GreenPan Reviews: 8 pans from different lines compared

BEST OVERALL
GreenPan Venice Pro

Our top choice for Best Overall has to be the triple clad stainless steel Venice Pro. Everything in the line is beautiful to look at, easy to clean and compatible with all cooktops. It has a high heat tolerance and the best heat retention and distribution of GreenPan’s offerings thanks to the cladding.

It is has a lot of the benefits of stainless steel cookware but with the convenience (and eco-friendliness) of ceramic nonstick coating. Stainless steel will last longer than aluminum or even anodized aluminum and can be polished to stay shiny and new looking for years.

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BEST VALUE
GreenPan Valencia Pro

We selected the Valencia Pro as the best value for its ability to cook on all cooktops including induction, metal utensil compatibility and for being dishwasher safe. While many of GreenPan’s products offer one or two of these features, Valencia Pro offers them all and with a price point that is only about twenty dollars more than the popular Lima- but with induction capability, dishwasher safe and metal utensil safe.

If you don’t have an induction cooktop or a dishwasher though, stick to the Lima as it is hard to beat the price for the quality of ceramic nonstick and it’s high heat tolerance.

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GreenPan is a Belgian nonstick cookware brand that forgoes the traditional nonstick coatings for a more environmentally friendly and non-toxic ceramic coating. 

Their patented Thermolon coating, now in its fifth generation, is infused with diamonds for durable and slick nonstick that can even withstand metal utensils. Thermolon is made from a sand derivative and has no toxic PFOAs or PFSAs- which means no toxic fumes if your pan overheats. Thermolon is also heat conductive, so you can and should cook at a much lower setting than most frying pans. 

GreenPan lives up to its name by prioritizing the use of upcycled stainless steel and aluminum. Also, the manufacture of Thermolon creates 60% less emissions than traditional nonstick coatings. 

GreenPan has an overwhelming number of cookware lines under their brand, and the differences between the lines can be subtle and confusing- but we have sorted through each one and are featuring the most popular, functional and reliable offerings for each need and budget. 

GreenPan overall has some features- and drawbacks- worth considering if you are in the market for an alternative to conventional nonstick cookware. 

GreenPan Pros

  • Nontoxic ceramic Thermolon coating is super nonstick 
  • 60% lower emissions than conventional nonstick coating
  • Free of PFOA & PFSA, lead and cadmium
  • Most models can withstand metal utensils
  • Most models are dishwasher safe
  • A product for every budget

GreenPan Cons

  • Despite claims, some reviews report scratching/chipping of the coating when using metal utensils
  • Must cook over low to medium-low heat
  • Claims on the website conflict with suggested care instructions: website says “dishwasher safe”, but the sticker that arrives with the product suggests hand washing to prolong the life of the nonstick coating.
  • Too many choices: new lines being created and eliminated, so your favorite line could be discontinued before your collection is complete.

Let’s take a closer look at some of GreenPan’s offerings!

1. Rio Nonstick Ceramic Fry Pan

GreenPan Rio 10 Inch Ceramic Non-Stick Fry Pan, Black -
  • Thermolon ceramic non-stick: perfect frying results using less oil + easy cleaning
  • Manufactured without PFAS and PFOA
  • Quick and even heating: heavy gauge construction for reliable cooking results + easy to clean exterior

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GreenPan’s Rio line is their budget-friendly line of ceramic nonstick cookware. For a similar price to an easily scratched T-fal, this handy little pan is a great alternative for students or beginners. The body of the pan is simple aluminum, so lightweight but not as durable as anodized aluminum. 

Pros

  • Low price but still super slick nonstick coating
  • Oven safe up to 350F
  • Stay-cool Bakelite handle
  • Fun color options
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Vibrant outside of pan is prone to scratching
  • Non anodized aluminum
  • Light-colored ceramic interior can stain easily
  • Some reviews claimed there was a rubber-like smell when heated. Make sure you thoroughly wash your pan before use and cook over low heat!
  • Handle seems imbalanced/heavy for weight of pan
  • NOT induction compatible

Is it worth it?

