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The Ultimate Green Pan Review

By trk

Last Updated: June 25, 2021


GreenPan (also called Green Pan-two words) is one of the new ceramic nonstick cookware brands that contains no PTFE or PFOA. If you're looking for an alternative to Teflon® (aka PTFE), GreenPan could be your answer. 

In this review, we dive into GreenPan cookware to provide an in-depth analysis for potential buyers. If you want to learn all about GreenPan cookware, you've come to the right place.

Green Pan Cookware Lines at a Glance

GreenPan makes several lines of cookware. Most of the pans are anodized aluminum, a few are clad stainless tri-ply (Venice and Venice Pro), and their least expensive line (Rio) is just aluminum (i.e., not anodized). (Anodized aluminum is more durable than non-anodized aluminum.) Handle design also differs, as does color. Lid options also vary, with usually the larger sizes including a lid (but not always).

There are newer and older formulations of Thermolon™. The newer ones are reinforced with diamond dust or other minerals to make the nonstick coating more durable. In the table under "Features," we list the type of Thermolon™ the line has, though we don't fully understand which one is the newest (and best). 

Our star rating is based on our own research and testing and is independent of Amazon ratings (although they had an influence in our decisions).

Price-wise, we tried to compare apples-to-apples, but it wasn't always possible, so we did the best we could to provide an idea of the prices. We only list skillet prices, as those are the only pieces we recommend buying. If you're interested in a set, you can easily see prices by clicking over to Amazon or GreenPan. GreenPan often has sales going, but compare prices carefully because even at a sales price you may end up paying more on the GreenPan site.

Why so many lines? You'd have to ask the folks at Green Pan to know for sure. Our theory is that the old lines were selling well, so rather than update best sellers with new names, they added new lines, giving people several options at several price points. Note also that the lines on Amazon don't fully match those on the GreenPan website; this may mean that some lines are being phased out, but we don't know for sure.

There are a few lines we didn't include. They are either extremely similar to ones on the list, being phased out by GreenPan, or overpriced (such as the Focus). 

An asterisk by the pan name indicates our recommendation. You can read more detailed reviews about our recommendations below.

Green Pan

Line

Features

 Rating/Price/Notes

GreenPan Chatham: The Ultimate Green Pan Review

-Thermolon™ coated

-Hard anodized aluminum body

-NOT induction compatible

-Stay-cool stainless handles

-Lid included

-Oven safe to 600F

-Drip free rim

-Metal utensil safe

-Dishwasher safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

11-in skillet w/lid, bamboo spoon, and cookbook-$65

-NOT induction compatible

-If you don't need induction ready, this is a decent pan.


GreenPan Hard Anodized Skillet Set

See GreenPan set on Amazon

See it at greenpan.com

GreenPan Hard Anodized: The Ultimate Green Pan Review

-Thermolon™ coated

-Hard anodized aluminum body

-NOT induction compatible

-Stainless handles

-Oven safe to 475F

-Drip free rim

-Dishwasher safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

10-in/12-in skillet set-$65

-NOT induction compatible

-Why only safe to 475F?

GreenPan Levels: The Ultimate Green Pan Review

-Designed to save space

-Thermolon™ diamond-reinforced coating

-Anodized aluminum body

-NOT induction compatible

-Metal utensil safe

-Oven safe to 400F

-Dishwasher safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

10-in skillet-$50

12-in skillet-$57

-Plastic handle

-Expensive

-Tri-ply not necessary for nonstick pan.

GreenPan Lima: The Ultimate Green Pan Review

-Thermolon™ coating

-Anodized aluminum body

-Stainless handle

-Lid included (12-in only)

-Drip free rim

-NOT induction compatible

-NOT dishwasher safe

-Oven safe to 600F (lid to 420F)

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

12-in skillet w/lid-$45

10-in skillet w/bamboo spoon-$35

-Good price

-Not the newest Thermolon

GreenPan Napa: The Ultimate Green Pan Review

-Thermolon™ Minerals coating

-Clad stainless body

-Induction compatible

-Oven safe stainless handle

-Oven safe to 600F 

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

12-in skillet-$99

8-in/10-in set-$99

-Expensive

-Tri-ply not necessary for nonstick.

GreenPan Padova: The Ultimate Green Pan Review

-Thermolon™ Minerals coating

-Thermolon™ coated rivets

-Anodized aluminum body

-NOT induction compatible

-Oven safe stainless handle

-Metal utensil safe

-Drip free rim

-Dishwasher safe

-Oven safe to 600F (lid to 420F)

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

8-in/10-in skillet set-$50

-Great price for new Thermolon

-Available in different pastel colors

GreenPan Padova Reserve Saute Pan

-Thermolon™ diamond reinforced coating

-Anodized aluminum body

-NOT induction compatible

-Forged base to prevent warping

-Oven safe stainless handle

-Drip free rim

-Metal utensil safe

-Dishwasher safe

-Oven safe to 600F (lid to 425F)

-Limited 10yr warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.


-Sauté pan-$120

-10 pc Set-$300

-Limited edition line.

GreenPan Paris 12In Skillet

-Thermolon™ Minerals coating

-Anodized aluminum body

-Oven safe stainless handle

-Metal utensil safe

-Drip free rim

-NOT Induction compatible

-Dishwasher safe

-Oven safe to 600F (lid to 420F)

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

12-in skillet-$58

10-in skillet-$50

-New Thermolon coating

-Induction ready

-Stainless lids!

