December 12


Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

By trk

December 12, 2018

Confused about nonstick cookware brands?

Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

You're not alone!

When we started our research to find the best nonstick pans, we were stunned by how hard it was to find accurate information. So we backed up until we found as much of the truth as we could about as many brands a possible.

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Why Nonstick Cookware Is So Hard to Shop For

The world of nonstick cookware is full of Orwellian-level disinformation. It's incredibly easy to be misled by the marketing jargon because...well, because it can be misleading.


There are a couple of reasons.

One is that in the past few years, PTFE--better known as Teflon, Dupont's brand name for the original PTFE product--has gotten some bad press, so people are worried that it's not safe to cook with. (Whether that's true or not is a topic of debate; we discuss that in more detail in this article.) So companies began to downplay, or just plain hide, the fact that their pans contain PTFE. (How they do that is explained in detail throughout this article.)

Another reason is competition from the new kid on the block, ceramic nonstick cookware. Ceramic cookware, which came on the scene about 10 years ago, is the first real competitor to PTFE. (The vast majority of late-night infomercials that show the egg sliding around in the pan and the burnt cheese wiping right off are for ceramic cookware.) Ceramic pans have become hugely popular, largely because they're perceived as the healthier, safer nonstick cookware choice. 

So PTFE cookware manufacturers are trying to hang onto their market share. And they're doing this in a number of ways, from talking about the superiority of their product (true) to using all sorts of euphemisms for PTFE, to downplaying the fact that their products contain PTFE at all.

Though none are illegal, these marketing strategies can result in confusion for the consumer. 

This article addresses much (we hope most) of the confusing marketing jargon, with the goal of helping people wade through the nonstick cookware market and gain enough clarity to buy the product they really want.

And (maybe most helpful), we have included a list of nonstick cookware brands for a reference.

Sometimes even we couldn't determine what a pan was made of, and this was after thorough research. So we can imagine how hard it might be for the average buyer to make sense of many nonstick cookware brands.

We hope this helps you choose the right nonstick cookware brand for you.

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PTFE and Ceramic: The ONLY Options

Titanium, granite, stone, even diamond: there are all sorts of durable-sounding substances to be found in nonstick cookware. While these substances may help toughen nonstick's notoriously fragile and short-lived surface, this probably isn't the primary reason they're in there.

They're also in there so manufacturers can obfuscate the truth about their product, which is this: It's either PTFE or ceramic.

Yes, there are the only two types of nonstick cookware on the market: PTFE (aka Teflon) cookware and ceramic cookware.

So when a nonstick pan is marketed as "titanium" or "earth stone" or "granite" or even "diamond," these are only additions to whichever nonstick coating it actually has. And you may have to dig a little deeper to find out what that is. 

Here's a little more info about the two nonstick cookware options.

About PTFE Cookware

PTFE or Ceramic?

PTFE (an acronym for polytetrafluoroethylene) has been around for about 5 decades. It is a long-chain organic molecule derived from hydrocarbons: that is to say, it is a type of plastic. It was accidentally discovered in the 1950s by a Dupont scientist. Dupont named it Teflon, and it dominated the nonstick cookware market until Dupont's patent expired. Now there are many, many versions of PTFE/Teflon on the market. PTFE is also used in many other industries and can be found in common household products like plumber's tape and dental floss. 

You can read more about PTFE on its Wikipedia page.

About Ceramic Cookware

Ceramic cookware has only been around for about a decade. Ceramic nonstick coating is made from inorganic sources: clay and/or sand. These inorganic materials are made into a sort of gel and sprayed onto the cookware, then baked ("cured") in a very hot oven. The result is a very hard, very slippery (i.e., nonstick) coating. It withstands much higher heat than PTFE--more than you can reach in a home kitchen--and even when scratched or chipped it won't give off fumes or leach dangerous chemicals into your food. 

Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

As great as all that sounds, ceramic nonstick cookware can't really compete with PTFE head to head. Even though it's considered "non-toxic" and "more durable" than PTFE, its nonstick properties tend to have an even shorter shelf life than PTFE. (Just read the one star reviews of any of these products on Amazon to see what we mean.)

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Are PTFE and Teflon the Same Thing? (Hint: Yes)

Short answer: Yes. Teflon is simply Dupont's brand name for its PTFE product. Since they were the first to market the product, it became known by its brand name, Teflon, rather than its generic name, PTFE. 

But they are the same thing.

Here's a short article to substantiate this.

Today, there are dozens--probably even hundreds--of different brand names for PTFE. Many of them have "stone" or "granite" in the name. This is probably meant to speak to the durability of the product, but it can be confusing for people looking for a ceramic nonstick because ceramic is made from sand and clay; "stone and "granite" can make it sound like the cookware is a ceramic product.

We wanted to put together a list of PTFE brand names--one of the easiest ways to know what you're buying--but that information was hard to find. There are a lot of manufacturers who make a lot of different brands of PTFE, and the research required for a comprehensive list proved too time consuming.

Instead, we'll just advise that if a seller lists what sounds like a brand name, you can often find out what it is by doing an Internet search (though not always). In this way, we discovered that Eterna, Eclipse, QuanTanium, HALO, Xylan, Skandia, Dura-Slide, Granite Rock, Granitium, ILAG and even some types of Greblon (which was originally only a ceramic coating) are all trade names for PTFE. 