Yes – If you don’t want to spend a lot on a nonstick pan, or want to learn how to cook with nonstick ceramic, this is a great starter pan that will give you a few good years of cooking. The price is pretty good for the features, and still features GreenPan’s signature Thermolon nonstick that is used in their higher-end lines. Perfect for students! 

2. Lima Nonstick Ceramic Fry Pan

GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, 10'', Gray
  • GreenPan’s Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Tough Hard Anodized body is scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600°F

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Lima is a small jump in price from the Rio and is one of GreenPan’s most purchased product lines, with over 2000+ ratings on Amazon. Some reviewers even claimed they’d had their Lima pans for over ten years, so there is evidence of lasting quality for the price. Unlike the Rio, Lima has a hard anodized aluminum body for extra durability, a stainless steel riveted handle and a higher heat tolerance of 600F in the oven and broiler. 

The ceramic Thermolon coating can withstand metal utensils, though users found the coating can scratch and chip, albeit less than traditional nonstick coatings.  It is not induction compatible and is not dishwasher safe, so depending on your lifestyle and stovetop needs you may need to seek an induction compatible GreenPan line such as Smartshape. 

Some reviews remarked that the instructions that came with the Lima were contradictory to suggestions that they found on Youtube or reddit, and that the online user tips were actually more helpful when learning how to use the nonstick ceramic to full advantage.

Pros

  • Durable anodized aluminum body
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600F
  • Stainless steel riveted handle

Cons

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Not induction compatible
  • Handle can get hot
  • Instructions vague and unclear

Is it worth it?

Yes – While the Rio is cheaper, the higher heat tolerance and the anodized aluminum make this pan slightly better value if you are looking for stove-to-oven versatility. If you need an inexpensive pan you can throw in the dishwasher, Rio may be better suited.

3. GreenPan Prime Midnight Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, Frying Pan Set

GreenPan Prime Midnight Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, Frying Pan Set, 8" and 10", Black
  • GreenPan’s Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Metal utensil safe, this pair's diamond-reinforced coating is incredibly durable
  • Tough Hard Anodized bodies are scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands

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Prime Midnight is GreenPan’s exclusive line for Amazon, and is available as a set of two frying pans. The 8” is perfect for a couple eggs, while the 10” is a versatile size for meals, a few pieces of meat or sauteing veggies. This line is very comparable to the Lima line as far as features go: it is also oven safe up to 600F and is made from anodized aluminum. 

One thing to note is that GreenPan is constantly evolving their Thermolon coating, and it appears that the generation of coating available for the Prime Midnight line is explicitly listed as being metal utensil safe. While this pan is not induction compatible, it is dishwasher safe, though handwashing is always recommended. 

Pros

  • Good value for set of 2 pans
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600F
  • Anodized aluminum body
  • Diamond infused Thermolon is metal utensil scratch resistant
  • Dishwasher safe 

Cons

  • Weirdly, instructions explicitly say you can’t cook with olive oil
  • Not induction compatible
  • Less frying pan sizes than other lines
  • Reviews claim less even heating than Lima line

Is it worth it?

Yes – if you want an inexpensive set of 2 pans and don’t like to cook with olive oil. Slightly more convenient than Lima due to being dishwasher safe, and is frequently on sale due to exclusive Amazon promotional deals.

4. Chatham Nonstick Open Fry Pan

GreenPan Chatham 10" ceramic Non-Stick Open Frypan, Grey -,CC000119-001,Gray
  • GreenPan’s Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Metal utensil safe, this collection's diamond-reinforced coating is incredibly durable
  • Tough Hard Anodized Body is scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands

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Chatham has less popularity and reviews than Lima and is sometimes less easy to find online, but it gives Lima some competition as far as features for price. It is an affordable upgrade from the Lima but is dishwasher safe and metal utensil compatible while also made from anodized aluminum and is heat resistant to 600F like the Lima. Very similar in look but with a matte exterior and matte stainless steel handle. Reviews claim the handle gets unusually searing hot, so always use a potholder, oven mitt or towel. 

