Scanpan Fry Pans

What about Scanpan?

“What about Scanpan?” asked one of our readers after reading our guide to nonstick cookware.  ‘Isn’t it a healthier alternative to the usual Teflon® pan?’, he said.

“What about it?”, I asked myself.  And why does this brand Scanpan keep popping up on my radar?

After needing to replace yet another regular non-stick fry pan because it lost its ‘non-stickness’, I decided to have a serious look at Scanpan Classic skillets.

Was this going to be my next fry pan?  After all, these pans are not cheap and easily over $50-60 per pan for the smaller sizes.

scanpanScanpan, the company was established in 1956 in Denmark and the products are all made there.  It is an environmentally friendly company who say they use absolutely no PFOA/PFOS in the making of their non-stick coating and use recycled aluminium in their pans.

So far, so good.

BUT WHAT IS THE NON-STICK COATING THEN?According to the Scanpan website, its a patented Ceramic Titanium surface that is 10x harder than steel and get this, ITS METAL UTENSIL SAFE!  That makes it a very scratch resistant pan!



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. The SCANPAN formula works with a patented ceramic titanium surface construction which makes the surface more abrasion resistant, meaning it will last for a long, long time.

People, this is not your grandma’s Teflon!!


The food release in a Scanpan is provided by PTFE, the base compound for any and all nonstick coatings. On its own,PTFE is an inert plastic that would pass harmlessly through the body even if ingested.  The issue was with PFOA which was deemed toxic and is not used in the process of making Scanpans.

Scanpan, or any nonstick pan, would have to be heated to temperature of 660F for the coating to break down and emit fumes which are harmless but annoying for humans but have been found harmful for birds.  Cookware doesn’t reach that temperature in the course of normal cooking, frying or baking.  According to one report, fumes released from margarine are in the same category and are potentially more harmful to certain species of birds.

So in a nutshell, Scanpan is a safe cookware and seems to have a much stronger and more durable nonstick surface than the ordinary pan.   


Scanpan Classic skillets are made of pressure cast aluminium.  Pressure cast means that they use 200 tons of pressure to squeeze the liquid aluminum alloy into the perfect pan shape.  This makes sure that there is no trapped air or other inclusions.  What this does is give you a perfectly flat pan base, perfect heat distribution, no hot spots and superior heat retention. According to Scanpan, the thickness of the pan base has scientifically been determined to provide fast and even heating.


According to Scanpan, ‘These pans can be used to make just about everything!” They are oven and broiler safe up to 500° F.   The pans base thickness combined with the ceramic titanium surface allows for browning, searing and deglazing!

Finally, a non-stick pan that can do everything a cast iron pan can do!


Each Scanpan pans handle is attached using a patented locking system that does not use screws or rivets. This ensures that the handle does not become loose over time.  Plus its easier to clean since no food is getting stuck around the rivets.


Yes they are.  Though as your Cookware Advisor, I would advise you to always wash cookware with hand no matter what the manufacturer says.  These are so easy to clean, it takes hardly any time to soap, sponge and wash off.


No, they are not induction compatible.


Scanpan pans come with a full lifetime warranty.


Users love their Scanpan pans!   Long time users vouched for the longevity of the pans and the non-stick finish.

In the end, if a non-stick pan lasts for at least a few years, that saves the hassle and expense of replacing a pan every year.

So in my books, Scanpans are an excellent choice for your non-stick frying needs!  I’m sold.  Are you?

While these pans are expensive, I can always find a good deal on Amazon.  Check latest price here.


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  1. the handle on my scanpan frying pan has come very loose i can see no rivets or screws to tighten i cant even see how it comes apart

    • Hi John, I’m sorry to hear that, I would suggest contacting Scanpan to see if there is a solution or replacement. Do let us know what happens.

  2. I got my Scanlan in March of 2016 from Sur La tab and it is already sticking to anything I cook.I have never used it in an oven, only on the cooktop. How can I get it replaced or get a refund?

    • hi there, I’m sorry I can’t really help you there, we are just an information site and are not affiliated with any manufacturer or supplier of cookware. You should contact the retailer where you bought the pan from or contact Scanpan directly.

    • Thanks so much for your contribution Julia!
      You are absolutely right, Scanpan CTX pans are induction friendly. In fact Scanpan CSX (stainless steel) and IQ pans also work on induction stoves.

      The Scanpan Classic pan that this review is based on is not induction compatible.

  3. I’m a little confused. Does the super hard ceramic titanium surface make the PTFE any safer? I’m looking for non-stick cookware that doesn’t have a PTFE coating because I’m not entirely convinced of its safety, even if used properly and under 500f. However, if I find a set that is less likely to be toxic for some reason, I might consider it. By the way, your explanations are the simplest, easiest to understand, most comprehensive of all I’ve read over the past month of shopping for cookware. Thank you for that. Even so, my thinking is a bit fuzzy these days and I get confused easily. My problem, not yours, but thanks for any help!

    • Hi Nancy,
      Firstly thank you for the comments! I’m so glad you found my site helpful.

      As for your question about making PTFE safer, in my researched opinion, PTFE is PTFE, it is a plastic that will break down at a higher temperature no matter what the manufacturer claims. Sure Scanpan states it is a patented non-stick finish which it probably is with the ceramic-titanium blend and there is no doubt it is a high quality pan. But I always try to look through the marketing clutter and what is important to know is that the non-stick release is provided by a final layer of PTFE just like any other non-stick. So if you don’t want to use PTFE, then it might not be the right pan for you.

      Consider ceramic coated pans or even cast iron. Both have their pros and cons so you would have to weigh what is better for you.
      I hope that helps!

  4. Nothing lasts forever. I have had to replace 2 Scanpans after about 4 years
    I take excellent care of mine….hand wash and use a towel between pans so they don’t get scratched when stored. I never use metal utensils when cooking……and yet they eventually start flaking and start to stick.
    I’m going to try something else this time.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Marilyn, though I would say that if a non-stick lasts 4 years, that’s pretty good.
      But do let us know what you are thinking of trying as an alternative, I’m always interested!

  5. Unlike numerous non-sticks and several less expensive pans which have plastic handles, it is possible to place all of the Scanpan Expert pans in the stove when needed without being concerned. The pan even was included with just a little container holder that slides on the handle for when you utilize it this way.