-Priced a little high: 12" is best deal.

GreenPan Prime Midnight Skillet Set

-Thermolon™ diamond reinforced coating

-Anodized aluminum body

-Forged base to prevent warping

-NOT induction compatible

-Oven safe stainless handle

-Drip free rim

-Metal utensil safe

-Dishwasher safe

-Oven safe to 600F (lid to 425F)

-Limited 10yr warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

8"/10" set-$50

5 pc set-$100

-Newest coating

-NOT induction ready

-Good price for skillet set.

GreenPan Rio 8In 10In Skillets

-Aluminum body

-Thermolon™ coating

-Bakelite handle

-Rivetless cooking surface

-NOT induction compatible

-Oven safe to 350F 

-Dishwasher safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

8-in/10-in skillet set-$24

-Old coating

-Plastic handles

GreenPan SearSmart Skillet Set

-Forged anodized  aluminum

-Thermolon Minerals Pro™ coating

-More flat cooking surface than other GreenPan styles

-Textured surface: better searing

-Induction compatible

-Stainless handle

-Stackable for easier storage

-Oven safe to 320F 

-Dishwasher safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

8-in/10-in skillet set-$80

9.5-in/11-in-$100

-Great pans; would recommend them if they weren't so expensive. 

-Why oven safe to only 320F?

GreenPan SimmerLite Skillet

-Cast aluminum body

-Thermolon™ Minerals coating

-Oven safe stainless handle

-Induction compatible

-Oven safe to 600F (lid 400F)

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

12-in skillet-$90

GreenPan VenicePro 8In 10In Skillet Set

-Tri-ply clad stainless

-Thermolon™ Minerals Pro coating

-Induction compatible

-Oven safe to 600F (lid 420F)

-Metal utensil safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

10-in/12-in set-$94

GreenPan Venice Pro Noir Skillet Set

-Tri-ply clad stainless

-Thermolon™ Diamond Advanced coating

-Induction compatible

-Oven safe to 600F (lid 420F)

-Metal utensil safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

10-in/12-in set-$150

10-in Diamond (at SLT): $99

(Diamond is SLT's exclusive line, closest in construction to Venice Pro Noir.)

-Nice, but too expensive

-Tri-ply not needed for nonstick

 GreenPan Valencia Pro skillet w/lid

-Hard anodized aluminum body

-Thermolon™ Minerals coating

-Induction compatible

-Lid included (10in. only)

-Metal utensil safe

-Oven safe up to 600F

-Stay cool stainless handle

-Dishwasher safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

12-in skillet-$80

11-in skillet-$40

10-in skillet w/lid-$70

-Nice pans but expensive.

GreenPan Hudson Skillet w:Lid

-Hard anodized aluminum body

-Thermolon™ Diamond coating

-NOT Induction compatible

-Saucepans do NOT have lids

-Metal utensil safe

-Oven safe up to 380F

-Bakelite handle

-Dishwasher safe

-Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

9.5-in skillet-$25

11-in skillet-$30

-Great price but plastic handle; Padova is better option.

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About Nonstick Cookware

Eggs Bacon In Nonstick Pan: GreenPan Review

We go into more detail about nonstick cookware in other articles, but here's a broad overview. (See our Cookware page for more information.)

First of all, nonstick cookware is coated cookware, which means that the nonstick cooking surface is applied to some other surface. Most typically, this is aluminum or stainless steel. Aluminum is usually less expensive and also has better heating properties. Therefore, we recommend buying aluminum nonstick cookware over tri-ply clad stainless steel. 

When buying nonstick cookware, you really only have two options: PTFE or ceramic. PTFE, more commonly known by Dupont's trade name Teflon®, is a hydrocarbon-based coating (actually a type of plastic). PTFE is an acronym for polytetrafluoroethylene. It's been around for about 70 years. Today, there are hundreds of PTFE coatings manufactured under as many trade names; some of these include Eterna, Eclipse, QuanTanium, HALO, Xylan, Skandia, Dura-Slide, Granite Rock, Granitium, ILAG, and Greblon C2 (yes, Greblon, an early manufacturer of ceramic nonstick, now makes PTFE coatings too). 

PTFE is an inert substance at normal temperatures, however, if it's heated above 450F or so, it can give off toxic fumes. These fumes can cause flu-like symptoms in humans and are lethal to birds. (And you'd be surprised how quickly a pan can get that hot even on a medium setting. If you have an infrared thermometer, you can test your pans to see how quickly they get hot.)

Another concern with PTFE-coated cookware is PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, part of a family of chemicals called PFAS), which until 2015 was used in the manufacturing of PTFE cookware. There's evidence that PFOA is carcinogenic, and it is also a terrible environmental hazard that persists for decades in water and soil. Since PFOA is no longer used to make cookware, it's no longer a concern, however, it's hard to know what it's been replaced with, and there's a good chance that whatever it is, it is not a lot safer for humans or the environment than PFOA.

In 2007, the new ceramic nonstick coating was invented. Ceramic nonstick coating is silicon-based, which means it's made basically from sand. Sand--or more accurately silicon dioxide--is converted into what's called a sol-gel solution and sprayed onto the surfaces of cookware (usually aluminum, sometimes stainless steel), then baked at a high temperature to produce the finished nonstick cookware. 

