Everything to Know About GreenPan, the Cookware Brand You’ve Seen Everywhere Lately

published Oct 3, 2023
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From nonstick pans to cast iron skillets, I’ve tried my fair share of cookware. As a work-from-home parent with three young kids, I cook a lot of meals for my family; hardly a day goes by that I don’t need to use a pot or pan. Unlike my pre-kids days, I don’t cook many intricate meals that require a specialized pan, but I do cook a lot, and I need cookware that can keep up. I never found anything that I truly loved, and I’ve been quite disappointed with some of the higher-end brands I’ve purchased — that is, until I began buying GreenPan cookware. They’ve been so reliable that even my mom started stocking her kitchen with their pots and pans after she used them at my house a few times. 

GreenPan is used by pro cooks like Kelsey Nixon and home cooks like myself, and has a devoted following. But for those who haven’t discovered the brand yet, instead of just taking my experience and word for it, I did a deep dive to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about GreenPan and to research if the brand’s products are all they’re cracked up to be. 

There’s a lot to dig into here, so keep scrolling or click on any of the links above to jump to whatever is most useful for you. 

What Is GreenPan? 

GreenPan is a company that sells cookware of all kinds, from saucepans to griddles to woks. It began selling ceramic nonstick cookware in 2007, and since then, the brand’s products have become increasingly popular, even developing a devoted following. 

GreenPan makes a variety of cookware and bakeware, but it’s most well-known for nonstick ceramic cookware. Many people love that the pans are a safer alternative to cookware made with Teflon, and that they come in a unique array of colors from pink to mint green to yellow. There’s even a fun color quiz to help you find which one best matches your personality and space. 

The nonstick ceramic material GreenPan uses is called Thermolon, and its base material is sand. The cookware is designed to conduct heat well; it heats food quickly and cooks evenly. Of course, the nonstick ceramic coating is what really stands out (and what I appreciate most when I use these pans). Even when I use very little oil or butter, I don’t have any issues with food sticking to the pans. 

GreenPan’s official cookware line includes fry pans, saucepans, sauté pans, grill pans, griddles, lids, woks, roasters, and stockpots across a variety of collections. There are seven core collections, each with their own set of benefits and uses: GP5 Stainless, Venice Pro, GP5, Valencia Pro, Reserve, Chatham, and Rio.

GreenPan also recently released a beautiful Stanley Tucci line exclusively at Williams Sonoma, and has collaborated with Food52 on a line of cookware as well. All the collections vary in price, construction, and special features, so with such a large lineup, it’s easy for every type of cook to find a pan that works for them. 

Is GreenPan Cookware Safe?

One common feature in all of GreenPan’s cookware is the use of safe materials. Many people choose GreenPan as an alternative to other cookware brands because the nonstick ceramic products are free of harmful “forever chemicals” like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOAs), as well as toxic lead and cadmium. The brand also conforms to both FDA standards and EU regulations. 

According to GreenPan, “The absence of forever chemicals in our pans means they won’t release toxic fumes, even if you accidentally overheat your pan.” Personally, I’ve never noticed any noxious smells coming from my GreenPan cookware, and I’ve also never had pieces of the coating come off as I’m cooking or washing a pan, which is something I’ve definitely had happen with cookware coated with Teflon. 

Is There Teflon in GreenPan Cookware?

No, Teflon, which is a brand name for the nonstick coating polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), is not present in GreenPan cookware. PTFE is a type of PFAS, which is frequently called a “forever chemical” because it doesn’t break down. Instead, the nonstick ceramic coating, at its core, is made of sand. 

Can GreenPan Cookware Go in the Oven? 

Yes, GreenPan cookware can go in the oven, but check for temperature restrictions for the specific product on the packaging or by contacting the brand. As of publishing, products from the Rio line are oven-safe up to 350°F, while products from the other lines are oven-safe up to 600°F, and the lids are safe up to 425°F.  

Additionally, most GreenPan cookware works on all stovetops except for induction stovetops. If you have an induction stovetop, be sure to use a GreenPan with a Magneto induction base or a stainless steel pan. 

What Can You Cook in GreenPan Cookware?

You can cook anything in GreenPan cookware — especially as many pieces can go from the stovetop to the oven. I’ve cooked everything from eggs to steak to pancakes in my frying pans with no problem. When cooking, GreenPan recommends using oil or butter and cooking on low to medium heat. Whatever you choose to cook, make sure you’re using silicone or wood utensils when possible to avoid scratching the interior finish.

