December 28, 2020

Last Updated: September 15, 2023



  • Home
  • /
  • Blog
  • /
  • Chantal Cookware: A Detailed Review

Chantal Cookware: A Detailed Review

By trk

Last Updated: September 15, 2023


Chantal cookware has been around for 50 years, and steadily gaining popularity. They offer a lineup not seen from any other cookware manufacturer, including such unique features as Japanese 21/0 stainless steel, enameled carbon steel, allergen-free cookware, and more. All Chantal cookware lines are induction compatible, which may account for its growing popularity--induction cooking is also becoming more popular in the US.

Chantal also makes bakeware, assorted countertop items (salt shakers, utensil crocks, butter keepers and more), and are probably best known for their high quality tea kettles. This review covers only Chantal cookware.

see chantal products on amazon

Chantal Cookware at a Glance

Here's a summary table of the different lines of Chantal cookware.  

All Chantal cookware has these features:

  • Induction compatibility
  • Tempered glass lids (though oven-safe temp can differ).

We put an asterisk on the lines we recommend.

NOTE: Table may not be visible in mobile view.

Cookware

Rating

Features

Cons

Chantal Cookware Induction 21 7 pc. set

-21/0 stainless (nickel free)

-Oven safe to 500F

-Dripless pouring rims

-Helper handle on big pcs.

-Lifetime warranty

-4yr wty. on nonstick 

-Stainless or ceramic

-$50/85 for sklt/cer. sklt

-$250/300 for set/cer. set

-11" skillet weighs 2 lbs.

-Very small amt of copper

-Aluminum disc base provides main heat transfer

-Skillets have very sloped sides (small cooking surface)

-Made in China.

Note: This is our rating as there are no reviews yet.

Chantal 3.Clad Nonstick Skillet

-Tri-ply 18/10 stainless

-Ceramic nonstick skillets

-Dripless pouring rims

-Made in Germany

-Lifetime warranty

-$100 for skillet

-$400 for set

-Contains nickel (not a con unless you need nickel free cookware)

-Thin, may heat unevenly.

Chantal AllergenWare Stock Pot

-21/0 stainless (nickel free)

-Colored stripe

-Lifetime warranty

-$45 for skillet/sauce pan

-$85 for casserole

-Made in Germany.

-Only pieces are 8"/10" skillet and 6qt Dutch oven

-Small pieces

-Lid safe to only 375F.

*Enamel on Steel

see it on Amazon

Chantal Enamel on Steel Stock Pot

-Enameled carbon steel

-3 colors

-Dishwasher safe

-NOT nonstick enamel

-Made in Germany

-10 yr warranty

-$80/120 4qt/8qt casserole

-Casserole pots only

-Carbon steel is heavy

-This may have been discontinued by Chantal.

Chantal Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

-Enameled cast iron

-3 colors

-Dishwasher safe

-$120/150 Dutch oven

-$80 for 10" skillet.

-2 Dutch oven sizes

-1 skillet size

-Black interior

-10 yr warranty

-Made in China.

back to top

Who Is Chantal?

Chantal is an American cookware company founded by German immigrant and mechanical engineer Heida Thurlow. The company was founded in 1971 and is probably best known for their lovely tea kettles with the two-tone, harmonic whistle. They are based in Houston, Texas and manufacture cookware in Germany and China. 

Chantal is the first cookware company founded by a woman. It is also the first to bring "dramatic color, tempered glass lids, and stay-cool handles" to the cookware world. They are a privately owned company.

You can read more about the company on their website.

back to top

What Is 21/0 Japanese Stainless Steel?

Stainless Steel Rolls

One of the first things to know when buying clad stainless cookware is that all stainless steel is not created equally. 

There are hundreds of different types and grades of stainless steel, and enough to this topic to fill a book. We'll just look at the basics so you can understand the differences between Chantal's 21/0 stainless steel and that typically used by other cookware makers. 

The vast majority of clad stainless cookware is made from 300 grade stainless steel, usually 18/8 or 18/10. Some of it is made from 316Ti (also a 300 grade stainless). We'll talk more about what these numbers mean in a minute.

For this reason, the 21/0 stainless steel used by Chantal is new to most cookware buyers. So here's what you need to know about it.

Cookware is made from grades of stainless steel that are considered "food grade." This includes 200-, 300-, and 400-grade stainless steel. Most cookware manufacturers use 300 grade stainless steel on the cooking surface and 400 grade on the exterior. 300 grade--usually 304, also called 18/8 or 18/10 stainless steel--is 18% chromium and either 8% or 10% nickel. The nickel makes this steel highly corrosion resistant. However, nickel also renders stainless steel non-magnetic, so a different grade must be used on the exterior in order to make cookware induction compatible. Typically, this is the ferritic (i.e. magnetic) 400 grade stainless, also known as 18/0: 18% chromium, 0% nickel. 400 grade stainless steel is less corrosion resistant than 300 grade stainless, but it's necessary if cookware is to be usable on induction cooktops. 

