This is Our Pick for Best Porcelain Cookware

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in Cookware

Porcelain pots are really a dream come true. After all, it’s nice and safe to use, and you don’t have to worry about the harsh chemicals found in plastics or even some metals.

It goes the extra mile in terms of durability and helps you make all your favorite foods with ease.

Above all else, it looks really pretty sitting on your table, waiting for your family or guests to dig in. You really can’t go wrong with our picks for some fun and functional porcelain cookware.

Reviewing 4 of the Best Porcelain Cookware Set

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Paula Deen Signature Collection

This set is really great if you have young cooks that don’t always keep it super neat when they are in the kitchen.

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Rachel Ray Cucina Cookware Set

This set would be nice for a wedding gift or for somebody who just needs a better set of pots and pans.

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Finhomy Hard Porcelain Set

This set provides service for 2-6 people. It would be ideal for a small family or a young married couple.

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Ayesha Curry Non-stick Porcelain Set

Get this set if you want an excellent product that will serve your family for years as long as you take care of them.

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This review is aimed at giving you the best information when it comes to choosing your porcelain cookware set. We have picked our top 4 from the very best, and given honest reviews on each product.

* Paula Deen Signature Collection

As a child who spent a whole month at her grandparents’ house in Kentucky every summer, including college, I have a bias for all things southern. That being said, I used to enjoy Paula Deen’s television show, and her cookware is no exception. She makes some really high-quality porcelain non-stick cookware, and it even looks good, too!

The set we got for testing is the Blueberry Speckle model of this cookware set, but you can really choose any color you like. The Butter Yellow is a nice sunny color, and the Red Speckle is also lovely too.

The first impression you get looking at these is a happy one, and the speckle feature is such a nice touch. It looks a little old-fashioned and rustic but still modern and up to date.

Any home cook would love these!

This is an item from Paula Deen’s Signature collection, so it’s all stuff she has personally approved. The cookware can be used up to 350 degrees F for your convenience. And let’s not forget about the handles-they’re accented with copper and do not make your hands hot when you touch them. The rings on the handles are great if you have a place to hang the pots after use.

You get 1- and 2-quart covered saucepans, a 6-quart covered saucepot, a 2 and ¾ quart covered sauté, 10 inch and 8-inch skillets, and a five-piece measuring spoon set! The value is really great for the amount of stuff you get inside. And remember, these are a name brand that is respected by amateurs and professionals alike.

So not only do you get a stylish set of pots and pans, but you also get some serious durability. That I can appreciate-after all I do have two kids who love to have their friends over, plus a husband that eats like a horse!

The material is aluminum, and I found that the pots heated up quickly and also evenly. I did not have to worry about making homemade spaghetti sauce in these – of course, you have to stand there and stir the pot while it is cooking, but these did give me a little wiggle room here and there.

It’s also non-stick, so you can minimize the amount of butter/spray that you use. I can honestly say the non-stick is a godsend-my teen loves to try her hand at cooking eggs, French toast and other simple dishes for friends when they come over. When she forgets to use the butter or spray, this helps minimize the amount of wasted food.

So not only are these pots and pans durable, but they are constructed like a dream come true. They are super tough on the inside, but the outside is a nice enamel that cleans up easy and is stain resistant.

Again, it is really great if you have young cooks that don’t always keep it super neat when they are in the kitchen.  This cookware stands up to the tough stuff with no sweat. Just be sure to avoid using metal utensils so you don’t scratch the non-stick surface.

So, you can probably already tell I was very happy upon opening up these cookware items. Using them was also a joy, too – I made homemade spaghetti sauce the first night, and of course my daughter and her friends fared well making breakfast with them also. Everything turned out as good as can be. I was pleased with their performance.

Pros:

  • Stylish, cute cookware
  • Goes to 350 degrees F
  • Non-stick surfaces

Cons:

  • Some buyers indicate they are not dishwasher safe
  • Non-stick coating peeled fast for some users.
  • Saucepan lids do not fit on skillets

* Rachel Ray Cucina Cookware Set

Rachel Ray is a name that always makes me smile. I began watching her show by default because she is always on when I work-out at the local gym. Turns out she is much more than a chef – she’s also very stylish, too! Her cookware is nothing short of awesome, and I consider myself fortunate to have tried it out.

The set was a nice Cranberry Red and I felt happy just looking at it. You get 12 great pieces of cookware here for a great price-this would be nice for a wedding gift or for somebody who just needs a better set of pots and pans.

This enameled porcelain cookware looks good with their good, sturdy workmanship and their hard enamel exteriors. They are smooth and shiny, easy to clean, and the non-stick interiors feature a nice espresso finish, a nice warm change from the usual black we see.

