2024 Best Cookware Not Made in China- A Chef’s Top Picks

Amy Hand
Amy Hand

Amy Hand

Amy worked as the head pastry chef and the head chef at multiple restaurants in South Africa. She now shares her professional insights about cooking and kitchen tools here at The Skillful Cook.

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As a professional chef, I’ve had a chance to handle a lot of different cookware brands. There are a surprising number of high-quality cookware brands that are not made in China! Customers often prefer cookware made in the USA and the EU because of the strict manufacturing regulations in these regions.

In this article, you’ll find a comprehensive list of cookware made in the USA and the EU. I will also share my favorite product for each type of cookware – nonstick, cast iron, carbon steel, etc.

Our Favorite Pots and Pans Not Made in China

  1. Nonstick Cookware: All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Nonstick Cookware
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  2. Ceramic Cookware: Fissler Certal Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan
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  3. Stainless Steel Cookware: Made In Cookware Stainless Steel Frying Pan
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  4. Cast Iron Cookware: Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven
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  5. Dutch Oven: Staub Enamel Cast Iron Cocotte
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  6. Carbon Steel Cookware: Lodge Carbon Steel Skillet
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  7. 100% Ceramic Cookware: Emile Henry Delight Ceramic Braiser
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  8. Copper Cookware: Hestan CopperBond Cookware Set
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Where Can You Get Cookware Not Made in China?

The US (especially Tennessee and Wisconsin) and the EU (France and Germany in particular) are home to lots of cookware factories! All the brands on the list below are available for sale in the US. 

If a brand appears on this list, it doesn’t mean that every product from that company is made outside of China. I include which items to look for in the description.

This list only includes cookware where the body of the pan is wholly manufactured and constructed in the EU or US. Some pans have handles made elsewhere and attached in the US.

Here we go: The mega-list of cookware brands not made in China.

Made in USA

  • LodgeThis affordable brand manufactures cast iron, carbon steel, and high-end enameled cast iron in its South Pittsburg, Tennessee factory. The less expensive enameled cast iron from Lodge is made in China.
  • Made In Cookware–  Made In is a US-based company based in Austin, Texas. Its cookware is either made in the US (in Tennessee) or Italy.
  • All-Clad– This is a very popular American cookware brand, especially for stainless steel. Only its Copper Core and D5 nonstick collections are manufactured in the USA.
  • Heritage SteelThis family-owned business specializes in high-quality clad stainless steel cookware. Its factory is based in Clarksville, Tennessee.
  • 360 Cookware – Known for its stainless steel, 360 cookware is made in Wisconsin with global materials.
  • MarquetteThis small company manufactures carbon steel, cast iron, and enamel cast iron cookware in Michigan’s upper peninsula.
  • Cast-a-Way- Based in South Carolina, this small company is a passion project owned by two friends. Their skillets and signature Pioneer pans are all hand-forged.
  • Copper State Forge- This is a small cookware company run out of Goodyear, Arizona. They offer a range of roasters and skillets that are hand-forged by their father-son team.
  • Blu Skillet Ironware- This is a small cookware studio owned by two friends in Seattle. They specialize in frying pans, French skillets, and gratins made from carbon steel and cast iron.
  • SmitheyThis company specializes in carbon steel and offers a wider range of pan options than competitors of the same size. Its pans are forged in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • North West Skillet Company- As the name suggests, this company specializes in skillets. They are hand-forged by one man, blacksmith Peter Clark, in Northeast Oregon.
  • Solidteknics- Mainly based in Australia, this brand has a few carbon steel options available that are manufactured in Chicago.
  • Nordic Ware– This is yet another US brand that does its manufacturing in Tennessee, although the company is from Minnesota. It is known for its aluminum bakeware, but it also offers an aluminized steel line of cookware with three layers of ceramic, PTFE-free, nonstick coating.
  • Calphalon– Calphalon is a large US-based company that manufactures most of its products in China. However, its Elite range is made in the USA. This is a nonstick cookware collection created in partnership with William Sonoma. 
Calphalon Pan V-Shaped Handle
  • VollrathThis brand manufactures the majority of its cookware in China. Its Wear-Ever line is the only nonstick collection made in the USA. Its carbon steel pans are US-made as well.
  • Viking– This brand has an extensive range of cookware made from various materials, but only their 5-ply stainless steel professional line is made in the USA. The rest of their lines are made in China.
  • Borough Furnace- This small company produces US-made enamel cast iron and raw cast iron by hand. It is based in the New York Finger Lakes
  • The Field CompanyThis New York-based brand was started by two brothers who had a passion for cast iron cookware. Its products are made in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
  • Finex This company began as a small start-up making distinctive hexagonal cast iron pans. It was acquired by Lodge in 2019, but it still operates out of its original foundry.
  • Nest Homeware- Known for its stunningly elegant cookware, Nest is another small cast iron brand made in the USA. It operates out of Providence, Rhode Island. 
  • Stargazer Cast IronThis company breaks up its manufacturing across three states: Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Like many of these brands, this company focuses on cast iron.
  • Butter Pat Cast Iron- Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Butter Pat is another great small cast iron company. All their pans are hand-cast by their 41-person team.
  • Lifetime Cookware- This is a stainless steel company founded in 1909. Its factory is based in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Made in France

