December 12

Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE (Teflon®) or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

By trk

Last Updated: October 29, 2021

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Confused about nonstick cookware brands?

egg sliding off nonstick pan: 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.

Here, you'll find the most comprehensive list anywhere of which brands contain PTFE (Teflon®) and which brands do not. You'll also get the basics on nonstick cookware in general: types, safety, what to look for, and how to determine for yourself what's in the nonstick brand you're interested in.

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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.

Why?

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 below and 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 nonstick 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 nonstick pans have become hugely popular, largely because they're perceived as the healthier, safer nonstick cookware choice. 

(Note that ceramic nonstick is not the same as enamel-coatings found on le Creuset Dutch ovens or 100% ceramic cookware like Xtrema. Neither of these are nonstick and are a different composition than nonstick ceramic.)

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.

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

Teflon molecule 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 1930s 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. Because it is inert and incredibly stable, it is also used in medical implant devices.

You can read more about PTFE on its Wikipedia page.

About Ceramic Cookware

Ceramic cookware has been around since 2007. Ceramic nonstick coating is made from inorganic sources: clay and/or sand. These inorganic materials are made into a 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. 

raw sand or clay 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.) And though it can withstand high heat and not break down, high heat tends to destroy the nonstick properties--so just as with PTFE, you should use low to medium heat settings when cooking with ceramic nonstick cookware.

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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). It ensures that PTFE adheres to the underlying pan body (usually aluminum). 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 to replace the PFOA with something, and from the research we've done, it's become clear that most makers are using other chemicals from the same family as PFOA (the family is called PFAS). They're called GenX chemicals, and by most indications, they have the same issues as PFOA--including that makers are free to dump them into the water supply because there are no restrictions against doing this. 

Thus, the entire PTFE cookware industry is a major polluter of the planet--and it's likely to be even worse in China, where most nonstick cookware is now made, and where there are, as far as we know, few to no environmental laws, or laws to protect workers from dangerous chemicals.

You can read more about PFOA and other chemicals in our article What Is PFOA? A Guide to Nonstick Cookware Chemicals.

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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About Granitium Nonstick Coating

Granitium nonstick coating has become very popular in recent years so we thought we'd address it specifically. It's marketed as a "granite" product, but the truth is that granitium is just a brand name of PTFE. But there's a little more to it than that.

Granitium nonstick coating contains small pieces of extremely hard ceramic which creates a rough texture. The rough texture is caused by the ceramic particles protruding from the coating. By doing so, they protect the PTFE from the wear and tear of utensils, abrasive cleaners, and more. 

Many people swear by the durability of Granitium and claim it's much better than other brands of PTFE. But is it?

While it's true that the ceramic particles help to protect the PTFE from wear and tear, they can't protect it from heat, and heat is the number one killer of nonstick properties for both PTFE and ceramic coatings.

So, Granitium nonstick coatings, as well as other rough-textured nonstick coatings under different brand names, may last longer than PTFE that doesn't contain particles which protect the coating. However, the coating will eventually wear out because that's what heat does to nonstick cookware.

A few brands that we know contain Granitium include Zwilling/JA Henckels Capri and Ballarini Parma. Additionally, brands that contain coatings like Granitium include Granite Rock/Granite Stone, some lines of ScanPan, Carote ("Ilag" coating) and many more.

If you want the rough texture on your nonstick cookware, a clue that a pan has it is if the coating is somehow associated with granite or ceramic--be careful that you don't confuse this type of ceramic with an actual ceramic nonstick coating (which is PTFE-free).

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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:

Lodge cast iron skillet PTFE or Ceramic?
carbon steel skillet

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, and even ceramic contribute to this problem. So do some of the PTFE cookware brand names, like GraniteRock and PTFE brand names such as Granitium (see section above for more on Granitium nonstick coating). 

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 PFOA is banned in cookware in the US, 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:

GreenPan Lima, PTFE or Ceramic?

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

All-Clad HA1 nonstick skillet set

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. These are surfactants used in minute amounts in manufacturing, and as with PFOA/PFAS, it doesn't mean a lot if we don't know what the APEOs have been replaced with.