Inside this set, you get a 1 quart and 3-quart covered saucepans, a 6-quart covered stockpot (which I LOVED) and two skillets, measuring 10 inches and 8.5 inches; and also, a 3-quart covered sauté pan, and a slotted turner and spoon to round it all out.

I also appreciated the dual riveted rubberized stainless-steel handles. They made the process of cooking easy and safe. Furthermore, the pots and pans are safe up to 400 degrees F, so don’t worry about putting them into the oven to keep food warm or what have you.

So, the durability of these pots and pans seemed pretty obvious. Now it was time for me to put them to the test.

I will start by saying I loved the stockpot the best. It is cold where we live right now-our home has a lot of snow thanks to last weekend’s storm. Therefore, it is beneficial to get everybody filled up with homemade soup for warmth and good health. I decided to make up some homemade chicken noodle soup inside the stock pot.

I began by sautéing the veggies inside the 10-inch skillet to soften them a bit before letting them simmer with the soup for a while, which was fine. I then cubed up and cooked the chicken on the stove before putting it into the pot with the broth. Now came my test-could I let this soup simmer for a while, or would the pot warp?

Only time would tell.

I let the soup simmer for an hour, using low to medium heat per the directions in the box. I stirred it occasionally to be sure nothing burnt. An hour later, my hungry family was slurping up soup and crushing crackers in it like nobody’s business. It turned out well, and the pot cleaned up nice and easily afterwards.

I also used egg noodles in my soup, they did not stick to the sides at all. And the lids-now the lids fit right onto the pot, so nothing leaks out. That was a huge value add.

Indeed, these are pots to be proud of. I liked how they worked, and how durable they were. The ability to set the pot and not worry about it warping was a good feature for me. We do not have a dishwasher, so I hand wash everything-but for those of you that DO have one, these are not dishwasher safe.  I also advise that you do not use metal utensils as this can scratch the non-stick surface.

Pros:

  • Looks lovely in your kitchen
  • 12 versatile pieces included in set
  • Lifetime Limited warranty included

Cons:

  • Use low to medium heat only
  • Color has come off of pots, report some users
  • Not dishwasher safe

* Finhomy Hard Porcelain Enamel Aluminum Cookware Set

OMG! The blue-teal color on these pots and pans had me basically wanting to jump for joy. They looked so cute and the curves on them are just so adorable. They remind me of something you might see out of Beauty and the Beast. I loved how they were designed. They really blend together form, function and style without a hitch.

The set comes with several great pieces. You get two covered porcelain saucepans (1 quart and 2 quart), one 6-quart stockpot, two skillets that measure 8 inches and 9.5 inches, and one 2.75-quart sauté pan. You also get a slotted turner and spoon. This provides service for 2-6 people. Get it for a family or get it for a young married couple-or, heck, get it for yourself.

So, it was time to put these things to the test.

I decided to go ahead and make spaghetti again in the spirit of uniformity, this way I’d have an equal comparison to the other Paula Deen set I’d tried out. Only this time, I was making enough spaghetti to feed my nice, nephew and brother in law, plus my sister. They’d come over after the movies hoping to catch up. I rose to the challenge with glee.

I went ahead and simmered my sauce ahead of time, letting it set on low and making sure to stir it occasionally to avoid splatter. I used the larger skillet to sauté some garlic and onions to add to the sauce, and that went very well.

Upon adding the garlic and onion mix to the large stockpot that held all the sauce, I set it and forget it. Again, my goal was to see if it warped or not. (The non-stick surface worked well for my garlic and onions, by the way!)

Finally, the time came to serve my family. I pulled out the garlic bread, laid out the salad, and brought in the stockpot holding the sauce. I put some on everybody’s plate and we all agreed it tasted pretty good! There were very few leftovers that evening, all eight of us were full and happy. I am grateful for a pot that can hold plenty of food and feed a big crowd with no concerns.

I liked that while I was making the sauce and onions/garlic I could enjoy the fast and even heating this pot set provided. It is also clear coated, so it is easy to clean and wipe down once you let it cool a bit. The non-stick coating is dual layered. This is a new generation of nonstick cookware that is going to change your life.

It lasts a good long time-uses report year after year of use-and you can take joy in the anti-abrasion, anti-scratch surface.  I still wouldn’t personally use metal utensils however, but that’s just me. Knowing that it is anti-scratch means you won’t have to worry about that non-stick coating getting in your food. Been there, done that, no thanks.

I also noticed that these pans are capable of high heat usage. I used them to make up some hard-boiled eggs for my kids as after school snacks, and they handled the boiling water like a pro.

You can use it in all cooking methods except induction, as it withstands up to 500 degrees F. I like that it is made of aluminum; this provides a lightweight but tough cookware material you can really put through the paces.

