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Made In vs. Caraway Cookware: 11 Key Differences

Are you shopping for new pots and pans but can’t decide between Made In and Caraway?

Both brands are surging in popularity, but which is better? What are the key differences?

In this comparison of Made In vs. Caraway, you’ll learn how their cookware differs in construction, design, performance, price, and more.

Plus, I reveal the results of the tests I conducted to determine which brand conducts and retains heat the best.


Use the links below to navigate the comparison:


Made In vs. Caraway: Key Takeaways

Here are the key differences between Made In and Caraway cookware.

Construction and Product Offerings: Caraway provides a simple collection including a frying pan, sauté pan, saucepan, and a Dutch oven, all made of an aluminum base with a ceramic non-stick coating. Made In offers multiple collections, such as stainless steel, non-stick, carbon steel, copper, and enameled cast iron cookware.

Cooking Surface: Caraway pans are coated in a ceramic non-stick material derived from sand. Made In uses a Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) non-stick coating, which tends to be more durable and provides a smoother cooking surface.

Finish and Colors: Caraway’s exterior has a high-gloss finish and comes in 13 colors, primarily neutral or soft pastels. Made In cookware has a more traditional look geared towards professional chefs and serious home cooks.

Cooking Performance: Made In’s stainless steel and non-stick cookware heat up fast, retain heat well, and are highly durable. Caraway heats quickly and evenly, but the non-stick coating tends to degrade over time and is not ideal for searing meats.

Heat Conduction and Retention: Both brands deliver even heat distribution. However, Made In pans, both stainless steel and non-stick, outperform Caraway in terms of heat retention.

Where It’s Made: Caraway cookware is manufactured in China. Made In collaborates with factories across the United States and Europe for its various product lines.

Bottom line — Made In cookware is more durable, versatile, and performs better than Caraway. Caraway cookware comes in more colors and costs less than Made In’s more expensive offerings, but that’s where Caraway’s advantages end. If you’re choosing between these two brands, I highly recommend Made In.

You can read more reviews are check the current prices of both brands at the links below:

Comparison Chart

The table below makes it easy to compare Made In and Caraway cookware.

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CarawayMade In
Product OfferingsCeramic non-stick cookwareStainless steel, non-stick, carbon steel, copper, enameled cast iron
Base MaterialsAluminum5-ply stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, or cast iron
Cooking Surface MaterialsCeramic non-stickStainless steel, 2-layer PTFE non-stick, enamel
Cooking Surface DesignSmooth (gray)Smooth (steel, black, red, green)
Handle DesignRounded, polished stainless steelFlat, brushed stainless steel
Thickness3.8 mm3 mm
Weight of 10-Inch Fry Pan2.8 lb2.5 lb
Cooking PerformanceHeats fast and evenly, ideal for eggs.Excellent heat conduction and retention
Oven-Safe TemperatureUp to 550°F500-1200°F
Metal Utensil-SafeNoYes (except Non-Stick)
Induction CompatibleYesYes (except Copper)
Dishwasher SafeNoOnly Stainless Steel
Company HistoryLaunched in 2018Launched in 2017
Where It Is MadeChinaUSA, Italy, France
Price$$$ (CarawayHome.com and Amazon)$$$ (MadeInCookware.com, Amazon)

Difference 1: Construction and Product Offerings

Caraway keeps it simple and sleek with just one cookware collection with essential pieces, including a frying pan, sauté pan, saucepan, and a Dutch oven. You have the option to purchase the whole set or buy pieces individually.

In terms of construction, Caraway cookware boasts an aluminum base with a ceramic non-stick coating. Aluminum has high thermal conductivity, so it heats quickly and evenly, and the ceramic non-stick coating ensures easy cleanup.

Caraway aluminum base with steel induction plate
Caraway aluminum base with steel induction plate

Each pan has a stainless steel plate on the bottom, making them compatible with induction cooktops.