Some manufacturers use 200 grade stainless, which is nickel free because it uses manganese as its anti-corrosion agent. It's a less expensive grade than 300 and less corrosion resistant, though still considered food grade. 200 grade steel is usually found on inexpensive cookware--and often it is not disclosed that this is what's used in the cookware. Here's an example of a pot with 200 grade stainless steel--note the very affordable price. 

21/0 Japanese stainless steel is officially called JYH21CT. (If you want to learn more about it, google that term.) As far as we can tell, Chantal is the only cookware maker to use 21/0 stainless; they may even have developed it specifically for their Induction 21 line of cookware (but don't quote us on this). Most other nickel-free stainless cookware is made from 18/0, 400-grade stainless steel--which is not ideal because it corrodes faster than 300-grade stainless. (It's also less expensive, so cheap stainless cookware is often made from 400 grade steel.)

Chantal discovered--or developed--21/0 stainless steel to solve the problem of nickel-free stainless not being corrosion resistant (and of 18/10 stainless not being induction compatible). Per its name, it has 21% chromium, 0% nickel. The higher chromium content makes this stainless steel almost as corrosion resistant as 18/10 stainless, but because it contains no nickel it is magnetic, so also induction compatible. This means 21/0 can be used on both the interior and the exterior of the cookware. 

The question here, then, is: Is 21/0 stainless steel better than 304 stainless steel?

To answer that question, we have to look at the composition of 21/0 steel compared to that of 18/10 and 18/8 steel.

Here's the composition of 21/0 stainless steel: 

21% chromium

0% nickel

0.4% copper

0.3% titanium

...plus a few other elements that don't really influence the differences from 18/10 steel.

The addition of titanium is said to improve the corrosion resistance of the cookware. However, there are also grades of 300 stainless that contain titanium and are used in cookware making (316Ti), but it's just different than 304 and not necessarily better. (Heritage Steel uses 316Ti on their cookware--note that they claim it's more corrosion resistant than 18/10, but it's a difference that you would not be likely to notice in everyday kitchen use.)

The same is likely true for 21/0 stainless steel: it's different, but not necessarily better.

The addition of copper to 21/0 is said to improve the heat conduction of the steel. In fact, Chantal claims that 21/0 stainless is about 30% more heat conductive than 304 stainless. We weren't able to figure out a qualitative way to test this claim, but even if true, it doesn't mean a lot, since stainless steel has notoriously terrible heating properties: 30% of nothing is pretty unimpressive, and this was what our testing showed: Chantal cookware did not heat faster or more evenly than other good quality stainless steel cookware (e.g., All-Clad). In fact, it was slightly worse.

Stainless steel is not used in cookware for its heating properties, it is used for its durability, despite its awful heating properties. A grade of stainless steel that transfers heat as well as aluminum is an exciting thought. But 21/0 stainless is not it. 

So 21/0 stainless sounds impressive at first, but the truth is a bit bleaker. Nickel prices are going up, and nickel is one of the most expensive ingredients in stainless steel. Thus, 21/0 stainless steel is cheaper to make than 300 grade stainless steels. We suspect that this is the primary reason Chantal uses it; not because it's significantly better quality. 

We were initially excited about 21/0 stainless steel, but it's really not better quality than 304 stainless steel. Despite the titanium and copper it contains, its corrosion resistance is about the same or slightly worse. And its minute amount of copper is not enough to improve heat transfer--which explains why Chantal's Induction 21 and Stripes cookware have encapsulated aluminum discs: the aluminum is (by far) the primary means of heat transfer in this cookware. If there were no aluminum disc, the heating properties of 21/0 stainless cookware would be...not good. 

You can find more information about Japanese 21/0 stainless steel at this website.

So what's the upshot? Chantal Induction 21 is basically disc-clad cookware made with a grade of stainless steel that's approximately as corrosion resistant as 300 grade and less expensive to manufacture. For what it is, it's fairly reasonably priced--though you can find other disc-clad stainless cookware for a lower price. If you need nickel-free cookware, Induction 21 and Stripes are some of the highest quality available (except for Hestan NanoBond, which is excellent, but quite expensive).

back to top

What to Look for When Buying Cookware

Buying cookware can be a frustrating experience. What's the best kind of cookware? What makes one brand higher quality than another? (And believe us, price is not always a clear indicator.) How do I decide what's best for me? When you compare stainless steel to nonstick to cast iron to carbon steel to copper to glass and enamel, you can get overwhelmed by the options. And Chantal, with all its different lines and unique stainless steel, can be a particularly puzzling brand for a lot of people.

