There are many choices available today when shopping for stovetop cookware for home use. This cookware category includes metal cookware, sauté pans, skillets, griddles, grill pans and non-stick cookware intended for use on top of a residential stove.

Choosing a Product

Because of concerns about the quality and durability of home kitchen products like cookware, NSF International developed several protocols under the NSF Home Products Certification Program, including NSF Protocol P390: Stovetop Cookware for Home Use. Cookware certified under this protocol undergoes an extensive evaluation to verify manufacturer performance and label/packaging claims as well as material composition and construction.  Certification also includes testing to verify the effectiveness of the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. Residential cookware certified to this protocol is eligible to display the NSF Certified for Home Use mark.

Cleaning Tips

Check your owner’s manual for recommended cleaning instructions. If dishwasher safe, remove loose food items with a paper towel or other soft cloth and place in the dishwasher. If not, hand wash the cookware item in warm soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel after each use.  When storing, if you need to stack cookware, be sure to place a protective material between each pan to prevent scratching of protective or nonstick coatings.

Cooking With Stovetop Cookware

Before using new cookware for the first time, be sure to remove all packaging materials and non-permanent labels and thoroughly wash according to the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. Be sure to review usage instructions to make sure you are using the cookware properly. Do not place stovetop cookware in the oven unless it specifically states in the cookware’s manual that it is safe to do so.