I want an easy, healthy life. I need cookware that is not going to poison my family. But I also want to be able to chuck it in the dishwasher when I’ve finished.
It would be nice to be able to use metal utensils occasionally in a nonstick pan without worrying it will scratch. Just because.
And of course I don’t want to pay through the nose, either upfront, or in the long term when I have to throw a rubbish pan away.
This granite stone pan review will test if I’ve found a nice-looking product that ticks all these boxes. It’s not a lot to ask after all.
Things to consider before buying a non-stick stone frying pan
The thing is, nonstick is so useful. It’s so easy to clean, and cook with. You don’t need to season it or care for it in any special way!
What would be ideal is a material that doesn’t need special care. It should wipe clean and remain non-stick naturally. And it absolutely should 100% not leach anything nasty into my family’s food!
In theory stone should solve this – right? A polished stone surface should be slippery, it doesn’t have any special chemicals in and should be inert.
In fact humans have used stone tools in cooking since, uuhhmm, well, the Stone Age.
Rocking with Granite Stone Pans
If you see an article labelled Granite Rock Pan Review or a review referring to the Granite Rock pan, beware it may be out of date. Granite Stone Pans, who used to be known as Granite Rock Pans offer a solution with the clue in the name.
Granitestone sounds like a tough, strong and durable surface. The manufacturer claims it is scratch and warp resistant.
They also say that it is induction compatible, oven safe (to 260°C (500°F)) and non stick.
Of course it is non toxic, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), cadmium and lead free. PFOA is a chemical that has some safety concerns in the past, but isn’t used in modern cookware.
Granite Stone Pans
There are several GraniteStone Frying pans one the market–I’ve reviewed the 10 inch pan with a lid. This is because I like lids and 10 inches is a decent size for a frying pan. There are other options if you prefer! For example, there’s a full Granite Stone cookware set, or a 14 inch pan.
Pros (10 inch frying pan):
- See through lid
- Allegedly non toxic nonstick
- Oven safe to 260°C (500°F) and induction compatible
- Scratch resistant surface
Cons (10 inch pan):
- Likely to have PTFE (Teflon)
- Manufacturer isn’t clear around PTFE (Teflon)
- Appears to become more sticky over time
- Oil needed unlike advertisement
- Lid doesn’t always fit well on pan
The pan with the lid isn’t always available, here’s the version without a lid.
If you like this frying pan and want to shop around, you can also find it on Bed Bath and Beyond without a lid:
The Granite Stone Pan Review
Let’s take a look at some of the claims that the manufacturer has made around this technology:
I love pans that come with a see through lid, like this one. It’s such a great way of containing mess and makes the pan versatile. This lid doesn’t always fit flush with the pan which can increase spatter. The vent hole should help keep the spatter down though.
Some customers report the stainless steel handle on the lid can get hot–something to bear in mind when using this pan!
This pan has a great look but the nonstick surface is disappointing. First, it’s not actually that long lasting and there are reports of it becoming sticky after long term use.
What disappoints me the most, though, is that I feel this pan has been “oversold”. The product page claims you don’t need oil to cook with it. This isn’t true; if you are frying eggs, for example, you do need oil. That’s fine, but why exaggerate? Tell it like it is.
Granite Stone / Granite Rock Pans safety
The other aspect that is oversold is the “non toxicity”. Saying it is PFOA, lead and cadmium free doesn’t say much. These things should be a given in these times. I mean PFOA was banned years ago. They don’t mention PTFE (the active ingredient in Teflon) so I assume the pan has it. I don’t think PTFE is toxic, but you do need to use it correctly, and there are still concerns about it.
So, yes, GraniteStone pans are probably safe, but not quite as much as the product page implies.
Speaking in general terms about whether granite rock pans are safe – it will depend on the coating. If, as with Granitestone, it has a PTFE coating then yes it should be safe but there are concerns (see above). Otherwise – what coating does it have?
It’s great to see this pan is induction compatible. Many nonstick pans, made with an aluminum body, aren’t. Of course if you don’t have an induction stove – do you care? If you were buying highly priced long lasting cookware then you might want to future proof it. I don’t think that’s the case here!
It’s also nice to see that it’s oven proof to 260°C (500°F). This is more than enough for most uses and lets you easily transfer from stovetop to oven.
Durability and Scratch resistance
This pan does appear to be more durable than a normal non stick pan. It is harder to scratch and that’s great news. This might be because of the mineral infused granite coating. This extra thick coating is supposedly designed to resist scratches.
I wouldn’t suggest using metal on it though; this will increase wear and tear. If you are careful with normal nonstick it can last a good few years – expect this pan to last longer. As long as you take care!
In the end scratch resistant isn’t scratchproof.
The manufacturer claims to make healthy cooking easier as less butter and oil is needed. I supposed this is true in a way, but most non-stick pans only need a small amount of oil/butter and cooking at low temperatures with something like extra virgin olive oil isn’t unhealthy.
Still if you want to reduce the amount of fat in your diet, the Granite Stone pan could help.