Teflon, you've come a long way, baby.

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The Safety of Nonstick Cookware

Is PTFE Cookware Safe?

Is PTFE safe? The truth is that PTFE is not a dangerous substance. Hear us out...

PTFE is completely inert. This means it will not react with the human body in any way. You could eat a bowl of it without any adverse effects (except maybe a stomach ache).

This is why many PTFE pans are marketed as "healthy" and "non-toxic" even though those adjectives are assumed by many people to mean the pan contains no PTFE. PTFE is literally a non-toxic substance.

There are a couple of issues with PTFE cookware, though.

The first is that PTFE's melting point is around 600F, and it can start to break down around 450-500F. Repeated use at temps over 400F will take a toll on it. (This looks like discoloration and dulling of the finish.) When PTFE breaks down, it may give off fumes that aren't safe to breathe. 

If you have a pet bird, PTFE can be lethal: according to this article, at temps above 536F, PTFE cookware gives off fumes that can be deadly to birds. While this toxicity does not seem to be deadly to humans, it should make you do a double take (it sure makes us do one).

Of course, this is also true for many other common substances: cooking oil at its smoke point, for example, is also not good for human (or animal) lungs. You should also avoid inhaling any burning food smoke, which can contain harmful substances (maybe even carcinogens).

Whether degraded PTFE is more dangerous than these other common kitchen fumes is debatable. But the fact remains that you do not want to heat a PTFE pan much past 400F. Even if you're not worried about fumes, high heat is the fastest way to destroy your nonstick pan. 

That can be a tricky thing to never do. For example, never go above medium heat, never heat an empty pan, never leave a heating pan unattended, and never let someone who doesn't understand the dangers of PTFE use the pan ever.

See? Tricky. 

PFOA: The Real Issue with PTFE

The second and more pertinent issue with PTFE is a substance called PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). PFOA is used to manufacture PTFE cookware (as well as many other products). PFOA is toxic and possibly carcinogenic to humans. It is also an environmental hazard because it doesn't break down easily and can cause all sorts of ecological problems (You can read more about PFOA here and here.)

PFOA is almost completely used up in the cookware manufacturing process, leaving trace amounts of it in your PTFE cookware (if any). In fact, you'll probably get more PFOA in your drinking water than you will from your nonstick cookware. So even though it's a nasty chemical, it's never really been a safety hazard from your PTFE nonstick pan.

Even so, as of 2015, all cookware sold in the US is PFOA-free. This is now the law. And while this is a good thing, the label--"PFOA Free"--has caused some confusion for buyers. When a pan is labeled "PFOA Free," this usually means that the pan does contain PTFE; just that it's no longer made using PFOA. People sometimes think it means the opposite: that if a pan doesn't contain PFOA, then it doesn't contain PTFE, either. 

The upshot here is that "PFOA-free" is now a largely meaningless term, since all cookware sold in the US (and elsewhere in the world) is PFOA-free. But this definitely does not mean that you're buying a PTFE-free pan

Also: manufacturers have yet to disclose what chemical they're using instead of PFOA. There are no guarantees that it's safer or less toxic than PFOA. 

So when you see "PFOA-free," you often have to dig deeper to find the truth. 

NOTE: You can read more about PFOA and PTFE at the American Cancer Society website.

Is Ceramic Cookware Safe?

Our original research for this article showed that ceramic nonstick cookware was safer than PTFE cookware. It's made from a natural, inorganic substance--clay or sand--that is durable and can withstand high temperatures without breaking down or releasing unsafe chemicals.

However, there are two potential issues with ceramic nonstick cookware. One is that some manufacturing processes can involve the use of lead, cadmium, or arsenic, all of which are toxic to humans. Most manufacturers state that their cookware is free of these toxins, but it may be possible that they are in there in extremely small amounts--probably too small to be of concern to humans using the cookware. But since it's hard to say for sure, our recommendation is to avoid extremely cheap or off-brand ceramic nonstick cookware. Buying from a reputable maker--Greenpan, Healthy Legend--should ensure you get cookware free of toxins.

The second, and more serious, issue, is that of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. This is a substance used in the sol-gel coating process of ceramic nonstick cookware, so it's probable that all  ceramic nonstick cookware contains these particles. These particles have been linked to illness and cancerous lesions in humans, so they are a valid concern. This article discusses the problem in more detail.

As the article says, it requires very high heat for the particles to be released--about 932F (500C), which is higher heat than any kitchen stove can produce. However, if your ceramic cookware is scratched, it may release these particles in fairly large, potentially unsafe amounts.

The moral: Don't use scratched nonstick cookware, either PTFE or ceramic. 

If everyone in your home will use and care for a nonstick pan properly, then PTFE is the better choice because it retains its nonstick properties longer. If you're not sure everyone will follow the rules (e.g., kids), then we recommend ceramic nonstick cookware as the safer option--but don't use any nonstick cookware if it is scratched.

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So, Which Nonstick Cookware Is Better?

Overall, ceramic is perceived as the "healthier" nonstick cookware. But the nanoparticle issue makes this a less certain claim than we once thought. Perhaps the bigger issue is that ceramic's nonstick properties are so short-lived that many people still prefer PTFE cookware.

So it's not as clear cut as one type of nonstick being better than the other. Both have good points and bad points. 

Your mantra for buying nonstick cookware should be to buy often and buy cheap--but not too cheap.