We've tried to smooth out the process for you by summarizing all you need to know into a few categories. If you consider all of these before buying--prioritizing them as you see fit for your needs--the end result should be cookware you love and find a joy to use. We look at all the properties as well and summarize how the Chantal lines rank in each category.

To compare different types of cookware (e.g., stainless, nonstick, cast iron, etc.), see our article How to Choose the Best Cookware: The Ultimate Buying Guide.

Heating Properties

Induction Stove with Pan

Since the purpose of cookware is to heat food, heating properties are the most important feature to consider. For example, even if you feel strongly about nonstick cookware because it cleans up so easily, you wouldn't use it if it didn't cook your food. So no matter what else matters to you about cookware, the heating properties are what make or break cookware's usability.

Cookware is usually graded on two aspects of heating: heat conductivity and heat retention. Heat conductivity measures how fast and how evenly a material heats; copper and aluminum have the best heat conductivity ratings, while cast iron and carbon steel have the worst. (Stainless steel is actually worse, but since it is not used for heating but rather for durability, we don't count it.) Heat retention measures how long cookware hangs onto heat: cast iron (and to a lesser extent carbon steel) has the highest heat retention rating, while copper has one of the lowest (meaning that copper is very responsive to temperature changes). 

Mass also affects both heat conductivity and retention: the thicker and heavier a pan is, the more even it will heat and the longer it will retain heat. Thus, thicker cookware of any material is going to heat evenly and hang onto heat better than thinner cookware made of the same material. (This makes thick copper about the best possible type of cookware, but also one of the most expensive.)

Because heat conductivity and heat retention are somewhat at odds, most cookware is a happy medium between the two heating properties. Clad stainless has an aluminum or copper (or both) interior that conducts heat. The thicker that layer, the better the conductivity and retention. But if cookware is too thick, it becomes hard to use. Thus, most clad stainless cookware has enough aluminum (or copper) to provide good heating, but not enough to be too heavy for most users. 

If you don't mind heavy cookware, then you should buy the heaviest clad stainless cookware you can find, as it will have the best heating properties. One of the best out there is Demeyere Atlantis. Their Proline skillet contains about 75% more aluminum than All-Clad D3--but it is almost as heavy as cast iron, so be sure you can handle it before you buy.

Cast iron has poor heat conductivity no matter how thick it is. That is, it heats slowly and unevenly. However, it hangs onto heat extremely well. This makes it very good for high heat searing and deep frying--both tasks that need optimal heat retention. Many people use cast iron as their everyday cookware and it's fine for that, but the issues of repeated seasoning, possible transfer of iron into acidic foods (giving an off flavor), and weight (it's heavy) make it not the ideal choice for many people.

When buying, you should go for the heaviest cookware you can handle for optimal heating. If you're looking for good all-around cookware, clad stainless is a good choice because it has good heating properties, isn't too heavy, doesn't react with food, and is extremely durable. If you're looking for searing/heat retentive cookware, cast iron is the best choice--or, to a lesser extent, carbon steel. However, cast iron is not quite or versatile as clad stainless because it's heavy and acidic foods or high-liquid foods can strip the layer of seasoning.

Cast or forged aluminum is typically thick enough to provide excellent heating and still be lightweight. It's also inexpensive. However, aluminum cookware is usually has a nonstick coating, which makes it less than ideal (nonstick coatings last an average of 1-5 years). You can find aluminum cookware with a stainless steel cooking surface, but it's not very common. 

Copper is also an excellent all-around choice (if it's thick enough), but it's expensive and a bit hard to maintain. If you're interested you can learn more in our Copper Cookware Review.

There's no right or wrong answer here: it all depends on your preferences, your cooking style, your ergonomic issues (if any), and more. But if you're unsure, clad stainless is a great choice for all-around cookware. You may eventually want to add to your collection with a nonstick skillet, a cast iron skillet, or an enameled cast iron Dutch oven (highly recommended!), but clad stainless is an excellent starting point for equipping any kitchen.

The upshot for Chantal: As far as Chantal cookware's heating properties, we like their 3.Clad the best for all-around cooking, and their Enamel-on-Steel is very good for soups, stocks, and braises. Their disc-clad Induction 21 and Allergenware have okay-but-not-great heating properties, and we don't recommend their Carbon Fusion for anything--it heats like cast iron, which would be great at cast iron's price point, but it's the price of high quality clad stainless; a bad combination, in our opinion. Their enameled cast iron is going to be pretty much like any other enameled cast iron on the market, so if you like the design and the price, then it's a fine purchase (but we suggest you read our article on enameled cast iron before buying anything).

Durability and Stability

Durability refers to how long cookware lasts and how much abuse it can stand up to.

Stability means how reactive the cookware is with food; the more stable, the less the cookware's propensity to react with food.

