Food sticking to your pans is no fun, especially when it burns on and makes a gloopy mess. Teflon cookware works great, but what about the space-age chemicals they use to develop those non-stick surfaces? They’re easily scratched and will wear out and flake off into your food, and then who knows what happens.
Stone cookware is a great alternative. These pots and pans are normally steel or aluminum, or a combination, and covered in a heat fused coating of mineral dust. They’re delightfully non-stick, scratch-resistant, durable, and easy to clean.
So, let’s take a look at some of the best stone cookware options out there and find the perfect option for your kitchen…
- Top 10 Best Stone Cookware for the Money in 2023 Review
- 1 Koch Systeme CS: Red Granite Pan – Best Affordable Stone Cookware
- 2 Michelangelo: Non-stick Frying Pan – Best Stone Frying Pan with Lid
- 3 Ozeri: Stone Earth Frying Pan – Best Lightweight Stone Cookware
- 4 Koch Systeme CS: Granite Skillet with Lid – Best Stone Skillet with Lid
- 5 Cotey: 8.5, 10 and 12 Inch Frying Pans Set – Best Affordable Stone Cookware Set
- 6 TeChef: Infinity Collection Frying Pan – Best Small Budget Stone Frying Pan
- 7 Woo Boreine: Nonstick Frying Pan – Best Budget Large Stone Frying Pan
- 8 Swiss Diamond: Induction Series Nonstick Fry Pan – Best Premium Stone Frying Pan
- 9 Zyliss: Cookware 8” and 11” Nonstick Fry Pan Set – Best Budget Stone Cookware
- 10 Carote: Non-stick Deep Frying Pan – Best Low Cost Stone Frying Pan
- Best Stone Cookware Buyers Guide
- Looking for more high-quality cookware choices?
- So, what is the Best Stone Cookware?
Top 10 Best Stone Cookware for the Money in 2023 Review
1 Koch Systeme CS: Red Granite Pan – Best Affordable Stone Cookware
Size: 10 inch diameter, 3.34 inches deep
We begin our review with one of the cheaper pans on our list. Most households need a good, reliable pan for under $50, and this one definitely falls into that category.
The Red Granite Pan by Koch is a mid-priced, mid-sized, middle of the road type kitchen tool. At 10 inches in diameter, it’s a bit on the small side for cooking things like stir-frys, but it’ll just do the job for whipping up large pancakes, searing steaks, or frying eggs. In fact, frying eggs is the ultimate test of a great pan, and this pan performed well at the task.
Built to last…
This pan is coated with a special non-stick coating that includes stone powder for durability. Fried eggs didn’t exactly slide off the pan, but they released very easily with a tiny bit of help from a spatula. It’s scratch-resistant, even against metal utensils, as the manufacturer claims. However, we think it’s still best not to risk it – or to stick this pan in the dishwasher.
For a 10 inch pan, this one is actually fairly heavy. It weighs in at over three pounds for two reasons. First of all, the construction of this pan is die-cast aluminum with a steel magnetized bottom. That bottom is thick, weighty, and strong to resist warping and lay flat on your cooker. The other reason it’s so heavy is that the walls are quite deep at over three inches.
A practical and healthy option…
It’s not huge, but at least those high walls make stirring without slopping over a cinch.
This pan claims to be PTFE, PFOA, and APEO free, so in the end, it performed well, the coating should not be a risk to your health.
- Durable, well-performing non-stick coating.
- Not oven safe.
- A bit on the small side.
2 Michelangelo: Non-stick Frying Pan – Best Stone Frying Pan with Lid
Size: 12 inch diameter, 2.75 inches deep
Next up in our Best Stone Cookware reviews, well-known kitchen brand (and Ninja Turtle) Michelangelo offers up their best stoneware pan. The price here is higher, but the pan is bigger than the Koch, so let’s see how they compare.
Plenty of surface area…
The Michelangelo pan is 12 inches in diameter with a moderate curve up to its 2.75 inch walls. This provides adequate depth for most things you might want to cook in this pan. Once again, though, large stir-frys, sauces, or other wet dishes may get a bit sloppy. The large cooking area of this 12 inch pan gives you 30% more surface area and allows you to fit in a whole lot more food.
