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In this comparison of GreenPan vs. All-Clad, I break down the key differences between each brand’s cookware, with a focus on their non-stick offerings.
You’ll learn how they measure up in terms of materials, performance, design, options, price, and more.
So, if you’re shopping for new non-stick cookware and can’t decide between GreenPan and All-Clad, keep reading.
Use the links below to navigate the comparison:
- GreenPan vs. All-Clad: Comparison Chart
- Difference 1: Non-Stick Collections
- Difference 2: Non-Stick Material
- Difference 3: Base Material
- Difference 4: Design
- Difference 5: Oven-Safe Temperature
- Difference 6: Metal Utensil-Safe
- Difference 7: Company History
- Difference 8: Where It’s Made
- Difference 9: Price
- Bottom Line: Which Non-Stick Cookware Is Better?
GreenPan vs. All-Clad: Comparison Chart
Below is a quick reference comparison chart so you can quickly review the key differences between the two brands.
|Where It’s Made||China||United States (stainless steel), China (non-stick)|
|Number of Non-Stick Collections||Over 10||2 (plus, 2 stainless steel collections include non-stick fry pans)|
|Number of Stainless Steel Collections||1 (exterior only, the cooking surface is non-stick)||3|
|Price||$$$ (view on Amazon)||$$$$ (view on Amazon)|
|Base Material||Aluminum, hard-anodized, or fully-clad 3-ply stainless steel||Fully-clad 3 and 5-ply stainless steel or hard-anodized aluminum|
|Cooking Surface||Diamond-infused ceramic non-stick||Stainless steel or 3-layer PTFE non-stick coating|
|Oven-Safe||Between 350°F and 600°F, depending on the collection||Non-stick 500°F, stainless steel 600°F|
|Induction-Compatible||Yes (10 collections)||Yes (4 collections)|
|Dishwasher-Safe||Yes (except the Lima collection)||Yes|
|Top Reasons to Buy||Natural non-stick materials, variety of styles and colors, excellent heat conduction, affordable||Premium quality, durable non-stick coating, superior heat distribution, long-lasting|
|Top Reasons to NOT Buy||2-year warranty, less durable than All-Clad||One of the most expensive cookware brands|
Difference 1: Non-Stick Collections
While both GreenPan and All-Clad offer non-stick options, GreenPan specializes in non-stick cookware, and every pot and pan has a non-stick cooking surface.
These pans have the same durable steel exterior and bonded construction as the stainless steel pans, but the cooking surface is non-stick.
GreenPan has significantly more non-stick collections to choose from, including the:
- Valencia Pro
- Venice Pro
- Venice Pro Noir
- SmartShape Design
- Kitchen Stories
- Levels Hard Anodized
- Levels Hard Stainless Steel
- Barcelona Evershine
As you can see, GreenPan offers much more variety than All-Clad in terms of non-stick cookware.
Difference 2: Non-Stick Material
Another significant difference between GreenPan and All-Clad is the materials used to make the cooking surface non-stick.
All-Clad certifies that all of its products are made from PFOA-free PTFE (also known as Teflon).
They coat their non-stick cookware with three layers of this material, which makes it more durable and longer-lasting.
On the other hand, GreenPan uses a stick-resistant, natural material derived from sand, called material Thermolon. Although it’s not technically ceramic, this type of coating is known in the industry as “ceramic non-stick coating” due to its slick and shiny appearance (that resembles ceramic).
Many consumers prefer ceramic non-stick cookware due to the perception that it’s more “natural” and therefore safer for personal use than lab-created materials like aluminum or Teflon.
However, All-Clad’s triple-layered PTFE construction is ultimately more durable, has greater longevity, and is better at releasing food than ceramic cookware. Many other high-end brands, such as Calphalon and Made In, also use PTFE.
The resistance to Teflon stems from the pre-2013 consumer outcry against harmful PFOAs, which were once used in the manufacturing of Teflon.
These days All-Clad’s non-stick material is PFOA-free and completely safe.
Difference 3: Base Material
The construction of both All-Clad and GreenPan’s collections varies even within the brands’ respective offerings, and each company uses various base materials.
