Scanpan is regarded by many as one of the best cookware brands.
Its pans are made with pressure cast aluminum and a 5-layer non-stick coating, resulting in excellent food release and long-lasting durability.
But is it the right cookware for you? What are the downsides? Is it worth the price?
I’ve been testing Scanpan cookware for several months, and in this in-depth review, I’ll share with you:
- How it’s made
- How it looks and feels (with lots of pictures)
- How it performs in the kitchen
- Its downsides
- How much it costs
- And much more
So, if you’re ready to find out if Scanpan is the right cookware for your home, keep reading.
Use the links below to navigate the review:
- Cooking Performance
- Scanpan vs. the Competition (Test Results)
- Scanpan FAQs
- Bottom Line: Should You Buy Scanpan Cookware?
Let’s begin this review by taking a close look at Scanpan’s design.
Scanpan has multiple collections, but I’ll focus mainly on the Classic since it’s, by far, the most popular.
I’ll also highlight the other collections’ designs to give you an idea of what’s available.
Scanpan Classic features a simple, timeless design that complements any kitchen. Let’s take a close look, starting with the exterior.
The pan’s exterior is a rich black, offering a nice contrast against the brilliance of a thick aluminum base. The core is made of 100% recycled aluminum, which is melted, poured into molds, and is pressure (squeeze) cast.
Most aluminum cookware is made with stamped or spun aluminum, which means the metal is essentially bent into shape. Under pressure or rapid temperature change, this type of cookware can easily warp.
The pressure casting process Scanpan uses eliminates this issue. It produces a harder, more durable product, can handle alkaline and acidic foods, and is virtually impossible to warp.
Furthermore, the casting process produces a pan that delivers superior heat retention and distribution.
The pans have a recessed stamp featuring the brand’s logo, origin, and the presence of its proprietary non-stick coating, STRATANIUM.
The pan’s interior and exterior are covered in STRATANIUM, offering a fully non-stick experience inside and out.
Having a non-stick exterior helps repel objects that come in contact with the pan while it’s hot — everything from splattering grease to stray plastic bags that might accidentally brush up against it.
The Scanpan Classic collection features STRATANIUM non-stick coating. According to Denmark-based Scanpan, it’s the first cookware manufacturer to bring PFOA and PFOS-free non-stick cookware to the marketplace.
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STRATANIUM is the result of a two-year research and development process. It is a 5-layer non-stick coating produced from interlocked hard particles and wave-shaped layers.
Take a close look, and you can see a slight texture on the surface. That construction reinforces the surface to withstand metal utensils, high temperatures, and harsh detergents in the dishwasher.
The non-stick coating contains polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), just like any other traditional non-stick offering. It’s designed to last long and stay intact as long as you follow the instructions (don’t overheat it).
The pan’s sides are sloped for the easy flipping of food while cooking, and the rims are straight to keep ingredients contained.
The Scanpan Classic collection features black Bakelite handles or knobs on its lids, pots, and pans. The handles are designed to stay cool on cooktops and are oven-safe up to 500°F.
Scanpan boasts rivet-free technology to attach the handles securely to the pan. The locking system makes it so that you won’t have to worry about keeping the spaces around the rivets clean.
The company name is etched on a stainless steel band across the top of the handle. It draws your eyes and provides excellent visual contrast against the black upper handle and base.
Lids are made from oven-safe glass trimmed in stainless steel. The knob-style handle is a great design detail in terms of function, especially when using it in the oven. The design offers a firm grip, even with a bulky oven mitt or a heat-resistant silicone glove.
While the 12.5-inch fry pan does not come with a lid, you’ll be glad to know that any 12.5-inch Scanpan lid is compatible.
In fact, all Scanpan lids are interchangeable between pots and pans of the same diameter, regardless of the collection.
Most Scanpan collections either feature the STRATANIUM or STRATANIUM+ non-stick coating (I’ll get into the difference between these coatings in the next section).
Only the Scanpan Maitre D’ collection features an uncoated stainless steel cooking surface; the others are non-stick.
