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Greenpan Reviews

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If you’re looking for an alternative to PTFE non-stick, it’s likely that GreenPan was one of the first brands to arrive on your radar. The Belgian company specializes in ceramic cookware products that are offered a variety of price points. Most of their collections are distinguished by cosmetic features that don’t truly impact pan performance or durability.

TL;DR – Greenpan at a glance.

Greenpan was one of the original pioneers in ceramic non-stick cookware, but in our view other products have since passed them by. Today you can find a similar-performing product at a better price, or better-performing product at a similar price. GreenPan has exceptional branding, but we recommend considering other products before making a purchase.

Questions you should ask before buying Greenpan.

We spent hours sorting through product info and owner feedback to see how these pans really stood up to the brand’s advertising claims.

What is the difference between ceramic and PTFE nonstick?

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) has been used as a non-stick coating on home cookware for more than 60 years. You may know of it by the brand name Teflon. It is among the most slippery surfaces known to man, so slick even a gecko can’t stick to it.

During the early 2000s, several studies were released suggesting a connection between chemicals used in PTFE manufacturing and serious health conditions. Ceramic non-stick pans became popular as the public learned about these studies.

Ceramic pans use a silicon composite finish to prevent sticking. This layer is baked atop the metal base of a pan at high temperatures. The properties of silicon are not as slick as PTFE, but a ceramic pan can provide proper food release for non-stick cooking. 

Due to both legislation and consumer preference, PTFE manufacturing has reformed since 2013. Today, the controversial PFOA materials used in manufacturing of PTFE have been eliminated from most supply chains. Even so, the bad reputation of PTFE is still a decision-making factor for many health-conscious kitchens.

What are the drawbacks of ceramic nonstick pans?

Ceramic pans are not known for their durability. Even the best products tend to scratch, chip or wear faster than other types of cookware. It is uncommon for a daily use ceramic pan to last more than 2 years. There are exceptions, of course, but this is the rule. And a low-quality pan can wear out much quicker than that.

How long does GreenPan last?

Across all the collections, owners say that the non-stick surface of Greenpan products typically lasts 6-months or less. Some owners say that the upgraded Venice model has full year lifespan. 

Is GreenPan safe?

Most people who ask this question want to know that GreenPan is free from PTFE, PFOA, cadmium and lead. And it is. The Thermolon non-stick coating used on GreenPan’s products is derived from sand. It is heat resistant to 450 F, meaning that it won’t blister under normal cooking conditions.

Does the manufacturer have a good reputation?

The Cookware Company (TCC) has been adding brands to their collection of health oriented products for almost 20 years. Greenpan was their original product. It was released on the heels of public discourse about the potential health impacts of PTFE manufacturing.

Recently, controversy arose around the company. In 2019, a class action lawsuit was filed against TCC alleging that GreenPan’s “toxin free” claims are untrue. The suit alleges that Thermolon non-stick coating contains other lesser known toxins like silane, aluminum oxide, tetraethoxysilane, methyltrimethoxysilane, and potassium titanate.

In the filing, the plaintiff addressed GreenPan’s position as a “healthy” brand, stating that “Products are not, in and of themselves, healthy, nor do they guarantee that the meals cooked in them will be ‘healthy.’” We will periodically update this article as we learn more about the outcomes of the lawsuit.

What is the difference between Greenpan and Greenlife?

With the original GreenPan, TCC set out to create the first consumer non-stick pan that was free of Teflon. GreenLife was later added as a sister brand in order to fill a gap in the price conscious end of the market. GreenLife offers fewer features and is more aggressively priced, but is still positioned to appeal to health conscious buyers.

Related >> GreenLife Ceramic Cookware Review

How To Maintain A GreenPan

Ceramic non-stick pans aren’t known for their durability. Establishing a few healthy cleaning and maintenance habits from the start will help them last longer.

Let the pan cool before cleaning it.

The non-stick layers of the pan are created from a different material than the metal base. Because of this the non-stick and base will cool at different rates, contracting as they do. Adding a hot pan to cool water accelerates contraction, which may cause the pan layers to pull apart.

Wipe the cooking surface with a soft towel.

