Our top picks for non-stick bakeware that is made ethically, and without the use of forever chemicals, lead, and other toxins.
Table of Contents
- Caraway Bakeware Set
- Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish
- Made In Porcelain Bakeware – Baking Slab
- Made In Carbon Steel Pizza Steel
- Staub Ceramic 4-Piece Bakeware Set
- Made In Ceramic Bakeware Set
- Pyrex Non-Toxic Baking Pan Set
- All-Clad Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan
- Corningware Pyroceram Bakeware Casserole Dish Set
- CasaWare Ceramic and Carbon Steel Baking Sheet Set
- Xtrema Bakeware 3-Piece Set
- Staub 5.25 Liter Cast Iron Cocotte
- OXO Good Grips 9-inch Glass Pie Plate with Lid
- What’s the problem with Teflon? And is PFOA-Free bakeware really any better?
- Which materials are best for non-toxic bakeware?
- Other things to watch out for in bakeware
In most U.S. households, baking a batch of cookies means reaching for a non-stick cookie sheet made with Teflon or other toxic chemicals. Sure, your cookies and cakes might slide easily off the baking pan, but this bakeware leaves a bad taste in our mouths. All those chemicals are bad news for the health of humans, pets, wildlife, and the planet in general.
The good news is that you can still enjoy a non-stick baking experience without toxic chemicals.
Here are our picks for the best non-toxic bakeware, plus a reminder of why to ditch the Teflon and the GenX chemicals that came after.
Caraway Bakeware Set
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.
Caraway is a top choice for non-toxic bakeware, offering beautiful ceramic-coated cookie sheets, muffin tins, loaf pans, and more. These are all third-party tested for PFAS, lead, cadmium, and other chemicals of concern. The company shared its test results with me without quibble (everything passed) and generally demonstrates a level of transparency and commitment to quality and sustainability far above its competitors.
This ceramic non-stick bakeware is available in several delightful colors and comprises an aluminized steel body and stainless steel handles. The bakeware is oven safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit and the Caraway bakeware set includes:
- One 18 x 13-inch Baking Sheet
- One 10 x 15-inch Baking Sheet
- One 12 Cup Muffin Pan
- One 9 x 13-inch Rectangle Pan
- One 9-inch Square Pan
- One 1 lb. Loaf Pan
- Two 9-inch Circle Pans
- Two Storage Organizers.
For the more organized bakers, you’ll love Caraway’s bespoke storage solution that comes with every bakeware set. Just note that you can’t buy this after the fact, so if you like it, go for the whole set right away.
Other things we love about Caraway include its use of recycled and recyclable packaging materials. Everything is shipped without single-use plastics!
We used the Caraway non-toxic bakeware set in our home kitchen, read the full review, here.
Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish
Highlight: A perfect pie dish to turn out a professional-looking pie without having to grease the pan. Made with lead-free clay in the south of France and part of a range of gorgeous ceramic bakeware including lasagna pans, tagines, and more.
If you love Le Creuset but don’t like the company’s lack of transparency over heavy metals, check out Emile Henry. This brand offers gorgeous French ceramic cookware and bakeware with a robust glaze resistant to most scratching. The bakeware can be used in an oven up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and is microwave safe. It’s also non-reactive, meaning you can use these dishes to bake acidic foods.
Emile Henry makes each item by hand from lead-free clay in Southern Burgundy, France, and has been in business since 1850. The range of bakeware includes a classic ruffled pie dish with a unique design that makes it a breeze to turn out a pie without having to grease the dish.
Other items include a deep baking pan that is ideal for mac and cheese, roasting veggies and meat, and for lasagna and other messier meals (view on Amazon). You’ll also find a smaller baking dish, a square baking dish (great for brownies!), a pizza stone, tagine, and other items available at Emile Henry, with many able to be used on both the stovetop and in the oven.
The bakeware is also dishwasher safe, though it’s always best to clean ceramics by hand to keep the coating in good shape. With the right kind of care, these ceramic bakeware items could last your lifetime and be in good enough condition to pass onto the next generation. Note, though, that most Emile Henry bakeware isn’t resistant to thermal shock, so don’t put a frozen dish in a hot oven or a hot dish in the freezer or on a super cold surface. Some of the newer items are Heat Resistant (HR), however, so check listings carefully!