Does GreenPan Cookware Come with a Warranty?

The brand offers a two-year warranty, which isn’t as long as the lifetime warranty some of our other favorite brands, like Le Creuset, offer. However, the price of most GreenPan products is much lower than many other high-end cookware products, so depending on how you value your cookware, this could be a better option. 

Does GreenPan Have Any Sales?

GreenPan has rare sales throughout the year, many of them around the major holidays like Labor Day and seasonal shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The brand is currently having an anniversary sale with discounts of at least 30% sitewide, plus free shipping on orders over $125 and a free gift with purchase. 

GreenPan also offers a 25% discount for teachers, first responders, healthcare workers, members of the military, students, and recent graduates. 

Is GreenPan Cookware Worth it?

Yes, GreenPan cookware is worth it. I find that it cooks my food evenly, it’s easy to clean, and it’s a safer alternative to other nonstick cookware. I like that there’s a variety of colors, too, which is really fun if you like to display your cookware in your kitchen or if you’re just tired of pans always being gray, silver, and black. There’s also a large breadth of cookware, bakeware, and accessories for home cooks who want to outfit their kitchen gear.

The products can go in the oven and, in many cases, the dishwasher as well. They’re also sold at a reasonable price point — especially for products in the Rio collection. If you’re looking to try out some new cookware, GreenPan is definitely worth checking out. Who knows — you might end up like me and slowly stock your kitchen with GreenPan products

The Best Items to Buy from GreenPan

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If you’re looking to try out GreenPan, I recommend starting with this frying pan set. Nutritionist and contributor Heather McClees uses these pans often, as do I. A small set like this gives you an extra pan to work with when you’re cooking for one or five people. The 10-inch pan in particular seems to be just the right size for many things I throw on the stove, like breakfast sausage for my kids, or a serving or two of pierogies for myself.

This Rio set is less expensive than some of GreenPan’s other lines, like the Valencia set or the Reserve set. Rio cookware has an aluminum construction, and the coating is diamond-reinforced. It comes with a cream interior and is available in five exterior colors: turquoise, black, pink, red, and Oxford blue. These pans are ideal as a go-to to use over and over again.

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A five-quart stockpot is a staple in any kitchen for soup, sauce, pasta, and more. Editorial shopping director Jada Wong has had hers for years and loves the durable hard anodized construction, as well as the scratch-resistant and nonstick interior.

The surface of this pot is also metal-utensil-safe, so you don’t need to worry so much about what you use to stir. It also has stainless steel handles, and comes with a tempered glass lid. This stockpot is oven-safe up to 600°F, which is perfect if you’re making something like a mac and cheese that you want to finish in the oven.

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Woks are one of my favorite pieces of cookware to work with when I’m making dinner for my family of five. As part of the Reserve collection, this wok has a hard anodized armored body and is pre-treated to provide extra durability and scratch resistance. Like many of GreenPan’s products, it’s also dishwasher-safe, although I’ve never had a problem easily cleaning any of my GreenPan products by hand. Not to mention, the black body and gold handle are really visually striking.

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As part of the Valencia collection, this grill pan is safe for induction stovetops. It’s made from hard anodized aluminum, and it has a Magneto base, which is what makes it work on all stovetops. If you don’t have a grill or aren’t able to get outside, this pan provides a great way to “grill” burgers, chicken, veggies, or anything else right from inside your kitchen. It’s scratch-resistant and oven-safe up to 600°F.

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If you’re going to invest in GreenPan cookware, it also makes sense to get a set of utensils that will help you reduce scratches and wear-and-tear on your pans. This five-piece set includes tongs, a turner, a spatula, a skimmer, and a slotted spoon to accomplish the vast majority of cooking tasks. They’re dishwasher-safe and are the perfect companion for any cookware that you want to protect and keep scratch-free.

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Normally we aren’t enthusiastic about large cookware sets because we don’t use every piece often, but this 11-piece set is one that we’ll gladly champion. It’s a thoughtfully curated set and each piece comes in at less than $40 per piece, so financially it’s a smart way to stock your kitchen. The set includes an 8-inch fry pan, a 9.5-inch fry pan, an 11-inch fry pan, a 2-quart saucepan with lid, a 3-quart saucepan with lid, a 3-quart skillet with lid, and a 5-quart casserole with lid. This set works with induction stovetops, and it’s oven-safe up to 600°F, so it can be a one-and-done set, providing you with everything you need.