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13 Unique Non-Toxic Dinnerware Ideas for Kids – Ultimate Guide

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Did you know that plastic dinnerware contains harmful chemicals that contribute to early puberty, low sperm count, hyperactivity, and aggressiveness, to name a few? That’s why it’s crucial to consider non-toxic dinnerware alternatives.

The issue is that it’s hard to trust which “kid-safe dinnerware materials” are actually…safe.

Well, in this ultimate guide, we break through the confusion and tell you exactly what materials to avoid and why, their safer counterparts, and the best kid’s dinnerware options on the internet.

So you can feel peace of mind that you’re providing the safest dining experience possible for your little ones.

If you’re short on time, use the table of contents below to jump around to different sections.

Let’s get started!

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Why Choose Eco-Friendly Kids Dinnerware?

Although we adults have no issues with our steel silverware and dishware made from glass and ceramic, kids and toddlers are another story.

They like to test these items’ outer boundaries, and then, we all know what happens…

Plate or glass drops….BOOM!… SHATTERS EVERYWHERE!!

Because of this, kids usually use plastic dinnerware.

The issue is that many of the plastics can be introducing toxins into your diet. These toxins are detrimental to the healthy development of your children.

So, let’s first look at why plastic exists, the chemicals it contains, and other toxins you should be mindful of.

Why Plastic is Used

Manufacturers use plastic to make most kid’s sippy cups and dinnerware because it’s cheap, easy to mass-produce, easy to mold into fun designs, and relatively soft.

Issues arise when we look into the studies and the potential health effects of plastic chemicals leaching into foods and beverages.

Let’s take a look at the most crucial materials to avoid.

What Materials Should I Avoid?

Materials like Teflon, BPA, lead, aluminum, phthalates, melamine, and other plastic chemicals, are often found in everyday kitchen products.

Many of these tie to problematic health issues.

Here is an imperative list of the primary materials you should avoid:

  • BPA & BPS
  • Phthalates
  • PVC
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Teflon (PFAS)
  • Melamine Plastic

BPA & BPS

BPA and BPS harden plastics often used for beverage containers and plastic dinnerware, among other products.

Scientists have linked BPA exposure to reproductive disorders, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, fetal brain development, breast and prostate cancer, and asthma.

BPA-free plastics (BPS’s) aren’t much better. These “safer” alternatives can depress heart function, causing slower blood flow.

In lab tests, researchers introduced BPS to mice in amounts that mimicked typical human levels. Their heart function worsened within minutes of exposure.

Phthalates

Phthalates are groups of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break.

Exposure happens by eating and drinking foods that have been in contact with containers and products containing phthalates.

The consequences on human health are not apparent at this point. However, studies on lab animals show impacts on the reproductive system.

PVC

The name for this plastic is polystyrene; you probably know it as Styrofoam.

PVC is well known to release potentially toxic breakdown products like phthalates into food and drinks.

Furthermore, the manufacturing of PVC is known to release poisonous compounds into the environment.

PVC is one of the most challenging plastics to recycle, making it very harmful to the environment.

Lead & Cadmium

Lead is used in the glazes or decorations on the surfaces of dishes to provide a smooth glass-like finish, allowing bright colors to show through.

Cadmium, another natural element, gives dishes bright colors such as yellow or orange to glazes.

You’ll find these minerals in vintage china, Mexican terra cotta, decorated Asian plates, handcrafted or brightly colored dishware, or dinnerware with decals on the surface.

When you serve acidic food, they will leach quicker and more so.

Exposure to high levels of lead may cause anemia, weakness, kidney, and even brain damage.

Cadmium can cause lung damage, severely aggravate the stomach causing vomiting and diarrhea, and even contribute to cancer.

Teflon (PFAS)

PFAS, commonly known as Teflon, is used to form coatings on products, like cookware, that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water.

Studies on lab animals show effects on growth and development, reproduction, thyroid function, the immune system, and adverse effects to the liver.

Melamine

Some plastic melamine dishes made in China contain a substance called melamine-formaldehyde resin, used to mold structures into tableware.

After production, some melamine remains in the plastic, able to migrate very gradually out into your food.

So what does this mean?

Well, according to the FDA, only highly-acidic foods can cause this chemical to leach into foods, and that’s under extreme conditions (160℉ for two hours).

So, it’s “mostly” safe.

However, we’re focusing on the safest non-toxic dinnerware possible, so let’s avoid melamine plates because heating foods in this material is not ideal.

Takeaway

These materials can leach into food and beverages when exposed to stressors like hot food, using the microwave, UV sunlight, and scratches in the material, just to name a few.

The good news is there are many safer alternatives.

If You Have to Use Plastic, Keep This in Mind

Evading plastic isn’t always entirely possible. If you have to use it, here are some things to keep in mind.

Make sure your child’s lunch gear is free of lead and PVC, as well as BPA’s.

One way to do this is to be aware of the type of plastic used, but recognizing the type of plastic can become tricky.

So, how do you quickly identify the type of plastic? Flip the product over and look at the number inside of the triangle.

Safety TIPS:

  • Avoid plastic #3 (PCS), #6 (Polystyrene), and #7 (Miscellaneous).
  • Choose PVC-free plastics #2, #4, #5. See our post on plastic recycling numbers for more.
  • Do not heat in the microwave (“microwave-safe” only means that the plastic won’t melt, not that it’s safe).
  • Do not store acidic foods in plastic. This will enhance leaching.
  • Do not use scratched, badly worn, or cloudy plastics for your food and beverages.
  • Hand-wash plastics to avoid wear and tear, without coarsely textured sponges or steel wool.

Again, these are just best practices IF you need to use plastic.

All of this information might appear troubling, but the good news is there are many safer alternatives.

Not only safer, but most of these will last much longer – saving you cash!

Before we dive into some excellent non-toxic dinnerware alternatives, let’s look at the safer materials.

Kid-Safe Dinnerware Materials

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When it comes to non-toxic dinnerware and, in particular, kid-safe dinnerware alternatives, we need it to fit certain criteria.

These materials should be durable, plastic-free, and shouldn’t leach any nasty materials.

Before you see the alternatives for each, here are three primary materials we’ll discuss in this post.

  1. Stainless Steel
  2. Silicone
  3. Bamboo/ Plant-Based (Corn starch, Wheat Straw, etc.)
stainless steel

What is it?

To produce stainless steel, raw materials like iron ore, chromium, silicon, nickel, etc., are melted together in a furnace.

The finished product is highly durable steel that is low-maintenance, resistant to corrosion, staining, odor, and is incredibly hygienic.

Why is this beneficial?

This is a great material for kid-safe dinnerware, especially if your child is still very young and especially abusive towards their tableware.

Steel will not break, even when slammed on a hard surface.

Using stainless steel non-toxic dinnerware will help your family evade exposure to plastic toxins and save money on replacing broken dinnerware.

Important

Make sure the steel is 304-grade and electro-polished! This mix will further prevent corrosion and metallic tastes from invading drinks.

How can you tell? Refer to our PDF guide to check the quality of these items. Grab that guide here!

One quick tip is to check the product reviews of the goods you’re looking at. Are there any rust complaints?

If there are, you should stay away.

Silicone

What is it? 

There’s a common misconception that silicone is a plastic or that it can be toxic. Let’s talk briefly about the difference.

Plastic is a material formed from hydrocarbons that we get from petroleum, natural gas, or coal.

On the contrary, silicone is a polymer but not made of the same plastic base ingredients, which are polymers from crude oil distillation.

Silicon, oxygen, and other natural elements are combined to form silicone.

You’ve likely seen silicon as silicon dioxide or silica, better known as quartz (essentially sand).

Long story short, plastic = petroleum, while silicone = sand.

Why is this beneficial?

Unlike plastic, silicone is an inert material. Meaning it does not purge off chemicals while in very hot or cold situations like ovens, freezers, and microwaves.

Not only a safer non-toxic dinnerware choice chemically, but silicone’s rubber-like feel is very child-proof.

So if your toddler were to bite the silicone dinnerware or drop it, no harm would come.

Plant-based

What are they?

Bamboo is a grass that grows at very high-speeds and remains unharmed when cut.

It will regrow very quickly, certain species growing at insane rates of 36″ inches in only 24 hours, making it very sustainable.

Some other non-toxic dinnerware labeled “plant-based” uses corn, sugarcane, wheat straw, rice husks, and other organic material.

Why is this beneficial?

Bamboo is all-natural, non-toxic, lightweight, durable, and naturally antimicrobial. This makes it perfect for non-toxic baby feeding products.

Plant-based and bamboo alternatives are biodegradable, making them eco-friendly.

Also, as these non-plastic kid’s plates become slightly worn over time, they won’t lose their safety. This is because no hormone-disrupting substances are hidden away under coatings.

Here’s a quick side note about painted bamboo dinnerware.

It’s essential to make sure that any paint applied is lead and cadmium-free.

To check, read the description or check reviews.

Customers stress those same concerns, so you should check their reviews and any responses by the seller.

If you can’t find your answer there, message the seller to confirm.

Also, some bamboo plates contain melamine bindings, so these aren’t the best kids plates. Bamboo cups and flatware, however, are acceptable.

Best Plastic & BPA-free Children’s Dinnerware Alternatives

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First, you’ll see our top picks of non-toxic kids cups.

Second, you’ll see our favorite eco-friendly kid’s plates.

Third, we show you some of the safest non-toxic baby feeding utensils designed for ultimate safety and comfort.

And lastly, the safest non-toxic lunch box for toddlers!

Let’s dive in!

Non-Plastic Kids Cups

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When choosing the right non-toxic, non-plastic kids cups, bamboo and stainless steel take the cake.

Both are plastic-free and long-lasting; however, stainless steel will serve its purpose longer than bamboo.

For rougher kids, I’d choose stainless steel for its ruggedness and lifespan, as it won’t break and save you money in the long run.

As your child ages and becomes more careful, bamboo and even glass can serve your family well!

Stainless steel Kids Cups

Don’t want to buy new sippy cups every few months while your kid grows like a weed? With these, you won’t need to!

We designed these unique non-plastic kids cups that consist of only two plastic-free parts, 304-grade steel cups and food-grade silicone lids.

You can easily transform regular toddler cups into incredibly simple spill-proof sippy cups within seconds.

So, no need to buy spill-proof sippies and separate open cups as your kid ages; these grow with your child, saving you cash!

Highlighted Features:

  • Non-toxic kids cups crafted from stainless steel and silicone, preventing toxins.
  • Plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, melamine, and mercury-free.
  • Silicone sippy lids that “spill-proof” your cup. Hand your child their milk or juice without concern.
  • Wide-base to help limit tipping and spills.
  • Smooth, rolled rims to protect your child’s lips.
  • Stylish, gender-neutral colors that are attractive to kids and parents alike.
  • Dishwasher-safe for easy, fast cleaning so you can get back to bingeing some Netflix.
  • Includes four 8 oz cups and four lids. 3.5″ tall and 2.8″ wide at the rim.

All in all, these are some of the best plastic-free sippy cups due to their versatility and safety.

Not satisfied for any reason, or experiencing issues?

We have a full-coverage warranty and, if needed, free replacements sent out the same day in case of an incident. (live text support # to make it easier)

Bamboo Toddler Cups

Bobo & Boo makes some excellent bamboo toddler cups colored with all-natural, vibrant dyes.

Non-plastic kids cups made from bamboo are softer and lighter than stainless steel and can be safer from a biting perspective.

The best part? You can mix these with our non-toxic cups above and use the silicone sippy lids on either.

Take that plastic!

Highlighted Features:

  • Completely non-toxic kids cups that are plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury-free.
  • All-natural bamboo colored with food-safe mineral pigments.
  • Pair with our silicone sippy lids to make them spill-proof.
  • Softer than stainless steel, beneficial for kids who bite.
  • Blunt rims to prevent sharp edges.
  • Top rack dishwasher-safe, great news for busy parents.
  • 4-piece set. 3.5” tall and 3.1” wide at the rim. 10 oz capacity.

Just keep in mind these are not as durable as stainless steel and are still breakable.

Something else to keep in mind, these contain a food-safe melamine binding just like bamboo plates, which makes them dishwasher-safe.

However, because these are mainly for cold drinks and not hot foods, they’re safe to use.

Eco-Friendly Kids Plates

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To narrow down which eco-friendly kids plates are best for your family, we’ll reject all plastic due to the above-stated reasons.

Because this article is on non-toxic dinnerware, we’ll also exclude melamine plates. This way, you can safely heat food.

That leaves you with three safe, non-plastic toddler dishware options. You’ll find stainless steel, plant-based, and silicone BPA-free children’s plates below.