Made In’s offers several types of cookware. Here’s a quick overview:

Stainless Steel: Made In stainless steel cookware is fully clad with 5-ply construction. The heart of these pots and pans is a heat-conductive aluminum alloy core nestled between two layers of pure aluminum. The food-grade 304, 18/10 stainless steel surface is non-reactive. The exterior layer is induction-compatible 430 stainless steel.

Best Stainless Steel Cookware for Electric Stoves Made In
Made In Stainless Steel

Non-stick: If you want easy cooking and cleaning, consider Made In’s non-stick cookware. It’s designed with the same base as the stainless steel collection but with the bonus of a 2-layer, PTFE-based PFOA-free non-stick surface.

Made In non-stick frying pan
Made In non-stick frying pan

Carbon Steel: If you crave the durability and performance of cast iron without the weight, Made In’s carbon steel line is for you. Over time, a seasoned layer of baked-on oil bonds with the cooking surface, enhancing food release.

Made In Carbon Steel Pan with wood background
Made In carbon steel

Copper: Made In’s copper cookware holds a unique 90/10 construction: 90% copper and 10% stainless steel. Unlike other brands that line their copper pans with tin, Made In’s 18/10 stainless steel cooking surface is a sturdier choice (tin-lined copper cookware breaks down over time and needs to be re-tinned).

Made In copper cookware made in France
Made In copper

Enameled Cast Iron: Made In’s enameled cast iron line has a sturdy cast iron core coated with enamel inside and outside. You get the heat retention of cast iron without the need to season the surface.

Interior of Made In Dutch ovens
Interior of Made In enameled cast iron Dutch ovens

Difference 2: Cooking Surface

The cooking surface, specifically the non-stick coatings, sets these two brands apart. Let’s break it down.

Caraway cookware features a ceramic non-stick coating made from natural sand-derived silicon using a process called sol-gel. While it’s not crafted from clay like ceramic bakeware, it earns the “ceramic” label due to its glossy texture that mirrors traditional ceramics.

Caraway cookware interior
Caraway cookware interior

Alternatively, Made In’s non-stick pans utilize a Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating, also called Teflon.

Made In blue and black non-stick coating
Made In blue and black non-stick coating

There are two main advantages to PTFE. First, it’s more durable. Your Made In non-stick pans will last longer than Caraway. Second, it performs better. Food slides more smoothly on the pan.

So, why would Caraway opt for a ceramic coating?

The popularity of ceramic non-stick cookware emerged in the early 2000s due to concerns over toxic chemicals, like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which were involved in manufacturing PTFE coatings.

Caraway and brands like GreenPan capitalized on consumers’ fear by marketing their pans as the safer alternative. However, these concerns are outdated.

In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the largest non-stick coating manufacturers to eliminate these harmful substances. By 2013, all non-stick cookware became PFOA-free and is considered safe.

The only risk with traditional PTFE non-stick cookware is if it’s overheated. If the temperature reaches over 500°F for a few minutes, the coating releases fumes that can cause temporary flu-like symptoms.

That said, authorities like the American Cancer Society have confirmed no proven risks to humans using Teflon-coated cookware. Here’s a direct quote from their website:

“Other than the possible risk of flu-like symptoms from breathing in fumes from heated cookware with non-stick coatings, there are no proven risks to humans from using these products. While PFAS can be used in making some of these coatings, it is not present (or is present in extremely small amounts) in the final products.”

Caraway’s claims about their non-stick coating being safer hold true, but only if you misuse PTFE-coated cookware by overheating it for a sustained period. Otherwise, both coatings serve their purpose well, with PTFE offering greater durability and performance.

Difference 3: Finish and Colors

Caraway’s cookware boasts a high-gloss finish with 13 colors to choose from, including sage, cream, and peracotta. These primarily neutral or soft pastels blend easily with most kitchen décor.

Caraway cookware exterior
Caraway cookware exterior

Caraway is known for refreshing its color palette regularly and offering limited-edition options. By presenting these colors on social media via influencers, they appeal to a younger demographic of cooks.

Made In offers varying finishes and color schemes depending on the type of cookware. The stainless steel and non-stick options sport a brushed stainless finish. The non-stick coating comes in blue, black, pomme red, or hudson green.