Emile Henry offers a decade-long warranty on its bakeware, but only for manufacturing defects, not for improper use.
Made In Porcelain Bakeware – Baking Slab
Highlight: Absolutely beautiful and eminently practical porcelain enameled baking slab that is oven safe to 650 degrees Fahrenheit. A great choice for focaccia, sheet cakes, slab pies, and more, this is naturally non-stick and resistant to thermal shock.
Made In is an environmentally responsible company offering beautiful and functional non-toxic bakeware. Its innovative Baking Slab is unlike anything else available, offering even heating and a clever design that results in crisp corners and gooey centers as desired.
The slab measures 15.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 1.38 inches tall, with a 2.4 quart capacity. The baking surface itself is 13 inches long and 9 inches wide.
The Baking Slab is made using a porcelain recipe that is more than 200 years old. The porcelain is created in the Loire Valley by skilled artisans using kaolins, clays, quartz, and feldspars. It undergoes three rounds of baking for more than 50 hours and temperatures over 2500 Fahrenheit. Yes, this is an energy intensive endeavor, but the result is some of the most robust and versatile bakeware available that will last for generations if properly cared for.
The Made In porcelain range is safe for use in the microwave and oven (up to 650 Fahrenheit) and is resistant to thermal shock. It is naturally non-stick and super easy to clean. While dishwasher safe, we recommend washing by hand to preserve the coating. All Made In products come with a Lifetime Warranty.
Made In Carbon Steel Pizza Steel
Highlight: A non-stick, lightweight pizza stone with 86 perforations for optimal air flow. Made by an environmentally responsible company and far easier to use and clean than a stoneware pizza stone!
The Made In Pizza Steel is a pizza stone made from a stamped, thin disc of carbon steel. It is oven safe to 1200 Fahrenheit and is non-stick (you’ll need to season it), easy to clean (by hand), and lets you make perfect brick-oven-like pizza at home without the fuss of a stoneware pizza stone.
This pizza steel has 86 perforations for optimal air flow and is about half the weight of an equal size cast iron stone. It’s just as durable though, and you’re far more likely to use it and far less likely to break it than a stoneware pizza stone. All Made In items come with a lifetime warranty though!
The Made In Pizza Steel has a total diameter of 12.6 inches and a cooking surface of 11.5 inches. It has a 0.25-inch depth and weighs just 2.6 lbs.
Staub Ceramic 4-Piece Bakeware Set
Highlight: A 4-piece baking set comprising stoneware with a glass porcelain finish. Scratch-resistant and resistant to thermal shock, these are oven safe, microwave and broiler safe, and dishwasher safe too!
Staub’s attractive bakeware is stoneware finished with glass porcelain. These dishes retain heat really well and don’t absorb moisture. They’re also scratch-resistant and resistant to thermal shock, can be used in the oven, broiler, and microwave, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher (I’d still recommend cleaning by hand to avoid mishaps).
The 24 cm round pie dish from Staub is great for gratin, flan, pies, and more. It offers even heat distribution and a smooth surface for easy release of food even without grease. It’s also easy to clean and has ergonomic handles. You can even stack these (carefully!) for better storage.
NOTE: Get up to 70% off Staub cast iron and ceramics for Black Friday at Zwilling!
Made In Ceramic Bakeware Set
Highlights: The perfect set of oval, square, and rectangular baking dishes made from enameled ceramic and resistant to thermal shock. Made by an eco-friendly company and Prop 65 compliant.
Made In offers ceramic, stainless steel, and porcelain bakeware that is top quality and non-toxic. The ceramic bakeware comprises high-fired clay that is oven-safe to 482 Fahrenheit. It has an enameled surface that is naturally smooth and non-stick, and the bakeware is resistant to thermal shock and suitable for use in the microwave, freezer, and oven. It can also be cleaned in the dishwasher, though we recommend cleaning by hand to maintain the enamel coating.
The 3-piece Made In Bakeware Set includes a 2.4 quart oval baking dish measuring 10 x 6.6 inches, an 8-inch square baking dish (2.6 quart), and a rectangular baking dish (5.3 quart) measuring 9 x 13 inches. These all come with a lifetime warranty.