We did our homework, and we can confidently say these are some of the best non-toxic plates for toddlers available.

Let’s start with stainless steel.

Stainless Steel Kids Plates

Kids are notorious for being harsh with their tableware. Luckily, steel plates for kids are the perfect non-toxic dinnerware remedy to keep plastic out of your cabinets.

This sturdy 4-piece set from HaWare ensures you won’t be picking up broken glass or shards of cracked plastic any time soon!

I especially love how lightweight and durable these stainless steel plates are. They’re the ideal size for kids and also make excellent salad plates for adults!

You can even bring these along traveling because they’re so easy to transport and won’t break in your bag.

Highlighted Features:

  • Crafted from high-quality 304-grade steel with exceptional rust resistance and no plastic coatings.
  • Free of melamine, plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury.
  • Virtually indestructible. Drops on the floor are laughed at by these stainless steel children’s plates.
  • Smooth round edges free of rough spots so it won’t hurt your children’s soft skin.
  • Matte polished to prevent fingerprints and spots.
  • 8” inch diameter, the perfect size for children’s small hands.
  • Dishwasher-safe, perfect for those hectic evenings!

Like our stainless steel cups, this is a one-time investment that can virtually last forever, as all the best kid’s plates should.

The only downfall here is that stainless steel is not microwave-safe.

Looking for a divided plate option for those kids still in the “my food can’t touch” phase?

Check out these 3-compartment Korean stainless steel divided plates!

Melamine-Free Plant-Based Kids Plates

Remember what we said earlier about hot food and melamine? Well, this 3-pack is your solution.

Bobo&Boo crafts their plant-based non-toxic baby dishes from corn, wheat, and sweet potatoes, without melamine.

What does that mean? These eco-friendly kids’ plates are dishwasher and microwave-safe, with absolutely zero concern of toxic leaching.

Bobo&Boo uses food-safe natural pigments, and the colors are sure to make a statement on your dining table.

Highlighted Features:

  • Clear of melamine, plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury.
  • Lifted rim to prevent spill-overs so you can leave the mop in the closet.
  • Dishwasher and microwave-safe.
  • All-natural ocean-inspired colors of blue, green, and gray that are pleasant to the eye.
  • 7.5” inch diameter that is perfect for small hands.

While we don’t recommend bamboo plates due to their bindings, this plate here is an exception. It’s an unpainted, high-quality divided bamboo children’s plate with a silicone suction bottom for baby-led weaning. Just keep in mind it’s not dishwasher or microwave-safe.

Silicone Kids Plates

Parents adore silicone children’s dishes for three main reasons: they are plastic-free yet soft, kids can’t break them, and they too can last forever.

Silicone is moldable into virtually any design imaginable, including this food-grade silicone suction plate.

Silikong’s non-plastic children’s dishes are some of the best kids’ dinnerware for baby-led weaning due to their convenient suction base.

The suction means that you can stick this plate to the high chair or table, stopping your toddler from throwing their meal on the floor.

This helps build baby independence without too much collateral damage.

Highlighted Features:

  • Plastic, melamine, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury-free.
  • Microwave and dishwasher-safe, a huge benefit over bamboo. You can also sanitize silicone in boiling water.
  • Suction base that safely clings to almost any smooth surface, including high-chair trays.
  • Divided sections, great for picky eaters.
  • Raised rim to help prevent food spills.
  • Straight edge that allows kids to belly up to the plate, reducing messes.
  • Available in six different color options. Give each kid their own color!
  • 8.15” x 7.25”, perfect size silicone children’s dishes.

All in all, these are rated as one of the best suction plates for toddlers online at this moment. Check them out!

Are you looking for silicone non-toxic baby plates without suction bottoms?

Check out this 3-pack of divided baby plates from Weesprout, which comes in three fantastic colors!

Non-toxic Baby Feeding Utensils

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When choosing the right toddler cutlery, it mostly comes down to material safety and functionality.

Considering the above material information, we have two main types of flatware to choose from that are both safe and eco-friendly.

First, stainless steel toddler utensils. We’ve got two great options to show you, one for 12-18 months, and another for 24 months and up.

Next, bamboo cutlery for kids. Just one of them, but the best non-toxic flatware set in that specific category.

First up, stainless steel silverware.

Best Toddler Silverware

Chewbeads’ unique design is soft, easy to hold, and crafted from 304-grade steel and silicone (no nasties!)

You’ll notice a slightly bent, ergonomic design. This helps make the flatware more comfortable for toddlers to hold, without food spilling off.

The spoons also have a unique edge that appears to taper on its sides, making it easier for less coordinated hands to scoop up food.

Included are two forks and two spoons.

Highlighted Features:

  • Plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, melamine, and mercury-free.
  • Soft, silicone handles that grip to the table and are easy to hold, preventing messy accidents and protecting your child’s teeth if they bite.
  • Easy-scooping spoon.
  • Child-safe forks that are not too sharp, yet still pick food up easily.
  • Forks are 5.5” long and 1” wide. Spoons are 5.5” long and 1.25” wide.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Best toddler silverware for 12-18 months.

Here’s the second stainless steel non-toxic cutlery set, which includes three forks, three spoons, and three child-safe knives.

What I love about this sturdy toddler cutlery is that it looks like adult silverware but is child-friendly!

The only difference is that these are smaller, fit comfortably in your toddler’s hands, and have safer rounded edges to prevent painful pokes.

I particularly love the little animal etchings on the handles, and I’m sure your kid will too!

HIghlighted Features:

  • Free of lead, BPA, PVC, plastic, cadmium, melamine, nickel, and everything else yucky.
  • Clean, non-allergenic 18/0 stainless steel that’s free of nickel and rust-proof, perfect for allergy sufferers.
  • Smart-designed fork points with just the right amount of sharpness, but not too much.
  • Kid-friendly knives that cut food no problem, without slicing your toddler’s hand.
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy cleaning with smooth, mirror polished surface that won’t hide bacteria.
  • Fun animal etchings.
  • The fork is 5.7” long, the spoon is 5.5” long, and the knife is 6.8” long. Both are roughly 1 ⅝” wide.
  • Perfect size for 24 months up to 12 years.

Not quite ready for knives yet? Exzact makes a 6-piece set that consists of only forks and spoons, three of each.

Bamboo Non-Toxic Cutlery

Non-toxic baby feeding products crafted from bamboo are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to plastic utensils.

Bamboo is softer than stainless steel, which is optimal if the steel option appears a bit risky.

This 6-piece set of all-natural, unpainted non-toxic bamboo cutlery is a great steel alternative and includes three spoons and three forks.

Each piece is crafted from a single solid piece of lightweight yet strong bamboo and finished with natural, food-safe oils for longevity.

Highlighted Features:

  • Durable, unpainted bamboo that’s clear of melamine, plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury.
  • Softer than steel and plastic to help prevent poking and scraping.
  • Child-safe forks with rounded points to help avoid pokes.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Forks & spoons measure roughly 6” in length and 1” in width.

As a caution, you should hand-wash your bamboo utensils to maximize their lifespan. Bamboo can sometimes crack under hot, moisture-rich conditions.

Also, one of the product images shows a knife and travel case, which are not included. Only forks and spoons.

Non-Toxic Lunch Box for Toddlers

Although this article is mostly about plates, cups, and cutlery, I wanted to show you a non-toxic lunch box for toddlers.

The reason?

Think about it; food can spend several hours sealed up inside lunch boxes almost daily through different conditions and temperatures.

If there was any time where toxic chemicals can leach into foods, this is one of those moments!

This safe, non-toxic lunch box below is 100% stainless steel and can last virtually forever while keeping your kid safe!

Lunchbots’ non-toxic lunch containers enable you to pack away snacks without using plastic bags.

Its durable construction prevents those snacks from getting crushed when our little barbarians are in those extra destructive moods.

I especially love the three divided sections, which allow for a half sandwich on the larger side and snacks in both smaller compartments.

Lunchbots crafts their containers from high-quality 304-grade steel, meaning no toxins and the sturdiness to last forever.

Highlighted Features:

  • Plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, melamine, and mercury-free.
  • Full stainless steel construction built to last forever and keep snacks safe while eliminating the need for plastic.
  • Three divided sections to separate various food items (great for “my food can’t touch” phase).
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Designed for small hands. Measures 6” x 5” x 1.75”.

Lunchbots offers several options, some with more compartments, some with none. They even have colored lids to mix and match!

Keep in mind these are NOT leak-proof. So they’re not meant for wet foods.

Conclusion

That’s a wrap! We covered a lot of material in this kid’s non-toxic dinnerware for guide, so I want to recap what we learned quickly.

First, you saw which toxic dinnerware materials to avoid and the health risks associated with each.

Then, we explained each kid-safe dinnerware material and how it can benefit your family.

Finally, you saw the best non-toxic plates for toddlers, non-toxic baby feeding utensils, non-plastic kids’ cups, and the safest non-toxic lunch box.

The options in this post have been researched and vetted for safety and quality, so you can confidently move forward with any.

What did you think? Are you currently using any of these options? And if not, what’s going to be your first non-toxic dinnerware choice?

Let me know in the comments!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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9 Best Healthy Non-Toxic Cookware Options (2021 Ultimate Guide)

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Using healthy, non-toxic cookware has never been more important. Sneaky toxins are present almost everywhere you look in your kitchen.

Unfortunately, many products labeled “safe” aren’t as innocent as they seem.

The good news? There are easy solutions to that problem!

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll be showing you which chemicals might be in your existing cookware, what this can do to your health, and the nine healthiest pots and pans in 2020 and beyond.

Additionally, we go super deep on the healthiest cookware materials, so you know which is right for your specific needs.

This way, you can keep your family safe and keep on living your best lives.

Does that sound like something you want?

If so, then keep on reading because everything you need is right here.

Short on time? You can use the Table of Contents below to jump around for quick answers!

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Why this Non-Toxic Cookware Guide?

We wrote this guide to help ease some frustrations that go along with buying new cookware.

It can feel overwhelming, spending your precious time browsing the web for answers on the safest pots and pans, only to be left scratching your head.

You’re probably well aware that Teflon doesn’t exactly make for the healthiest pots and pans and are curious about some better alternatives.

But you have some questions like:

  • Where do I start?
  • Which brands should I trust?
  • What materials should I avoid, and why?
  • How about their safer alternatives?
  • What are some affordable non-toxic cookware options?

So, we researched all of that and more.

This non-toxic cookware guide merely is me sharing these findings with you to save you time and headache.

My team and I spent many hours scouring articles from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the American Cancer Society, and more.

Then, we spent the same amount of time researching healthy non-toxic cookware brands with proven track records of high standards.

The result? You’ll quickly find what you need and get back to what’s important, spending time with your family and binge-watching some Netflix 🙂

Now let’s look at what you should avoid when choosing the safest cookware material.

Things You Should Avoid

Things like PTFE, PFOA, PFOS, Teflon, GenX, although non-stick, aren’t the best choice.

Other materials like uncoated aluminum may also be problematic, which we discuss below.

Disclosure: It’s easy to make claims here to instill fear, but that’s not what we’re doing.

This information is about arming you with the knowledge to protect your family.

So, let’s briefly take a look at the facts.

PTFE/ Teflon

PTFE, or Polytetrafluoroethylene (I know, a mouthful), was developed by DuPont in 1938 and is most commonly known as Teflon.

Manufacturers used this chemical as a non-stick surface for pans and other cookware.

With its application, this chemical creates a low-friction cooking surface that reduces stuck-on foods and makes cleanup easier.

The issue?

Once a pan coated in Teflon reaches about 424℉, according to the EWG, the Teflon begins to deteriorate, and toxic outgasses are released.

Furthermore, once the cookware reaches 680℉, which can happen within minutes while preheating a pan, at least six toxic gases are released.

These gases include two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and MFA (a chemical lethal to humans at low doses).

It’s no wonder people talk of “Teflon Flu,” a condition caused by inhaling these fumes, which kills pet birds and gives humans flu-like symptoms.

PFAS

PFAS are groups of human-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS, GenX (more on this next), and many other substances.

These chemicals make coatings on products, like cookware, that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water – making them famous for non-stick pans.

PFOA

PFOA, also known as C8, is another human-made chemical used to make Teflon and similar chemicals.

Luckily, organizations carried out studies on these chemicals, and the findings were horrendous.

PFOA’s can stay in the environment and the human body for long periods, accumulating to higher and higher levels.

Studies in lab animals have found exposure to PFOA increases the risk of certain tumors forming in the liver, testicles, breasts, and pancreas.