Some collections offer variations in construction and design features, including:
- Riveted handles
- Stainless steel lids and handles
- Domed lids
- Stainless/glass combination lids
- Stainless clad exteriors with non-stick or stainless interiors
- Saucepans with pour spouts
Here are a few highlights from the other collections:
Classic Induction (view on Amazon): Similar design to Classic, but with induction compatibility.
Professional (view on Amazon): Stunning brushed stainless handles and domed lids make it stand out.
Pro IQ (view on Amazon): This collection features brushed stainless steel trim around the lids, stainless knobs, and stay-cool handles. Suitable for induction cooking.
CTX (view on Amazon): Satin-finished 5-ply stainless exterior with hybrid stainless/glass lids that make it easy to see what you’re cooking. It’s compatible with all cooktops, including induction.
HAPTIQ (view on Amazon): Polished 5-ply stainless with non-stick interior and glass lids with stainless handles. Great stainless/non-stick set that is induction compatible.
Maitre D’ (view on Amazon): Mirror-polished finish stainless collection; smaller in size for specialized cooking and serving presentation. Available with a copper or stainless steel exterior.
CS+ (view on Amazon): This induction-compatible collection also features STRATANIUM+ and is stainless clad (5 layer construction). The brushed exterior and dark non-stick interior complement each other well.
Pro S+ (view on Scanpan.com): This collection is almost identical to the Professional but features a STRATANIUM+ surface (rather than STRATANIUM).
TECHNIQ (view on Scanpan.com): Features STRATANIUM+ non-stick coating inside and out; glass lids with stainless handles. This collection also features some stainless pieces without non-stick.
Overall, Scanpan’s cookware designs are traditional, but the glass/stainless combination and domed stainless lids set them apart from other brands in the marketplace.
Besides the heavy-duty construction, the main attraction of this brand is the proprietary non-stick coating. I’ll get more into that next.
Scanpan uses durable, pressure cast aluminum as the foundation of most of its cookware. As a result, you get nearly warp-proof cookware with exemplary heat retention and precise temperature control.
But, the best part of Scanpan is its ultra-durable non-stick coatings.
Scanpan offers two kinds of patented non-stick coating:
STRATANIUM: Traditional non-stick with a finely textured surface that delivers excellent searing, braising, and deglazing results.
STRATANIUM+: This coating is harder than steel and designed to be 50% more durable than STRATANIUM. It features a prominent textured surface for exceptional searing and excellent food release, making it suitable for home or professional use.
The textured surface is unique to Scanpan. Most non-stick pans have a completely smooth surface, ideal for sliding eggs and flipping pancakes but less than optimal for searing and browning.
With Scanpan, especially the collections that feature STRATANIUM+, the textured surface creates micro-holes that mimic the surface of a classic griddle pan.
That offers the best of both worlds: easy food release and exceptional searing and browning capability.
You can experience STRATANIUM in the following collections: Classic, Classic Induction, Professional, PRO IQ, and CTX.
STRATANIUM+ is featured in these collections: TECHNIQ, CS+, Pro S, and HAPTIQ.
Excluding the Maitre D’ collection, all Scanpan collections feature either STRATANIUM or STRATANUM+. These special non-stick coatings are the stars of the brand.
- They are PFOA and PFOS-free
- They provide excellent food release
- They can withstand up to 500°F in an oven
- They can be used with less oil for healthier cooking
- They are metal utensil-safe (I still recommend wood or plastic)
- They were tested extensively before production to ensure quality
- They have a 5-layer construction made from interlocking hard particles and wave-shaped layers for a tough, reinforced surface that lasts
Bottom line — Scanpan delivers exceptional non-stick performance, durability, and versatility.
Scanpan vs. the Competition (Test Results)
Scanpan cookware boasts excellent heat conductivity and retention. But how does it perform compared to competitors?
To find out, I conducted a simple test. I poured two cups of cold water into Scanpan, GreenPan, HexClad, All-Clad, Calphalon, and Misen fry pans.
I placed each pan on the same burner (one at a time) and set the heat on high to see which pan boiled water the quickest.
