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The 6 Best Non-Toxic Cookware Brands for 2023, Tested

Here's the safest, non-toxic cookware brands to keep chemicals out of your food. What's best to avoid with nonstick (we’re looking at you, PTFE and PFAS), and you even get a heads up on which products are best for the environment, and your pocketbook. Spoiler: We don’t recommend one-hit wonders and there’s a good reason why.
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Choosing safe non-toxic cookware is just as important as the food you eat. Which is the best choice? Read on. 

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Since you’d never be caught dead with melamine in your cabinets (literally, and on style grounds alone, a capital crime), you don’t need to be told not to use it. What you do need to know? Your cookware is just as important as the food you choose to eat. There, we said it. And you have plenty of amazing options when it comes to choosing the safest non toxic cookware for your health. Still, it’s not the easiest to know which non toxic cookware choices are best for your cooking style and health concerns.

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Our in-house, professionally trained chef, and editor-in-chief, Laura Klein, has thoroughly tested each of the brands we recommend here. In this annually updated guide, we cover tips on choosing the safest cookware for your needs and lifestyle, what's best to avoid with nonstick (we’re looking at you, PTFE and PFAS), the cookware brands we trust, and even give you a heads up on which products are best for you, the environment, and your pocketbook. Spoiler: We don’t recommend one-hit wonders and there’s a good reason why.

Read on to discover which brands are having seasonal sales and save big on your favorite non-toxic cookware (hint: sign up for the newsletter here to never miss an exclusive sale that's only open to the Organic Authority community). Or, bookmark this page so you can come back and check when our favorite brands are having their big seasonal sales.

What’s the Safest Cookware for Your Health?

Let’s face it, most cookware is generally safe. But there are things to consider about each material when purchasing your cookware. And if you have serious concerns about cookware please consult your primary physician for advice. 

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Person sliding frittata onto a plate out of a nonstick GreenPan.
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Our Top Non Toxic Cookware Picks for the Healthy Home Chef

Our top picks for safe and healthy cooking at home. 

Most Innovative Non-Toxic Nonstick

GreenPan's G5

Best Nonstick Design

Caraway 7-Piece Set 

Safest Cookware

Pure Ceramic by Xtrema

Best Cast Iron

Enameled Cast Iron by Staub

Best Stainless Steel

Demeyere Atlantis 7

Best Carbon Steel

Carbon Steel by Made In

Best Outdoor Grilling

Carbon Steel Grilling Set by Made In

The 6 Safe Cookware Brands We Trust

Wondering how to get the best of both worlds when it comes to cooking safely without a massive amount of cleanup? We did too! That’s why we spent hundreds of hours (seriously) poring over research from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and PubMed, while consulting experts along the way.

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The Organic Authority Approved Clean Cookware seal of approval for non-toxic cookware and environmental stewardship. 

The result? Our tested and research-backed collection of cookware recommendations to meet every need, lifestyle, skill level, and frequency of cooking. Our guide features only cookware that we have personally tested from brands that are transparent about its production practices and the safety of its products. Each one has earned the "Organic Authority Approved Clean Cookware" seal of approval (what's behind the ORGANIC AUTHORITY APPROVED seal? Read about it here).

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Greenpan GP5 collection of cookware
Chef using Xtrema pure ceramic cookware safe for the kitchen.
Made In butter warmer warming ravioli.
Staub cast iron oval cocotte in graphite grey in front of cast iron grill and saute pans.
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Choosing the Right Safe, Non Toxic Cookware for You

Where to start? We recommend beginning with a base set and adding from there. And to make things even easier, follow our chart to select the perfect pieces for your safe cookware collection.

Chart that compares safe non toxic cookware properties.

Choose the right non-toxic cookware that fits your unique cooking style.

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The type of non-toxic cookware you choose will depend on your needs in the kitchen.

Hey, not everyone is a chef, and we get that. But almost everyone does some cooking on the regular and you want it to be as safe as possible. When selecting pieces from our product recommendations above, take your cooking skills, frequency, and lifestyle into consideration before you buy.

Do you prefer to sear or braise foods? If you like to use high heat cooking techniques to add extra texture and flavor, we recommend one, two, or even a set of Made In’s carbon or stainless steel.