Ceramic nonstick cookware has gained a reputation for being healthier and safer than PTFE, and for having fewer environmental concerns. However, there are a few issues potential buyers should know about. (We will talk more about this in a minute.) 

As far as we know, there are two types of ceramic nonstick coating, Thermolon™ and Greblon®. These are trade names, and the coatings are sold to many different cookware manufacturers for use on their cookware. For example, Healthy Legend cookware uses a Greblon® ceramic coating. The two coating brands are similar, and both are applied to cookware using the sol-gel process. 

Today both Greblon® and Thermolon™ have evolved into several different lines of nonstick coatings. There are so many ceramic coatings on the market now that it can be tricky to figure out which type of coating a pan has. Some contain materials like titanium or diamond dust that enhance durability. With others, it's hard to tell what's changed from the original formula. The good news is that all ceramic nonstick coatings are free of PTFE and PFOA (the two chemicals that most people are trying to avoid when buying ceramic nonstick cookware).

All GreenPan cookware uses Thermolon™ coatings. Thermolon™ does not make any nonstick coatings that contain PTFE; all are silicon-based ceramic.  

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Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Vs. PTFE Nonstick Cookware

How do the two types of nonstick stack up against each other? Here's a look.


PTFE

Ceramic

Metal Utensil Use:

Not recommended, even if mfr says it's safe.

Not recommended, even if mfr says it's safe.

Dishwasher Safe:

Not recommended, even if mfr says it's safe.

Not recommended, even if mfr says it's safe.

Use of Nonstick Cooking Spray:

No.

Yes. 

Average Nonstick Life Span:

2-5 years depending on use and care.

6 months-5 years depending on use and care.

Can Safely Be Heated To:

About 400F (though repeated exposure to high heat kills nonstick properties).

600F + (though repeated exposure to high heat kills nonstick properties).

Health and Safety Concerns:

-High heat (570F+) can produce toxic fumes

-PFOA-like substances used in manufacturing may be carcinogenic.

-Titanium dioxide nanoparticles used in sol-gel application may be carcinogenic.

Environmental Concerns:

-PFOA-like substances can contaminate soil and water supply (yes, even though PFOA is no longer used).

-Not easily recyclable.

-Many end up in landfills. 

-Not easily recyclable.

-Many end up in landfills.

Cost:

Many brands are reasonably priced.

Many brands are reasonably priced.

The biggest difference as far as daily use is probably in heating: while you have to constantly monitor PTFE cookware to make sure it doesn't get overheated, there really is no upper safety limit on ceramic cookware: you can heat the crap out of it and it won't emit any dangerous fumes.

However, to maintain the longest possible nonstick lifespan, both types require the use of low-to-medium heat. High heat will destroy your nonstick cookware faster than just about anything else, and this is true for both types.

Also, while ceramic nonstick is generally considered the safer, healthier choice, note that there are concerns about the sol-gel process used in making ceramic nonstick cookware. This article about nanoparticles in ceramic cookware is an interesting read. There is limited research on this topic, but the research indicates that it may be a valid concern. It looks like the temperatures required to release nanoparticles are higher than possible to reach with typical kitchen use, but if your ceramic pan gets scratched, you may want to think twice about continuing to use it.

As for which one is more environmentally friendly, there's conflicting information there, as well. GreenPan claims that their manufacturing process has a considerably smaller carbon footprint than that of PTFE cookware, but some research indicates otherwise. While we have no conclusive information at this time, we'll just say that both types of nonstick cookware are manufactured in large scale, almost exclusively in China, and therefore, both require a good deal of resources to produce; unfortunately, this is hard to avoid when buying any mass-produced product. 

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Who Makes Green Pan Cookware?

GreenPan cookware is made by The Cookware Company, a Belgian firm founded in 2005 that has manufacturing facilities in China. (All GreenPan cookware is made in China.) The Belgian founders knew of a ceramic material made in Korea and used in industrial applications. They put a deal together with the Korean company and began selling the first ceramic-coated nonstick cookware--GreenPan--in 2007.

Today, The Cookware Company has sales of about $120 million annually and employs about 2000 people, almost all of them in China. 

The Cookware Company makes several other cookware lines including GreenLife, also a popular brand of ceramic nonstick cookware in the US.  

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GreenPan Vs. GreenLife: What's the Difference?

GreenLife Skillets

GreenLife cookware is also a Thermolon™-coated nonstick aluminum product, but it's not quite the same as GreenPan. GreenPan is a higher end product, with more high end options (like clad stainless bodies). GreenLife is stamped aluminum, and is thinner than most GreenPan lines, so it will have poorer heating properties. 

If you're looking for an inexpensive ceramic coated pan, GreenLife is a decent choice. But if you spend a little more and go with GreenPan, you will get better heating properties (and in most cases, a prettier pan, too).

In some cases, it's hard to tell the difference between a GreenPan and a GreenLife skillet. If you really can't figure out the difference and the GreenLife skillet is cheaper, you should probably go with it.

See greenlife cookware on amazon

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Is GreenPan Cookware Really Green?

The answer to this question is complicated, as the cookware has both pluses and minuses, as will all mass-produced products.

On the plus side:

  • GreenPan uses some recycled materials to make their products
  • According to the GreenPan website, their application process uses 60% less carbon dioxide than that used in applying PTFE coatings (but other sources say this is not the case)
  • Does not use PFOA--a groundwater and soil contaminant and a carcinogen--in the manufacturing process
  • Does not produce toxic fumes at any temperature.

