Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a Federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children, her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005. Since 2009 Tamara has been using XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals), including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic. All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items are tested multiple times, to confirm the test results for each component tested. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023.
Originally posted: July 26, 2018
Updated: August 2, 2020
I started populating my #LeadSafeMama Amazon Store with choices from my #SaferChoices posts in 2018 and I update these lists periodically based on feedback from YOU (the readers of this blog!)
Please click through and let me know if there are any categories you would like to see that are not there yet and if there are any specific types of items you would like my recommendations for or that you think I should include in a category I have already set up.
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my #LeadSafeMama Amazon Store, your input will me build a resource for others as well — now and in the future!
Amazon links are affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking on one of my links I may receive a small percentage of what you spend at no extra cost to you.
My commission on items sold through this store is usually in the neighborhood of three to six percent (at no extra cost to the buyer) so purchasing things via my #LeadSafeMama Amazon Store links really makes a difference in supporting my advocacy work. Just start your Amazon shopping at my link if you can, especially if you were already planning on shopping on Amazon!
Not satisfied? Please let me know!
I hate recommending products. The main reason this is not something I am 100% comfortable with is that vendors and suppliers often change products without notice. I may link to a product that I have tested but then later the vendor changes out what is shown on the link (or the manufacturer changes the product slightly in a way I could not have anticipated — like adding a lead-painted logo to a glass or something similar!) While I am not the vendor, I encourage you to put in a complaint to Amazon if you buy something that you are not satisfied with, AND I encourage you to return products that don’t work for you or are not as advertised. If you ever buy any product via my #LeadSafeMama Amazon Store that you think is not up to standards or has any issues of any kind, please also let me know so I can remove it from my list of choices. If that’s the case I will look for a better, similar product sold by a different vendor.
Also if you want more information about why I have chosen a specific product or brand, please read the header for the category on the Lead Safe Mama Amazon store, look up that item using the search bar here on my blog, and read the related blog posts that come up (you can search by product type or by brand name — as of August 2020 there are over 2,500 posts here to search through!)
Thank you! As always, let me know if you have any questions!
Here are the subcategories I already have listed in my Amazon store:
- #LeadSafeMama Pots & Pans
- #LeadSafeMama Games My Kids Like
- #LeadSafeMama School Supplies
- #LeadSafeMama Household Products
- #LeadSafeMama Fishing Gear
- #LeadSafeMama Lead Safe Home
- #LeadSafeMama Camping Gear
- #LeadSafeMama Mixing Bowls
- #LeadSafeMama Halloween
- #LeadSafeMama Small Appliances
- #LeadSafeMama Sippy Cups
- #LeadSafeMama Baby
- #LeadSafeMama Mugs
- #LeadSafeMama Cups & Glasses
- #LeadSafeMama Baby Bottles
- #LeadSafeMama Water Bottles
- #LeadSafeMama Personal Care
- #LeadSafeMama Supplements & Detox
- #LeadSafeMama Lead-free Gardening
- #LeadSafeMama Toys
- #LeadSafeMama Baking
- #LeadSafeMama Snacks
- #LeadSafeMama Coffee & Tea
- #LeadSafeMama Kitchen
- #LeadSafeMama Dishes
Thank you so much for this work! I’m bookmarking this link for future reference any time I’m going to shop from now on! xoxo
Taryn M says
I’m redoing my whole kitchen from your list now lol
Any recs for drinking glasses? Or just get something with borosilicate glass? Thanks!
Check this out: https://shopleadsafemama.com/2021/05/glassware/
Let me know if you have any questions!
Could you please add children’s dishes like cups plates and utensils to your store?
Here are some recommendations for Baby dishes in Tamara’s store: https://shopleadsafemama.com/2021/05/lead-free-baby-dishes-cups-cutlery-food-storage/
Can you please test baby pacifiers and bottle nipples??! We use philips avent silicone which I think most are made of but no idea if heavy metals are in them. Thanks for what you do to help us!!
Hi – here’s how the testing works: https://tamararubin.com/2019/08/tamara-can-i-send-you-one-of-my-dishes-to-test-for-lead/
This is a great idea. I haven’t been able to buy from it, is it not up yet?
It’s up! Just click on the image link – and look through the categories.
That’s what I have been doing and I just tried again and nothing happens. My security settings maybe?
Maybe – I’m not sure how that works, maybe you can cut and paste the link?
This is my first time on your site! I appreciate what you’re doing. I bought the Pyrex bake prep n’ storage set a few weeks ago but have yet to use it because I’ve heard there’s lead in Pyrex glassware. I did notice you have a few Pyrex approved glassware on your link. Does my set meet the criteria as being lead free?
Thanks for being here and checking out this information.
The clear glass ones that are new / sold new today are lead-free. The concern for Pyrex is the vintage decorated milk-glass Pyrex.
Sonya Turner says
Can you post a pic of milk glass pyrex that you are referring to?
What do you think of the thermos stainless steel water bottle? Is it safe?
THERMOS FUNTAINER 12 Ounce Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Kids Straw Bottle, Pink https://amzn.to/3sbafpB
They tend to have some lead under the bottom caps – but the bottom caps do not always fall off.
