Ceramic-Coated Nonstick Pans from Kyocera
Nonstick frypans from Kyocera feature a safe, proprietary ceramic coating that's PTFE, PFOA and cadmium free, a stainless steel-clad aluminum base for even heating and are oven-safe to 400°F.
Traditional Nonstick Surfaces
Nonstick pans are an indispensable tool in the kitchen, essential for cooking delicate foods like eggs, fish fillets and pancakes and desirable for their easy cleanup. Over the years we've tried a number of them, yet regardless of the price or brand name, traditional nonstick surfaces simply don't last.
Their nonstick properties deteriorate with use and there are some potential health issues associated with the breakdown of the compounds used in their manufacture. Two of the chemicals that are cause for concern are PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene).
PFOA is a chemical processing agent used in the manufacture of nonstick cookware (and many other products). The Environmental Protection Agency has detected it in water, food, and both wildlife and human blood samples. PFOA has been found to cause birth defects in laboratory animals and the EPA has instituted a stewardship program to eliminate its use entirely by 2015.
PTFE is a moisture-repelling chemical that when heated over high heat releases fumes that can actually kill birds and cause flu-like symptoms in people.
Kyocera Ceramic-Coated Cookware
The ceramic-coated cookware line from Kyocera is free of both PFOA and PTFE as well as cadmium, an element found in the coloring agents of some brands of ceramic cookware. Being long-time fans of Kyocera's ceramic knives, we were anxious to give their cookware a try when it became available here in the United States.
Kyocera Frypans At A Glance
- PTFE-free, PFOA-free, Cadmium-free
- Suitable for gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooktops
- Quick, even heat distribution
- Oven-safe to 400°F
- Scratch and abrasion resistant
- Double-riveted, stainless handles
- Easy to clean
We've used Kyocera's 10-inch fry pan to prepare a variety of foods including: scrambled eggs, frittata, breaded chicken cutlets, flour-dredged fish fillets, pan-seared turkey burgers, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, stir-fried shrimp and noodles, and marinara sauce.
Like other ceramic-coated nonstick pans, Kyocera does recommend that you cook over medium heat and use butter or oil (no cooking spray) to achieve the best nonstick performance. The pans have a stainless steel-clad, aluminum base that distributes heat very evenly, and when following Kyocera's guidelines, we found it easy to achieve nice, even browning and caramelization without sticking.
The pans are a perfect weight, easy to maneuver, yet not so light that they shift when stirring, and the riveted, stainless handle has a comfortable grip and remains cool on the stovetop. The nonstick surface is scratch resistant and safe for most metal utensils.
Clean up is effortless with regular dish soap and a sponge and hand washing is recommended to preserve the life of the cookware. After about 2 months of using our pan, we're seeing no evidence of dulling, pits or wear on the nonstick surface or the exterior of the pan.
Overall, we'd rate Kyocera's ceramic-coated frypans as a preferred choice in the nonstick category, with our top reasons being their fast, even heating, ease of cleanup and reasonable pricing.
They're available directly from the Kyocera website as well as from major retailers like Amazon.com and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Pictured above: Zucchini, Pepper and Tomato Frittata
Disclosure: Kyocera supplied a complimentary sample of this product for review.