On the minus side:

  • There's speculation about GreenPan's claim that their process is more environmentally friendly than that used for PTFE nonstick cookware
  • The nanoparticles used in the ceramic coating process may be carcinogenic; while GreenPan produced a paper about the safety of their cookware, it does not address the nanoparticle issue, which seems like a rather big omission to us.

In comparison to other types of cookware, most people believe GreenPan (and all ceramic nonstick) is healthier, safer, and better for the environment. The true answer here is that it is a complicated issue to understand, and beyond the scope of this article. You will have to do the research and decide for yourself, based on which issues are the most important to you. (The links we've provided throughout this article are a good place to start.)

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Is Green Pan Cookware Recyclable?

recycling symbol: The Ultimate Green Pan Review

Because it's a coated product, meaning that it has layers of different substances, you probably won't be able to throw an old GreenPan skillet into your recycling bin; this is true of all nonstick cookware. There are a few municipalities that will take it, but the vast majority do not. 

However, if you're willing to look, you can probably find recycling centers that will take old ceramic nonstick cookware (as well as other cookware). This article at Earth911.com discusses how to recycle cookware; though it doesn't talk about ceramic nonstick directly, it provides options that will probably work. 

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Is GreenPan Cookware Safe (and Healthy)?

GreenPan skillet with eggs: The Ultimate GreenPan Review

While we've already looked at a number of health and safety issues with GreenPan, here's the upshot:

  • GreenPan produces no toxic fumes like PTFE cookware can at high heat
  • GreenPan contains no PFOA, a known carcinogen and serious environmental hazard
  • GreenPan is made using a sol-gel process, which uses titanium dioxide nanoparticles, which may be carcinogenic. There is little research about this to be had, so we can't be sure it's unsafe. But if you're considering ceramic nonstick cookware, you may want to do some more research before you buy. (GreenPan claims to not use nanoparticles, but our research has shown that that's what the sol-gel process uses. So again, more research needed.) Here's a good article that summarizes the nanoparticles issue well.

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Drawbacks of Green Pan Cookware (and Ceramic Nonstick Cookware in General)

Aside from the possible carcinogenic nanoparticles in the sol-gel application process (which may or may not be an issue), the biggest drawback of ceramic nonstick cookware is that it simply tends to lose its nonstick properties very quickly.

If you read reviews on Amazon, you will see some people complain that a pan's nonstick properties lasted only a few months. However, other people love their GreenPan pans and say they get many years of use out of them.

It's possible that people disappointed with the nonstick properties are using their pans improperly (even though they almost always claim otherwise). Probably the number one culprit for ceramic nonstick is heat: you should always use low to medium heat with any nonstick coated pan.

Yes, ceramic nonstick can withstand high heat without breaking down (unlike PTFE), but high heat absolutely kills the nonstick properties. 

You also have to avoid using metal utensils (yes, just like PTFE cookware), and probably the dishwasher too, to get the longest life span out of your ceramic pan. Manufacturers may claim this is not the case (including GreenPan), especially with some of the newer coatings reinforced with titanium or diamond dust. However, no ceramic coatings are durable enough to tolerate metal utensils, dishwashers, and high heat. 

The upshot: nonstick cookware of both types is rather fragile and delicate, and probably isn't going to last very long, no matter how well you take care of it. 

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How to Extend the Life of Your GreenPan Cookware

Aside from using low heat, avoiding metal utensils, and washing by hand, there's one other little trick we'd like to share about extending the life of your nonstick cookware.

If food starts sticking to the pan, try scrubbing with a little bit of Barkeeper's Friend. Sometimes, there's buildup in the pan that you can scrub away with an abrasive cleaner, making the pan slippery again.

This won't always work, but it will work at least a few times--so try it before throwing the pan out and replacing it. 

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What to Know Before Buying

There are just a few simple yet important things to look for when in the market for a nonstick skillet. These are:

  • Type of nonstick (how to know what you're buying)
  • Heating properties
  • Build  quality/Durability
  • Pan design
  • Warranty.

Here are the details of each of those considerations.

NOTE: Since we only recommend buying nonstick skillets or sauté pans, we aren't going to discuss other pieces of cookware. 

Type of Nonstick

As we talked about above, there are only two true types of nonstick cookware: PTFE/Teflon® and ceramic. Most people who want "safe" and "healthy" nonstick are trying to avoid PTFE, so want to buy ceramic nonstick, even though the nonstick properties tend to not last as long. 

Green Pan is ceramic nonstick cookware. It contains no PTFE or PFOA.

If you're still in the early stages of buying and aren't yet set on GreenPan cookware, you should know that it can sometimes be hard to tell which type of nonstick a pan is. We put together a list of the cookware sold on Amazon to help you figure out what you're buying: see Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide for more information. 

We also recommend you consider buying cast iron or carbon steel skillets. These aren't considered true nonstick, but with seasoning and use, they build up a slippery surface that is almost as good as nonstick, with the bonus of being extremely durable (they will both last for decades and decades). Neither cast iron nor carbon steel contain any potentially unsafe chemicals, either, and there are no worries about which utensils to use, high heat, or any of the other concerns that come with nonstick coatings. 

There are a few caveats to using cast iron or carbon steel, but for the most part they're great, multi-purpose pans. You can learn more about cast iron in our article The Best Cast Iron Skillets: How Much Should You Spend?

