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GreenPan Cookware Review After 3+ Years (Is It a Good Brand?)

Are you thinking about buying GreenPan cookware but unsure if it’s right for you?

Are you wondering if GreenPan is a good cookware brand and how it stacks up against others?

In this in-depth review, I break down the pros and cons of GreenPan cookware.

After using it for over three years, I reveal:

  • How it looks and feels (with lots of pictures)
  • How it performs in the kitchen
  • What I like (and don’t like) about it
  • How much it costs
  • And much more

By the end, you’ll have all your questions about GreenPan answered and be able to decide for yourself if it’s worth it.


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GreenPan Review: Key Takeaways

If you don’t have time to read this entire GreenPan review, here’s a summary of its pros and cons. I’ve been cooking with GreenPan for several years, and the following insights are based on my real-world experience using their cookware.

Pros of GreenPan:

Free of Forever Chemicals: GreenPan pioneered the ceramic non-stick cookware movement in 2007. Each pot and pan has a sand-based non-stick coating made without PFAS, PFOA, lead, cadmium, or any other “forever chemical.”

Variety: GreenPan offers over a dozen cookware collections with unique colors and designs. The bases are flat and stable, and the handles are ergonomic and safe.

Base Materials: The company uses a variety of base materials, including aluminum, hard-anodized aluminum, and fully-clad stainless steel.

Non-Stick Cooking: Due to its slick cooking surface, GreenPan cookware is ideal for eggs, fish, vegetables, and any other food prone to sticking. You don’t need much (if any) oil when cooking with GreenPan.

Heat Conduction and Retention: Based on my testing, GreenPan heats up fast and evenly and has above-average heat retention compared to the industry.

Cons of GreenPan:

Price: GreenPan cookware is more expensive than comparable non-stick pans with PTFE (Teflon) coating.

Poor Searing: Due to its non-stick coating, it’s difficult to get a good sear on steak, burgers, chicken, and other meats.

Longevity: GreenPan’s ceramic coating breaks down after a few years. It lasts longer than other ceramic coatings but not as long as PTFE (Teflon).

Low Oven-Safe Temperatures: Although all collections are oven-safe, many are safe at relatively low oven temperatures.

Performance: Food will stick if the cooking surface isn’t clean or if oil from previous meals bakes into the coating.

Induction compatibility: Several GreenPan collections are not compatible with induction cooktops.

Bottom Line

Bottom line — GreenPan invented ceramic non-stick coating and has become the leading brand in the category. It’s not “forever” cookware since the coating will eventually break down. But if you want to avoid Teflon, it’s an excellent alternative to traditional non-stick cookware.

If you’re ready to buy or want to learn more, it’s available on GreenPan.us or Amazon.

Design

GreenPan, also known as The Original GreenPan, has over a dozen cookware collections. Designs vary from matte black with gold-tone handles to sleek brushed stainless steel and high-sheen pastels.

In this section, I’ll highlight the design features focusing on the Paris Pro collection since it’s one of GreenPan’s best sellers.

GreenPan Paris Pro Frying Pan
GreenPan Paris Pro Frying Pan

Exterior

The Paris Pro frying pan, like many other GreenPan collections, is constructed from hard-anodized aluminum. This material not only makes the pan extremely durable, but it also provides quick and even heating with excellent heat retention.

GreenPan Hard-Anodized Aluminum Base

The exterior is matte black and provides good contrast with the lighter-colored interior.

The bottom is completely flat, which provides stability and even heating.

GreenPan Flat Bottom

If you are looking for something brighter or a color to match your kitchen, other collections, such as the Rio, offer a brightly colored exterior.

GreenPan Rio Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 16-Piece, Turquoise

You can also opt for a classic stainless steel exterior with the Venice Pro collection.

GreenPan Venice Pro Stainless Steel Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, 10 Piece, Light Gray

Interior

Most GreenPan interiors are shiny dark gray, thanks to the Thermolon coating — a ceramic non-stick material that is PTFE and PFOA-free.

Thermolon is a more natural alternative to traditional non-stick. It does not release toxic fumes if accidentally overheated and has been repeatedly tested to ensure its safety.