Thanks for posting this!!
I have been looking for an affordable nontoxic immersion blender. Another website recommends the philips pro mix because it doesn’t have CPs.Do you know if it has lead?
I know you recommend the waring but I can’t shell out that much…
Sorry I haven’t tested that one yet. 🙁
Is the All-clad D5 stainless steel okay or only the copper core one?
Jennifer J says
Thank you for this! SO helpful! Glad to see so many of our products are lead free. Do you know about the Lollacup?
No – sorry, I’m not familiar with that product.
Hello Tamara, I’m Trying to purchase the Corelle bowl set of 3 off your amazon link, but to be sure, please confirm if you’ve tested the bowl with the red circular ring around it. It’s says you tested everything, patterns and “colors” But just wanted to be sure. You also have a Corelle plate set amazon link that I want to purchase.. it offers cafe blue in the colors (small blue ring around the rim of plate) is that ok? Thanks.
No that’s not correct.
I never recommend any Corelle with any colored decorations, only the plain white ones. The only ones I have listed in my Amazon store are the plain white ones (embossed or flat patterns with no colored decorations.)
Ok l’ll likely go with the 18 winter white set then. To be clear about the IKEA dish wear they also have some with mild colors. Would like to get a few serving side dishes with some color (if at all possible) you said pretty much everything was “safe” there.
Lastly my wife has been busy looking through all your links. Do you have any storage containers with lids? Or are lids an issue too? Also, are you still accepting items to tests? She’s looking for a Starbucks style mug as well. Thankyou,
I assume your very much busy. As far as the plastic, I always thought it was generally wise to avoid BPA and BPS (but at the time laughable being that it can be anywhere.)
Problem with these studies is they don’t much clarify if these ‘estrogen agents’ leeching are so tiny, that the effect is little to nonexistent for the everyday person to even care about. I’ll avoid using it for storage and buy jars where I can. But even that’s laughable when the majority of our food is in plastic anyways. Not counting appliances, water filters, etc etc.
Just so there’s no confusion the correle bowl set allows you to pick a mild color/pattern from the actual link you provided. So I wasn’t sure if that was an option. Again there was mention of patterns and colors tested. So, I just wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. With that said, have you had a chance to test the cafe blue winter white correle plates? It’s the tiniest ring of blue around the plate. Surely there has to be mild designs or colored plates like the fiesta you tested that are safe.
The page of my store only has the white plates and bowls on it, no colors. When you click through to an option from the store link here on this page it takes you to an image grid with several options for the plain white dish sets. On some of the dishes once you click through to Amazon it may offer you other options but my links only take you directly to the plain white options as those are the only ones that are consistently Lead and Cadmium free. The ones I have tested are the ones pictured in the grid view when you first click on the dishes section of the store. Too many of their designs have tested positive for toxicants for me to ever recommend one of their products with any painted designs. Fiesta also inconsistently tests positive for toxicants and it is not a brand I recommend overall – as it is not consistently Lead-free, Arsenic-free or Cadmium-free. There are lots of brands that have Lead-free options or Lead-safe options, but the only ones that are consistently Lead-free (and Cadmium-free) and the ones I use in my home are the plain white Corelle.
The only dishes I recommend specifically are the plain white Corelle or the embossed white Corelle. There are many other dishes on my blog that you can look at using the Site Index link that are lead free (or Lead-safe) based on testing I have done: https://tamararubin.com/2018/01/a-new-idea-an-index-for-leadsafemama-com/
And you might also find this guide helpful: https://tamararubin.com/2018/12/asktamara-which-dishes-are-lead-free/
Ok thanks. I went ahead and ordered. As far as the kids plastic cups, etc do you know if they are for sure additive free? (Seen a 2011 study cited in numerous articles from VP of plastipure Dr. Stuart Yaniger stating that most *all* types of plastic leeches Ea’s/other additives. Even BPA free. I’ve seen no one rebuttal it. Would love some insight if you have any.
You could always go with the stainless steel option 🙂
Mam can I get a response on the plastic items? I’m no expert, and wanting to purchase more items through your links. Thanks.
Hands full helping families for the next few days – will be responding to questions again on Sunday.
Melissa Logston says
Great store! Shopping your reccomendations as i overhaul my kitchen. You have a Henkles ice cream scoop that 2 reviewers say is not fully stainless steel. Have you tested it? I really like that type of scoop and would purchase it.
I will double check that and get back to you Melissa!
Ivanka Kim says
Thank you so much for creating this amazon store front, it’s a huge help.
Just a question, do you have any recommendation for a good chopper? Sorry if you’ve been asked this before, I wasn’t able to find the info.
Do you think as long as it has a clear glass bowl and stainless steel blades it’s safe to use? I was considering this – Electric Food Chopper, 5-Cup Food Processor by Homeleader, 1.2L Glass Bowl Grinder for Meat, Vegetables, Fruits and Nuts, Stainless Steel Motor Unit and 4 Sharp Blades, 300W https://amzn.to/2RQpCTD (aflink).