Cast Iron Pan


Carbon Steel Pan

See our favorite carbon steel skillet on Amazon

Heating Properties

The heating properties of cookware are probably its most important attribute, yet people often don't know how to judge which pans have the best heating properties. We can't teach you all about it here, as it's a big subject, but we can provide a few pointers. 

In general, thicker cookware is going to have better heating properties than thinner cookware. Heating is going to be more even, and the pan is going to have onto heat better.

Most nonstick cookware has an aluminum build, but there are different types of aluminum. Stamped aluminum is the thinnest and most inexpensive nonstick cookware (whether PTFE or ceramic); one example of a stamped aluminum pan is the T-fal Professional. Then there's cast or forged aluminum, which is thicker and heavier and generally heats really well: the All-Clad HA1 is cast aluminum and has excellent heating properties. 

You can also find tri-ply stainless nonstick cookware, but we don't recommend it because it's more expensive and, because it has less aluminum, the heating properties probably aren't going to be as good (although this can vary by brand). 

Many nonstick aluminum pans are made from anodized aluminum. This greatly improves the durability--at little added cost--but adds nothing to the heating properties. 

It's hard to tell whether GreenPan skillets are stamped or cast aluminum. It doesn't matter all that much, though, because the skillets are thick enough to hold heat well and provide rapid, even heating. Overall, the heating properties of GreenPan skillets are very good (although we definitely recommend the aluminum lines over the stainless steel lines).

One other consideration is that Thermolon™ is supposed to be an excellent heat conductor, much better than PTFE. Even if this is the case, we're not sure it matters because both coatings are so thin they don't have a lot of effect on heating. Though we could be totally wrong about that, we didn't notice a lot of difference in our testing.

Build Quality and Durability

GreenPan Durability Callouts

Almost as important as heating properties is durability, and probably the main reason why you want to spend just a little more to get a higher quality pan. Even if you only expect to get a few years of use out of a nonstick pan, a well-built pan is much more pleasurable to use, and you can get one for not a lot more money.

A thick aluminum is what you want to look for. It is not only going to heat better, but also going to be more durable. It will be less likely to warp, as well. 

Anodized aluminum is as durable as stainless steel, so going with anodized aluminum is also a great idea. It resists scratching and will hold up for years.

Handles: Stainless steel handles are also more durable than any type of plastic or resin handles. Plastic handles won't hold up to heat, and will eventually wear out and fall (or melt) off. Stainless handles will never wear out.

You can also look at how the handle is attached. Rivets are going to hold up better than screwed-on handles (plastic or resin handles are more likely to be screwed on, while stainless steel handles are more likely to be riveted on). 

Lids: Stainless steel lids are also more durable (and lighter) than glass lids, however, almost all GreenPan cookware has glass lids, and their separately sold lid is also glass. Though not a deal-breaker, the durability of stainless steel lids is much preferred. (There's no reason you can't buy a stainless steel lid from a different manufacturer.) 

Induction: Even if you're not concerned about induction compatibility, the metal plate added to the pan's bottom is going to add to durability, making a pan more warp-resistant. 

Overall, you want a pan with a good heft, a nice thickness, and a stainless steel handle. These are all indications of a well-built skillet. 

Pan Design

GreenPan Design Callouts

Design is mostly about preference. Do you prefer a shallow skillet or one with higher walls? Do you want steep walls with a lot of flat cooking surface, or a pan more wok-like in shape? Is the handle comfortable? Does the lid fit well? If it's a large pan (e.g., 12 inches), does it have a helper handle? (A helper handle is less important with most GreenPan skillets because they're pretty lightweight to begin with. Most of the GreenPan lines do not come with helper handles.)

Most GreenPan skillets are nicely shaped, with straight, shallow sides and a good amount of flat cooking surface. They're an excellent all-purpose frying pan. 

If you want to augment with a sauté pan or a wok for other cooking tasks, click on the links to see GreenPan sauté pans and woks. Unfortunately both woks and sauté pans are more expensive than skillets, but the good news is that the skillet is an excellent all purpose pan, and will work in a pinch as either a wok or a sauté pan.

Warranty

You should always buy cookware with a solid warranty that you know is going to be honored by the company. This, more than anything else, is why you should buy from a reputable, established company like GreenPan instead of a lesser known or lower priced competitor. You may pay a little more for GreenPan, but even so most of their lines are affordable, and the few extra dollars you spend buys you peace of mind as well higher quality: all GreenPan cookware comes with a lifetime warranty on the pan and a 2 year warranty on the nonstick coating. And you can be sure that they will honor these warranties.

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Our GreenPan Recommendations

Here are our favorite GreenPan skillets--the lines we recommend. Our Green Pan recommendations are based on these factors:

  • Price: You shouldn't spend a lot on nonstick cookware, so we don't recommend any of the higher priced lines. There are excellent choices, including those with the newest and most durable Thermolon™ coatings, to be had for reasonable prices.
  • Frying pans only: Since nonstick coatings don't last, we recommend buying frying pans only rather than whole sets. So our recommendations include the lines with the best frying pan options. If you stick to frying pans (or sauté pans, if that is your preference), you not only save yourself from having to replace entire sets every few years, you also contribute less to landfills.
  • Aluminum is best: Aluminum cookware is not only less expensive than clad stainless, it heats better (because of the greater aluminum content). Therefore, as pretty as some of the clad stainless options are, we do not recommend them. If you need induction compatibility, you can get it in the Paris/Paris Pro line.
  • Cooking tests: All of our recommendations also did well in testing. We fried eggs and scrambled eggs, fried chicken breast and salmon, and even made a pan sauce. While we prefer clad stainless for developing fond, the GreenPan did better than PTFE nonstick because we weren't afraid to crank the heat a little. Browning was good, and the nonstick properties held up through several tests--although we don't expect that to continue indefinitely. Alas, such is the nature of nonstick cookware.

