Are you shopping for cookware but can’t decide between Caraway and Our Place?
Caraway is known for its bright colors and modern design, while the Our Place Always Pan is marketed as a 10-in-1 system that does the job of an entire cookware set.
But are either of these brands worth buying? What are the main differences?
In this comparison of Caraway vs. Our Place, you’ll learn how their cookware differs in performance, design, materials, price, and more.
Use the links below to navigate the review:
- Caraway vs. Our Place: Comparison Chart
- Difference 1: Product Offerings
- Difference 2: Finish and Colors
- Difference 3: Handles
- Difference 4: Thickness and Weight
- Difference 5: Cooking Performance
- Difference 6: Heat Conduction and Retention
- Difference 7: Oven Safety
- Difference 8: Price
- Difference 9: Downsides
- What Others Say About Caraway and Our Place
- Bottom Line: Should You Buy Caraway or Our Place?
Here’s a quick comparison of Caraway vs. Our Place.
|Product Offerings||Only one cookware offering: Ceramic non-stick||Two cookware offerings: Ceramic non-stick and enameled cast iron|
|Base Construction||Aluminum||Aluminum or cast iron|
|Cooking Surface||Ceramic non-stick||Ceramic non-stick or enameled cast iron|
|Oven-Safe Temperature||Up to 550°F||Always Pan 2.0 is safe up to 450°F; enameled cast iron cookware is safe up to 500°F without the lid|
|Induction-Compatible||All cookware is induction-compatible||All cookware is induction-compatible|
|Color Options||13 colors||9 colors|
|Where It’s Made||Made in China||Made in China, Thailand, and Mexico|
|Company History||Founded in 2018||Founded in 2019|
|Price||$$$ (CarawayHome.com)||$$-$$$ (FromOurPlace.com)|
|Main Benefit||Colorful exterior; oven-safe up to 550°F; less expensive||Comes with a steamer basket and wooden spoon; rivetless handles|
|Main Downside||Exterior coating flakes off; non-stick coating wears down quickly||Not oven-safe; expensive; non-stick coating wears down quickly|
One of the main differences between Caraway and Our Place is their product lineups.
Caraway has one cookware collection, which includes a frying pan, saute pan, saucepan, and Dutch oven. You can buy each piece individually or buy all four as a set.
Our Place offers two core cookware products:
- The Always Pan is marketed as a10-in-1 all-purpose pan that can perform nearly all cooking functions (braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve, and store). It’s essentially a deep saute pan with a wooden spoon and a steamer basket. There’s an aluminum non-stick version of this pan and an enameled cast iron version.
- The Perfect Pot is a larger vessel (5.5-quart) with a wooden spoon, pasta strainer, and roasting rack. This pot also comes in aluminum non-stick or enameled cast iron.
Caraway’s approach is much more traditional. They sell several different pots and pans, and each serves a purpose. Our Place wants you to buy one pan and use it for everything.
Although the idea of only needing one pan is appealing, especially if you live in a small apartment and don’t have the space for a complete set, it’s not practical for most home cooks. I’ll get more into the reasons why in a minute.
Besides cookware, Caraway offers bakeware, tea kettles, food storage sets, and linens, such as oven mitts and aprons.
Our Place’s primary offering is the ceramic non-stick Always Pan, but they also have ovenware, knives, and a variety of cookware and kitchen accessories, including steaming baskets, cutting boards, and food storage containers.
Caraway cookware features a high-gloss exterior, while Our Place’s Always Pan has a matte finish.
If you look closely, you’ll see the subtle texture of Our Place’s exterior. The bumpy surface is coated aluminum but looks like enameled cast iron.
Caraway offers 13 color choices in shades like sage, cream, and peracotta. The shades are mainly neutral or soft pastels. The brand frequently adds colors and occasionally offers limited edition color options.
Our Place offers nine color choices. The colors are pastels, like lavender or blue salt, or bright colors, like firecracker (bright red) or azul (bright blue).
Caraway handles are either polished stainless steel or gold-toned steel. They’re riveted to the pan’s body, which ensures they’ll never loosen or detach.
They have rounded sides, which make them comfortable to hold, but I’ve noticed my hand slipping when tilting the pan (especially when my hand is wet or greasy).
Our Place handles are not riveted. Instead, they’re screwed onto the pan’s body. Although the rivetless design makes it easier to clean (rivets tend to collect oil), you can remove the handle with an Allen wrench, and removable handles like these are prone to loosening over time.
Unlike Caraway and most other cookware brands, Our Place handles are not steel. Instead, they’re made of synthetic plastic. They feature a rubbery grippy texture and are noticeably light.
Update: The latest version of the Always Pan (Always Pan 2.0) has steel handles. The design is the same.
Our Place handles are squared, which is highly unusual. Although, this boxy shape is necessary so that the wooden spoon can rest flat on top.
