The Best Scanpan Cookware in 2021

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The best Scanpan cookware set is the Scanpan CS+. It’s super durable and has a great non-stick coating. Read on to get more Scanpan reviews I will also look at a more affordable option.

To stick or not to stick? That seems to be the question. 

Maybe you’ve lost your faith in nonstick cookware. You’ve got too many chipped and worn fry pans in your cupboard.

Enter Scanpan. This is a premium-quality and pricey cookware brand from Denmark that’s raising the bar for nonstick cookware. 

But can this company win our trust back? 

See below for my Scanpan review. 

So, What’s the Deal With Scanpan?

Before I give my Scanpan review, let’s take a look at Scanpan as a company. 

I’ve heard the word revolutionary used to describe this cookware. But what can we really expect to see when we invest in these Danish cookware sets?

The Best Scanpan Cookware in 2020
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Quality Materials

Most, but not all, are made with 5-ply construction; this is important for even heat distribution. It’s also great for durability. 

The inner layers help spread the heat, while the outer layers are extra-durable.

Revolutionary Non-Stick Coating

Stratanium is a patented non-stick coating that’s more resilient than most; it’s metal-tool-safe and extremely durable. Scanpan did two years’ worth of research and testing to make the coating durable. Scanpan released it in 2017. 

What stands out here is that you can sear, brown, braise, and deglaze in these non-stick pans; this is rare in the non-stick world.

Scanpan then released Stratanium+ as a more professional version of Scanpan nonstick. They say it’s 50 percent more durable against heavy use than regular Stratanium. They tested it in restaurants to ensure professional quality. 

Healthy Cookware?

Scanpan claims to be healthier for two reasons. First, you can cook with little to no oil, but many manufacturers claim this.

The other reason is that Scanpan nonstick is PFOS and PFOA-free, but this is also the claim of all nonstick cookware. The EPA has been very clear about the harmful nature of these substances and reputable manufacturers don’t include PFOA since it was banned in 2015.

Like most nonstick cookware, Scanpan cookware contains Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the active ingredient of Teflon. This nonstick coating is supposed to be safe if not used with extreme heat. 

So I would say Scanpan is no healthier than the vast majority of non-stick alternatives out there. (If you want to avoid PTFE, check out my review of the best non-stick non-Teflon pans.)

Dishwasher-Safe Cookware

A pan soaking in a sink.

Scanpan nonstick cookware is both dishwasher-safe yet not recommended for dishwasher user.

It’s nice to put “dishwasher-safe” in an ad or on the side of the box. However, you’ll find in the small print Scanpan discourages using the dishwasher with their products. Many customer reviews say the same thing.

Some reasons include the discoloration of exterior surfaces, residue at the bottom of the pan, and erosion of the nonstick coating. 

I recommend cleaning these pots and pans by hand. 

Superior Manufacturing

Scanpan cookware is made in a factory. Scanpan adds a human touch to skilled artisans; these artisans inspect each piece of Scanpan cookware eight times throughout the process to ensure high quality pieces. 

The result is something pretty special, at least if you believe this video by the manufacturer:

Lifetime Warranty

If you’re a seasoned cookware shopper like I am, or you read lots of reviews, you’ll know to be a little wary here.

It is, like most lifetime warranties, limited. The warranty is for pitting, peeling, and surface bubbling due to the manufacturer’s defects. It doesn’t include residue buildup, damage due to propellant sprays, or accidental damage from dropping. 

To claim the warranty, you have to pay for the postage, and Scanpan will then decide if you used the product properly. 

Posting a pan isn’t cheap so I wouldn’t count much on this warranty.

Environmentally Friendly

Scanpan cookware is made in Denmark, so you can imagine the procedures of production are fairly strict. They say they leave a small carbon footprint from their factory.

All of the aluminum in Scanpan cookware comes from recycled resources. 

Scanpan Reviews

Now let’s look at four Scanpan reviews and see which set is best for you. 

The Scanpan CTX 10-Piece Deluxe Set includes: 

  • A lidded Dutch oven 7.5 quarts (7 liters)
  • Two lidded saucepans, 2.75 quarts (2.6 liters) and 2 quarts (1.9 liters)
  • A lidded saute pan size: 10.25 inches (26 centimeters)
  • Two frying pan size: 10.25 inches (26 centimeters) and 8 inches (20 centimeters)

There’s also an 11-inch (28-centimeter) Scanpan CTX pan that you can buy separately. 

