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Scanpan Reviews And Buyers Guide

Scanpan is a Danish brand that offers 10 lines of ceramic titanium cookware, across a wide range or price points. We generally like their products, and recently chose the PRO IQ frying pan as our “upgrade pick” for ceramic non-stick pans. Even so, it can be quite difficult to differentiate why one Scanpan line costs more than the next.

Scanpan sells some collections exclusively through big box retailers like Williams-Sonoma and Sur la Table. These collections are nearly identical to Scanpan’s standard lines, built of the same performance materials and only differing by small design tweaks to the lids or handles. We focused these reviews on the standard collections.

We spent 20 hours pouring over owner reviews, materials specifications, and Danish patents. Our goal is to help you separate meaningful features from marketing gimmicks in these Scanpan reviews.

Things to consider before buying a Scanpan cookware.

Every kitchen needs a non-stick pan.

A skillet is an incredibly versatile kitchen tool. Every kitchen needs one, and the materials options are limited. Skillets are most often constructed of non-stick coated aluminum, stainless steel and cast iron.

In most kitchens the skillet is the most used item, and therefore the piece of cookware that will take the most time to clean and maintain. While steel and iron pans can offer decent food release, when given proper care, nothing comes close to the ease of non-stick cooking.

With a non-stick pan, you can cook delicate foods like fish or eggs without tearing them apart. They are easy to use, easy to clean and relatively affordable. The primary drawback of non-stick, compared to other pan materials, is lower durability.

Many kitchens will feature a non-stick skillet as the daily fryer, and then fill out the remainder of pots and pans with items of more durable construction. Fortunately, Scanpan offers products for individual purchase so you can adopt this approach if you like.

Learn how to care for your pan, or you’ll soon be buying a replacement.

One of the downsides of non-stick cookware is that your pans will wear out. Scanpan is known for its product durability. Still, most experienced owners expect their Scanpan to last for 2-5 years at the longest. 

Knowing and practicing proper care on your pans will extend their lifespan. If you purchase a premium collection like Scanpan, we highly recommend learning how to maintain them. Building a few simple tips into habit can 5-10x the lifespan of your collection.

Most of the Scanpan collections are rated by the manufacturer as both oven safe and dishwasher safe. We recommend hand washing instead and minimizing your usage toward sear-and-bake recipes in order to take best care of your cookware set.

All non-stick pans eventually need to be replaced, but it’s certainly more palatable when you can get at least a few years out of them.

Pick a line that is compatible with your cooktop.

Consider your cook surface when picking a collection. This is especially important if you cook with an induction cooktop. Induction surfaces require magnetic material to be present in the pan in order to operate correctly.

Know the facts about polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

All Scanpan cookware products are PFOA free and made from ceramic titanium layerd atop recycled aluminum in Denmark.

Scanpan uses a proprietary PTFE-based non-stick surface called Stratinum for food release on each pan’s cook surface. Some of the premium lines are coated with an upgraded version of Stratinum called Stratinum+, which is applied to provide additional texture for enhanced food release.

PTFE is a man-made compound that has been used to create non-stick cookware coatings for 80 years. You may have heard it called by the popular brand name Teflon. It is one of the slickest substances known to man.

Twenty years ago several studies were released linking PFOA, a synthetic compound that was previously used in PTFE non-stick manufacturing, with health and environmental risks. Today PFOA has almost entirely been removed from manufacturing. Without PFOAs, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says that, “there are no proven risks to humans from using cookware coated with PTFE.

Scanpan uses a PTFE non-stick coating called Stratinum that is applied atop a ceramic titanium surface layer. It is created without PFOAs, and the manufacturer takes great pride to be PFOA free.

Scanpan uses 100% recycled aluminum in every line.

According to Scanpan,

“2.2 lbs of aluminum extracted from the earth creates almost 200 lbs of waste,

2.2 lbs of recycled aluminum creates just 7.5 lbs of waste.” 

Unfortunately, even the most durable ceramic pans tend to have short lifespans. And it isn’t clear if recycled materials provide greater sustainability value than owning a longer-life pan, like cast iron.

It’s unclear if Stratinum+ non-stick coating is actually better than Stratinum.