The EPA also reports limited findings related to:

  • Low infant birth weights
  • Effects on the immune system
  • Cancer (for PFOA)
  • Thyroid hormone disruption (for PFOS)

Yeah, this stuff is not cool.

That leads us to GenX, the replacement for PFOA coatings after the EPA’s Stewardship Program asked companies, including Dupont, to phase out these chemicals by 2010.

GenX

GenX is a sneaky one, and there’s a good chance you have it in your kitchen right now.

GenX was introduced in 2009 by Dupont as a quote “sustainable replacement” for PFOA’ after Teflon was deemed unsafe and began phasing out.

It is a chemical compound used in manufacturing non-stick coatings and other purposes, produced as a byproduct of particular manufacturing processes.

The issue here is that these chemicals have been found worldwide, including groundwater, finished drinking water, rainwater, air emissions, and of course, cookware.

This chemical can accumulate in the human body.

When exposed, laboratory studies on animals show adverse effects on the liver and blood, along with cancer of the liver, pancreas, and testicles.

It’s starting to feel like deja vu.

Uncoated Aluminum

Aluminum cookware has been popular for years because it’s lightweight, inexpensive, heats quickly, and is relatively easy to clean.

However, the bare aluminum surface is highly reactive with acidic foods such as tomatoes, vinegar, and citrus and can leach material into your food.

Now, while aluminum does leach into your food, the amount is meager and poses no actual health threat, although some sources claim a link to Alzheimer’s.

Even so, cooking these acidic foods on bare aluminum can ruin both your food and cookware, so it’s best to avoid uncoated aluminum pans altogether.

It isn’t the end for poor old aluminum, though!

Aluminum is often used for conductivity at the core of stainless steel or ceramic-coated pans, ensuring your food does not touch the aluminum.

So, the only safe aluminum cookware is those anodized or clad in a non-reactive material such as stainless steel where no aluminum touches your food.

Takeaway

It’s best to stay away from questionable human-made coatings on non-stick pots and pans for the above reasons.

And luckily, it’s easier now than ever with so many affordable, non-toxic cookware options on the market.

Before we get to the nine safest pots and pans to use, let’s break down eight of the safest cookware materials.

We need some context.

What are these materials? What makes them safe? What features can I expect for each? Limitations?

In this next section, we break down each type with some pros and cons, and then the following excerpt shows our top pick for each.

What is the Healthiest Cookware Material?

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Now, let’s lay out the healthiest cookware materials, so you have more knowledge and better insight for making a decision down below.

We’ll briefly touch on the material’s safety, durability, performance, and price points for each one.

We’ll also discuss their limitations.

This information will help you choose the right healthy, non-toxic cookware that is best suited for your family.

We’ll start from the top.

Stainless Steel Cookware

stainless steel

Stainless steel is an iron alloy containing nickel and chromium to increase corrosion resistance, prevent rust, pitting, and reaction with foods.

By itself, it’s not an excellent heat conductor; however, most stainless steel cookware has aluminum or copper cores wrapped in steel, allowing even heat distribution.

Choosing a quality stainless steel cookware set can give you safety and performance for a lifetime, without spending your entire life savings.

Pros:

  • It can be used on all stovetops and is exceptionally durable, lasting you many years.
  • A smooth, non-porous surface that’s free of chemical coatings.
  • Non-reactive and much more sanitary than non-stick.
  • Dishwasher-safe (Save a lot of time).
  • Pretty affordable for a good quality set, although some higher-end options can get pricey.

Cons:

  • Not microwave-safe.
  • Not fully non-stick (Although we’ve got a pro tip for your later in this post to make it non-stick).
  • There is some concern about nickel leaching, which can be an issue if you’re sensitive to this metal. The material can leach if the pan gets scratched by utensils*.

(*For this reason, in the next section, you’ll find both a standard stainless steel cookware set ANDnickel-free option! #’s 1 and 2)

Cast Iron Cookware

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Cast iron cookware is valued for its excellent heat retention, serious durability, high-temperature searing, and non-stick cooking when adequately seasoned.

Seasoning is a baked-on coating of oils and fats, which acts as a glass-like, non-stick film.

Many times, cast iron pans come pre-seasoned with a thin layer of vegetable oil, but if for some reason it doesn’t, here’s how you season your pan.

  1. Clean: Clean the surface of the pan with warm, soapy water, and a brush. If rust is present, use a metal scouring pad.
  2. Oil: Apply a thin, even layer of cooking oil to the cookware (inside and out).
  3. Bake: Place the cookware in the oven upside down on the top rack and place aluminum foil on the bottom rack to catch any excess oil that may drip off the cookware. Bake at 450-500℉ for one hour.

Every time you cook, you are automatically maintaining the seasoning from the fats in your food!

However, if you use a lot of dish soap, you may want to re-oil your pan after it’s dry.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable (Can last for generations).
  • Naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer (No cooking oils = lower calorie intake).
  • Versatile cooking; can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, use on the grill, even a campfire!
  • Safely accommodates very high heat (Up to 1500 degrees!)
  • Retains heat very well.
  • Very affordable.

Cons:

  • Heavy.
  • Not dishwasher-safe (Cast iron can rust. It should be towel-dried or baked to evaporate moisture).
  • Not-microwave-safe.
  • Heats up slowly.
  • Can react and leach iron into foods (Avoid if you have hemochromatosis). On the contrary, this can be beneficial if you’re anemic!

Overall, cast iron can be a little tricky to get used to, but it’s a very unique, versatile, and affordable piece of cookware once you do.

Solid Ceramic Cookware

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Pure ceramic cookware is not very common, but Xtrema (#4 in the next section) is one of the only authentic ceramic brands out there.

Ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic material made using mixtures of clay, earthen elements, powders, and water, then shaping them into desired forms before baking in a kiln.

Pros:

  • A smooth glass-like surface that’s free of non-stick chemicals.
  • Non-reactive (Won’t leach chemicals).
  • Very versatile; safe for stovetops, oven, grill, and broiler.
  • Microwave-safe.
  • Refrigerator and freezer-safe (Don’t go right from oven to fridge. Let cool first).
  • Non-scratch surface (Go ahead, use those metal utensils).
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Safest cookware to use for high heat (Handles up to 2500℉).
  • Retains heat well, allowing you to cook at lower settings and conserve energy.

Cons:

  • Easily breaks when dropped.
  • Heats up slowly.
  • Although less-stick it still requires some oil to release foods (Tips on this later).
  • Pricey, but worth the investment.

Ceramic-Coated Cookware

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When comparing ceramic vs. stainless steel, both are very similar in useability—however, ceramic-coated wins in the non-stick department.

This healthy, non-toxic cookware is usually made from anodized aluminum (won’t react with foods or leach chemicals) and features a ceramic-based non-stick coating, free of PTFE and PFOA.

So your food only touches the ceramic, yet the aluminum core heats up much faster and more even than pure ceramic.

This gives you the non-stick functions you love from Teflon cookware, without any harmful chemicals, and makes cleanup a breeze!

Pros:

  • Non-stick without any unhealthy chemical coatings (Easy cleanup).
  • Versatile;  high-heat safe on all stovetops, ovens, and broilers up to 600℉.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Non-reactive (Won’t leach chemicals).
  • Quick and efficient, even heating.
  • Resilient cooking surface.
  • Relatively affordable for such a high level of performance.

Cons:

  • Not microwave-safe.
  • Although resilient, ceramic surface can wear out (Best to avoid metal utensils).
  • Again, although dishwasher-safe, it’s best to hand-wash to preserve the ceramic coating.
  • The non-stick surface can wear out.

Porcelain Enamel Cookware

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Cast iron cookware, enhanced!

Porcelain enamel cookware is typically cast iron coated in enameled ceramic (like a powdered glass), providing an attractive glass-like surface that protects the iron from rust.

It is a hybrid blend that mixes cast iron’s impeccable durability and heat retention abilities with an all-natural, non-stick coating.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable (Can last for generations).
  • Accommodates very high heat and has excellent heat retention = highly efficient.
  • Inert and unaffected by acidic foods and moisture (Won’t rust).
  • Naturally non-stick without seasoning (Less maintenance than pure cast iron).
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.
  • Safe on all stovetops; can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, and use on the grill.

Cons:

  • Cannot use metal utensils or abrasive scrubbers (to preserve non-stick surface).
  • Not microwave-safe.
  • Heats up slowly.
  • Can get pricey, but worth the investment, in my opinion.

Glass Cookware

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Glass makes for some of the healthiest cooking pots because it is entirely free of toxic chemicals, inert to acidic foods, safely stores food, and is very hygienic.

Glass cookware is not only great for cooking, but it can be placed right on the dinner table to serve!

Many people love how you can see your food cook through the glass from any angle, allowing you to monitor your cooking progress easily.

Pros:

  • Non-reactive and much more sanitary than non-stick.
  • Cooking surface will not wear out.
  • Completely see-through (Lets you monitor your food).
  • Safe on gas and electric stovetops, in the microwave, and under a broiler in the oven.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Safely stores foods and great for serving (Right from the range to the table).
  • Refrigerator and freezer-safe.
  • Easy cleaning.

Cons:

  • Very fragile if dropped or extreme temperature changes.
  • Doesn’t always heat evenly.
  • Can be affordable, but for a quality set, costs can run higher.

Titanium Cookware

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Titanium makes some of the best non-toxic cookware, in my opinion, because it’s inert and bio-compatible, meaning it won’t react adversely in the human body and won’t alter the taste of food.

It is very sanitary, frequently used in the medical field because of its safety.

Titanium is much lighter than steel yet just as durable, won’t rust, affordable, and resistant to rust and scratching.

This revolutionary non-toxic, non-stick cookware is usually a titanium-infused ceramic which prevents sticking and is almost three times more durable than ceramic-coated.

Pros:

  • Very lightweight while extremely durable (Easier to maneuver).
  • Very safe material (No reactions with the human body).
  • Resistant to rust and scratching (Use any utensil).
  • Very affordable.
  • Works on gas, electric, ceramic, glass, in the oven, and halogen stovetops.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Non-stick and non-reactive (Won’t alter the taste of foods).
  • When paired with an aluminum base, heats quickly and evenly.
  • Accommodates high-heat cooking.

Cons:

  • Not microwave-safe

Carbon Steel Cookware

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Healthy, non-toxic cookware made from carbon steel is strikingly similar to cast iron.

Carbon steel is made from 99% iron, with 1% carbon, and handles everything from delicate eggs and crepes to hearty steaks.

Therefore, it provides all the same unique benefits of cast iron, like high heat cooking and searing, natural non-stick seasoning that builds over time (reducing calorie intake), and more!

The difference?

non-toxic frying pan made from carbon is much thinner and lighter than cast iron, making it easier to use and store while heating up much faster than its thicker cousin.

Keep in mind that carbon steel also shares the same limitations as cast iron. It can rust and react with certain foods, leaching iron.

You should take extra care with carbon steel.

Pros:

  • Like cast iron, naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer (No cooking oils = lower calorie intake).
  • Thinner & lighter weight than cast iron – more comfortable to maneuver.
  • Versatile cooking; can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, use on the grill, even a campfire!
  • Safely accommodates very high heat without damaging the pan.
  • Heats quicker than cast iron.
  • Extremely tough.
  • Very affordable.

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher-safe (Can rust. It should be towel-dried or baked to evaporate moisture).
  • Not-microwave-safe.
  • Like cast iron, it can react and leach iron into foods. On the contrary, this can be beneficial if you’re anemic!
  • Doesn’t retain heat as well as cast iron.

Takeaway

Now that we know what to avoid and the healthiest cookware materials, let’s dive into nine of the best non-toxic pots and pans of 2020 and beyond!

TIP: These cookware options vary in price, some more affordable than others. So you’ll notice “mix and match” options under several cookware sets.

These options will let you grab a single piece rather than the whole set so you can take what you like from several different options.

Mixing and matching can be more cost-effective and give you more versatility in the kitchen.

9 Best Non-Toxic Cookware Sets for Health & Safety

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Now it’s time to look at the nine best non-toxic cookware options, taking into account the materials, the brand reputations, and customer experiences.

Nine different materials from almost all different brands.

You’ll find that each option correlates with the “healthiest materials” section above in exact order, as well as this numbered image.

If you need to, you can go ahead and glance back up at the pros and cons before deciding.

Additionally, you’ll find images and highlighted features for each set, followed by some mix and match options.

This way you’re not tied to one specific material and can grab the safest pots and pans for any application.

Let’s dive in!

#1

Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Cuisinart provides high-performance cooking without a high-performance price tag.