Made In brushed stainless steel exterior
Made In brushed stainless steel exterior

Made In’s copper cookware features a shiny finish, while the carbon steel has a unique look. Initially, the carbon steel cookware has a blue-black tint. But as you cook, it develops a patina — a color change caused by oxidation. This patina can range from blue or brown to green.

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Made In copper cookware

Finally, Made In’s enameled cast iron collection presents a glossy enamel exterior. You can select from five colors: blood orange, ash grey, antique white, harbour blue, and Made In red. The interiors of the cookware are either black or white, depending on the variant.

Bottom of a Made In Dutch oven
Bottom of a Made In Dutch oven

Difference 4: Handles

Caraway handles are polished stainless steel or gold-toned steel and attached to the pan’s body with two rivets.

However, the rounded sides of the handles can be slightly slippery if your hand is wet, which could affect your grip during cooking.

Caraway cookware handle
Caraway cookware handle

Most Made In pots and pans have stainless steel handles, except for the enameled cast iron collection, which features one-piece construction (the handles and base are cast iron). Depending on the cookware type, the stainless steel handles are attached with two or three rivets.

Made In’s handle design considers the movements you make while cooking. They are flatter than Caraway’s, which prevents them from rotating in your hand when you tilt the pan, pour contents, or slide food onto a plate.

Made In non-stick pan handle
Made In non-stick pan handle

The stainless steel and non-stick collections sport brushed stainless steel handles attached by two rivets.

Top of Made In pan handle
Top of Made In pan handle

The carbon steel cookware, however, features flat brushed stainless handles attached by three rivets for increased stability.

Made In carbon steel frying pan top side of handle
Made In carbon steel frying pan top side of handle

If you opt for the copper collection, you’ll find rounded polished stainless steel handles attached by two rivets.

Difference 5: Cooking Performance

I’ve been cooking with Made In and Caraway cookware for a few years now, and here’s my take on how they compare in the kitchen.

Made In’s stainless steel cookware performs exactly how you’d expect a high-end brand to perform. It heats up fast and evenly and retains heat well. Placing a chilled steak on the pan doesn’t diminish its heat – it stays hot and yields a terrific sear.

Cooking pork chops in a Made In stainless steel pan
Cooking pork chops in a Made In stainless steel pan

The handles remain cool when cooking on the stove, and as long as you utilize the correct techniques, food won’t adhere to the surface.

I’ve tested Made In against renowned brands like All-Clad, Calphalon, and Demeyere, and it holds its own, if not outshines them.

Made In versus All-Clad chicken cutlets
All-Clad (left), Made In (right)

Made In non-stick pans share the same base construction as its stainless steel pans, offering similar heat conduction and retention. However, thanks to its non-stick coating, it also provides excellent food release.

I’ve tested these pans, cooking eggs, fish, pancakes, and other delicate foods. Even after years of use, eggs still glide across the pan surface.

Searing is not a strength of most non-stick cookware, but that’s not the case with Made In. It sears almost as well as the brand’s stainless steel and carbon steel pans.

Don’t believe me? Check out this salmon and these shrimp I recently cooked in the Made In 12-inch non-stick pan.

Cooking salmon in a Made In non-stick pan
Cooking salmon in a Made In non-stick pan
Cooking shrimp in a Made In non-stick pan
Cooking shrimp in a Made In non-stick pan

Caraway cookware also heats up quickly and evenly. And initially, food doesn’t stick to its surface. As with most non-stick cookware, Caraway pans are fantastic for eggs, fish, and other delicate food items prone to sticking.

Cooking ground beef in a Caraway and Our Place pans
Cooking ground beef in a Caraway and Our Place pans

However, the non-stick coating on Caraway pans wears off over time. After about a year of cooking with Caraway, the surface has several scratches, and eggs no longer slide around as effortlessly as they initially did.