Both brands are relatively thick. The walls of the Always pan are 4.2 mm thick, and Caraway is 3.8 mm.
Usually, pans with thicker walls are heavier, but that’s not the case here.
I weighed the 10-inch Caraway fry pan and the Always Pan (also 10 inches), and both weighed 2.7 pounds.
I was surprised to see these results because the Always Pan has thicker walls and taller sides. Also, both pans are made of aluminum. The only explanation is that the Always Pan’s handles are made of a lighter material.
Although lighter cookware is easier to maneuver, it’s usually less durable and more likely to warp. I haven’t noticed warping with either brand, but it’s worth noting.
Like I do with every cookware brand I review, I put Caraway and the Our Place Always Pan to the test.
I used both to cook eggs, pancakes, vegetables, ground beef, steak, fish, pasta, and many other dishes. I cooked with both pans for several months (Caraway for over two years) to understand how they perform over time.
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The truth is, they perform about the same. Both heat up fast and evenly, and the initial non-stick properties are excellent. For the first few months, eggs slid around like a hockey puck, and flakey fish released easily with zero sticking.
Unfortunately, that level of performance only holds up for a short time. At around the one-year mark, the ceramic non-stick coating on both pans begins to falter. The surface on Caraway and Our Place pans scratches fairly easily, and as those scratches accumulate, the non-stick performance declines.
After about a year and a half, both pans were almost unusable. The main benefits of ceramic non-stick pans are food release and easy cleaning, and once the non-stick properties begin to fade, you lose those benefits.
While testing both brands, I noticed Caraway’s handles are much more comfortable, but the part closest to the pan gets extremely hot.
Our Place handles stay cooler since they’re plastic and aren’t riveted directly to the base. That said, the small section jetting out from the base where the handle is screwed into and the stem of the lid handle gets extremely hot.
I’m not a fan of Our Place’s all-in-one style pan. It certainly saves space and helps you declutter your kitchen, but the notion that one pan can replace an entire set is simply not true.
The Always Pan is 10.5 inches in diameter and has a 2.6-quart capacity, which might work for one or two people but not for a family of three or more. Unless you cook one-pot meals, you’ll need more than one pan.
Another aspect I don’t like about the Always Pan is the steamer basket. The metal legs (which can scratch the non-stick coating) are short.
This design is necessary to fit the pan, but short legs mean you can only put in a small amount of water. If you add too much water, you’ll boil instead of steam, but if you put too little, it burns off quickly before fully cooking the food.
It’s better to steam in a larger pot with tall side walls using a steamer basket with longer legs.
On top of all that, the original Our Place Always pan isn’t oven-safe. For a pan that touts itself as the ultimate all-purpose system, it has several limitations.
Update: The latest version of the Always Pan (Always Pan 2.0) has steel handles and is oven-safe up to 450°F.
I conduct the same two tests with every cookware brand I review. The first test measures heat conduction (how fast and evenly it heats), and the second measures heat retention (how well it maintains heat).
For the first test, I poured two cups of cold (55°F) water into each pan and put them on the stove on high.
The water in the Caraway pan started bubbling after one minute and 53 seconds and came to a full boil after two minutes and 26 seconds.
The Our Place pan heated slower but wasn’t far behind Caraway. The water in the Always Pan started bubbling after two minutes and two seconds and boiled after two minutes and 48 seconds.
The bubbles in both pans were uniform across the cooking surface, indicating even heat distribution.
Here’s how Caraway and Our Place stack up against the rest of the cookware industry.
|Pan||Time to First Bubbles||Time to Boil|
|Farberware||1 minute and 2 seconds||1 minute and 29 seconds|
|Made In stainless steel fry pan||1 minute and 40 seconds||2 minutes and 21 seconds|
|Anolon X pan||1 minute and 35 seconds||2 minutes and 22 seconds|
|Misen fry pan||1 minute and 50 seconds||2 minutes and 25 seconds|
|Caraway||1 minute and 53 seconds||2 minutes and 26 seconds|
|Anolon Advanced fry pan||1 minute and 55 seconds||2 minutes and 27 seconds|
|HexClad fry pan||1 minute and 40 seconds||2 minutes and 30 seconds|
|Made In non-stick fry pan||1 minute and 53 seconds||2 minutes and 31 seconds|
|Zwilling fry pan||1 minute and 45 seconds||2 minutes and 31 seconds|
|T-fal fry pan||1 minute and 50 seconds||2 minutes and 32 seconds|
|Gotham Steel fry pan||1 minute and 58 seconds||2 minutes and 32 seconds|
|Rachael Ray fry pan||1 minute and 47 seconds||2 minutes and 36 seconds|
|Viking fry pan||1 minute and 42 seconds||2 minute and 39 seconds|
|Calphalon fry pan||1 minute and 45 seconds||2 minutes and 40 seconds|
|Pioneer Woman fry pan||2 minute and 2 seconds||2 minute and 46 seconds|
|Hestan fry pan||1 minute and 52 seconds||2 minutes and 47 seconds|
|GreenLife pan||2 minutes and 11 seconds||2 minutes and 47 seconds|
|Our Place Always Pan||2 minutes and 2 seconds||2 minutes and 48 seconds|
|Tramontina fry pan||1 minute and 53 seconds||2 minutes and 52 seconds|
|Circulon fry pan||2 minutes and 7 seconds||2 minutes and 55 seconds|
|All-Clad skillet||1 minute and 55 seconds||2 minutes and 55 seconds|
|Demeyere Industry fry pan||2 minutes and 3 seconds||3 minutes and 10 seconds|
|Ballarini fry pan||2 minutes and 15 seconds||3 minutes and 12 seconds|
|Heritage Steel fry pan||1 minutes and 59 seconds||3 minutes and 15 seconds|
|Demeyere Atlantis fry pan||2 minutes and 11 seconds||3 minutes and 25 seconds|
For the second test, I removed both pans from the heat as soon as the water began boiling and set them aside to cool.