Though I’m not familiar with this brand, so I’m a little hesitant…
There is one I tested – here is a link: https://tamararubin.com/2018/10/hamilton-beach-stack-press-food-chopper-with-glass-bowl/
My primary concern with appliances like this is the possibility of leaded yellow brass components in the food surface contact areas of the vessel. Specifically look for the color of the nuts or washers underneath the blades inside the mechanism. If they are yellow metal (or anything that doesn’t look stainless) consider another option.
The Link https://www.amazon.com/shop/auntietammys, only asks my browser if i want to save a file. It does not open a amazon link
Searching on AMAZON produces no results…
Your search “auntietammys” did not match any products.
Hmm – when I click the link it gets me right through to the page. Canyon try again? Maybe in a different browser?
For the Coffee & Tea list, is there a reason you listed an off-brand version of the Chemex coffee maker but still the Chemex filters? Wondering if you tested an actual Chemex brand pour over coffee maker and found lead, or if this other brand was just a more affordable option.
Following. Good question.
Are the corelle dishes that I buy through your amazon link also tested as free from cadmium/enamel with your xrf meter? Thank you Tamara-this link of tested items is very helpful,
I would love to see a safe section on jewlery
, especially poercings. linked at the bottom are the studs I have been wearing. I usually wear sterling silver for other items (supposedly, i buy stuff on Amazon so who knows what it really is…) but I worry about he actual hook that goes through the ear, sometimes it looks different… anyway a section on reputable jewlery companirs would be great!
tRuifan 10PCS 22G Surgical Steel… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078J27X7K?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Here’s my “Safer Choices” post:
Here’s the link re: jewelry:
You can also look through the Costume Jewelry / Jewelry or Vintage Jewelry categories on the website. This video shows how to efficiently search the website:
Here’s the costume jewelry overview post:
There are hundreds of jewelry related posts on the website.
Thank you! Could I mail you one of my nose studs with a check to test for me?
Yes this is how that works:
Yes! They are non-detect for Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium & Mercury. Here are the test results for Tamara’s favorite Corelle pattern: https://tamararubin.com/2017/03/my-new-favorite-lead-free-dishes-white-glass-embossed-bella-faenza-pattern-by-corelle/
LARA VALIGORSKY says
I can’t find any flatware links. Looking for something simple, possibly like the simple “Colonial” type with satin finish — I have a Oneida set circa 1994 like that which I’m still using and like a lot. I also have some plain, high shine Cambridge circa 2006. Any recommendations?
Following, Have been trying to find info for this as well.
Here is a post explaining how to navigate Tamara’s website. She has over 3,200 posts with testing results for many consumer goods. https://tamararubin.com/2022/05/how-to-use-the-lead-safe-mama-website-video/
Also, here is a post with links to all of the Silverware she has tested: https://tamararubin.com/2020/05/click-to-see-all-the-links-to-pieces-ive-written-about-silverware-utensils-spoons-knives-forks-etc-with-xrf-test-results/
304 Stainless Steel is always a safe option!
Celeste Sorrentino says
Hi Tamara! Wondering if you can suggest a safe colander for my kitchen. And I have some things I would like to have tested, how do I get them to you?
Hi Celeste! Here’s my post on that: https://tamararubin.com/2016/12/colander/
I’d love to see a baby pacifier category. Do you have any info on pacifiers? My son uses Tommy tippee pacis with the painted pictures that rub off over time. I hope they are safe!! Thanks for all you do. This shopping list is helpful.
There are several pacifiers up here on the blog, just enter the keyword in the search bar for anything you are looking for. Here’s the pacifier category link: https://tamararubin.com/category/pacifier/
Susan Wood says
Do you know of any lead safe rice cookers you can recommend?
Thank you for the work you do to keep us safe!
marisol delzo says
Thank you for setting up the Amazon store, it is helpful. I have all aluminum baking sheets. I was looking at the Teamfar SS baking sheets in your store and it has a Prop 65 warning. What is it for? I don’t want to purchase them until I know they are okay. Thanks for your help.
Thanks for commenting. I will look in to that. Stainless Steel baking sheets should not require a prop 65 notation, but sometimes companies selling on Amazon do a blanket Prop 65 warning on all of their items as a CYA policy. I will let you know if I learn anything different about that product.
Personally, I like to shop for kitchen items at our local restaurant supply stores… they are often cheaper and you get to touch the items and interact with them (and make sure – for example, there are no painted markings – just plain stainless steel) when you buy in person… so that is always an option.
I’m also wondering this – I noticed the warning after I purchased them. Tamara, let us know what you learn! Thanks so much.
Here is a link with baking sheet recommendations 🙂
Deb Riddick says
I haven’t seen any mention of electric coffee makers. While I don’t drink coffee, my family does and the coffee maker is plastic with a glass carafe. Since this is something that’s used every day it concerns me as to what’s really in their coffee?
Tamara discusses coffee makers in this post 🙂
Thank you for all the hard work. I’m on the lookout for lead-free dishware for when I cook asian food. Do you have any recommendations for where I can find safe chopsticks, Japanese-style spoons and especially noodle soup bowls? Western bowls are usually not deep and large enough for noodle soup dishes (ramen, udon etc).