Below is a breakdown of the base materials by collection:
|All-Clad HA1||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|All-Clad Essentials||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|All-Clad D3||Fully-clad stainless steel|
|All-Clad D5||Fully-clad stainless steel|
|GreenPan Pro||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Valencia Pro||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Venice Pro||Fully-clad stainless steel|
|GreenPan Venice Pro Noir||Fully-clad stainless steel|
|GreenPan SmartShape Design||Aluminum|
|GreenPan Kitchen Stories||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Levels Hard Anodized||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Stainless Steel||Fully-clad stainless steel|
|GreenPan Chatham||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Hudson||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Padova||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Barcelona Evershine||Fully-clad stainless steel|
|GreenPan SearSmart||Hard-anodized aluminum|
|GreenPan Lima||Hard-anodized aluminum|
All-Clad Essentials and HA1 collections both utilize hard-anodized aluminum as their base material. Hard-anodized aluminum is lab-treated aluminum using a process of electrolysis to create a harder, stronger metal that’s more resistant to damage and wear.
In addition to the base material, All-Clad’s HA1 collection includes a steel plate bonded to the bottom, making these pots and pans induction-compatible and increasing their overall durability.
All-Clad’s D3 and D5 collections are made with a fully-clad stainless steel base. With D3 cookware, the exterior is stainless steel, the core is aluminum, and the cooking surface is stainless steel (coated with three layers of PTFE non-stick coating).
With D5 cookware, the exterior is stainless steel, the middle is two layers of aluminum with a thin layer of steel sandwiched in between, and the cooking surface is stainless steel (coated with three layers of PTFE non-stick coating).
GreenPan offers aluminum, hard-anodized, and stainless steel non-stick options as well. The aluminum options are the cheapest but also the least durable.
The base of GreenPan cookware is completely flat to increase stability and make it less likely to warp.
If you’re not familiar with the differences between all these options, check out my guide to the best cookware materials to learn more.
Difference 4: Design
All-Clad’s non-stick cookware options are either black or stainless steel and feature riveted, stainless steel-brushed handles. That look appeals to fans of more “modern” collections but might be too monochromatic for some consumers.
GreenPan, by comparison, offers collections in a variety of styles and colors. Some of the more colorful options include pink, light blue, or turquoise cookware, but black or stainless options are also available. Below is an example of a more boldly-colored GreenPan collection.
The types of handles available in GreenPan’s collections are also more diverse. The two main options are silicone-wrapped “stay cool” handles and steel-brushed ones. Every All-Clad piece has a stainless steel handle (without any wrapping).
Here’s a closer look at GreenPan’s silicone-wrapped handle.
Difference 5: Oven-Safe Temperature
While All-Clad’s non-stick collections are all safe up to 500°F, GreenPan’s oven-safety varies depending on the item or collection.
The colorful aluminum options offered by GreenPan are only safe up to 350°F, while its hard-anodized cookware is safe at temperatures up to 400°F.
GreenPan’s non-stick stainless steel cookware, such as the Venice Pro Noir set, is oven-safe up to 600°F (425°F with the lid).
Difference 6: Metal Utensil-Safe
Thanks to the nature of its ceramic non-stick coating, all GreenPan cookware is metal utensil safe. That contrasts with All-Clad’s cookware, which comes with a warning to use only plastic, nylon, silicone, or wood utensils.
Using any metal utensils on any non-stick cookware that is not labeled as metal utensil-safe can result in scratches and other damage to the coating, shortening the cookware’s lifespan.
Difference 7: Company History
While both GreenPan and All-Clad have solid reputations in the cookware market, All-Clad is a much older and well-established company.
All-Clad was founded in 1971 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, right outside of the steel capital of the United States, Pittsburg.
Since the beginning, the company has been focused on craftsmanship and using premium, locally sourced materials.
To this day, every stainless steel piece is manufactured in their Canonsburg factory. However, All-Clad produces its non-stick collections (HA1 and Essentials) in China.
GreenPan was more recently established in 2007, and, true to the times, their focus has been on environmental sustainability and eco-conscious production techniques. This Belgian company has consistently developed new ceramic non-stick technology and frequently releases new products and innovations.
Difference 8: Where It’s Made
Despite its overall focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly manufacturing, GreenPan outsources its production to China. The cookware is designed in Belgium and then made and shipped from their factories in Asia.
All-Clad’s stainless steel collections, including the D3 non-stick, are still made and shipped from their Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, factory, a town just outside of Pittsburgh with a long history of steel production. The HA1 and Essentials collections are designed in the USA but, like GreenPan’s products, are manufactured in China.
Difference 9: Price
All-Clad is a premium cookware brand dedicated to quality craftsmanship, and their products’ performance and durability reflect that commitment. Unfortunately, so does the price.