GreenPan Thermolon Non-Stick Coating

Some collections feature darker, almost black, interiors while others have very light interiors.

Lighter interiors (like the ones on the GreenPan Rio collection) tend to show stains and discoloration easier, so keep that in mind when choosing which GreenPan collection to buy.

The fry pans and wok have sloped sides, and the saucepans feature straight sides.

GreenPan Straight Rims

Most GreenPan pots and pans have straight rims (rather than flared), which help contain ingredients but make it more difficult to pour liquids without making a mess.

Handles

The handles are ergonomically designed and riveted to the base for stability.

GreenPan Handle

You’ll notice that they fork before connecting to the base. This design allows the handles to disperse heat and stay cool.

GreenPan Stay-Cool Handle

The rivets can make the pan more difficult to keep clean, as bits of food or oil can get stuck around them.

The same goes for the GreenPan logo engraved on the handle. It will require a little extra care when cleaning.

GreenPan Handle Logo

Most handles are stainless steel, but GreenPan offers some variety across its collections. For example, the Padova collection boasts gold-toned handles.

GreenPan Padova Reserve Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 10 Piece, Black

And the Hudson collection features wooden handles for a more rustic look.

GreenPan Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Hudson Cookware Pots and Pans Set, 8-Piece, Brown/Black

Other collections, such as Rio, feature Bakelite (durable plastic) handles that provide a bit more comfort but don’t look as high-end.

Lids

Lids match the brushed stainless steel handles. They come with the saucepans and are recessed for a snug fit, trapping moisture and keeping your meals tender and juicy. 

GreenPan Paris Pro 11pc Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set, Grey -

The lid handles are thick, sturdy, and arc-shaped. It’s not a design you often see in stainless steel, as many cookware manufacturers tend to add stainless handles with more of a squared or angular profile with visible riveting on either side.

Materials and Construction

As I mentioned, the cooking surface of all GreenPan cookware is coating with a proprietary ceramic non-stick coating called Thermolon.

However, GreenPan’s base construction varies by collection. You have a choice of aluminum, hard-anodized aluminum, or stainless steel clad (3-ply) cookware.

As a general rule, the collections with a fully-clad stainless steel base are the most durable (and most expensive), and the ones with an aluminum base are the least durable (and least expensive). Hard-anodized aluminum is in the middle.

The chart below shows the base material of GreenPan’s most popular collections:

Note: To learn about the pros and cons of each base material, check out my guide on the best cookware materials.

CollectionBase Material
GreenPan Paris ProHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan Valencia ProHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan Venice ProFully-clad stainless steel
GreenPan Venice Pro NoirFully-clad stainless steel
GreenPan SmartShapeAluminum
GreenPan SmartShape DesignAluminum
GreenPan Kitchen StoriesHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan Levels Hard AnodizedHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan Stainless SteelFully-clad stainless steel
GreenPan ChathamHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan HudsonHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan PadovaHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan Barcelona EvershineFully-clad stainless steel
GreenPan SearSmartHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan LimaHard-anodized aluminum
GreenPan RioAluminum

Performance

I’ve been cooking with GreenPan for several years, and here are my thoughts on its performance.

GreenPan heats quickly and evenly, so you rarely need to turn the burner above medium.

In fact, low temperatures are sufficient for most recipes. Only use high heat to sear and brown, and adjust the heat to medium for the rest of the cooking process.

Since the cooking surface is non-stick, it’s the perfect cookware for omelets, sauteed veggies, seafood, and poultry.

However, I prefer stainless steel and cast iron (GreenPan doesn’t offer either) for cooking steaks, burgers, and other proteins that benefit from a good crust.

You need to keep the surface exceptionally clean to get the best cooking performance. Once something sticky gets “baked in,” not only does the pan lose its non-stick properties, but it will also burn just about anything you cook.

Thankfully, if you simply allow it to cool and hand wash, you can clean it easily. Scotch-Brite-style sponges are only necessary for heavy-duty jobs. In most cases, soaking in warm water and soap will loosen any stuck-on food.

GreenPan isn’t all that compatible with aerosol cooking spray. It leaves a film on the surface that can build up over time. Use olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil.

Many GreenPan collections have straight rims (versus flared rims), which contain the ingredients and prevent spills but make pouring sauces a challenge.