This 10-piece food-grade stainless steel cookware set includes a 1.5 Qt saucepan with cover, 2.5 Qt saucepan with cover, 3.0 Qt saute pan with cover and helper handle, 6 Qt stockpot with lid, 8” skillet, and a 10” skillet.

One thing to keep in mind, stainless steel is not fully non-stick.

But here’s a tip: The trick to making stainless act non-stick is to heat it before you add the food.  Heat it for about 2 minutes on medium heat, then add some oil. Once the oil is hot and starts smoking a little, you can add the food, and it should slide around.

Highlighted Features

  • Safe on any stovetop, so you know your stove at home is compatible.
  • Heat Surround™ technology that heats your food evenly, letting all your meals turn out delicious, giving you a quick win every night.
  • Cool-touch handles so you don’t burn yourself and have to explain to your boss why you can’t type at work.
  • Triple-Ply with aluminum interior for quick heating, so you can finish cooking faster and have more time with that glass of wine 😉
  • Dishwasher-safe so you can save the hassle of scrubbing pans altogether.
  • Drip-free tapered rims for pouring sauces, so you don’t miss the mark and cover the dog instead.
  • See-through tempered glass lids.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cuisinart’s non-toxic stainless steel cookware is crafted with precision and has been for nearly 40 years, satisfying customers ever since.

Just look at their thousands of positive reviews on Amazon!

Want to mix and match instead of grabbing a full set? Click here to grab Cuisinart’s 10” Try-Ply skillet.

#2

Nickel-Free Stainless Steel Cookware Set

This nickel-free stainless steel cookware set from Homi Chef gives you the safety and flexibility that stainless steel offers, without allergens.

Set includes a 1 Qt covered saucepan, 2.5 Qt covered saucepan, 7 Qt covered stockpot, 8″ fry pan, 9.5″ fry pan, and 2.5 Qt covered saute pan.

Why nickel-free?

Some people are allergic to this metal, and cooking in regular stainless steel can aggravate their allergy, causing rashes.

However, something to keep in mind is that nickel-free stainless steel cookware will not be as corrosion-resistant due to the lack of nickel and may not last as long.

Highlighted Features

  • This cookware set has the same features as Cuisinart above, including triple-ply construction with quick heating, drip-free rims, and tempered glass lids!
  • Also safe on any stovetop.
  • The only difference is that it does not contain nickel. Essentially, the allergy-free version of the Cuisinart set above!

#3

Best Cast Iron Cookware Sets

These natural cast iron non-toxic pans from Lodge are quite the workhorse, able to be used for almost any cooking application from slow cooking to searing.

Customers love the rich, savory flavors that only come from cooking on cast iron skillets, just like they did hundreds of years ago.

Nothing beats a steak on a cast-iron skillet!

Highlighted Features

  • Naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer. No oil is needed, which means less fat and a better body!
  • Rivet-free handles that make cleanup much easier and more sanitary.
  • Cook on any surface, from your stovetop to the oven, your BBQ, or even a campfire!
  • Handles rough play without worrying about scratching the surface, giving you decades of use from one pan, and saving you cash.
  • Effortlessly add iron to your diet, perfect if you’re anemic.
  • Retains heat very well, so instead of reheating your seconds in the microwave, they’ll still be hot on the stove!
  • Includes a silicone handle holder so you can roast your food, not your hand.

Keep in mind these aren’t dishwasher-safe.

To clean, simply wash by hand with mild soap (avoid harsh cleaners), or none at all, then dry promptly with a cloth or paper towel.

Lodge has been crafting their cast iron skillets in Tennessee since 1896 and proudly stands behind their product. They will solve any issue and answer any question you have.

#4

Safest Ceramic Cookware

It’s easy to be fooled nowadays with ceramic cookware, especially those at very low prices.

Ceramic cookware often contains lead and other unhealthy metals like cadmium, which we discuss in our blog post on safe dinnerware.

Xtrema makes some of the safest ceramic cookware, and they are very open about their testing and safety data, coming out clean every time (hallelujah!)

Their dutch ovens and other non-toxic cookware perform on the grill, for baking bread, soups and stews, casseroles, roasting, and even deep-frying!

Set includes 1.5 Qt, 2.5 Qt, and 3.5 Qt versa pots, and a 10” versa skillet with a lid.

Highlighted Features

  • Safe for the stovetop, oven, microwave, grill, broiler, and even the fridge/ freezer for storage, meaning you won’t need to juggle several different pots and pans. Simply use these anywhere they’re needed!
  • Not only great for cooking, but for serving as well! Go from the oven to the table and wow guests at your next dinner party.
  • It can safely cook at very high temperatures and retains heat well, letting you use lower heat settings and be more eco-friendly.
  • Includes cool-touch silicone handles that prevent you from scalding your hands.
  • Smooth polished and non-scratch surface. Can safely use abrasive cleaners for easier cleaning.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • 10- Year thermal shock warranty.

Just be careful about dropping your Xtrema cookware because it is rather breakable.

#5

Ceramic-Coated Non-Toxic Pots and Pans

GreenPan makes some of the healthiest pots and pans because of their non-stick Thermolon coating.

Thermalon is a non-toxic sand derivative containing silicon (basically sand) instead of Teflon.

Included in this safe, non-toxic cookware set are 8”, 9.5”, and 11” fry pans, 2 Qt and 3 Qt saucepans with lids, a 3 Qt skillet with a lid, and a 5 Qt casserole with a lid.

Highlighted Features

  • Healthy Thermolon™ non-stick coating that eliminates toxic chemicals from scraping off into your food or releasing fumes.
  • Anodized aluminum core for fast and even heating so you can cook quickly and have more time with your kids, or that second glass of wine.
  • A diamond-reinforced coating, so you don’t waste money replacing your non-stick pans every year. Metal utensils safe.
  • Effortless cleaning surface so you can spend less time cleaning and more time bingeing Netflix.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Works on all stovetops, which solves the matter of compatibility.
  • Ergonomically-designed handles for comfortable, ninja-like cooking.
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600°F and includes durable glass lids that are oven-safe to 425°F.

GreenPan offers a lifetime guarantee on manufacturing defects/ materials and a five-year warranty on their non-toxic pans’ coating.

This set costs slightly more than the Cuisinart cookware set, but well worth the time you’ll save cleaning pans!

Check out this 11-piece set of ceramic-coated cookware today!

Looking to mix and match and just grab one or two pieces instead of the whole set?

Get GreenPan’s 10″ & 12” non-stick frying pan combo here, or their 2 Qt & 3 Qt saucepan combo here!

#6

Porcelain Enamel Toxin-Free Cookware Set

Le Creuset crafts the highest-quality, safest, and most durable porcelain enamel cookware on the market, by far.

This set includes a 5 ½ Qt round dutch oven with lid, a 1 ¾ Qt saucepan with lid, and a 9” skillet.

Unlike bare cast iron, Le Creuset’s black enamel finish requires no seasoning yet handles very high surface temperatures just as well.

This gives you everything you like from cast iron, without the extra care involved.

Highlighted Features

  • Highly versatile: can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise or fry. Whatever your heart desires.
  • Safe on any cooktop, so you only need one piece of cookware to do the job of several, saving you space, money, and time cleaning.
  • A non-toxic enamel finish means much less maintenance and requires minimal cooking oil, reducing calories.
  • Very easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.
  • Won’t rust like uncoated cast iron, perfect for hectic nights where you don’t have time to pat dry.
  • Colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel resists chipping and cracking while looking fabulous in your kitchen.
  • Large handles provide a sure grip, even with oven mitts, making sure your food makes it to the table.
  • Knobs withstand temperatures up to 500℉.

Le Creuset has been crafting healthy non-toxic cookware with excellence since 1925 by French artisans, and once you get a set, you’ll see why people love them.

This brand is crafted in France and has been tested free of lead and cadmium in their coloring.

Le Creuset toxin-free cookware can be pricey but well worth the investment as it’ll perform forever.

Want to grab a single piece only?

Get Le Creuset’s Signature 10.25” skillet here, or their Signature 6.75 Qt round dutch oven here.

#7

Best Glass Cookware Set

Calexium is used to craft Visions glass cookware, a transparent material belonging to the pyroceram family of glass-ceramics.

This glass has high heat tolerance and low thermal expansion, meaning less likely to shatter.

In fact, Visions is one of the few cookware lines that can be used on the range (gas and electric), in the oven (conventional, convection, and microwave), and under a broiler.

It will withstand heat up to 850 °C (1,560 °F).

Included in this set is a double-handle pot (1.5L), a single handle pot (1L), and a larger single handle pot (2.5L).

Highlighted Features

  • Made from high-quality, non-toxic glass that is remarkably sanitary, so you don’t pollute your nutritious meals with nasty chemicals.
  • Increased shock and thermal resistance over other types of glass cookware, meaning less breakage.
  • Completely see-through, unlike any other cookware, so you can closely monitor your food’s progress and never overcook it again.
  • It can be used on any cooking surface (except induction) and in the microwave for quick reheating.
  • Store your leftovers right in the fridge, reducing your reliance on food storage containers.
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy cleaning; no battling with grime all night.
  • Two-year warranty.

Make sure to be careful with your glass cookware because, even though it’s a durable glass, it’s still breakable.

All in all, this 6-piece set from Visions is an excellent healthy non-toxic cookware option, although not as versatile as some previous examples. For baking casseroles and desserts, however, it shines.

Visions crafts their glass cooking pots in France.

Are you looking to mix and match?

You can find Visions single 1.5L amber saucepan with lid right here.

Or their 5L round dutch oven with cover right here.

#8

Titanium Non-Toxic Pans

If you’re looking for affordable, non-stick, and the safest non-toxic cookware that can handle anything you throw at it, this set from Saflon fits the bill.

Set includes an 8” frying pan and a 9.5” frying pan.

This option is genuinely revolutionizing, and with such an affordable price tag, it’s a great addition to any kitchen.

Highlighted Features

  • The titanium-coated surface is scratch-resistant and almost 3x more durable than classic Teflon, ceramic, and granite-coated pots, lasting way longer.
  • 4mm thick forged aluminum interior that heats quickly and evenly, letting you get the job done fast like a pro.
  • Rivet-free handles meaning less stuck-on grime and, therefore, fewer bacteria.
  • Cleans super smoothly and is dishwasher-safe, so you can get back to that Walking Dead marathon instead of scrubbing all night.
  • Use on any cooking surface (except the microwave).
  • Soft and cool-touch handles, so you don’t accidentally burn your hand and throw tonight’s dinner on your cat.
  • Extremely lightweight and great for bringing along camping or hiking.
  • The set includes a bonus storage bag.

Saflon crafts their titanium non-toxic pans in Turkey.

#9

Best Carbon Steel Frying Pan

Our final featured healthy non-toxic cookware option is a carbon steel skillet from one of our favorite brands, Lodge!

This non-toxic frying pan is very similar to the Lodge cast iron skillet we mentioned earlier, but with one key advantage – that being faster heating!

Highlighted Features

  • Naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer, reducing your calorie intake. (For seasoning info, go back up to the cast iron section in “Healthy Materials”).
  • Safe to use on any cooking surface and at very high heat for searing, sautéing, roasting, frying, grilling, etc.
  • Extremely durable and able to use any utensils without ruining the surface while getting decades of use from one pan.
  • Using carbon steel can help add iron to your diet, perfect if you’re anemic.
  • Thinner and heats much faster than cast iron, saving you time while still reaping all the delicious, hearty rewards. (The downside is slightly less heat-retention.)
  • Includes a silicone handle holder so you can focus on cooking your meals, not your hand.

Overall, Lodge carbon steel pans are tough and healthy cookware options that can serve your family for a long time.

Lodge is a family-owned company that proudly stands behind its products. If you experience any issues, contact them, and they’ll help you right out!

Lodge proudly crafts their carbon steel skillets in the USA!

How To Choose

Phew! You made it this far, so good on you!

I know your head might be spinning from all the options above.

So I wanted to give you some suggestions on choosing the healthiest pots and pans that are right for you.

There are several things to consider when choosing healthy non-toxic cookware…

  • Do you want non-toxic, non-stick cookware that doesn’t require cooking oil? Then I would choose cast iron, ceramic-coated, or titanium.
  • Maybe you’re looking for a healthy cookware material that can withstand very high heat without worrying about damage? Cast iron/ carbon steel, porcelain enamel, and solid ceramic might be best.
  • Or something very versatile and affordable, giving you a broad range of use? Stainless steel might be right for you.
  • Maybe you want something lightweight or something dishwasher-safe for convenience? Titanium, stainless steel, and ceramic-coated could be the way to go. 

