Top 5 Cookware Brands Made in Germany – Chosen by a Pro Chef

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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Best German Cookware Brands

Germany is known across the world for its incredible engineering, producing everything from cars to electronics. So it’s not surprising German cookware has the same stellar reputation. Nowadays, there are only a few cookware brands still made in Germany, but the quality is still evident.

In this article, I’m going to introduce you to the five cookware brands made in Germany in 2024 and highlight my favorite product from each one.

Our Top Picks

  1. Fissler- Fissler Original-Profi Stainless Steel Cookware Set
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  2. Woll- Woll Diamond Lite Induction Wok
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  3. Zwilling- Zwilling 3-pc Motion Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan Set
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  4. Stoneline- Stoneline Nonstick Cookware Set
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  5. Velosan- Velosan Pebble Ceramic Nonstick Dutch Oven
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If you live outside of the EU, getting your hands on some of these German-made pans can be very difficult. For example, AMT Gastroguss’ fry pan was named the “World’s Best Pan” by the German Chef Association – but it’s very hard to find if you live in the United States.

What Makes a Brand Truly Made in Germany?

In my eyes, for brands to qualify as made in Germany, all the parts need to be manufactured and constructed in Germany. The products from brands on my list are designed and manufactured from start to finish in Germany and are available for sale in the US.

Let’s take a closer look at these top brands.

Fissler

Fissler is a family-run brand started by tinsmith Carl Phillip in the Rhineland region. The company focuses on innovation and constantly developing new sustainable manufacturing techniques. They recently opened a new frying pan manufacturing facility in Neubrucke, reducing their CO2 emissions by 70%. The factory also uses solvent-free lacquers and has water and energy conservation measures in place.

Fissler Germany

The brand takes pride in remaining locally made and offers recycled aluminum ceramic, nonstick, and “green” sustainable stainless steel cookware.

  • Made in the Rhineland-Palatinate region
  • Founded in 1845
  • It even manufactures its own tools when they are needed.
Favorite Product
Fissler Original-Profi Stainless Steel Cookware Set
This Fissler stainless steel set is one of the only stainless steel sets available made in Germany. The pots are well-constructed with large, flared handles that make handling this cookware easy. The handles are also rivet-free, which makes clean-up much more straightforward.
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For me, I think this set could do with a frying pan and a proper saute pan rather than having so many options for stock pots. That would make the set more versatile. Besides that, this set is very useful and will last you a lifetime! You can even use metal utensils on it without damaging the surface.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: 18/10 stainless steel
  • Size: 2.2-qt, 4.2-qt, and 6.7-qt stock pots with lids, 2.2-qt Dutch oven, 1.5-qt saucepan
  • Colors: stainless
  • Best for: boiling, stewing, sauteing, sauces

Pros

  • Oven safe 450°F, including lids
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Long lifespan

Cons

  • No frying pan included
  • Expensive
  • Can’t see through the lids

Woll

This German brand was founded by chef Norbert Woll. His mission was to perfect the frying pan, but the brand has extended its range from these humble beginnings. Now, the brand offers its Diamond Lite and Diamond Lite Pro ranges with its signature PTFE-nonstick coating that is, as the name suggests, diamond-reinforced.

Woll Germany

The Saarbrucken region is known for its food and wine, so it’s not surprising that there is also quality cookware coming out of that area. All of Woll’s cookware is made from heavy cast aluminum that has great heat retention.

  • Made in Saarbrucken
  • Founded in 1979
  • Second-generation family-run company
Favorite Product
Woll Diamond Lite Induction Wok
Finding a wok made in Germany is a challenge, but this nonstick version from Woll is a great option. And it’s induction-compatible, which is also a rare find.
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The cast aluminum makes this wok heat really quickly, which is ideal for stir-frying. The diamond-reinforced nonstick makes it easy to toss around the ingredients without anything sticking and burning.

Customers have reported that the nonstick is very durable, but you should still avoid using metal utensils on it. Since this pan does have a PTFE coating – although reinforced with diamond dust – you’ll have to avoid using it on high heat.

Woll says that this pan is dishwasher safe, but, in my personal experience, this can degrade nonstick coatings quite rapidly, so I recommend hand washing. Luckily, the nonstick makes the clean-up process quick and painless.

Although it’s not available in the US yet, watch out for Woll’s QXR line of ceramic-coated pans, made in Germany with removable handles. These are totally PTFE-free with a coating made of quartzite.

See also our guide on the Best Hard Anodized Cookware.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Size: 12.5”
  • Colors available: Black
  • Best for: Stir-fries, shallow frying

Pros

  • Induction compatible
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Durable nonstick

Cons

  • Only the Diamond Pro range is oven-safe
  • Not metal utensil-safe
  • Can’t roll the wok in the traditional way
  • High heat will degrade the coating

Zwilling

Zwilling was founded in the early 1700s by Peter Henckels, whose name is included in the corporation’s full name:  Zwilling J.A. Henckels. The brand rose to prominence in the 1850s when it received prizes at multiple World Fairs.

Zwilling Germany

Today, Zwilling is a large corporation with a wide range of high-quality cookware made in a variety of locations. It has a number of brands that fall under the Zwilling umbrella, but it also has its own name-branded cookware. The whole range is not made in Germany, but certain stainless steel and aluminum nonstick pans that are.