I measured the water temperature in both pans at the five and 10-minute marks to see which retained heat better.
After five minutes, the water in the Caraway pan was 116.6°F, and the water in the Always Pan was 118.0°F.
After ten minutes, the water in the Caraway pan was 96.4°F, and the water in the Always Pan was 96.7°F.
As you can see in the results below, both brands’ heat retention is average.
|Pan||Temperature After 5 Minutes||Temperature After 10 Minutes|
|Made In stainless steel fry pan||121.1°F||106.6°F|
|Demeyere Atlantis fry pan||122.0°F||106.3°F|
|Made In non-stick fry pan||120.2°F||105.8°F|
|Misen fry pan||118.6°F||103.4°F|
|Zwilling fry pan||121.1°F||103.0°F|
|Rachael Ray fry pan||126.3°F||102.7°F|
|HexClad fry pan||120.7°F||102.4°F|
|Circulon fry pan||133.3°F||102.0°F|
|Tramontina fry pan||118.5°F||101.3°F|
|Calphalon fry pan||112.8°F||101.1°F|
|Ballarini fry pan||120°F||99.9°F|
|Hestan fry pan||114°F||98°F|
|Demeyere Industry fry pan||115.2°F||96.6°F|
|Our Place Always Pan||118.0°F||96.7°F|
|Caraway fry pan||116.6°F||96.4°F|
|Anolon X pan||114.1°F||96.0°F|
|Viking fry pan||106.6°F||95.9°F|
|Farberware fry pan||112.0°F||95.4°F|
|GreenLife fry pan||119.0°F||95.0°F|
|Gotham Steel fry pan||113.0°F||95.0°F|
|Anolon fry pan||112.7°F||90.9°F|
|Pioneer Woman fry pan||104.3°F||90.9°F|
|T-fal fry pan||108.7°F||88.0°F|
Caraway cookware is oven safe up to 550°F (including the lid), which gives you flexibility in the types of meals you can make.
The original Always Pan (ceramic non-stick) is not oven safe, which is surprising considering it’s marketed as a pan to replace the need for multiple pots and pans. In that way, it’s limiting, especially if you have a meal that requires a cooktop-to-oven transfer.
Perhaps that explains the launch of the enameled cast iron version of the Always Pan, which is oven-safe to 500°F without the lid.
Update: The latest version of the Always Pan (Always Pan 2.0) has steel handles and is oven-safe up to 450°F.
Caraway and Our Place are both more expensive than most ceramic non-stick brands. For example, some GreenPan collections cost half as much as Caraway or Our Place.
The price difference between Caraway and Our Place varies by product, but, in general, Caraway is less expensive and a better value.
For example, Caraway’s 4.5-quart saute pan costs the same as Our Place’s 2.6-quart Always Pan, and Caraway’s 6.5-quart Dutch oven costs less than Our Place’s 5.5-quart Perfect Pot.
You could argue that you get more with Our Place because each pan comes with a wooden spoon and a steamer basket, but those items are cheap — you could buy them at any home goods store for a nominal amount.
Before you buy Caraway or Our Place, you need to understand their downsides.
Food sticks after limited use – Although the food release is excellent initially, ceramic non-stick quickly loses its non-stick properties. It just doesn’t hold up long-term. The more you use it, the more its non-stick qualities diminish.
Damages easily – Even with extra care, the interior and the exterior can scratch pretty easily, and the paint flakes off over time. I noticed scratches on the pan I tested after only a few uses. These blemishes take away from its initial stunning appearance.
Straight sides – The straight pan walls make it hard to slide food out of the frying pan. Since Caraway pans don’t have flared rims, you need to tilt the pan at a higher angle to transfer eggs to a plate, and pan juices often drip down the sides and burn into the exterior.