Here are the results:
|Pan||Time to First Bubbles||Time to Boil|
|Scanpan 12.5-inch fry pan||2 minutes and 3 seconds||3 minutes and 5 seconds|
|HexClad 12-inch fry pan||1 minute and 40 seconds||2 minutes and 30 seconds|
|All-Clad 12-inch skillet||1 minute and 55 seconds||2 minutes and 55 seconds|
|Calphalon 12-inch fry pan||1 minute and 45 seconds||2 minutes and 40 seconds|
|Misen 10-inch fry pan||1 minute and 50 seconds||2 minutes and 25 seconds|
|GreenPan 8-inch fry pan||1 minute and 47 seconds||2 minutes and 41 seconds|
Scanpan took between 10 and 40 seconds longer than the other pans to boil the water. Not a significant gap, but it’s worth noting.
These results were not surprising because the Scanpan frying pan has a much thicker bottom than the other pans I tested.
But the thick construction is what keeps the pan hotter, longer.
After each pan reached boiling, I poured out the water and set the pans on a heat-safe countertop. After five minutes, I placed my palm on the cooking surface.
The Misen pan was the warmest, followed by a tie between Scanpan and HexClad, and All-Clad and Calphalon tied for third warmest. GreenPan maintained the least amount of heat.
Heat retention is important because it allows the pan to maintain a high temperature when you place cold ingredients inside, resulting in more even and consistent cooking.
It’s the reason why cast iron skillets are so effective at searing burgers and steaks; they have excellent heat retention. Scanpan’s thick cast aluminum base has the same effect.
Overall, Scanpan has excellent heat conduction, retention, food release, and searing ability. Plus, it’s ultra-durable.
Scanpan is a best-in-class choice for premium quality non-stick cookware.
It is made in Denmark and manufactured under strict standards. Therefore, the brand’s offerings are more expensive than most non-stick cookware.
Of course, you’ll get some variations in price based on the product you select or even where you purchase it.
The chart below shows the current prices on Amazon of Scanpan’s most popular products.
Even with all of its benefits, there are a few downsides to consider before buying Scanpan cookware.
Price: Compared to other non-stick cookware, the cost is quite high. It’s more expensive because it’s built to last. However, no non-stick cookware will last forever, and Scanpan is no exception.
Maintenance: Since the non-stick coating has more texture than the typical pan, you need to keep this cookware clean to prevent sticking. Cooking sprays can create a residue that interferes with its non-stick properties. Use high smoke point oils and scrub the pan thoroughly with warm water and soap after each use. The recessed logo on the base can attract a fair amount of gunk and requires diligent cleaning.
Induction Compatibility: Some Scanpan collections are not suitable for induction cooking, so read the fine print before deciding which collection to buy. Here are the collections that are induction-compatible: Pro IQ, CTX, HAPTIQ, and CS+.
Heat Conduction: Although Scanpan heats relatively quickly (and very evenly), my test proved that other pans could heat up faster. Scanpan has thicker construction than most non-stick pans, which means it takes longer to absorb heat fully. While I don’t see this as a major downside, it’s something to consider if you’re always on the go and need a thinner pan to whip up meals quickly.
Longevity: Some claim the non-stick coating lasts only as long as lower-priced options, while others claim it lasts for years. Based on my testing, Scanpan’s 5-layer STRATANIUM coating will last longer than most, around five years on average. Eventually, the non-stick coating will degrade, so don’t expect it to last a lifetime like stainless steel or cast iron.
Heavy: These pans are thick and heavy, great for heat retention and overall durability, but they can be difficult to maneuver around the kitchen.
Simple Design: If you appreciate simplicity, you’ll love Scanpan. But if you’re looking for colors or fancy design features, you won’t find it.
FAQs About Scanpan
Below are answers to the most common questions about Scanpan cookware.
How many cookware collections does Scanpan offer?
Scanpan has 11 cookware collections. The non-stick collections are Classic, Classic Induction, Professional, Pro IQ, CTX, HAPTIQ, TECHNIQ, Maitre D’, CS+, ES5, Pro S+. The single stainless steel collection is the Maitre D’.
Where is Scanpan cookware made?
Scanpan cookware is primarily made in Ryomgård, Denmark. Some stainless steel pieces are made in China.
What is Scanpan cookware made of?
Scanpan cookware is made from either pressure cast aluminum or 5-ply stainless with cast aluminum layers. The interiors are stainless or non-stick (STRATANIUM or STRATANIUM+).
