Why We Like Caraway Bakeware Better Than The Cookware

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

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Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

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Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.

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We put Caraway bakeware to the test in our home kitchen. Read on to learn why we think Caraway bakeware is a better product than the cookware.

Preparing eggplant stuffed red peppers in a messy kitchen on the Caraway baking sheet. We love this recipe!

First, our readers will want to know that Caraway provided our research team with the results of independent third party testing which shows their products are free of forever chemicals, like PFAS, PFOA, and PTFE.

After a few years of use, we found that Caraway’s non-toxic cookware had major durability problems, but that the bakeware was more robust.

The bottom line is that Caraway bakeware is a much better buy than the brand’s cookware. By their nature, pans get a lot of abuse, especially from utensils. This leaves cookware made with cheaper materials prone to chipping and the breakdown of the cooking surface over time. For example, Caraway non-stick pans aren’t constructed with 3-ply designs, so the aluminum sits just beneath the surface of the ceramic coating, which means that the thin coating, while fairly durable, is all that protects the end user from food heated on aluminum.

Bakeware is used more passively and doesn’t get the abuse of cookware. Pouring dough into a muffin pan doesn’t have the same impact as sautéing salmon or vegetables in a frying pan. After a few years of use, we have found that the Caraway bakeware is the brand’s best product line, and is more durable than the cookware.

The non-toxic, non-stick coating holds up better with baking recipes. Caraway bakeware also experiences a lot less discoloration than the cookware. In our experience, the Caraway cookware is made to last for two years max, whereas we see the bakeware lasting much longer, which is why the durability score below is higher, and why we recommend this product line.

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Caraway Bakeware

Caraway non-toxic bakeware review.

Highlight: Non-toxic, non-stick ceramic-coated bakeware set in gorgeous colors, third-party tested for heavy metals and other contaminants. Includes baking sheets and pans, loaf pan, muffin tin, circle pans, and a unique bakeware storage solution.

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What we like

  • Oven safe to 550 Fahrenheit
  • Even heat distribution
  • Beautiful aesthetic
  • Excellent eco-credentials
  • Good range of items in the bakeware collection
  • PFOA, PTFE, and PFAS free
  • Easy clean up (minimal grease needed for baking)
  • Ethically manufactured and third-party tested
  • Smart storage solutions available
  • Packaged plastic-free

What could be better

  • Manufactured in China which means increased carbon footprint in shipping process
  • Would be great to be able to purchase the storage solution separately
  • Must be hand washed

Out of the box

Caraway non-toxic bakeware review.
Our Caraway bakeware set. We like Caraway bakeware better than the cookware.

As a sustainably-minded company, Caraway doesn’t use any single-use plastics in its shipping materials. Instead, it favors recycled and recyclable packaging materials. The Caraway bakeware arrived in packaging that is 100% recyclable. We broke down the boxing, and cardboard inserts, and took them to our local recycling station here in Jackson, WY.

The storage organizers are a nice touch and will benefit anyone who tends to have difficulty keeping track of all their bakeware (like me).

The Caraway bakeware storage organizer is a thoughtful feature that will be especially helpful to customers in urban areas and small spaces.
An overhead shot of the Caraway storage organizers.

Note that the organizers are only available with the bakeware collection. That means you can’t buy a few pieces and then add the storage solution afterwards. I wish Caraway Home made the organizers available separately, but for now, if you like them, you’ll need to go all in right away and purchase the full collection.

What we like

The large, 18×13 Caraway Baking Sheet and cooling rack.

Caraway is a top choice for non-toxic bakeware. This collection includes ceramic-coated aluminized steel bakeware with, where useful, stainless steel handles. The range of bakeware is enough for even hard-core muffin and cookie makers.

The bakeware is technically dishwasher safe but we never put it in the dishwasher. It is best cleaned by hand to help preserve the ceramic coating.

Caraway Home has all its bakeware and cookware third-party tested for PFAS, lead, cadmium, and other chemicals of concern. I asked for the test results, and a company representative immediately shared them via email. Everything passed, meaning there are no concerns over heavy metals, PTFE, etc., when using this bakeware.

Staff tests & where to improve

Putting the Caraway bakeware to good use!

Caraway Home uses a proprietary smooth ceramic coating to create a naturally non-stick surface for its cookware and bakeware. This means you can get away with not greasing the bakeware for most baking. It also makes for much easier clean-up afterward!

The bakeware is aluminized steel with a stainless steel base, which means these pieces don’t warp at high heat, unlike with thin aluminum. This design also means even heat distribution, so you won’t get weird gooey spots in cakes and breads.

Caraway Home tracks its carbon emissions and takes steps to reduce its environmental impact. This means the bakeware releases much less CO2 during manufacture than similar bakeware made with more conventional non-stick coatings.

While we don’t like that Caraway manufactures its bakeware in China, the company does at least use manufacturing partners that are BSCI and SMETA certified. This offers assurance that workers making the bakeware receive a fair wage and benefits and work regulated hours in safe conditions, with no child labor or forced labor.

Final thoughts

Caraway Home bakeware is a great addition to the few good, truly non-toxic bakeware collections available in the U.S. This bakeware is fun to use, looks better with use than the cookware, is much lighter than cast iron bakeware, doesn’t warp like cheap aluminum bakeware, cleans up better than stainless steel bakeware, and isn’t as delicate as some other ceramic-coated or porcelain-coated bakeware with very thin coatings that are easily scratched.

We also love that Caraway Home bakeware is:

  • Prop 65 compliant
  • Non-stick with minimal greasing needed for baking
  • Sustainably manufactured and packaged
  • Ethically manufactured under fair working conditions
  • Long-lasting, for a lower carbon footprint
  • Oven safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Comes with its own smart storage solution (when purchasing the full set).

Interested in other kinds of non-toxic bakeware, such as pyroceram, stainless steel, glass, or porcelain? Check out our top picks here.

Staff Tested

Caraway Bakeware

Caraway non-toxic bakeware review.

Highlight: Non-toxic, non-stick ceramic-coated bakeware set in gorgeous colors, third-party tested for heavy metals and other contaminants. Includes baking sheets and pans, loaf pan, muffin tin, circle pans, and a unique bakeware storage solution.

Overall Score
Durability Score
Toxicity Score
Sustainability Score
User Experience Score
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  1. Hi – Could you please speak to “lead free mama’s” report of lead in Caraway pans and “mamavation’s” report of nano particles in Caraway products. I have several Caraway products and am confused as to how safe they are.
    Thanks very much,
    Joanna

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