Clad stainless wins in both of these categories: it is extremely durable and extremely non-reactive. Nonstick cookware is stable, but it is not durable. Cast iron cookware is durable, but it is not terribly stable--seasoning makes it more stable, but acidic foods and liquids can strip the seasoning, so it gets lower marks than clad stainless.

Glass and enamel cookware are also very stable, but not always durable.

Thus, Chantal's Induction 21, 3.Clad, and AllergenWare all have excellent durability and stability. The enamel-on-steel, carbon fusion, and enameled cast iron cookware by Chantal also get high marks in both categories: they are very durable as well as very stable. However, because enamel can chip, stainless edges them out, meaning their Induction 21, 3.Clad and AllergenWare are all better choices in these categories.

Ease of Cleaning

Chantal Cookware Pile of Dishes

Some people hate clad stainless cookware because it's "hard to clean." While it's true that it doesn't wipe right out the way nonstick pans do, it has other desirable traits that make it much more versatile cookware. For example, it's extremely durable--and it will last forever.

Nobody wants to spend any more time than necessary washing dishes, so we understand the desire to have easy-to-clean cookware. However, we've found that, when used properly, all cookware is fairly easy to clean. 

For example, if your stainless cookware has stuck-on gunk, it's probably because you used a heat setting that was too high, or not enough oil--or didn't let the oil heat up before adding the food. 

If you follow a few simple steps, all cookware can be (mostly) easy to clean:

  • Use low to medium heat
  • Preheat pan before adding oil or food
  • Add enough oil to coat pan surface
  • Let oil heat before adding food
  • Let food cook for a minute or two (or more) before trying to move it.

Heated oil creates a barrier between the pan and the food which helps food to not stick. Also, when food has properly browned, it will release naturally from the pan--this is true no matter what you're cooking with (it's just less noticeable on ultra-slippery nonstick pans).

You can always use good cleaning agents like Barkeeper's Friend, too, to do fast, easy cleaning. (We prefer the powder to the liquid.)

Sure, there will always be some food residue stuck to the pan--but this is called fond and it is the makings of a great pan sauce. So while there's a time and a place for nonstick skillets (e.g., eggs), we do not recommend all-around cookware. They are too delicate and wear out too fast. Instead, learn how to use your clad stainless or other pans properly, and cleaning will be far less of a headache than you ever imagined.

If ease of cleaning is important to you, you can choose Chantal's ceramic nonstick pieces, found on both the Induction 21 and the 3.Clad lines. Their high grade enamel cleans up about the same as their stainless. But remember that if you follow the steps above, ease of cleaning should be of minimal concern when buying any cookware.

Design/Aesthetics

Sauce Pan with Callouts

Design is the most personal category when selecting cookware. Is the cookware comfortable to use? Does it do everything you want it to do? Are the lids and handles to your liking? Is it pretty? Is it too heavy (or too light)?

Some considerations:

  • Size: is the cookware the right size for your needs? (Always pay attention to the sizes of pieces in sets!)
  • Shape: does the skillet have a lot of flat cooking surface? Does the sauce pan have straight or curved sides? Can you easily get a turner in the pan to flip food? Can a whisk reach into all the corners? Do the pans have drip-free rims?
  • Weight: Can you easily life the pans? How heavy will they be when full of food?
  • Handles: Are the handles comfortable to hold? Easy to stabilize? Do the larger pieces have helper handles? 
  • Lids: Do the lids fit well? Do they have comfortable pulls? If you want to hang them from a pot rack, can the handle fit through the lid pull?
  • Do you like the looks of the cookware?

These are just a few of the important considerations. The point is that you should consider as many daily use factors as possible. If you have ergonomic issues, make sure you can handle the cookware; if you're picky about aesthetics, make sure you think the cookware is attractive and will complement your kitchen decor--because yes, it's important. Don't ever buy cookware if you don't think it's pretty; it will make daily use awful for you.

We can't really summarize Chantal cookware here because it's up to you whether it works. We will say, though, that if you want cookware you can hang from a pot rack, Chantal is not it: it's lid loops are too small to fit a handle through, so you'd have to hang them without lids. (This just might be our number one complaint about this cookware.)

Price and Warranty

Not a lot to say here except that you should stick to your budget and try to find cookware with a good warranty and a company with a customer service department that will back it up.

Some Chantal cookware is reasonably priced, while some of it is (we think) overpriced. And we're not sure why the Enamel-on-Steel pots come with only a 10 year warranty as they should last forever. With another company, we would find this suspicious, but not with Chantal, who we know will stand behind their cookware.

