Scanpan Reviews: 7 cookware sets and pans analyzed

THE BEST SCANPAN SET
ScanPan HaptIQ Stainless Steel-Aluminum 10-Piece Cookware Set

Scanpan HaptIQ is the best cookware set from Scanpan:

  • Nonstick coating is upgraded to commercial-grade Stratanium+ and provides even more resistance against scratching.
  • HaptIQ is completely PFOA and PFOS free from the start of the manufacturing process to the finished product
  • Five layer construction offers great heat distribution.
  • Beautiful stainless steel finish.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Scanpan is a family-owned cookware company located in Ryoomgard, Denmark. With great attention to detail, they fabricate high-quality nonstick products that are exported to more than 50 countries worldwide.

They have a wide variety of different sets and items. Here is a list of some of the most popular ones.

Scanpan cookware reviews:

  1. Scanpan HaptIQ
  2. Scanpan CTX
  3. Scanpan CTQ Skillet
  4. Scanpan CSX Saute Pan
  5. Scanpan Classic Cookware Set
  6. Scanpan Pro S5 10-Piece Cookware Set
  7. Scanpan Pro IQ 14-piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Scanpan HaptIQ

ScanPan HaptIQ Stainless Steel-Aluminum 10-Piece Cookware Set
  • Stainless steel-aluminum
  • Commercial-grade metal-utensil safe nonstick surface
  • Optimum and even heat distribution

The HaptIQ is one of the latest lines of cookware from Scanpan and it’s laud for its improved performance and quality. In this review, we take a deeper look into this new series, its features, areas it may be lacking, and ultimately find out if it’s worth the hype. 

Available Set Options

The new Scanpan HaptIQ series offers a fairly extensive lineup of products that include sauce pans, fry pans, sauté pans, Dutch oven, chef pan, and wok. It also includes several different sets. 

The fry pan is available in 20cm, 24cm, 26cm, 28cm and 32cm varieties. The sauce pan is available in 1.8L and 2.5L variety while the sauté pan is in 2.5L and 3.5L variety. The Dutch oven includes 3.5L, 4.8L, and 6.5L variety while the chef pan and wok are 32 cm in size. 

There are three available sets within the series which include:

Scanpan HaptIQ 13 Piece Cookware Set

  • 8″ fry pan
  • 10.25″ fry pan
  • 12.5″ stainless steel fry pan
  • 2 qt. sauce pan with glass lid 
  • 2.75 qt. sauce pan with glass lid
  • 2.75 qt. sauté pan with glass lid
  • 4 qt. sauce pan with glass lid 
  • 7.5 qt. Dutch oven with glass lid

Scanpan HaptIQ 10 Piece Cookware Set

  • 8” fry pan
  • 10.25” fry pan
  • 2 qt. sauce pan with glass lid
  • 2.75 qt. sauce pan with glass lid
  • 10.25 qt. saute pan with glass lid
  • 7.5 qt. Dutch oven with glass lid

Scanpan HaptIQ 2 Piece Fry Pan Set

  • 8” fry pan
  • 10.25” fry pan

Construction of Pans and Pots

Exterior 

All the pans and pots in the entire HaptIQ range consist of 5-layer clad aluminum and steel construction.  Three layers of recycled aluminum are sandwiched between two stainless exterior layers. 

This construction makes the HaptIQ pans and pots thick and strong. Due to the thickness though, they are quite heavy but not on the level of cast iron. On the upside, the thick construction means they are less likely to warp over a prolonged time. 

This construction is also an advantage because the bottom is magnetic stainless steel which makes both the pans and pots suitable for induction stovetops.

Moreover, the steel plate in the base is cast into the aluminum body. This means that the steel and aluminum are tightly linked which makes the bottom more magnetic and also reduces the chances of it getting damaged compared to when it’s only sprayed on. 

Interior

For the interior, the HaptIQ range features Scanpan’s new Stratanium+ nonstick coating. This is a slightly more advanced coating used only in their HaptIQ and TechnIQ series. 

It’s made up of 5 layers that include a topcoat, a mid-coat with small particles, and a primer coat with large particles that interlock with thermally sprayed hard substrate layers that reinforce the nonstick coating. 

This layering combination forms one solid surface that’s thick and incredibly tough. Also, the coating is bonded directly to the cookware so it’s not likely to blister, peel, or scrape away easily.