Overall, I am impressed with how well GreenPan’s interiors hold up, especially when you consider that ceramic non-stick pans are known to wear down and lose their non-stick properties quicker than traditional Teflon-coated pans

Heat Conduction and Retention Test

I mentioned that GreenPan heats up quickly, but how does it compare to the competition?

To find out, I conducted a simple test. I poured two cups of cold water into the GreenPan Paris Pro fry pan. After setting the pan on the burner and turning the heat to high, I set a stopwatch to measure how long it took for the water to boil.

I conduct this test with every cookware brand I review. Here’s how GreenPan stacks up against the competition:

PanTime to First BubblesTime to Boil
Farberware1 minute and 2 seconds1 minute and 29 seconds
Made In stainless steel fry pan1 minute and 40 seconds2 minutes and 21 seconds
Anolon X pan1 minute and 35 seconds2 minutes and 22 seconds
Misen fry pan1 minute and 50 seconds2 minutes and 25 seconds
Caraway1 minute and 53 seconds2 minutes and 26 seconds
Anolon Advanced fry pan1 minute and 55 seconds2 minutes and 27 seconds
HexClad fry pan1 minute and 40 seconds2 minutes and 30 seconds
Made In non-stick fry pan1 minute and 53 seconds2 minutes and 31 seconds
Zwilling fry pan1 minute and 45 seconds2 minutes and 31 seconds
T-fal fry pan1 minute and 50 seconds2 minutes and 32 seconds
Gotham Steel fry pan1 minute and 58 seconds2 minutes and 32 seconds
Rachael Ray fry pan1 minute and 47 seconds2 minutes and 36 seconds
Viking fry pan1 minute and 42 seconds2 minute and 39 seconds
Calphalon fry pan1 minute and 45 seconds2 minutes and 40 seconds
GreenPan fry pan1 minute and 47 seconds2 minutes and 41 seconds
Pioneer Woman fry pan2 minute and 2 seconds2 minute and 46 seconds
Hestan fry pan1 minute and 52 seconds2 minutes and 47 seconds
GreenLife pan2 minutes and 11 seconds2 minutes and 47 seconds
Our Place Always Pan2 minutes and 2 seconds2 minutes and 48 seconds
Tramontina fry pan1 minute and 53 seconds2 minutes and 52 seconds
Circulon fry pan2 minutes and 7 seconds2 minutes and 55 seconds
All-Clad D3 skillet1 minute and 55 seconds2 minutes and 55 seconds
All-Clad HA1 fry pan2 minute and 12 seconds2 minute and 58 seconds
Demeyere Industry fry pan2 minutes and 3 seconds3 minutes and 10 seconds
Ballarini fry pan2 minutes and 15 seconds3 minutes and 12 seconds
Heritage Steel fry pan1 minutes and 59 seconds3 minutes and 15 seconds
Demeyere Atlantis fry pan2 minutes and 11 seconds3 minutes and 25 seconds
Xtrema fry pan3 minutes and 41 seconds6 minutes and 7 seconds

As you can see, GreenPan isn’t the fastest to heat, but it’s not the slowest, either.

Heating up fast comes into play when you’re in a rush and need to boil water or cook a quick meal, but even heating is more important. Fortunately, the bubbles were completely even across GreenPan’s entire cooking surface, which indicates uniform heat distribution.

I also tested its heat retention properties by placing the pan on the counter to cool and measuring the water temperature after five minutes and again after ten minutes.

As you can see below, the GreenPan pan showed excellent heat retention, outperforming high-end brands like All-Clad, Hestan, and Demeyere.