  • StaubThis company is world-renowned for its enamel cast iron cookware that is made in France. Some of its ceramic products are made in China.
Staub Cocotte
  • Le CreusetThis iconic brand manufactures its signature enameled cast iron in its foundry in Fresnoy-le-Grand, northern France. The pots that are made in France will have a stamp on the bottom to authenticate it. Some of its other ranges are made in various other countries. Its stainless steel is made in Portugal. The enamel-on-steel line is made in Thailand, and the stoneware is made in Thailand or China.
Le Creuset Dutch Oven
  • de BuyerThis company makes most of its products in France, with few exceptions, so you will need to check the packaging on the individual item to confirm its lineage. De Buyer makes carbon steel, copper, and stainless steel cookware.
de Buyer carbon steel pan
  • Emile HenryThis is a brand that focuses on 100% ceramic cookware and bakeware. Established in 1848, the brand prides itself on always being Made in France.
  • MauvielFamous for its copper, this brand has been manufacturing cookware in France since 1830. Its factory is located in the Normandy village of Villedieu-les-Poeles. It also makes carbon steel.
  • CristelThis is a high-end cookware brand best known for its stainless steel cookware with removable handles. This cookware has been manufactured in Burgundy, France, since 1983.

Made in Germany

  • FisslerMade in Germany since 1845, this brand manufacturer takes pride in locally made cookware. It offers ceramic, nonstick, and stainless steel options.
  • Woll This is a German brand founded in 1974 by chef Herbert Woll. Its primary focus is cast aluminum cookware.
  • ZwillingThis is a mega brand that has a considerable range of high-quality cookware made in different locations. It offers stainless steel and aluminum pans as well as PTFE and ceramic nonstick options made in Germany.
  • StonelineThis German brand stands out because of its focus on keeping its production climate neutral. It offers nonstick and ceramic aluminum pans.
  • VelosanIf you love colorful cookware, this brand is right up your street; it offers aluminum-core stainless steel cookware with a ceramic nonstick coating, all made in Germany.

Also Made in the EU

  • Scanpan This cookware brand is a household name made in Ryomgard, Denmark. It has ten different 100% recycled aluminum collections, including its famous Classic collection with its famed PTFE nonstick coating.
  • Hestan This Italian brand is known for its copper cookware, but it has a wide range of cookware made from various materials. Its NanoBond, CopperBond, Pro Bond, and Thomas Keller Insignia lines are made in Italy. The Provisions collection is made in China and Thailand. The pans that are made in Italy will have a maker’s mark on the base.
  • LagostinaThis brand uses its Italian heritage as a key marketing point, but only three of its pans are actually manufactured in Italy. These three pans are the risotto pan and zuppiera from the Emozione range and the lasagne dish from the Patrimonio range. The rest of its cookware is made in China.
  • BallariniBased out of Lombardy, this Italian brand is most well known for its cold-forged aluminum pans with Granitium nonstick. It also offers stainless steel, iron, and copper cookware.

The Best Cookware Not Made in China

All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Nonstick Cookware Set– Best Nonstick

Best Nonstick

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If you’re looking for a full set of long-wearing, nonstick cookware made in the US, look no further than the All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Nonstick Cookware Set.

This set is 3-ply clad with two layers of stainless steel and an aluminum core, so they heat really quickly and evenly. This makes cooking easy, and the nonstick coating makes cleaning even simpler!

Where is it made? All-Clad has been manufactured in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, since 1971.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 8” and 10” frying pans, 2-quart and 3-quart saucepans with lids, 3-qt saute pan with lid, 8-qt stockpot with lid
  • Colors: Stainless
  • Oven safe: up to 500°F (without lids)
  • Broiler safe: Yes
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: No
  • Metal utensil safe: No

Pros

  • Induction compatible
  • Oven and broiler safe 500°F
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Hand wash only
  • Heavy

Fissler Certal Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan- Best Ceramic 

Best Ceramic 

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This Fissler Certal Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan is a great ceramic nonstick option proudly made in Germany since the 70s. 

