Concerns about perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used in the production of nonstick coatings, have led many users to seek out alternative forms of nonstick cookware. Reviews indicate that the best performing and longest lasting of these eco-friendly pans is Scanpan Classic. There are very few professional reviews of this line of cookware. However, those that we found report that the cookware delivers excellent heat distribution, has a durable nonstick surface and is easy to clean. It's not perfect, however; reviewers find the handles somewhat uncomfortable.
Its performance comes at a high price, and all users aren't convinced it's justified. Some owners say the nonstick surface on their Scanpan cookware wore out within a couple of years, although others report that their Scanpan cookware is still in good shape after four years or more. Also, some users had trouble getting defective pans replaced under Scanpan's limited lifetime warranty. A cheaper brand of eco-friendly cookware is EarthPan Hard Anodized Cookware , but reviews indicate it's not as durable.
Scanpan Classic is included in a recent cookware review conducted by ConsumerReports.org, which evaluates 35 sets of traditional and nonstick cookware. Two Scanpan Classic pieces, a saucepan and a frying pan, are evaluated by Australia's Choice magazine. Although we did not find as many user reviews for the Scanpan Classic as we did for most cookware brands, there are more than 140 owner reviews for a Scanpan skillet at Amazon.com.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org test 35 whole sets of traditional and nonstick cookware, including Scanpan Classic. Each cookware set gets scores for evenness of cooking, ease of cleaning and handle design. While the write-ups themselves aren't that detailed, testing methods are well documented, and the results are clearly explained in a chart.
Review: Kitchen Cookware, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Choice magazine
In this review, testers evaluate 14 nonstick pans, including the Scanpan Classic. Each pan is rated on its nonstick properties, durability, heat distribution and ease of use. Four pans are recommended, but only two of them are available in the United States. The article also includes information about the controversy over the safety of Teflon and related chemicals.
Review: Non-stick Frypans Review and Compare, Rebecca Gatto, March 2010
3. Choice magazine
Australia's Choice magazine test 13 saucepans, including one from Scanpan Classic, and rates them on performance and ease of use. Nonstick pans are also evaluated based on the durability of the nonstick coating. Eight of the 13 pans are recommended, but most of them are not available in the United States.
Review: Saucepans Review and Compare, Rebecca Gatto, July 2007
In more than 140 reviews, Scanpan Classic frying pans earn an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users say these pans offer a good nonstick surface, even heat distribution and easy cleanup. However, they are split over the durability of the nonstick coating. Several users say the manufacturer refused to replace defective pans and describe the Scanpan warranty as "a joke." The site also features reviews for larger Scanpan Cookware sets, but there are far fewer reviews. These sets garner only 3.5 out of 5 stars, with users saying durability is disappointing.
Review: Scanpan Classic Fry Pans, Contributors to Amazon.com