PanTemperature After 5 MinutesTemperature After 10 Minutes
Xtrema fry pan142°F113°F
Made In stainless steel fry pan121.1°F106.6°F
Demeyere Atlantis fry pan122.0°F106.3°F
Made In non-stick fry pan120.2°F105.8°F
Misen fry pan118.6°F103.4°F
Zwilling fry pan121.1°F103.0°F
Rachael Ray fry pan126.3°F102.7°F
HexClad fry pan120.7°F102.4°F
Circulon fry pan133.3°F102.0°F
GreenPan fry pan131.7°F101.9°F
Tramontina fry pan118.5°F101.3°F
Calphalon fry pan112.8°F101.1°F
All-Clad skillet111.6°F100.9°F
Ballarini fry pan120°F99.9°F
Heritage Steel120.1°F98.2°F
All-Clad HA1 fry pan117.9°F98.1°F
Hestan fry pan114.4°F98.0°F
Demeyere Industry fry pan115.2°F96.6°F
Our Place Always Pan118.0°F96.7°F
Caraway fry pan116.6°F96.4°F
Anolon X pan114.1°F96.0°F
Viking fry pan106.6°F95.9°F
Farberware fry pan112.0°F95.4°F
GreenLife fry pan119.0°F95.0°F
Gotham Steel fry pan113.0°F95.0°F
Anolon fry pan112.7°F90.9°F
Pioneer Woman fry pan104.3°F90.9°F
T-fal fry pan108.7°F88.0°F

The key takeaway is that GreenPan advertises itself as the cookware with a healthy ceramic non-stick coating, but it has much more to offer. Its heat conduction and retention are on par with high-end, well-established cookware brands.

Downsides

GreenPan pots and pans have several benefits but also many downsides. Here are the cons to consider before making your purchase decision:

Price: Due to its high-end Thermolon non-stick coating, GreenPan cookware is more expensive than comparable non-stick pans with PTFE (Teflon) coating.

Limited options: All GreenPan cookware is non-stick. While it offers excellent food release, you need to shop other brands for other cookware types such as stainless steel, cast iron, and carbon steel. 

Longevity: When it comes to durability, some home chefs complain that GreenPan’s ceramic coating doesn’t last as long as a high-quality traditional (PTFE) non-stick coating. In my testing, I’ve found GreenPan’s coating to last longer than most ceramic coatings but not as long as PTFE non-stick coatings.

Versatility: Although all collections are oven-safe, many are safe at relatively low oven temperatures and might not be versatile enough for all recipes.

Performance: Some home chefs complain that food sticks to the fry pans, even when you grease the surface with oil. While most customers don’t report this issue, it’s a common theme among the negative GreenPan reviews. Based on my experience, food will stick if the cooking surface isn’t clean or if oil from previous meals bakes into the coating. Otherwise, food releases from the surface easily.

Induction compatibility: Many GreenPan collections are not compatible with induction cooktops. So if you have an induction cooktop, read the fine print before choosing your cookware.

Price

GreenPan is more affordable than some other comparable ceramic non-stick brands (like Caraway), but it’s more expensive than most traditional Teflon-coated non-stick cookware.

View the current prices of GreenPan’s most popular collections below (click the price to learn more on Amazon):

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GreenPan Cookware FAQs

Before I wrap up this GreenPan cookware review and give you my recommendation, let’s quickly go over the most frequently asked questions about the brand.

How many cookware collections does GreenPan offer?

GreenPan boasts nearly a dozen unique cookware collections, and they continually rotate products. Some of its most popular include: Barcelona Evershine, Chatham, Hudson, Kitchen Stories, Levels Hard Anodized, Levels Stainless Clad, Lima, Padova, Paris Pro, Premiere (exclusive to Williams Sonoma), Reserve, Rio, SearSmart, SmartShape, SmartShape Design, Valencia Pro, Venice Pro, and Venice Pro Noir.

You can explore all of these options on GreenPan.us or Amazon.

Where is GreenPan cookware made?

GreenPan cookware is designed in Belgium and made in a GreenPan-owned, ISO award-winning factory in Jiangmen, China.

Is GreenPan oven-safe?

All GreenPan cookware is oven-safe, but the temperature ratings vary by collection. The cookware has a range of 320 – 600°F, while lids range between 350 – 600°F.

Here are a few examples:
– Paris Pro: Oven safe (cookware and stainless steel lids) up to 600°F
– Valencia Pro: Oven and broiler safe up to 600°F and glass lids up to 425°F
-Hudson: Oven safe up to 320°F and glass lids up to 425°F
– Levels Hard Anodized: Oven safe up to 400°F and glass lids up to 350°F

Is GreenPan dishwasher-safe?

