About TEFLON®


In the kitchen you can count on Teflon® nonstick coatings to make your life easier. So whether you're cooking for yourself, or a dining room full of hungry guests,Teflon® nonstick coatings make your life easier.



Why Buy Cookware with Teflon® Nonstick Coatings?


Teflon® nonstick coatings are the finest nonstick products, with a variety of performances to meet avariety of cooking needs. All DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatingsare quality tested to live up to the Teflon® brand promise of easy cooking and cleanup, time after time.


DuPont has created five performance levels of Teflon® nonstick coatings so you can always find something that's right for you.


For families that like cooking, but don't need high performance cookware, cookware coated with Teflon® Classic or Teflon® Xtra provide good nonstick performance that can fit comfortably into your budget.


For busy families who count on everyday durable performance, cookware coated with Teflon® Select provides enhanced durability in nonstick performance that will delight your family day after day.


For cooks who use their cookware a lot, there is Teflon® Platinum nonstick coating.

At the very top of the line is a revolutionary new nonstick coating from DuPont, Teflon® Platinum Plus. Based on market research this coating was created to better withstand metal utensils and resist scratches. It provides the ultimate performance in nonstick durability, performance, and metal scratch resistance.




How DuPont™ Teflon® Nonstick Coatings Work


The exceptional performance of DuPont nonstick coatings is made possible by the characteristics of their unique main ingredient, Teflon® fluoropolymer resin.


DuPont invented nonstick coatings for cookware and has been the leader ever since. DuPont is the undisputed leader in research and development, quality assurance, nonstick performance, and consumer trust!


Unlike most other competitive nonsticks, DuPont branded nonstick coatings feature multi-layer technologies to ensure superior performance and durability:


- A unique topcoat - for easy food release and easy cleanup
- A tough midcoat - for excellent resistance to scratches and abrasions
- A rugged primer - for long-lasting durability






Cookware with the DuPont quality seal with the Teflon® brand logo, means you can trust the cookware to meet the toughest DuPont standards for quality and performance. Standards are upheld by a unique 13-point checklist for quality assurance. Plus, DuPont tests cookware in a rigorous battery of real-world tests, including over 30 years of in-home kitchen testing and an ongoing program of professional chef testing conducted in commercial restaurants.


Before a manufacturer is licensed by DuPont for nonstick coatings, they must submit their products to DuPont to make certain that exacting quality standards are met. Once a manufacturer is licensed, DuPont conducts periodic testing to ensure that those standards are consistently upheld. Finally, each manufacturer conducts in-house tests against their own quality standards.


When you see the Teflon® brand seal, you are guaranteed to get the quality, durability, and performance you need for easier cooking and cleanup, time after time.



Dispelling the Myths About Nonstick Cookware Coatings
The fiction - and the facts - about DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings


There are too many do's and don'ts with nonstick pans. They're more trouble than a regular pan.

Nonstick cookware coatings were specifically designed to save time and trouble in the kitchen. By following a few simple guidelines, cooking and cleanup is much easier for everyone with DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings. See Cookware Care for more information.


Nonstick pans should never go in the dishwasher.

We wouldn't be doing our job if you couldn't put all of our nonstick in the dishwasher. While dishwashers are perfectly safe for our nonstick coatings, you should always check the manufacturer's care instructions to make sure the pan itself is dishwasher safe.


You can't store food in the refrigerator in a nonstick pan.

Oh yes you can, with no problems whatsoever.


Nonstick pans are not for serious cooks or chefs.

Major advancements in non-stick technology over the past ten years have elevated nonstick to the performance caliber required by serious cooks and professional chefs. You'll find DuPont nonstick on professional-quality pans, including stainless steel and hard-anodized aluminum. Premium nonstick such as Teflon® Platinum Plus are tailored specifically for the cookware they have been applied to and are durable enough to withstand intense use.


Some cooking techniques, like deglazing, just don't work with a nonstick pan.

There is gourmet cookware now available that features textured bottoms with super-durable nonstick. These pans have either pockets or grooves that hold food residue created by the browning process, which can then be used to deglaze. This is a perfect example of how nonstick cooking surfaces are meeting the needs of even today's most serious cooks.


If a pan has a textured bottom, food can get stuck in the pattern.

You may get attached to your cookware coated with Teflon® quality tested nonstick coatings, but food never will. The superior food release is in no way diminished by these textured surfaces. In fact, these pans can actually extend the performance of a nonstick coating by minimizing the contact between surface and utensils. Nonstick pans with textured bottoms should be treated like any other nonstick pan, and will provide many years of great performance and easy cleanup.


High heat will damage the pan's nonstick finish.

Low to medium-high heat is recommended for cookware with nonstick surfaces. But on occasion, when you need to cook with temperatures up to 500°F, you can do so without damaging the finish. After all, if we couldn't stand the heat, we wouldn't be in the kitchen!


Nonstick pans don't work well for searing foods.

Searing is easily accomplished in a nonstick pan. Simply pre-heat your nonstick pan slowly until it reaches the appropriate temperature, then add the food to be seared.


One scratch and the nonstick pan is ruined for good.

With today's improved nonstick, scratching is much less of a problem to worry about. And even if a minor scratch were to occur, it only affects the appearance - not the cooking or easy cleanup performance - of the pan. To avoid scratching, don't use sharp-edged or metal utensils when cooking. Some of the more durable Teflon® quality tested nonstick coatings like Teflon® Platinum and Teflon® Platinum Plus resist damage from metal utensils with careful use.


I'm still not convinced that particles of nonstick coating won't come off during cooking and get into my food.

Over fifty years of consumer use, along with laboratory testing and published peer-reviewed research, has affirmed that cookware made with Teflon® nonstick coatings is safe for both consumer and commercial use at normal cooking temperatures. DuPont knows how to ensure that our nonstick stays on the pan. Extremely durable, DuPont nonstick is engineered to resist chipping, peeling, flaking, or other kinds of abrasions. What's more, the nonstick coatings themselves are nontoxic, so even if a particle were to be accidentally eaten, it would not be harmful. We want to ease your mind every bit as much as we want to ease your time in the kitchen. For more information, refer to the Safety of DuPont™ Teflon® Nonstick Coating Systems.