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.

ceramic: can mean either PTFE-free ceramic nonstick or a PTFE coating reinforced with ceramic particles. So further research is needed to be certain what the term ceramic is referring to.

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."

PFAS-free: Stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The larger family that PFAS belong to. May mean a safer chemical was used but until they actually say what was used, it's no guarantee.

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

GreenPan Lima nonstick ceramic skillet

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

For ceramic nonstick cookware, we really like the Green Pan 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.

Healthy Legend ceramic nonstick skillet: Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

Healthty Legend skillet

For PTFE, our 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.

Anolon Copper Nouvelle skillet exploded view: 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.

All-Clad HA1 nonstick skillet set: 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). OXO Goodgrips nonstick pans (PTFE) also get great reviews and were America's Test Kitchen number one pick.

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. 

Note also that many brands, the lesser known brands in particular, often go in and out of stock on Amazon. We aren't removing them from the list unless we're certain the brand is no longer being sold. So we apologize in advance if a brand you're researching here is out of stock.

Also, even if the links are old, you can assume the information is still correct if it's the same line and brand you're looking for.

Copper Chef pans

AiCook: ceramic

Aidea 2-Pc Ceramic Frying Pans: Ceramic (though they look like they could contain PTFE too).

Ailwyn USA Blue Gradient Nonstick Deep Frying Pan: The "granite-derived" coating called "German Theflon" is probably PTFE. It says in one place that it is PTFE-free, but everywhere else only PFOA-free; it is possible that this is a ceramic nonstick product, but with so much obfuscation in the write-up, we suspect that it is PTFE. Same with the 5 quart stockpot of the same brand--even though it claims to be made of "German Thermolon" which is a PTFE-free ceramic. We'll keep our eyes on this product and try to get definite information.

All-Clad (all nonstick lines): PTFE

Almond Nonstick Skillet: PTFE

Almond Nonstick Ceramic: 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 Click n Cook: PTFE

Ballarini Como: PTFE

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

Ballarini Pisa: PTFE

Ballarini Professionale Series: PTFE

Ballarini with Keramic nonstick coating: ceramic

Beka: All PTFE, except for the one listed below.

Beka Chef EcoLogic: ceramic

Bene Casa: PTFE

Berndes Balance Smart Induction Fry Pan: PTFE (yes, really)

Berndes Cookware: All Berndes cookware is PTFE except EcoFit and Pearl Induction.

Berndes Crepe: PTFE

Berndes SignoCast Classic: PTFE 

Berndes Tradition skillet: PTFE

Berndes Vario Click Pearl Induction: ceramic

Better Chef Deep Skillet: Probably ceramic, but could contain PTFE.

Bialetti Aeternum: ceramic

Bialetti Impact: PTFE

Bialetti Simply Italian: PTFE

Bialetti Sapphire: Probably PTFE

Bialetti Simply Italian: PTFE

Blue Diamond Toxin Free Ceramic Fry Pan: ceramic

Brewsly: ceramic

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 Signature: PTFE

Calphalon Simply Calphalon: PTFE

Capri by Zwilling/JA Henckels: PTFE

Carote Deep Frying Pan: ?? Probably PTFE

Castey Fundix line: PTFE

Cate-Maker 8 Corners Pan: Ceramic

Cate-Maker Aluminum Frying Pan and Marble Stone pans: PTFE

Catering Line Natura Pan: ceramic

Catering 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 PFOA free: 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: PTFE

Cooksmark/Cooper Pan Faraday Granite Nonstick Coating: PTFE

Cooksmark Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware: PTFE

Cooksmark Copper Pan: Maker says it is ceramic, but it look like it may contain PTFE.

Cooksmark White Ceramic: ceramic

Cooksmark Multicolor Cookware Set: PTFE

Cooksmark Signature Ceramic Set: ceramic

Cooksmark Enameled Cookware Set: ceramic

Cooks Standard Hard Anodized Skillet Set: PTFE

Cooper Pan Faraday: PTFE

Copper Aluminum Frying Pans by Imperial Home: ceramic

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

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

CorVex Nonstick Ceramic Cooking Set: ceramic

CSK Nonstick Frying Pan: (By Koch Systeme CS) Probably PTFE. Maker says it's PFOA free, then in the questions that it's PTFE free. It may be a language barrier issue, but this pan likely contains PTFE.