  • Founded in 1731
  • Some products made in Solingen
  • Many of its pans are designed in Italy
Favorite Product
Zwilling 3-pc Motion Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan Set
This set of frying pans has a sleek Italian design with trusted German engineering. The hard anodized aluminum heats quickly and evenly, so this is a reliable pan to reach for on a daily basis. The nonstick coating is very effective and makes these pans perfect for eggs, even without oil.
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I think this set would be better as a set of two. The 8” is useful for smaller dishes, and the 12” is ideal for larger portions of frying and searing. For this reason, I think the 10” might get used much less, which is a waste.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Hard anodized aluminum with PTFE nonstick
  • Size: 8”, 10”, 12”
  • Colors available: Black
  • Best for: Pan-frying, shallow frying, toasting spices, searing, sauteing

Pros

  • Affordable for three pans
  • Great heat distribution
  • Stay cool stainless steel handles

Cons

  • Concerns regarding PTFE coating
  • Only 3-5 year lifespan
  • Hand wash recommended

Stoneline

Stoneline is a cookware brand that puts sustainability at the forefront. Manuel Schneidhofer founded the company in the early 2000s when sustainability and carbon emissions were just coming to the forefront of public and political discussions. So, the brand has been focused on climate neutrality since the beginning.

stoneline Germany

It offers nonstick and ceramic aluminum pans with an attractive speckled appearance and Bakelite handles.

  • Made in Germany
  • Founded in 2006
  • Partnered with ClimatePartner to calculate and offset emissions
Favorite Product
Stoneline Nonstick Cookware Set
This set is a great all-rounder with just about every pan you would need. The only downside is that they aren’t oven-safe. Many of us like to start a dish on the stove and finish it in the oven, but the Bakelite handles on this set don’t allow you to do that.
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These pans are, however, very versatile on the stovetop. (And if you live in a region where they’re available, you can get the Stoneline Imagination line of products with removable handles.)

Stoneline emphasizes healthy cooking by promoting the use of less oil. Their nonstick promises to be effective, even with the tiniest drop of oil. This makes cooking and cleaning stress-free.

The company doesn’t reveal exactly what’s in the Stoneline nonstick coating. It appears to be a typical synthetic polymer (PTFE) nonstick coating that’s covered in a “stone” powder for better durability. Despite the name “Stone,” this brand does not appear to use ceramic (sol-gel) coatings.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: aluminum with stainless induction plate and PTFE nonstick coating enhanced with “stone” particles
  • Size: 9.4” roaster with lid, 7” saucepan with lid, 7.9” cooking pot, 7.9” fry pan, 7” stewing pan
  • Colors available: Black speckled
  • Best for: Frying, sauteing, boiling, stewing

Pros

  • Suitable for all cooktops
  • Cook with less oil
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Not oven safe
  • Hand wash recommended
  • Handles get hot

Velosan

Velosan started in the 1800s as a luxury cast iron company. But in modern times, it has pivoted to aluminum-core stainless steel cookware with a ceramic nonstick coating.

The founders wanted to embrace colorful cookware that is functional and adds to your kitchen decor at the same time. Their cookware is known for its distinctive, smooth, rounded sides. It was a very small range, but focused on making those carefully chosen pans really well. 

  • Made in Germany
  • Founded in 1896
  • Their frying pan was named one of the Top Nonstick Frying Pans & Skillets of 2023 by Food & Home
Favorite Product
Velosan Pebble Ceramic Nonstick Dutch Oven
I usually prefer an enameled cast iron Dutch oven, but if you want an option that isn’t so heavy, then this is a great choice. I would especially recommend this Dutch oven to those with muscle weakness or mobility issues.
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This Dutch oven is coated with ILAG ceramic nonstick – the same coating used by brands Carote, Graintech, and Sensarte. It is PTFE-free.

Unfortunately, this pan has one major drawback: it’s not oven-safe. This is frustrating since Dutch ovens are intended for slow cooking in the oven. But it still manages stovetop stews and braises because of its tight-fitting lid. Since this pot is reserved for the stovetop, it also doubles as a great stock pot, which adds some value back in my eyes.

Quick Overview:

  • Material: Stainless steel with aluminum core and ceramic nonstick
  • Size: 4.23-qt
  • Colors available: Himalayan salt, Lilac, Maize, Oat, Cyan
  • Best for: Stovetop slow cooking, roasting, boiling

Pros

  • Attractive color choice
  • Lightweight alternative to enamel cast iron
  • Suitable for all cooktops

Cons

  • Heat retention not as good as enamel cast iron
  • Not oven safe
  • Expensive

Other German Brands

Some brands design their products in Germany but manufacture them elsewhere, so I did not feature them above.

  • Staub products fall under the Zwilling brand umbrella and are designed in Germany, but are manufactured in France. 
  • WMF produces beautiful stainless pots and pans, some of which are available on Amazon. They are “developed in Germany” but made in China.
  • Rösle is known for its kitchen utensils, but its pans are made in China.
  • Carl Mertens is known for its German-made knives but also produces many items in China.
  • Wusthof is an iconic German kitchenware brand, but it doesn’t manufacture cookware.
  • Many Stoneline products are also made in China.

Conclusion

The selection of German cookware brands may be limited, but I think they provide a decent range of products from different materials for you to choose from. The Fissler Stainless Steel cookware set is a great all-purpose set, but if you’re looking for one multi-use nonstick pan, I recommend the Zwilling Motion Hard Anodized Fry Pans. 

If you have any more questions about German cookware, feel free to ask below, and I’ll get back to you.

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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.

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