Other GreenPan lines are equally high quality, and any of them are good products. But these are our picks if you want the most bang for your buck.

Best All-Around: GreenPan Paris/Paris Pro

GreenPan Paris W/Omelet

See Paris/Paris Pro buying options on Amazon

See Paris Pro at greenpan.com

The Green Pan Paris is, in our opinion, the best all-around frying pan GreenPan makes. It's inexpensive (compared to some of their other lines) without being cheap, with a newer Thermolon™ coating ("Minerals") for great durability. It is induction compatible, unlike some of GreenPan's similarly priced lines (Lima, we're looking at you), and the "Magneto" induction bottom also helps Paris pans resist warping. Paris also comes in several buying options, including sets (though, again, we do not recommend buying entire sets of nonstick cookware). 

Overall, you get versatility as well as a lot of buying options, all at reasonable prices.

We couldn't figure out the difference between Paris and Paris Pro; they have the same build quality, Thermolon™ Minerals coating, and pricing, so the difference seems to be in name only; it's probably a matter of updated marketing. (If we're wrong about that, please let us know in the comments below.) Our Amazon links go to "Paris" products but you can rest assured you're getting the latest Paris Pro technology. 

What?! Stainless lids?! As far as we know, Paris is the only GreenPan line with stainless lids (on the pieces that have lids). Unfortunately, they aren't sold separately, so if you want a lid for your Paris frying pan that didn't come with one, you have to buy GreenPan's standard glass lids.

GreenPan Paris/Paris Pro Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Thermolon Minerals coating
  • Anodized aluminum body
  • Induction compatible
  • Stainless steel handles
  • Oven safe to 600F (lids to 420F)
  • Drip free rims
  • Metal utensil safe
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Stainless lids (on pieces that have lids)
  • Limited lifetime warranty on pan/2yr. warranty on coating.

Cons

  • Anodized aluminum body is on the thin side
  • Stainless lids not sold separately
  • Nonstick coating may not last very long
  • Sol-gel coating process may use carcinogenic chemicals.

Green Pan Paris/Paris Pro Conclusion:

The GreenPan Paris/Paris Pro is a great all around frying pan at a reasonable price. It has a lot of great features, a lot of different buying options, and newer Thermolon technology for enhanced durability. If you want ceramic nonstick, the Paris/Paris Pro is highly recommended.

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Best Deal: GreenPan Padova

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If you want to go all the way to the low end, you should look at GreenPan Rio. If you want a low price yet a pan with some great features--features we think are worth paying a little more for--then go with GreenPan Padova.

The Rio set has bakelite handles which make them unsafe for the oven. However, the 8 inch/10 inch set is about half the cost of Padova, so you will save quite a bit if you go with Rio.

We don't recommend it, though. At about $50 for the two skillet set, Padova is still a great price (even a little less than you'd pay for a set of good quality PTFE pans like All-Clad HA1 or Anolon Nouvelle Copper). And you will get so much more joy out of using these better-constructed pans. We love that the rivets have Thermolon™ coating to make cleaning even easier--and remember, the Padova has the upgraded Thermolon™ Minerals coating, which makes these pans more durable than the older technology used on the Rio line.

These extra touches make the Padova line a great bargain.

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Green Pan Padova Pro Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Thermolon MInerals coating
  • Anodized aluminum body
  • Rivets are coated with Thermolon too
  • Stainless steel handle
  •  Metal utensil safe
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Drip free rim
  • Oven safe to 600F (lids to 420F)
  • Limited lifetime warranty/2 yr warranty on coating.

Cons

  • Anodized aluminum body a little on the thin side
  • Not induction compatible
  • Lids sold separately
  • Nonstick coating may not last very long
  • Sol-gel coating process may use carcinogenic chemicals.

GreenPan Padova Conclusion:

If you're looking for a bargain yet still want nice features like upgraded Thermolon™ Minerals coating and stainless handles, Padova is the pan for you. It's not induction compatible and the aluminum body is on the thin side, but otherwise this is a nice pan at an excellent price.

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Lid Included: GreenPan Lima 12 Inch Frying Pan

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The GreenPan Lima is a tried-and-true line with their standard Thermolon™ coating and it's reasonably priced. The 12 inch skillet with lid will set you back about $45. For a 12 inch pan, that's a good price--especially with the lid included.

The 10 inch pan doesn't include the lid but does come with a bamboo turner, a nice extra. It will set you back about $35. We think the 12 inch with lid is a better deal, so that's the one we recommend. (You can get a bamboo turner for about 6 bucks, while a lid is going to run at least $15--you do the math.)

The Lima frying pans come in two color options, grey and bronze. The bronze is very pretty, but you will pay more for it. (Prices and links given here are for the grey option.) Bronze also does not come with any extras like a lid or bamboo turner. 

Like all GreenPan products, the Lima has a limited lifetime warranty on construction and a 2 year warranty on the Thermolon™ coating.

