The EarthPan Pro 12-Inch Open French Skillet is one of several nonstick skillets that eschew the use of Teflon and similar coatings, which some health experts say may pose a threat to human health. The downside? The EarthPan (and other Teflon alternatives) don't really compare to traditional nonstick skillets when it comes to durability, reviewers say. However, the EarthPan skillet does get high marks for even heating and ease of use, and in testing, its coating does hold up a bit better than some competing eco-friendly skillets. In user reviews, some owners are happy with it, but about one third complain that it quickly loses its nonstick properties. If you're not concerned about the safety of Teflon, we found better overall performance and durability scores for the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Omelette Pan Set (*Est. $80).
EarthPan is included in comparison reviews with both traditional and alternative nonstick cookware sets at ConsumerReports.org. Cook's Illustrated magazine focuses on just skillets in several reviews, including in one that compares "green" nonstick skillets. We found several dozen user reviews at Amazon.com.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org don't specifically test the EarthPan Pro 12-Inch Open French Skillet, but EarthPan is included in their comprehensive review of 19 nonstick cookware sets. The skillet that comes with each cookware set is used to cook eggs to judge the effectiveness of the nonstick coating and to cook pancakes to gauge how well it distributes heat. Ten of the nonstick brands are recommended.
Review: Cookware Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2011
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors test eight non-Teflon skillets in this review, including the EarthPan Pro 12-Inch Open French Skillet, but none of the alternative skillets gets an enthusiastic recommendation. Editors extensively test each skillet for durability, nonstick performance and ease of use.
Review: Green Skillets, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Sept. 2009
User reviews for the EarthPan Pro 12-Inch Open French Skillet are divided. Many owners are pleased with their purchases. Others, however, complain that although it worked well at first, the nonstick coating began to degrade after a few weeks or months, resulting in stuck-on egg.
Review: Earth Pan II by Farberware Hard Anodized Skillets, Contributors to Amazon.com