Scanpan released an “upgraded” Stratinum+ coating on their CS+ and HaptIQ collections in 2019. Their marketing materials feature endorsement of several chefs associated with the brand, though it is not clear if these individuals were paid to participate. 

Scanpan’s proprietary Stratinum+ is a coarse surface compared to Stratinum, which the brand claims will last longer and create better browning and frying. Owner reviews do not clearly corroborate this difference.

 It appears that Stratinum and Stratinum+ are built using the same patent, and that the only difference may be how the Teflon coating is sprayed atop the ceramic titanium surface layers. We reached out to the brand for clarification, and will update here as we know more.

Are you passionate about building an awesome kitchen?

If you are passionate about building an awesome kitchen, and comfortable with spending a little more for added performance and durability, then Scanpan may be a great fit for you. 

The brand offers individual pieces if you are simply trying to add a few essentials to your kitchen. Or full collection bundles if you are hoping to load up for a variety of cooking purposes. We review each collection below, to help you distinguish between performance and style. You can pay extra for style options, but even the base models perform very well.

Scanpan Reviews | Comparing the Collections

Scanpan Classic 

Scanpan Classic 11 Piece Cookware Set

The Classic collection is Scanpan’s most affordable line of cookware. It is similar to the other lines, only with fewer frills. The price per pan is typically 15-25% less than the Professional collection and half of the “fancier” lines, but the performance is similar. The overall look is plain, but we do like the easy-see glass lids that come with the Classic.

There are more pieces included in this collection (11) than in any other line. You can purchase by single item, or in bundles of 5, 8, 9, 10 or 11 items. Scanpan Classic cookware is oven-safe up to 500 F, and rated dishwasher safe.

Like every Scanpan line, the Classic collection is constructed of 100% Recycled Aluminum in a squeeze cast base. Unlike most of the other collections, the Classic offers Rivet-less handles which are less prone to stains and rust. Classic is not compatible with induction cooktops. The non-stick Stratinum coating is PFOA free.

What is Included

  • 10.25″ frying pan.
  • 1-qt., 2-qt and 3-qt. saucepans with lids.
  • 3-qt. sauté pan with lid.
  • 6.5-qt. Dutch oven with lid.

Scanpan Classic Induction

Scanpan Classic Induction Cookware Set, Set-10 Piece, Black

The Scanpan Classic Induction is a no frills line, similar to the Classic collection. It includes  Stratinum non-stick ceramic titanium surface, rivet-less handles and glass lids. There are only a few differences between the lines. 

A steel plate was added to the aluminum base of each pan to enable compatibility with induction cooktops. The change in construction also creates a significant boost in cost per item.

Scanpan’s Classic Induction is a good pick if you cook on an induction stove, and don’t care to spend extra for design upgrades. It’s probably overkill if you don’t have specific plans to cook with induction.

What is Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 10.25” frying pan
  • 2.75-qt sauté pan with lid
  • 2-qt saucepan with lid
  • 3.25-qt saucepan with lid
  • 7-qt dutch oven with lid

Scanpan Professional

Scanpan Professional 10-Piece Cookware Set, Set-10, Silver

Scanpan Professional is constructed of the same performance ceramic titanium materials as the Classic, with some aesthetic “upgrades.” Pans are typically sold at 10-20% higher price point than the Classic. Both are built with 100% recycled aluminum on a squeeze cast base, and Stratinum nonstick coating. Scanpan Professional is oven safe to 500 F, and dishwasher safe.

In our view, the “upgrades” don’t impact the performance of the pan. Only the price and aesthetic. We like the look and weight of the stainless steel handle, although it is not rivetless like the Classic handle. The rivets on the Professional may stain or discolor over time. 

We do not like the stainless steel lid “upgrade,” simply because it is not transparent like the glass lid on the Scanpan Classic model. And while you can cook just fine without seeing under the lid, we like the ability to see what is happening with our food. Professional is not compatible with induction cooktops.

What Is Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 10.25” frying pan
  • 10/25” sauté pan with lid
  • 1-qt saucepan with lid
  • 3-qt saucepan with lid
  • 6.5-qt stock pot with lid

Scanpan PRO IQ

Scanpan PRO IQ 9 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set, Black

The Scanpan PRO IQ series is the induction compatible equivalent of the Professional line. Overall we like both. We even selected the PRO IQ 10.25” Fry Pan as our upgrade pick for ceramic non-stick frying pans.

