If you prefer to invest in cookware that will stand the test of time, then Scanpan is one cookware manufacturer that offers a lifetime warranty on its products. Although the use of aluminum cookware has been the subject of discussion over recent decades, due to it being linked to Alzheimer’s, the aluminum cookware made by Scanpan has a PFOA-free non-stick coating which prevents aluminum from coming into contact with our food.Whether you are looking to replace a skillet, a sauce pan or invest in a full set of cookware, then Scanpan has all of these and more. Why not take a look at the following Scanpan reviews to see what advantages this cookware could offer to your cooking and kitchen?
The scratch resistant stainless steel Scanpan CTX 12.75" fry pan is an ideal introduction to a premium range of Scanpan cookware.
The Scanpan Classic fry pan set (2 piece) is our budget pick from the Scanpan Classic range.
Table of Contents
- Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Scanpans
- 1. Scanpan CTX 12.75" Fry Pan
- 2. Scanpan Classic Fry Pan Set
- 3. Scanpan Professional 9.5" Fry Pan
- 4. Scanpan Classic 2.75 Quart Sauté Pan
- 5. Scanpan Professional 11" Griddle
- 6. Scanpan 65100000 CTX Set
- 7. Scanpan Classic 3 Quart Sauce Pan
- 8. Scanpan CTX 4 Quart Sauce Pan
- 9. Scanpan CTQ Skillet Set 69000200
- 10. Scanpan Classic 3.5 Quart Sauté Pan
- Things to Consider Before Buying Scanpan Cookware
Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Scanpans
1. Scanpan CTX 12.75" Fry Pan
The Scanpan CTX 12.75" fry pan is a stainless steel and aluminum thee ply/five layer construction. It has a non-stick coating which is free from PFOA, scratch resistant and ten times harder than stainless steel. Made in Denmark, this pan comes with a limited lifetime warranty.Easy to clean, and suitable for all stove types, including induction, it is oven safe up to 500°F. Its cast stainless steel handles are also able to stay cooler for longer.
2. Scanpan Classic Fry Pan Set
Comprising of an 8" and a 10.25" fry pan, the Scanpan Classic fry pan set (2 piece) is made of squeeze-cast aluminum with a ceramic titanium surface. These fry pans are oven safe up to 500°F and can be used on any stovetop except induction.Made in Denmark, the aluminum in this fry pan set is 100% recycled. These pans come with a lifetime limited warranty and they are dishwasher safe. Although these fry pans are suitable for metal utensils, you may want to keep to nylon, silicone or wood to reduce the risk of any scratching to the non-stick.
3. Scanpan Professional 9.5" Fry Pan
An ideal size for omelet, the Scanpan Professional 9.5" fry pan is heavy gauge and made of pressure cast aluminum. The ceramic titanium non-stick is metal utensil safe and free from PFOA. This pan is oven safe up to 500°F and although you can clean them in the dishwasher, hand washing is recommended by the manufacturer.
The handle is stainless steel and the pan is designed to sit completely flat on the stovetop to distribute and retain heat evenly. Although this does not come with a lid, you can buy one to fit from Scanpan. This does come with a lifetime limited warranty although some owners have had limited success in making a warranty claim on this particular pan.
4. Scanpan Classic 2.75 Quart Sauté Pan
Suitable for stove top and oven use up to 500°F, the Scanpan Classic 2.75 quart sauté pan has a squeeze-cast aluminum for better heat distribution. The handles on this cookware use a patented system without any rivets, screws or springs and its non-stick coating is free from PFOA.
It is also scratch resistant, although some users do report that like other ceramic cookware, it is still prone to scratching. Suitable for cleaning in the dishwasher, this 2.75 quart/10.25" pan also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
5. Scanpan Professional 11" Griddle
The squeeze cast aluminum Scanpan Professional 11" griddle has a cast stainless steel handle and PFOA free non-stick surface. Suitable for oven use up to a temperature of 500°F, this square griddle is also dishwasher safe. It comes with a lifetime limited warranty, although its non-stick coating will start to wear out during its lifetime. This griddle is suitable for all stovetops except for induction.
6. Scanpan 65100000 CTX Set
The Scanpan 65100000 CTX set (10 piece) is ceramic titanium cookware with a non-stick coating that is free from PFOA. It is a three ply/five layer construction with stainless steel and aluminum core and the cast stainless steel handles are riveted for strength and the lids are titanium and glass. Oven safe up to 500°F, this gray cookware is also dishwasher safe and suitable for all stovetops including induction.Made in Denmark from 100% recycled materials, this cookware also comes with a lifetime warranty. The set includes two fry pans, a covered sauté pan, two covered sauce pans and a 7.5 quart covered Dutch oven. You may want to check this set on arrival, as some buyers have experienced it arriving with cosmetic damage and broken glass lids.
7. Scanpan Classic 3 Quart Sauce Pan
The Scanpan Classic 3 quart sauce pan has a squeeze cast aluminum body and glass lid. Suitable for using on all stovetops except for induction, you can also use it in the oven. Its scratch resistant non-stick coating is free from PFOA and safe to use metal utensils on, although as some users have experienced minor damage to the coating with metal utensils, you may prefer to keep to nylon, wood or silicone.This pan comes with a lifetime limited warranty and is suitable for cleaning in the dishwasher.