Chantal makes good quality cookware and has a great reputation for customer service--but they lose a few points from us on both price and warranty.

back to top

Review: Induction 21 Cookware

Chantal Induction 21 7 Pc Set

See Induction 21 Chantal cookware on Amazon

See Induction 21 Chantal cookware at Home Depot

Go to Chantal website

Heating: 3/5

Durability: 5/5

Stability: 5/5

Ease of cleaning: 3/5

Design: 3/5

Price/Warranty: 3.5/5

Chantal's Induction 21 is unique cookware: there's nothing else like it on the market. This is primarily because of the 21/0 Japanese stainless steel, which is nickel free. If you have anyone in your home with a nickel allergy, this is probably the highest quality nickel-free stainless steel cookware on the market.

All Chantal cookware is well made, and Induction 21 is no exception. We love the comfortable, perfectly-shaped handles, as well as the helper handles on the larger pieces. 

The skillet is deeper than most brands, which we like (but you may not). The sauce pans and stock pot ("casserole pot") have a great shape with straight sides and a slightly curved bottom that make them easy to use and clean.

Speaking of cleaning, we found the ID21 about average for stainless cookware. The 21/0 isn't going to make the pans any easier to clean than other stainless. This shouldn't be a problem if you know how to use your stainless cookware. 

The ceramic nonstick is about the same as other ceramic nonstick we've worked with and tested. It's lovely when new, but we doubt the nonstick surface will last more than a few years. The good thing about ceramic nonstick is that even after it loses its nonstick properties, it's still safe to use (unlike PTFE). 

We're a little disappointed that Induction 21 is disc-clad cookware. The encapsulated aluminum disc is the primary heat transfer mechanism, as the amount of copper in the 21/0 stainless steel is extremely small (0.4%) and not nearly enough to influence the heating properties. We also don't care for the glass lids, which are more fragile than stainless lids (and also cheaper to make, the primary reason makers use them). 

You can buy the sets and individual pieces in stainless or nonstick. The nonstick is considerably more expensive.

Features/What We Like

  • 21/0 Nickel free stainless steel
  • Oven safe to 500F
  • Glass lids oven safe to 425F
  • Dripless pouring rims
  • Stainless pieces are dishwasher safe
  • Helper handle on big pieces
  • Excellent build quality
  • Heat evenly and rapidly (despite disc cladding)
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 4yr wty. on nonstick 
  • Stainless or ceramic
  • Lightweight (the 11-inch skillet weighs only 2 lbs)
  • The 2.5 qt saucepan with strainer lid and measurements is an excellent piece:
Chantal Cookware Saucepan with Strainer Lid

What We Don't Like

  • Chantal is not straightforward about these being disc-clad pans. They imply that the 21/0 stainless steel has good heating properties because of the copper, but it does not contain enough copper to affect the heating (only 0.4%). They don't say anywhere on Amazon or their website (that we could find) that these are disc-clad pans. But they definitely are. Disc cladding can be high quality, but to get maximum even heating out of a disc, it should be a wraparound design that covers the entire bottom of the pan and extends slightly up the sides (like Cusinart Professional or Demeyere Atlantis). Induction 21 pans heat alright for being disc clad, but nothing like you'll get in these other brands. 
  • Glass lids are more fragile than stainless (and cheaper to manufacture).
  • The handles pull are too small for the handle to fit through, making it hard to hang these pots from a rack.
  • The ceramic nonstick wasn't terribly nonstick and required oil in order for eggs not to stick.
  • The ceramic nonstick probably isn't going to last very long.
  • The cookware is made in China, even though touted as a German company (some of their lines are still made in Germany, but Induction 21 one is not).
  • The skillet is a bit too wok-shaped, with a smallish flat cooking surface:
Chantal Cookware Induction 21 Nonstick Skillet

Recommendation

Chantal Induction 21 is a bit of an odd duck. It's very well made cookware, but it's expensive for what is essentially disc-clad cookware (and with a mediocre disc, at that). The 21/0 stainless is high quality nickel-free cookware, so if you have nickel concerns, ID21 is a good choice. Otherwise, you can buy inexpensive disc-clad cookware with better heating properties (Cuisinart Professional), or good quality fully clad cookware for the same or slightly more (Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad). 

We wish we could give Induction 21 a more enthusiastic recommendation, because a lot of people really love it. Despite it's many positive reviews, we think it's just okay--a good choice primarily for people who suffer from a nickel allergy.

We recommend the clad stainless pieces over the ceramic nonstick pieces.

buy chantal induction 21 cookware now:

Chantal Cookware Induction 21 Set

Review: 3.Clad Cookware

Chantal Cookware 3.Clad Sauate Pan
 Chantal Cookware 3.Clad Nonstick Skillet
Chantal Cookware 3.Clad Short Handled Saute Pan

See 3.Clad on Amazon

See 3.Clad at Chantal.com

Heating: 3/5

Durability: 5/5

Stability: 5/5

Ease of cleaning: 3/5

Design: 3/5

Price/Warranty: 3/5

3.Clad is Chantal's newest cookware line, available on Amazon just since August 2020. 