Cast aluminum is made from a process that reinforces the metal through melting, molding, and curing. It’s much more durable than most non-stick cookware, which is made of stamped or spun aluminum.
Handles are either stainless steel or Bakelite — a heat-resistant type of plastic. Lids are either tempered glass, stainless steel, or a glass/stainless steel mix.
What’s the best way to clean Scanpan cookware?
You can put Scanpan in the dishwasher. But I always suggest hand washing quality cookware to maintain its longevity.Warm water, mild detergent, and a soft sponge will get the job done most of the time, but for stubborn stains, rub a paste of water and Bar Keepers Friend or baking soda on the pan. Let it sit for thirty minutes, scrub it with a sponge, then rinse.
Is Scanpan compatible with induction cooktops?
Scanpan has five induction-compatible lines: Classic Induction, Pro IQ, CTX, HAPTIQ, and CS+.
Can Scanpan cookware go in the oven?
Yes, all Scanpan cookware is oven safe up to 500°F, including the lids and handles.
Does Scanpan cookware come with a warranty?
Scanpan offers a limited lifetime guarantee.
What is Scanpan’s return policy?
If purchased directly from Scanpan, you can return the unopened or unused product at your own expense for a full refund within 30 days of receipt. If purchased from an authorized Scanpan retailer, you must contact the retailer for the return policy.
What’s the history of Scanpan?
The company is based in Denmark and was founded in 1956. Since the start, the company’s values have been rooted in reducing waste and preserving the environment. Scanpan is the first brand to offer traditional non-stick that is PFOA-free, and much of the cookware is made from recycled aluminum. Learn more about its story on Scanpan.com.
Where can you buy Scanpan cookware?
You can buy Scanpan on its website (Scanpan.com), on Amazon, and across several major authorized retailers, including Williams-Sonoma and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Bottom Line: Should You Buy Scanpan Cookware?
Now that you know what sets Scanpan apart from the competition, it’s time to decide if it’s right for your kitchen.
Let’s quickly recap its standout features before I offer my recommendation.
- Scanpan’s main selling point is its impressive 5-layer non-stick coating. It’s significantly more durable than other non-stick coatings and features a textured surface that slides like traditional non-stick but sears like cast iron.
- The durable cast aluminum base is virtually warp-proof and provides excellent heat distribution and retention.
- The design is simple and timeless, without bright colors or flashy features. It’s cleanly designed cookware with understated elegance.
The bottom line — Scanpan is one of the best non-stick cookware brands on the market and an excellent value, despite the relatively high price.
So, if you’re looking for durable, high-performing non-stick cookware with a simple yet stylish design, Scanpan is a great choice.
You can find cheaper and more elegant-looking non-stick cookware, but very few brands can match Scanpan’s durability, searing ability, and heat retention.
If you’re ready to buy or want to read more reviews and check the current pricing, you can find Scanpan on Amazon.
You can learn more about how Scanpan compares against its biggest competitors in the articles listed below.
- Scanpan vs. Swiss Diamond: Which Cookware Is Better?
- Scanpan vs. All-Clad: Which Cookware Is Better?
- Scanpan vs. GreenPan: Which Non-Stick Cookware Is Better?
- HexClad vs. Scanpan: Which Cookware Is Better?
- Is Ballarini a Good Cookware Brand? An In-Depth Review
Are Scanpans good quality? ›
I have two Scanpan frying pans and one large Scanpan baking pan. They are a bit heavy but are extremely durable and heat is evenly distributed through them. Food does not stick to the pans and they are extremely easy to clean, but I strongly recommend hand-washing.Why does everything stick to my SCANPAN? ›
In almost all cases, sticking is due to stubborn food and oil residue. Try cleaning them with a baking soda solution. First, pour water into the pan to cover the base of the pan up to about an inch high - put one tablespoon of baking soda per 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes.What are the different levels of SCANPAN? ›
- CLASSIC The Perfect Choice. for Everyday Use. ...
- PROFESSIONAL The Unrivaled Master. ...
- PRO IQ Danish Design and. ...
- CTX The Ultimate in. ...
- TECHNIQ Developed with and inspired by professional chefs. ...
- HAPTIQ Mirror-Polished Elegance that. ...