This frying pan has a PTFE-free nonstick coating that makes cooking delicate foods like eggs really easy. I must admit, I find the appearance quite unappealing, but it functions well. It is worth mentioning, however, that they advertise the surface as scratch-proof, but customers have reported this to be false. Honestly – I’ve never met a nonstick pan of any kind that is truly scratch-proof.

Where is it made?  Fissler has been made in Germany since 1971. It is currently owned by the sixth generation of the family.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 9,5” and 11”
  • Colors: Gray
  • Oven safe: No
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: No
  • Metal utensil safe: No

Pros

  • Compatible with all cooktops
  • PTFE-free
  • Perfect for searing

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can burn base if not carefully attended
  • Hand wash only

Made In Cookware Stainless Steel Frying Pan- Best Stainless Steel

Best Stainless Steel

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If you want to sear the perfect steak, the Made In Cookware Stainless Steel Frying Pan is the pan you need.

Many people prefer a nonstick frying pan because it's so easy to use. But, after some practice, the stainless steel should function as a semi-nonstick. Plus, this pan is so durable with its 5-ply design that it can last you a literal lifetime if you look after it, which can’t be said for nonstick.

Where is it made?  This particular pan is made in Italy, but Made In offers other options made in the USA.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 8”, 10”, 12”
  • Colors: Silver
  • Oven safe: up to 800°F
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

Pros

  • Induction compatible
  • Oven safe 800°F
  • Long lifespan

Cons

  • Not nonstick
  • Learning curve to get cooking right
  • Expensive

Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven- Best Cast Iron

Best Cast Iron

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This Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven is one of my go-to pans, and it's an affordable option; it's truly the best of both worlds.

I like this option over the multitude of others because it's a double Dutch oven. This means that the flat lid converts into a skillet. This is handy at home but even more useful on camping trips. The only downside is that raw cast iron is reactive to acidic foods, but you can read more about that in our deep dive into cast iron safety.

Where is it made? This Dutch oven is made in Lodge’s foundry in Pittsburg, Tennessee. But please note that some of Lodge’s enamel cast iron is made in China.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 1-qt, 2-qt, 5-qt, 7-qt
  • Colors: Black
  • Oven safe: Yes
  • Broiler safe: Yes
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: No

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Heirloom quality
  • Adaptable lid

Cons

  • Needs to be seasoned
  • Reactive to acidic food
  • Heavy

Staub Enamel Cast Iron Cocotte- Best Enamel Cast Iron 

Best Enamel Cast Iron

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This Staub Enamel Cast Iron Cocotte is the perfect all-purpose pot. It easily transfers from the stovetop to the oven and onto the table to serve. The heavy, tight-fitting lid is self-basting, so not only will it return moisture back to the dish, but it's also perfect for baking bread.

In our enamel cast iron Dutch oven face-off, Staub won by a long shot, so this pan gets The Skillful Cook stamp of approval.

Where is it made?  All of Staub’s products are made in France.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 0,5-qt, 0.75-qt, 1.25-qt, 2.75-qt, 4.5 tall, 5.5-qt, 7-qt, 9-qt, 13.25-qt
  • Colors: Basil, Black, Black Matte, Burnt Orange, Cherry, Dark blue, Graphite gray, Grenadine, Lilac, Turquoise, White, White truffle
  • Oven safe: up to 500°F
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Handwash recommended

Pros

  • Self-basting lid
  • Great for bread
  • Heirloom quality

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Hand-recommended

Lodge Carbon Steel Skillet- Best Carbon Steel 

Best Carbon Steel 

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This Lodge Carbon Steel Skillet is the perfect nontoxic skillet if you want a multi-functional pan. I am always reaching for this pan to sear, saute, or fry a multitude of ingredients.

US-made carbon steel is an up-and-coming industry, with small hand-forging foundries popping up all over the country. But if you can’t afford to splurge on one of those, then the Lodge skillet is a great alternative. It has great heat retention, but it's much lighter than cast iron.

Where is it made?  This pan is manufactured in Lodge’s factory in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 8”, 10”, 12”, 15”
  • Colors: Silver
  • Oven safe: up to 500°F
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: No

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lighter than cast iron
  • Easy to get hold of

Cons

  • Handles get hot
  • 12” only has two small handles
  • Not as attractive as US hand-forged options

Emile Henry Delight Ceramic Braiser- Best 100% Ceramic 

Best 100% Ceramic

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For a different take on a Dutch oven, we have the Emile Henry Delight Ceramic Braiser. This is a rare pure ceramic option that can be used on the stovetop, but only on low heat. Then, it can be simply transferred to the oven. Since it's so visually appealing, you can pop it right on the table to serve.