Handles 

Scanpan has used only cast stainless steel handles on their HaptIQ pan and pots. They are sturdy and securely riveted to every cookware’s body. On top of that, they have a gentle curve which provides an easy and ergonomic grip.

According to Scanpan, the handles in this range have been redesigned to stay cooler compared to the previous handles. However, that’s not really the case for the pans as some users noted that they tend to get extremely hot around the part that’s closer to the joint.  

Besides that, since they are riveted to the cookware body, the interior is not completely smooth compared to the Classic pans. You can expect gunk to build up around the rivets over time, so if you are particular about hygiene, this might be a downside. 

Lids

All the pots, saucepans and sauté pans within the HaptIQ series come with lids. They are tempered glass lids with stainless steel lining hence provide a better seal for moisture and give you a glimpse of your food while it’s cooking.

They have large crescent handles made of stainless steel. They are easy to grip even with oven mitts which you will need often when cooking with the oven as the stainless steel handles can get a little hot. 

Cooking Performance 

Performance-wise, there’s little to complain about the HaptIQ. The thick aluminum core layer sandwiched between stainless steel outer layers enables sufficient heat distribution in all of the HaptIQ’s cookware. 

A majority of users agreed that they cook more evenly and retain heat very well, especially over time. The fact that the aluminum layer runs from the base all the way to the sides maximizes heat utilization too which reduces preparation time to a minimum.  

Where the HaptIQ might fall short for some is that due to the thick base of its pots and pans, they take a bit longer to heat up compared to thinner cookware. The good thing though is that a thicker base is not likely to warp plus it prevents food from burning easily. 

Both the pans and pots have a flat bottom. However, while the sides of the fry pans are curved, the depth could be too shallow for some users. They are just right for eggs and bacon but stir-frying in them might be somewhat tricky. 

The sauté and chef pans have extra high edges though which makes them suitable for dishes that require stirring. All the HaptIQ cookware including the lids and handles are oven safe up to 260oC which is really nice.

Nonstick Performance 

The nonstick performance of the HaptIQ’s Stratanium+ cooking surface is what sets it apart from the other series from Scanpan. It’s absolutely nonstick as claimed and heats evenly. 

The surface is slightly rough, not smooth like that of other pans and pots. When cooking, it forms a series of micro-cavities (micro-holes) that prevent the food from sticking onto the pan. Therefore, you get great cooking results and with a tiny bit of butter, food release, and slide around with no issue at all. 

The excellent performance of the nonstick properties of the HaptIQ makes its pans ideal for frying eggs, sauteeing veggies, and searing scallops.

Their squeeze-cast body also helps eliminate hot spots. Many users reported that their meat came out evenly cooked and perfectly browned than when using other pans.

Cleaning the nonstick surface is quick and easy since food doesn’t stick at all. The same can’t be said for the exterior though. 

In our research, several people have mentioned that it’s difficult to clean the bottom and the outside walls of the pans. It’s a polished steel surface that gets stains and marks right away hence it’s really impossible to clean it well. Chances are that it will always look dirty.

Besides that, food tends to lodge around the rivets which can also sometimes be a bit difficult to clean. 

Durability

As far as the durability of the exterior is concerned, HaptIQ cookware is probably better than many other brands out there. They won’t succumb to warping quickly.

As for the nonstick coating, we’ve gone through many different reviews posted by buyers online and the general consensus is that Scanpan HaptIQ coating seems like it can last longer than average. We have selected this model as one of the most durable nonstick cookware sets.

A sizeable number of users said that they have used the pans for almost a year now and they are still holding up pretty well. 

From our research, many users have used the previous Scanpan pans with Stratanium coating for more than 5 years. 

We also came across people who mentioned that they were still using their pans and pots after 7 years. For nonstick cookware, 5 or even 7 years is long since most need replacement after only 2 to 3 years.

Considering that the HaptIQ features Stratanium+ nonstick coating which Scanpan claims to be much tougher than their previous Stratanium coating, we can assume that it will equally last longer. 

However, there are some complaints that the HaptIQ cookware becomes discolored later on. The nonstick coating is quite coarse and as such, they’re bound to be some absorption of the seasoning as well as food colorings. This is something you should expect, but you can easily sort it out using a powder cleaner like Bonami.

