Titanium vs. Aluminum Cooksets

October 17, 2014 by | 5 Comments

You have a few different options when choosing a cookset.

Choices like cast iron are great for the homestead or camping with your vehicle nearby, but not practical when you’re moving on foot with a bug out bag.

Many people choose aluminum cooksets because they are cheaper, but the reality is that titanium is a far better choice. You should understand why because aside from the many other benefits, titanium provides significant health advantages over aluminum.


Titanium is a far more durable metal than aluminum. Aluminum is a flexible metal that bends and warps easily, while titanium is stronger than steel. This means it will not dent, bend or warp under normal circumstances. It can resist falls and drops without a problem. Additionally, titanium cookware is resistant to corrosion, but aluminum will oxidize and change color over time.


Titanium is a lightweight material—even lighter than aluminum. This makes titanium a great choice for camping or hiking. You will be able to carry a larger selection of pots and pans without weighing down your pack. The lightweight metal also makes it easier to handle the pans while cooking.


There are serious health concerns around aluminum cookware. In fact, it’s so dangerous that the sale of aluminum cookware is prohibited in Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain Switzerland, Hungary and Brazil. During cooking, microscopic particles of aluminum will break off and end up in the food. Ingesting these aluminum particles causes a number of sever, neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. Titanium cookware does not do this.

Naturally Non-Stick

Anyone who has cooked with aluminum pots and pans knows that food will stick to the hot surface, leaving behind a crust of burnt food. The non-porous surface of titanium cookware is naturally non-stick because there is no place within the structure of the metal for food to bind and stick to.

Heat Conduction

Titanium cooksets have excellent heat conduction. You can expect titanium pans to heat up just as quickly as aluminum pans. This allows you to save on gas or to carry less fuel. Titanium also distributes heat better than aluminum. The heat under the pan will spread out across the surface more readily than with aluminum pans. This will make it easier to control the temperature so that your food comes out perfectly cooked.

Easy To Clean

Aluminum pots and pans stain very easily. Some start to turn black over time, and food sticks to aluminum easily. This makes aluminum cookware difficult to clean. Titanium cookware is much easier to clean because it does not stain or pick up the color of acidic foods as easily, making cleaning fast and simple.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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