Made In is third-party tested to be lead-free and cadmium-free and is also California Prop 65 compliant. The company has some robust sustainability initiatives and is engaged in good environmental stewardship, including heating the factories using heat from the kiln and recycling and reusing water and materials where it can.
The company has even figured out a way of diverting potential waste away from landfill: Made In works with partners to use defective or broken products and pieces to create road and pavement surfaces, helping to make them more reflective and reducing lighting costs. Pretty ingenious!
Pyrex Non-Toxic Baking Pan Set
Highlights: This two-piece glass set of non-toxic baking pans is affordable, sturdy, and safer if it does shatter.
Pyrex has been around for more than a century and continues to be one of the best non-toxic bakeware choices. This durable, versatile glass bakeware is made with thick, tempered soda-lime and is oven safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also freezer safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe, as well as scratch resistant.
The set comprises a 3-quart baking dish of 13 x 9 x 2 inches and a 2-quart dish measuring 8 x 8 x 2 inches. These dishes are fantastic for mac and cheese, casseroles, desserts, and even for bread thanks to the extra-thick design. The handles make for easy turning in the oven, removal, and transfer, and if the worst happens, the glass doesn’t have sharp edges when shattered.
All-Clad Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan
Highlight: Non-toxic, robustly built, stainless steel, deep baking pan with high sides and a BPA-free lid for mess-free transport and easy storing of leftovers. Mirror-polished to make it easy to remove food and clean.
Stainless steel is a great choice for non-toxic bakeware and All-Clad makes some of the best bakeware in the business. This includes the Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan, made of thick 18/10 stainless steel and a thick aluminum base plate (that doesn’t contact food) for a more even cooking experience. It has riveted, inward-facing steel handles, making it easier and safer to move around. It’s also really robustly built and seriously durable, with a lifetime warranty from All-Clad.
This large pan holds 5 quarts and measures 12 x 15 x 2 ¾ inches with straight sides. This makes it a deeper dish that helps avoid overflow and means more space in your oven for other pans and sheets. The pan is also mirror polished, meaning food doesn’t stick as much as with other metal pans. And it’s easy to clean too, by hand or in the dishwasher.
The Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan is a great choice if you’re big on potlucks, for instance, as it comes with a tight lid for mess-free transport. The lid is raised too, meaning food doesn’t immediately stick to the top. Sadly, the lid is plastic, so you can’t use it in the oven. It is great for storing leftovers though, with easy reheating on the stovetop or in the oven (after removing the lid) at up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. This pan is suitable for gas, electric, ceramic, and induction stovetops and the oven, but can’t be used in the microwave.
All-Clad also offers a smaller, square, version of this bakeware, measuring 8 x 8 x 2 inches (view on Amazon).
Corningware Pyroceram Bakeware Casserole Dish Set
Highlight: The original robust, thermal shock resistant casserole dish set from Corningware. With lids!
CorningWare is the more modern version of traditional corningware and is not resistant to thermal shock. Where you can, then, track down the original non-toxic, pyroceram bakeware made with a special blend of glass and ceramic that can withstand thermal shock. This means you can easily move dishes from freezer to oven and oven to cold countertop without worrying about glass explosions.
This four-piece casserole dish set includes a 2 liter dish (1.5 quart) and a 3 liter (2.5 quart) dish with lids for both. They’re fantastic for mac and cheese, brownies, roasting veggies and meat, and more. You’ll need to use a little grease for easy removal of food, but these dishes wash up easily, are non-reactive, and look great for serving food straight from the oven. The lids make it easy to store, reheat, and transport food, all without creating extra dishes.
This pyroceram set is also safe for use in a broiler, the microwave, and on the stovetop and withstands temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It also comes with a 10-year warranty.
If you can’t find the original pyroceram on Amazon, check out Etsy.
CasaWare Ceramic and Carbon Steel Baking Sheet Set
Highlight: Ceramic coated carbon steel baking sheets that are non-toxic and non-stick. Great for Teflon-free baking! Just be careful not to scratch the coating. Very affordable and warp-proof!
