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Ceramic vs. Teflon Cookware: What’s the Difference

We broke down the difference between Ceramic Cookware and Teflon Cookware, so you can choose which is best for you.

George Steckel|Mar 09, 2021
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Non Stick Cookware can quite simply change the way you cook. However, there are various types of

Non Stick Pots and Pans

on the market, and some are safer than others. That’s why we’re here to provide more information on the different types of non stick coatings, specifically Ceramic Cookware and Teflon-Branded Cookware.

Rundown on Teflon

Teflon is, importantly, not a type of cookware. Teflon is a brand, which used PTFE-coating with PFOAs. Teflon was made in the 1930s and has rightfully received a poor reputation in the past few decades due to the fact that they used PFOA to make their non stick coating. Yes, PFOA and

PTFE

sound similar, but they couldn’t be more different. PFOA was used in Teflon’s coating up until 2013 and has been linked to various types of cancers and diseases, which is why it has been removed from all cookware coatings since.

Nowadays, people commonly refer to PTFE-coated cookware as Teflon cookware, but this is not correct. Since PFOA is no longer used in making cookware, there should be no concern with PTFE cookware. It is perfectly safe to use and is in fact, the best coating on the market thanks to its non stick capabilities and ability to clean up in a matter of seconds.

Rundown on Ceramic

Ceramic cookware

is not made of ceramics, as ceramic pots and pans are not fired at temperatures over 1000F. Instead, ceramic cookware features a Sol-Gel coating on the surface of their pans. As the pan heats up, the Sol-Gel layer releases a molecular level of silicone-oil onto the pan’s surface, creating a non stick surface. Unfortunately, there is not an infinite amount of silicone-oil in the Sol-Gel coating. The first few months of using your ceramic cookware will provide effortless cooking and food-release capabilities. However, once the silicone-oil starts to get used up, ceramic cookware will no longer be non stick.

So, the question of which is better, ceramic or Teflon, is a bit misleading. Neither are great. Instead, PTFE-coated cookware is the best option.  It lasts longer, has better food-release attributes, and does not leech substances onto the pan’s surface.

Is Ceramic Safer Than Teflon?

When Teflon cookware had PFOA in its coatings, it was not safe to use. It caused health problems to users and resulted in cookware with PFOA in it being banned. However, now that PTFE-coated cookware is made without PFOA, it is an entirely safe option.

Ceramic cookware is also safe. None of its coating has been deemed unsafe and has shown no health consequences. However, the one difference between ceramic and PTFE-coated cookware is that ceramic cookware releases a silicone-oil on the pan’s surface. While you won’t see this oil (it is released on a molecular level), it is still a foreign substance released onto your pan.

How Are Ceramic and PTFE Coatings Are Applied?

The main difference between ceramic and PTFE cookware is the type of coating applied to the pan’s surface. The coatings are both applied in the same way. The naked pan gets sprayed with a grip layer that will hold the coating, and then PTFE-coated cookware gets sprayed with PTFE, while ceramic cookware gets sprayed with a Sol-Gel coating. Both of these pans then get cured, however, PTFE pans get cured at a higher temperature than ceramic pans (750-800F for PTFE and 550-600F for ceramic).

The other difference in the coating is how long each one lasts. Ceramic cookware has a self-depleting surface. The more you use ceramic cookware, the quicker its non stick finish will fade.

PTFE-coated Non Stick Cookware will last much longer as long as you take care of the pan. If the coating is present on the pan, then it will have non stick tendencies. In order to avoid stripping the coating off of the pan, do not use metal utensils, and never put your Non Stick Pots and Pans in the dishwasher.

Is a Ceramic Coating Worth It?

The answer to this question depends entirely on your cooking style and what you hope to get out of your cookware. If you want a high-performing, long-lasting pan, then ceramic cookware is not the right choice. If you want a pan that will last for a few months and look pretty on your countertop and stovetop, we would recommend purchasing ceramic pots and pans.

The exterior of ceramic cookware can be colored, which is why it has gained popularity in recent years. The movement of storing your cookware on your countertop instead of in a cupboard has led to people investing in cookware that looks good but doesn’t necessarily perform well.

How Long Do Ceramic Coatings Last?

Ceramic coatings don’t last that long. Ceramic cookware has non stick features due to silicone-oil being released when the pan is heated. This silicone-oil will run out after many uses. Once the silicone-oil is depleted, you are just left with an ordinary pan. And since most ceramic cookware is constructed from aluminum, your new pan will just be like any standard aluminum cookware, resulting in a higher chance of warping and not heating evenly. However, if you do purchase ceramic cookware, is it essential to follow proper cleaning procedures. Don’t put your pan in the dishwasher and follow the manufacturers’ instructions for maximum heating temperature.

What Is the Least Toxic Cookware?

The least toxic non stick cookware is PTFE-coated cookware. This type of coating does not release any substances when it is heated, and the non stick capabilities of a PTFE-coated pan will always be present as long as the coating is there.

Made In’s

Non Stick Collection

features a double coating of PTFE to ensure that its non stick frying pans, saute pans, and saucepans are high-performing and long-lasting. They also feature a 5-ply stainless clad body, which is the same body used for our award-winning stainless clad collection. This results in your Non Stick Cookware heating up evenly, responding to temperature changes quickly, and not warping. They are safe to use on induction, gas, and electric cooktops while also being oven-safe up to 500F.

So when it comes to choosing ceramic vs. PTFE-coated cookware, the answer should be pretty obvious. Choose a coating that is trusted in Michelin-starred restaurants, has a 5-ply stainless clad body, and is crafted with performance at the forefront. Made In’s Non Stick PTFE cookware made without PFOA should always be the answer, and you can now buy it individually or in a set.

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