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

Cuisinart Advantage: PTFE

Cuisinart Advantage Ceramica XT Cookware Set: ceramic

Cuisinart Contour Skillet: PTFE

Cuisinart Chef's Classic: PTFE (all pieces)

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.

Duxtop Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan: ceramic

Ecolution Bliss: ceramic

Ecolution EABK-5128 Nonstick Fry Pan: PTFE

Ecolution Artistry Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Ecolution Endure: 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

EOE Nonstick Frying Pan: PTFE. Free of PFOA and all PFAS including GenX (the replacement for PTFE which is just as bad). Sounds good, but we don't know what they're using instead (it could be just as bad).

Epicurious Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set in Copper: PTFE

Eslite Life Nonstick Frying Pan w/Granite Coating: Probably PTFE. This pan is identical to the Hansubute, Sensarte, and ZIB pans (below). Eslite and Sensarte do not claim to be PTFE free but the other two do. It looks like a PTFE coating, and we suspect it is, but we're not sure. All these pans are made in China and it's entirely possible the writeups for some of them are wrong (and not necessarily intentionally).

Essenso Lazio Ceramic Braiser: ceramic

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

Eurocast Professional Cookware: ceramic (IC)

EuroHome Copper Frying Pan: ceramic

Farberware Deep Nonstick Pan: PTFE

Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick: PTFE

Farberware Restaurant Pro: PTFE

Farberware Glide: PTFE

Farberware Hard-Anodized: PTFE

Farberware Millennium: PTFE

Farberware New Traditions: PTFE (Yes, it looks like ceramic, but it contains PTFE).

Farberware Restaurant Pro: PTFE

Finnhomy Super Value Hard Anodized Cookware Set: PTFE

Finnhomy Hard Porcelain Enamel Cookware Set: PTFE (the enamel is on the exterior of the cookware).

Fissler: Fissler makes several lines of nonstick cookware, and they don't say anywhere what the coating is made of. We're pretty sure that all Fissler nonstick pans contain PTFE.

FJNATINH Dual Honeycomb Frying Pan: PTFE. Hybrid Stainless/PTFE cooking surface.

FlavorStone Sapphire: PTFE

Flamekiss by Amore Kitchenware: ceramic

Frieling USA Black Cube Hybrid: PTFE

Fruiteam Nonstick Cookware Set: ceramic. All the sets made by this company appear to be ceramic.

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.

GraniteStone Green cookware: PTFE. It's green-colored, so you might think it contains no PTFE, but it's the same coating as their diamond-reinforced but in a different color.

Green Earth by Ozeri: ceramic

GreenLIfe Classic Pro: ceramic (Thermolon) (Note: All GreenLife is ceramic nonstick--no PTFE.)

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) Note: All GreenPan is ceramic.)

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)

Hansubute Nonstick Induction Granite Stone Frying Pan: Claims to be PTFE free but is identical to the Sensarte, ZIB, and Eslite pans; only Sensarte and Eslite do not claim to be PTFE free, and we think they're telling the truth because it looks like a PTFE coating. But we're not 100% certain.

Healthy Legend: ceramic (all products)

Hestan ProBond nonstick skillet: PTFE

Hiteclife Nonstick cookware: PTFE

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

KitchenAid Nonstick cookware: PTFE. It looks like all the KitchenAid lines are PTFE (that may change).

Koch Systeme CS Frying Pans: Says it's PFOA free but not PTFE free. Normally we would assume it contains PTFE but in this case it's probably a language barrier (non-native English speaking writer). They look like ceramic and from the reviews that say the nonstick lasts only a couple of months, we think it's probably ceramic. This is a German company but the pans are made in China. The pans contain no actual copper.

