The Truth About Caraway Cookware After Using It for 2+ Years (Unbiased Review)


I’ve been using Caraway cookware for the past two years, and in this review, I’m gonna tell  you the good, the bad, and everything in between. Let’s get started. Prudent Reviews. Hi I’m Andrew with Prudent Reviews where we help you find the best products for your home.  And in this video, I’m going to break down the pros and cons of Caraway cookware.

You’ll learn  how it looks and feels, how it performs in the kitchen, and what i like and dislike about it.  I’ll also address whether the cookware is actually safer and healthier for you  like Caraway claims. Unlike most cookware reviews, I’m not evaluating Caraway after taking it out of  the box and using it for a month. Caraway sent me this pan over two years ago and I’ve been using  it almost every week since then.

Before we get started, if you’ve used Caraway pots and pans,  let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

Caraway’s main value proposition is that their products are better for you  and better for the planet. But this message can be slightly deceiving. Let me explain.  Caraway cookware is made with a heavy gauge aluminum base free of lead cadmium and other  toxic metals. Unlike most non-stick cookware that has a PTFE more commonly known as Teflon coating,  Caraway’s interior and exterior are coated in a proprietary mineral-based ceramic coating.

  Ceramic non-stick cookware like Caraway became popular in the early 2000s due to fears over  toxic chemicals such as PFOA being used in the manufacturing process of traditional non-stick  coatings. While valid at the time, these fears are no longer relevant. Long story short, in 2006 the  environmental protection agency and the biggest manufacturers of non-stick coating worked together  to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals in the material. And by 2013, they accomplished that  goal. So all non-stick cookware manufactured since 2013 is free of PFOA and is considered  completely safe.

The one risk with traditional Teflon-coated non-stick pans is overheating.  If you expose the coating to temperatures over 500 degrees fahrenheit for several minutes,  the material will release fumes that can give you temporary flu-like symptoms.

That said,  authorities like the American Cancer Society clearly state, “there are no proven risks to  humans from using cookware coated with teflon or other non-stick surfaces”. So Caraway’s claim  that their cookware is safer is valid, but only if you misuse Teflon-coated non-stick cookware  and overheat it for several minutes. If you’re still concerned about the safety of non-stick  cookware and the only reason you’re planning on buying Caraway is because you believe it’s safer,  I’ll link to the latest research on this topic in the description of this video.

Now let’s get into the pros and cons starting with what I like about Caraway. Without a doubt,  this cookware is attractive. It has a modern design and comes in several colors including navy,  sage, red, gold, gray, and cream. The steel plate contrasts nicely with the colorful exterior,  and the light gray interior allows you to monitor browning and font development better than  typically dark colored non-stick coatings. The handle is rounded and super comfortable, but it’s  not too round so you don’t have to worry about it slipping in your hand when you tilt or pour.

  The handle is made with mirrored stainless steel and the middle is hollow, which disperses heat and  allows the handle to stay cool. The handle does get hot as you get closer to the pan,  but there’s a small bump on the underside to warn you to keep your hands away from the heat.  Unlike many non-stick pans, Caraway is heavy and sturdy. The 10-inch frying pan weighs almost  3 pounds. Most aluminum 10 inch pans weigh around 2 pounds.

The aluminum base is thick,  which helps prevent warping and distributes heat evenly.

Speaking of heating, I tested Caraway  against several other non-stick pans of equal size to determine the speed and evenness of heating.  I poured two cups of cold water into each pan place them on the same size burner and set  the heat to high the goal was to see how fast the water boiled and how evenly the bubbles dispersed.  At 2 minutes and 26 seconds, Caraway was one of the fastest pans to boil the water and there  were no signs of hot or cold spots; the bubbles were completely even across the cooking surface.  Caraway performs well in real world tests.

It cooks even and maintains its temperature when  you put cold ingredients in the pan.

And, in the beginning, food slides around and releases  with ease, making cleanup simple and easy. In a minute, I’ll explain how the performance changes  over time. Unlike most non-stick pans, which, as I mentioned, need to be used on lower heat,  Caraway is oven-safe up to 550 degrees fahrenheit. You don’t have to worry about the coating  degrading or harmful fumes releasing if you accidentally overheat it.