- CLASSIC CUTLERY The New Classic cutlery. ...
- CLASSIC INDUCTION The Classic Look.
Altogether, the superior multi-ply construction of CTX allows quick and efficient transfer of heat evenly over the entire body of the pan. Cast stainless steel handles secured by rivets, are designed to stay cooler longer. Oven proof to 260°C and PFOA free, the CTX range is SCANPAN at its best!Is SCANPAN better than Le Creuset? ›
Although I appreciate Le Creuset's deep sides for one-pan dishes, Woll's fantastic nonstick and space-saving removable handles, the extra crispiness and overall cooking experience from the Scanpan HaptIQ makes it the winner for me.Do you need oil in SCANPAN? ›
The propellants in this type of nonstick products can impair the nonstick properties of our pans if not properly cleaned after every use – we recommend using your favorite oil, butter or fat for taste as you don't need to use anything in our nonstick pans if you don't want to.What oil is best for SCANPAN? ›
If you want to fry in oil, we recommend using olive or rapeseed oil. These oils have a high content of unsaturated fats, making them particularly suitable for frying because they don't burn on the surface. Heat the pan on a low heat, as this will better retain the coating's nonstick effect.
If you 'overheat' for a long period of time, the fat will burn to the base of the pan and will, over time, destroy the coating, which becomes discoloured both inside and out," Hansen explains.Can you scratch a SCANPAN? ›
Scanpan Classic, on the other hand, uses a titanium ceramic surface to create a surface so strong that it can handle metal utensils without a scratch (meaning you avoid one of the other major dangers of most non-stick cookware, peeling non-stick layers that can get into your food).Is SCANPAN made in China? ›
SCANPAN - Made in Denmark
Since SCANPAN's inception in 1956, our hand cast aluminium products with patented nonstick coating have formed the core of our business. Today, we still cast all of our nonstick aluminium products at our own factory in Denmark.
How do you get burnt off SCANPAN? ›
Burn marks due to overheating or charring of fatty substances can be removed by filling the product ¾ with water, bring to a slow boil using medium heat, add a tablespoon of detergent (for dishwasher or washing machine, not for handwash), simmer for 15 minutes, and rinse. Then clean the product as usual.Can you sear in a SCANPAN? ›
SCANPAN cookware lets you sear, braise, fry, and deglaze with the confidence of a pro. With a surface that's both metal tool and oven safe, your only culinary limit is your own imagination.Does SCANPAN last? ›
Pitting of surface and loss of non-stick coating
SCANPAN guarantees its products for ten years. With correct care and maintenance, our cookware will last far longer than that.
SCANPAN® fully guarantees our quality products to be free from material and manufacturing defects for a period of 10 years from date of purchase.What pans do Gordon Ramsay recommend? ›
Gordon Ramsay recommends Hexclad and ScanPan brands; both use little to no oil. They are the best for browning, braising, searing, and deglazing. Dishwasher-safe, can be used in the oven, and are free of PFOA, making them environmentally friendly and healthy.What pans do Gordon Ramsay use? ›
“HexClad's intriguing look, design, and hybrid technology caught my eye about a year ago,” says Gordon Ramsay. “I use the pans at home, and the combination of stainless steel and non-stick functionality is amazing. It's highly versatile and cooks exceptionally well.What is the healthiest pan to cook with? ›
The least toxic cookware are non-stick pans and pots, like cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic, glass, and enamel-coated cast iron. These options don't have any Teflon coating on them, making them safe to use.Can you use metal utensils on SCANPAN? ›
HEALTHIER COOKING: Nonstick for healthier cooking with no oil. Safe and sustainable. DURABILITY: Nonstick that is dishwasher and metal-utensil safe.Can I use steel wool on SCANPAN? ›
Can I Use Steel Wool On A Scanpan? The answer is much clearer here: no! Steel wool or other abrasive cleansers can scratch the non-stick surface of your Scanpan and damage it, making food stick to your pan again.Can SCANPAN be used in the oven? ›
Unlike cheaper alternatives, our pots and pans (including lids and handles) from most SCANPAN series can withstand temperatures of right up to 250°C, which makes them safe to use in the oven.
