Are you considering granite cookware to replace or compliment your existing sets? If you are, it’s best to be well-informed before you buy a set.
There are a lot of granite cookware in the market today, some better than others. So, we’ve taken the guesswork out for you and left you with only the best granite cookware brands. Everything from safety, ease of use, and efficiency were taken into account in our reviews.
We’ll also be answering questions like the ones below to help you make an informed purchase.
- What benefits and drawbacks can granite cookware bring to your kitchen?
- Is graniteware safely nonstick?
- How do you care for granite cookware?
Now, let’s get started.
What Is Granite Cookware?
Granite cookware, or simply graniteware, is a type of enamelware. Despite what its name suggests, it is not made from granite and is only named as such for its mottled or speckled appearance.
It was first used in Germany in the late 1700s when the process of fusing glass coating to a metal base using high temperatures of about 2000°F was invented. At that time, it was used on cast iron pieces to give them a smoother texture. Its popularity spread to Europe before finally reaching the US.
Nowadays, the glass coating or porcelain enamel is applied on an aluminum alloy, carbon steel or stainless steel core. It results in a glossy surface that is inert and non-porous. Compared to older graniteware which were thick and heavy due to the cast iron core, modern ones are lighter and thinner.
The Pros and Cons of Using Granite Cookware
- Granite cookware does not rust.
- The porcelain coating is inert. As such, it won’t react to acidic foods.
- Quality granite cookware are free from harmful chemicals like PTFE, PFOA, lead, and cadmium.
- Aluminum or carbon steel cores are good conductors of heat, allowing you to cook faster.
- Compared to cast iron cookware, graniteware are lighter.
- Its smooth and glossy surface is not only pleasing to look at but easy to clean too.
- Granite cookware do not need to be seasoned to be nonstick.
- Unlike old granite cookware which have excellent heat retention, modern ones have thinner cores that result in poor heat retention.
- The coating of graniteware is delicate and prone to chipping.
- This type of cookware is not as nonstick as Teflon-coated pans or properly seasoned cast iron skillets. It does prevent food from sticking but you’ll get better results if you use a small amount of oil.
Is Granite Cookware Safe?
Each brand is different, though in general, granite cookware are a lot safer and healthier than other cookware, many of which may contain PFOA, lead, and cadmium.
Having said that, some granite cookware still use PTFE for its non sticky coating due to its superior performance. If you own a granite pan that isn’t 100% free from PTFE, you can still protect your health simply by limiting your cooking temperature to medium (350ºC or below). Above that temperature, PTFE starts to degrade and is released into the air.
Another safety issue with granite cookware is the possibility of the enamel coating chipping. Once chipped, you run the risk of bits of ceramic getting into your foods, which obviously isn’t a good idea. Dispose of the damaged graniteware right away.
Is Granite Cookware Nonstick?
Unlike what some manufacturers would like you to believe, granite cookware are not as nonstick as Teflon or seasoned cast iron skillets. But, it does resist food from sticking provided that you use a bit of oil and use the right temperature for cooking.
Factors to Consider when Buying Granite Cookware
The granite cookware that are available in the market today are not all equal. Aside from quality, there are certain features that you want to have in your new cookware.
First, of course, is safety. Look for granite cookware that is PTFE and PFOA free. The same goes for cadmium and lead.
If your granite cookware does contain PTFE, limit your cooking temperature to medium heat (below 300ºC) to prevent the coating from becoming unstable and potentially toxic.
Some granite cookware aren’t compatible with glass and induction cooktops. So, if you use either of the two, make sure to check if the product is compatible with them.
If you’re planning on using your granite cookware to bake or roast, make sure to check if it is oven-safe. There could be temperature limitations due to the material of the handle.
Depending on whether you’re fine with using silicon holders or mitts all the time, you might want to see if your graniteware has stay-cool handles.
Look for something with at least a 12-month warranty. Make sure to read the fine print. For some companies, using steel utensils can void the warranty.
The 5 Best Granite Cookware for Health, Performance, and Value
Health Check: PTFE, PFOA, lead, and cadmium-free
Core: Aluminum alloy
Oven-Friendly: Oven-safe up to 350°.
Cooktop Compatibility: All types of cooktops including induction, glass & gas
Average Weight: 3.73 pounds
Place of Production: China
Pieces: 1-piece 11-inch fry pan (also available 5-quart stock pot, 7-inch saucepan, 9.5-inch fry pan, 11-inch saute pan)
Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
MasterPan Granite Pan Quick Review
We love the MasterPan Granite Fry Pan for its versatility. Not only is it suitable for all types of cooktop, but you can also put it straight into your oven to continue cooking your food. Plus, it’s energy-efficient and time-saving since it heats up really well with its aluminum body.
What really makes this granite cookware shine above the rest is the fact that it’s free from all major forms of toxic materials, from PTFE, PFOA, lead, to cadmium. The pan is also warp free, so you don’t have to worry about it changing shape due to quick changes in temperature (such as plunging the pan into cold water).