The Truth About Caraway Cookware After Using It for 2+ Years (Unbiased Review)

Lastly, it’s compatible  with all cooktops. Most aluminum non-stick cookware won’t work on induction, but Caraway  pans have a magnetic steel plate bonded to the bottom making them compatible with all cooktops.

There’s a lot to like about Caraway, but there are some downsides. Here’s what I  dislike. My biggest complaint about Caraway and ceramic-coated cookware in general is that it  performs great at first but it loses its non-stick properties much sooner than traditional non-stick  cookware.

After about five months, I noticed eggs and other delicate foods starting to stick,  and it’s gotten worse and worse since then. My second biggest complaint is that the exterior  paint comes off very easily. The pan looks amazing when you first get it, but after about a month,  you’ll notice small chips in the paint, which get worse over time. These could come from utensils,  accidentally rubbing the pan across cast iron stove grates, or any other contact with hard  objects. Also, when oil or food spills over the sides, it sticks to the exterior and pulls  the paint off when you clean it.

So, as good as Caraway looks online or when you first get it,  don’t expect that to last very long.

On a similar note, the interior also gets scratched and damaged  relatively easily. You need to be really careful when cooking and cleaning. Avoid overheating,  cooking with metal utensils, and cleaning in the dishwasher. There’s a reason why you’ll never see  this type of cookware in a commercial kitchen; it’s not the most durable.

The sides of the pan  are straight, which helps contain ingredients, but without flared rims it’s harder to pour liquids or  slide food from the pan to a plate. This could be a pro or a con depending on how you plan to  use the pan most often. If you plan on broiling, you’ll have to use another type of pan because  Caraway doesn’t offer any broiler-safe cookware. Ceramic cookware brands, including Caraway,  use fear-mongering and outdated information to pitch their cookware as safer and healthier.  The truth is that, since 2013, all reputable non-stick cookware brands follow FDA and health  protocols and manufacture without PFOA or any other toxic chemicals.

So yes, Caraway cookware  is safe, but it’s not any safer than other non-stick cookware unless you severely overheat  it. Caraway’s manufacturing process releases up to 60% less CO2 into the environment compared to  traditional non-stick pans. However, given these pans lose their non-stick properties quicker and  have shorter lifespans, you’ll end up needing to replace these pans more often which creates  more production and more waste. Caraway cookware is made in China, which isn’t inherently bad, but  if you’re looking for locally sourced and locally made cookware, you’ll have to find another brand.  I’ll link to my guide to the best cookware made in the USA in the description of this video.

Lastly,  this cookware is expensive, especially considering it’s only going to last a couple years.  You can buy cookware of similar construction for about half the price.  If you’re looking for an alternative, consider brands like GreenPan and GreenLife. Caraway is an emerging cookware brand with a growing fan base. But is it the right cookware  for you?

If you’re set on buying ceramic non-stick cookware, Caraway is one of the best brands to  buy. It’s got a modern design, thick and sturdy aluminum base, high heat tolerance, and heats  quickly and evenly. However, the claims that their cookware is safer and more environmentally  friendly are only partially true despite the prominence of them in the brand’s advertising.  I know a lot of people really love their Caraway cookware, but I’m not a huge fan of ceramic coated  non-stick; therefore, I would not recommend this brand. Traditional Teflon-coated non-stick  cookware lasts longer, performs better, and is just as safe.

Plus, most traditional non-stick  cookware is cheaper than Caraway. There are a ton of alternatives to choose from, but my top picks  for non-stick cookware are Made In, Misen, and All-Clad HA1.

In the description of this video,  I’ll link to my full review of Caraway plus my reviews of Made In, Misen, and All-Clad. I’ll  also add affiliate links to the products I talked about in this video so you can compare the current  prices of Caraway versus these other brands that i mentioned. If you click on those links and buy  I’ll earn a commission but at no extra cost to you.

Read More: Made In vs. All-Clad: My Unbiased Comparison After Testing Both for 3+ Years

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