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GreenPan vs. All-Clad: Which Non-Stick Cookware Is Better?

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.


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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.

GreenPanAll-Clad
Founded20071971
Where It’s MadeChinaUnited States (stainless steel), China (non-stick)
Number of Non-Stick CollectionsOver 102 (plus, 2 stainless steel collections include non-stick fry pans)
Number of Stainless Steel Collections1 (exterior only, the cooking surface is non-stick)3
Price$$$ (view on Amazon)$$$$ (view on Amazon)
Base MaterialAluminum, hard-anodized, or fully-clad 3-ply stainless steelFully-clad 3 and 5-ply stainless steel or hard-anodized aluminum
Cooking SurfaceDiamond-infused ceramic non-stickStainless steel or 3-layer PTFE non-stick coating
Oven-SafeBetween 350°F and 600°F, depending on the collectionNon-stick 500°F, stainless steel 600°F
Induction-CompatibleYes (10 collections)Yes (4 collections)
Dishwasher-SafeYes (except the Lima collection)Yes
Top Reasons to BuyNatural 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 Buy2-year warranty, less durable than All-CladOne 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. 

In contrast, All-Clad is best known for its premium stainless steel collections. However, they also offer two non-stick collections: Essentials and the HA1.

All-Clad Essentials on store shelves
All-Clad Essentials s

Additionally, within two All-Clad stainless steel collections (D3 and D5), you can buy frying pans coated with a non-stick cooking surface.

All-Clad D3 Stainless with Non-stick Coating
All-Clad D3 Stainless with Non-stick Coating

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:

  • Pro
  • Valencia Pro
  • Venice Pro
  • Venice Pro Noir
  • SmartShape
  • SmartShape Design
  • Kitchen Stories
  • Levels Hard Anodized
  • Levels Hard Stainless Steel
  • Chatham
  • Hudson
  • Padova
  • Rio
  • Lima
  • Barcelona Evershine
GreenPan product offerings

You can learn more about GreenPan’s collections on Amazon and GreenPan.us.

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.

All-Clad Triple-Coated Non-Stick Surface (PTFE)
All-Clad Triple-Coated Non-Stick Surface (PTFE)

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). 

GreenPan Thermolon ceramic non-stick coating
GreenPan Thermolon ceramic non-stick coating

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:

CollectionBase Material
All-Clad HA1Hard-anodized aluminum
All-Clad EssentialsHard-anodized aluminum
All-Clad D3Fully-clad stainless steel
All-Clad D5Fully-clad stainless steel
GreenPan 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

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.

All-Clad Non-Stick Cookware with Steel Plate Bonded to the Base
All-Clad Non-Stick Cookware with Steel Plate Bonded to the Base

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.

GreenPan Flat Bottom Base
GreenPan’s Flat Bottom Hard-Anodized Aluminum Base

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 versus All-Clad 2
GreenPan (left), All-Clad (right)

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.

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

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).

GreenPan versus All-Clad handles

Here’s a closer look at GreenPan’s silicone-wrapped handle.

GreenPan Silicone-Wrapped Handle
GreenPan 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.

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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.

All-Clad Non-Stick Cookware
All-Clad Non-Stick Cookware

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:

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Andrew Palermo - About the Author

Andrew is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Prudent Reviews. He’s been studying consumer buying behavior for 10+ years and has managed marketing campaigns for over a dozen Fortune 500 brands. When he’s not testing the latest home products, he’s spending time with his family, cooking, and doing house projects. Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn or via email.

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