All-Clad cookware, across all collections, is expensive. However, the China-made non-stick collections are significantly less costly than the American-made stainless steel options.
Overall, GreenPan is significantly less expensive than All-Clad, but the difference varies by collection. For example, GreenPan SmartShape, which has a standard aluminum base, costs much less than All-Clad. But the GreenPan Venice Pro collection, which has a fully-clad stainless steel base, has a much more comparable price to All-Clad.
To give you a better idea of the real difference, check out the table below, which shows real-time prices of both brands’ popular products.
|GreenPan Chatham 10-Piece Set||Amazon|
|GreenPan Valencia Pro 10-Inch and 12-Inch Pan Set||Amazon|
|GreenPan Lima 10-Inch Frying Pan||Amazon|
|GreenPan Rio 16-Piece Set||Amazon|
|GreenPan Valencia Pro 12-Inch Frying Pan||Amazon|
|GreenPan Prime Midnight 11-Piece Set||Amazon|
|GreenPan Padova 8-Inch and 10-Inch Frying Pan Set||Amazon|
|GreenPan Paris Pro 11-Piece Set||Amazon|
|GreenPan Levels 12-Inch Frying Pan||Amazon|
|All-Clad HA1 13-Piece Set||Amazon|
|All-Clad Essentials 10-Piece Set||Amazon|
|All-Clad Essentials 2-Piece Pan Set||Amazon|
|All-Clad D3 Non-Stick 2-Piece Pan Set||Amazon|
|All-Clad D5 Non-Stick 12-Inch Frying Pan||Amazon|
|All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set||Amazon|
|All-Clad D3 Stainless 12-Inch Frying Pan with Lid||Amazon|
|All-Clad D5 Brushed 12-Inch Saute Pan||Amazon|
|All-Clad Copper Core 8-Inch Frying Pan||Amazon|
Bottom Line: Which Non-Stick Cookware Is Better?
Now that you understand the nine key differences between All-Clad and GreenPan, you’re far better prepared to decide which brand is best for you.
Before I provide my recommendation, let’s quickly recap:
- Both All-Clad and GreenPan offer multiple non-stick cookware collections, but GreenPan specializes in non-stick (with 10 collections available).
- All-Clad uses a PFOA-free PTFE (Teflon) non-stick coating, whereas GreenPan uses a less durable but more “natural” ceramic coating.
- Both brands produce aluminum, hard-anodized, and stainless steel collections.
- GreenPan offers a wider range of cookware colors and styles, while All-Clad focuses on black or stainless steel options with riveted steel handles.
- All-Clad non-stick cookware is oven safe up to 500°F; GreenPan’s cookware varies, and some collections are only safe up to 350°F.
- GreenPan certifies all of its products as metal utensil-safe, whereas All-Clad recommends using only plastic, nylon, wood, or silicone utensils.
- GreenPan’s focus is on environmental sustainability, while All-Clad is focused on superior performance, craftsmanship, and premium materials.
- Both brands outsource much of their non-stick manufacturing to China, but All-Clad still produces its stainless steel cookware in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
- All-Clad is generally pricier than GreenPan.
If you’re still on the fence and need a nudge in one direction, I highly recommend All-Clad.
You’ll pay more, but you’ll get cookware that will last longer due to its durable triple-layered non-stick coating and solid construction.
Although All-Clad only offers a few non-stick options, what they have is well-designed, high-performing, and attractive in any kitchen.
GreenPan cookware is a solid choice, too, but there are too many downsides to ceramic non-stick cookware for me to recommend it over All-Clad’s durable PFTE-coated options.
If you’re ready to buy or want to read more reviews, you can check out All-Clad and GreenPan on Amazon at the links below:
- All-Clad HA1 vs. B1: What’s the Difference?
- All-Clad vs. Tramontina: Which Cookware Is Better?
- All-Clad vs. Calphalon: Non-Stick and Stainless Cookware Compared
- All-Clad D3 vs. D5: Which Stainless Steel Cookware Is Better?
- Is All-Clad Cookware Worth the High Price? An In-Depth Review
- 5 Cheaper Alternatives to All-Clad Cookware
- GreenPan vs. Caraway: Which Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Is Better?
- Scanpan vs. GreenPan: Which Non-Stick Cookware Is Better?
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- HexClad vs. All-Clad: Which Cookware Is Better?