Oh that’s a good question. I will give that some thought and get back to you!
Looking for a blow dryer — preferably Made in USA. Any suggestions?
Looking for a safe muffin/cupcake tin! Any suggestions?
Here you go Jordan. hopefully this helps! https://tamararubin.com/2017/12/cupcakelinks/
For stainless steal stove-top cookware you recommend Faberware, Cuisinart and All Clad. Why is there such a big difference in price? A 10 pc Faberware set is $72 and an All Clad frying pan is $130.
Are they all made from same materials? All equally lead free?
The irony is that the less expensive ones are usually the best from a toxicant perspective! So a set from Walmart or K-Mart or Target is really fine, and a set from Ikea likely has a much lower nickel content and is also very inexpensive!
Have you tested any glass drinking straws for lead?
Yes I have. The clear glass ones are generally Lead-free. There is sometimes Lead in any colored decorations, but they don’t usually touch the contents so I Don’t really have any concern about them. Here’s my post about that: https://tamararubin.com/2017/11/straws/
Kentucky Woman says
Lenox says that their “Opal Innocence Carved” is lead free. They answered a question I asked on this page: https://www.lenox.com/opal-innocence-carved-8482-4-piece-place-setting/product/806686
I’m hoping you can confirm because I LOVE this pattern.
Hi There! – check out this post: https://tamararubin.com/2017/11/lead-free/
Thanks for commenting.
Kentucky Woman says
I saw that article, but didn’t know it applied to the “Carved” pattern as well. You might want to add some affiliate links for this pattern. 🙂
Thanks for all the information you provide!
Ah – yes, well the only way to know for sure is to test… here’s a post about sending me a single dish to test: https://tamararubin.com/2019/08/tamara-can-i-send-you-one-of-my-dishes-to-test-for-lead/
Cherie Monarch says
Hi! I’m purchasing the Corelle Embossed Bella Faenza plates you recommend from your Amazon store and noticed they have bowls to match but the bowls were not in your store. Is it safe to order the bowls too? Thank you for all you do!
The bowls are Lead-free. Here are the testing results: https://tamararubin.com/2017/03/my-new-favorite-lead-free-dishes-white-glass-embossed-bella-faenza-pattern-by-corelle/
*info about the mugs are at the bottom of this post 🙂
In your Amazon list store you have all-clad tea kettle. I got one from a store but in side the level mark for the water is paint. and on your information says no paint at all.is it safe or not let me know please .I don’t use it because a that .
marisol delzo says
susannah fuchs says
Hi. Do you have any recomendations for wine glasses?
Hi-I purchased the Nest Above glass tea kettle per your recommendation. It just arrived and I noticed there is some engraving on the stainless steel top. Do I need to worry about lead or any other toxin with engraving? Please let me know. I am going crazy trying to find a non-toxic glass tea kettle! Thank you very much!
Engraving in stainless steel is safe.
This is a non-toxic glass tea kettle that Tamara uses in her home: https://tamararubin.com/2019/05/this-is-the-clear-borosilicate-glass-tea-pot-i-use-in-my-home-yes-it-is-lead-free-and-stovetop-safe/
Here’s another one if you’re looking for an electric option: https://tamararubin.com/2022/02/ascot-glass-and-stainless-electric-kettle-designed-in-denmark-made-in-china-lead-free-mercury-free-in-all-accessible-components/
I was shooting your amazon store and looking for baking pans. The Teamfar pans in your store carry a Proposition 65 warning. Do you know why?
Mishka Brulant says
Hi- is the engraving on the Nest Above tea kettle OK? I assume so since you recommended it. Also—do you still recommend the Xiaxhi glass tea kettle? I notice it’s not on your updated Amazon list. Pleeease let me know! Thanks much. xo
Hi Mishka – I don’t have everything I have posted about on my Amazon list – there’s not enough time in the day! 🙂 There are over 2000 posts on the blog and If I recommend something on any one of those posts (by specifically giving a link to a lead-free option) then I still think it is a good option (even if it might not be on my Amazon list!) 🙂
Thanks for commenting.
Mishka Brulant says
(Oops…I meant the Xiazhi glass teapot.) Thanks so much for your response. That makes sense! Just wanted to make sure you didn’t pull it from your approved list-it is made in China after all :). Thanks again xoxo
ZULU mascara contains titanium dioxide a cancer causing agent , I would remove this from your list
Mishka Brulant says
I think Mary means ZUZU mascara? & that’s the brand I always use :(. Tamara-do you think this should come off the list? Thanks.
The SS pots you recommend have aluminum wrapping on them. Do you have a lead free glass option?
Here is a post with guidelines that may help you find Lead-free options for cookware: https://tamararubin.com/2021/01/i-want-to-buy-some-nontoxic-cookware-which-pots-pans-are-the-safest-for-cooking-which-pots-pans-are-the-least-toxic/
We are remodeling our kitchen and I was hoping to put brass knobs and pulls on the cabinets. But I just read elsewhere on your site that brass pipes can contain lead. Is there a contamination risk? Should I reconsider the cabinet hardware?