The one drawback for us is its weight- at close to 4 pounds, it’s heavier than most granite pans, though luckily the pan includes a helper handle that lets you lift up the pan using both hands.
All in all, the MasterPan will allow you to cook healthy meals in style with its contemporary look. The black-gray granite pan is complemented well by its long, stainless steel handle.
Health Check: PTFE, APEO, PFOA, lead, and cadmium-free
Core: Aluminum alloy
Cooktop Compatibility: Gas, halogen ,electric, glass and induction
Dishwasher-Safe: Washing by hand recommended
Average Weight: 2 pounds
Place of Production: China
Pieces: 1-piece 11-inch pan (also available in 8-inch)
Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
WaxonWare Granite Pan Quick Review
The WaxonWare Granite series is one of the most durable granite pans you’ll come across, wrapped in 5 layers of natural non stick layers that are free from all major types of chemicals.
Let’s start with the health benefits. Unlike some granite cookware that still contain PTFE, WaxonWare is 100% PFOA, PTFE, Lead, and cadmium free. This means even at extremely high temperatures, there is no risks of toxic fumes and chemicals leeching into your foods or the air.
The WaxonWare cookware is also durable. Very durable. The hardened aluminum alloy center virtually eliminates warping, keeping your pan in the same shape for many years to come. Trust me when I say there’s nothing more frustrating than a warped pan that always pools the oil around the edges of the pan.
If you own an induction stove, you’ll be happy to know the WaxonWare pan works with on it as well thanks to the electromagnetic induction bottom that helps distribute heat evenly across the entire surface of the pan. Sadly it’s not oven safe, however.
See the WaxonWare Stone-Derived Granite Pan in action in the video below.
Health Check: PTFE and PFOA-free
Oven-Friendly: Yes, with some limitations. The lids are only safe up to 300°F while the pans, 375°F.
Cooktop Compatibility: Works for most types of cooktops including glass. Not induction-compatible.
Dishwasher-Safe: Hand washing recommended.
Average Weight: 1.6 pounds
Place of Production: Italy
Pieces: 10 pieces (also available in a 7-piece set)
- 8″ fry pan
- 10″ fry pan
- 1.5-qt saucepan with lid
- 2.8-qt saucepan with lid
- 2.9-qt saute pan with lid
- 4.8-qt dutch oven with lid
Warranty: Full lifetime warranty
Ballarini Granite Cookware Quick Review
If you cook a lot and prefer having a full set of granite cookware, check out this 10-piece set by Ballarini. From a frying pan for searing steaks to a dutch oven for your favorite stew, this set has your back. You can even use them for baking, provided that they don’t exceed the temperatures listed above.
The Ballarini is so heat-efficient that for most dishes, you’ll only need to use low to medium heat. Of course, it’s nonstick, so you can cook healthier meals for your family.
We love the addition of the Thermopoint handles as well. They are heat-sensitive, so they turn red when the pan is hot enough for cooking. Then, when it turns green, you know that it’s cool enough for washing.
We are extremely pleased with this graniteware set and, so far, do not have any complaints. The two critical reviews on Amazon are from defective items, and you have the full lifetime warranty for that.
Overall, this is a very good deal for a granite cookware set that will last you for years with proper care.
If you’re wondering how the Thermopoint function works, check out this video:
Health Check: APEO, PFOA, NMP, and NEP-free
Oven-Friendly: Yes, up to 446°F.
Cooktop Compatibility: Compatible with all cooktop types including glass and induction.
Dishwasher-Safe: Hand washing by recommended.
Average Weight: 2.4 pounds
Place of Production: Coating is made in Germany, but assembly is done in China.
Pieces: 1-piece 10-inch pan (also available in 8-inch and 12-inch)
Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty
Ozeri Granite Frying Pan Quick Review
The Ozeri Stone Earth Granite Frying Pan is a very popular choice for graniteware lovers. The German-made coating makes it possible to cook dishes using minimal oil without sticking. Of course, this makes clean up a breeze too.
Attached by three rivets to the pan, the handle is very sturdy. It stays cool when the pan is in use as well since it’s silicon-coated.
Just like the MasterPan, this Ozeri Granite Pan is very versatile. Aside from being oven-safe, the magnetized base makes it suitable for induction cooktops. And, as long as you don’t move the pan too much while cooking, you can use this on your glass cooktop without fear of scratching the surface.
The main shortcoming of the Ozeri pan is that is is NOT PTFE free. This doesn’t immediately mean you’ll die a slow death with the pan, however. PTFE is stable at low to medium temperatures, and only becomes a health hazard at around 350ºC. Just to be extra cautious, just keep your cooking temperature to below 300ºC, or opt for one of the other granite cookware above.
All in all, the Ozeri is a great granite pan with one of the best non stick performances we’ve come across thanks to the German made coating. Sadly it’s not PTFE free, meaning no ultra high heat cooking.
Health Check: PFOA-free
Oven-Friendly: Oven-safe up to 500°F.
Cooktop Compatibility: Suitable for most cooktop types including induction.
