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OrGREENic 10-inch Frying Pan Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line

Pros

  • Works well if you use some oil
  • No harmful chemicals in ceramic

Cons

  • Not as nonstick as advertised
  • Nonstick surface chips; peels
  • Not induction friendly
  • Must be pre-seasoned with oil
Our Analysis
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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.

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