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What About Cast Iron and Carbon Steel Cookware?

Cast iron:

PTFE or Ceramic?
PTFE or Ceramic?

Cast iron and carbon steel both come close to being nonstick when seasoned properly. But cast iron and carbon steel are not direct competitors for nonstick cookware. They're considered a different market. 

Also, neither cast iron nor carbon steel are associated with possible health risks, so the marketing is straightforward for them: you know what you're getting when you buy a Lodge pan. There's no guessing about what's it made of.

Thus, the "nonstick cookware" label belongs to PTFE and ceramic exclusively.

Having said that, we believe that cast iron and carbon pans are excellent alternatives to nonstick-coated cookware. No, they're not 100% nonstick, but they come close, and their life spans are considerably longer than any PTFE or ceramic nonstick pan.

We believe that well-seasoned cast iron and carbon steel pans are excellent alternatives to nonstick-coated cookware. No, they're not 100% nonstick, but they come close, and their life spans are decades longer than any PTFE or ceramic nonstick pan.

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How Do You Figure Out If a Nonstick Pan is PTFE or Ceramic?

Here we start to get into the real issues, which are that a lot of people want to avoid PTFE, and a lot of manufacturers make it hard to do so. Descriptions can be confusing and not clearly state a nonstick pan's construction. 

Marketing terms like titanium, stone, etc. contribute to this problem. So do some of the PTFE cookware brand names, like Granite Rock and PTFE brand names such as Granitium. 

Also, many nonstick cookware manufacturers make both types of nonstick cookware, so you have to be careful and read the fine print. You probably expect this from the cookware giants like T-fal, Cuisinart, and Circulon. However, even some smaller brands make both types of cookware. Ozeri, for example, has established its reputation as good nonstick ceramic, but their Stone Earth line is PTFE--and they don't go out of their way to let you know. 

It can be very confusing.

Somewhere on the Amazon page or the manufacturer's home page, you can usually find the truth--but not always. Manufacturers can sometimes manage to have pages and pages of jargon without a single actual fact about what their pan is really made of. 

This is most often the case for PTFE pans, so that's your first clue. 

There are other clues, as well. Here are some ways you can sometimes-but-not-always figure out what a pan is made from if it isn't clearly stated.

  • "PFOA and PTFE free" means a pan is ceramic (because it contains no PTFE). However, you have to be careful. Some pans claim to be free of PTFE but go on to say they contain a PTFE coating (such as Quantum 2). This is probably unintentional, and not meant to be deceptive; the person writing the copy may not realize that the pan contains PTFE (and are just as confused as the consumer).
  • "PFOA free" usually means a pan is PTFE. 
  • "PFOA-, APEO-, and BPA-free" usually means PTFE. 
  • In fact, being free of any list of acronyms and/or toxins doesn't mean it's a PTFE-free pan, unless one of the acronyms listed is PTFE.
  • If a brand name for the nonstick coating is given (e.g., Teflon, Autograph, Eterna, Quantium, Greblon, etc.), you can search for it on the Internet to find out whether the coating contains PTFE. (All of these given here are PTFE).
  • "Diamond," "Titanium," "Earth Stone," and "Granite" mean next to nothing. These substances can be added to both PTFE and ceramic to strengthen the nonstick coating (although they're usually added to PTFE). They can also be part of a brand name that tells you very little about a pan's actual content.
  • "Healthy" and "Non-toxic" are marketing terms that mean very little. Now that PTFE pans have to be legally made in the US without PFOA, and because PTFE itself is non-toxic (unless heated above 536F), both types of nonstick coatings are technically non-toxic, and can be labeled as such. 
  • Even "ceramic" doesn't always mean a pan contains no PTFE. "Ceramic" can be used as an adjective, just like "stone" and "titanium", and doesn't always mean the pan actually contains those materials. A surprising number of PTFE pans have the word ceramic somewhere in the description. Again, you have to read the find print--and if you still can't determine what a pan is made of, you should assume that it's PTFE. 
  • Be especially careful about Greblon coatings. Greblon was one of the original ceramic nonstick coatings, but today there are several iterations of Greblon, and many of them contain PTFE. This page on the Greblon website discusses both their PTFE and their ceramic coatings.
  • If you've read and read and still can't figure out what the coating is, assume that it is PTFE.
  • Finally, look at the photo. PTFE has a matte finish, while ceramic nonstick has a shiny finish. You can't always tell, but sometimes it's obvious. 

Ceramic nonstick has a shiny finish, like this Lima frying pan from Green Pan:

PTFE or Ceramic?

PTFE has a matte finish, like this All-Clad HA1:

PTFE or Ceramic?

Also note that color doesn't mean anything. Both PTFE and ceramic cookware can come in any color, including very light colors.

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Buzzwords (and Phrases) to Understand

Here are some confusing terms you might see. Understanding what they mean can help you determine what nonstick coating a pan has.

APEO-free: Means the cookware has no alkylphenols in it. Both PTFE and ceramic nonstick can be labeled as APEO-free. (Read more about APEO on Wikipedia's alkylphenol page.)

arsenic-free: see "lead-free" below.

Artech: Brand of PTFE coating.

cadmium-free: see "lead-free" below.

Classic: This usually means PTFE cookware, but not always.

Diamond: Some nonstick coatings are reinforced with diamond dust to improve durability. Usually PTFE, but may also apply to ceramic.