Brass knobs and pulls can contain high levels of Lead. Here is an example: https://tamararubin.com/2021/01/how-much-lead-can-you-buy-for-3-99-at-hobby-lobby-brass-dangle-cabinet-knob-drawer-pull-30000-ppm-lead-90-is-unsafe-for-kids/
Tamara recommends using plain, undecorated wood or solid stainless steel (not stainless-, nickel-, or silver-“finish” (i.e. plated-brass, which is often just a wear-prone thin layer of plating – or even paint – applied over a substrate of Leaded–brass) for cabinet knobs and drawer-pulls.
Hello, Is Jepcor International dinnerware lead-free? It’s dated 1980.
Orin Maher says
Are all picard glasses lead-free? I prefer larger glasses than the ones on your site. I saw these: Unie Tumbler , 19.75 Oz , Set Of 6-Item #1046AM24/6-Made in France since 1945-Duralex glass products are tempered. The mechanical and thermal resisting properties are considerably increased compared to other ordinary glassware products. If these are lead free and safe can I order them through your site? I am so impressed with your research and have shared your site with many new parents. Thank you for all that you do to inform us all. Sincerely, Orin Maher
Hi there Orin!
Thank you for commenting. Yes – all of the Duralex glasses (and other products, like baking pans and ice cream bowls) that I have ever tested have been Lead-free. I like the brand and trust all of their products and use them every day for my family. When I first started doing this testing (years ago) the company actually voluntarily sent me a box full of their new product to test, as they were also curious about the results. In my opinion, this is the hallmark of a good company!
My only word of caution is don’t get the very small juice glasses as they can get stuck in the garbage disposal if you are not careful!
Happy New Year!
Tonya Eberhard says
Cuisinart TPS-10 10 Piece Tri-ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set, PC, Silver-
Are all 3 sets consistently free of lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic ? Do you have any concern of these leaching large amounts of nickel or chromium?
Great resource! Sharing!!
any recommendations for a toaster?
Have you checked the Ozark iron skillets on Amazon can you?
There is a link to glass mugs that I ordered from joyjolt. They have the company name on the bottom of the glass and I can feel it. Is that like the ones you tested or should i worry about the writing? Here is the amazon link from your recommendations: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I0333I4/?ref=exp_auntietammys_dp_vv_mw
I don’t see test results for the Ozark iron skillet pan on Tamara’s webpage yet. But here is a post in response to cast iron’s safety concerns: https://tamararubin.com/2015/12/ask-tamara-does-cast-iron-have-lead-are-cast-iron-pans-safe/
Another one about cast iron 🙂 https://tamararubin.com/2019/05/xrf-test-results-for-small-unbranded-made-in-usa-6-1-2-inch-cast-iron-skillet-what-is-plain-cast-iron-made-of-exactly/
Also, here is her “Cast Iron” category link… which includes a post of her favorite wrought iron and stainless steel pans if you’re in the market. https://tamararubin.com/category/cast-iron/
I’m looking for new flatware, do you have a recommendation?
Here is Tamara’s “Silverware” summary post with a link to all of the silverware that she has tested. There are some great Lead-free choices 🙂 My fav are the iridescent ones!! https://tamararubin.com/2020/05/click-to-see-all-the-links-to-pieces-ive-written-about-silverware-utensils-spoons-knives-forks-etc-with-xrf-test-results/
We are desperately looking for a wok as that is crucial to Asian cooking but can’t figure out what’s a safe option. what are your opinions on stainless steel wok with an aluminum base? Like the following? The other option would be non-stick unfortunately.
If you can spend some money, look at Solidteknics. Made to last, steel or iron, but not cast iron. She tested one of their pans.
Heather S. says
Amazing list! I keep this bookmarked so I can keep checking what’s available and what’s recommended! Currently looking to replace my baking sheets, especially with how much we cook chicken and pork on them in the oven, whether we wrap them in tin foil or not. I saw what you had there on Amazon but I prefer to find items in my local area, even though I support your work and do donate occasionally. 🙂 If I find any in my area, the rule of thumb would be stainless steel, right? Does is matter what kind, 18/0 or 18/8 or 430, etc, if it is known on the product? Thanks!
When I click on the image for the Jumbo 24.25oz mug, it sends me to the page for a 10oz Irish-footed mug! This occurs whether I click it from the “tea and coffee” page, or the “mugs” page.
Oh thanks! Will see if I can fix that!
Thank you for such excellent and useful information.
I used your link to buy the small frying pan (link in publication of 30 December 2015). When I tried to use the link for the iron pot set (5 pieces) that is in your Amazon Safe Lead Mama Store, Amazon directed me to their own products, not the Lodge brand. I just wanted to let you know.
Grateful for your dedication, you helped me a lot to clear up my doubts.
Cydonia Robb says
Why have some items been pulled from your Amazon store? I noticed a few kitchen things I’ve purchased are no longer on your list.
Hi, I’m looking for safe cookware. Cast iron is a little too heavy and high maintenance for me. Your stainless steel recommendations are all made with aluminum. Do you have alternatives? Have you tested any carbon steel? I’ve been looking for safe cookware for two years. Help!!!