Cooking a grilled ham and cheese with Caraway pan
Cooking a grilled ham and cheese with Caraway pan

I now have to add a lot of oil or butter and cook on medium to prevent sticking. With its non-stick coating degrading, using this pan for delicate foods has become a far more challenging task.

Unfortunately, ceramic non-stick pans, like Caraway, are notorious for losing their non-stick properties quickly.

Caraway isn’t the best option for searing meat; due to the super slick cooking surface, food tends to slide around too much to get a proper sear. I would never recommend using Caraway to cook a steak.

Compared to the flat handles of Made In, Caraway’s rounded handles can rotate in your hand when you pour or tilt, especially if your hand is wet or greasy.

Overall, Caraway is suitable for eggs and delicate foods initially. But after several months, food will start to stick. Made In cookware is much more durable and versatile. The non-stick coating lasts longer and sears better, and the stainless steel pans can be used to cook any ingredient and perform all cooking techniques.

Difference 6: Heat Conduction and Retention

In addition to real-world testing in the kitchen, I conducted two experiments with Made In and Caraway to see which brand conducts and retains heat better.

First, I poured two cups of cold water (55°F) into Caraway, Made In stainless steel, and Made In non-stick pans. Then I placed both pans on the stove and set the heat to high.

There were two goals to this test. First, to see which pan heated fastest. And secondly, to see how even each pan heated.

Fortunately, the bubbles in all three pans were uniform across the cooking surface, which indicated even heat distribution.

Made In non-stick pan even heating
Made In non-stick pan heating up evenly

The Made In stainless steel pan heated the fastest. The water in that pan came to a full boil after 2 minutes and 21 seconds.

In second place was the Caraway pan, which took 2 minutes and 26 seconds to boil the water.

Made In non-stick came in third place, boiling the water in 2 minutes and 31 seconds.

I conduct this test with every cookware brand I review, and as you can see in the results below, Made In and Caraway’s heat conduction is above the industry average.

PanTime to First BubblesTime to Boil
Farberware1 minute and 2 seconds1 minute and 29 seconds
Made In stainless steel fry pan1 minute and 40 seconds2 minutes and 21 seconds
Anolon X pan1 minute and 35 seconds2 minutes and 22 seconds
Misen fry pan1 minute and 50 seconds2 minutes and 25 seconds
Caraway1 minute and 53 seconds2 minutes and 26 seconds
Anolon Advanced fry pan1 minute and 55 seconds2 minutes and 27 seconds
HexClad fry pan1 minute and 40 seconds2 minutes and 30 seconds
Made In non-stick fry pan1 minute and 53 seconds2 minutes and 31 seconds
Zwilling fry pan1 minute and 45 seconds2 minutes and 31 seconds
T-fal fry pan1 minute and 50 seconds2 minutes and 32 seconds
Gotham Steel fry pan1 minute and 58 seconds2 minutes and 32 seconds
Rachael Ray fry pan1 minute and 47 seconds2 minutes and 36 seconds
Viking fry pan1 minute and 42 seconds2 minute and 39 seconds
Calphalon fry pan1 minute and 45 seconds2 minutes and 40 seconds
Pioneer Woman fry pan2 minute and 2 seconds2 minute and 46 seconds
Hestan fry pan1 minute and 52 seconds2 minutes and 47 seconds
GreenLife pan2 minutes and 11 seconds2 minutes and 47 seconds
Our Place Always Pan2 minutes and 2 seconds2 minutes and 48 seconds
Tramontina fry pan1 minute and 53 seconds2 minutes and 52 seconds
Circulon fry pan2 minutes and 7 seconds2 minutes and 55 seconds
All-Clad D3 skillet1 minute and 55 seconds2 minutes and 55 seconds
All-Clad HA1 fry pan2 minute and 12 seconds2 minute and 58 seconds
Demeyere Industry fry pan2 minutes and 3 seconds3 minutes and 10 seconds
Ballarini fry pan2 minutes and 15 seconds3 minutes and 12 seconds
Heritage Steel fry pan1 minutes and 59 seconds3 minutes and 15 seconds
Demeyere Atlantis fry pan2 minutes and 11 seconds3 minutes and 25 seconds
Xtrema fry pan3 minutes and 41 seconds6 minutes and 7 seconds

The second test measures heat retention, which is critical for certain cooking techniques like searing and browning.