Earth: Marketing term, largely meaningless. Can apply to PTFE (as in "Ozeri Stone Earth" pan) or ceramic (as in "Ozeri Green Earth" pan).

Granite: Marketing term. Can apply to PTFE or ceramic.

Green: Almost always used to describe ceramic ("GreenPan," "Green Earth" etc.). But it's a marketing term, so be careful and read the fine print. 

Greblon: Greblon was one of the original ceramic coatings developed about 10 years ago. Today, Greblon makes several nonstick coatings, some of which are PTFE. So be careful when looking at a pan with a Greblon coating, as it could be either PTFE or ceramic. This website lists the Greblon brand names and whether they're ceramic or PTFE (it's in German, but Google will translate it for you.)

Healthy: Marketing term. Means nothing. All cookware is "healthy," or at least not unsafe, when used properly, including PTFE-coated cookware. However, the term often leads to assumptions that the pan has no PTFE in it, because PTFE is the usual health concern for people when they're buying nonstick cookware. If a pan is labeled as "healthy," don't automatically assume this means it is PTFE-free. Read the fine print--and if you can't figure it out, it's probably PTFE.

ILAG: ILAG is a chemical company that makes several lines of nonstick coatings, including PTFE and ceramic cookware coatings. See their website for more information--but don't expect crystal clarity. It only makes sense if you know that "polymer" means a hydrocarbon product, and that hydrocarbon means PTFE. It is probably not meant to be deliberately confusing as it is a website for chemists. But be forewarned that the compositions of their products may not be instantly clear to you just by reading their site.

lead-free: Some inexpensive ceramic nonstick could have lead, cadmium, arsenic or other toxic chemicals in it. No cookware sold in the US should contain any toxic chemicals, however, so being "lead-free" or "cadmium-free," while it sounds reassuring, doesn't really mean a whole lot. Lead and cadmium are typically associated with ceramic cookware, but now we're seeing these labels even on PTFE cookware, which is  not only largely meaningless, but adds to the confusion. Most nonstick cookware is made in China, but if it's a reputable brand, there's almost no danger from toxic chemicals, whether ceramic or PTFE. The best way to avoid toxins in your cookware is to not buy cheap cookware from a maker you're not familiar with. 

Non-Toxic: See "Healthy" above.

PFOA-free: As of 2015, all nonstick cookware sold in the US is PFOA-free, including PTFE (Teflon) cookware, so this is a largely meaningless term. It can lead people to believe that a pan does not contain PTFE, when most of the time, it means that a pan does contain PTFE.  If a pan is ceramic, it's usually labeled "PTFE- and PFOA-free."

Polymer/Polymerized/Polymeric/Polymerization: Polymers are types of plastic molecules, so descriptions with any reference to polymers or polymerization are PTFE (which is a plastic molecule). (See "ILAG" above for an example of this.)

Professional: Any description that calls the cookware "professional" usually means PTFE.

Quantium: Brand name of PTFE coating.

Stone: Marketing term that can refer to either PTFE or ceramic coating. For example, GraniteStone cookware and Stone Earth by Ozeri are both PTFE-coated pans (even though they sound like they're ceramic). Many ceramic nonstick pans also have the word "stone" in the name or the description. Thus, if you see the word "stone" in the name or the description of a pan, keep digging, because it does not definitively tell you which coating the pan has.

Thermolon: Brand name for a type of ceramic nonstick coating. Green Pan is a ceramic cookware brand that has Thermolon coating.

Titanium: Can refer to a brand name ("Zwilling Titanium"), to titanium added to a nonstick coating (either PTFE or ceramic), or, rarely, to the composition of the cookware (i.e., titanium rather than aluminum or stainless). Says nothing about the composition of the nonstick coating, and further research is needed. (For more info, see our article on titanium nonstick cookware.)

This list is not complete, and we will add to it as we discover new terms.

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Recommendations: Pans We Like and Trust

Green Pan Lima: a very nice, not too expensive ceramic skillet.

For ceramic nonstick cookware, we really like the Green Pan Lima and Healthy Legend. Zwilling Spirit is also top notch quality, but being clad stainless, it's probably more than you want to pay for a nonstick skillet that's not going to last more than a few years. (The clad stainless exterior is going to outlast the nonstick interior by a couple of decades, so we do not recommend clad stainless with a nonstick coating--even though we are big fans of clad stainless cookware otherwise.) 

Check out our Ultimate Green Pan Review if you want more information.

Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

Healthty Legend skillet

For PTFE, our absolute favorite pan is the Anolon Nouvelle Copper skillet. It's constructed of cast aluminum with an amazing amount of copper and aluminum in the bottom, giving it fantastic heating properties (some of the best you'll find in nonstick cookware at any price). It is also induction compatible.

Anolon makes several lines of nonstick cookware, but this is their best. The 8-in./10-in. combination is the best deal.

Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

Anolon Nouvelle Copper skillet, exploded view: see the copper?

We also like the All-Clad HA1 cast aluminum skillets. These are a thick cast aluminum with a stainless disc on the bottom that makes them induction compatible and reinforces them against warping. They are made in China, but they are good quality pans nevertheless, and about the same price as the Anolon Nouvelle Copper skillets shown above.

Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

All-Clad HA1 cast aluminum skillet

There are a lot of brands we haven't tested, so these are by no means the only good nonstick pans out there. A few brands we like (but haven't tested) are Berndes (expensive), Ecolution (economical), and de Buyer (economical, and built like a tank). 

In general, we don't like "celebrity" lines of cookware, or anything else that's extremely inexpensive (less than, say, $25 for a 10" skillet). Even though you don't want to spend a lot on a nonstick pan, you also want one with decent heating properties. These tend to be cast aluminum rather than stamped (simply because the cast aluminum is thicker, so offers more even heating). T-fal Professional is one of the few stamped aluminum pans we like, but in most cases, cast aluminum is the better choice.

We also prefer nonstick for frying pans only. Since nonstick coatings wear out quickly, you should only have it where you need it, and that is your frying pan. Sauce pans, stock pots, and Dutch ovens are used primarily for liquids, and so are easy to clean. Frying pans are the biggest cleaning headaches, so that's where you should concentrate your nonstick collection.

If you prefer a sauté pan to a skillet, then get one of those in nonstick, instead (or in addition to).

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The List of Nonstick Cookware Brands

This list of cookware brands is by no means comprehensive. We included as many brands as we could, with a focus on the most popular brands and the most confusing brands. We tried to stick to strictly cookware, ignoring griddles, grills, and electric appliances with nonstick surfaces or insets (the vast majority of which are PTFE nonstick if they have a nonstick coating). 

In some cases, it was impossible to determine whether a pan was PTFE or ceramic. We feel your pain: this can be really hard to do! 

We will continue to add to the list, so please feel free to send any thoughts or information that you think would be helpful. 

It's not perfect, but we hope this list will be helpful for those of you shopping for nonstick cookware. You may be surprised, as we were, by the truth behind some of the marketing. 

Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

AiCook: ceramic

Aidea 2-Pc Ceramic Frying Pans: These do not state that they are PTFE free, but they are probably ceramic.

All-Clad (all nonstick lines): PTFE

Almond Nonstick Skillet: PTFE

Almond Nonstick Ceramic: ceramic

Almond Nonstick Ceramic Copper: ceramic

Alpha COMIN16JU043594 MFI-26 iNoble Stone Nonstick Frying Pan: PTFE

Alpha MF-30: ceramic

Alpha Nonstick Fry Pan w/6 layers of iNoble Coating: PTFE

Amazon Basics Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

American Kitchen Tri-ply Stainless: PTFE

Anolon Advanced Bronze Hard-Anodized Nonstick Skillet: PTFE

Anolon Advanced Onyx: PTFE

Anolon French: PTFE

Anolon Nouvelle Copper: PTFE (IC)

Amore Kitchenware Flamekiss: ceramic 

Avacraft Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan w/Lid: PTFE

Ayesha Curry Home Collection: PTFE (probably all Ayesha Curry products contain PTFE)

Ballarini Como Forged Aluminum Nonstick: PTFE

Ballarini Parma Forged Aluminum Nonstick, Granite: PTFE ("Granitium")

Ballarini Pisa: PTFE

Ballarini Professionale Series: PTFE

Ballarini with Keramic nonstick coating: ceramic

Beka Chef EcoLogic: ceramic

Bene Casa: PTFE

Berndes Crepe Pan: PTFE

Berndes SignoCast Classic: PTFE 

Berndes Tradition skillet: PTFE

Berndes Vario Click Pearl Induction: ceramic

Better Chef Deep Skillet: PTFE

Bialetti Aeternum: ceramic

Bialetti Granito: PTFE

Bialetti Italian Collection: PTFE

Bialetti Petravera Pro fry pan: probably PTFE

Bialetti Sapphire: Probably PTFE

Bialetti Simply Italian: PTFE

BioExcel Copper Frying Pan set: ceramic

Bisetti Stonerose: ??? Probably PTFE (all products)

Blue Diamond Toxin Free Ceramic Fry Pan: ceramic

Bocca Aluminum Frying Pan: PTFE

Brewsly: ceramic

Bronx crepe pan by Essenso Soho: ?? claims to be PTFE-free, but looks like PTFE

Brund (by ScanPan): PTFE (like all ScanPan nonstick products)

BulbHead Red Copper: ceramic

Caannasweis Stone Frying Pan: ceramic

Calphalon Classic: PTFE

Calphalon Classic Oil-Infused Ceramic: ceramic

Calphalon Simply Calphalon: PTFE

Carote Deep Frying Pan: ?? Probably PTFE

Carote Frying Pan w/Stone-Derived Nonstick Coating: PTFE

Castey Fundix line: PTFE

Cate-Maker Aluminum Nonstick Wok: PTFE

Cate-Maker Copper Frying Pan: PTFE

Cate-Maker Stone Earth Nonstick Frying Pan w/Bakelite Handle: PTFE

Catering Line Natura Pan: ceramicCatering Line Nature Ceramic Skillet: ceramic

CeraPan Perfect Grip Aluminum Fry Pan: ceramic

Chantal Induction 21 Steel Ceramic-coated Fry Pan: ceramic

Chef Delicia Nonstick Copper Frying Pan: ceramic (and also do not contain any copper)

Chef Direct Stainless Mini Nonstick Fry Pan: PTFE

ChefHub Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Chef's Star Frying Pan: ceramic