Wipe the pan surface clean with a soft towel or paper towel to remove any grease or residue. Often you won’t even need water to clean, just a quick wipe down before storing. If you need more than a towel to get the pan clean, try warm water and a non-abrasive soap.

Don’t store pans in a stack.

Unless your pans are created specifically for stacking, don’t. The impact of stacking of friction between pans when stacked can scratch or dent the non-stick surface. Once the surface is scratched, the pans wear and tear will only accelerate.

Avoid butter and spray oils.

It’s worth your time to choose a high-heat oil that meets your temperature requirements and flavor preferences. Low smoke oils and sprays tend to create a greasy residue on your pan that will be difficult to clean. MMost manufacturers recommend against the use of spray oils and butter.

Don’t use metal utensils.

Even in cases where the pan is advertised as metal-utensil-compatible, the use of hard utensils can adversely affect the nonstick coating. Damage is most likely to occur through the direct impact of utensil to the surface, or scratching as a spatula moves across the cook surface.

Which GreenPan is the best?

GreenPan Lima

The Lima collection is GreenPan’s base model. It is the most affordably priced collection on a per unit basis and has a more diverse set of pans when compared to other models. You can purchase it bundled as an 8, 12 or 18 piece set.

We like the contoured stainless steel handles which give the Lima a more sophisticated look than the base model of most other brands. The tempered glass lids and anodized are also quite attractive. Owners say that food release out of the box is better than expected. Baking trays are included as part of the 18-piece set, which may be a plus depending on your situation.

Unfortunately, like most cookware in the ceramic nonstick category, the nonstick doesn’t seem to last. Many owners expressed that the non-stick qualities seem to wear off within the first 6 months of regular use, even with close attention to the pan’s cooking and hand wash care instructions. The handles also tend to get hot when the pan is cooking, particularly on a gas stove. Some of the pieces in this collection are not very practical, especially the 5” egg pan. 

What’s Included

  • 5” egg pan
  • 8” frying pan
  • 10” frying pan
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 5-quart casserole with lid
  • Stainless steel steamer basket
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Square Cake Pan
  • 5-piece measuring spoons
  • 5-piece bamboo cooking utensils

GreenPan Chatham

The Chatham collection is a slight variation on the Lima base model and is available with a significant leap in pricing. We do like the more-practical selection of pans included in the set.

Greenpan claims this product is more durable via the infusion of diamond particles into the non-stick coating. Even so, we’d recommend against metal utensils or cleaning by dishwasher.

Diamond or quartz infusion is common practice in the industry, but these certainly aren’t gem grade stones. These minerals are added in a primer coat between the metal base and non-stick surface. The intent is to create a more durable bond between base and cook surface. Mineral dust is highly conductive and aids in heat transfer across the primer. 

All in all, “diamond infusion” makes a nice talking point in advertising, but it’s questionable how much tangible benefit you’ll receive for the upsell. In our research, even owners who praise the pan’s non-stick performance say that it is only durable for 4-6 months.

What’s Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 9.5” frying pan
  • 12” frying pan with lid
  • 1-quart saucepan with lid
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart skillet with lid
  • 5-quart casserole with lid
  • 8-quart stockpot with lid
  • Stainless steel steamer basket

GreenPan Padova

The Padova model is offered in lively colors that stand out from the other collections. From a purely performance perspective this model is no different than Chatham. Still, for some buyers there is real benefit to the fun aesthetics. The Padova is priced just above the Chatham.

We like the white cooksurface of the Padova pans. Especially in low-light kitchen environments, the light color adds contrast which can make it easier to see how your food is cooking. In some kitchens the pastel pan exterior looks great. 

Like the lower-priced models, the Padova has similar durability issues. If you’re running a chic Airbnb, the Padova adds a splash of color that you probably want in your listing photos. If you’re running an actual home kitchen with mouths to feed daily, you might consider a more durable option.

What’s Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 11” frying pan
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart casserole with lid
  • 2.5-quart skillet with lid
  • 8-quart stockpot with lid

GreenPan Paris Pro

The Paris Pro is the original Greenpan, now sold with an updated version of the Thermolon non-stick coating. This model features an upgraded design to the stainless steel handles, and solid stainless steel lids.