3.Clad Chantal cookware is standard 18/10 tri-ply clad, probably meant to compete directly with All-Clad D3 (the "gold standard" of clad cookware). This makes it Chantal's most mainstream line of cookware to date.

It's very pretty cookware, with a nice shape and comfortable handles, but it has a number of drawbacks. The biggest one is that the pans are considerably lighter than comparable All-Clad D3 pieces. For example, the All-Clad D3 10-inch nonstick skillet weighs 3.2 pounds, while the 3.Clad 10-inch skillet (available only in nonstick) weighs just a hair over 2 pounds. This is a considerable difference. 

We didn't cut a 3.Clad pan open and measure--frankly, because we wanted to return the pieces after testing if possible--but the lighter weight is a dead giveaway that these pans contain less aluminum than the All-Clad D3. Testing proved this right, as the skillets heated unevenly and we had to deal with a lot of scorching and hot/cold spots. Even after several minutes of preheating, we still struggled to get even heating throughout the skillet.

Note also that 3.Clad Chantal cookware is 18/10, so not nickel-free: if you want nickel-free cookware, go with the Induction 21 (above). If you don't need nickel-free cookware, we recommend going with another brand if you want the best performance (All-Clad D3Tramontina Tri-Ply CladCuisinart MC-Pro). And if you want lightweight cookware, we suggest one of these brands, as well; you really don't want clad stainless much lighter or thinner than All-Clad D3, because you will be sacrificing even heating and will have to deal with hot/cold spots and scorching.

Features/What We Like

  • Tri-ply 18/8 stainless
  • Dripless pouring rims
  • Oven safe to 500F (lids oven safe to 425F)
  • Big roomy handles and helper handles on larger pieces
  • Stainless is dishwasher safe (nonstick ceramic is not)
  • Great looking and really nice design
  • Induction compatible
  • Made in Germany
  • Lifetime warranty
  • $100 for 10-inch skillet/$400 for 10-pc. set.

What We Don't Like

  • Skillet is only available in ceramic nonstick cooking surface (not stainless)
  • Pans are lightweight, meaning they don't contain enough aluminum to provide optimal heating properties (we compared weights to All-Clad, but did not cut open and measure)
  • Nonstick surface worked best with added oil or butter
  • 18/10 stainless, so not nickel-free
  • Glass lids are not as durable as stainless steel
  • Lid pull isn't a loop, so no hanging from pot rack
  • Sets not available on Amazon (yet).

Recommendation

Chantal's newest offering is likely meant to compete with All-Clad tri-ply--with the (possibly) healthier ceramic nonstick on the skillets rather than PTFE--but it falls short in a number of categories. While well made like all of Chantal's cookware, the pans are a little too lightweight to compete with All-Clad D3 (and D3 has the minimal amount of aluminum to provide really good heating properties). This was proven in testing: the 3.Clad skillet heated unevenly and we had scorching and sticking. The nonstick as well was disappointing, requiring oil or butter to make eggs not stick. 

The glass lids are also not our preference, though we know some people prefer them.

We did like the overall design: comfortable handles and very pretty to look at. We even like the flat lid design, even though they're glass. But not being able to hang the lids from a pot rack was a real deal-killer for us.

The individual pieces are expensive--quite out of line with the set prices (example: a 10-inch skillet costs $100, while a 6 piece set costs $180). So if you like this cookware, we strongly recommend buying a set to get the best deal. 

Chantal 3Clad 5Qt Nonstick Saute Pan

buy chantal 3.clad cookware now:

back to top

Review: Chantal Stripes

Chantal Cookware AllergenWare Sauce Pan
Chantal Cookware AllergenWare Skillet
Chantal Cookware AllergenWare Stock Pot

See Chantal Stripes on Amazon

See Chantal Stripes at Chantal.com

Heating: 3/5

Durability: 5/5

Stability: 5/5

Ease of cleaning: 2.5/5

Design: 4/5

Price/Warranty: 4/5

Stripes is basically their clad stainless steel line with a colorful stripe on the outside of the pans.

The pans are made of 21/0 Japanese stainless steel, so they are nickel-free (nickel is the most common metal allergy in the world). 

These pans are basically Induction 21 pans with a big colored band on the exterior, and without the option for a nonstick cooking surface. As such, they have many of the features and drawbacks of the Induction 21 line. They're also disc clad, with the disc providing the majority of heat transfer. The disc is on the thin side, so heating isn't as good as with disc-clad cookware with thicker discs (see the Induction 21 review above for more details).

There are limited pieces, and most of them are small, and not available in sets. The good news is that the pieces are reasonably priced, so if you need to keep foods separate in your family due to allergies, these offer an affordable way to do so.