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).

le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless Nonstick: PTFE

LexiHome Marble Nonstick Frying Pan: probably ceramic (IC) (though it looks like PTFE)

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

Mastertop Ceramic: ceramic

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

Mauviel M'Stone Nonstick Pan: PTFE. It may say it is PTFE-free, but we attribute that error to the language barrier (this pan is made in France). Eclipse is definitely a brand of 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

Momscook Enameled Cookware: PTFE

Momsook 2 pc Stainless Nonstick: PTFE

Momscook Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set: PTFE

Moneta Azul Gres Ceramic Cookware: ceramic

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

Moneta Nova Induction Compatible Nonstick: PTFE

Moneta Zeus: 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: PTFE

MSMK Nonstick Titanium Diamond Skillet: PTFE (all MSMK nonstick is PTFE)

Mueller HealthyStone Fry Pan: PTFE (yes, it looks ceramic and the writeup is extensive on what it doesn't contain, but none of the chemicals listed are PTFE, so we must assume that this is a PTFE pan).

MVCHIF nonstick pan: In some places it says PTFE and PFOA free, in others it says PFOA free. We think it may contain PTFE, but we're not sure.

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

Nordic Ware nonstick cookware: It looks like all Nordic Ware nonstick is PTFE (we didn't find any ceramic products on Amazon).

Nordic Ware Professional Weight Texas skillet: PTFE (again, probably all Nordic Ware nonstick pans contain PTFE)

Nutrichef Excilon nonstick cookware: ceramic

Oneida Ceramic Nonstick: ceramic

Orgreenic Cookware: They say they are "PTFA" and "PTFH" free, but they don't say they are "PTFE" free. We suspect they're using very deceptive marketing to sell PTFE pans as ceramic--but they might be ceramic.

Original Copper Pan: ceramic

OXO Good Grips Fry Pan and Sets: PTFE. This 8"/10" set is also PTFE. All OXO nonstick pans sold on Amazon appear to be PTFE.

Ozeri Stone Earth Frying Pan: 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

Paderno Canadian Signature Frying Pan: Not sure, but probably PTFE ("professional" usually means PTFE).

Paderno Frying Pan with Soft Grip Handle: PTFE ("Quantanium" is a dead giveaway.) This set is also PTFE.

Paderno Hard-Anodized Cookware Set: Almost certainly PTFE ("professional" usually means PTFE.)

Paderno World Cuisine Mini Pans: probably ceramic

Paula Deen Riverbend: PTFE

Paula Deen Signature: PTFE

Pensofal cookware: All lines look to be PTFE, but we're not totally sure (confusing marketing!)

PERLLI Healthy Ceramic Nonstick cookware: ceramic

Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle Nonstick cookware: PTFE

Pioneer Woman Cobalt Cookware with Porcelain: ceramic

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: Comes in PTFE and ceramic coatings. The set has ceramic nonstick skillets.

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 CTX: PTFE

ScanPan HaptIQ Stainless Steel Fry Pan: PTFE

ScanPan Pro S5: PTFE

ScanPan Professional Fry Pans: PTFE

Seekavan Skillet: PTFE

Sensarte Nonstick Pan w/Swiss Granite (ILAG) coating: Probably PTFE. Note that this pan is identical to the ZIB, Eslite, and the Hansubute pans. Eslite does not claim to be PTFE free but ZIB and Hansubute do. We're not 100% sure about any of them, but we think they're PTFE.

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

Silit by WMF Cookware Set w/Nonstick Skillet: PTFE

Silit Pot Set: ceramic. WMF makes durable ceramic coated cookware (made in Germany). It is the type of enamel used on le Creuset and therefore, not nonstick. We don't know if they also make nonstick ceramic. This pan and this pan are both enamel coated and not nonstick. Very durable, stable cooking surface.

Silit Blaue Uncoated Pan: Ceramic but probably not nonstick ceramic.

Skylight: PTFE (all their nonstick appears to be PTFE)

Starfrit The Rock Frying Pan: probably PTFE

Stone and Beam 12-inch Frying Pan with Glass Lid: PTFE. Note: now owned by Amazon Basics. Still PTFE.

