You may put a great deal of thought into which ingredients you cook with, but you might not be paying as much attention to the materials behind the pots and pans you have on hand. According to the FDA, high levels of toxic chemicals from the wrong nonstick cookware can enter our food supply and cause long-term damage. Luckily, there are plenty of non-toxic cookware brands available for every home cook's purposes.
While these dangerous chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were commonly found in many Teflon and nonstick pans sold nationwide, they are thankfully being phased out of production. But you should still check the labels to find out exactly what materials are used in new cookware before buying it, just in case.
Stainless steel, ceramic, glass, and cast-iron pots and pans are usually the go-to materials for chefs who didn't want to risk chemicals seeping into their food. But if you still want to enjoy the convenience of cooking with nonstick pots and pans, you're in luck. Newer brands like Caraway and Our Place have developed innovative cookware products that are both nonstick and non-toxic.
To help you figure out which non-toxic pots and pans are best for your kitchen, we turned to customers who have bought and cooked with these items for themselves. Each product detailed below not only has near-perfect ratings but an overwhelming number of glowing reviews as well.
From ceramic cookware sets to stainless steel pots and glass dishes, keep reading to shop the eight non-toxic cookware items that shoppers love cooking with the most.
These brands are the best non-toxic cookware to shop now:
Thousands of Amazon shoppers have given these stainless steel Cuisinart pots and pans a five-star rating for a reason. Along with not having to worry about any harmful chemicals, customers love that the cookware is oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. Each piece features ‘Cool Grip’ handles, so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself, and they have tapered rims that help prevent unwanted dripping. One reviewer said they are great “for the cook who wants non-toxic, beautiful cookware,” before adding, “I finally recycled my odd assortment of cookware gathered over the years. After reading a lot about toxins in other cookware, I also tossed out any nonstick items (including serving and spatula items) in favor of professional-grade cookware. These pieces are gorgeous! They heat evenly, are heavy and durable, and because they are pro-grade, food does NOT stick.”
To buy: $200; amazon.com
This innovative Our Place pan provides the convenience of a nonstick pan without using any harmful chemicals like PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles. According to the brand, the all-in-one pan can replace your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest, as the handy pan can braise, strain, sauté, fry, sear, steam, boil food, and more. Even better, there are six versatile colors to choose from, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding an option that suits your kitchen. “My Always Pan is going to be my new favorite cooking ware,” wrote one shopper. “Super versatile and absolutely beautiful. Love the functionality that it possesses and the versatility range, someone really thought about all the best ways to cook with this! Safe, easy to clean, and beautiful to look at! Makes you want to cook more delicious meals all day long!”
To buy: $145; fromourplace.com
Caraway is another new brand that’s developed a non-toxic, Teflon-free nonstick cookware line. In addition to being easy to clean and oven-safe, these pots and pans are compatible with every type of stovetop. While you can shop pieces separately, many customers opt to buy the complete set to take advantage of the $100 savings when you buy everything at once, and you’ll also get a free storage system. “These pans exceeded all expectations,” raved one customer. “As a former chef that always used stainless steel for the majority of my recipes, I am thoroughly impressed by Caraway. The cookware is packaged with amazing care and you can feel the quality as soon as you hold one in your hand. Cooking has been an absolute joy with even distribution of heat and clean up is a breeze. I’ve already recommended it to numerous people!”
To buy: $395; carawayhome.com
Glass is a naturally non-toxic cookware material, and Pyrex has been a go-to brand for glass baking products since the brand launched in the early 1900s. Shoppers love this set of baking dishes because of its durability and high-heat resistance. The baking dishes are also non-porous, so odors and stains won’t seep into them as you cook your food. In addition to being dishwasher-safe, they are also safe to use in the microwave, oven, fridge, and freezer. One reviewer called them “an essential kitchen tool” while another wrote, “This set is a must have if you will be baking! It is such a good deal for the price. The dishes are sturdy and great quality. I have had food stuck to it after baking and it looked like it would never come out, but after soaking and a little scrubbing (with a regular sponge) it holds up and looks like new! I also love that the measurement and care instructions are ingrained right in the middle of the pan.”
To buy: $17; bedbathandbeyond.com
GreenPan is another popular non-toxic cookware brand because its signature Thermolon Diamond Advanced ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, lead, and cadmium. These frying pans from the brand are oven- and broiler-safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit and can even be cleaned in the dishwasher. They feature durable stainless steel handles and scratch-resistant bodies that the brand says are 25 to 40 percent larger than other pans. “This is a wonderful pan,” said one reviewer. “So easy to sauté a lot of vegetables that you want to brown separately. It cleans up easily and looks brand new. As I can I will buy more of them.”
To buy: $80; amazon.com
If you’re looking to add a cast-iron pan to your kitchen, over 19,000 Amazon shoppers recommend this option from Lodge. Known for its durability and superior heat retention, this handy pan allows you to sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, and fry a variety of different foods. It is seasoned with oil for a “natural, easy-release finish” that makes the pan easy to hand-wash. Plus, it comes with a protective silicone handle holder, so you won’t get burned while you’re cooking. “This is a great pan,” wrote one customer. “After 40 years of trying to find quality nonstick pans I realize cast-iron is the way to cook anything and everything with ease and not worry about ingesting toxic chemicals.”
To buy: $27; amazon.com
This stainless steel pot from All-Clad features a heat-resistant handle and flared edges that help provide drip-free pouring. The cooking essential can be used on all heat sources, including induction, gas, and electric, and is oven-safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The interior of the pot has a brushed starburst finish that prevents food from sticking to it without using any chemicals. “Boy is this pan built,” raved one shopper. “I’ve had it for over a month and I use it every day. It’s high quality stainless steel and with the thick 5 ply bottom, it’s heavy enough to cook food evenly (even on a high powered gas burner). It also works great on an induction burner. It is easy enough to clean and I haven’t noticed any of the problems mentioned with other brands (discoloration, pitting, etc.). It’s expensive, but I think it’s worth every penny and it should last for a very long time. In fact, I am so impressed with the quality that I’m considering buying a full set.”
To buy: $310; amazon.com
This enameled cast-iron Le Creuset French Oven is certainly not cheap, but it’s definitely worth the price. The luxe cookware has excellent heat distribution and retention properties and is safe to use on any heat source. While it is not nonstick, customers say it is easy to clean and resistant to stains and odors. “I’ve lusted after a Le Creuset Dutch Oven for years, but never purchased one because they are so expensive,” wrote one reviewer. “I’ve been using mine for a few weeks, and it’s better than I imagined it could be! I use it for almost everything. It’s heavy, beautiful, and it makes meals and cooking feel decadent. I’ve already ordered a skillet to add to my collection.”
To buy: $360 (originally $460); surlatable.com