GreenPan offers dishwasher-safe options but recommends hand washing. Use a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge and warm, soapy water to maintain the cookware’s longevity.

Is GreenPan induction-compatible?

Venice Pro, Venice Pro Noir, Valencia Pro, and Levels Stainless collections are all induction-compatible. The other collections are not.

Is GreenPan metal utensil-safe?

Within its official FAQs, GreenPan advises against the use of metal utensils. However, I spoke with a GreenPan representative, and she said that collections coated with Thermolon Diamond Advanced ceramic non-stick could handle metal utensils. Those collections include Levels, Padova Reserve, SmartSear, and Premiere.

Does GreenPan come with a warranty?

GreenPan offers a 2-year warranty on its ceramic non-stick coating and a lifetime warranty on the pan. The warranty covers manufacturing defects and workmanship issues.

What is GreenPan’s return policy?

You can return unused products in their original packaging up to 14 days after receiving them.

Where can you buy GreenPan?

You can buy GreenPan on GreenPan.us, Amazon, or at retailers such as Target and Williams-Sonoma.

When did GreenPan first launch?

GreenPan launched in 2007 in Belgium. The company searched diligently for just the right non-stick coating. The result? Thermolon. The innovative invention is a proprietary ceramic non-stick, and it was the first of its kind. GreenPan is the pioneer of this type of natural non-stick cookware.

Bottom Line: Is GreenPan a Good Cookware Brand?

I’ve reviewed dozens of cookware brands over the years, and GreenPan is one of the best in the ceramic non-stick category. 

Not only did the company pioneer the ceramic non-stick movement, but it has been innovating and refining its collections for over a decade.

Now that you have all the facts, it’s time to decide if GreenPan is right for you. Here are some tips to help you decide:

You should buy GreenPan cookware if:

  • You want oven-safe ceramic non-stick cookware.
  • You want ceramic non-stick cookware from an established brand, and price is no issue.
  • You want non-toxic, eco-friendly cookware that emits 60% less CO2 into the environment during production than traditional non-stick cookware.
  • You want a brand that uses sustainable practices; GreenPan uses upcycled stainless steel and aluminum as much as possible.
  • You want a variety of choices in construction and design.
  • You want celebrity chef-endorsed ceramic non-stick cookware.

If this sounds like you, check out GreenPan.us or Amazon, where you can learn more about the offerings and read verified reviews.

You should NOT buy GreenPan cookware if:

  • You are on a tight budget and looking for a cheaper alternative.
  • You are looking for the most effortless food release possible (traditional non-stick wins).
  • You want a more comprehensive selection of induction-compatible collections.
  • You prefer to use metal utensils when you cook (you can use metal utensils on Thermolon Diamond advanced pans only).
  • You prefer a longer-lasting non-stick coating.
  • You prefer flared rims on fry pans.

If this sounds more like you, I recommend that you check out other non-stick offerings like Caraway, Scanpan, or Calphalon.

Bottom line — GreenPan is a reliable, health-conscious, and environmentally-friendly choice if you want an alternative to Teflon and other PTFE-based non-stick cookware.

If you’re ready to buy or just want to read more reviews and view current prices, check out GreenPan.us or Amazon.

Andrew Palermo Founder of Prudent Reviews

Andrew Palermo - About the Author

Andrew is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Prudent Reviews. He began his career in marketing, managing campaigns for dozens of Fortune 500 brands. In 2018, Andrew founded Prudent Reviews and has since reviewed 600+ products. When he’s not testing the latest cookware, kitchen knives, and appliances, he’s spending time with his family, cooking, and doing house projects. Connect with Andrew via emailLinkedIn, or the Prudent Reviews YouTube channel.

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2 thoughts on “GreenPan Cookware Review After 3+ Years (Is It a Good Brand?)”

  1. I bought a set of non-stick pans as they promote themselves as non-toxic and ‘Green’. Within a few months of light use the coating started to rub away. As it was still under guarantee I asked for a refund, but they said no as scratches and dents are normal, and like for other customers, gave me some very patronising advice on how to cook.

    I don’t think scratches and dents to the coating should be normal after a few months – but also the coating was running away in a wider area, not just scratches.

    Steer clear of Greenpan!

    Reply

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