Stone Earth 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 (all lines)

Swiss Diamond (all lines): PTFE

Tafond Oven Safe Grill Pan: ?? Probably PTFE

TeChef Japanese Omelet Pan: PTFE

TeChef Onyx: PTFE

TeChef Goody pan: PTFE

TIBEK: 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 Fusion Fry Pan: PTFE

Tramontina Professional Restaurant Fry Pan: PTFE

Tramontina Ceramica: ceramic

Tramontina Nesting Nonstick Cookware set: PTFE

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

VINOD Zest Nonstick Griddle: PTFE. The VINOD product page says all of their nonstick is 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; see set here

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)

Woll Diamond Lite Fry Pan: PTFE (again, all Woll pans are probably PTFE)

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)

ZIB Hard-Anodized Aluminum Pan w/Stainless Handle: Says it's PTFE free but it sure looks like a PTFE coating to us. We can't say for sure.

ZIB Induction Nonstick Frying Pan w/Child Protection: Says it's PTFE free in one area but in another it says it's PFOA free. We suspect it may contain PTFE (most stone/granite coatings do), but the company claims it's ceramic. It certainly looks like a PTFE coating. We also suspect PTFE because it's identical to the Eslite, Sensarte Hansubute pans (above); Sensarte and Eslite are not listed as PTFE free but the others are. We're not 100% sure about any of them.

Ziling Nonstick Fry Saute Pan w/Lid: PTFE

Zinnor Mini Heart-Shaped Egg Pan: PTFE

Zwilling/JA Henckels Capri: PTFE

Zwilling Madura: PTFE ("DuraSlide")

Zwilling Motion: PTFE

Zwilling Spirit: Ceramic

Zyliss: 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.

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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!

    1. Granite Rock/Granite Stone are a PTFE (Teflon) nonstick pan reinforced with titanium. They’re a decent nonstick option if you don’t mind using PTFE. (They are on the list.)

  1. This article is indeed very informative and direct-to.-the-point guide to buying coated pans. I’m glad I came across it. I now feel having enough knowledge in buying these frying pans with peace of mind in regard to their quality and heath safety of my family and myself.

  2. I didn't realize that Teflon and PTFE are the same things. I have been looking for PTFE-free Teflon pans and that would probably be why I haven't had any success. Thank you for the article on different types of nonstick pans, now I can make an informed decision on what to buy.

    1. Hi Beverly, thanks for the comment. Considering your URL, I’m surprised that you didn’t know the difference between PTFE and Teflon. But I know that a lot of people don’t, so I’m glad the article was helpful!

  3. Thank you so much for this. I've been searching for days and had come to the conclusion that if I want non-stick it's going to have some type of chemicals. Thank you for confirming this and putting together such a comprehensive and easy to understand article. I feel more confident making a choice on a new set of pots and pans now.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Rachel. For people trying to avoid nonstick, we generally recommend cast iron or carbon steel. They’re not quite as good, but they last forever and are not the environmental hazard that the PTFE industry is. And, they’re inexpensive.

      Best of luck to you choosing cookware.

    1. Thanks for the link, Chris! It’s an excellent report that everyone interested in nonstick cookware should see. Though PTFE cookware is safe when used correctly (at low heat), its manufacturing process has poisoned the entire planet with “forever chemicals” that are extremely unsafe. With most nonstick now made in China, it’s probably even a worse situation, as China is not likely to have any regulations to protect the environment or the workers in the plants. A truly terrible situation.

  4. Great article! I just got “tricked” when buying a Zwilling Madura Plus fry pan set described as “PFOA FREE”.
    I see it mentions “Ultra” Dura Slide as the coating and states it is a “3 layer coating”. No mention of what constitutes a layer but I wonder if the PTFE might be covered by one of those layers to inhibit any release of the chemical. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!
    Jack Mccullough

    1. Thanks for the comment and kind words, Jack! Unfortunately, “Ultra Dura Slide” is a brand name for PTFE that also contains other reinforcing materials, either ceramics or metals depending on the application, per this website. The topcoat is PTFE, as it always is because the PTFE is what makes the surface slippery. I think the Zwilling Madura is a good quality nonstick pan, and you’ll get some good use out of it. Just be careful to never overheat the pan or use metal utensils, and you and your family will be safe. Or, you can always try to return it. 🙂 Best of luck to you whatever you decide.

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