CasaWare makes super affordable ceramic-coated carbon steel baking sheets that are free of PTFE, PFOA, PFOS, lead, cadmium, nickel, and aluminum. These sheets have a granite-reinforced ceramic coating over a warp-proof carbon steel sheet, making for even baking and a naturally non-stick experience. The only downside to these sheets is that if you treat them like a regular cookie sheet and bang them about, the coating will chip off and the carbon steel underneath will start to rust.
Treat the sheets with care though and they’re safe, non-toxic, and actually pretty durable! The carbon steel makes for even heat distribution and won’t warp like aluminum and thin stainless steel baking trays. You can even get these sheets in a rose gold granite, blue granite, and a red granite (I’d avoid the red, though, given the potential for heavy metal contamination).
The set includes one 15.5-inch x 10.5-inch baking pan and one 13.5-inch by 9.5-inch baking pan, both with a depth of 0.75 inches. They’re oven safe to 450 Fahrenheit.
Xtrema Bakeware 3-Piece Set
Highlights: Non-toxic bakeware that is pure ceramic and Prop 65 compliant. Easy to clean, versatile, and retains heat super well. Not resistant to thermal shock though.
Xtrema offers a line of high-quality pure ceramic bakeware that is non-toxic and eco-friendly. Unlike Caraway, Xtrema is made purely with ceramic, so it is also microwave safe, freezer safe, and dishwasher safe.
The company is based in America and every shipment is tested for heavy metals to ensure it meets Prop 65 standards and is free from more than 800 troublesome chemicals. Xtrema bakeware contains no metal, cadmium, lead, PFOA, PTFE, glues, polymers, coatings, or dyes. It is also made using renewable raw materials and green manufacturing practices.
Note that pure ceramic retains heat really well, meaning you might want to reduce your bake times slightly or be ready to remove baking quickly to rest on a wire rack. Pure ceramic bakeware can be heat sensitive though, meaning it’s best to warm bakeware slowly and never put frozen ceramic straight into a hot oven.
Though Xtrema bakeware isn’t non-stick, it is super easy to clean. Because this is pure ceramic, you can use more abrasive cleaners such as steel wool and baking soda without worrying over scratches.
The Xtrema 3-piece baker’s bundle comprises one 6-muffin pan, one 9-inch pie plate, and one 2-quart loaf dish, all in Xtrema’s signature black color and with a 10-year warranty.
Staub 5.25 Liter Cast Iron Cocotte
Highlight: An attractive cast iron cocotte coated with ceramic and with a specially designed lid for self-basting. Oven safe up to 900 F (without the lid)!
Staub is another French brand making cast iron and ceramic bakeware and cookware in France. The Staub cast iron cocottes (basically, Dutch ovens) are beautiful, robust, and ideal for slow-cooking meats and vegetables, as well as for stews, soups, and even baking bread.
With Staub’s cocottes, you get even heating and a unique tight-fitting lid design that drips moisture back into food to self-baste as it cooks. The bakeware works on all stovetops too, including induction. It’s even dishwasher safe, though I’d still wash it by hand where possible.
The interior of this cocotte is a matte black enamel. You can choose from a variety of exterior colors, but we would recommend avoiding any of the red or orange items as these are more likely to have trace amounts of lead or cadmium (Staub says they don’t but it’s always a risk).
Staub’s cast iron is built for durability and is very likely to become an heirloom piece. The cast iron is oven safe up to 500 Fahrenheit with the lid and 900 F without the lid. The lids have a nickel-steel knob.
It takes a full week to make a cocotte at Staub, with around 20 people involved along the way. Every individually crafted pot undergoes one hundred inspection points to ensure it meets Staub’s quality standards.
Staub is a longstanding brand with a strong commitment to workers’ rights and environmental stewardship. Zwilling, its owner, is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030 and has joined the amfori Business Environmental Performance Initiative (amfori BEPI) to ensure robust social standards and environmental principles are embedded into the company’s supply chain.
NOTE: Get up to 70% off Staub cast iron and ceramics for Black Friday at Zwilling!
OXO Good Grips 9-inch Glass Pie Plate with Lid
Highlights: A borosilicate glass bake, serve, and store set with lid made by a 1% for the Planet member. You can move this pie dish from freezer to oven without it shattering and use the tall lid for easy, mess-free transport and stacked storage. The OXO range includes a wide variety of oven-safe containers of different shapes and sizes.