This post has guidelines that are super helpful when researching which pots and pans to purchase: https://tamararubin.com/2021/01/i-want-to-buy-some-nontoxic-cookware-which-pots-pans-are-the-safest-for-cooking-which-pots-pans-are-the-least-toxic/
Also, these are Tamara’s favorite wrought iron and stainless steel pans: https://tamararubin.com/category/cast-iron/
Finally, her “Pots and Pan” section in her shop 🙂 https://shopleadsafemama.com/2021/05/pots-pans/
Orin Maher says
I have just replaced all my Tramontina & Farberware stainless cookware with product from Heritage Steel. Wish I had done it years ago. I love the quality and now that I know how to properly use and care for stainless cookware it’s better than anything I’ve looked at. The company is in the US and their cookware (not knives) are made in the US. If you preheat the pan on medium, then add your oil, butter then cook it is just like teflon. After allow the pan to cool all the way down, soak for 5-10 minutes even heavily scorched areas are removed with a nylon pad easily. It’s pricey but they do have intermittent sales.
Thank you for commenting!
Heritage steel are titanium strengthened. Are they still safe?
For what product exactly? Maybe share a link?
Good morning Tamara,
Here is the link.
While I have you, are unglazed clay pots safe for cooking?
Also you mentioned that lead can wear off in the dishwasher. I have been using my dishwasher to wash painted mugs, along with my duralex and Corelle Winter frost. Does that mean that my dishes could have somehow come into contact with lead, if the mugs had them? Anyway to wash lead out of my dishwasher or to prevent contamination? Besides the obvious. Thank you!
Thank you for this resource, Tamara! I’ve used it to order a few things. I ordered the Bass fishing weights and was surprised to find a California lead warning on the back: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OLVORC/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Not sure if that means that they have trace lead or what. Wanted to let you know.
I just clicked through on your lead-free toy list link to Amazon (#17 on your list) and, before fully loading, a box popped up warning me that the list includes adult products. I clicked that I wanted to continue; the list of children’s toys showed up and only children’s toys.
You may want to contact Amazon.
Thank you – I will look into it!
Tamara, this link is extremely helpful! We are desperately looking for a high quality lead-free wok. The one from Calphalon looks good. It is stainless steel with aluminium core. But I am concerned that I don’t know if the tempered glass lid is lead free. What would your educated guess be?
Thanks so much for helping us be safe!
Nidhi Khurana says
Thanks for this link! We are in the process of replacing old things to get lead-free stuff. Almost everything in my kitchen is selected from this list! Your work is much appreciated.
I thought you had some water goblets or stemware that you recommended. I didn’t get to purchase yet and now I can’t find mention of them. I am interested in a everyday water gobblet.
Hi Stephanie, This is what I use in my home:
What about wood plates and mugs, would you recommend those as a safe alternative to mass produced ceramics?
If you ever come across safe art supplies, I would love to see them on your Amazon. My toddler is getting more creative and I wanted to get him an easel and art supplies, but the only thing you had listed was colored pencils.
Thank you for all your information. Lead is so overwhelming and terrifying, and I’m trying to make sense of things.
Hi Tamara, I love your site, and appreciate your efforts! Do you have recommendations for jewelry, i.e. earrings, necklaces, bracelets?
Hi D. Please read this post:
Hi Tamara, do you have any recommendations or tips on what sandwich makers to buy?
Thanks in advance!
I wanted to inform everyone that the “CHEMEX” coffeemakers within the “Coffee & Tea” section of the Amazon store have a white “CHEMEX” label painted/printed/adhered to the bottom of the drip coffeemakers. I wasn’t sure how to reach out to you directly Tamara but you asked for us to let you know. Thanks for all your info!
Thank you for letting me know! The few that I had previously tested did not have that, but I am not surprised that they changed that. I wonder if it is only for certain models! I will have to test the paint on those the next opportunity I get!
Per a response from Chemex “The only glass that is clean with no labels on it are the Handblown Series Coffeemakers.” Additionally they said the label is printed with ink. “The same type of ink that is used on lab beakers.” Thanks for all you do.
Oh – yikes. Thanks for that Justin.
Lab beaker: https://tamararubin.com/2020/10/400-ml-pyrex-made-in-germany-beaker-painted-with-lead-paint-22300-ppm-lead-5000-ppm-and-up-is-officially-considered-lead-paint/
Marcella M. says
I wanted to let you know that I purchased the Duralex Lys Calotte glass plate set of 6 and tested it with an at home lead kit and they tested positive for lead (I tested them 2x to make sure). I immediately returned them to Amazon but wanted to let you know since you have them in your list of lead-free recommended products and have asked to make you aware. Thanks for all the work you do!
I think it is possible that you used the test wrong – or used an off-brand test. These plates do not have any Lead at all. What brand of test did you use? Here’s a video of me using the test that might be helpful: https://tamararubin.com/2020/12/new-tenminuteswithtamara-video-testing-for-lead-in-vinyl-blinds-in-a-newer-construction-home-c-1980-2000/
Marcella Murillo says
I used the following test kit swabs since the ones you recommend say they are not meant to be used on dishes in the description:
I did test the swabs against a cup that had exposed lead on the bottom to make sure they worked and they did test positive as well as some other items on your shopping list that I purchased and they tested negative for lead, but to your point they may have given me a false positive.