8. Scanpan CTX 4 Quart Sauce Pan
The Scanpan CTX 4 quart sauce pan is a three ply/five layer construction with stainless steel and an aluminum core, which makes it suitable for all types of stovetops including induction. The PFOA-free non-stick coating is ten times harder than stainless steel and resistant to scratches. The metal and glass lids have minor design flaws which means that liquid can trap under the lip of the lids, and the handles can get extremely hot during cooking.This cookware is oven proof up to 500°F and its cast stainless steel handles can stay cooler for longer. Although suitable for dishwasher cleaning, the manufacturer recommends washing by hand. This pan also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
9. Scanpan CTQ Skillet Set 69000200
The Scanpan CTQ skillet set (2 piece) is an 8" skillet and a 10.25" skillet. These are three ply/five layer aluminum and stainless steel that makes them suitable for induction and all other types of stovetop. They are also oven safe and the ceramic titanium non-stick is PFOA free and safe to use metal utensils on.These skillets do not come with lids, although you can buy these directly from the manufacturer. They do come with a lifetime limited warranty, although some skillet owners have experienced less than favorable contact with customer services over warranty queries.
10. Scanpan Classic 3.5 Quart Sauté Pan
The Scanpan Classic 3.5 quart sauté pan comes with a glass lid and is oven safe up to 500°F. This larger 12.5" pan has a squeeze-cast aluminum body and a PFOA-free non-stick lining. This pan comes with a lifetime limited warranty, and although dishwasher safe, hand washing is actually recommended. There is also the risk that food may trap under the handle of the lid, so you may need to pay extra attention to this area when cleaning.
Things to Consider Before Buying Scanpan Cookware
All Scanpan cookware is made in Denmark. The company has been making cookware for over thirty years and prides itself on its innovation and technology to produce the best cookware that it can for its customers.
Scanpan uses 100% recycled aluminum in its cookware. This has the same properties as raw aluminum, it just means there is a lower environmental impact. Using just over 2 lb. of recycled aluminum gives around 7.5 lb. of waste, while the same amount of raw aluminum extracted from the earth creates about 200 lbs. of waste.
Scanpan first introduced non-stick coatings that were free from PFOA back in 2008. Its latest non-stick is STRATANIUM, which is a five layer system that uses wave-like layers and hard particles to interlock and strengthen the non-stick layer.
This gives a surface that is 50% more durable than their previous non-stick. Not only will this allow you the option to cook without fat, but you can also use metal utensils in this cookware and put it through the dishwasher.
Cooking with Scanpan
The manufacturer states that you should not use cooking sprays in Scanpans as the propellants used in these sprays can actually damage the non-stick coatings. Instead you should use butter, oil or fat, or cook without. If you intend to cook at a higher heat, then a higher flash-point oil such as vegetable, avocado or rice should be used for better cooking results.
If you heat your pan for around a minute or so at medium heat, this will get the pan to the right cooking temperature for browning, searing or deglazing.
Cleaning Your Scanpans
Hot soapy water and a soft sponge will often be enough to clean the pan after use. You can use a nylon or bristle brush and a typical scouring cleanser to remove any harder stains or debris from a Scanpan.
If you must stack your cookware for storage, then place a soft cloth or towel between them to reduce the risk of scratches or scuffs.
Safety of Aluminum Cookware
Aluminum does react with acidic foods such as citrus and tomatoes. If you are using cookware with a raw aluminum surface i.e. does not have a non-stick coating, then not only could this alter the flavor and appearance of certain types of food, but the surface of the pan would also pit.
Although in small amounts, aluminum can leach into food, which over time may cause an accumulation in the body. Cookware such as Scanpan which has a coating over the aluminum prevents our food from coming into contact with the aluminum.
As the third most abundant element on earth, aluminum is found throughout the earth and our environment, which means we are exposed to it on a daily basis. We are also exposed to it through crops grown in the soil, our municipal water supplies and also through food packaging, antiperspirants or medicines such as antacids.
There have been links made between aluminum in the body and Alzheimer's disease, with research concluding that the brains of those suffering with Alzheimer's contained higher levels of aluminum than the brains of non-sufferers.
But because aluminum is so abundant in our environment, it is difficult for scientists to say with absolute certainty that aluminum has health implications, and indeed, such research studies often publish conflicting results. The research can also struggle to take into the many other factors, such as our genes and lifestyle habits which may contribute to development of Alzheimer's or other disorders we may develop as our bodies and minds age.
Some of us do try to limit our intentional aluminum consumption though, which we can do by choosing aluminum-free products and using household items such as Scanpan cookware which is coated in a PFOA-free coating.
In this review, we have taken a look at some of the controversy that surrounds aluminum cookware, as well as how the non-stick coatings on Scanpan cookware prevents aluminum from leaching into our food. We have also taken a look at how Scanpan try to reduce their environmental impact by using recycled aluminum, as well as offering some tips on how to cook with, and care for this cookware.Scanpan as a manufacturer produces durable and long-lasting cookware which is free from PFOA and PFAS, and we trust that these Scanpan reviews have been helpful to you and will assist you to choose the cookware best suited to your cooking needs.