The longevity of the nonstick coating is disputed in the reviews, with most saying they’ve enjoyed their pans for years while a handful of people claimed the coating ceased to be nonstick after mere months despite following instructions. Like the Lima, you may find better tips online from real users rather than following GreenPans instructions to the letter.

Pros

  • Durable anodized aluminum body
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600F
  • Stainless steel riveted handle
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Metal utensil safe

Cons

  • Not induction compatible
  • Less selection available online
  • Handle gets extremely hot 

Is it worth it?

Yes – if you want a more durable pan than Rio and need the dishwasher and metal utensil compatibility, this is a great alternative to Lima or Prime Midnight. Though a little pricier than the Prime Midnight, it has more positive reviews. GreenPan’s ParisPro, which we did not review here because of its similarities to the Chatham line, is a good alternative with a similar price point though there are more claims that the nonstick doesn’t last.

5. SmartShape Ceramic Nonstick Pan

GreenPan SmartShape Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan, 11"
  • GreenPan’s Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Metal utensil safe, this collection's diamond-reinforced coating is incredibly durable
  • SmartShape's Magneto Induction Base brings easy searing and browning to all stovetops, including induction, plus the duoforged hard anodized aluminum body is extra tough and scratch-resistant

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This is GreenPan’s least expensive induction offering.  GreenPan’s Magneto Induction Base, which is infused with copper particles, a ferromagnetic metal that makes this pan induction compatible. GreenPan has two lines of stackable cookware, SmartShape and Levels, designed to stack with other items in their lines to minimize the amount of storage needed, allegedly giving you up to 30% more cabinet space. 

Since it is designed to stack, it is also metal utensil safe. It has a very low oven heat tolerance, only 320F. It would be safe at low oven temperatures to keep food warm in the pan while you prepare something else, but wouldn’t be recommended for browning or finishing in the oven. 

Pros

  • Anodized aluminum body 
  • Induction compatible thanks to Magneto Induction Base
  • Stay-cool bakelite handle
  • Stackable to maximize your storage space
  • Metal utensil compatible
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Low oven heat tolerance
  • No 10” pan in the line

Is it worth it?

Maybe- It depends on your budget. If you need an induction compatible ceramic nonstick and you have a tight budget, this will serve you well as a stovetop only pan for daily use. But, if you don’t need to stack your cookware, upgrade to the Valencia Pro line. 

6. GreenPan Levels Stackable Hard Anodized Ceramic Nonstick Frypan

GreenPan Levels Stackable Hard Anodized Ceramic Nonstick, Frying Pan, 10", Black
  • Infused with diamonds, GreenPan’s Thermolon Diamond Advanced healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Metal utensil safe, our most advanced ceramic nonstick coating is diamond-infused for extreme durability, fast heating, and effortless cleanup
  • Tough Hard Anodized body is scratch-resistant and designed to stand up to daily demands

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This is GreenPan’s other stackable line and lies between the Lima and the Chatham as far as features go. Because it is stackable, like the SmarShape line you save 30% of your cabinet space if you have other pots and pans from the same line. The Levels line is not induction compatible, but it is oven and broiler safe up to 400F, constructed from anodized aluminum, can handle metal utensils and is dishwasher safe. It is a beautiful looking pan with a matte black exterior, and has a silicone wrapped stainless steel handle to protect your hands from burns, which is also what lowers its oven heat tolerance, unfortunately.  

Pros

  • Stackable to maximize storage space
  • Anodized aluminum construction
  • Oven safe up to 400F
  • Metal utensil safe
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Silicone wrapped handle won’t burn your hands

Cons

  • Not induction compatible
  • Can’t use olive oil
  • More expensive than comparable Chatham line

Is it worth it?