Hi Marcella – at this point I would not trust any alternative brand swabs. I am still working on doing some comparison testing. Will report as soon as I can. – Tamara
Marcella M says
Sounds good. Thank you Tamara!
Went to your amazon store, but couldn’t find lead free glass food storage containers. Please post a link if you have a recommendation. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe!
This is such a great resource, thank you! I am particularly interested in baby items. I’m wondering if you have ever tested popular baby items by big brands, such as bouncers, play mats etc from Fisher Price?
That would be so useful for us!
What is your opinion of 430 grade stainless steel (18/0), which apparently contains only trace amounts of nickel? Could this help the leaching issues associated with cooking acidic food in stainless steel?
Thanks for your work!
FRAN mccollum says
Sweese bowls advertise as “lead-free”. Are they? Their size would replace those uranium-enhanced Fiesta bowls I love so much! Sweese 104.401 Porcelain Bowls – 42 Ounce for Salad, Fruits and Popcorn – Set of 4, White
Hardip Raval says
Hi Tamara. What do you think about Merriam’s earthen cookware? My son has higher lead and other heavy metals and we are looking for non toxic cookware. Please advise.
Hi there, I would stay away.
Sydney Visona says
Have you ever tested Fable dinnerware? I am wanting to know if they are high in lead.
I am not familiar with that brand. Here’s how to participate in the testing that I report on here on the blog:
swati jagdale says
Thank you for all your work. Is all-clad a lead free brand or only the d5-copper line, you tested is. I have a d3 option i like and want to know if thats lead and nickel free.
Denise Kehler says
What 16” pizza pan do you suggest? I bought some of your trays.
Thank you for the great work you do!!
What do you think about Costco’s Mikasa Trellis Bone China 40-Piece Dinnerware Set? Are they lead free? It says the dishes are made from Porcelain and Costco carries them now.
I saw your post about the older versions of Mikasa dishes you tested.
I see that you replaced your Farberware. Are the Farberware pots bought around 1980 a lead concern? I’m not sure if I need to replace them or not.
Some of the black plastic handles test positive for Lead on the vintage Farberware pieces, but not all.
I cant afford any of those stainless steel pots or pans you listed on Amazon . Any moderately priced items tested yet?
Hi! The the Lodge Store Logic Square Cast Iron Pan in your Amazon store has the California warning that there’s chemicals in this known to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Just a heads up!
I think that is a CYA on the lodge items – I have tested many and they have been Iron – as advertised (the undecorated pieces.)
Hello Tamara, thank you so much for your recommendations! I already purchased a ton of glass bakeware from your Amazon link page. In fact, baking banana bread as we speak! I do have a question – and I’m sorry for the trouble… It looks like Pyrex recently merged with Anchor. Oh dear. Some of the items recently arrived and they’re Anchor brand (even though I had ordered all Pyrex items from Amazon). Do you know if Anchor’s quality is comparable to the Pyrex recommended safe ones? TY
Jann Simpson says
Hi! I’m so glad I found your site! It’s amazing! Hey are you familiar with MADE-IN Brand Blue carbon steel?
Holly Tharp says
Can you update the glass measuring container on your store? The one there now doesn’t send the right one and it seems to not measure things correctly. I really want a new one and to buy from your store so I can help get you money. But the one there isn’t usual e. There’s a few discussions on this in the fb group. Thanks so much!
Hi Leadsafemama! Thank you so much for everything you do. I just wanted to drop by and let you know that most ice cream machines use a layer of nonstick inside of their ice cream bowls. I didn’t know until recently and will most likely continue to use them because the bowl and liquid inside will be so cold I can’t imagine anything too bad is leeching out.
I was wondering if you could provide a name of silverware brand that would be the best option. I can’t find any in your store thank you.
Been following you for the past 3 months. Life changing. I’ve been trying a zero waste but never really thought about lead free. My daughter will be attending High School next year. I’ve searched but couldn’t find any Bento style hot/cold combo that is lead free. Was wondering if you could link me. Thanks again for all you do.
Hi! I was looking at the plain white Corelle dish set. As I scrolled down the page to see what dishes were included, there was a picture that said that it’s 80% recycled glass. Is that something new? I thought I had heard you say to stay away from recycled glass since it could include leaded glass. I tried attaching a copy of that image but wasn’t able to. But it’s an image talking about how the set is eco friendly.
Hello, is there a Canadian affiliate link for Amazon? Most of the stuff on the American one says it does not ship here.
Marsha Cowan says
Hello, I am thrilled to have come upon your site! It’s great! You’re great! Quick question. . .do you ever test enamelware for lead? Or is it assumed that all enamelware will have to have lead? Thanks!
There are many many many enamelware posts here on this website. Enter “enamel” or “enamelware” or “enamel mugs” as examples in the search bar. Here’s the video that shows how to efficiently search for resources here on this website:
Thank you for being here! Thank you for commenting!