The Scanpan PRO IQ is constructed of recycled aluminum with a steel plate cast into the bottom. The frying pan weighs in at 4.6lbs and feels substantial. The magnetic base works well on an induction cooktop, and creates excellent heat distribution.

Similar to the Professional series, we like the stainless steel handle upgrades. The PRO IQ also includes a polished finish to the stainless, which we prefer to the brushed look of the Professional series metal. We do wish the lids were made of glass rather than solid stainless steel. Both PRO IQ and Scanpan Professional series pans are priced similarly, so if you are choosing between these two we recommend going with the PRO IQ. It’s nice to have induction compatibility available if you don’t have to break the bank to get it.

This PRO IQ set is oven safe for stovetop to oven dishes that require sear and bake functionality. This cookware is rated as dishwasher safe, although we recommend hand washing for gentlest care to the ceramic titanium surface.

What Is Included

  • 8” frying pan
  • 10.25” frying pan
  • 2.75-qt sauté pan with lid
  • 3-qt saucepan with lid
  • 6.5-qt dutch oven with lid
  • 10.25” stack and steam insert

Scanpan CTX

Scanpan CTX 14-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set with Stratanium Nonstick Coating

The Scanpan CTX is a premium aesthetic resting atop the performance materials of Scanpan Classic Induction. Yes, the set is compatible with induction cooktops and creates excellent heat distribution. We are in love with this look, but you will certainly pay extra for the details.

The stainless steel handles on the CTX series are nearly identical to those used in Scanpan’s Professional and PRO IQ lines. They look good and have a nice hand feel. Compared with both Pro lines, the lids included with CTX are more functional and fashionable. They are constructed with stainless steel and glass, so that you can see your food without needing to remove the lid. The exterior of each pan is also baked in a satin-finished stainless steel.

Scanpan CTX is oven safe to 500 F, and compatible with all common cook surfaces including induction. The cookware is also dishwasher safe, though we don’t recommend it.

If you like the function of the Classic line, are personally invested in your kitchen aesthetic, and not put-off by a premium cost then the CTX series may be for you. The pans in this series perform consistently with the base-model Classic (or Classic IQ for Induction), but in our view they look better doing it.  

What Is Included

  • 8” Frying Pan
  • 10.25” Frying Pan
  • 2-qt Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.75-qt Saucepan with Lid
  • 4-qt Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.75-qt Saute Pan with Lid
  • 5.5-qt Saute Pan with Lid
  • 7.5-qt Dutch Oven with Lid

Scanpan CS+

Scanpan CS+ Skillets

Scanpan CS+ cookware typically retails for more than twice the sticker price of the Classic, and is Scanpan’s entry-level collection for their newest nonstick technology, called Stratinum+. 

We like the tempered glass lids, which are fitted in stainless steel rims and handles. The pan’s handles are also sleek and stainless. Scanpan CS+ cookware has exceptional heat distribution for even cooking. Many owner reviews report that cleanup is particularly easy with the Stratinum+ coating. The contoured cook surface also provides an incremental improvement to the pan’s ability to brown and fry.

The CS+ cookware collection is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, though we recommend hand washing on a regular basis.

What is Included

  • 8” Frying Pan
  • 10.25” Frying Pan
  • 2.5-qt Covered Sauté Pan
  • 2-qt Covered Saucepan
  • 2.75-qt. Covered Saucepan
  • 7.5-qt. Covered Dutch Oven

Scanpan HaptIQ

Scanpan HaptIQ Stainless Steel-Aluminum 11 Inch Fry Pan, 11-inch, Black, Silver

The HaptIQ series is Scanpan’s most expensive collection. It offers one aesthetic and one functional upgrade over the TechnIQ collection. Both lines use Stratinum+ nonstick coating.

Cosmetically, the HaptIQ pan exterior is constructed of mirror-polished stainless steel. It is incredibly shiny. The primary functional upgrade of Scanpan HaptIQ is that the cookware includes a steel plate cast into the aluminum base, so that they are compatible with induction cooktops. HaptIQ cookware is oven safe up to 500 F.