Features/What We Like

  • 21/0 stainless (nickel free)
  • Induction compatible
  • Good quality
  • Made in Germany.

What We Don't Like

  • Chantal does not state that these are disc-clad, implying the 21/0 stainless is responsible for heat transfer, which is not the case
  • Most pieces are small 
  • Lid oven safe to only 375F
  • Lid loops are too small for handles to fit through (makes them hard to hang)
  • The skillet is a bit too wok-shaped (not a lot of flat cooking surface)
  • Only a 2 year warranty.

Recommendation

If you like the colorful stripe, then consider these pans. But they are expensive for disc-clad cookware.

Chantal AllergenWare Sauce Pan

buy chantal stripes cookware:

back to top

*Review: Enamel-on-Steel Stock Pots

Chantal Cookware Enamel-on-Steel Pot

See Chantal Enamel-on-Steel stock pots on Amazon

Heating: 3.5/5

Durability: 5/5

Stability: 5/5

Ease of cleaning: 2.5/5

Design: 4/5

Price/Warranty: 3/5

Chantal cookware makes a number of different pieces geared toward different needs. In other words, their philosophy seems to be that people should buy the best piece for the job and not necessarily settle for a piece because it comes with a set. These enamel-on-steel stock pots (Chantal calls them "casserole" pots) are designed for making stocks, soups, stews, and (of course) casseroles. 

As with all Chantal cookware, these are well made and no doubt will last a lifetime. If you're looking for a pretty blue or gray stock pot, these fit the bill well. They're carbon steel with a fully enameled exterior (both inside and out). Carbon steel is heavy: the 4 quart pot weighs 4 pounds, while the 8 quart weighs just under 7 pounds (compare to an All-Clad D3 6 quart pot which weighs 4 pounds). These weights aren't in cast iron territory, but when full of liquids, they're fairly heavy.

On the plus side, carbon steel will do a pretty good job of holding heat, which is exactly what you want for liquid cooking (e.g., soups, stocks, stews, and braises).

The enamel is one of the highest grade enamels available (German AA) and is extremely durable (think le Creuset enameled pots). However, it is not nonstick. We don't consider this a drawback, as nonstick isn't necessary in a stock pot, and it's easier to maintain than bare carbon steel--and no worries about rusting. Also, the enamel is dishwasher safe, so you can toss these pots in the dishwasher without worry of harming the coating (love this!).

Features/What We Like

  • Enameled carbon steel
  • 3 colors (teal, cobalt blue, and gray)
  • 2 sizes (4 qt./8 qt.)
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Made in Germany
  • $80/120 4qt/8qt casserole (so reasonably priced)
  • Enamel is not nonstick (so these pans are ideal for long braises, with no worries about rusting).

What We Don't Like

  • 10 year warranty--this is short for pots that should last a lifetime
  • Carbon steel makes them heavy.

Recommendation

Of all the Chantal cookware we tested, these enamel-on-steel were our favorites. They are super heavy duty, with a tough enamel (not nonstick!) that will last a lifetime. The carbon steel makes these pots heavy, but if you want a stock pot that will hold heat well and last forever, the Chantal Enamel-on-Steel pots are a great choice.

We're disappointed that these pots have only a 10 year warranty, because they seem like a lifetime purchase. It makes us a little wary, but it wouldn't stop us from buying this cookware.

If you want it mainly for stock-making, go with the larger size; if you want it mostly for stews and casseroles, the smaller pot is easier to work with.

Unfortunately, it looks like Chantal has discontinued this line, so if you want one, you'd better snap one up off Amazon while they're still available.

buy Chantal Enamel-on-Steel cookware:

Chantal Cookware Enamel-on-Steel Pot

back to top

Review: Chantal Cast Iron Cookware

Chantal Cookware Enameled Dutch Oven
Chantal Cookware Enameled Cast Iron Skillet

See Chantal Cast Iron cookware on Amazon

See Chantal Cast Iron Cookware at Chantal.com

Heating: 4/5

Durability: 5/5

Stability: 5/5

Ease of cleaning: 2.5/5

Design: 3/5

Price/Warranty: 2.5/5

These Chantal cookware cast iron pieces are also fairly new, coming out in late 2019. There are five pieces available: 3-, 5-, and 7-quart Dutch ovens; 10-inch skillet; and a 4-quart sauté pan. 

This enameled cast iron cookware is a lot like other enameled cast iron cookware. It's durable, and the Dutch ovens are excellent for braising. Although made in China, Chantal uses the same top grade enamel (not nonstick) on these pieces as they do on their Enamel-on-Steel pieces (see above). Prices are in most cases a little higher than we've seen on other Chines enameled cast iron, which may be due to the super high quality enamel. But other than the enamel, these's little to differentiate these pieces from other Chinese-made enameled cast iron; heating properties are going to the same across the board, as cast iron is cast iron (regardless of what you pay for it). In testing, the pans performed like other cast iron (that is, good), and the enamel cleaned up about average for all the enameled cast iron we've tested.