This ceramic has great heat retention, but it's so susceptible to thermal shock or breaking if dropped. Because of this, I prefer an enamel cast iron option like the Staub for this purpose.

Where is it made? This, and all Emile Henry products, are made in France.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 2.5-qt
  • Colors: Slate
  • Oven safe: Yes
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes

Pros

  • Induction compatible
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Use on the stovetop at low heat

Cons

  • Susceptible to thermal shock
  • Handles too small
  • Heavy

Hestan Copperbond Cookware Set- Best Copper

Best Copper

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If you are a luxury cookware person, then you are going to love this Hestan CopperBond Cookware Set.

This set lets you experience the precise temperature control of copper without the reactivity. It has copper cladding and a nonreactive 18/10 interior that is great for searing. 

This set is stunning, but the price difference between this and the fully-clad All-Clad set really makes me wonder if it's truly worth it.

Where is it made?  This set is made in Italy and bears the “Made in Italy” mark on the base of each pan.

Quick Overview:

  • Sizes available: 8” and 11.5” skillets, 1.5 and 3-qt saucepans with lids, 3.5-qt saute pan with lid, 6-qt stock pot with lid
  • Colors: Copper
  • Oven safe: up to 600°F
  • Broiler safe: Yes
  • Induction compatible: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: No
  • Metal utensil safe: Yes

Pros

  • Precise heat control
  • Long lifespan
  • Beautiful appearance

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Needs to be polished
  • Extremely expensive

Cookware Safety Regulations in US vs EU vs China

The main reasons consumers choose US or EU-made cookware over Chinese options are the safety regulations under which they're manufactured and the labor standards for the workers in the factories. 

In the EU, cookware manufacturers need to adhere to many regulations set out by a number of boards, including the EU FCM regulations and Good Manufacturing Practice for FCM regulations. They outline detailed rules for each cookware material.

The USA is similar and has specific laws for each material or coating. For example, pure ceramic glazed products and enamel cast iron need to comply with California Prop 65. In America, cookware manufacturers have to comply with many regulations set out by the FDA, like 21 CFR Part 1 General Enforcement regulations.

All Clad D3 Stainless Steel Cookware Made in USA

In general, you can assume that large manufacturers are following safety regulations – but not all safe cookware is made by a large company.

For example, Miriam’s Earthenware Ceramic cookware is made in the USA and is completely non-toxic, even if it appears rudimentary and handmade. It’s all about the materials used, the quality control, and the care the manufacturer has to produce safe products.

High-quality, safe cookware can absolutely be made in China. In China, there are so many manufacturing plants and brands that there is bound to be a range in quality. There are safety regulations in place, but it can depend on each individual factory and whether or not they follow them.

Ultimately, cookware needs to be tested according to the country it's imported into. This should ensure safety, but since not every batch is tested, some people prefer cookware made elsewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cookware brands should you avoid?

This is really down to personal preference. Many cookware brands have their pros and cons; it's about what you’re looking for in cookware. I would caution against ceramics that aren’t third-party tested, since they may have lead or cadmium in the glaze. Handmade aluminum pots from recycled material have also been found to contain lead. 

What cookware is totally non-toxic? 

Many cookware brands will market themselves as non-toxic, but I have most confidence in brands that are transparent regarding their compliance with regulations and third-party test results. We recommend Staub, Solidteknics, and Smithey Ironworks as non-toxic brands.

Is Made In Cookware Made in China?

None of Made In Cookware’s products are made in China. They are made in Italy or the USA.

What cookware is made in Germany?

Fissler, Woll, Zwilling, Stoneline, and Velosan are all cookware brands made in Germany.

What cookware brands are made in Italy?

The main Italian cookware brands are Hestan, Lagostina, and Ballarini.

Conclusion

The “Made in China” label doesn’t always imply poor quality, but I understand that many people prefer to spend their money on American or European-made cookware instead. Out of all these options, I recommend the All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel Nonstick Cookware Set for a high-quality full set and the Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven as a great multipurpose pan.

If you have any questions about these products, please feel free to leave them below.

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Amy Hand
About The Author
After finding the chef life a little too high-paced, Amy decided to take her cooking skills and use them to teach others through food writing. She uses her knowledge as a pastry chef and experience as a head chef to write articles that are engaging and helpful while being as entertaining as possible.