the pan? That’s where nonstick cookware comes in. Sure, some oil is still recommended to prolong the life of the coating, but nonstick cookware quite simply makes cooking delicate foods easier.
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Yes, cooking foods like fish, eggs, or hash browns will be way easier with nonstick cookware, which also makes cleaning up easier after that. Because you can use less oil when cooking with it, this also makes it promote healthy cooking, which is why most people get it in the first place.
What makes a good nonstick cookware
A good nonstick cookware should not only have slick coating for excellent food release, but it should also have all the good traits you normally find in other cookware. This means it should have great heat distribution, maneuverability, and comfort. Great heat distribution will better allow you to cook your food evenly, and will also make the cookware last longer. Great maneuverability will allow you to better handle fast-cooking foods. Finally, great comfort, by providing a good balance between body and handle, will allow you to cook with ease.
Agreeably, we try to look for these traits when selecting a cookware to be included in this list. Also, we read reviews in Walmart, Amazon, Target, and more, and then select only highly rated sets on Amazon. Rest assured then when you select a cookware here, you will be getting a set that has been vetted for its quality, of which it also has been verified to last for years.
Types of nonstick cookware
When it comes to nonstick cookware, the slick coating is the main component that enables the release of food. More often than not, it can either be PTFE, synthetic polymer, or ceramic. Anyway, let’s learn about all of them.
PTFE: Though PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) is commonly associated with the slick coating for cookware, it actually has a wide range of applications. Believe it or not, it’s a common material in joint replacements. That’s because it doesn’t absorb water, can withstand extremes of heat and cold, reduces friction, and resists UV rays. It’s understandable then that the unique makeup of PTFE lend itself particularly well in cookware use, too.
A brand name that has become the generic name for, or synonymous with, PTFE, is Teflon, a registered trademark of the Chemours company (formerly DuPont). But besides Chemours, a few other companies have also made their own versions of this coating, which are all in essence a form of PTFE. The most well known of which, besides Teflon, is a nonstick coating called Quantanium, used by Cuisinart in their hard anodized aluminum line.
Ceramic: This type of coating uses silicone oil in the pores of the pan’s surface. This oil is eventually washed or cooked away and the pan loses its slickness. The biggest complaint about this type of cookware is it doesn’t last long. I asked friends and family how long their sol-gel cookware lasted and they all said about one year, and that they’d never buy it again.
So we focused on pans with PTFE-based nonstick coatings, as they last longer than those with silica coatings.
A pan that evenly distributes heat not only yields consistently cooked food, but it also ensures the longevity of the nonstick coating, which breaks down at high temperatures. We like nonstick skillets made from cast aluminum. It’s an inexpensive material and it’s an excellent conductor of heat that ensures even cooking. The only thing that’s better is tri-ply, which you can use on induction.
Non Stick Cookware Reviews 2017
Best Budget Non Stick Cookware Set – T-Fal C111SC Signature Set
For a first time buyer looking for value I would suggest getting the T-Fal C111SC Signature Set. T-Fal has become a household name these days, almost everyone knows about their non stick cookware. This is one of the cheaper T-Fal cookware sets.
Costing only around $70 this 12 piece set is a bargain. However, you should realize that you won’t be getting the usual 12 piece cookware that other brands offer.
This is because T-fal includes 3 nylon cooking tools (spatula, scoop and ladle) in the set. Other than the nylon tools, you’d be getting 2 saucepans, 2 fry pans and a dutch oven.
Best Non Stick Cookware Set – Anolon Advanced Bronze Collection Set
If you’re looking for the best nonstick cookware market has to offer, go for the Anolon Advanced Bronze Collection set. This bronze hard anodized cookware set is bound to catch your eye with its design.
This 11 piece cookware set comes with a thermolon nonstick interior, and break resistant glass lids. However, none of the pieces in this cookware set is dishwasher friendly so you’d have to handwash them.
Thanks to the aluminium base that promotes even heating and the nonstick lining, there is almost never any bits or pieces that are stuck to the surface of the cookware.
This means, even though you’d be hand washing your cookware there wouldn’t be any scraping or stubborn stains involved.
Best Value Non Stick Cookware Set – Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel Non Stick Set
If you don’t mind using light cookware, the Rachael Ray porcelain enamel cookware set should be on your list of cookware to check out. This 10 piece cookware set would perfect for anyone who’s on a budget.
The pieces of this cookware have a coated porcelain exterior and a non stick interior. This means you have to be a little careful while using these cookware because porcelain is rather fragile and prone to chipping.
Thankfully, all the pieces of this set are dishwasher friendly so if you’re someone who loves cooking but hates cleaning up after, take a look at this Rachael Ray set.
Best Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set – Circulon Symmetry 11-Pc Set
The hard anodized 11-piece cookware set by Circulon is another non stick cookware set that I would recommend.
The handles on this hard anodized cookware set are remarkable. Not only are they ergonomic but thanks to the silicon lining the handles remained slip-resistant even when my hands were oily.
Cooking was also rather simple when I used pieces from this set. Heat transmission is a plus point because all my dishes cooked evenly.
Moreover, the signature impact bonded stainless steel base also made it possible for me to use this set on almost every cooktop surface there is.
How Safe Is Non Stick Cookware?
The non stick layer can be made from various materials such as teflon and thermolon. It would be a lie to say all non stick cookware are safe no matter the circumstances. However, when used according to the manufacturer’s guidelines non stick cookware bring easy cooking to a whole new level.
Thermolon is a chemically unreactive layer that is 100% safe. The only downside to this layer is that with frequent usage, it slowly thins and breaks down. So if you see chipping or flaking in your non-stick cookware, it probably is time to replace them.
You should also avoid using metal utensils because that may scratch the nonstick coating. Finally, you should only wash your cookware by hand because they aren’t dishwasher friendly.
I would avoid using non stick cookware with teflon linings. How teflon differs from thermolon is the danger it hides. At extreme temperatures, teflon breaks down and releases an array of carcinogenic and toxic gases. This is because teflon contains PFOA and PTFE which are toxic chemicals that are used in creating its nonstick surface.
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