What to Look for in Non Stick Cookware: 5 Key Qualities

Team Made In|May 27, 2020

What to Look for When Buying a Non Stick Pan

Along with food,


is at the center of every kitchen. No matter how good the ingredients or how talented a home chef might be, mediocre tools limit every meal's potential.

Unfortunately, selecting the best cookware at a fair price can be difficult. The sheer variety of choices, materials, price points, brands, and manufacturer's claims quickly overwhelm.

When shopping for cookware, you should choose a brand that offers an affordable price point and impeccable standards when it comes to safety, quality, and manufacturing. This is especially true for

Non Stick Cookware


Top Five Qualities to Look for in Non Stick Cookware

Cut through added costs, fluff, and flashy marketing schemes to focus on the following five qualities when shopping for your next

New Cookware Set


1. Safety

When it comes to food preparation, safety is paramount. Don't compromise the safety of your food or your health when looking at cookware, and especially not when shopping for non stick pans.

Depending on the manufacturing process, some non stick surfaces are made using the harmful chemical PFOA. Be sure the non stick pans you choose are made without PFOA. You can always verify the manufacturing process with a company to find out how their non stick products are crafted.

2. Construction

The materials and processes used to make non stick cookware directly affect the quality of the final product. Look for

non stick cookware

made from at least

5-ply metal cladding

. This cookware features pots and pans with thoughtfully layered metals for superior performance.

Beware of lower quality options at low price points. Most of these products are not cladded, which can lead to uneven heating and inferior durability.

3. Function

The function of your non stick pots and pans includes everything from even heat distribution to durability. Cooking is personal. So, before purchasing new cookware, be sure it will function well for you and your lifestyle.

To ensure you get the most out of your new non stick cookware, it is always important to consider whether or not your pans are oven safe, if the non stick surface is easy to clean or not, and if the cookware comes with a warranty.

4. Durability

If you plan to make an investment in cookware, then your new pots and pans should last a lifetime.

Certain types of cookware are naturally more durable than others. For example, due to the nature of the material,

ceramic cookware

 is quite delicate. Always look for products that pair strong materials with a smart manufacturing process to create durable pots and pans (including non stick cookware) that will stand up to the test of time.

5. Value

You will undoubtedly pay a little more for high-quality cookware, but do not pay too much. To really get great value from your cookware, you need to find a brand that costs less without sacrificing quality.

Home chefs often end up paying too much for cookware sold through retail channels. This is because retail companies must generate large enough profit margins on sales to cover the cost of manufacturing products, distributing products, and paying a lot more employees than the companies that sell directly to consumers.

Companies selling cookware and other products directly to their customers eliminate expensive distribution, employment costs, and retail markups. This business model allows direct-to-consumer cookware companies to charge customers less for high-quality products.

Made In: A Line of Cookware That Has It All

At Made In, we provide home chefs with high-quality cookware that is manufactured to the highest safety standards, uses the best materials, and comes in at an affordable price point.