The Scanpan CTX is 5-ply which gives excellent heat distribution and works well on all cooking surfaces, including induction. Customers say there’s no vibration noise on an induction cooktop. 

The exterior is satin-finished stainless-steel. Some users complain that it’s difficult to clean the exterior of this cookware but mention that it lasts a long time. Some customers said they were heavy.

The Scanpan CTX is also dishwasher and metal utensil safe. Some customers found that the pans got heat stains on the exterior surface, and they were hard to clean off. 

Pros

  • Non-stick material is long-lasting
  • You can brown, braise, and sear 
  • Doesn’t make the common vibration noise on an induction cooktop

Cons

  • A little heavy
  • Exterior hard to keep clean
  • May get heat stains from a gas stove

Scanpan Review: Scanpan Classic: a Classic Induction Cookware Set

The Scanpan Classic Induction Cookware Set includes:

  • 8-inch (20-centimeter) Fry Pan
  • 10.25-inch (26-centimeter) Fry Pan
  • 2.75-quart (2.6-liter) Covered Sauté Pan 
  • 2-quart (1.9-liter) Covered Saucepan
  • 3.25-quart (3-liter) Covered Saucepan
  • 7-quart (6.6-liter) Covered Dutch Oven 

You can also buy a Scanpan Classic Induction Fry Pan separately if you don’t want to invest in a whole set. 

The cast aluminum construction distributes heat evenly and quickly. You shouldn’t have any hot spots.

The Scanpan Classic set comes with a Stratanium nonstick surface, which is metal-utensil-safe. Some customers reported a black liquid discharge from the coating, while other users thought the nonstick coating wore away. Some users had trouble cooking without oil.

Scanpan Classic cookware works on all stovetops, including induction cooktops.

The handles of the Scanpan Classic are Bakelite and attached with a rivetless locking system. Customers liked that with no rivets, it was easier to clean.

This Scanpan Classic cookware set is oven-safe, up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius), so it’s great for stovetop to oven cooking.

The lids are interchangeable as long as the pan is the same diameter. 

The coating is PFOS and PFOA-free and dishwasher-safe. They recommend handwashing if you want to keep that mirror-polished finish.

Pros

  • Induction compatible
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Oven-safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius) 

Cons

  • Non-stick coating might not last
  • Might discharge a black liquid
  • You might still need some oil to cook

Scanpan Review: Scanpan CS+ Cookware Set

The Scanpan CS+ Cookware Set is a big deal in this cookware line. It has a big price tag to match.

The Scanpan cookware set includes:

  • 3 non-stick skillets 8-inch (20-centimeter), 10.25-inch (26-centimeter) 12.5-inch (32-centimeter) 
  • 3 non-stick Saucepans with lids 2-quart (1.9-liter), 2.75-quart (2.6-liter), and 4-quart (3.8-liter)
  • A 2.5-quart (2.3-liter) Nonstick Saute Pan with Lid
  • A 7.5-quart (7-liter) Nonstick Dutch Oven with Lid

If you want to try out this Scanpan cookware with less of a commitment, you can get a Scanpan CS+ Skillet separately. 

The construction of this Scanpan cookware set is a 5-layer clad-aluminum. It has a brushed stainless-steel exterior. It distributes heat quickly and evenly with decent heat retention.

Some users found the set a little heavy for everyday use. Also, because of the thick materials, there are complaints of the pans can be slow to heat up and cool down. That’s not always a bad thing though.

This Scanpan cookware set has a better quality nonstick coating than the others. It’s called Stratanium+, and they say it’s revolutionary commercial-grade. The surface is micro-textured that promises better release and searing.

Customers liked that it was easy to clean. They also were happy that they could cook without any oil. 

The handles are securely riveted stay-cool handles and have a gentle curve for an ergonomic grip. The lids are tempered glass and feature a Bakelite knob.

This Scanpan cookware set is compatible with all cooking surfaces, including induction cooktops. It’s oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius.) It’s dishwasher-safe. 

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Five-layer clad-aluminum 
  • Revolutionary non-stick coating
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow to heat and cool

Scanpan Review: Scanpan CTP Cookware Set

The Scanpan CTP Cookware Set includes:

  • Two fry pans, 8-inch (20-centimeter) and 10.25-inch (26-centimeter)
  • One 10.25-inch (26-centimeter) covered saute pan
  • Two covered saucepans, 2-quart (1.9-liter), 2.75-quart (2.6-liter)
  • One 7.5-quart (7-liter) covered Dutch oven

You can purchase the Scanpan CTP Fry Pan separately if you’d prefer. 