Not broiler safe – Caraway is oven-safe but not broiler-safe. So if you plan to use your broiler, you’ll need to keep another pan handy.
Limited lifetime of ceramic non-stick – Like Caraway, the ceramic non-stick doesn’t last long. Thankfully, Our Place offers a 100-day trial, so you can return it for a refund if you are not pleased.
Exterior staining – The exterior stains easily, and the stains are difficult to remove, even with regular cleaning.
Requires low heat – Our Place recommends low heat for its ceramic non-stick pans. These pans are not ideal for high-heat cooking like searing and stir-frying.
Helper handle gets hot – Because the helper handle is part of the cookware body as opposed to a riveted or welded handle made of a different material, it conducts heat and gets very hot. The bottom part of the stem on the lid knob gets extremely hot, too. If you aren’t wearing an oven mitt or using heat-safe grips, it’s a burn hazard.
Cheap feel – Our Place pans are relatively thick but feel lightweight and cheap. The handle is plastic, and the lid is extremely thin and light. When you hold these pans, they don’t feel like cookware that will last forever.
The Spruce Eats named the Caraway cookware set best overall in its recent list of the best ceramic cookware. Reviewers liked the color choices and storage solution for the pans and lids. They were also impressed with the pan’s heat performance.
However, they also noted that it was expensive and high-maintenance as it requires handwashing, and you can’t use any tools with sharp edges because they will scratch the cookware.
Glamour included Caraway and Our Place cooking sets in its picks for the best cookware sets for home chefs.
Glamour named Caraway’s set the best overall. Reviewers pointed out its choice of colors, cooking versatility, and high oven-safe temperature.
Glamour reviewers chose Our Place’s Home Cook Duo (Always Pan and Perfect Pot) as the most versatile. While they did not claim it to be the longest-lasting option, they liked its versatility, style, and the convenience of a built-in spoon rest.
The New York Times Wirecutter published a scathing review of the Our Place Always Pan, saying it’s not worth the hype. The reviewer criticized the boxy, uncomfortable handle, poor non-stick properties over time, and exaggerated claims of being able to replace several pans.
Good Housekeeping chose Caraway as the best stylish ceramic cookware in a list of best ceramic cookware sets. Product testers from the Good Housekeeping Institute thought the lids were nice-looking and functional, but they got very hot and collected a lot of condensation. They liked the food release of the cooking surface and the steam vent in the lid.
Food & Wine included Caraway and Our Place in its list of the best non-toxic cookware.
Food & Wine reviewers called Caraway the best set, noting its excellent food release, choice of colors, and easy cleanup. They liked that you can use Caraway cookware on any stove but did not like how easy it is to scratch the non-stick coating.
Reviewers named Our Place’s Always Pan the best all-in-one pan. They called it an “easy solution for small kitchens” because it replaces eight cookware pieces. However, they found its food release was lacking.
Now that you know the differences between Caraway and Our Place, which ceramic non-stick brand is best for you?
Before I share my recommendation, let’s recap the key differences:
- Caraway only offers one ceramic non-stick cookware collection. Our Place is focused on multi-purpose pans and has two styles of cookware: the Always Pan and the Perfect Pot. In addition to ceramic non-stick, Our Place offers enameled cast iron pans.
- Caraway has more color choices than Our Place.
- The interior cooking surface of Caraway cookware is light gray, while Our Place uses a dark gray interior.
- Caraway cookware is oven-safe up to 550°F, including the lid. The original Always Pan (ceramic non-stick version) is not oven-safe. Always Pan 2.0 is oven-safe up to 450°F, and the enameled cast iron Always Pan is safe in an oven up to 500°F without the lid.
- Caraway handles are rounded and riveted to the pans. Our Place handles are plastic, boxy, and rivetless.
- Our Place costs more but is marketed as an all-in-one cooking solution. Caraway is a better value if you compare similar products.
Bottom line — the Our Place Always Pan is designed for multiple uses, but it doesn’t do any one thing particularly well. It requires low heat, so you can’t sear or brown foods. It’s not big enough for large meals and is unnecessarily large for small cooking tasks, like frying an egg.
I would not recommend buying an all-in-one pan like the Always Pan for most home cooks. Instead, invest in a small set of essentials (fry pan, saute pan, saucepan/saucier, stock pot). Multiple pots and pans will take up more room, but you’ll need more than one pan to cook an entire meal.
With Caraway, you get a broad choice of colors, a sturdy steel handle, and a sleek design. It won’t last forever, but at least you can cook on high heat, and it’s safe to use in the oven. If you’re set on buying one of these two brands, go with Caraway.
That said, I recommend several other brands ahead of Caraway, including Made In, All-Clad, Scanpan, and Lodge. Read my guide to the best cookware brands to learn more.
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