GreenPan Lima Pros and Cons

Pros

  • 12 inch pan included lid
  • 10 inch pan includes bamboo turner
  • Thermolon coating
  • Anodized aluminum body is scratch resistant
  • LIghtweight: 12-in. weighs 4.2lb, 10-in weighs 2.9 lbs.
  • Stainless steel handle (oven safe)
  • Drip free rim
  • Oven safe to 600F (420F with lid)
  • Limited lifetime warranty on pan/2yr. warranty on coating.

Cons

  • Not induction compatible
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Anodized aluminum body is a little on the thin side
  • Standard coating not as durable as the newer Thermolon coatings.
  • Metal utensils not recommended
  • Sol-gel coating process may use carcinogenic chemicals.

Green Pan Lima Conclusion:

The Green Pan Lima 12 inch frying pan is an economical choice if you want a lid included. It's not as durable as some of the newer lines, but since we don't recommend metal utensils or dishwashers for any nonstick pans, you're probably not sacrificing all that much. 

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Final Thoughts on the Ultimate GreenPan Review

GreenPan is a quality maker of ceramic nonstick cookware. We describe most of the lines--they can change frequently--and then give our recommendations of the best ones to buy, based on features and price. The lines we like best are Paris, Padova, and Lima; these three lines combine the best features at the best price. We also really like the SearSmart line, but they're too expensive (for nonstick) for us to recommend.

While Green Pan ceramic cookware is considered safer, healthier, and better for the environment than PTFE nonstick cookware, the truth is that the jury is still out on many potential issues. Even so, if you want nonstick cookware, GreenPan is probably one of the best choices out there.

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  1. Thank you for doing this review. I would like to know what pan(s) you use, since you do a lot of research.
    Also, what type of pans do you use for making soups; and roasting chicken/veggies in the oven.
    Do you cook with olive oil? Funny thing, on GreenPan's website they routinely say to not cook with olive oil, yet in many of their recipes, they list olive oil as an ingredient. I love cooking with a little olive oil when roasting veggies so I have been trying to figure out which pan to get. Stainless Steel or ceramic.
    Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Yvette, Thanks for your comment. I have both PTFE and ceramic nonstick, and I don’t use either of them very often. The PTFE is an All Clad HA1 skillet that I use occasionally for eggs or candying nuts and other sticky things. The ceramic nonstick is a 2 qt GreenPan saucepan I use exclusively for oatmeal (and so far it’s great). For most other tasks I use All-Clad or Demeyere clad stainless; I have an All-Clad 6 qt deep saute pan that I frequently use for soups and stews (it’s one of my favorite pieces!) and several other pieces of AC and Demeyere including sauce pans, skillets, sauciers and saute pans. I have a lovely Copper Core saute pan that I don’t use very often simply because I prefer a skillet. My Demeyere Proline skillet is the nicest piece of cookware I own–it’s wonderful (but heavy). I also have older All Clad LTD I “inherited” when my husband and I moved in together; it’s also fabulous cookware, but IMO not as pretty as the clad stainless (and now discontinued, sadly). And some other Copper Core, which is also very nice cookware. (As you can imagine, I have a lot of cookware, a lot of it pieces left over from testing.) I also have a Lodge cast iron skillet that’s great for many things. For oven braising I have a fairly new le Creuset 6.75qt Dutch oven which is fabulous (I highly recommend this piece! See our article on it for more info.). I also have an old le Creuset 5.5 qt I use pretty much just for baking sourdough boules now. Oh, and another, smaller LC I use for side dishes like scalloped potatoes. It’s hard to beat LC for any sort of oven braising (less expensive brands of enameled cast iron will also work–see our recommendations here). And if I’m making a big batch of something I use my LC for soups and stews instead of my AC pan. I have stainless Dutch ovens because they come with a set but I rarely use them for anything–making popcorn is the only thing I can think of off the top of my head.

      For roasting meats, I have an AC roasting pan. Have had it for almost 20 years and it’s great. We also do a lot of meat on our Big Green Egg (which I love because it’s less work for me). 🙂

      As for cooking oil, I switched from olive oil to avocado oil a few years ago. Avocado oil has a higher smoke point, so it’s better for cooking. I avoid using seed and vegetable oils (corn, canola, grapeseed, soybean, etc.) and try to avoid buying products made with them like bottled dressings, mayonnaise, etc. I keep good EVOO on hand as well for dressing salads. I think low heat cooking is fine for olive oil but if you like to crank up the heat, you should use a more stable oil. Of course, that’s just my opinion, and you should do your own research.

      As for stainless vs. ceramic, there are reasons to have both. My biggest gripe with nonstick is that it doesn’t last, and most of it ends up in landfills–when you have to replace cookware every few years, that’s a LOT of landfill waste. A few makers have recycling programs; we are going to do an article on this in the near future (I think it would be a great way to pick out your nonstick cookware). Anyway, I use stainless or cast iron for the vast majority of cooking and reserve my nonstick for specific tasks–this way I hope to get many years of life out of my nonstick pans.

      I hope this was helpful. I highly recommend that you do your own research. Everyone’s cooking style is different, and what works for me might not work for you. Also, you don’t have to buy top dollar clad stainless brands. There are good Chinese imports to be found that cost a lot less if you’re on a budget. (Again, check out our many articles about clad stainless cookware.) There’s really no one size fits all for cookware. You can also check out some of our other cookware articles that may help you out. Thanks again for your comment!

