Models and Collection
Though the non-stick pieces from these two brands are the main focus of this comparison, we have also included in this section other non-stick models and collections.
The Scanpan has a stainless-steel line comprising of the following models: Impact, Coppernox, Clad 5, Accent, Commercial, CSX, and Silencio. Its non-stick models include Professional, Classic, CTX, IQ, Pro IQ, Induction Plus, and Evolution. The CTQ model is basically the same as the CTX, only with a different lid and handle design and is exclusively sold by Sur La Table.
The GreenPan line of cookware consists of only non-stick models: Lima, Paris, Rio, Diamond Clad, Padova, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Chatham, Focus, and Venice Pro.
All Scanpan cookware have traditional black coating for their interiors. While most of them have an exterior black finish, some are painted a with a silver color.
The GreenPan Paris and Lima have their interiors and exteriors colored gray. The Green Pan Padova features a cream-colored interior and an exterior light-blue finish. The GreenPan Rio remains the most colorful model. Its interior features a cream-colored coating, while the exterior can be black, turquoise, or burgundy.
Construction and Coating
Conventional non-stick pans use PTFE, a synthetic substance that under certain chemical conditions produces the pollutant PFOA which has been proven to be a potential carcinogen. The Scanpan and GreenPan cookware brands are renowned for being eco-friendly and non-hazardous to human health.
The ceramic non-stick coating of GreenPan is free of the aforementioned chemicals. Rather, it is made from a patented material gotten from natural minerals, known as Thermolon. Thermolon ensures durability, is resistant to scratches and abrasions, and would not corrode. Underneath this chemical-free coating, the GreenPan lines of cookware incorporate different construction materials. These construction materials are more visible in the exterior finish and ensure that the pan’s surface remains scratch-resistant.
The GreenPan Lima and Paris models are constructed from hard anodized aluminum, endowing them with a maximum strength scratch-resistant exterior. This aluminum construction ensures the pans do not buckle or warp over time. Instead of hard anodized aluminum, the GreenPan Rio is constructed from heavy gauge aluminum. The GreenPan Diamond Clad skillet set employs a Thermolon diamond-reinforced non-stick coating.
Just like GreenPan, Scanpan eschews the conventional toxic coating for its non-stick models. The pans are designed with a patented ceramic titanium coating reputed to be much harder than steel. Though the coating contains PTFE, great care was taken in the manufacturing process to ensure that the toxic PFOA was not produced.
Since the coating of the Scanpan cookware is reputed to be harder than steel, Scanpan claims users can use metal utensils with their pans, as the coating is scratch- and abrasion-resistant. However, we strongly recommend that you stick to wooden or plastic spoons regardless if the cookware chosen eventually happens to be from Scanpan. By so doing, you’d prolong the lifespan of your non-stick cookware.
Most Scanpan models are constructed from recycled aluminum to prevent buckling and warping and to also ensure the pan exterior remains resistant to any scratch or abrasion. The Venice Pro features a stainless-steel construction.
Most non-stick models found in the market are usually not compatible with an induction top. However, both Scanpan and GreenPan feature some non-stick models capable of being used safely on induction stoves.
For Scanpan, these induction-compatible models include the CTX, IQ, Pro IQ, and Induction Plus. Non-stick Scanpan models that are not suitable for induction include the Classic and Professional. From its stainless steel non-stick line, CSX and Impact have been proven to be induction-friendly.
For GreenPan, the Paris, Lima, Rio, Padova, and Rotterdam are not induction compatible. Induction-friendly models include Venice Pro and Stockholm.
Handle and Lid Design
All Scanpan cookware come with a stainless-steel handle. Some Scanpan models (e.g. Professional) have handles with a riveted design. As such, food easily gets stuck around the rivets, making it difficult for some to thoroughly clean. Other models come with a more ergonomic handle attached to the pan via a patented locking system that uses neither screws nor rivets. This design style ensures that the handle remains affixed to the pan and makes cleaning a whole lot easier. However, should the handle come loose, a serious problem would arise on how to tighten it, as there are obviously no screws or rivets for such purposes.
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Apart from the Pro IQ that comes with stainless-steel lids, all other Scanpan models are equipped with glass lids. This makes it possible for users to easily observe what they’re cooking.
The GreenPan Lima, Paris, Padova models have riveted stainless-steel handles. The Rotterdam model also features a stainless-steel handle, but it also comes with a removable rubber grip to help users easily carry their pans and pans even when they’re hot. The Rio comes with a handle completely made from rubber.
The GreenPan Paris pots and pans have lids of stainless steel, while Lima, Rio, and Padova are designed with glass lids.
Dishwasher and Oven Use
Both Scanpan and GreenPan have some non-stick models rated dishwasher safe. However, to increase the lifespan of the non-stick coating, it is advisable to never put your pans and pots in the dishwasher. We recommend simple handwashing for all non-stick pieces. Check out this article on cooks illustrated for more info about caring for your nonstick pans.
The Scanpan Classic is oven-safe up to a maximum temperature of 500oF. The GreenPan Lima is oven-safe up to 420°F, while the Paris cookware has a higher maximum temperature of 850°F. The GreenPan Rio exhibits a very low level of heat tolerance when compared to other GreenPan models and cannot be used in the oven for temperatures exceeding 350°F.
This is simply the ability of non-stick frying pans to produce evenly browned food items. With a perfectly flat and thick base, great heat distribution and retention, the Scanpan pans provide fast and even heating.
Though they perform excellently on a gas range, when it comes to electric stoves, the GreenPan Paris and Rotterdam have some reports of uneven cooking.
Durability and Performance
Reviews from a large percentage of Scanpan users indicate most are satisfied with their purchase. For many, it’s a case of hit or miss: it’s either durable or not. With the stainless-steel lines, there were complaints of food burning even at a low gas setting, handles that got hot quickly, and pans being easily stained. However, there were still users who had none of those complaints and whose pans worked just fine. Generally speaking though, the Scanpan stainless-steel models are actually slightly better than their non-stick counterparts.
For the Scanpan non-stick models, a significant number of users claimed that with constant use, the coating lasted for at most a year and then after that, became quite sticky. With less frequent use, the pans were capable of lasting longer (perhaps 3 years).
For GreenPan, many shared a similar experience; it worked like a charm in the first year of use and then became very sticky. Also, several users complained that the GreenPan cookware chipped easily, indicating a certain frailty with the brand.
For both non-stick brands, the bottom line is this: Regardless of the caution and care taken, their non-stick properties do not last indefinitely.
Both brands of non-stick cookware come with a limited lifetime warranty. These warranties promise users a replacement in the case of manufacturing defects or damages. The warranty becomes void if the cookware is purchased from eBay or similar auction websites. It also does not apply to defects resulting from misuse or accidental damages.
Pros and Cons of Scanpan
- Not harmful to user health
- Better at cooking food evenly
- Rarely deforms or warps
- Non-stick properties do not last forever
Pros and Cons of GreenPan
- Toxic-free coating
- Rarely deforms or warps
- Non-stick properties do not last forever