Some other things to reflect on may include:

  • What cooking surface you currently use at home.
  • What cooking utensils you use, like spatulas, spoons, etc. (If you use metal utensils, you’ll want a non-scratch cooking surface).
  • Food compatibility. Does it react with acidic foods, or is unreactive? That ties into…
  • What type of meals you usually cook.

The most important thing here is to be mindful and consider the best cookware material for health, longevity, and our own cooking needs.

There isn’t always a one-size-fits-all set for everyone.

That’s why you see the “Mix and Match” options in the above “best non-toxic cookware” section. You don’t need to choose one full set of any particular type or brand.

It’s all about what works best for you!

Conclusion

There we have it, that wraps up our post on the best, healthy non-toxic cookware!

We evaluated the worst cooking materials, the safest cookware material, and picked out 9 of the best non-toxic cookware options offered today.

I hope this post has helped you understand what to avoid, and which of the healthiest cookware materials you’ll choose when it’s time for some new safe pots and pans!

Choosing the right cookware is important because using the wrong kind can be dangerous to your health, family, and the planet.

Any small step you can take is beneficial!

What cookware do you currently use? Are you going to try any of these healthy, non-toxic cookware options? Leave a comment below! We’d LOVE to hear from you 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! 

P.S. If you haven’t yet, check out our post on safe, non-toxic dinner plates to pair with your cookware!

We rounded up some of the safest and most pure options out there that ensure a toxic chemical-free meal.

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7 Safest Cooking Utensils to Keep Your Kitchen Toxin-Free

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Toxins are present almost everywhere we look in our kitchen, and choosing the safest cooking utensils is more important than you think.

When your goal is to cook healthy foods and, in return, keep your family safe, avoiding Teflon-coated utensils is another essential factor.

These toxic items are sneaky, hiding under name brands and “BPA-free plastic” labels.

The bottom line is, only certain materials are genuinely safe.

Using the wrong cooking utensils can leave traces of metals and toxins in your food, a real downer considering how hard we work to be healthy and eat right.

But where to even start? Are my current utensils polluting my food with bizarre chemicals without even knowing?

Well, you’re in the right place because that’s what we’re addressing here!

First, we’re going to cover the cooking utensils you should avoid at all costs and why.

Second, their non-toxic counterparts you should be using.

And lastly, our roundup of the seven safest non-toxic cooking utensils!

By the end of this article, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to make the right purchasing decisions.

If you’re short on time, use the table of contents below to jump to the section you need!

Table of Contents

Toxic Cooking Utensils to Avoid

Before we get to our list of the safest cooking utensils, let’s first discuss the toxic utensils you should steer clear from!

Aluminum Cooking Utensils

It would be best if you avoided aluminum utensils and cookware for a couple of reasons.

First, food prepared with aluminum cookware or utensils can absorb particles of the material.

Consequently, this absorbed aluminum gets into the bloodstream and accumulates in different organs, causing many of effects.

These effects include hyper-acidity, peptic ulcers, indigestion, gas, skin problems like eczema, dandruff, and chronic inflammation of the intestine.

Second, aluminum can end up in your body by cooking with non-stick coated aluminum pans, especially when preparing acidic foods.

These pans, when worn out, can leach aluminum particles into your meal.

It’s best to avoid aluminum cookware and cooking utensils altogether to prevent these ailments!

Nylon/ Non-stick/ Teflon Cooking Utensils

Nylon cooking utensils are everywhere. In fact, there’s a good chance you have some in your kitchen right now.

But, is nylon a healthy kitchenware material? Not exactly.

The first big issue associated with nylon cooking utensils is its heat-resistance or lack thereof.

Unlike stainless steel or silicone cooking utensils, nylon’s melting point is much lower. It can range depending on the epoxy hardeners used.

Generally, nylon will start to melt around 400℉. Although food doesn’t usually get this hot, your cookware does.

You can start to imagine the issue here, being petroleum-based particles melting off and leaching into your meal.

Secondly, nylon is known to crack easily and splinter, risking ingestion if the particles get into your food and allowing food to get stuck and rot in the cracks.

Third, plastic utensils come from petroleum. This is a non-renewable resource, and plastic will not biodegrade—bad news for the environment.

For these above reasons, you should steer clear from nylon cooking utensils and choose one of the following materials instead!

What is the Safest Material for Cooking Utensils?

The safest material for cooking utensils is generally one of the following options. These materials are:

  1. Stainless steel
  2. Silicone
  3. Bamboo
  4. Wood

Let’s take a quick look at each!

1) Stainless Steel Utensils

Stainless steel is a favorite due to three main factors; safety, sustainability, and durability.

First, stainless steel is hygienic and non-porous.

As a result, it does not harbor bacteria on its surface. It is easy-cleaning, and prevents flavors and odors from being absorbed.

Compared to other forms of steel, stainless does not rust due to the nickel and chromium present. The chromium oxide layer protects the steel and prevents rust and corrosion.

Second, stainless steel is a sustainable material.

Unlike most plastics, stainless steel is easily recycled, without any degradation in performance.

This sustainability makes it an excellent choice for the environment.

Third, it is incredibly durable!

It’s no mystery that stainless steel can hold up to tremendous amounts of abuse.

This ties into sustainability because a quality stainless steel utensil can virtually last forever, saving you money and further protecting the environment.

Pros:

  • Hygienic and non-porous surface
  • Non-reactive with foods
  • Easy cleaning/ low-maintenance
  • Extremely durable – can last forever
  • Recyclable
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cons:

  • Can scratch non-stick surfaces
  • Gets hot to the touch
  • Can be expensive for high-quality brands

2) Silicone Utensils

Silicone is a synthetic rubber polymer created by combining silicon with carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and sometimes other trace elements.

Silicone utensils are quickly becoming a trendy option for a couple of main reasons.

First, silicone is a very flexible, soft, and non-stick material.

For this reason, silicone is a breeze to clean after cooking and keeps your family safe if you have small children running around.

Silicone makes some of the best non-scratch utensils that protect your pots and pans with such a soft texture.

It is a significant benefit over stainless steel.

Second, unlike plastic, these BPA-free kitchen utensils are inert and stable.

Meaning, they can be exposed to very high heat up to 600℉ and freezing temperatures down to -40℉ without leaching out any chemicals.

Pros:

  • Made from natural, non-toxic materials
  • Very soft and flexible (won’t scratch pans)
  • Non-stick and easy cleaning
  • Inert during extreme temperature exposure
  • Doesn’t get hot to the touch
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Recyclable

Cons:

  • Sometimes contains fillers (watch for low-quality brands)
  • Can stain and retain some food odors if not cleaned properly (happens mainly with acidic foods like tomato sauce)
  • Although recyclable, not every recycling center deals with silicone

3) Bamboo Utensils

I can write a book on all the attractive benefits of bamboo utensils, but for now, I’ll address the top three!

First, bamboo is biodegradable and incredibly eco-friendly.

The bamboo plant is technically a grass and grows at high-speeds.

The plant remains unscathed even when cut. It will regrow very quickly, certain species growing at the breakneck pace of 36″ inches in only 24 hours, making it very sustainable!

Second, bamboo is a very hygienic material.

Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial and does not absorb water as much as wooden utensils can.

From this, bamboo is less likely to warp and crack than wooden utensils and is stain and odor resistant.

However, you should note that bamboo can still absorb small amounts of moisture, so it’s recommended you hand-wash over the dishwasher.

Third, bamboo performs!

Bamboo is surprisingly sturdy compared to its wood counterpart while being extremely lightweight.

Not as durable as stainless steel, of course, but much lighter, more comfortable to maneuver, and it won’t scratch your non-stick cookware!

It also will not get hot to the touch like steel can.

Pros:

  • Highly sustainable and renewable
  • All-natural
  • Biodegradable
  • Very affordable
  • Hygienic and antimicrobial properties
  • Lightweight yet very durable
  • Doesn’t get hot to the touch
  • Won’t scratch pans
  • Resists moisture

Cons:

  • Although durable, they are not as strong as stainless steel and can still break
  • Not dishwasher-safe

4) Wood Utensils

Wooden cooking utensils are durable, won’t scratch your cookware’s non-stick surface, inert, do not conduct heat (won’t get hot), and are naturally antimicrobial.

Like the others, you can safely stir any dish on any cooking surface without the risk of leaching nasty chemicals into your food.

However, we can see from above that bamboo utensils have wood beat for sustainability and strength, despite weighing less.

Bamboo also resists moisture better than wood, helping them last longer.

So why include wooden utensils on our list?

Wooden cooking utensils are a proven, time-tested option used for thousands of years.

I have clear memories of my grandmother using a wooden spoon to stir her homemade gravy as I anxiously awaited dinner as a kid.

Another point, some types of wood make for better cooking utensils than others do.

Teak wood, for example, has better resistance to moisture than many other kinds of wood.

This makes them some of the best wooden cooking utensils out there, and we’ve included a teak wood set below!

Pros:

  • Biodegradable
  • All-natural
  • Renewable (although slower than bamboo)
  • Hygienic and antimicrobial properties
  • Very durable
  • Doesn’t get hot to the touch
  • Won’t scratch pans

Cons:

  • Porous surface (absorbs water)
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Can stain

Overview

Here we can see how stainless steel, silicone, bamboo, and wooden cooking utensils are among the healthiest options that you can feel good about using.

All have their benefits and limitations, so having a mix of all four would be ideal!

Next, let’s look at seven of the safest cooking utensils.

7 Best Non-toxic Cooking Utensils

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Now that we know which materials to steer clear from and which are safe, let’s look at 7 of the best and safest non-toxic cooking utensils!

Our research team vetted these options through the analysis of materials and thousands of customer reviews, ensuring they are some of the safest cooking utensils out there!

First, let’s start with stainless steel!

Best Stainless Steel Cooking Utensils

#1

FineDine Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Set (10-piece)

The FineDine 10-piece stainless steel cooking utensils set is a very affordable option that gives you everything you need for prep, cooking, grilling, and serving.

You get a basting spoon within those ten pieces, slotted spoon, square slotted turner, ladle, skimmer spoon, potato masher, whisk, spaghetti spoon, tongs, and even a sleek utensil holder for storage!

Want to hang them up instead?

Convenient loopholes are built-in, so you can hang your utensils if you’re short on counter space.

These sturdy kitchen utensils are precision crafted using a solid piece of stainless steel with a comfortable heat-proof grip, ensuring ultimate durability and comfort.

Cleaning is a breeze as these are dishwasher-safe and come out gleaming like they’re brand new every time.

Check out this 10-piece set yourself and see the thousands of positive reviews on Amazon!

#2

Home Hero Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Set (29 Cooking Utensils)

Are you looking to do a complete cooking utensil overhaul? Or maybe grab a housewarming gift for a loved one? This deluxe Home Hero stainless steel kitchen utensil set is the perfect option!

This set is the full package containing everything from stainless cooking spoons and spatulas to can openers, measuring spoons, and more!

Like the previous set, each piece is machined from a single solid chunk of high-quality stainless steel with comfortable heat-proof handles added.

Of course, a loophole is present to hang your cooking utensils, letting you conserve counter space.

The tongs and spatula have flexible BPA-free silicone heads to prevent scratching and help add grip.

Here is everything included:

  • Skimmer
  • Egg whisk
  • Slotted turner, non-slotted turner, & extra-wide Asian turner
  • Garlic press
  • Tea strainer
  • Cheese knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Bottle opener & can opener
  • Potato peeler & potato masher
  • BBQ/ kitchen tongs
  • Spatula
  • Soup ladle
  • Grater & strainer
  • Four measuring spoons & four measuring cups
  • Slotted draining spoon
  • Serving spoon & pasta server

All pieces are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup!

Not happy? Home Hero offers a full 2-year warranty to ensure your satisfaction!

Go ahead and release your inner chef without spending an arm and a leg with this 29-piece set!

Safest Silicone Cooking Utensils

#3

HomeHero Silicone Cooking Utensils Set (8-piece)

This non-toxic silicone cooking utensils set from Home Hero features food-grade silicone utensils with acacia wood handles!

The beautiful wood and silicone combination will not get hot to the touch, will not melt or warp like plastic utensils, and last for many years.

This set includes a solid spoon, slotted spoon, soup ladle, pasta server, solid turner, slotted turner, round spatula, and spatula.

You will effectively protect and preserve your cookware’s surface with these utensils since the silicone heads are soft and non-scratch!

For storage, simply hang your cooking utensils using the conveniently added hanging holes.

For cleaning, although moisture resistant, it is recommended you hand-wash to extend their lifespan (due to the wood).

Home Hero’s silicone utensils with wooden handles have earned thousands of positive reviews on Amazon. Check them out!