When cooking a steak, burger, or other meat, you want the pan to stay hot from the first to the last minute. If the pan cools down when you lay that cold cut of meat in there, it won’t sear properly.

So how does Caraway compare to Made In in terms of heat retention?

After the water boiled, I removed all three pans from the heat and set them on the counter to cool.

After ten minutes, the water in the Made In stainless steel fry pan was 106.6°F, and the water in the non-stick version was 105.8°F.

Made In non-stick heat retention results after ten minutes
Made In non-stick heat retention results after ten minutes

Compare this to the Caraway fry pan, where the water temperature drops to a significantly cooler 96.4°F.

Caraway heat retention test results after 10 minutes
Caraway heat retention test results after 10 minutes

Bottom line — both Made In pans (stainless steel and non-stick) outperform Caraway in terms of heat retention. They stay hotter longer, giving you more control and consistency when cooking.

Here are the full results of this test so you can see how Made In and Caraway perform across the cookware industry.

PanTemperature After 5 MinutesTemperature After 10 Minutes
Xtrema fry pan142°F113°F
Made In stainless steel fry pan121.1°F106.6°F
Demeyere Atlantis fry pan122.0°F106.3°F
Made In non-stick fry pan120.2°F105.8°F
Misen fry pan118.6°F103.4°F
Zwilling fry pan121.1°F103.0°F
Rachael Ray fry pan126.3°F102.7°F
HexClad fry pan120.7°F102.4°F
Circulon fry pan133.3°F102.0°F
Tramontina fry pan118.5°F101.3°F
Calphalon fry pan112.8°F101.1°F
All-Clad skillet111.6°F100.9°F
Ballarini fry pan120°F99.9°F
Heritage Steel120.1°F98.2°F
All-Clad HA1 fry pan117.9°F98.1°F
Hestan fry pan114.4°F98.0°F
Demeyere Industry fry pan115.2°F96.6°F
Our Place Always Pan118.0°F96.7°F
Caraway fry pan116.6°F96.4°F
Anolon X pan114.1°F96.0°F
Viking fry pan106.6°F95.9°F
Farberware fry pan112.0°F95.4°F
GreenLife fry pan119.0°F95.0°F
Gotham Steel fry pan113.0°F95.0°F
Anolon Advanced fry pan112.7°F90.9°F
Pioneer Woman fry pan104.3°F90.9°F
T-fal fry pan108.7°F88.0°F

Difference 7: Oven-Safe Temperature

Caraway cookware is oven-safe up to 550°F, including the lid.

Made In’s cookware, however, varies in oven-safe temperatures depending on the type. The stainless clad and copper collections can endure temperatures up to 800°F, providing more flexibility for high-heat roasting or searing.

The non-stick collection from Made In is oven-safe up to 500°F, suitable for most daily cooking and baking needs.

When it comes to Made In’s carbon steel cookware, it tops the chart with an impressive oven-safe temperature of 1200°F.

Finally, Made In’s enameled cast iron collection is safe up to 580°F.

Difference 8: Where It Is Made

Caraway, though based in New York, manufactures all its cookware in China. This manufacturing strategy is not uncommon, and the quality of the product is primarily determined by the company’s quality control measures rather than the manufacturing location itself.

In contrast, Made In, headquartered in Austin, Texas, has a more diversified approach. The company collaborates with factories across the United States and Europe to manufacture its products.

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For example, their stainless steel and non-stick pots and pans are manufactured in the United States and Italy.

Made In’s kitchen knives, carbon steel, copper, and enameled cast iron cookware are produced in France.

A 5th-generation family-owned knife maker in Thiers, France, crafts Made In’s knives.

The company’s dinnerware, including plates, platters, and bowls, is made in Stoke-on-Trent, England, known for its pottery industry.