Value 

From our analysis and what we’ve seen from the long list of customer reviews, the Scanpan HaptIQ cookware is well worth the investment. 

The biggest selling point for us is the durability. We find their unique coating tougher and better in terms of performance than most other nonstick brands. 

Yes, their price point is on the high end, but the value you get does compensate, especially if you after something that is of good quality and can last longer. 

Pros 

  • Better and long-lasting nonstick effect
  • Heat retention and distribution is great
  • Cookware and lids are oven safe up to 220oC
  • Works with all stovetops including induction
  • Robust long-lasting 5-layer construction
  • Durable tempered glass lids with steel lining
  • Tough ceramic-titanium nonstick coating

Cons 

  • Take a bit longer to heat up
  • The cookware is quite heavy
  • Handles can get hot over high heat
  • Depth of fry pans might be shallow for some users
  • Difficult to clean the bottom and outside walls of the pans

Scanpan CTX

Scanpan CTX 14-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set with Stratanium Nonstick Coating
  • Set includes: 8-inch Skillet, 10.25-inch Skillet, 2-quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.75-quart Saucepan with Lid, 4-quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.75-quart Saute Pan with Lid, 5.5-quart Saute Pan with Lid & 7.5-quart Round Dutch Oven with Lid
  • Stratanium consists of 5 layers in which hard particles and wave-like layers interlock to reinforce the nonstick layer and that is 50% more durable nonstick than the previous Scanpan coating
  • Stratanium browns, sears, deglazes, reduces and thickens sauces without the messy clean up; cook with little or no oil for a healthier lifestyle

What does it include?

  • 8″ Skillet
  • 10.25″ Skillet
  • 2-qt. Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.75-qt. Saucepan with Lid
  • 4-qt. Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.75-qt. Sauté pan with Lid
  • 5.5-qt. Sauté Pan with Lid
  • 7.5-qt. Round Dutch Oven with Lid

What to Love?

  • Durability: Like all Scanpan cookware sets, this one is made with the best Danish quality. The non-stick surface is robust and you can use any kind of kitchen tool on it, including metal and steel ones. Also, the non-stick coating is 50% more durable than other Scanpan coatings thanks to their new technology: Stratanium. 5 layers with hard particles and wave-like layers that interlock to reinforce the nonstick layer. 
  • Non-stick coating: You will be able to cook meals with little to no fat or oil without fear of them sticking to your cookware. This makes it perfect for people with healthy lifestyles, who want to reduce fats in their diet. Also, since foods don’t stick, cleanup is extra easy. Some customers have reported that the pans are practically rinsed clean with just hot water.
  • Appearance: The brush steel exterior gives this cookware set a certain elegance that will look great in any kitchen. Also, all the lids have a practical glass middle that makes them unique and also allows you to see what you are cooking.
  • Safe for any cooktop: This includes induction ones. 
  • Ovenproof: up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This widens the range of recipes you will be able to prepare using the set.
  • Handles: They don’t get warm when the pan is hot, making it easier to handle them while cooking.
  • Heat distribution: The multi-layer fused construction results in rapid and even heat distribution that guarantees evenly cooked meals.

What Not to Like?

  • Number of Pieces: You may have noticed that even though it is a 14-piece set, there are only 8 pans on the list. This is because each lid is counted as a different piece and this may bring confusion among customers.
  • Price: It stands at a very high price point.

Final Remarks

There is virtually nothing wrong with this cookware set. If you can afford it, then we recommend getting it. 

Our Score: 5/5

Scanpan CTQ Skillet

Scanpan CTQ Nonstick Skillet 69002804, 1134;
  • Ideal for browning meats, flipping pancakes, searing tuna and more, this professional-grade skillet features Scanpan’s incredible ceramic-titanium nonstick surface
  • Completely PFOA free, ceramic titanium nonstick is bonded directly to the pan so it doesn’t blister, peel or scrape away, even when using metal utensils
  • Unlike other nonstick pans, Scanpan can be used for browning, searing and deglazing, and boasts exceptional food release for easy serving and cleanup

A professional-grade, versatile skillet.

What to Love?