CHOC Nonstick Aluminum Pan by De Buyer: PTFE

Circulon Acclaim: PTFE

Circulon Contempo: PTFE

Circulon Elite: PTFE

Circulon Genesis: PTFE

Circulon Infinite: PTFE (IC)

Circulon Innovatum: PTFE

Circulon Momentum: PTFE

Circulon Premier Professional: PTFE

Circulon Symmetry: PTFE

Cleverona Nonstick Fry Pan: PTFE

Concord Ceramic-coated Frying Pan: ceramic

Cooker King Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pans: ceramic

Cooker King Nonstick Pots and Pans set: PTFE

Cook King Tri-Ply Stainless Honeycomb frying pan: PTFE

Cook N Home 3 Piece Set: PTFE (IC)

Cook N Home 12 Inch Frying Pan: PTFE 

Cook N Home Multicolor Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Cook N Home NC-00358 Nonstick Ceramic Cookware Set: ceramic

Cook N Home Heavy Gauge Fry Pan Set: PTFE

Cooksmark 10 Piece Cookware Set: They say they're PTFE-free, but I suspect the Maxlon coating is a type of PTFE (they look like PTFE).

Cooksmark Faraday Granite Nonstick Coating: ??? They say they're ceramic, but they are also Maxlon coating, which may be PTFE.

Cooksmark Kingbox: PTFE

Cooksmark Copper Pan: The info on Amazon is confusing and conflicting: Claims to be ceramic, but may have PTFE in it ("Maxlon"). The 450F max oven temp indicates PTFE, as ceramic nonstick can go in much hotter ovens. 

Cooksmark Love Pan: ceramic

Cooksmark Multicolor Cookware Set: PTFE

Cooksmark Signature Ceramic Set: ceramic

Cooksmark Swan Cookware Set: ceramic

Cooks Standard 02477 Hard Anodized Skillet Set: PTFE

Copper Aluminum Frying Pans by Imperial Home: ceramic

Copper Chef (all): ceramic (and do not contain any actual copper)

CopperHead Collection 6" Fry Pan: probably ceramic, possibly PTFE (oven safe to 450F usually means PTFE, but seller says PTFE-free--???)

CorVex fry pan: ceramic (all products--but they look like PTFE)

CorVex Nonstick Ceramic Cooking Set: ceramic

Country Kitchen Marble Gray Frying Pan: PTFE (probably the same pan as sold by Cate Maker and others.)

Cusinaid Nonstick Cookware Set: looks like PTFE, seller guarantees they're ceramic

Cuisinart 5922-30HR Elements Open Pan: ceramic

Cuisinart Advantage: PTFE

Cuisinart Advantage Ceramica XT Cookware Set: ceramic

Cuisinart Contour Skillet: PTFE

Cuisinart Chef's Classic: PTFE (all pieces)

Cuisinart DSA55-24 Casserole: PTFE

Cuisinart DSI19 2 Qt. Saucepan: PTFE ("DSI" stands for dishwasher-safe-induction, all DS seems to be PTFE)

Cuisinart DSI22 Skillet: PTFE

Cuisinart GreenGourmet: ceramic

Cuisinart 59122-24BK Open Skillet: ceramic

Cuisinart 59122-30HBK Open Skillet w/Helper Handle: ceramic

Cuisinart Chef's Classic skillet: PTFE

Cuisinart Multi-Clad Pro: PTFE

Curtis Stone DuraPan: PTFE

de Buyer CHOC Aluminum Nonstick Pan: PTFE

DEIK: ceramic

Demeyere Industry 5 Traditional Nonstick Frying Pan: PTFE

Deslon Quartz Maifan Stone Healthy Frying Pan: Probably PTFE

DuraPan by Curtis Stone: PTFE

Duxtop Ceramic Coated Stainless 7 pc set: ceramic. This 12 Piece set from Duxtop is also ceramic.

Ecolution Bliss: ceramic

Ecolution EABK-5128 Nonstick Fry Pan: PTFE

Ecolution Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Ecolution Endure: Probably ceramic

Ecolution Evolve Heavy Gauge Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan: PTFE

Ecolution Symphony: PTFE

Emeril Lagasse Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware: PTFE

Emeril Lagasse Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware 10 Pc. Set: PTFE

Epicurious Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set in Copper: PTFE

Essenso Lazio Ceramic Braiser: ceramic

Essenso Soho Bronx crepe pan: claims to be PTFE-free, but looks like PTFE.

Eurocast Professional Cookware w/Removable Handle: ceramic (IC)

EuroHome Copper Frying Pan: ceramic

Farberware Classic Series Nonstick Pan: PTFE

Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick: PTFE

Farberware Restaurant Pro: PTFE

Farberware Glide: PTFE

Farberware Hard-Anodized: PTFE

Farberware Millennium: PTFE

Farberware Restaurant Pro: PTFE

Finnhomy Super Value Hard Anodized Cookware Set: PTFE

Finnhomy Hard Porcelain Enamel Cookware Set: claims to be PTFE-free, but looks just like their PTFE set (which also looks just like the Rachel Ray set, which is PTFE). Maybe "ceramic" here refers to the exterior coating?

FlavorStone Sapphire: PTFE

Flamekiss by Amore Kitchenware: ceramic

Frieling USA Black Cube Hybrid: PTFE

Fundix by Castey: PTFE

Germany's Stoneline Xtreme: PTFE

Gibson Home Hummington Ceramic: ceramic

Gibson Home 7 Pc Cookware Set (carbon steel--?): PTFE

Gotham Steel: ceramic

Granite Rock Non-stick No warp frying pan: PTFE (All GR products are most likely PTFE)

GraniteStone cookware set: PTFE. Same company as Granite Rock (above), all products are most likely PTFE.