Wooden products, including the wooden spoon, butcher block, and rolling pin, are sourced from Hungary, while the grill press is made in Sweden.

The only product from Made In’s range manufactured in China is the silicone universal lid.

Difference 9: Company History

Caraway was founded by Jordan Nathan in 2018. Before embarking on his Caraway journey, Nathan was the CEO of Vremi, a kitchen and home goods company owned by the Mohawk Group.

Inspired by the versatile caraway seed, Nathan named his brand Caraway, intending to produce high-quality cookware that makes life in the kitchen easier and healthier.

Caraway initially launched as a direct-to-consumer brand but expanded its reach in 2021 and started selling through Crate and Barrel, West Elm, and several other retailers.

Made In was founded a year before Caraway, in 2017, by friends Chip Malt and Jake Kalick. Their goal was simple yet ambitious: to disrupt the premium cookware market with affordable, high-quality products.

The pair successfully maintained quality by partnering with multi-generational family businesses in regions celebrated for their cookware artisans, such as the United States, Italy, Sweden, and France.

In addition to partnering with well-established manufacturers worldwide, Made In collaborates with Michelin-star and top chefs, including Grant Achatz and Tom Colicchio, to refine their products (disclaimer: both are investors in Made In).

Difference 10: Downsides

Every product has pros and cons, and Caraway and Made In are no exceptions. Understanding these can help you make an informed purchase.

Caraway Downsides:

Food Sticks Over Time: While Caraway’s ceramic non-stick coating excels at releasing food initially, its non-stick properties don’t hold up in the long run. As with other ceramic non-stick cookware brands like GreenPan and GreenLife, the more you use it, the more it loses its non-stick qualities.

Easily Damaged: Extra care doesn’t always prevent damage: the interior and exterior scratch easily, and paint flakes off the exterior over time.

Paint chipping off Caraway pan
Paint chipping off Caraway pan

Straight Sides: The straight pan walls make sliding food out of the frying pan difficult. Since Caraway pans lack flared rims, you’ll need to tilt the pan at a steeper angle to transfer food onto a plate. As a result, pan juices often drip down the sides and burn onto the exterior.

Not Broiler Safe: While Caraway is oven-safe, it’s not broiler-safe. The direct heat from the broiler can cause warping and damage to the non-stick coating.

Limited Selection: Caraway’s product range is limited. Each type of pan is only available in one size.

Made In Downsides:

Unforgiving Heat: The 5-ply construction of Made In pans provides superior heat conduction, which means they heat quickly and respond rapidly to temperature changes. While this is usually a positive, it also means that if your heat is too high, you can quickly overheat the pan and burn your food.

Shallow Pan Walls: The fry pans have shallow walls. Together with the flared rims, it’s easy to spill food when moving the pan, such as when transferring it from the cooktop to the oven.

Heavy: Made In pans are solidly built with thick and heavy walls. For example, the 12-inch fry pan weighs over 3 pounds. If you’re looking for lighter pans you can easily maneuver, Made In is not the best choice (check out my guide to the best lightweight cookware).

Weighing the Made In 12-inch non-stick fry pan
Weighing the Made In 12-inch non-stick fry pan

Not Available In Stores: Made In recently opened a shop in Austin, Texas, but it’s unavailable in other retail stores. So you can’t pick it up and examine the cookware in person before buying it. That said, the company offers a generous 45-day return policy to mitigate this issue.

Difference 11: Price

Made In typically prices its non-stick cookware about 30% higher than Caraway. The brand’s most expensive copper collection product line is significantly pricier than Caraway.

Why does Made In cost more? It comes down to longevity and quality. Made In uses more durable materials, such as PTFE, for their non-stick coating, which lasts longer. The stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, and enameled cast iron cookware are built to last.

It’s important to note that Made In products are crafted by skilled artisans in the United States and Europe, while Caraway products are made in China.

Alternatively, Caraway only offers non-stick ceramic cookware, and although less expensive than Made In, it isn’t cheap. It positions itself on the higher end of the non-stick market.