As for construction, this pan also has an aluminum core with a steel magnetized bottom, coated in a non-stick coating reinforced with powdered granite, and features a Bakelite (heat-resistant plastic) handle.
Nice and even…
The pan weighs in at nearly 5 pounds, again because of that sturdy bottom as well as the extra diameter. Although it heats up more slowly, the weight translates into even heat distribution across the pan.
Performance-wise, we felt that this pan did an identical job to the (cheaper) Koch pan. Its durable coating is also PFOA and PTFE free. Both pans can be used on gas, electric, ceramic, and induction stovetops.
But now we see where the extra cost comes in – a lid!
Yes, this pan comes with a glass and stainless steel lid with a round Bakelite handle on top. Not the best of lids, granted, as it doesn’t fit terribly well and lets a lot of steam escape when cooking, but a lid all the same.
- Large size.
- Good non-stick performance.
- Heavy and heats up a bit slowly.
- Lid doesn’t fit very well, but at least it comes with a lid!
3 Ozeri: Stone Earth Frying Pan – Best Lightweight Stone Cookware
Size: 12 inch diameter, 3 inches deep
Ozeri is the next brand under our microscope with their “Stone Earth” frying pan. Like the previous two pans we’ve seen, this one uses a stone-powder reinforced coating for non-stick performance and enhanced durability.
Let’s see how this pan works…
So far, this is the biggest pan we’ve seen, at least by a little. It’s 12 inches in diameter and about three inches deep, so it has a slightly larger capacity than the Michelangelo pan. That means you can fit in more sauce!
Although it’s once again built from cast aluminum with a steel base (so it can be used on induction cookers), this pan is nearly 3.5 pounds, and that means it’s a lot thinner and lighter.
Quick as a flash…
For cooking, this translates into faster response time and easier handling. However, this pan doesn’t distribute heat as well, and you can find that the pan is a lot colder towards the rim than in the middle.
As for the stoneware coating, this pan has a non-stick surface that is infused with stone powder. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be nearly as durable as the other brands, so we don’t recommend using metals on this pan or putting it in the dishwasher. The non-stick performance is again good, giving a good release and generally wiping clean with a wet cloth.
Not too hot to handle…
A big bonus here is the pan’s handle. It’s steel coated in heat-resistant silicone, and this handle is really well fastened to this pan. The silicone allows it to be oven safe to 446 degrees Fahrenheit.
At the same time, though the coating here is APEO and PFOA free, however, it’s not PTFE free, which might concern some buyers.
- Lightweight and affordable.
- Oven safe.
- Not PTFE free.
- Uneven heating.
4 Koch Systeme CS: Granite Skillet with Lid – Best Stone Skillet with Lid
Size: 12 inch diameter, 3.5 inches deep
Koch is back with a second pan, this time a bigger one. In fact, this is the largest pan so far, a monster at 12 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches deep. This makes it versatile and able to handle large meals for big hungry households. At a bit under five pounds, this is definitely a large and sturdy pan.
But how does it perform?
Like its little sister, the Red Granite Pan, this Granite Skillet is made from an aluminum core and stainless steel bottom for use with induction cookers. This time, though, the coating is titanium infused stone-powder coating, which is free of PTFE and PFOA. It does as well or better cooking. We found that our fried eggs slid right off this pan with just the slightest nudge from a spatula.
Great! It cleans up easily as well, with just a simple wipe with a soapy sponge.
Great for the oven…
But there are some features that really push this pan up in our estimation. Instead of plastic, the handles here are hollow stainless steel. They stay relatively cool while cooking, but they allow the pan to be used in the oven. This one can be baked in the oven safely up to 450℉.
This pan also comes with a glass and stainless steel lid with stainless steel round handle. That handle will get a bit hot when cooking, but on the upside, it fits well and keeps moisture in your dishes, so this lid really is a great bonus.
- Big and solid with good heat distribution.
- Oven safe.
- Comes with a good lid.
- A bit heavy for some cooks.