Green Earth by Ozeri: ceramic

GreenLIfe Classic Pro: ceramic (Thermolon)

GreenLife Gourmet: ceramic

GreenLife Healthy Ceramic Nonstick: ceramic (Thermolon)

GreenLife Lift: ceramic

GreenLife Soft Grip: ceramic

GreenLife Diamond: ceramic

GreenEarth (by Ozeri): ceramic

Green Pan Chatham: ceramic (see our GreenPan review for more info)

Green Pan Levels stackable cookware: ceramic

GreenPan Lima: ceramic

Green Pan Limited Edition: ceramic

Green Pan Padova: ceramic

GreenPan Paris: ceramic Thermolon

Green Pan Venice Pro: ceramic 

Green Pan Valencia: ceramic 

GreenPan Rio: ceramic (Thermolon)

Greystone by Moneta: PTFE ("polymeric" coating)

Healthy Legend: ceramic (all products)

Home Icon Copper Pan: ceramic

hOmeLabs Nonstick cookware set: PTFE

hOmeLabs Ceramic: ceramic

Imperial Home Copper Aluminum Frying Pan: ceramic (induction compatible)

Imperial Home Healthy Nonstick Ceramic-coated pans: ceramic

Joie Mini Nonstick Egg Pan (by MSC International): PTFE 

Kinden Lightweight Cast Iron Skillet w/Nonstick Coating: PTFE

Kitchen Aid Aluminum Nonstick Frying Pan: PTFE

knf Nonstick Frying Pan w/Lid: neither PTFE nor ceramic. Modified stainless steel w/honeycomb texture (similar to All-Clad D3 Armor--not recommended)

Krampan Professional Nonstick Frying Pan with Lid: Neither PTFE or ceramic. This is a different technology that relies on pan texture rather than chemical coating. The textured stainless steel gets mixed reviews. In general, textured pans like All-Clad D3 Armor) perform poorly and are hard to care for. But we have not tested this pan, so we can't say for sure how nonstick it is.

Kuhn-Rikon Colori Cucina Ceramic Induction Frying Pan: ceramic

Kutime Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan: probably ceramic

Kyocera Nonstick Pan: ceramic

Laefero 9.5" Nonstick Frying Pan: PTFE. Probably all Laefero products are PTFE.

le Creuset Toughened Nonstick Cookware: PTFE (and very overpriced).

LexiHome Marble Nonstick Frying Pan: ?? probably ceramic (IC)

Lestaven Nonstick Fry Pan: PTFE

Lovepan Peas (by Cooksmark): ceramic

Lux Decor Kitchen Frying Pan: PTFE

MadeIn Cookware: PTFE

Magma Cookware with Nonstick Ceramica: ceramic

Mastertop: PTFE

Matfer Bourgeat 906024: PTFE (probably all M-B nonstick is PTFE)

Mauviel M'Stone Nonstick Pan: It says PTFE-free, but Eclipse is a brand name PTFE coating--so we're going with PTFE.

Michelangelo (all lines): ceramic

Mirro Get a Grip: PTFE

Misen Cookware nonstick frying pan: PTFE

Momscook Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick Coating Cookware: probably ceramic, possibly PTFE

Momsook 2 pc Stainless Nonstick: PTFE

Momscook Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Moneta Azul Gres Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan: ceramic

Moneta Greystone Nonstick cookware: PTFE ("polymeric" coating)

Moneta Nova Induction Compatible Nonstick: PTFE

Moneta Zeus Induction Grill: PTFE

Mopita Roccia Viva frying pan: PTFE

Mopita Grail frying pan: PTFE

Mr Captain Tri-Ply Bonded Stainless Steel Nonstick Skillet: PTFE.

Mr Rudolph Tri-Ply Bonded Stainless Steel Nonstick 12" Skillet: PTFE. 

MyLifeUNIT Japanese Omelet Pan: PTFE (Yes, it says "PTFE free" but Whitford Quantum2 is a PTFE coating.)

Neoflam Eela: ceramic (probably all Neoflam products are ceramic)

Oneida Ceramic Nonstick: ceramic

Orgreenic Ceramic Cookware: ceramic

Original Copper Pan: ceramic

OXO Good Grips Covered Fry Pan: PTFE

OXO Good Grips Nonstick Pro Dishwasher Safe Frying Pan: PTFE

Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan: Probably PTFE ("Stonehenge" nonstick coating: what is it?)

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan: ceramic (Greblon)

Ozeri Professional Series Ceramic Earth Fry Pan: PTFE--You may not believe it but it's true!

Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan: PTFE

Ozeri Stainless Pan with Eterna nonstick coating: PTFE

Ozeri Stone Earth All-in-One Sauce Pan: PTFE

Paderno World Cuisine Mini Pans: probably ceramic

Paula Deen Riverbend: PTFE

Paula Deen Signature: PTFE

Pensofal Bio-ceramix Nonstick cookware: Probably PTFE, but possibly ceramic. Possibly a mixture of both.

Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle Nonstick cookware: PTFE

PranzoElite Frying Pan Set: PTFE. May be PTFE combined with ceramic. "PFLUON" is a brand name that refers to an organic compound, e.g., plastic molecule, e.g., PTFE. Induction compatible base.

Primecook Smerelda: ceramic

Rachel Ray Cucina: PTFE

Rachel Ray Hard-Anodized Nonstick: PTFE

Red Copper BulbHead: ceramic (and do not contain any actual copper)

Rosle Elegance Stainless Steel Cookware w/Ceramic Coating: ceramic (good up to 750F means its ceramic)

Saflon Granite Frying Pan: PTFE (likely all Saflon nonstick products contain PTFE)

ScanPan Ceramic and Titanium: PTFE (see our ScanPan review for more info)

ScanPan Classic: PTFE


ScanPan HaptIQ Stainless Steel Fry Pan: PTFE

ScanPan Pro S5: PTFE

ScanPan Professional Fry Pans: PTFE

Shineuri Cookware Set: ceramic (probably the same maker as Copper Chef or something similar)

Silit by WMF Cookware Set w/Nonstick Skillet: PTFE

Skylight Tri-Py Stainless Steel Skillet: PTFE

Starfrit The Rock Frying Pan: probably PTFE

Stone and Beam 12-inch Frying Pan with Glass Lid: PTFE

Stone Earth All-in-One Sauce Pan by Ozeri: PTFE

Stoneline Xtreme Germany: PTFE

Sturable Nonstick Skillet: PTFE

Sunbeam Newbrook Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Sushar Frying Pan w/German Nonstick Granite Coating: PTFE (Note: This pan is identical to many others sold by Carote, Cate Maker, Country Kitchen, and others. Probably the same pan with different labels on it, meaning they're all PTFE.)

Swiss Diamond (all lines): PTFE

Tafond Oven Safe Grill Pan: ?? Probably PTFE

TeChef Japanese Omelet Pan: PTFE

TeChef Onyx: PTFE

TeChef Goody pan: PTFE


T-fal C921S2 Initiatives: ceramic

T-fal Ceramic: ceramic

T-fal Endura Granite Ceramic: PTFE

T-fal Initiatives: PTFE 

T-fal Metallics Thermo Spot: PTFE

T-fal Signature: PTFE

T-fal Soft Sides w/ThermoSpot Indicator: PTFE

T-fal Titanium Advanced Nonstick w/ThermoSpot Indicator: PTFE

Tramontina Professional Restaurant Fry Pan: PTFE

Tramontina Ceramica: ceramic

Tramontina Simple Cooking Cookware Set: PTFE

Update International Excalibur-Coated 11-in Frying Pan: PTFE

UrbanixChef Frying Pan: PTFE (Greblon!)

Utopia Kitchen Nonstick Frying Pan: PTFE (probably all their nonstick contains PTFE)

Vario Click cookware by Berndes: ceramic (can tell by the oven-safe temp)

Viking Professional 5-Ply Nonstick with Eterna nonstick coating: PTFE (IC)

Viking Hard Anodized Cookware: PTFE

Vesuvio: ceramic

Vollrath Wear-Ever Pan w/CeramiGuard II: PTFE

Vollrath Wear-Ever HardCoat: PTFE

Vollrath Wear-Ever w/PowerCoat 2: PTFE

VonShef: Probably PTFE

Vremi Ceramic Nonstick Cookware: ceramic (IC)

Vremi Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Vremi Nonstick Saute Pan: PTFE

WaxonWare Hive Series: Ceramic (Greblon CK2).

WaxonWare Emerald Nonstick Frying Pan: May be a ceramic/PTFE hybrid, but contains PTFE. See this table on the WaxonWare website for verification.

WaxonWare Marbellous Series: PTFE

WaxonWare StoneTec Series: ceramic

WearEver B022SF Nonstick set: PTFE

WearEver C94407 Pure Living: ceramic

WearEver C944S2 Pure Living pan: ceramic

WearEver C957SC Admiration set: PTFE

Wee's Beyond Nonstick Fry Pan: PTFE

Woll Nowo Titanium: PTFE (all Woll products are probably PTFE but we're not sure)

Wonderchef Casserole: All Wonderchef nonstick cookware appears to be PTFE.

Xtrema 100% Ceramic Skillet: ceramic (note: this cookware is 100% ceramic, and not necessarily nonstick--read reviews carefully before buying)

Yzakka Stone Earth Saucepan: probably PTFE (all Yzakka nonstick is probably PTFE)

Ziling Nonstick Fry Saute Pan w/Lid: PTFE

Zinnor Mini Heart-Shaped Egg Pan: PTFE

Zwilling Madura: PTFE ("DuraSlide")

Zwilling Motion: PTFE

Zwilling Spirit: Ceramic

Zyliss: Probably PTFE

Final Thoughts

Once again, this list is by no means comprehensive. The nonstick cookware market is changing all the time. Even so, we hope we've helped you sort through some of the confusing jargon and labeling that can make buying nonstick cookware so frustrating--even if we didn't list the brand you're curious about.

And remember: you can always go with the original nonstick cookware, cast iron or carbon steel. These are both a great option for those of you trying to avoid nonstick coatings.

Thanks for reading!

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    1. That’s very true devnil. In this article, we assume that people have done some research, have decided they want nonstick cookware, and are trying to sort out the composition of various brands, which isn’t always easy to do. Thanks for your comment!

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