OXO Good Grips Glass Pie Plate with Lid is a 9-inch borosilicate pie plate with a BPA-free, PVC-free lid. Like the original Pyrex, this pie plate is made with borosilicate tempered glass that is supremely resistant to thermal shock. That means you can take the dish from the freezer to a preheated oven without the risk of it shattering, unlike with most glass bakeware.
This pie dish is suitable for temperatures up to 475 degrees and is also microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe. The dish is 2 inches deep,
The lid is plastic but is well built and designed, with moisture vents (to keep your pies crusty!) and a tall top to stop pies and quiches getting crushed. It snaps on and is easy to clean (by hand, or on the top shelf of the dishwasher only).
OXO offers a wide range of bakeware made from borosilicate. There’s a glass loaf pan with lid, a 2-quart baking dish with lid, and an impressive 30-piece bakeware and container set too (view on Amazon). The latter is a great choice for families looking to switch away from all-plastic food storage containers as there are containers ideal for little and large appetites, snacks, dips, sauces, and more, all made with oven-safe and microwave-safe glass.
What’s the problem with Teflon? And is PFOA-Free bakeware really any better?
Teflon is created with chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that start to break down at temperatures over 464 degrees Fahrenheit (240 Celsius). This means baking with non-stick Teflon can seriously affect air quality in your home, with all kinds of health effects, as per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Acknowledging the perils of PFOA and Teflon, many manufacturers switched to making non-stick PFOA-free bakeware using other kinds of fluoropolymers (known as GenX). Unfortunately, these are often very similar to Teflon and have many of the same downsides for people and planet. Again, the EPA documents studies showing the adverse health effects of GenX chemicals.
Which materials are best for non-toxic bakeware?
Ditching Teflon can seem pretty daunting, especially if you love the ease of sliding cookies off a sheet or a loaf from a non-stick pan. Avoiding Teflon and its toxic chemicals need not mean making life harder though, thanks to a wealth of excellent alternatives that perform just as well.
Some of the best materials for non-toxic bakeware include:
- Non-stick ceramic-coated bakeware
- Stainless steel bakeware
- Pure ceramic or stoneware bakeware
- Glass bakeware
- Enameled cast iron bakeware.
What about aluminum baking sheets and silicone bakeware?
Aluminum is safe for bakeware in terms of not off-gassing toxic fumes, and this kind of bakeware holds up well to high heat. However, uncoated aluminum bakeware does leach metal into food. This is more likely with aluminum that is used to bake (or cook) acidic foods and with bakeware that is scratched.
Aluminum leaching can affect the taste of foods and may be a significant health hazard for anyone with impaired kidney function. For healthy adults, the body is pretty good at eliminating aluminum. Still, though, with so many other good options for non-toxic bakeware, why risk it?
What about silicone bakeware? Again, this won’t off-gas toxic fumes. It also won’t leach harmful chemicals into your food as it’s an inert material that is resistant to thermal shock and is freezer safe and oven safe. The downsides of silicone bakeware are that you can’t use it at temperatures above 428 degrees Fahrenheit or 220 Celsius. You also can put it in the dishwasher.
The biggest downside to silicone bakeware, however, is that it doesn’t biodegrade and cannot currently be recycled. This means silicone bakeware isn’t exactly eco-friendly, even if it is non-toxic.
Other things to watch out for in bakeware
As well as looking for Teflon-free, PFOA-free, and PFAS-free bakeware, you’ll want to be sure about the glazes and colors used in a product. This is because some glazes and colors contain lead, cadmium, or other toxic heavy metals.
Proposition 65 in California specifies that lead and cadmium levels in any bakeware produced and sold in the U.S. must be below a certain level. Unfortunately, bakeware sold outside the U.S. and Canada is often not tested for these metals, meaning that cute cookpot you bought on vacation should stay ornamental rather than being used for baking.
Even some items produced overseas with problematic glazes can end up on store shelves in the U.S., though. The biggest culprits for lead and cadmium are ceramic items that are bright red and orange. So, unless a company can demonstrate robust third-party testing for these contaminants, it’s best to look elsewhere for bakeware (such as at the list above!).