Are you an experienced home chef who loves to entertain with elaborate meals? If so, we say start with a foundational set of cookware like Demeyere’s, Made In’s Stainless Steel, or a Caraway set and fill in from there.

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Or are you a get-it-done as simply and easily as possible type of cook? If you’re into minimal prep, cook, and clean time we definitely recommend Caraway for it’s non toxic, nonstick ceramic coated surface.

For the fast track to cleaner cooking pastures, just take our personalized cookware quiz to learn which clean cooking items will set you up for cheffing success. (Promise it’s quick and easy.)

What You Need to Know About Non-Stick Cookware Labels

Since you’d rather spend your time enjoying the rewards of a well-cooked meal than elbow deep in a serious scrub session, nonstick probably seems like the way to go. But conventional nonstick cookware can release toxic fumes when overheated.1 Now that’s not appetizing.

The processing used during the production of nonstick pots and pans pollutes our water supply and has been linked to testicular and kidney cancer, infertility, liver damage, and thyroid disease. 2, 3 No thanks.

As with other “clean” or “green” products, claims can be misleading when it comes to cookware. It’s common to see "PTFE-free", "PFOA-free", and "made without PFOA” on product labels, but you can’t always trust these claims at face value. For instance, some brands rename their PTFE coatings with fancy brand names while using the “PFOA-free” label.

To avoid this not-so-appetizing material, it’s important to know how to decipher nonstick and non toxic cookware jargon.

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Nonstick saute pan pouring vegetables into bowl.
Nonstick pan on the stove with an egg in it.

Non-Toxic Cookware Safety FAQ Summary

Still in the dark on which safe cookware is right for you? Looking for a quick and easy answer to your *ahem* burning questions? Check our As to your Qs below. As always, if you have concerns consult your primary care physician.

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Stainless steel pots and pans in a restaurant kitchen.
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Carbon steel pan with an egg in it.
Cast iron pan with loaf of bread.
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Traditional PTFE nonstick cookware with an egg in it.
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Brands and Products We Don't Recommend and Why

Yes, we previously recommended PTFE-free nonstick pans from Ecolution's Bliss Line, Ozeri Green Earth, GreenLife Soft Grip, and Cuisinart's Green Gourmet 12-piece set. But we’re walking that back and for good reason. These pans simply don't hold up to our standards in non toxic cookware for durability and ability to handle high heat.

We also have thoughts on popular brands that other sites have recommended. Lodge skillets are a good value, but we prefer Staub for its superior performance. Staub comes pre-seasoned with a crystal-based black matte enamel coating, which means you don’t have to worry about re-seasoning the pan or rusting, and it also reduces the probability of iron leaching when cooking acidic foods. Staub is easier to clean and wears much better over the long term, and (this is a big deal) stands up to metal utensils (unlike others, like Le Creuset). If you want to learn more about Staub, see our brand profile. However, if budget is a big consideration for you, consider the Lodge cast iron skillet, it is an excellent value option.

Many of Cuisinart and All-Clad’s stainless steel product lines are 3-ply and don’t perform as well with regard to heat conduction and even heating as Made In’s 5-ply, or Demeyere’s 5 or 7-ply. (Demeyere is easiest to clean and stays shiny with its Silvinox finish).

The Always Pan seems to be a popular all-in-one choice. But around here, we’re just not fans of gimmicky one-hit wonders that have a short shelf life and end up in the landfill. Not green and costs you more money in the long run. Products like these tend to produce average or below average results because they simply try to do too much. Like many ceramic nonstick picks, it seems the consensus is that this pan doesn’t last more than a few months, a year if you’re lucky. If you must have a nonstick pan and are willing to treat it properly, we can confirm that our GreenPan and Caraway picks will last much longer, but know that all nonstick pans wear out eventually.

We frequently add or remove products based on our research and testing. Please let us know in the comments below of any brands you'd like us to look into or if you'd like to share your own experiences with the brands you've tried.

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2. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/contaminant.php?contamcode=E207
3. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=1116&tid=237
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8. https://cookware.org/resources/pet-and-bird-safety-in-the-kitchen/
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