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!

 

SO ITS NOT TEFLON THEN? 

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!!

SO ITS NO HEALTHIER THAN A REGULAR NONSTICK PAN THEN?

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.   

SO WHAT ARE SCANPAN SKILLETS MADE OF?

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.

ARE THESE PANS OVEN AND BROILER SAFE?

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!

WHAT ABOUT THE HANDLES?

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.

ARE THESE PANS DISHWASHER SAFE?

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.

CAN SCANPAN PANS BE USED ON INDUCTION RANGES?

No, they are not induction compatible.

WHAT ABOUT THE WARRANTY?

Scanpan pans come with a full lifetime warranty.

WHAT ARE OTHERS SAYING?

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.

 

21 Responses to Scanpan Fry Pans

  1. Arnold Kruger says:

    All these Scanpan non stick pans are made of aluminum, with a non stick coating. And the non stick coating always wears off, leaving the aluminum surface to cook on. So you are absorbing aluminum into your body with the food, and ALUMINUM IS POISONOUS. It has now been proven to cause Alzheimer’s Disease. Use only glass cookware if you value your health. Google alzheimer’s + aluminum for the information.

    • Cookware Advisor says:

      Thanks for the input Arnold.
      I could be totally wrong but from everything I’ve read and researched, there is no proven link between aluminum and Alzheimers. From alz.org (Alzheimer’s association): “studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s”.
      I also did a full review of aluminum cookware and came to the conclusion that Aluminum cookware is safe. Please read it if you are interested.

      • Chris says:

        As per my comments made under “What Everyone Needs to Know about Aluminum Cookware“, Aluminum (Al) is a proven neurotoxin. There is evidence that points to Al. However, I am not aware that its link to Alzheimer’s has been proven conclusively.

        What is known is that above a certain concentration, we cease to eliminate Al effectively and then it can start to accumulate in several organs including the brain.

        On a better safe than sorry basis, it would be prudent to try to minimize exposure to significant sources of Aluminum and its compounds.

        However, unless damaged or scratched, coated Aluminum cookware is not a significant source of exposure whereas drinking water is reported to account on average for around 5% of daily intake.

        Accordingly, rather than discard perfectly serviceable pots and pans, it might be more sensible to fit an RO (Reverse Osmosis) filter to your drinking water tap.

        If still worried, other non-Al options include stainless steel (coated or, more commonly, uncoated) and cast iron (seasoned or enameled).

        BTW, other potential sources of Al include inoculations, personal care products, certain medications, dialysis solutions, our diet, etc, etc

  2. Robin Hoode says:

    I have had my Scanpan for 1 year, and have used it almost every day, being very careful to clean it only with hot water and Dawn. My pan was never in the dishwasher or the oven. It did the job as advertised, browning, de-glazing, stir-frying, etc., but it began to lose its non-stick feature after 6 months of use, and gets worse with each passing month. It is most noticeable with scrambled eggs, which I cook in melted butter.
    I purchased this Scanpan from Sur la Table and their Customer Service tells me to return the pan to Scanpan. I read on your web site that Scanpan refused to accept the return of a pan from one of your reviewers, so I am asking if you have a way to contact them. Thank you.

  3. Michael Lang says:

    There lifetime warranty is crap because they they make it impossible to return the pan. I have only used this pan with plastic only and sticks and has developed cracks and they won’t except the return. I am going back to Calaphon which has a no questions asked return policy See some of the Amazon complaints to verify the claim

  4. john mallard says:

    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

    • Cookware Advisor says:

      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.

  5. zina hart says:

    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?

    • Cookware Advisor says:

      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.

    • kristi says:

      are you heating the pan first before adding the fat/oil to fry? that might be the key.

  6. Julia says:

    The latest CTX scanpan pans are ceramic coated and work on induction.

    • Cookware Advisor says:

      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.

  7. Nancy says:

    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!

    • Cookware Advisor says:

      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!

  8. Marilyn says:

    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.

    • Cookware Advisor says:

      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!

      • Di says:

        Seriously? 4 years is “pretty good”? I’d say that was pretty terrible for such a “reputable” brand and such an expensive product. And as for your CTX range being induction safe, that’s all well and good except that they’re not non-stick. Is there a brand for induction stoves that is aluminium-free, PTFE-free and non-stick?

        • Cookware Advisor says:

          hi Di, thanks for your comments. In my experience and opinion, yes, getting 4 years out of a non-stick coated pan is good, I always have a Tefal non-stick pan in use and at best I get 2 years out of one pan, usually just one before it loses its ‘non-stickness’. That’s my experience, others will, of course, vary.

          Have you thought about using Cast Iron cookware? It builds up non-stick abilities over time though there is a learning curve to using them.

          There are also some Ceramic coated stainless steel options, but I’m not big fan of ceramic non-stick coatings, they don’t last.

  9. Ylinkal says:

    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.

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