We will also Scanpan review three product lines; the Scanpan CTQ Nonstick Skillet, the Scanpan Classic 11-inch Glass Cover, and the Scanpan Classic 3-Quart.
Why Should You Choose Scanpan Cookware?
SCANPAN is a family-owned business based in Ryomgaard, Denmark, where they’ve been creating high-quality cookware for more than thirty decades.
Scanpan is one of the world’s leading producers of PFOA-free (that nasty Teflon stuff) nonstick products.
In fact, Scanpan jumped the gun on international regulations (which were passed in 2015 and required all cookware to be completely free of PFOA), by introducing their own improved nonstick coating several years earlier, way back 2008.
We like this because it sounds like a company that cares more about their customers than their bottom line!
Awareness of our impact on the environment has grown significantly in recent years and as a result, more and more consumers are demanding products that don’t harm the environment. Consumers are now actively seeking to do business with companies that make a concerted effort to reduce their effect on the environment.
Scanpan is one such company that is making strides to reduce its dependence and impact on the natural environment; they now utilize 100% recycled aluminum (aluminum that may have once been produced as a beer can or even a bicycle) in their products.
Don’t think of recycled as a lower quality product, far from it!
The melted-down, recycled aluminum used in Scanpan cookware is at least as strong as non-recycled aluminum; in fact recycled and non-recycled aluminum have exactly the same heat conduction properties.
The only difference is that the effect on the environment is greatly reduced when using the reused materials.
Did you know mining 2.2 lbs of aluminum from the ground creates almost 200 lbs of waste? But by using 2.2 lbs of recycled aluminum in manufacturing processes only 7.5 lbs of waste is created!
This makes Scanpan cookware a good idea for any consumer who is concerned with their impact on the natural world.
Is Scanpan Cookware Oven Proof and Oven Safe?
Yes, SCANPAN is oven proof and oven safe (this is discussed in more detail below).
Is Scanpan Cookware Induction Friendly?
Induction stovetops use magnetic fields (as opposed to the traditional thermal heat from electricity or the flame from a gas burner).
There are a lot of pros to using induction but unfortunately, not all cookware is compatible with induction burners.
TIP: It is easy to test your existing cookware simply by using a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of the pot or pan, it will work on an induction stove. The stronger the magnetic pull on the pot, the better the cookware will work on an induction stove top.
When we first researched for our Scanpan review, we found that not all lines of Scanpan are induction ready. The Scanpan Classic and Professional lines, have an aluminum core which is not magnetic (and therefore not induction compatible). However, the following cookware ranges are suitable for use on an induction stove top:
The CTX range
The IQ range
The Impact range
The CSX range
The Fusion 5 range
How to Take Care of Your Scanpan Cookware
As with all nonstick cookware sets, it is important that the surface of the pots are cleaned regularly in order to prevent food from sticking.
We discovered an easy way to clean stuck-on food and remove the oily residue that may build up on your cookware.
Simply pour water into the pan (to cover the base of the pan up to an inch high).
Then add a tablespoon of baking soda for every two cups of water used. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to boil for several additional minutes.
Then turn off heat and let leave for a half an hour.
Next, clean pans as per usual, and dry cookware immediately (this removes the likelihood of water stains appearing on your cookware). You may need to repeat this process a few times for bad stains.
Another way to treat stains includes using a mild abrasive product, such as Barkeepers Friend, on the inside of all Scanpan pots and pans. Simply create a paste with the Barkeepers Friend and a little water, then scrub and rinse really well.
There is an additional way to clean the Scanpan Classic and Professional cookware only (please note, this is not a suitable cleaning method for the CTX product line). With these two product lines you can immerse the cookware in cold water while the pan is still hot (as in, immediately after use).
This will generate steam that will literally steam off the remaining stuck-on food. These pans don’t warp or bend because of their extra thick base. Also, a hard brush will not damage the ceramic-titanium surface because the surface is very hard.
It’s important to note (it’s worth saying this twice) that immersing a hot pan in cold water will damage SCANPANCTX (and most other types of cookware)! But, cold water immersion will not damage the Classic and Professional ranges.
Where is Scanpan Manufactured?
Scanpan is manufactured in Denmark, and currently exported to more than 50 countries worldwide.
Next up in our Scanpan review, we’re going to compare the Scanpan to popular cookware brands.
Which is Better – Scapan or Cuisinart?
While this Scanpan review primarily looks at Scanpan cookware, we decided to compare it to other familiar household cookware brands.
In order to compare Scanpan and Cuisinart we will look at the nonstick coating, where they are manufactured, induction readiness, whether they are safe for oven use, and price.
Cuisinart offers a number of affordable cookware sets and a few individual pans as well. The Cuisinart cookware ranges include: CastLite Non-Stick Cast Iron Cookware (available in 8”, 10”, and 12”), the Chef’s Classic Non-Stick Stainless, MultiClad Pro Non-Stick Skillets, and the MultiClad Pro.
Overall, the Cuisinart cookware are nonstick, oven ready, dishwasher and broiler-safe, induction ready (not all of the Scanpancookware ranges are induction compatible), available in different colors (differ depending on the model), have tapered rims for drip-free pouring, and are generally less expensive than the Scanpan cookware.