Searching through the camping and cups categories, the stainless steel plates and cups are no longer available on Amazon. Is it your general recommendation as long as there’s no paint or markings on them they are safe? Or, can you provide another recommendation for stainless plates and cups (intend to use in a camper)? Thank you so much! I appreciate you and your work!
I love the idea of the Amazon affiliate links. I’m in Canada. I have been searching for equivalents on Amazon.ca. I don’t suppose you have affiliate links set up for Amazon.ca?
Hello, Thank you for being so devoted to your work!
I saw that there are All-Clad D3 pots and pans on your Amazon store. I wanted to ask if you have any information on All-Clad D5 pots and pans. Are they also safe?
Thank you again!
Thank you for all the work you do! Are the items from this shop page (originally posted July 26, 2018) still considered lead free? I noticed some variations between this page and the newer one, shopleadsafemama.com (first published May 20, 2021). Thank you!
Sometimes Amazon pops in a new thing that is not what I originally chose – so I am trying to fix those. The ShopLeadSafeMama.com ones are newer and should all be lead free but I try to update as I can to catch Amazon shenanigans.
Oh! I guess what I meant was the lead safe mama’s amazon store page vs. the new shopleadmamasafe menu. For example, the cuisinart mcp-12n multiclad 12 piece set is posted on the Amazon store page, but on the new menu there is only the cuisinart 77-11G 11 piece set. Even though you’ve created the new menu, is the older page directing to your Amazon store still viable? Thank you! I must be confused.
Oh – I will check on that.
Thank you! I just ask since I have the 12 piece set, based off of what was on your Amazon store links from 2018, before your new store page was created in 2021. I was just curious if the newest recommendations were better, or if there isn’t a huge difference between the two.
Hello. I daw where you tested some of Dollar Tree’s Toyal Norfolk dishes. Have you ever tested the plates that have the lemons on them?
Hello Tamara, firstly thank you for all your hard work. May I ask if all culinary and Calphalon cookware are lead free? Particularly the Cusinart chef classic 7pcs stainless steel, the Cusinart chef’s classic hard Anodised and Calphalon classic 10 pc cookware? If they are kindly add to your amazon store for more options for buyers. Thank you so much. Looking forward to your response.
Hi Tamara- Is it safe to buy from any of these brands on Amazon or only the products linked? Those are the only safe ones that were tested?
Hi Nicole, only the products linked – although Amazon sometimes even swaps those out (they are not always the product I originally linked) so please do keep an eye out and follow my general purchasing guidelines – there are more options here too http://www.ShopLeadSafeMama.com
Thanks for commenting.
Do you have any recommendations for 64oz glass jars?
How about the green festiva Pyrex/corelle dish sets sold from 2001 to 2004? I can’t seem to find any information on them. Hope they are lead free. Thanks.
I don’t see that pattern on Tamara’s website yet. Many pre-2005 Corelle dishes are not safe: https://tamararubin.com/2019/12/breaking-news-12-26-19-corelle-recommends-using-their-pre-2005-dishes-only-as-decorative-pieces-due-to-concerns-for-high-levels-of-lead/
This post explains why Lead in dishware is a concern:
Here is a video of how to search the website if you need help finding test results for products in the future:
Also, info if you are interested in sending in a dish for testing:
Thanks. Just wondering since the dishes are colored transparent glass. They came in green, blue or amethyst. We’re to coordinate with Cornell’s dishes. The are capital letters PYREX.
Are Peachwood Countryware dishes safe?
Rebecca Alonzo says
TAMARA, have you found an electric water pot that is lead free?
Rebecca Alonzo says
Thank you for your Amazon page! I have purchased a lot of those you listed.
Question: on the water bottles for kids—I see that they are free from a lot of junk, but my question is about the aluminum that they are made of—because I have heard that drinking out of aluminum cans has contributed to Alzheimer’s. What are your thoughts?
Hi! I’m seeing some more unprinted measuring cups on Amazon with the measurements marked in the glass that are less expensive. Will you be testing any of these in the near future?
Thank you for all your hard work and for educating us soo much. There is soo much I have learned through your website.
I do have a question ??? I see you recommend some Calphlon pans but what about their glass lids?? Are those safe?? They have their logo on them. Have you ever tested the lids???
Lisa Wright says
I would love to see testing and recommendations for food processors and mixers. Especially Cuisinart since they have proved durable over the years.
When you have the opportunity, I’d like to see stainless steel kitchen utensils added to your Amazaon store such as slotted spoons, turners, pasta scoop, spoons, etc.
Also, smaller size liquid measuring cup (2 cup size).
I’m working through my Kitchen and transitioning things over based on things from your store.
Thank you for your work.
Have you ever tested Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage? It’s my understanding it is a copy of majolica (although used to be majolica).
Also- is white ceramic or porcelain with no decoration usually safer? Purchasing new dishes after throwing away all my Fransiscan! Thank you!
Katie Blanchard says
hello. thank you so much for all your work! I need advice on grills.. any suggestions on what is going to be the safest option?