  • Ceramic-titanium nonstick surface: You can rest assured that your food won’t stick to this skillet. Like other Scanpan products, this one doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Also, the coating is bonded directly to the pan so it won’t blister, peel or scrape away even due to the use of metal utensils. Finally, cleanup is a breeze.
  • Versatility: Unlike other non-stick skillets, you can use the Scanpan CTQ Nonstick Skillet for browning, searing and deglazing. Just think about all the different meals you’ll be able to cook.
  • Oven safe: You put it in your over for any purpose, up to a 500 degrees Fahrenheit temperature.
  • Induction-compatible.

What not to Like?

  • Exterior: There have been some complaints about the exterior of the skillet being difficult to clean and getting stained after heavy use.

Final Remarks

This skillet is perfect for people who are experienced in the kitchen and enjoy making different meals. It will satisfy their needs without a doubt. However, it is important to take care good care of it and not abuse it to maintain its properties and appearance.

 Our score: 4.6/5

Scanpan CSX Saute Pan

Scanpan 67102800 CSX Covered Saute Pan, 11-Inch
  • Compatible with all cooking surfaces; including induction; Oven safe to 550 Degree F
  • Securely riveted; stay-cool handle is gently curved for a comfortable grip and easy maneuverability
  • Smooth to the touch; the rim fully conceals the inner layers of aluminum

What to Love?

  • Durability: The stainless steel is very resistant to corrosion, so it will last a very long time even after heavy use.
  • Heat Distribution: The 5-ply stainless steel construction ensures rapid and even heat distribution for evenly cooked meals and no hot spots.
  • Versatility: With an 18/10 stainless steel interior, you can sauté, fry, caramelize and sear using high heat to prepare just about anything you can imagine.
  • Ovenproof: Just like other Scanpan products, you can put this one in the oven, up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, for any purpose you have.
  • Induction compatible: Thanks to the 18/0 magnetic stainless-steel exterior, you can use it on any cooktop, including induction.
  • Sustainability: This line is constructed from 100% recycled materials, making it eco-friendly.

 What not to Like?

  • Cleanup: According to some customers, it isn’t as easy to clean up this skillet as it is with other Scanpan products

Final Remarks

This piece is not as remarkable as the previous two but still gets the job done. The issues with cleaning make it a deal-breaker for people who are constantly on the go and don’t have time to take so much care of their cookware.

Our Score: 4.3/5

Scanpan Classic Cookware Set

Scanpan Classic Cookware Set, 14 piece with Stratanium Nonstick
  • Scanpan Cookware Set includes: 1-quart Nonstick Saucepan, 2-quart Nonstick Saucepan, 2.75-quart Nonstick Saute Pan, 3-quart Nonstick Saucepan, 6.5-quart Nonstick Dutch Oven, 8" Nonstick Skillet, 10.25" Nonstick Skillet, 10.5" Nonstick Grill Pan & 12.5" Nonstick Skillet
  • Stratanium consists of 5-layers in which hard particles and wave-like layers interlock to reinforce the nonstick layer and 50% more durable nonstick than the previous coating
  • PFOA/PFOS-free; surface will not warp, blister or peel; squeeze-cast body eliminates hot spots for even cooking and browning

What Does it Include?

  • 1-qt. Nonstick Saucepan
  • 2-qt. Nonstick Saucepan
  • 2.75-qt. Nonstick Sauté Pan
  • 3-qt. Nonstick Saucepan
  • 6.5-qt. Nonstick Dutch Oven
  • 8″ Nonstick Skillet
  • 10.25″ Nonstick Skillet
  • 10.5″ Nonstick Grill Pan
  • 12.5″ Nonstick Skillet

 What to Love?

  • Stratanium: 5 layers with hard particles and wave-like layers that interlock to reinforce the nonstick layer. This technology is also featured in the CTX and makes the nonstick coating on these pans 50% more durable than the one in the other sets. You can even use metal utensils without fear of damaging it.
  • Nonstick coating: Forget about using oil for your meals. Thanks to this set, you will be able to cook healthier meals since you won’t need oils or fats to avoid them sticking to your cookware. 
  • Oven safe: Both the pans and the glass tempered lids are safe for the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you’ve been waiting to get a pan with this feature to prepare a specific meal, then look no further.
  • Dishwasher safe: If you are constantly on the go and don’t have time to handwash your dishes, just pop these pans into the dishwasher and don’t worry about them getting damaged by it because they won’t.
  • Price point: This set is significantly more affordable than the CTX, with many of the same features.