We like the aesthetic of the handle upgrade and the forged pan base, but these designs aren’t without flaws. Many owners report that the stainless steel handle is heavy enough to tip or lean their pan off of te burner on some cook surfaces. 

We also find that the stainless steel lids are not a practical upgrade. For our kitchen we prefer glass lids so that it’s easy to observe the progress of the pan’s contents when on our cooktop. Owners say the lids can get very hot, requiring a hot cool mitt to lift away. 

Owner reviews on durability are similar to the lower models, typically 6-months or less of non-stick performance.

What’s Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 9.5” frying pan
  • 11” frying pan
  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid 
  • 3-quart saute pan with lid
  • 5.5-quart stockpot with lid

GreenPan Valencia Pro

The Valencia Pro adds an induction upgrade atop the Paris Pro, without impacting the sticker value of the collection. The “Magneto Induction Technology” used in the pan is simply a piece of magnetic metal, most likely stainless steel, forged into the pan’s base.

We like that the induction upgrade doesn’t cost extra, which is atypical of other cookware brands. We also like that the Valencia Pro uses glass lids compared to the Paris. Like all the lower models we reviewed, durability is the chief concern among owners.

What’s Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 9.5” frying pan
  • 11” frying pan
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid 
  • 3-quart skillet with lid
  • 5-quart casserole with lid

GreenPan Venice Pro

In Venice, Greenpan upgrades the standard aluminum base with polished stainless steel. This new base material creates a timeless look and makes this model compatible with induction cooktops. It also yields a significant price increase when compared with the other models.

We like the look of this model. The light gray cooksurface adds a nice visual contrast against food, similar to the Padova.

We don’t like the price per unit. The Venice is priced at nearly 4x the retail value of the base model Lima. At the same time, according to owner feedback there isn’t a significant difference in product durability. 

The non-stick coating on the Venice scratches easily where the lids meet the pan. Owners also report the cooksurface begins to collect food stains after a few months of regular use. When closely following care instructions, the non-stick surface commonly lasted less than a year.

What’s Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 10” frying pan
  • 2-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart skillet with lid
  • 5-quart casserole with lid

GreenPan Levels

The Levels collection is sized for easy stacking in economy kitchens. The entire set can be stored in a small cabinet space, and stand at less than 10” when stacked together.

We like the space saving concept in theory, but in practice this set seems less practical. Stackable pans create friction on the non-stick surface if not stored exactly as intended, which lessens the life of the pan. Common owner feedback says you shouldn’t expect this set to last more than 6-months.

What’s Included

  • 10” frying pan
  • 11” round grill pan
  • 12.5” frying pan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with straining lid
  • 6-quart stockpot with straining lid
  • 3 pan protectors

Alternative Products To Consider

GreenPan was once an innovator in the ceramic non-stick. Over the past decade many competitors surpassed them on price, performance and durability. You can find a cheaper pan with similar durability. Or you can pay a little more and achieve significant improvements in performance. 

Starfrit The Rock

The Rock by Starfrit is our bargain pick for ceramic non-stick cookware. We really like it for the price because of the design and durability compared to similarly priced competitors like Greenpan. For most owners, it does require some oil to unlock true non-stick ability, but overall the quality is really high. Especially for the price. 

Scanpan 

A Danish brand that offers 10 lines of cookware, across a wide range or price points. We like most of their products, and recently chose the PRO IQ frying pan as our upgrade pick for ceramic non-stick pans. Scanpan products are priced higher than Greenpan, but in this case you will get what you pay for in terms of quality.

GreenLife 

The sister-brand to Greenpan makes a decent medium heat pan for a discount price. Product durability is similar to that of Greenpan, but you will pay less for cosmetic features. Even so, this product is offered in 7 unique colorways for those seeking a distinctive look.

Read more >> THE 11 BEST CERAMIC FRYING PANS OF 2020 REVIEWED

Our Recommendation

GreenPan established great brand recognition based on their history as an early mover. They paved the way for ceramic nonstick pans. Today, many competitors have caught and surpassed them.

You can  find a similar product at a better price, or better product at a similar price. We recommend that you consider the alternatives before purchasing GreenPan.

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