#4

 Oxo Good Grips Tongs

Oxo crafts their Good Grips tongs from food-grade silicone with high-quality stainless steel handles.

The soft, non-toxic silicone heads provide grip on foods and make it easy to handle delicate items like fish, scallops, or asparagus with precision.

Its perforated head helps with straining juices and oils from food and is rounded to assist in scooping.

Speaking of scooping, the flat head with thin and flexible edges will glide beneath your food with ease!

Convenient thumb rests are built into the soft, non-slip handles allowing you to maneuver your food like a pro.

For cleaning, hand-wash, or simply toss in the dishwasher!

If you have any issues, Oxo will repair or replace your silicone tongs without hesitation.

Best Bamboo Cooking Utensils

The majority of bamboo utensils online are very similar, so we’re left to find the highest-rated, best bamboo cooking utensils based on consumer feedback.

This 6-piece set fits the bill with a solid 5-star rating among thousands of customers at the time of writing this post!

#5

Riveira 6-piece Bamboo Cooking Utensil Set

This 6-piece set of bamboo cooking utensils is 100% organic and designed to make cooking even easier!

Included are slotted, solid, and turner spatulas, making flipping omelets and mixing ingredients a breeze!

Also included are slotted and solid bamboo cooking spoons for preparing sauces and tasting soups. Lastly, a cooking spork for multi-purpose use!

All the basics for the majority of your cooking needs at a remarkably affordable price!

Similarly to silicone, the premium non-stick bamboo will not scratch your cookware and cleans easily, preventing stuck-on foods!

Furthermore, they are lightweight and easy to hold, reliable, naturally stain, odor, and moisture resistant, preventing mold!

For cleaning, you should hand-wash to ensure longevity.

If anything happens to your bamboo utensils, Riveira’s included lifetime warranty will take care of you!

Safest Wood Cooking Utensils

#6

Oxo Wooden Spoons

This 3-piece set of Oxo wooden spoons are an affordable, classic, and non-toxic alternative to plastic utensils.

Included in this set are large beechwood spoons, slotted and solid, and a wooden turner.

Oxo uses a solid piece of all-natural beechwood to craft these spoons. Beechwood is a hardwood with high density commonly used to make flooring, furniture, veneer plywood, and railroad ties.

Translation, Oxo wooden spoons will hold up to all your cooking needs!

Although strong, they are gentle enough to protect your cookware’s non-stick surface.

For storage, a loophole is present in each handle, allowing you to hang your spoons conveniently for easy access.

For cleaning, Oxo recommends you hand-wash your wooden kitchen spoons.

#7

 Mondayou Teak Wood Cooking Utensils Set

This set of non-toxic cooking utensils from Mondayou lends you five high-quality cooking spoons and spatulas crafted from a solid piece of teak wood!

Included are a teak wood spatula, wok spatula, wooden salad fork (spork), strainer spoon, and soup ladle.

Teak wood cooking utensils help even the scoreboard with bamboo.

They are one of the most robust and most weather-resistant hardwoods, often used for outdoor furniture.

Because of its high oil content and tight grain, teak wood utensils are naturally resistant to water, warping, and cracking, thus improving safety and longevity.

Additionally, teak’s oil content gives it an appealing high-gloss look, adding some classic flair to your kitchen!

For storage, Mondayou conveniently drills loopholes in the handles for hanging.

For cleaning, you should hand-wash your teak kitchen utensils to maximize longevity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are aluminum utensils harmful?

Aluminum cookware and utensils are highly reactive with acidic foods such as tomatoes, vinegar, and citrus. While there are conflicting reports on aluminum’s safety, we know that too much of it can cause unpleasant side effects. Therefore, it’s best to avoid aluminum utensils if possible.

Are silicone utensils toxic?

Silicone utensils are a durable and non-toxic alternative to plastic. This material has a higher melting point than plastic, is chemically stable under extreme temperatures (won’t leach materials into your food), and does not release any odors or toxic fumes during cooking. It’s also very soft and child-safe!

What is better nylon or silicone utensils?

While both are non-scratch and great for protecting your non-stick cookware, silicone utensils are more desirable for three main reasons:

  1. Silicone is a non-toxic, inert material that will not leach out chemicals under extreme heat like nylon.
  2. Speaking of heat, silicone can withstand up to 600℉, while nylon will melt around 400℉.
  3. Silicone is non-stick and easier to clean.

Which stainless steel is best for cooking?

Stainless steel with good corrosion resistance will not rust or pit when exposed to moisture and foods. The most common type used for cookware and cooking utensils is 304-grade. This steel contains high levels of nickel and chromium to help prevent oxidation, especially with salty foods.

Are bamboo cooking utensils dishwasher-safe?

Bamboo utensils, although more water-resistant than wood, can still absorb moisture and crack in the dishwasher. Because of this, it’s advised you hand-wash your bamboo products after use, rather than tossing them in the dishwasher.

What kind of utensils to use with non-stick cookware?

Always avoid using hard, abrasive cooking utensils like stainless steel or cast iron and instead choose bamboo, wood, silicone, or nylon. All four of these are soft enough to protect your cookware’s surface from scratching. However, nylon can melt at lower temperatures and leach chemicals into your food, so it’s best to stick with wood, bamboo, and silicone utensils.

What is the best type of wood for cooking utensils?

The best type of wood for cooking utensils are durable types that are dense, fine-grained, and have closed pores. Fine-grained wood helps to reduce moisture absorption and cracking/ splitting. There are many kinds of woods to choose from, including walnut, cherry, maple, alder, beech, olive, rosewood, sycamore, teak, and many more.

Conclusion

Preparing and eating healthy foods is one of the most important things we can do to feel good and keep our family safe and healthy.

It isn’t just about the foods we eat, because how we prepare them is equally important.

Using the wrong cookware, dinnerware, or cooking utensils can taint your food and impact your healthy-eating efforts.

Because of this, you should always opt for non-toxic materials and choose the healthiest kitchen utensils you can.

In this post, we laid out 7 of the safest cooking utensils to use that help you steer clear from toxins and get the most out of your meal!

Now that you have your non-toxic cooking utensils, you might be wondering, “is my cookware itself is toxic…?”

That’s precisely what we cover in this post here. We dive into toxic cookware, how to identify it, and 8 of the safest pots and pans out there!

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Most Unique Stainless Steel Lunch Box for Kids (in 2021)

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I wrote this post because it can be confusing with all the different options of stainless steel lunch box for kids online.

You want to make the best choice possible for your child but are unsure which is ideal for you.

That’s what this post is all about!

In this post, I will discuss the benefits and features you usually look for in a kid’s metal lunch box, the safest materials, and 5 highly-rated and affordable options you can choose from!

But what about carrying these lunch boxes?

In the final section of this article, I’ll discuss the best insulated lunch bags that hold both hot and cold foods!

All the options below are unisex, so they’re appropriate for both boys and girls!

How to Choose the Best Stainless Steel Lunch Containers

So what happens? If you search for kid’s lunch boxes online, you’ll be met with a vast array of styles and materials, and usually, you’ll end up confused and overwhelmed. This makes it difficult to figure out what even are the best stainless steel lunch containers?

The majority of lunch boxes you’ll see online and in store are made from plastic.

It’s no mystery at this point the risks associated with plastic chemicals, especially when it’s around our children’s food.

We have other posts that discuss in detail the dangers of plastic chemicals leaching into foods, so for this post, we are just going to focus on showing you the safest options.

Not just the safest, but the highest-rated and highest-quality stainless steel lunch containers currently out there.

These will last the longest and will pose no risk of plastic chemicals.

Decisions decisions…

Because foods can be contaminated by plastic and other similar polymers, we’re solely discussing the stainless steel lunch box for kids.

What benefits are you looking for in a child-safe, non-toxic lunch box?

The benefits of stainless steel for you as a parent make it worth the slightly higher price point of its plastic counterparts.

Firstly, stainless steel lunch boxes are ultra-durable.

They will not wear away and crack as cheaper plastic ones can.

This will actually save you money in the long run by making the upfront investment.

Secondly, stainless steel is a non-porous and highly sanitary material. It’s super safe and clean to eat or drink from.

This is why even doctors use stainless steel instruments during procedures.

If it’s safe for them, it’s safe for our food!

Stainless steel containers are dishwasher-safe and won’t warp like plastic food containers do either.

Apart from materials, we look for certain features also.

These features might be that the stainless steel lunch container is leak-proof, so nothing can spill out.

Other features might be additional small compartments that allow you to separate your toddler’s food.

All of which we’ll cover in this post!

How about being easy to transport or stack inside a bag?

These are all available features and choosing which one to go with depends on your needs and desires.

Out of these benefits and styles, which ones are the best for your kid, and why?

This will of course depend on the age of your child and also their level of mischievousness.

Some children are certainly more calm than others and may not require a secure/ spill-proof stainless lunch container.

The following options below will cover all the benefits you’ve just read above, so there is something for everyone!

Let’s start off by looking at a few of our favorite leak-proof stainless steel lunch boxes:

Stainless Steel Bento Box

stainless steel bento box

Some of the best I’ve found in the leak-proof department are these stainless steel bento box options shown above!

Let’s take a look at the first option from Bento Choice (on the left):

#1

Bento Choice

This stainless steel bento box set from Bento Choice includes three sizes, all with air-tight seals, making them fully leak-proof!

A perfect solution for kids known to make a mess. The lunch boxes will stay securely sealed shut.

When you want to open one, simply lift the latch like you’re opening a can of soda to release the suction.

It’ll look like this below:

Voila! And it’s open, just like that! Simple right?

This metal bento box set from Bento Choice contains a small, medium, and large size container.

This enables you to use these for various applications from full courses to small samples of snacks.

Best of all, the air-tight seal will help keep your food that much more fresh and tasty when it’s finally eaten at lunchtime!

Stainless steel is great for both hot and cold foods because it won’t leach chemicals when exposed to temperature extremes like plastic.

And guess what.. NO WASTE!

That’s right. Zero waste is our mission and these containers abide by it.

You don’t even need to bring utensils with this stainless bento box because it includes a FREE set of stainless steel flatware!

I can keep going on and on but I’ll save you the reading…

If you’d like to learn more about this set of steel lunch boxes for kids on your own time, just click here to view the product page and see some customer reviews!

Now let’s take a look at the next set of leak-proof stainless steel containers!

#2

Brooklyn Bento

This great option from Brooklyn Bento uses airtight silicone lids that freely snap on to the container, making these steel bento box containers fully leak-proof!

This 4-piece nesting set is different than your traditional lunch box and allows for full customization based on today’s lunch needs.

Whether that’s a small container for pickins’ or a large one for a sandwich.

You are provided containers ranging from 1.5oz in size (perfect for dressings or dips) up to 21oz in size (sandwiches or pretty much whatever you want!)

To go ahead and learn more about Bklyn Bento’s stainless steel lunch containers, just click right here!

Now onto our next two choices!

stainless bento box

Let’s look at another two stainless steel lunch boxes for kids, ones that can offer a bit more of the “full package.”

These are more specifically a stainless steel lunch box with compartments or divided sections inside.

The catch with these, however, is that they’re not fully leak-proof so they are best for older kids or ones who are less messy overall.

This is not saying that the containers will spill everywhere.

That’s certainly not the case. Just less leak-proof than the previous.

These are perfect if you’d like to keep everything in one solid lunch box rather than segregated in their own smaller or larger size containers.

This offers less versatility but more practicality.

It’s more reasonable to quickly load and pack one container with various items divided up in compartments – than it is loading up several various-sized containers.

Our first recommendation is this bento box from Lunchbots, shown on the right in the image above.

Lunchbots is a great brand and provider of stainless steel lunch boxes and has a track record of happy customers.

#3

Lunchbots Bento Box

This Lunchbots bento box is a great overall purchase when you’re looking for a simple stainless steel lunch box with compartments.

The small size, smartly-placed divided sections, and high-quality stainless steel work together to create the ultimate safe and rugged lunch box!

One which lasts a lifetime and keeps harmful plastic chemicals away from your loved ones.

In other words, one which provides peace of mind.

Keep in mind, however, this Lunchbots steel lunch box is rather small. The pictured style is 6” x 5” x 1.75”.

It is ideal for a small child/ toddler but perhaps not ideal for an older kid or one with a larger appetite.

Lunchbots also offers various styles and sizes!

You can learn more about Lunchbots and this container by clicking here!

The next and final choice I have for this post is this awesome steel lunch box from Clean Lunch’N!

This option is perfect for those older children or loved ones with an above-average appetite.

#4

Clean Lunch’n Metal Bento Box

The pictured stainless steel lunch box is crafted to be slightly larger than the previously mentioned lunch boxes.

