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Cookware Materials

The right materials make all the difference in cooking. When shopping for cookware, start by considering what and how you'd like to cook. Knowing this will help you choose the right cookware material to achieve the best results.

Shop our guide to cookware materials and find the right surface for you.

Stainless Steel

A good all round cookware material that can be used for a variety of purposes.

  • Great for browning, searing, simmering, and sauteing
  • Very responsive to temperature changes
  • Lightweight, durable and non-reactive
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 Uncoated  Cast Iron

Uncoated Cast Iron

Can withstand very high heat and, once seasoned, is naturally non-stick.

  • Ideal for hot, fast cooking
  • Also effective at lower temperatures as it holds heat well
  • Durable and long lasting, especially when seasoned regularly
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 Coated  Cast Iron

Coated Cast Iron

Easy to clean, doesn’t need to be seasoned, and doesn’t hold odours or flavours.

  • Ideal for low, slow cooking, like stewing and baking
  • Heats up slowly and evenly
  • Best material for retaining heat
  • Very thick, sturdy, and durable
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 Copper

Copper

Most efficient conductor of heat, providing an evenly heated surface without hot spots.

  • Great with quick temperature changes, like when simmering or searing
  • Heats up rapidly and evenly, cools down quickly
  • Allows for maximum temperature control
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 Non-Stick  Coated

Non-Stick Coated

Allows cooking with little to no fat and is very easy to clean.

  • Works best for medium heat cooking, especially eggs and pancakes
  • Coating prevents food from sticking
  • A good choice for preparing low fat meals
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 Carbon  Steel

Carbon Steel

Very durable yet lightweight, heats up rapidly, and can withstand high temperatures.

  • Perfect for searing, browning, and high heat frying
  • Maintains its temperature well
  • Seasoning creates a lasting non-stick surface
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 Ceramic  Coated

Ceramic Coated

Considered to be the superior choice in healthy non-stick cooking surface options.

  • Ideal for sauteing, frying and simmering on low to medium heat
  • PTFE and PFOA free, non-reactive and non-toxic
  • Requires only a little oil or butter to keep food from sticking
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 Stoneware

Stoneware

Type of ceramic cookware with added glass vitreous material that makes it strong.

  • Great for low to medium heat oven cooking, like roasting and baking
  • Hygienic surface that retains even temperatures
  • Generally non-stick, so is easy to clean
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Compare Cookware Materials

A table showing the difference between cookware materials
Stainless Steel
Uncoated Cast Iron
Coated Cast Iron
Copper
Non-stick Coated
Carbon Steel
Ceramic Coated
Better for high heat Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Better for med/low heat No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Requires minimal fat No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Quick temperature response Yes No No Yes - Yes -
Even heat distribution Yes Yes Yes Yes - Yes -
Good heat retention No Yes Yes No No Yes No
Non-reactive surface Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
Requires seasoning No Yes No No No Yes No
Scratch resistant Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Durable Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Lightweight Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metal utensil safe Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Dishwasher safe Yes No Not recommended No Not recommended No Not recommended

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From full cookware sets, casseroles and pots, to copper frying pans and ceramic saucepans, we've got you covered.

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