Average Weight: 1.2 pounds
Place of Production: Not indicated
Pieces: 5-piece set
- 8.5-inch frying pan
- 10.25-inch frying pan with lid
- 2-quart pot with lid
Warranty: Not indicated
GraniteStone Granite Cookware Quick Review
Last, but not least, we recommend giving the 5-piece GraniteStone Set a try if you’re looking for a middle ground between a single fry pan and the 10-piece Ballerini. It combines performance, versatility, and durability in a very good deal.
In our three months of use, the pans and pot are holding out really well. It’s still nonstick, and you can cook healthy meals with minimal oil. The cookware are on the thin side, so they don’t retain heat well. But, they do heat up fairly quickly.
At the same time, we’re pleased that there’s very little cleanup involved. There was even a time when we accidentally burned some food and it all came off easily when we washed the pan.
The GraniteStone works on all types of cooktop aside from being oven-friendly. You have the option to first sear the meat on your cooktop before continuing to roast it in your oven. The result? Juicier steaks and less cookware to clean.
Like the Ozeri granite pan above, the GraniteStone cookware is unfortunately not PTFE free. However, as mentioned, as long as you limit your cooking temperatures to medium heat, there is little risk of the chemical getting into your food or the air (PTFE becomes unstable at
All in all, for a fraction of the cost of other 5-piece sets, the GraniteStone provides great value for your money. Plus, the pans are lightweight, so they’re easy to maneuver even for people with weak wrists.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Maintain My Granite Cookware?
Since the porcelain coating of graniteware is quite fragile, you have to take special care to extend the life of granite cookware. Here are some tips that can help you.
- Refrain from using steel kitchen utensils when cooking with granite cookware since it can damage the coating. Instead, opt for wooden or silicone kitchen utensils.
- Do not stack your granite cookware. Direct contact with each pot and pan can scratch the porcelain finish. If you don’t have a lot of space, you can insert a paper napkin between the stacked pans to protect the coating.
- Prevent dropping or bumping your granite cookware against hard surfaces. If you accidentally drop your granite pan and the interior coating gets chipped, dispose of the damaged pan right away.
- When cooking with your granite cookware, only heat the pan up to medium-high heat to better preserve the non stick coating.
- Using a small amount of oil when cooking can make the nonstick coating last longer. This is especially important if you’re using high-heat cooking techniques like searing and stir-frying.
Are Granite Cookware Dishwasher-Safe?
Though some companies claim that their granite cookware are dishwasher-safe, we still recommend hand washing to preserve the nonstick coating.
- Most of the time, warm water and mild soap are enough to clean graniteware. For those times when there’s hard to remove grime, leave the pan to soak for a few minutes before washing.
- Burned food can be frustrating to remove. To remove them without harming the finish of your graniteware, place your pan on the stove and add some water and baking soda. Let this simmer for 1 minute while gently nudging the stubborn grime with your wooden spatula. Proceed to wash as usual.
- If there are still some burned food left, make a paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Wet the pan and apply the paste. Use a soft sponge to scrub the stains before washing.
- You can add coarse salt to the baking soda paste if you still find it hard to remove the stain.
You can also watch the video below to get a better idea of how to clean your granite cookware. Video
What Makes Granite Cookware Better Than Seasoned Cast Iron?
Unlike cast iron, granite cookware do not require seasoning to be nonstick. They are lighter as well, and more suitable for people who can’t lift heavy cookware.
Is Granite Cookware Suitable for High-Heat Cooking?
Using really high heat to cook can shorten the lifespan of your granite cookware. If you’re used to cooking with such techniques, there are more suitable types of cookware for high-heat cooking.This includes cast iron, stainless steel, and carbon steel.
The good news is, you can use graniteware for high-heat cooking techniques at medium-high heat. This is because they are, in general, very heat-efficient.
Can I Cook Acidic Dishes with Granite Cookware?
Since the porcelain coating is inert, you can cook acidic foods with granite cookware without worrying about your food changing color or taste.
Can I Fix Chipped Granite Cookware?
Unfortunately, there’s no way to fix a damaged surface. In fact, manufacturers discourage further use of damaged graniteware since the exposed steel core or chipped ceramic might leach into your food.
If your granite cookware is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, ask their customer service for a replacement.
Can I Use Granite Cookware with My Induction Stove?
The answer is, it depends. Induction-compatible cookware have a magnetic base like cast iron or magnetic stainless steel. Otherwise, the cookware won’t work on your induction stove.
That said, some granite cookware can be used on induction cooktops. To be sure, check the label, list of features, or ask the company’s customer support if their graniteware is suitable for induction stoves.
To Put It Simply…
Granite cookware is one of your best bets if you’re aiming for a much healthier alternate to teflon for nonstick cooking. Here are a few key points:
- There’s no need to spend a lot of elbow grease just to clean your cookware.
- You can cook healthy meals with minimal oil while also saving time and energy.
- Nonstick cooking can be completely safe with the right granite cookware.
If you’re ready to experience these things, then it’s time for you to change to granite cookware. Just pick your favorite among the top 5 granite cookware brands that we’ve listed above, and join the thousands of people who have made the switch to graniteware.