What is better than GreenPan? ›
For the best nonstick cookware that will last several years, our top pick is the Zwilling Madura Plus. If you're looking for a ceramic pan, go with the GreenPan Paris Pro, but know that in general, the nonstick coatings on ceramic pans don't last as long as those on non-ceramic pans.Do you need to season SCANPAN? ›
You don't need to season your SCANPAN. That is for pure cast iron or carbon steel cookware! We ask you to clean your pan thoroughly after every use – also make sure you consider the fats that you use. Oil or fat can be a non-stick murderer if not used wisely…What cookware should you avoid? ›
Dangerous Cookware to Avoid
Anything coated with Teflon (think non-stick pans) or similar chemicals should be avoided in the kitchen. Teflon is made of a specific type of Perfluorocarbon (PFC) that makes the surface of cookware resistant to sticking.
Scanpan's website states PTFE is harmless to ingest, while also acknowledging PTFE coatings break down under excessive heat. PTFE coatings, however, have not been proven safe to ingest.Does olive oil ruin non-stick pans? ›
The Olive Wellness Institute team often gets asked questions about this common myth, and the answer is NO, cooking in extra virgin olive oil will NOT ruin your non-stick pans.Is SCANPAN made of aluminum? ›
SCANPAN utilizes recycled aluminum - aluminum that might previously have served as beer cans, bicycle frames or something else. However, using a recycled material in our production does not mean that we compromise on quality.Is SCANPAN safer than Teflon? ›
Ceramic-coated cookware (eg Green Pan, ScanPan, Cuisinart Green Gourmet, and many others) can reliably be classified as FAR safer than conventional Teflon cookware. It also performs extraordinarily well from a nonstick perspective – quite similar to Teflon in fact.Does SCANPAN contain Teflon? ›
Technically, Teflon is a brand name for PTFE (a plastic non-stick coating) owned by Dupont. It's like saying Kleenex instead of tissue paper, or Xerox for any photocopier. The coating on Scanpan, like MOST non-stick coatings, does contain the chemical PTFE.Why is my non stick pan turning brown? ›
There are two common ways Non Stick Pans can get burnt: dry heating and overheating. Dry heating occurs when you expose your pan to heat for extended periods of time with nothing in it. This is why we always recommend adding a cooking oil or food to your pan before turning the heat on.What is SCANPAN coated with? ›
As the company notes in its extensive FAQ, Scanpan cookware items do make use of a non-toxic chemical called PTFE. This is a component of Scanpan's patented non-stick coating technology called Stratanium. This is FDA-approved and perfectly safe for normal home cooking.
How do you rescue a badly burnt pan? ›
- Add water and vinegar to your pan in equal measure.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Throw in 2 heaped tablespoons of baking soda and watch it fizz up.
- Repeat if needed, adding water and baking soda and mixing to a paste; let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Wash your pan with dish soap as usual.
- Cutco Knives.
- Food Network.
- Le Creuset.
SCANPAN USA is a consumer goods company based out of 2319 E GLADWICK STREET, RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, California, United States.What's so great about SCANPAN? ›
In addition to the nonstick coating, ScanPan is very well made cookware. It's cast aluminum (like other top-end nonstick brands like All-Clad), and it's thick enough to provide excellent, even heating.How long do SCANPAN non-stick pans last? ›
Pitting of surface and loss of non-stick coating
SCANPAN guarantees its products for ten years. With correct care and maintenance, our cookware will last far longer than that.
Can You Use Olive Oil On A Scanpan? Yes! In fact, both olive oil and rapeseed oil are recommended by the manufacturer. Both oils have a high unsaturated fat content, which prevents surface burning and makes them ideal for frying.What is the best long lasting non stick pan? ›
For the best nonstick cookware that will last several years, our top pick is the Zwilling Madura Plus. If you're looking for a ceramic pan, go with the GreenPan Paris Pro, but know that in general, the nonstick coatings on ceramic pans don't last as long as those on non-ceramic pans.Do professional chefs use nonstick cookware? ›
No, most professional chefs do not use non-stick cookware, especially non-stick fry pans. Before knowing why, let's understand what non-stick cookware is. Non-stick cookware refers to utensils with surfaces from which the food simply slides off.