5 Cotey: 8.5, 10 and 12 Inch Frying Pans Set – Best Affordable Stone Cookware Set
Sizes: 8.5 inch diameter, 2 inch depth; 10 inch diameter, 2.5 inch depth; 12 inch diameter, 2.5 inch depth
Suddenly the game has completely changed. For just a few dollars more than some of the pans we’ve been looking at, Cotey offers up a 3-piece set of stoneware pans!
Everything you need…
We’ve got all the bases covered here with a little eight inch egg or omelet pan, a mid-sized 10 inch frying pan, and a 12 inch workhorse.
Once again, we’re looking at stone-powder reinforced non-stick coating over die-cast aluminum cores. All three of these pans have steel magnetized bottom so they can be used on gas, electric, glass, and induction stoves. They also have heat-resistant Bakelite handles.
In our tests…
Unfortunately, these pans performed only moderately well while being tested. They did well cooking things like sauce and wiped clean, but our fried eggs stuck and had to be scraped out. Clean up after that, though, was still easy.
We think the reason is that the interior surface is not smooth but covered in a raised honeycomb texture. This provides way more surface area for foods to grab and stick. At the same time, this extra texture is great for searing meat, letting hot juices boil up from underneath.
A great budget set, but with a few minor issues…
These pans are not oven safe and don’t, sadly, come with lids. They’re lightweight, and we felt that the two larger pans had uneven heat distribution, though the small pan heats up quite evenly. Still, there are three of them, they’re durable, and the price is definitely right!
- Great price for three pans.
- Very good for searing meat.
- Some foods stick to textured cook surface.
- No lids come with these pans.
6 TeChef: Infinity Collection Frying Pan – Best Small Budget Stone Frying Pan
Size: 8 inch diameter, 3 inches depth
Next up in our reviews of the Best Stone Cookware is the smallest pan we reviewed, but also the cheapest. TeChef has named this pan a part of its infinity collection, which includes some strange and unique grill pans. This Korean brand has focused on a small but robust non-stick pan for basic, everyday frying use.
Small but mighty!
According to the manufacturer, this is an extra-heavy gauge aluminum core with a stainless steel base. Thus, like all of our pans so far, it can be used on any type of stovetop, including induction. We agree that this is a heavy-duty pan – at eight inches across and three inches deep, it’s small but still weighs nearly two pounds.
Because of the smaller size, this pan heats up quickly and distributes heat really well so that there are no cold spots anywhere on the pan.
Maybe not the safest option?
The coating is a Teflon stone coating, which includes powdered ceramic for strength and durability. It doesn’t look like anything would scratch this pan, but we still recommend keeping away from metal utensils as a rule. The coating is PFOA-free, but we suspect there are PTFEs in there as the manufacturer hasn’t stated otherwise.
This little pan is slick. Try as we might, we couldn’t get anything to stick to it. Clean up was really easy, again with just soap and water, or even a wet cloth. While the depth of this little pan gives it a good volume and makes cooking easy, we wish its matching lid was included, rather than sold separately.
Get a grip…
On the other hand, it’s very well-balanced, and the comfortable handle has a special grip to protect your hand from slipping down toward the hot pan surface.
- Good weight and great handle.
- Excellent non-stick performance.
- A bit on the small side.
- Lid not included.
7 Woo Boreine: Nonstick Frying Pan – Best Budget Large Stone Frying Pan
Size: 11 inch diameter, 3 inches depth
Woo Boreine brings us a larger stoneware pan, which is one of the cheapest on our list. This 11 inch pan has a depth of three inches, which gives it quite a large volume and makes it easy to cook large meals or lots of sauce.
More cooking area…
This pan has a bit of an odd shape. The curve from the bottom up to the walls is quite sharp. The benefit of this shape is that it stretches out the diameter of the bottom of the pan and gives you a bigger cooking area. However, this makes it a lot harder to flip food over by scooping up under it, or by doing the pancake flick of the wrist.
What is really unusual about this pan is that it has left and right side molded spouts for easy pouring if you’ve made sauce or even stew.
What’s it made from?
As with all of our pans so far, this has an aluminum core and a stainless steel bottom, so it can be used on induction stoves.
Weighing in at about 3.7 pounds, this is a fairly hefty pan as well. The cooking surface is covered in a powdered granite non-stick coating, though unfortunately, there’s no information from the manufacturer on whether this coating contains PFOAs or PTFEs.