However, the price difference is most likely because the Cuisinart cookware are manufactured in China, while the Scanpan cookware are produced in Europe.
Many people, therefore, believe that the Scanpan cookware range is of superior quality.
After all, you do get what you pay for.
Which is Better Scanpan or Anolon?
In order to compare Scanpan and Anolon we will look at the nonstick coating, induction readiness, whether they are safe for oven use, and price.
Anolon Nouvelle Copper is made from hard anodized aluminum which is twice as hard as stainless steel and offers exceptional heat distribution. The range is suitable for all cook tops, including induction, and is also oven safe up to 500°F.
Ultimately, the Anolon range is nonstick, as well as oven and induction ready. The most notable difference between the two cookware product lines is that the SCANPAN is made in Denmark while Anolon is manufactured in Thailand, and not all SCANPAN cookware pieces are induction ready.
Scanpan Review — An Deep Dive Into Their Cookware Lineup
Need to know more about the Scanpan range but don’t have hours to bounce from website to website?
Don’t worry! Below we give our honest review of the following three favorite Scanpan products:
The Scanpan CTQ Nonstick Skillet features a five layer clad-aluminum construction (with brushed stainless steel exterior), and ceramic titanium nonstick surface (completely PFOA free).
The ceramic titanium is bonded directly to the pan so it shouldn’t blister, peel or scrape away. Although the manufacturer has stated that metal utensils can be used (unlike with most nonstick pans), our feeling is that we would rather be safe than sorry so we still strongly advise using silicone or wood utensils instead.
This product has a lifetime warranty.
The handle is designed to stay cool as the skillet goes from stove top to oven (oven safe up to 500°F) though we suggest using an oven mitt or cloth to remove hot skillet from oven (again, rather be safe than sorry).
A great feature of this skillet is that it is induction compatible! Even if you aren’t currently cooking on an induction stove top, with a lifetime guarantee on this cookware range, you may still have this cookware around when you change your mind!
Taking care of your SCANPAN CTQ Nonstick Skillet:
Although we are the first to admit, this cookware is pretty tough, any non-stick pan will degrade if abused; aerosol oil can degrade the non-stick coating so stick to a little butter or oil (didn’t really need oil).
As with any nonstick cookware, avoid the temptation to use high heat, it is completely unnecessary and most pans are not designed to be used any higher than a medium-high heat.
If a high heat is used (among other problems), the skillet will quickly turn a gold hue on the outside that can’t be removed.
This doesn’t affect the cooking ability of the pan, but obviously, it just doesn’t look as nice.
We’d advise keeping this amazing skillet out of the dishwasher despite the manufacturer’s instructions to the contrary.
This 11-Inch glass lid fits any matching diameter SCANPAN (for example, the SCANPAN CTQ nonstick skillet above) or other make of saucepan (the glass cover is also available is 6.25”, 7”, 8”, 9.5”, 10.25”, 12.5”, 14.25”).
A really important point to note: the Scanpan lifetime warranty doesn’t include the Scanpan covers; as they are heat tempered glass. Although the covers are chip-resistant and have a high-density phenolic knob which is easy to grip (even with an oven mitt); as with any glass product, they may break.
The SCANPAN Classic 11-inch glass cover is safe to use in the dishwasher and in the oven (up to 500° Fahrenheit).
We love this lid because it sports a heat-resistant plastic knob. We also dropped it a few times and the glass didn’t break!
The dimensions of the Classic 3-Quart: 5″ wide, 13″ long, and 8″ deep (this Scanpan Classic is also available in 1 and 2 quart sizes to suit all of your cooking needs).
Unlike most nonstick surfaces, the Scanpan Classic patented nonstick coating is 10 times harder than stainless steel and is also scratch resistant (it’s a patented ceramic-titanium nonstick). A great benefit of this coating is that it allows for searing and browning (most nonstick surfaces can’t), and that means you can add more flavor to your meals (plus it is easier to clean-up).
SCANPAN Classic is designed for both stove top as well as oven use (this range is safe up to 500°F).
Another great feature of this piece is that the handle is designed to fit your hand well; comfortable with smooth, rounded edges, which makes it easy to hold (unlike many others on the market).
Remember, when using SCANPAN (or any cookware) at a high heat the surface lining of the pan will be destroyed.
We advise always consulting and following the manufacturer’s instructions which states that you should never go above a medium to medium high heat while cooking.
After considering the many factors of the SCANPAN range, we believe that you will be so happy with this cookware range that you will replace all of your existing pots and pans with SCANPAN line!
If you take care of your Scanpan pots and pans, they really do live up to their high reputation; Scanpan cookware is built to last.
Scanpan is a very environmentally friendly cookware piece. Their reputation in the home and kitchen niche speaks for itself.
From what we have seen and from our Scanpan review, it’s hard to find a better cookware piece out there. Yes, the price point is higher than the others, but the value you get from the lifetime guarantee more than compensates.
We have used the above 3 Scanpan favorites in our kitchen for 1 year now and they are still working as described.
Now’s the time to take action and buy your Scanpan cookware today!
Nate is an aspiring chef, and father of two. He is always on the lookout to try new healthy recipes and kitchen gadgets. He has a passion for cooking delicious miso black cod and enjoys a nice sip of pinot on occasion.