What not to Like?

  • Not compatible with induction cooktops. Unlike many other Scanpan sets, you won’t be able to use this one if you own an induction cooktop.

Final Remarks

This is an excellent option for people who are on a shorter budget but still want to benefit from the amazing features on many Scanpan sets. However, if you have an induction cooktop then steer away from this one.

Our score: 4.2/5

Scanpan Pro S5 10-Piece Cookware Set

Scanpan Pro S5 10-Piece Cookware Set 63001000, Scanpan Pro S5 10-Piece Cookware Set,Scanpan Pro S5 10-Piece Cookware Set
  • New five-layer Stratanium nonstick technology is made up of PFOA-free hard particles
  • Wave-like layers interlock to reinforce the nonstick cooking surface
  • Pressure-cast aluminum body delivers even, efficient heat conduction

What Does it Include?

  • 1.25-qt. Saucepan
  • 3.25-qt. Saucepan
  • 2.75-qt. Covered Sauté Pan
  • 7-qt. covered Dutch Oven
  • 8″ Skillet
  • 10.25″ Skillet

What to Love?

  • Durability: Just like the Classic set, this one features the Stratanium technology that reinforces the nonstick layer, making the coating on these pans 50% more durable than the one in the other sets. Also, don’t worry about scratching it while using metal utensils. The 5-layer model also ensures protection for corrosion for many years.
  • Nonstick coating: Maybe you have been trying to eat healthier for some time but you can’t avoid adding oils or fats to your meals because otherwise, it will stick to your pan. You won’t have to worry about that with this set.
  • Oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. You will be able to try many new recipes.
  • Dishwasher safe: However, hand washing is recommended for the set to last for a longer time with the same quality as the beginning according to some users.
  • Riveted handles: These are more comfortable and provide easier cleanup.

Final Remarks

All-around, a great cookware set, but at this point, we’re used to this level of quality from Scanpan. A great option for anyone that needs to revamp their cooking set or that’s starting a new life in a new kitchen.

Our score: 4.8/5 

Scanpan Pro IQ 14-piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Scanpan Pro IQ 14-piece Nonstick Cookware Set
  • Set includes: 8-inch Skillet, 10.25-inch Skillet, 10.5-inch Square Grill Pan, 2-quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.6-quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.3-quart Saute Pan with Lid, 3.8-quart (12.5") Saute Pan with Lid, 6.3-quart Dutch Oven with Lid & Stack ‘N’ Steam Insert
  • PFOA-Free; thick base provides fast and even heat distribution
  • Patented nonstick coating sears, browns, and deglazes with ease for more flavor and easy cleaning; coating is 10 times harder than stainless steel and scratch resistant with metal utensils

A bigger set than the S5, with a higher price

What’s included?

  • 8″ Skillet
  • 10.25″ Skillet
  • 10.5″ Square Grill
  • 2-qt. Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.6-qt. Saucepan with Lid
  • 2.3-qt. Sauté Pan with Lid
  • 5.5-qt. Sauté Pan with Lid
  • 6.3-qt. Dutch Oven with Lid 
  • Stack ‘N’ Steam Insert

What to Love?

  • Durability: the coating on this set is 10 times harder than stainless steel, making it scratch resistant for all kinds of utensils, even metal ones. So, there is no need to go out and get new silicone ones because any you have will suffice.
  • Nonstick Coating: Just like the S5, the coating in this set allows for a less amount of fat or oil to be used when cooking. It sears, browns and deglazes with ease, resulting in meals with more flavor and offering and easier cleaning.
  • Heat distribution: The thick base on this set provides fast and even heat distribution, allowing for an evenly cooked meal and no irregular browning.
  • Stack ‘N’ Steam Insert: This piece will let you make many meals from pasta to steamed vegetables.
  • Suitable for all stovetops: Including induction
  • Oven Safe: up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. All the tempered steam vented lids are also safe to use in the oven.
  • Dishwasher safe: however, hand washing is encouraged to maintain the amazing quality of the set.

Final Remarks

The IQ set is fairly similar to the S5 in regards to its features and qualities. However, there is a significant price jump between the two, with the IQ being more expensive. So, unless you really need the extra pieces from the IQ, we recommend saving a little money with the S5 while still getting great quality.

Our Score: 4.7/5

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