The construction is also nice and safe with the handles, too-you will not burn yourself while you hold these pots. The handles are created with stay-cool, soft silicone handles that are a pleasure to hold if you have to move the pot while cooking. And the tempered glass lids let you see what’s cooking all the time, without having to guess how it’s doing and letting out that valuable heat.

Altogether, I really like these pots – they aren’t a bad choice at all! The only thing I did not care for was that they are not dishwasher safe.

Pros:

  • Variety of great colors to choose
  • Good for beginners or cooks just starting out
  • Aluminum construction is lightweight and heats fast

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Skillet smaller than other skillets reviewed
  • Some users reported cookware arrived scratched.

* Ayesha Curry Non-stick Porcelain Enamel Cookware Set

Here is a pot and pan set that I can really get behind. I just loved the warm neutral colors that it comes in. You can get a color that matches nearly any kitchen color scheme. The Brown Sugar set I got for testing was a nice breath of fresh air. It reminded me of warmth and happiness, which cooking brings for many of us at home. (Well, most days anyway!)

This cookware set does not give you as many pieces as some of the others, but the quality really speaks for itself. Ayesha Curry has made an excellent product here, and it will serve your family for years as long as you take good care of them.

Instead of looking round and a little chubby, like the last set we reviewed, these pots are sleek and have a flared silhouette. I just love them because they look almost retro in a way, but still really stylish.

The surface, according to the manual, is diamond textured nonstick. There is also a stylish hard enamel porcelain exterior for easy cleanup. All stovetops except for induction can make use of these pots and pans.

One thing I did not care for about these pans, despite how stylish they are, is the fact that the double-riveted stainless-steel handles. The manual stated that they would get hot, and boy did they ever. I did not take any chances and made sure to use pot holders. Not a big deal, but definitely not the extra task I want added to my already busy cooking experience.

That being said, though, these pans were still pretty great for everyday use. They do withstand up to 500 degrees, and feature shatter-resistant glass (although I cannot vouch for this-I noticed that one user was holding a shattered glass lid in her hand while perusing some reviews).

That could have been some other lid she pulled out of the cupboard – we will never really know. But even though that is listed as a feature, I’d take it with a grain of salt.

You get nine nice pieces with this set.

You get a 1.5-quart covered saucepan, a 2-quart covered saucepan, a 5.5 quart covered Dutch oven, an 8.5-inch porcelain frying pan, and a 12-inch covered skillet.

I liked that this set included a Dutch oven, as this is necessary for making some dishes. I actually found a recipe for vegetarian ramen and made it right in the Dutch oven, it proved to be a great success and even my kids enjoyed it.

Part of the recipe involved filling a medium pot of water to a boil, and then heating some sesame oil along with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium to high heat in a Dutch oven.

After that, it was a matter of adding the mushrooms, adding sweet peppers and green onions and cooking up the rest of the concoction until it was done. All in all, I was glad for my lovely set of pots.

All in all, I think this is a fine set of cookware – but I also do think it was the weakest of the group.

Pros:

  • Can withstand up to 500 degrees F
  • Comes with a Dutch oven
  • Cookware looks good and is durable

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Handles get hot-this was a big con
  • One user reported a broken lid; another that the product was packaged poorly

Cleaning and Maintenance of Porcelain Cookware

In terms of caring for these pots, be sure to follow these instructions. Many of these pots are able to be washed right inside the dishwasher, but many of them cannot. Therefore, you should know these tips in caring for your cookware, so it lasts you years and years.

For starters, you should aim to hand wash your pans when you can. I am a busy mom, and I know that a dishwasher would help my family out a ton if we had one. However, research indicates it is best that you hand wash these if you can.

You should also wash it before the first time you use it. I do this with all kitchen utensils, who knows where they’ve been before they reached my kitchen? Be sure to do this before you cook anything in your new pots and pans.

Another tip I read was to use only oils or butter and not to use cooking spray as the additives within can be too harsh. I find it okay to use cooking oils, my pans still work well-but do what makes you most comfortable.

Our Choice for the Best Cookware

In my opinion, I find the best porcelain cookware set to be the Rachel Ray set. It had plenty of items included, the quality was there, and they looked really nice. The Paula Deen ones came in a close second.

The Finhomy ones took the cake for the cutest looking set of all, and the Ayesha Curry set was certainly functional, but those handles really made it a no go for me. However, plenty of other pot users were happy with their Ayesha Curry set, so go with what makes you happy.

Conclusion

You will do your kitchen some good when you get your hands on these nice porcelain cookware items. They look oh so lovely, and they make your space pop with color. Plus, many of them come from respected names we just love in the cooking world, like Paula Deen, Ayesha Curry and Rachel Ray.

These are some serious kitchen masters, so take it from the pros. Even if you do not need one right away, get a set for a friend for a birthday. Make yourself and your family proud, and spruce up your space, with these great porcelain pots.

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Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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