Shopping for ceramic cookware presents a dilemma. On the one hand, ceramic is a good option if you’re in search of nonstick but want to stay away from PTFE and PFOA (not to mention it’s about your only option). On the other hand, ceramic cookware, in general, doesn’t hold up extremely well, and practically every brand has its fair share of bad reviews.
One brand that comes up again and again is Vremi. It’s one of the only relatively inexpensive brands that boasts consistently high reviews. The pieces are colorful and fun. It’s dishwasher safe and induction-ready. And it’s free of PTFE and PFOA. While you can’t go into a ceramic pan thinking it will perform exactly the same as a traditional nonstick, Vremi seems to do a pretty good job of making a stick-resistant product.
Our curiosity got the best of us, so we bought the ceramic nonstick frying pan to give it a full hands-on review. Let’s dive in!
Design & Features
There are a few especially notable design and construction features of the Vremi frying pan: It’s vibrantly colored, has a wood handle, and is made of a ceramic coating.
It is listed as a 1.7-quart frying pan; it’s approximately 10 inches. It has an angled side which Vremi says is designed for flipping.
Here is an overview of some of the Vremi frying pan specs:
- Works on all cooktops, including induction
- Dishwasher safe
- Die-cast aluminum body + ceramic coating
- Ceramic coating is PFOA- and PTFE-free
- Oven safe to 300 degrees
- 1-year warranty
These specs come from the manufacturer, but we’ll talk a bit about some of the negative reviews regarding both its induction-compatibility and oven use later on.
We don’t know precisely what the ceramic coating is comprised of (the available info says it is “ceramic nonstick marble coated”), but we did some general research on ceramic coatings in this article if you’re interested in learning more.
I’ll admit to being fairly skeptical of this brand prior to my testing, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that in person the frying pan seems pretty great. The bright yellow color is fun and the wood handle gives it a nice touch. I read in some reviews that the wood handle was “painted on” but I can’t tell if that’s true or not. It doesn’t appear painted and it feels like a full piece, but I don’t actually know what it’s made of.
I like the shape of the pan, particularly the slope on the end for better flipping. The grip is comfortable and the interior seems solid.
I do notice where the yellow part meets the actual interior coating that the paint/colored coating seems like it will eventually start flaking off.
So far I’ve browned meats and cooked eggs in this (several different times). It’s wonderfully nonstick, giving me no problems with anything I’ve tried — and I see no indication that it should give me trouble at all.
The handle stays cool to the touch on the stovetop and heating occurs evenly across the surface. I did notice that it seemed to take a bit longer to heat up than I’m used to (with my stainless pans and Kitchara nonstick) but that’s to be expected with a cheaper pan. One thing to note is that you want to stick to medium heat with this pan so do plan for a little longer cooking time if you’re used to cranking up the heat.
I find it to be a bit small for my needs, so I wouldn’t recommend this size for larger families or cooks who need a lot of surface space for most cooking.
Bottom line? This does a fine job of being a nonstick pan. It’s a bit small but is very comfortable to hold.
Cleaning & Storing
The Vremi frying pan is dishwasher safe, but I’ve been handwashing it (as I do with all my cookware). It’s incredibly easy to wash. I did run it through the dishwasher once just for testing purposes and it held up fine. Given the construction of the handle, I would be wary of using the dishwasher regularly.
The handle does have a hole that’s meant to let you hang the pan to store it. However, the placement and the shape of the handle doesn’t make this very conducive for most, so I wouldn’t count on it being easy to store that way. Otherwise, storage is about as expected — it stacks fine and it’s fairly small.
If this were larger, I could definitely see myself putting this pan into regular use. Because of its size, I’ll likely move it to my camp trailer so I have a good nonstick in there. It performs wonderfully and it looks great, so if the size works for you I definitely recommend.
It’s perfectly nonstick (so far) and cleanup is a breeze. My only worry about negative reviews is that it may lose its nonstick capability eventually. A surprising (suspicious?) number of reviewers cite the 2 month mark as the time their pan stopped performing. I’ll update this review if that happens to me.
Ceramic cookware usually isn’t all that great, and I’ve never been very interested in it. However, I like this one a lot, and I know a lot of cooks are interested in non-Teflon options for cookware. To them I say, give Vremi a shot!