Scanpan HaptIQ may be a good fit for your kitchen if you like the look and feel of the most “premium” model available. Some owners really love the Stratinum+ contoured cooksurface for frying, and need induction compatibility to match.

What is Included

Items available for individual purchase, not as a bundle.

  • 8” Frying Pan
  • 10.25” Frying Pan
  • 10.25” Covered Saute Pan
  • 2-qt Covered Sauce Pan
  • 2.75-qt Covered Sauce Pan
  • 7.5-qt Covered Dutch Oven

Scanpan Maitre D’

Scanpan 3 Piece Maitre 'D Copper Sauce Serving Set on Slate Board, 0.08 quart, Metallic

Scanpan Maitre D’ is a collection of elegant mirror-polished cookware that is built for table presentation. Maitre D’ cookware is available for purchase individually, not as a bundle.

We love the overall design of the Scanpan Maitre D’, especially the tasteful copper and stainless steel finish and handles. The sizing of the pans in this collection is rather small, so while the pans might be a good fit for serving a dish in a spread, they are less suitable for regular family dining. They also lack Scanpan’s signature non-stick coating.

This collection may be a good fit if you are looking for an attractive cook and serve piece to use with sauces, tapas, and small portions. We do not recommend Maitre D’ as everyday cookware.

What is Included

  • Tapas Pan
  • 3-pc Sauce Serving Set
  • 1.6-qt Covered Dutch Oven
  • 11-oz Covered Sauce Pan
  • 19-oz Covered Sauce Pan
  • 30-oz Covered Sauce Pan
  • 25-oz Covered Saute Pan
  • 30-oz Covered Saute Pan

Alternative Products To Consider

There are more affordable pan options to consider. We like Scanpan because it is more durable than budget brands. If you are simply looking to get your foot in the door and upgrade later then you may consider a less expensive pan instead. Here are a few alternatives,

10-inch Greenpan Paris Ceramic Cookware Set
Tough Hard Anodized bodies are scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands
$188.02
Sale
GreenLife Soft-Grip Ceramic Cookware Set
This tough, diamond-reinforced nonstick coating is incredibly durable; Soft Grip Bakelite handles are designed to stay cool on the stovetop for maximum comfort
$64.99

DaTerra Cucina makes one of the most durable pans we reviewed this year. The 13” Vesuvio frying pan is a good option for families who prepare large portions. Pricing is in the same range as Scanpan, but DaTerra’s offering is focused entirely on frying pans. If you need a sauce pan or other vessel then you need to look elsewhere. 

Greenpan was our runner-up for ceramic non-stick pans this year, with the Paris 10” frying pan. The brand is well constructed, even cooking, but generally less durable than Scanpan according to owner reviews. Products are often priced similarly to Scanpan Classic. The materials used are generally less sustainable, but equally healthy.

GreenLife makes a decent medium heat pan for a discount price. Their products are offered in 7 unique colorways, for those seeking a distinctive look. In some cases, the soft-grip Bakelite handle works poorly on a gas stove. Many owners find that GreenLife’s white cooksurface adds a helpful contrast to their cooking experience, making it easy to determine when food is done.

Our Choice

We like this brand across all of their collections. The Kitchen Ambition philosophy is to choose favorites based on function, performance, durability, and design. 

Induction cooktops are used in less than 10% of US households, and Scanpan’s induction compatible lines are significantly more expensive. For these reasons we focused our pick toward collections that were not induction compatible.

While we love the elegance of the Maitre D’ collection, the sizing and intended social serving function of its cookware is not particularly practical for most home chefs.

Based on owner reviews we believe that Stratinum+ is more marketing ploy than performance differentiator. There certainly wasn’t enough data to convince us that the durability or browning ability of Stratinum+ in the CS+ or HaptIQ collections were worth 200% higher sticker price.

We chose the Scanpan Professional collection as the pick for our kitchen. It is slightly more expensive than the Classic for similar performance, but the sturdy stainless handles were the design differentiator we were craving. The handle feel is important in our kitchen for items that we will be handling often. We want cooking to feel good too!  While we do not love the opaque lids that come with the Professional collection out of the box, our recommendation is to pair with standalone glass lids for a low cost add on.

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