Maybe – if you absolutely need stackable cookware, but that only works if you have other items from the line. For all the same features and even higher heat tolerance, the Chatham line is a better deal. If you need a cookware set for an RV or apartment with limited cabinet space, it may be worthwhile to get the Levels set all at once instead of buying separate items. If you need an induction frying pan, the Valencia Pro line (reviewed below) is at a similar price point.

7. Greenpan Valencia Pro Anodized Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan

BEST VALUE GREENPAN PAN
Greenpan Valencia 10-Inch Anodized Aluminum Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan, Size One Size - Grey
  • Infused with diamonds, GreenPan’s Thermolon Minerals Pro healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Metal utensil safe, our original diamond-infused nonstick coating offers remarkable durability, balanced heating, and effortless cleanup
  • Valencia Pro's Magneto Induction Base brings incredible searing and browning to all stovetops, including induction, plus the hard anodized aluminum body is unbelievably durable and scratch-resistant

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The Valencia Pro is a well rounded line from GreenPan, and is an excellent alternative to GreenPan’s top tier Venice Pro line. The real difference between the Valencia and the Venice is the body construction: the Valencia is a durable yet affordable anodized aluminum, and the Venice is a polished stainless steel. 

The Valencia is able to withstand high oven and broiler temperatures, up to 600F, and is both dishwasher and metal utensil safe. It also has GreenPan’s Magneto Induction Base, so it is compatible with all stovetops. It also has a stay cool stainless steel handle, designed with a v- cutout to keep it from burning your hand. If you don’t care about stainless vs anodized aluminum, this pan will last you a long time for about ⅔ the price of the Venice Pro line. 

The only downsides we found in reviews were that like all of GreenPan’s products, the nonstick can cease to work without additional online instructions, and the exterior of the pan was prone to scratching and discoloration from heat. 

Pros

  • Induction compatible Magneto base
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Metal utensil safe
  • Durable anodized aluminum
  • Riveted stay-cool stainless steel handle
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600F

Cons

  • Exterior of pan can stain, harder to clean/polish than stainless steel
  • Vague instructions supplied by GreenPan

Is it worth it?

Yes! It’s the best value of the induction compatible pans.

8. VenicePro Noir Healthy Nonstick Ceramic Fry Pan

BEST GREENPAN PAN
GreenPan Venice Pro Stainless Steel Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Light Gray Saucepan with Lid, 2QT
  • Infused with diamonds, GreenPan’s Thermolon Minerals Pro healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
  • Metal utensil safe, our original diamond-infused nonstick coating offers remarkable durability, balanced heating, and effortless cleanup
  • Multilayer stainless steel body is reinforced with Evershine technology to resist discoloration and keep it looking like new long after it’s not

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The Venice Pro Noir is GreenPan’s premium, professional lines. The thing that sets this line apart from the rest is the beautiful tri-ply clad stainless steel construction, which is induction compatible, heats quickly and evenly and can be polished to shine for many years. It is metal utensil and dishwasher safe, and can withstand oven and broiler temperatures of up to 600F. It comes with a tempered glass lid that can tolerate up to 420F. Reviews claim the coating is more durable than the Valencia, which again may be a result of different generations of Thermolon coating, which unfortunately is impossible to distinguish.  

Pros

  • Tri-ply clad stainless steel
  • Induction compatible
  • Oven safe up to 600F, lid up to 420F
  • Stay cool, riveted stainless steel handle
  • Metal utensil safe
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Most expensive GreenPan offering
  • Usual GreenPan general issues: unclear instructions can affect nonstick quality due to misuse

Is it worth it?

Yes – this pan is definitely the highest quality, though most expensive, pan GreenPan offers. Good deals can be found on sets online, especially for sets of 2 pans, so if you are buying one you may as well buy two.

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