The exterior of this Scanpan Pro cookware set is mirror-polished. The pans have a 5-ply construction for professional-grade heat distribution, which users confirm. 

All the pots and pans come with a Stratanium nonstick coating, meaning you can use metal utensils, sear, brown, and deglaze. 

This set is not induction compatible. You can use it in an oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius.)

The handles are metal and massive. Some customers found them too big and heavy. 

You can throw it in the dishwasher, but you will probably lose that mirror finish. 

Pros

  • 5-ply construction
  • Great heat distribution
  • Oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius)
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Scanpan professional cookware
  • Stratanium + coating

Cons

  • Handles are heavy and long
  • Non-induction

Alternatives

Now let’s look at some other cookware sets that offer similar products to Scanpan cookware. 

GreenPan Valencia Pro Cookware Set

The GreenPan Valencia Pro Cookware Set offers a different sort of non-stick coating; it’s infused with diamonds. GreenPan’s ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFOA, PFAS, cadmium, and lead. It’s made from sand.

GreenPan says it will never release toxic fumes, even if you accidentally overheated it. Since, unlike Scanpan, this cookware is PTFE-free, I believe them.

Like Scanpan, this cookware is metal utensil safe. You can also sear and brown with this cookware. 

It works with all stovetops and is very durable and scratch-resistant.

It’s safe in the oven to 600 degrees Fahrenheit (315 degrees.) The lids to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius.)

The cookware is safe to go into the dishwasher.

The lids are durable glass, so you can monitor what you’re cooking. 

You can also buy a GreenPan Valencia fry pan on its own.

Scanpan CS+ Cookware Set vs. GreenPan Valencia Pro Cookware Set

Both Scanpan and GreenPan have durable non-stick finishes, and both are okay with metal utensils. Another similarity is that they can both sear and brown meat. 

Scanpan has 5-ply construction; this would make it superior when it comes to heat distribution. 

The set sizes are similar, but GreenPan has a third fry pan.

GreenPan is a much less expensive product.

GreenPan can go into a hotter oven.

GreenPan is a Belgian company and manufactures in China. Scanpan is Danish and made in Denmark. 

GreenPan doesn’t say much about its environmental values. Scanpan uses recycled metal and tries to limit its carbon footprint. 

Yet Scanpan uses PTFE, the active ingredient of Teflon, which Greenpan successfully avoids.

All-Clad D3 Compact Stainless-Steel

This All-Clad D3 Compact Stainless-Steel and fry pan is another 10-piece set for comparison. 

This is a stainless-steel set that isn’t non-stick, so you’ll have to be comfortable cooking without a coating. It has tri-ply construction that has an aluminum core bonded with two layers of stainless steel. 

The exterior is polished, stainless-steel and the stainless-steel handles are made for comfort.

This set is compatible with all cooktops, including induction, and is oven and broiler-safe, up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit (315 degrees Celsius). 

All-Clad cookware is made in the USA. 

Scanpan vs. All-Clad

Scanpan is aluminum coated with non-stick, and All-Clad is stainless-steel-covered aluminum.

All-Clad doesn’t have a nonstick coating. Food might stick a bit, but you can be more sure of toxic-free cooking. 

The All-Clad set is stackable, so you can save some valuable cupboard space.

You can put All-Clad into a slightly hotter oven. 

All-Clad is made in the USA, and Scanpan is made in Denmark. 

Scanpan is doing more for the environment by using recycled materials and lowering their carbon footprint. All-Clad isn’t making these claims. But at least these All-Clad pans aren’t non-stick and shouldn’t contain those types of chemicals.

Just because All Clad is stainless steel, it’s almost certain to last longer than non-stick Scanpan.

Final Verdict

In a budgetless world, I’d go with the Scanpan CS+ Cookware Set. It’s very durable, and Scanpan has tested the non-stick coating in restaurant kitchens. 
For those on a stricter budget, I’d recommend the GreenPan Valencia Pro Cookware Set. Mostly you’ll be missing out on even heat distribution. Otherwise, it’s a good set for a more economical price–and Teflon-free!