  2. I am afraid your review is just simply not true. We (and 72% of 62 reviews of people on Trustpilot is that these pans are not wort the money and that there is no customer service available. Please see the correspondence we had with their customer service (my order and details of my pans were included . Clearly nobody read it!!

    Dear GreenPan,

    My order has arrived today and I was very excited to open it and cook with it. I have washed my pots and pans with a mild detergent, dried it and rearranged most of my kitchen to accommodate it. I have bought some lovely organic food and put my frying pan with some sunflower oil on a mild gas hob. Within a minute or two the entire kitchen was flooded with a very strong chemical smell from the pan! I could not believe it. I took it off the cooker and smelled it, both inside and outside smelled very strongly. At this point the entire kitchen was really smelly .

    I left it to cool down and took the smaller pan. I washed this one twice just to be sure, dried it, put sunflower oil in it and switched gas on a medium to low . This pan was also smelly! I had the medium pot from the same set full of rice next it. I binned all the rice I cooked (I did not notice smell from the pot but did not trust any of it by now).

    Suffice to say I am very very disappointed. I have examined the box, read everything on it and still no mention of any special things to do, smell or anything. I bought this set only because you say on your website it is toxic fumes free. The smell was very unpleasant and so was the smell of oil after it had been heated in it.

    I have actually bought your wok and another frying pan (from the same range as the wok) and neither have smelled on the cooker. They both arrived from Amazon a few days ago and I cooked with them. What is wrong with this set that has arrived today (shipping message is below)?

    I was planning to write a review of cookware and include yours for non – toxic variation, but now I am not sure. Can someone please call me?

    Thank you

    Dear ,

    There is a big chance the pan’s handle is a Bakelite handle and the pan is not placed correctly onto the stovetop (mostly gas), allowing direct heat to get in contact with the handle, releasing a strong smell and even burning the handle. If that is the case, we advise to cook on a burner that is similar or slightly smaller in base diameter to the pan you have selected. When using gas operated stove tops, the flames should not go over the side of the pan.

    If the frypan is fitted with a stainless steel handle, it is more difficult to address the smell. We do advise to wash the pan before first use as we cannot know where and how the pan was stored before being bought. After all, the Thermolon coating does not contain any kind of material that changes chemically, therefore there is no chance fumes or smells coming from the coating itself.

    Do all your pans from the Sofia set have the same problem?

    Kind regards,

    1. Hi B Krstovic, Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with GreenPan. If you read other articles on our site, you will discover that nonstick cookware is not our first choice for the vast majority of things. But people want it–it’s a multi-billion dollar per year market–so we test and review it. We can only share our experiences with the cookware, and ours was different than yours. Also, we look at hundreds of reviewer comments to see how the cookware is perceived on as large a scale as we can; not only that, but we test reviews for honesty and accuracy with Fakespot.com. The vast majority of GreenPan reviews on Amazon get good marks on Fakespot. Meaning that the vast majority of people love this cookware, or at least had no major problems with it.
      I looked on Trustpilot, but I couldn’t find a category for GreenPan (no reviews). Perhaps you are not in the US? Or you’ve confused GreenPan with GreenLife? Not sure what’s going on there. I will say, though, that often these sites are places for people to complain, so reviews can often skew negative.
      I’m not sure what the smell of your cookware was, but it was not our experience and not the experience of most of the reviewers on Amazon or the other sites we researched. As the reply to your letter said, there’s nothing in GreenPan coatings that could “burn” or smell off, which according to our research is true. It was likely the handle or perhaps some plastic left on the pan inadvertently (which I have done myself–why in the world do makers put plastic labels on the BOTTOM side of pans???)
      Overall, we found the cookware to be good quality, and a better (safer) option than much of the nonstick cookware imported from China, and the majority of Amazon reviewers agree with us. You may have a point about poor customer service, as we did not deal with them at all. But it appears that you did get a response, though I agree they should be more willing to make it right for you. Sadly, you probably have to buy premium brands at premium prices (All-Clad, Demeyere) to get that kind of service these days; most nonstick cookware customer service leaves a lot to be desired.
      We will make a note about your experience, and keep our eyes peeled for more like this. If we find them, we will certainly update the article. Thanks again for your comment.

  3. I’m not pleased with these pans. I have a glass top stove. The pans are stored inside a cabinet and is not close to anything that would scratch them but there are some chips or deep scratches on the bottom. I would appreciate your help and advise. Purchased at Bed,Bath&Beyond. Uncomfortable with their response. I
    Thank you Joseph Beasley

    1. I’m sorry you’re unhappy with these pans. I’m not sure if you’re saying your cooktop is scratched, or the pan bottoms are scratched. Either way, if you’re unhappy with them, you should be able to return them to BB&B. If they won’t take them, then you can try GreenPan customer service. Here is GreenPan USA’s contact page: https://www.greenpan.us/contact-us

      You might also want to try BB&B again. But they have a 90 day return policy, so if you’re past that, then you’ll probably have to go through GreenPan. I’ve heard mixed things about GreenPan customer support; they might be helpful and they might not. If the pans were scratched or chipped when you bought them, there should be no problem with a return. I’ve found that if I’m polite yet firm about the fact that I am unhappy with THEIR product, they tend to try their best to make me happy. I’ve had great luck with this attitude (as long as I get an actual human and not a computer).

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