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When considering health in the kitchen, we often think of the foods we eat, but what about cooking tools? Swapping your existing pots and pans with the best non-toxic cookware sets is considered an easy way to achieve a cleaner, healthier culinary space.
Pots and pans are kitchen items that often slip through the cracks of our health-conscious minds—and to our surprise, a lot of cookware contains toxins. These toxins, commonly known as PFOA, PFOS, and PTFE, are mostly found in the chemicals that repel oil in cookware, making it nonstick. Over time and with use, they can seep into the foods we cook and our bodies. While the traces of chemicals are minimal and most companies are phasing these materials out; it’s enough to make us want to switch to alternative cookware options. Luckily, some of the best non-toxic cookware sets are also some of our favorites to cook with—cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic, and enamelware are among the top non-toxic cookware materials. And if you love the ease of cooking with nonstick, popular companies like Caraway Home and Our Place have debuted design-worthy lines of cookware that also mimic the characteristics of traditional nonstick pans sans the toxins.
Here are 20 of the best non-toxic cookware sets, pots, and pans to upgrade your kitchen.
Cast irons capture heat beautifully and are one of the most reliable, sturdy pans out there. Not only are they chemical-free, but they also get better with age and can last a lifetime. Adding a classic like the Lodge Skillet or a modern option from Great Jones Goods is a no-brainer for clean cookware options. And for more picks, check out some top chef’s favorite cast irons they swear by.
Lodge L8SK3 10-1/4-inch pre-seasoned skillet
Smithey Ironware Co. cast iron cookware collection
Vermicular lightweight Japanese cast iron frying pan
Staub traditional skillet
Staub 3.75-quart essential French oven
Ceramic and Ceramic Coated
As versatile as stainless steel, ceramic and ceramic coated cookware are a popular clean option and a perfect swap for traditional nonstick pots and pans. Easy to clean and thoughtfully designed, they look beautiful atop your stove and will likely become your go-to for everyday cooking.
Greenpan Padova 10-piece cookware set
Food52 Five Two essential nonstick skillets
Greenlife soft grip ceramic nonstick frying pan
Staub 9-inch white square covered baking dish
A set of stainless steel pots and pans are a popular choice to outfit home kitchens; they’re known for their high heat retention, affordable price point, and versatility (they are dishwasher safe!). From saucepans to stockpots, stainless steel is a trusty, non-toxic cookware option.
Great Jones Precious Metals
GREAT JONES GOODS
Misen essentials cookware set
Made In stainless clad stock pot
Food52 Five Two essential saucepan
360 Cookware 4-quart stockpot with cover
Enameled cookware is a beautiful cookware option and is most commonly seen as an enamel coating to cast iron cookware (think the classic Le Creuset dutch oven). Below, our favorite enamelware cookware for both minimalists and chefs alike.
Golden Rabbit solid white enamelware collection 18-quart stock pot
Dansk Kobenstyle 2-quart casserole