This stainless steel lunch box can pack a serious meal and is super-versatile with its large size, divided sections, and carrying case!

That makes the lunch box perfect for fast-growing, hungry children, and even adults!

Yes, you yourself can also benefit from this metal lunch box as it’s large enough to cater to adults too.

The metal clips on the side unbuckle and release the steel bento box-style container.

This lunch box measures a whopping 8″ inches long by 6″ inches wide and 2.25″ inches deep!

This allows for sandwiches or full helpings to fit inside the large section.

The two smaller sections have a smaller capacity.

This is perfect for dips, salad dressings, nuts, sides, or anything else which would benefit from the extra divided sections.

Click here to grab this jumbo stainless steel lunch box!

If you also need a lunch bag, you’re in luck!

Another benefit of Clean Lunch’N is that they offer an option that includes an insulated lunch bag to conveniently carry your lunch box!

In an elementary school application, for example, this may not be necessary as your child might use a backpack to carry their lunch box.

But still, if the plan is to carry lunch separately, this set includes a perfect lunch bag to carry your meals comfortably.

To learn more about this awesome lunch bag from Clean Lunch’N, just click here!

#5

Omiebox Bento Lunch Box

The Omiebox bento lunch box for kids is quite the favorite online, raking in thousands of positive reviews on Amazon!

This innovative solution can pack hot and cold together in one compact solution!

This is done by taking the traditional multi-compartment bento box design and adding in a Thermos insert.

Now you can easily store hot soups alongside chilled fruits and sandwiches, without carrying several different containers!

This saves you money!

All together this lunch box provides you four total compartments, one of which being an insulated Thermos food jar!

If you don’t need the Thermos, take it out and you’ll have have an extra compartment for a sandwich or sides.

The Omiebox bento box measures 7″x 7″x 3″ and is extra rugged, weighing about 1.7lbs and made entirely from 304-grade stainless steel!

For cleaning, the whole box comes apart, even the rubber seals are removable!

This allows you to thoroughly clean your lunch container and keep your child safe!

The Omiebox bento lunch box with insulated Thermos is covered by a 1-year warranty, just in case.

Click here to learn more and grab your Omiebox today!

Next up, let’s take a look at a fantastic insulated lunch bag!

Best Insulated Lunch Bags for Hot Food

Now that you have your stainless steel lunch containers ready to go, you’ll need an insulated lunch bag. The following option is one of the best-insulated lunch bags for hot food!

The Bentgo lunch bag is a high-quality, child-sized insulated lunch bag that’s built to last and is suitable for both boys and girls!

This dual compartment lunch box features a spacious main compartment that will fit most lunch containers.

Along with that, there is a large mesh pocket in the top that conveniently holds snacks and drinks while the front zippered pockets hold napkins, utensils, and more!

Bentgo’s thermal insulated lunch bags work well with both hot and cold foods and keeps drinks, snacks, and meals cool for up to 4 hours!

If that not enough, you can slip an ice pack into the interior mesh pocket to keep food colder for even longer periods of time.

For warm foods, the leak-proof thermal insulation keeps hot food warm for up to 4 hours, perfect for lunchtime if no microwave is present.

Lastly, this insulated lunch bag is super convenient and very easy to clean!

It features an easy-carry top handle and adjustable shoulder strap for added comfort.

For quick cleaning, simply wipe your lunch tote clean with a damp cloth!

For more thorough cleaning, this insulated lunch box is machine washable!

Bentgo provides an industry-leading 2-year warranty.

Click here to check out this insulated lunch bag from Bentgo today!

Conclusion

I hope that you found this article helpful and now you have more clarity and ideas on which stainless steel lunch box for kids you’ll choose!

Contact us at any time if you have any questions or suggestions on eco-friendly topics you’d like to see covered.

We’d LOVE to hear from you!

Not that you’ve got your stainless lunch box, what’s next?

Thinking about plates, flatware, maybe drinking cups?

If you are, click here to check out our blog post on non-toxic kid’s dinnerware and see all of the above!

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Stainless Steel Sippy Cup | 7 Best Toddler Sippy Cups in 2020

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For every baby or toddler, there comes a time as they get a little older where they need to switch from bottle or breast to regular drinking cups. The perfect transition tool is a cup that is somewhere in between the former and the latter. That is where stainless steel sippy cup arrives!

Many are designed to withstand being dropped, tossed, or turned upside down.

However, many parents today are trying to ditch the plastic and look for sustainable alternatives.

Commonly, options on the market have always been made from plastics.

They are easy to clean and generally pretty durable.

Lately, everyone is realizing more and more the issues regarding dangers associated with plastic chemicals.

These chemicals can potentially leach into your kid’s drinks and cause health implications down the road.

Studies have found that this happens when plastic is stressed (stressed meaning heated, scratched, or exposed to sunlight).

This doesn’t just go for drink-ware, plastic plates can also be leaching chemicals into your food. In this other post, we go very deep into this topic on the safest kid’s plates.

The most common plastic-free options include glass, silicone, and steel sippy cups.

These are all reusable and Eco-friendly, but as we’ve discussed in our previous article, glass and silicone sippy’s can’t compare to the durability and longevity of the stainless steel sippy cup.

In this post I’m going to discuss the stainless sippy cup and the best options for 6 months and older!

I will now go further into detail about the qualities/ properties of stainless steel and the benefits of its use for toddler sippy cups!

Benefits of Stainless Steel Sippy Cups for Toddlers

Stainless steel has become one of the most commonly used materials in kitchens and for a good reason. We make our stainless steel sippy cups for toddlers from 304-grade stainless.

Why?

Because it is a non-toxic, high corrosion-resistant type of steel.

It can withstand use with lots of different beverages and all the frequent washing that comes along with it, while remaining “brand new like” for years.

This is why the majority of cooking utensils, pots/ pans, and metal containers are made from this material!

Stainless steel is highly desired for making toddler sippy cups because it’s a super eco-friendly and durable material.

It contains no plastic or any of those chemicals at all for that matter.

It can be cleaned very easily by hand or placed right in the dishwasher.

The high-quality steel will not stain, will not rust, and best of all, WILL NOT BREAK!

This is extremely important with young children because, as we all know, things can get hectic!

We need something rugged to stand up to the inevitable abuse but also safe, making steel a great option.

Now that we understand why stainless steel is so beneficial for use in children’s cups, you should also understand that not all steel is created equal…

In this next section, I will help you understand how to point out lower quality knock-offs and make the best decision for your family!

Stainless Sippy Cups | How to Identify Low-Quality Knock-offs

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Check What Type of Stainless Steel Used

Frequently, cup manufacturers will produce their own metal sippy cup’s from steel like 201-grade, for example.

This is stainless steel that appears very similar to 304-grade but is cheaper due to it’s lower Nickel content.

It is a slightly harder steel, making it a better choice for certain applications like furniture.

But these are toddler sippy cups, not furniture we’re talking about here.

Where 304-grade shines is in corrosion resistance.

It has a higher chrome content than 201-grade, resulting in better resistance to corrosion, pitting, and rusting (photo comparison below).

This is especially important when we’re putting liquids in our cups.

Cups made from 201-grade steel are likely to rust and can become hazardous to kids, while 304-grade is perfect for drinkware.

You may ask yourself, why would a company produce their cups from lesser quality stainless steel?

Well, this is mostly to save money upfront.

Cups made from 304-grade are generally more costly than 201-grade stainless sippy cups.

It isn’t because companies don’t care about you though.

Usually that’s not the case.

This is because not enough people are aware on the properties of various grades of steel and don’t put in enough consideration.

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Companies may produce their cups from lesser quality steel to save money upfront.

This is why you need to make sure to see “304-grade (or 18/8 grade)” when choosing stainless steel cups for your toddler.

Check If It’s Electro-polished

Electro-polishing is an important process done to the insides of stainless steel cups and bottles.

This further improves corrosion resistance, removes any contaminants, micro-cracks, pits, or any other surface imperfections of the steel.

It also prevents metallic tastes from entering your child’s beverage which CAN happen without this polishing.

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Most of the time, inexpensive stainless steel cups won’t have an electro-polished interior.

You’ll find that, over time, those cups will rust and pit on the insides.

The reason some sellers of these cups neglect this part of the process is that it costs extra money and lengthens production time.

Again this goes back to my previous point, where the seller might simply be uneducated on the topic.

But I believe any company, especially one producing products for kids, should and MUST research to take every step possible for the safest product.

Wouldn’t you agree?

So, do this!

ACTION PLAN: When browsing stainless steel cups or any other stainless cup/ bottle online or in-store, refer to the above image to make sure they’re electro-polished.

You can see how our cup, on the left, has a smooth – even texture.

This is from the polishing which smooths out ridges and removed any impurities on the surface.

On the right side, is another steel cup without electro-polishing.

With these, you’ll notice the ripples and uneven texture along the inside of the cup.

This is the remnants of the machining processes from producing these cups in the factory.

It’ll leave uneven ridges and cuts into the steel, which can result in pitting, rust, and degradation over time.

Your cup must be polished smooth like the first image – this will seal and prolong your cups for a lifetime of healthy use!

Now that we know the benefits of steel sippy cups and how to identify sub-par products, let’s review the best stainless steel sippy cup options for several different scenarios.

Stainless Steel Sippy Cup Reviews

Stainless Steel Sippy Cup Reviews

The following stainless steel sippy cup reviews are based on our research team’s findings, as well as thousands of other consumer ratings and reviews.

Below you’ll find various styles of sippy cups for different age ranges and features, so regardless of what you need, there’s an option for you!

Along with reviewing these products, we’ve gone even further by researching some of the most common questions associated with stainless steel sippy cups for babies and toddlers.

As we go through these following cups, we’ll answer these questions so there is no mystery surrounding your next move!

First, let’s answer some of the most basic questions…

What Is The Purpose of a Sippy Cup?

A sippy cup, coming in many different styles, is generally a training cup that is meant to do just that, train your baby to wean off nursing or bottle-feeding while improving their coordination.

Consider a sippy to be a stepping stone from nursing, to drinking from regular everyday cups.

Are Stainless Steel Sippy Cups Safe?

Steel sippy cups are a safer and more eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic sippies. They are free of the hormone-disrupting chemicals present in plastic while being lightweight and extremely durable.

They provide the safety and longevity that all parents love!

What Age is Appropriate for Sippy Cups?

The AAP suggests offering your baby a sippy cup at about 6-9 months old. This varies however as some parents never start using them while others go beyond age three. Regardless, it is recommended to start at 6 months old to get your child accustomed to open cups quicker.

What is the Best Sippy Cup to Transition From the Bottle?

The best transition cups are going to be ones that allow your child to develop the needed coordination to sip from regular drinking cups. Usually, they’ll be easy to hold, spill-proof, and most importantly – made from safe materials!

Best Sippy Cup to Transition From Bottle Feeding

Best Sippy Cup to Transition From Bottle

All of the sippy cups in this post are great options, but what is the best sippy cup to transition from bottle feeding?

Sippy cups with handles are sometimes preferred due to the extra support that handles provide!

As your child gets older and more experienced, their coordination improves.

The opposite is true for younger children who haven’t had as much time and need some support.

If this is the case, the following are some of the best sippies to transition from bottles!

Stainless Steel Sippy Cup with Handles

A stainless steel sippy cup with handles can help prevent messy mishaps due to the convenient handles on each side.

The handles are thin enough to easily hold and are ergonomically designed to prevent being dropped, thus helping to reduce spills!

No-spill sippy cups with handles are a great start for transitioning off the bottle.

Let’s look at a couple of these below!

Thinkbaby Steel Sippy Cup (9 oz)

The Thinkbaby steel sippy cup is designed for ultimate safety and convenience for your little one.

It is crafted with ultra-polished 304-grade stainless steel, so the liquids will not touch any harmful materials!

The included straw is made from extra-soft, BPA-free medical-grade silicone, so your baby will not hurt their mouth.

Yes, the handles and lid pieces are plastic, however, Thinkbaby has taken the care to ensure this is free of BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, and biologically harmful chemicals.

On top of this, no plastic comes in contact with the liquids while using the Thinkbaby stainless steel Thinkster bottle!

Liquids only touch the electro-polished steel interior, and the silicone straw, so you can be sure there’s no harm!

For in-between use, the Thinkbaby straw cup features an easy to close swivel top to protect your silicone straw from coming into contact with foreign substances.

If you want to use this sippy cup like a bottle, the handles are removable!

Dishwasher-safe and comes in several color options!

Overall, the Thinkbaby stainless steel straw cup is an amazing transition cup to easily move from sippy to the next stage of drinkware!

