Modern non-toxic, non-stick, Thermolon ceramic-coated cookware.
- PFOA, lead, and cadmium free
- Very durable and resistant to scratching
- Not suitable for induction stovetops
- Hard-anodized aluminum and ceramic Thermolon coating, with tempered glass lids and stainless-steel handles.
The Thermolon coating used by GreenPan has been certified by third party testing labs as conforming to international regular food contact standards set by the US FDA and the German LFGB. The coating has also been certified by the Swiss government and KTR (authoritative test institute certified by Korea Laboratory Accreditation) as conforming to their standards.
Country of originMade in China (Thermolon is made in South Korea).
GreenPan introduced their non-toxic, eco-friendly, ceramic non-stick cookware range in 2007, making these the first of their kind. Their pots and pans feature the company’s proprietary Thermolon finish, which is PFOA-, lead- and cadmium-free. It is made through the company’s Sol-Gel process whereby Silicon Dioxide (the same composition as glass or sand) is sprayed onto the pans and then baked to form a smooth coating. There was some confusion a few years ago because of a typo on the company’s website that said the coating was made with silicone, which is different to silicon. Silicone is not a natural element and is instead typically produced using petroleum products, meaning it’s not the most eco-friendly or healthy option. Silicon is simply sand or glass, however.
GreenPan cookware is said to be very durable and resistant to scratching (with some caveats), with no risk of the coating peeling, blistering, or releasing toxic fumes, unlike PTFE-coated non-stick cookware.
The pots and pans are typically made with hard-anodized aluminum or stainless steel coated with ceramic. This means that they offer excellent heat conduction, heat up quickly (and cool down quickly), and can be used for high-heat browning and searing, unlike other ceramic pans like Le Creuset or Emile Henry.
GreenPan offer several lines of non-stick pans, including Lima, Paris, and Rio. The Lima line has tempered glass lids that are oven-safe up to 420 F. Both the handles and lid for the Paris line are stainless steel, which means they are oven-safe up to 600 F. They are best used with ceramic, electric and gas cooktops and are not suitable for induction stovetops. The Rio line is only oven-safe up to 350 F.
The GreenPan Paris line is certainly the most robust and versatile. It features the Thermolon Marathon coating, which is a thicker ceramic coating that is more long-lasting and resistant to scratching and chipping. These are still ceramic coated pans, though, so avoid using metal utensils that might scratch the coating. Use plastic, rubber, silicone, or wooden utensils to prolong the life of the pan. Also avoid using metal scourers or other abrasive cleaning methods or products and be careful about stacking pans so the ceramic does not get chipped. The GreenPan website states that the Paris line is dishwasher-safe (although handwashing is recommended).
If the pan is scratched to reveal large amounts of metal, you will want to replace it as this will seriously compromise the non-stick capacity of the pan and raises the risk of metal leaching into food or absorbing flavors, discoloring, or cracking further in a dishwasher. Small scratches do not present much of a problem, however.
GreenPan offer a limited lifetime warranty, covering defects in material and workmanship, while the non-stick coating is covered under warranty for 2 years. This warranty does not cover damage caused by misuse, accidents, abuse, overheating, commercial use and/or alteration of the product and it can be costly to ship a pan back to GreenPan, with no guarantee of replacement.
To avoid build-up of carbonized oil on the pan, which can cause foods to stick, do not use aerosol cooking sprays or extra virgin olive oil. Instead, choose oils with a high smoke point, such as safflower, corn, refined olive oil, or clarified butter.
The 12-piece GreenPan Paris set (the lids are counted as separate pieces) includes:
- 8″ and 10″ fry pans
- 1-, 2- and 3-qt. saucepans with lids
- 3-qt. sauté pan with lid
- 5-qt. casserole with lid.
These pots and pans are oven-safe, broiler- and grill-safe. They feature stay-cool brushed stainless-steel handles riveted to the pan for extra strength.
While there was some initial confusion over whether Thermolon involved nanoparticle technology (thanks to another copywriting error on their website!), it seems that this is not the case and the coating is simply sprayed on ceramic with a little pigment. As such, GreenPan appears to be an excellent option for non-toxic, non-stick cookware.
GreenPan vs. Beka Cookware
GreenPan is a great cookware choice for anyone who wants to replace their PTFE-coated non-stick cookware with a healthier, non-toxic option. The GreenPan Paris Thermolon-coated pans are easy to use, robust, and long-lasting, making them a good environmental choice. That said, because these are metal pots and pans coated with a thin layer of ceramic, they are vulnerable to scratching from metal utensils and abrasive cleaning methods, so proper use and care is essential.
GreenPan cookware is unsuitable for use with healthier cooking oils such as virgin olive oil, unlike a well-seasoned carbon steel or cast-iron pan. And, while GreenPan are a good option for many reasons, their manufacture in South Korea and China means that they may have a higher environmental footprint for U.S. consumers compared to more locally made cast iron or carbon steel. However, the manufacture of these pans releases much less in the way of greenhouse gases compared to PTFE-based non-stick pans.
Zwilling offer another option for non-stick, Thermolon-coated cookware, but their price-tag is much higher, and reviews seem rather hit and miss, with complaints that the non-stick coating does not last long. Beka also offer non-stick, ceramic-coated cookware, but GreenPan seem genuinely committed to being eco-friendly across the board, whereas Beka also manufacture products with toxic coatings.
As such, if you’re interested in trying out a ceramic-coated cookware set, GreenPan may be a good place to start. That is, unless you have an induction stovetop, in which case Zwilling or Beka are the better options. GreenPan do have an induction-friendly line (Venice Pro), but these are only oven-safe up to 428 F, are two-ply (Zwilling is tri-ply, as are some Beka products) and are usually just as expensive as Zwilling.