How Does It Compare? Granite Stone Pan Alternatives
Like the Granitestone pan this frying pan is nonstick and easy to clean up. Also, like granite stone, it has PTFE. Again this isn’t made very clear in the description. People will likely believe they are getting something different.
This is more affordable than the Granitestone pan, but also not quite as versatile. It doesn’t come with a lid and is only safe in the oven to 175°C (350°F) – too low for many uses. (This is because to the handle, the cooking surface can go a little higher on the stovetop.)
After researching user reports I’m not sure about the durability of this pan. It seems that the nonstick properties wear off quickly and the pan can get damaged.
The only reason to get this instead of the Granitestone is if you are on a strict budget. Don’t expect it to last long.
- More affordable than the Granitestone pan
- Nice cool touch handle
- Only oven safe to 175°C (350°F)
- Advertised as PFOA Free which is meaningless (everything is PFOA free)
- Not PTFE Free
- Not induction compatible
- Wooden handle cracks and burns easily
- Quickly becomes non sticky
This nonstick frying pan feels like the pan Granitestone are trying to sell.
There is a coating though and if you use metal utensils it will scratch or peel. I suggest treating this pan with the same caution you would any non stick pan.
I do dislike the “dishwasher safe – hand wash recommended” description. Either it is or isn’t dishwasher safe. But… in my experience you can put pans like this in the dishwasher. Be careful it doesn’t touch other pans.
So it’s not perfect. It won’t last forever, but you are getting a genuinely PTFE free, non toxic granite rock pan.
- PTFE Free
- Similar price to Granitestone
- Induction compatible
- Beautiful look
- Oven safe to 232°C (450°F)
- Nice see through lid
- Nonstick properties remain even after heavy use
- Dishwasher safe
- Handles on pan and lid get hot when cooking
- “Hand wash recommended” – why if it is dishwasher safe?
- Slightly raised center
- Not as nonstick as Teflon
- Keep to wood or silicone utensils or it will scratch / peel
This pan is also PTFE (Teflon) free (unlike, Granite Stone). I think people looking for granite rock pans are looking for PTFE free!
It has a removable handle which I suppose is a “feature”. It lets you store the pan more easily without the bulky handle in the way. That is nice, but it feels to me like something that could break, or get in the way, in the end. Indeed there are some reports of the button not working anymore. It seems to me to be more of a gimmick than a feature!
It’s advertised as scratch resistant but I feel that might be a bit of overselling. I suppose the manufacturer would say resisting scratches doesn’t mean scratch proof! I would suggest not using metal utensils with it.
It may become safe for the oven if you remove the handle – it’s not clear. I wouldn’t risk it.
This is a pretty decent pan that doesn’t need to be oversold. I would consider buying it.
- PTFE Free
- Similar price to Granitestone
- Induction compatible
- Dishwasher safe
- Removable handle
- See through lid
- Not oven safe
- Removable handle is a bit gimmicky
- Susceptible to scratching – avoid any metal contact
- Reports of the pan warping after use
Should you season Granite Rock Pans or GraniteStone pans?
Remember that the Granite Rock frying pan is no more – everything is called GraniteStone now (they were rebranded.)
In any case I do not recommend seasoning. Seasoning non-stick cookware creates a layer of dirt on the surface which reduces the non-stick properties.
When it comes to Granite vs Ceramic cookware what’s the difference?
Normally there is no real difference between ceramic cookware vs granite cookware except the appearance. Granite fry pans appear to have a more stony look.
Other that it’s really just brand dependent and most stone and ceramic pots and pans have the same fundamental materials (aluminum body, non-stick coating.) The one exception is pure ceramic cookware such as Xtrema.
GraniteStone Pan Reviews: Should I buy it?
To be honest, if I take a step back, what I like the least about this pan is the marketing! It’s a pretty decent pan. It looks nice and is more durable than standard nonstick.
It works well, it has a nice lid and is easy to clean. What’s not to like?
Yes it uses PTFE, but that’s quite common in many pans. I do think, though, that people looking for granite rock pans are expecting them to be Teflon free!
I guess I was hoping for a little more. The advertising around it makes me “distrust” the manufacturer. Because of this, I wouldn’t buy it. In terms of recommendation I would say – read my whole review carefully and make up your own mind. If it ticks all the boxes for you, then it could be good value.
If you like this pan, you can also find it on Bed Bath and Beyond without a lid:
My Preference: The Best Granite Cookware
What I do like is the Michelangelo pan. It’s not perfect and won’t last forever, but it is PTFE free and I don’t think it’s oversold.
Michelangelo make good cookware – I like them. I’d be happy to get one of their pans. But if you are looking for a pan that will last forever then you need to think of a different material. Cast iron pans, in particular, can last lifetimes.
If you’re happy with a stone pan that will only last a good few years, is non-stick and non toxic then consider the Michelangelo pan. It’s one of the best granite rock pans you will find.
My feeling is that people interested in GraniteStone like the idea of a Teflon-free pan. If that’s you, check out my guide to the best non-stick pans without Teflon for more information.
Alternative many, though not all, ceramic pans don’t have Teflon. Check out my ceramic nonstick frying pan roundup for more information.
If you are dead-set on stone cookware then check out my best stone cookware guide.