Keep your cool…
The pan is finished off with a fake-look-wood handle made from Bakelite, or heat resistant plastic. This handle stays cool while cooking, though unfortunately, it keeps the pan from being oven safe.
Performance-wise, the pan did well, releasing eggs with the slightest nudge and wiping clean easily. We wish it came with a lid as well.
- Good size and weight.
- Good-performing non-stick surface.
- Coating may contain PFOAs and PTFEs.
- No lid included.
8 Swiss Diamond: Induction Series Nonstick Fry Pan – Best Premium Stone Frying Pan
Size: 8 inch diameter, 1.57 inches depth
From one of the cheapest pans, we move on to the most expensive pan in our review.
The Induction Series Non-stick Fry Pan gets close to $100 and is also the smallest pan we’ve looked at. Smallest and most expensive?
It must be the best, right?
Well, this little pan does have some great features. It’s made of an aluminum core and a stainless steel bottom, just like all the other pans we’ve seen. Its handle is made from heat-resistant plastic that stays cool when cooking. Unlike some of the other handles we’ve seen, this one is oven safe. This pan can be baked in the oven at up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
One special feature of this handle is that it’s attached without interior rivets on the inside of the pan. This means you get a smooth surface all over the pan and easier clean-up.
Three times the coating…
The coating here is a triple-coating of non-stick, diamond powder reinforced stoneware coating. Honestly, it looks bomb-proof, and the manufacturer claims it can be used with metal utensils with no concern about scratches. On the other hand, while this coating is free of PFOAs, it does use PTFEs. This may be a concern for some buyers.
At nearly two pounds, this is heavy for a small pan. It heats evenly but heats up a bit slowly. The non-stick surface is excellent, releasing food very easily and cleaning up with minimum effort.
We did notice was that this pan is only recognized by the smallest induction burner on our stove. It wouldn’t activate the bigger burners, likely due to the low iron content in the small stainless steel bottom.
- Excellent non-stick performance and easy clean-up.
- Great heat distribution.
- Contains PTFEs.
9 Zyliss: Cookware 8” and 11” Nonstick Fry Pan Set – Best Budget Stone Cookware
Size: 8 inch diameter, 2 inch depth & 11 inch diameter, 3 inch depth
In case you were hoping for another pan set in our stone cookware review, we’ve got one for you right here! Zyliss brings us a combo deal with two pans for a very reasonable price. You get an eight inch and an 11 inch pan, which allows you to cook small or big dishes as needed.
As usual, these are aluminum pans with stainless bottoms for use with induction stovetops. These two pans are triple-coated in a non-stick surface reinforced with what the company calls their “ultimate ceramic coating”.
However, this coating doesn’t seem like it will be all that durable. We found that food stuck a bit to these pans, but even eggs could be moved with a little suggestion from a spatula. However, there were patches where the coating was a bit rough, and we worry that these areas might make food stick and burn in the future.
But there’s a catch…
The pans are also lightweight, and while this might sound like a bonus to the less muscular of chefs, it does make for a serious problem. The heating on these pans, especially the larger one, was really uneven. The middle gets much hotter than the sides, and this can lead to food burning or unevenly cooking.
On the plus side, these pans can go into the oven up to 356°F and are free of PFOAs. On the negative, we don’t know if they’re PTFE-free, but we do know they don’t come with lids.
- Very cheap for two pans.
- May contain PTFEs.
- No lids.
- Heating is very uneven.
10 Carote: Non-stick Deep Frying Pan – Best Low Cost Stone Frying Pan
Size: 11 inch diameter, 3.5 inches depth
We’re down to the final pan on our list, which also happens to be one of the cheapest. Carote brings us their non-stick deep frying pan, which measures a healthy 11 inches in diameter and just over 3.5 inches deep. This gives a lot of volume for cooking big dishes.
An interesting design…
The shape of this pan is more like a wok than a frying pan. The interior diameter is much smaller than the outside as the edges curve up quite a bit. This means that you get a good volume, but the cooking surface, for things like pancakes or searing meat, is actually closer to around eight inches.