The Chantal enameled cast iron is good quality, but you can find other made-in-China enameled cast iron for less. If you want to go a step up in quality, look at le Creuset or Staub; if you want to pay less, look at Tramontina or Lodge.

Features/What We Like

  • Enameled cast iron with super tough Grade AA enamel
  • 4 colors (yellow, teal, cobalt blue, gray)
  • Dishwasher safe (enamel coating is not nonstick)
  • $120/$150 for 5 qt/7 qt Dutch oven/$80 for 10" skillet (reasonable, but higher than most other Chinese enameled cast iron). 

What We Don't Like 

  • 10-inch is the only skillet size (the 4 quart sauté pan is roughly the same diameter but deeper)
  • Black interior (some people like the black, but we prefer a light color because it's easier to gauge food doneness)
  • 10 yr warranty (cast iron should last forever)
  • Made in China.

Recommendation

Chantal cookware cast iron is basic, made-in-China cast iron, comparable to many other brands imported from China. Its high quality German enamel may differentiate it from other Chinese imports, but we did not notice a significant difference in our testing. It performed well, but much like other cast iron we've tested. The enamel may last longer than other Chinese cast iron pieces, but only time will tell. 

If you want to go with Chantal cast iron, we recommend the Dutch oven, though we wish it had a light-colored interior, which makes it easier to gauge doneness of food (though this is just an opinion: many people prefer a dark interior because it hides staining). The enameled skillet is nice, but not necessary. Bare cast iron (like the standard Lodge skillets) are a lot cheaper, and when well-seasoned, offer an almost nonstick cooking surface; enameled cooking surfaces will never be this nonstick.

Chantal Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

buy chantal cast iron cookware now:

back to top

Chantal Cookware FAQs

Here are some common questions about Chantal cookware.

Is Chantal Cookware Good Quality?

Yes, Chantal cookware is good quality, though the clad stainless lines aren't as heavy as All-Clad, so you may see some uneven heating.

Is Chantal Cookware Safe?

Yes, all lines of Chantal cookware are safe, non-toxic options.

Can Chantal Cookware Go in the Oven?

Yes, all Chantal cookware is safe to put in the oven. Glass lids are oven safe to just 375F, but the steel and carbon steel cookware is oven safe to at least 500F.

Where Is Chantal Cookware Made?

Some Chantal cookware is made in Germany (3. Clad, Stripes), and some is made in China (enameled cast iron, Induction 21).

Does Chantal Stainless Cookware Contain Nickel?

Chantal Induction 21 and Stripes lines are nickel free, as well as the enameled cast iron. 3.Clad stainless cookware is made from 18/10 stainless steel, so it contains nickel.

back to top

Final Thoughts on Chantal Cookware

Chantal cookware has a unique line of products, making pieces in carbon steel, enameled cast iron, and two kinds of stainless steel (21/0 and 18/10), all geared to different buyers. While the cookware is very well made, our testing found that most of it had average performance. We had to deal with scorching, hot and cold spots, and lots of sticking foods, even on the new ceramic nonstick coatings.

Our favorite was (to our surprise) the Enamel-on-Steel stock pots, which held heat well and were easy to clean. The Induction 21 or Stripes are both top quality options if you're looking for nickel-free cookware.

We really wanted to love Chantal cookware because it's unique and it's pretty (and we love Chantal tea kettles). But in reality, there are just-as-good or better options out there for just about any piece you're looking for--almost all at lower prices.

Thanks for reading!

If you found this article helpful, please share:

Chantal Cookware Review Pinterest


About the Author

The Rational Kitchen (TRK) is a collaborative effort, but the founder, editor, and writer of most of our articles is Melanie Johnson, an avid cook, kitchenware expert, and technical communications specialist for more than 20 years. Her love of cooking and the frustrating lack of good information about kitchen products led her to create The Rational Kitchen. TRK's mission is to help people make the best decisions they can when buying kitchen gear. 

When not working on product reviews, Melanie enjoys reading, playing with her dog Ruby, vintage video games, and spending time outdoors and with her family.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Chantal is not only an investment because it lasts, but is best quality for cooking.
    Made in the USA with German know how.
    I bought my set 20 years ago, still looks new, cooks beautifully, can be washed in the dishwasher.
    I love cooking, all from scratch, world wide recipes.
    Chantal will save you money, because they last, no need to replace.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Carmen. Yes, Chantal is good quality cookware. It has a lot of devoted fans, for sure. The heating performance is decent and the prices are reasonable. However, this cookware is not made in the US. We double checked to make sure, and none of their cookware lines are made here. They are manufactured either in Germany or China.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}