You can compare the current prices of both brands by using the links below:

What Others Say About Made In and Caraway

Let’s look at what some of the most reputable publications say about Made In and Caraway.

Made In

Esquire praises Made In for being the go-to choice for chefs and restaurants. The durability, quality, and reasonable pricing have earned them this high regard. For home cooks just starting their culinary journey, Made In provides that feeling of being a true chef right at home.

Food & Wine crowned Made In’s stainless steel set as the Best Overall Cookware Set. The collection offers the essential tools every home cook needs, including two frying pans, a saucepan, and a stockpot. The pieces are functional, durable, and easy to clean, with bonus features like rolled rims for easy pouring, stay-cool handles, and five metal layers for superior heat conductivity.

According to Good Housekeeping, Made In’s Non-Stick Set stands out for combining the heft of stainless steel pans with the ease of non-stick pans. The set performed well in their tests, offering even heating and a steady simmer while keeping handles cool to the touch. Additionally, the lids fit snugly onto each pan, an often overlooked detail that adds to the overall cooking experience.

Caraway

Esquire notes Caraway’s clever approach to organization and stylish aesthetics. The reviewers applaud the brand’s use of magnetic-bottom racks, smart handles to keep the cookware tidy, and the bright colors that have made Caraway a hit on social media. They also recognize Caraway’s ceramic coating, an increasingly popular alternative to traditional synthetic non-stick materials.

Food & Wine named Caraway the Best Non-Toxic Cookware Set. The cookware’s non-toxic coating is free of PTFE, PFOA, PFAS, lead, and cadmium, making it a safe and high-performing non-stick option that requires minimal oil and scrubbing. The vibrant color options and modern design elements make them a fun and stylish addition to any kitchen. The set also includes modular pan racks for upright storage and a canvas lid holder with pockets for easy cabinet organization.

Spruce Eats commends Caraway for being the perfect blend of performance and design. In their tests, Caraway pieces demonstrated controlled and even heat distribution, preventing scorching while achieving a gentle sear and color buildup. The non-stick surface ensures easy cooking and cleanup. While the reviewers recommended an additional small fry pan, the rest of the pieces are generously sized and ideal for large-batch recipes. The magnetic pan rack and canvas lid holder add convenience and easy storage that sets Caraway apart.

Bottom Line: Should You Buy Made In or Caraway?

Now that you know the key differences between Made In and Caraway, it’s time to decide which brand is right for your kitchen.

Before I provide my recommendation, let’s quickly recap the pros and cons of each brand:

Caraway

Pros:

  • Sleek and simple collection.
  • Ceramic non-stick coating won’t emit harmful fumes when overheated.
  • Cookware heats up quickly and evenly.
  • Available in a variety of colors.

Cons:

  • Non-stick properties degrade over time, causing food to stick.
  • Cookware is easily damaged, with both the interior and exterior prone to scratching.
  • Cookware has straight sides, making it challenging to slide food out.
  • Not safe for use in broilers.
  • Limited selection, with each type of pan available in only one size.

Made In

Pros:

  • Diverse product offerings, including stainless steel, non-stick, carbon steel, copper, and enameled cast iron cookware.
  • Superior heat conduction and retention.
  • Non-stick pans have greater durability and searing performance.
  • Partnerships with factories in the U.S. and Europe, ensuring high quality.

Cons:

  • Non-stick coating is made of PTFE, which may concern those wary of potential chemical exposure.
  • Construction is thick, which makes these pans heavy.
  • Only available online.
  • Pans heat so fast it’s easy to burn or overcook food.

Bottom line — I recommend Made In for several reasons. They offer more types of cookware, and their pans are designed to last longer. And based on my tests, Made In’s heat retention outperforms Caraway’s significantly.

Caraway is a quality brand with colorful and well-made pans, but ceramic non-stick cookware is not made to last. Unless you take extreme caution, use only rubber utensils and soft sponges, and cook on low to medium heat, you’ll need to replace these pans every few years.

Made In may cost a bit more, but it’s a better long-term investment.

Compare prices and read more reviews of both brands at the links below:

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