The Thinkbaby straw bottle is meant for babies aged 16 to 48 months!

Insulated No-Spill Sippy Cup with Handles from Grosmimi (6-10 oz)

This insulated no-spill sippy cup with handles from Grosmimi is very similar to the previous Thinbaby sippy cup, with the addition of vacuum insulation!

This is where there are two layers of steel (double-walled) and then the air is sucked out from in-between.

This creates great temperature retention, which allows your child’s beverage to stay warm or cold for hours making this the best sippy cup for milk, hot or cold!

Like the previous stainless sippy, this is made from high-quality 304-grade stainless steel and features a silicone straw, preventing any plastic from coming into contact.

Grosmimi offers a larger 10 oz size, as well as stage 2 straws for when your baby gets a little older, these are purchased separately.

The electro-polished interior also features volume indicators that can be used to accurately portion your baby’s milk or formula.

Grosmimi also offers a full line of bottles, ranging from 0 to 18+ months and finished in 6 different colors!

TIP: A best practice for any stainless steel cup or bottle is to thoroughly wash it before your first use.

Best Sippy Cup for Teeth

Best Sippy Cup for Teeth infographic
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Sippy cups generally are safe for your child when used in moderation, but over-reliance can lead to dental health issues later on if used too long. So what is the best sippy cup for teeth?

Before that, let’s look at a common question…

Are Sippy Cups Bad for Teeth?

The sucking action when drinking from sippy cups can affect the way teeth and jaws develop if this persists for too long without switching to normal drinking means.

Many times this is due to the sucking action of the straw or sippy, as well as the increased volume of sugary beverages like milk or juice which are usually drunk from sippy cups.

Some simple practices can help prevent sippy cup damage, including:

  • Not letting your child suck on a sippy cup for prolonged periods.
  • Only put water in the cups and minimally use them for sugary beverages.
  • Avoid using sippies with sugary drinks at night as the sugars will sit on your child’s teeth, causing decay.

As we can see, sippy cups usually are not problematic as long as they’re used properly and weaned off at the right times.

What Kind of Sippy Cup is Best for Teeth?

These are going to be ones that reduce the overall amount of “sucking action” and help to simulate more frequent drinking from a regular open cup.

A way around this for any sippy (which is a preferred method overall) is to start supplementing a normal open cup into one meal per day, then gradually increasing use.

This will help prevent over-reliance while helping to train your baby to drink from open cups.

All things considered, some parents may prefer avoiding the “sucking action” altogether.

This is where the munchkin miracle cup comes in (and our own sippy cups as well, but we’ll get to that later in this post!)

Munchkin 360 Cup Stainless Steel (10 oz)

The 10 oz munchkin 360 cups made from vacuum-insulated 304-grade stainless steel are speech therapist recommended and are some of the best sippy cups for 6 months old and up

A couple of common questions regarding the munchkin non-spill sippy cup come up all the time, so let’s address those real quick.

How Does the Munchkin Miracle 360 Cup Work?

The munchkin miracle 360 cup uses a unique 360 degree drinking edge which allows your child to sip like a regular open rim cup, without the side effect of spills! This is done by a lip-activated edge that opens only on contact and closes as soon as your baby stops drinking.

How Do I Teach My Baby to Drink From a 360 Cup?

It can seem tricky to get your baby to use 360 cups, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some simple steps to get them acquainted:

  1. Remove the top and fill with only an inch or two of water and give that to your child.
  2. Let them take a sip (yes they’ll spill, but only a little bit and they’ll manage to get some down.)
  3. Do this during meals for about a week and they’ll start to get conditioned to the cup and the drinking motion.
  4. Re-apply the lid, and hand it to them again with an inch or two of water.
  5. Now that they’re somewhat familiar, as they put their mouths on the rim and attempt to take a drink, their mouths will open the valve allowing liquid to flow.
  6. Gradually fill your munchkin sippy cup more and more as they continue to get comfortable using it.

Mystery solved! As we can see, there is a little bit of adjusting, but this will be the case using any sippy.

These tips can go for any of these options to help you gradually acquaint your baby to stainless steel sippy cups.

On top of munchkin 360 cups helping your child’s teeth develop, they are also vacuum-insulated which will help keep drinks cool for 15 hours and warm for 4-6!

They are crafted from corrosion-resistant 304-grade stainless steel and are free of BPA and other toxins normally found in cheap sippy cups.

For cleaning, it can’t get much easier. Just take apart your stainless 360 sippy and toss it on the top rack of your dishwasher!

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Best Soft Spout Sippy Cup

Finding the best soft spout sippy cup is super important because it directly protects your child’s teeth and gums from developing poorly.

Soft nipple sippy cups also help ease the transition from nursing to a sippy cup because it feels closest to the breast and is less likely to confuse the baby.

So that brings us to the question, are hard spout sippy cups bad?

Are Hard Spout Sippy Cups Bad?

Hard spout sippy cups could potentially hurt the development of your baby’s teeth and jaw. This is due to the positioning of their body, neck, and teeth when sipping from a hard spout vs a soft spout. With a hard spout, there is less flexibility than a soft one, so the body and neck need to compensate and bend much more, putting pressure on the teeth and jaw.

Now we’ll look at two amazing soft-spout stainless steel sippy cup options that are some of the best for breastfed baby’s!

These are not only jaw-safe but are some of the most versatile options out there!

Both the Pura Kiki bottles and our own stainless steel kids cups with silicone lids, shown below, provide you with not only sippy cups, but also open cups, straw bottles, snack cups, and anything else you desire!

All from one product (or both combined for the ultimate experience).

First, let’s look at the Pura Kiki stainless steel baby bottle set!

Pura Kiki Bottles (5-11 oz)

Stainless steel Pura Kiki bottles are innovative sippers designed to transition from sippy bottle to straw bottle, sports bottle, or snack container!

These 304-grade stainless steel bottles have a patented “Any Bottle…Any Lid” design which allows all Pura Kiki sipper bottles to work with all Pura tops.

Pura insulated bottles have many different top options ranging from the included silicone spout to XL spouts, to silicone sports tops and even Pura Kiki straws!

Each slow-flow lid is crafted from medical-grade silicone, free of all toxins, and features an easy-cleaning wide neck design to support transitioning from breastfeeding!

The interchangeable medical-grade silicone sleeve helps to add a soft feel and grip to prevent drops, reduce “sweating” and provide a nice pop of color!

Pura’s electro-polished interior features volume marks in ounces and milliliters for accurate dosing.

Pura Kiki bottles are dishwasher-safe and can also be sterilized in boiling water!

Pura Kiki Bottles features

How Do You Sterilize Pura Kiki Bottles?

Pura Kiki bottles can be sterilized using boiling water. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Bring water to a boil on your stove using any standard pot.
  2. Once water is boiling, turn off the heat.
  3. Remove the lid and place Pura bottle parts into the water.
  4. Let sit for about 10 minutes to effectively sterilize.
  5. CAREFULLY remove parts from the hot water using some kind of tongs or gloves.
  6. Let parts dry.

If you are worried about the silicone melting in boiling water, don’t.

Silicone can be boiled along with the stainless steel bottles because silicone has a melting point of approximately 500 degrees Fahrenheit, twice the temperature of boiling water.

As we can see, Pura Kiki stainless steel baby bottles are a fantastic versatile option.

You can get this exact 5 oz version, or you can get the larger 11 oz bottle.

Or you can check out their full line of products and go from there!

Pura Kiki offers a limited lifetime warranty on their products.

Click the button below to visit Pura Kiki’s storefront!

Stainless Steel Sippy Cup with Silicone Spout (8 oz)

Our stainless steel sippy cups with silicone spouts are another innovative solution that can provide you with endless use from under 1-year-old well into childhood!

The design is very simple with our 8 oz stainless steel cup.

We took the highest quality stainless we can, 304-grade, and electro-polished the insides.

Then we fully rolled the cup’s rim to protect your baby’s mouth from sharp edges.

The extra-wide base helps keep the cup upright and helps to prevent spills while on the table.

Each leak-proof lid is made of 100% pure food-grade silicone that is free of all toxic chemicals found in plastic and features reinforced air-vents to prevent the common tearing found in silicone lids.

The soft silicone spout is very gentle on your child’s mouth and will make for easy transitioning.

The unique thing about our non-spill sippy cup is how it grows with your child!

Starting out young, you simply fill each cup with the desired beverage (do this how we recommended above to train your baby) and then stretch the spill-proof silicone sippy lid over the rim.

This turns your regular 8 oz metal toddler cup into a fully spill-proof sippy cup!

As your toddler gets older, you can simply stop using the sippy lids and use the stainless steel cup by itself!

The stainless steel cup by itself also doubles as a convenient 8 oz unbreakable snack cup!

You might ask, why not just get the lids separately and do this with any cup?

You could certainly do that using the silicone lid set that is later in this post, however as we stated above, our 8 oz cups by themselves are designed with optimal safety for child use.

This is hard to find in standard 8 oz stainless steel cups.

Also, we can guarantee our products with our full coverage warranty that covers your lids for a year and your cups for a lifetime.

Any issues, simply text or email us (info included with purchase) and we’ll ship out replacements the same day for free.

For cleaning, it can’t get much easier.

Simply either hand wash, or toss your cups and lids in the dishwasher! (lids should be kept on top rack)

Or if you’d like, you can sterilize the cups and lids in boiled water just like the Pura Kiki bottle set (using the instructions in the previous section)

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Best Insulated Sippy Cup

Best Insulated Sippy Cup

The best-insulated sippy cups are the ones that keep cold drinks cold for the longest time.

This no-leak stainless steel sippy cup option below has proven to be one of the best in this category and comes from another very notable brand, Thermos.

Foogo Straw Cup (10 oz)

The Thermos Foogo straw cup features Thermos vacuum insulation technology that effectively keeps contents cold and fresh for up to 12 hours, making this the best straw sippy cup for kids!

Thermos offers three phases of cups that include one for 6+ months, a more rigid spout option built for ages 12+ months, and this silicone straw bottle for 18+ months.

They also offer a line of lunch boxes and steel food containers on their storefront!

The durable double-wall 304-grade stainless steel design has an easy-grip contoured shape and features interchangeable lids that allow you to change parts between the three phases to adapt to your child’s needs!

The Thermos Foogo holds roughly 10 ounces of liquid.

Each lid is made from plastic, but will not touch your child’s drink or mouth.

Also, the lid has a convenient and hygienic push-button flip-top that allows you to easily open and close during use!

For cleaning, simply disassemble all four parts (bottle, lid, straw, and straw stem) and throw in the dishwasher!

All-in-all, this 10 oz Thermos bottle is one of the best straw sippy cup options for on-the-go and keeping drinks cold!

Best Silicone Sippy Cup Lids Set

The best silicone sippy cup lids allow you to effectively turn any cup into a sippy!

They are super flexible and can stretch over almost any rim up to about 3 inches in diameter at the rim, making them a very universal sippy cup lid.

Once they are applied, you can feel comfortable handing the cup to your child knowing it’s not going to spill.

Getting a set of silicone sippy lids helps you while on-the-go or at restaurants, places where you might not have your sippy with you but need a quick solution!

Healthy Sprouts Silicone Sippy Lids

Healthy Sprouts silicone sippy lids have a proven track record to be one of the best silicone spout lids available at this time.

The best part is the versatility to use on your existing drinkware at home or while you’re traveling!

This is a cost-effective option when you’re not looking to invest too much money on buying several different sippy bottles and cups, especially if you have several small children.

Instead, you can grab this 5-piece sippy lid multi-pack and essentially make 5 different sippy cups for under 15 bucks!

The only limit to this is, of course, the lack of safety and child-proofing that your existing drinkware might have.

If you already have good baby-safe cups at home, then try them out!

You’ll enjoy how easy these are for travel because they are very small and light and can be taken along anywhere including restaurants so you can quickly “spill-proof” your child’s cups.

Healthy Sprouts silicone lids are made from 100% pure food-grade silicone that’s free of all toxins found in plastic!

Along with that, they provide a 12-month damage replacement warranty. If you have any issues, you can contact them for solutions!

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Conclusion

We hope that this post has helped you better understand stainless steel sippy cups, the benefits, and best practices when using them.

All of these options we’ve shown you are time-tested and proven by countless previous customers.

They are very safe, super high-quality, and will serve your family well during one of the most crucial times in your baby’s life!

If you have any questions at all about our stainless steel sippy cups or any of the other mentioned products, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Now that you’ve got your cups, check out our post on safe, non-toxic dinnerware for kids to complete your set-up with eco-friendly utensils, plates, and lunchboxes!

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