You’ve probably seen the Granite Rock frying pan advertised on TV, and wondered if it lives up to the hype. We spent hours pouring over owner feedback, materials specifications, and patent information to understand how this product really performs. After reading this granite rock pan review you should be able to separate the meaningful features from marketing gimmicks.
TL;DR – Is The Granite Rock Pan Any Good?
The Graniterock pan is an affordable way to get your foot in the door if you are on a budget and trying to build your kitchen collection from scratch. It has mediocre performance and the durability doesn’t live up to the advertising hype, but it is PFOA free and can be an affordable option to outfit a new kitchen. Especially if you won’t be using it frequently.
What is the Granite Rock Pan?
Granite Rock is a light weight aluminum pan with a non-stick coating that many people will recognize As Seen on TV. The pan is sold by E. Mishan & Sons, Inc (Emson). You probably haven’t heard of Emson, but the company is responsible for a slew of television supported promotional products such as Gotham Steel and the Magic Bullet. Their portfolio is impressively full of gimmicky mass-appeal products, and true to form, they make several big claims about Granite Rock. Let’s examine,
Granite Rock claims to be “designed to withstand anything,” thanks to a special granite coating which is applied to the exterior of a high grade pressed aluminum base. This coating is said to prevent aging or heat warping.
The pan is advertised to be dishwasher safe, to make for an incredibly simple cleanup after each meal. It is also said to be oven safe to 500 F, which is hotter than most common baking applications.
Granite Rock claims that the pan heats evenly when you fry, bake, saute, or sear. A natural mineral coating applied to the pan exterior is said to support “an ideal non-stick cooking and cleaning experience.”
What To Ask Before You Buy
Before making a purchase we think you should dissect the brand’s claims, to separate meaningful features from infomercial gimmicks. We spent hours sorting through owner feedback, product info and patent materials specifications to help you know before you buy.
What is the difference between Granite Rock and Granite Stone cookware?
They are the same pans from the same company. GRANITEROCK and GRANITESTONE are both trademarks of Emson. The company launched their product line of non-stick pans under the Graniterock brand in 2018 before abandoning that trademark and replacing it with Granitestone a year later.
What sizes are available?
Granitestone pans are available in a variety of sizes, and sold both individually or as a set.
- 5.5” Egg Pan
- 8.5” Fry Pan
- 10.25” Fry Pan with Lid
- 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
- Full Pot, Pan and Knives Set
Does it work with an induction cooktop?
Granite Stone pans do not work on an induction stove. If you use an induction cooktop, then your pan must contain a magnetic metal such as cast iron or stainless steel in order to function properly.
What is Granite Stone cookware made out of?
Granite Stone pans are made from a pressed aluminum base, with non-stick enamel coating baked atop.
Are the materials safe to cook with?
Granite Stone cookware is PTFE-free and PFOA-free. The brand is manufactured without the use of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). These synthetic compounds have been publicized for their controversial impacts to human health and the environment. Ceramic pans are widely considered to be a safer alternative to PTFE, which is commonly called by the trade name Teflon.
Does the non-stick work as advertised?
Granite Stone owners give mixed reviews on the non-stick performance of the pan. The most common feedback we uncovered is that the non-stick is mediocre out of the box, and the performance quickly deteriorates with use.
How durable is the pan?
Owners say the pan itself is light, but sturdy. Much like other pans in the ceramic nonstick category, it is rare that you will find a pan with a lifespan greater than 2 years. Unfortunately, the nonstick coating of the Granite Stone pan deteriorates even more quickly. Many owners reported damage and dysfunction to the non-stick within a matter of days or weeks after purchase.
How To Clean And Maintain
Learn how to care for your pan now, or you’ll soon be buying a replacement.
Even for a low durability pan like Granite Stone, practicing proper care can have a significant impact to extend its lifespan. A few simple cleaning and maintenance habits will go a long way.
Let the pan cool before cleaning it.
It’s easy to love the sizzling sound of a hot pan entering cold water. Your non-stick pan does not love this as much as you do.
The aluminum base and non-stick coating of your pan are made of different materials. Each material layer expands and contracts at a different rate when its temperature changes. Dropping the pan into water changes the temperature quickly, and can pull the layers apart as the layers quickly contract. You can add life to your pan by waiting for it to cool before cleaning.
Use a paper or cloth towel to clean quickly.
In many cases, you don’t need soap and water to clean your pan after use. Simply wipe it down with a soft cloth or paper towel after the pan has cooled. Soap, and some city water, can put extra wear and tear on your pan. In many cases it is overkill.
Do not stack your pans.
The weight of pans on pans creates friction which can age your pan rapidly, or create immediate damage like scratches, dents, and chips.
Avoid low-smoke oils and sprays.
Do not use aerosol spray oil or butter to lubricate this pan. These low-temperature cooking fats tend to build up residue on your cookware. This can be very difficult to clean, and will shorten the life of your pan.
Who should buy a Granite Rock pan?
In our view, the Graniterock and Granitestone non-stick pans are a good fit if you are building a kitchen on a budget and durability isn’t your priority.
The pans don’t live up to the performance and durability claims of the advertisements, but the price is hard to beat. It’s likely that, with regular use, you’ll need to replace your Granitestone pan in less than a year.
Alternatives | What is the best granite cookware?
There are several competitor brands to choose from, but we recommend side-stepping “granite” infomercial gimmicks and looking toward other types of ceramic non-stick pan.
Here are a few alternatives,
If you are looking for a bargain that performs, GreenLife makes a good medium heat pan at an affordable price. The pan comes in 7 colorways, each with a softgrip Bakelite handle. The white pan bottom adds contrast between pan and food that can come in handy, especially when cooking in a dim kitchen.
DaTerra Cucina makes one of the most durable nonstick frying pans we reviewed. Pricing is generally more expensive than Granitestone and most As Seen on TV cookware, but the performance and durability is far superior. We like the 13” Vesuvio frying pan by DaTerra Cucina for families with many mouths to feed.
The 10” Paris fry pan by Greenpan was our runner-up non-stick pan for 2020. It is well constructed and cooks evenly. The materials used are incredibly healthy to cook on, making it a great fit for home chefs who prioritize safe cooking.
If you are passionate about building an awesome kitchen and can afford it, we recommend spending a little more to buy a better product than a Granitestone pan. A small bump in budget can add significant performance and durability to your pan.
With that said, we think that Granitestone can be a good “first pan” if you are just getting started in the kitchen. It also may work well to outfit a short-term rental, dorm room, or occasional getaway like an RV without breaking the bank. It is not intended for high-heat cooking, but is oven safe for sear-and-bake recipes. The natural mineral coating is also quite easy to clean.
Granitestone is among the most affordable PTFE-free and PFOA-free cookware options available, and good enough to help you learn the basics of cooking and understand if better equipment is something you want to put more money into in the future.
If you’ve used Granitestone cookware, let us know what you think about your experience in the comments below.