This pan also has left, and right side spouts for easy pouring, which we appreciate. And it also comes with a well-fitting lid! This glass and stainless lid has a Bakelite handle on top and does fit well; however, the pouring spouts allow a lot of moisture to escape under the lid.
OK, for the oven…
This pan is oven safe up to 350°F. We think the wood-look Bakelite handles keep that temperature low. It could also be the coating, though, which is a non-stick ceramic powder coating that includes PTFEs but no PFOA.
The non-stick performance here is good. Our fried eggs released with the slightest nudge of a spatula, and other foods didn’t stick at all. Clean up with soap and warm water is equally good. In fact, the manufacturer practically challenges you to put this pan in the dishwasher, which shows a healthy confidence in the durability of the coating. We just hope it actually holds up!
- Includes a lid!
- Good non-stick performance and easy clean-up.
- Small bottom surface area for a large pan.
- Coating includes PTFEs.
Best Stone Cookware Buyers Guide
When you’re looking for the best quality stoneware available, there are hundreds of products to choose from. But how can you tell which ones will keep their non-stick and durable surfaces over the long term?
So, let’s look at the main features to look for in a stoneware pan…
A stoneware pan should have a coating that releases food easily so that nothing really sticks to it and burns on. Non-stick coatings allow for easy clean-up. They should be easily wiped clean or, at worst, soaked in a bit of soapy water before sponging off completely.
These surfaces must be durable. Regular cooking and use of wooden or silicone utensils should not cause the surfaces to scratch or degrade. The surfaces should also be smooth and regular. Any irregularities or bumps could cause food to catch, stick, and burn on. Then to get it off, scrubbing may damage the surface.
You don’t want that!
Pan size isn’t everything, but we definitely can’t say that it doesn’t matter!
A small eight inch pan is good for cooking small items like fried eggs or searing steaks. These smaller pans generally heat up evenly because they are in contact with the whole burner, as opposed to larger pans, which rely on conduction to distribute heat to the far sides.
At the same time, large pans (10+ inches) give you the ability to cook large meals. Big bottoms can let you fry flat foods like pancakes and crepes and also let you cook more than one type of food in the same pan to save time.
Deep pans are great for big dishes, sauces, and stews. Shallow pans make it easier to get to your food and flip it with your utensils.
An oven-safe pan is simply one that can go from the stovetop to the oven without warping or having its handle melt. An example is searing a steak on the stove then baking it to the desired tenderness.
Most pans will state clearly what temperature they can withstand. Exceed these warnings at your own risk!
Lids make pans much more effective for cooking. Glass lids are great for speeding up cooking while allowing you to check how far along things are. We think a good pan has to have a lid to make it worthwhile.
At this point in time, any good pan on the market should be free from PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). This chemical causes environmental damage and can increase rates of cholesterol, hypertension, and some cancers.
PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene – try saying that three times fast!) is still widely used in the non-stick coating industry. This coating is very durable and extremely non-stick, but it can break down at high temperatures (past 482 °F) and may be hazardous to health if inhaled.
If you keep your pans below this temperature, you shouldn’t expect any problems with the coating breaking down or causing health problems.
However, many consumers would simply rather avoid these chemicals.
Looking for more high-quality cookware choices?
Then it’s worth checking out our reviews of the Best Ceramic Cookware Sets, our Best Granite Cookware Reviews, the Best Cookware for Gas Stoves, our Best Scanpan Reviews, the Best Carbon Steel Pans, or the Best Red Copper Pans on the market in 2023.
You might also enjoy our informative Greenlife Soft Grip Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Review, our in-depth Cuisinart 77 11G Chefs Classic Stainless 11 Piece Cookware Set Review, as well as our Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Review.
So, what is the Best Stone Cookware?
After taking a good look at all of these stoneware pans, it is now time to make a decision on the best stoneware for your kitchen.
Because it performed so well in both the non-stick and clean-up departments, and because it’s affordable, big, cooks evenly, and comes with a lid, we chose the…
Koch Systeme CS: Granite Skillet with Lid
This durable 12 inch pan should last for years and allow you to cook with ease without extra fats and oils.
Whichever stoneware pan you choose, we hope you get great value out of it and really enjoy your culinary experiences!