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The Orgreenic skillet seems to be the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of pans. For every reviewer who says they love it and that it works exactly as it claims to, there is another who says their Orgreenic fry pan was the worst, stickiest nightmare they've ever experienced from egg one. And there are thousands of videos online to back up both claims. It almost makes us wonder if these Orgreenic skillets are being manufactured in two different places, with one factory turning out amazingly wonderful pans, the other making a poor copy.
To begin with, the infomercial for the Orgreenic skillet is pretty dang impressive -- omelets and eggs slide right out with a flip of the wrist! You can clean even burnt-on messes with a feather duster! It makes perfectly fried chicken without a drop of oil! If it ever dulls or damages, they'll replace it under the lifetime warranty!
And plenty of happy users say that's all true, but just as many others say their Orgreenic pan was not nonstick from the first use. Others say it was fine at first, but after just a few uses it became increasingly sticky. In fact, ceramic skillets are not the best choice for nonstick pans -- one expert refers to ceramic pans as "stick resistant" rather than nonstick. It seems that this is the case for the Orgreenic skillet as well. Users say they do actually work pretty well if you use a bit of oil; contrary to the claims made in the infomercial.
The Orgreenic skillet also gets poor reviews for durability, with many saying the nonstick surface began to chip or peel after just a few weeks. It does come with a lifetime warranty -- the company says it will replace it even if it's your fault -- but you have to pay for shipping both ways. Plenty of owners note that it costs about the same to just buy a new pan and it's much faster than waiting for the replacement.
As with all ceramic skillets, the Orgreenic 10-inch fry pan may just have a bit of a learning curve to it. It has to be seasoned with oil before first use and some users say you should re-season it occasionally. Reviewers also say you should not use cooking sprays on ceramic pans, as they tend to degrade the nonstick properties.
If you do decide you'd like to give an Orgreenic pan a try, we recommend you stay far away from the official website. Plenty of people who have purchased either by phone or through Orgreenic's site say they were the victims of unwanted charges and that the shipping times are extremely long -- eight to 10 weeks in some cases. There are also many complaints of incorrect shipments or of customers ordering one skillet, but receiving -- and being charged for -- entire cookware sets. It's more expensive to purchase the Orgreenic skillet though their website as well. As of this report date, the 10-inch skillet is $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping and handling for a grand total of $27.98. It's $19.99 at Walmart and you can walk out the door with it.
In addition to the 10-inch skillet, Orgreenic makes fry pans in 8- and 12-inch sizes, as well as a full line of cookware and bakeware. Reviews for all of Orgreenic's cookware are similar to the 10-inch pan -- feedback is evenly mixed between those who love it and those who hate it. Orgreenic says their cookware works on all types of stovetops, but those with induction cooktops say it is not suitable for induction cooking.
The biggest selling point of all ceramic skillets is their material, ceramic is not a coating and contains no PFOA. What Orgreenic doesn't tell you is that PFOA has been phased out of all cookware, so there's nothing healthier about an Orgreenic skillet than any other. If you really want to try a ceramic skillet, or just need a great nonstick pan, we recommend taking a look at our separate report on skillets. T-fal makes a very highly rated line of fry pans, both nonstick and ceramic, that in some cases cost less than an Orgreenic skillet.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Orgreenic 10-inch skillet in this test of non-stick skillets and cookware. It is ranked and compared to 18 other frying pans based on testing that includes cooking evenness, nonstick food release when new and after a period of usage, ease of cleaning, and handle comfort and sturdiness.
The Orgreenic 10-inch Fry Pan earns an overall average rating of 2.9 stars from more than 1,450 reviewers, with more 1-star than 5-star reviews. Many say that food sticks badly, either at the outset or after only a few uses; quite a few also note that the nonstick surface chip or peels within a fairly short period of time. Others say it works well -- but you have to use oil.
More than 180 users review the Orgreenic 10-inch fry pan, giving it an overall rating of 3.3 stars out of 5, and 61 percent would recommend it to a friend. Quite a few owners say it's a great pan and they love it; but just as many others say it quickly loses its nonstick qualities and food burns easily.
This very long forum discussion thread was started in December 2009 by a Chowhound contributor looking for input on the Orgreenic cookware after seeing an infomercial. As of September 2014, people were still weighing in, offering opinions and comments. Feedback is mixed; some love Orgreenics and say it's a great nonstick choice, others disagree, saying it does not work as advertised.
In this video report, three writers test the Orgreenic 10-inch fry pan, finding that it needs oil to be truly nonstick. They also note that its energy saving claims don't add up when you consider that not everything can be cooked over high heat. All three suggest you skip this purchase.
Jack Scalfani hosts a popular YouTube cooking show that also includes product reviews. In this episode, he tests the Orgreenic 10-inch pan, putting it through the same types of cooking drills as in the infomercial. He comes away extremely impressed, saying it does perform as advertised, although he can't speak to long-term durability.