This article compares GreenPan and GreenLife pans.
Non-stick cookware makes healthy cooking much easier. However, I don’t want to compromise the nutritional benefits of a healthy meal by using a nonstick pan that is full of questionable or toxic chemicals.
GreenPan and GreenLife, two brands of ceramic nonstick cookware, aim to make safe and healthy cooking possible.
My top choice is: GreenPan Valencia Pro Hard Anodized Cookware Set. It is durable in construction and can be used to bake food in the oven or stovetop.
However, it’s quite a bit pricier vs GreenLife. You may not use some features, such as induction compatibility. These cases may mean that the additional features are not worth the cost.
It all boils down to your personal cooking preferences and needs.
The question is: Which ceramic nonstick cookware set would be the best for your kitchen? Continue reading to learn more.
GreenPan was established in 2007 with a focus on environmentally-conscious manufacturing and healthy non-stick options. Thermolon, a ceramic coating that has nonstick properties, was introduced by them.
GreenPan, a Belgian company that still designs its cookware in Belgium, is GreenPan. They outsource all GreenPan cookware manufacturing to China.
GreenPan’s sister company, GreenLife, owns the GreenLife cookware brand. GreenLife cookware sets, like GreenPan are made in China.
Both brands claim to be healthier alternatives to Teflon nonstick surfaces, while still maintaining a contemporary design.
What to Consider Before You Buy Ceramic Non-Stick Kitchenware
Ceramic nonstick cookware is safe, durable, and easy to use.
But this isn’t always true. These are the questions to ask:
Does the Cookware contain Teflon? Since PTFE is an active ingredient in Teflon, I look for PTFE free. (Refer to the FAQ below for more information. Teflon is not available in all ceramic cookware. Teflon-free cookware is available from Greenlife and GreenPan. Check out my guide to nonstick non-Teflon non-stick pans for more Teflon-free options.
Does it last? Some ceramic cookware can scratch easily or lose its nonstick properties.
Is it oven-safe? Different cookware has different oven-safety temperatures. My oven-safe temperature for cookware should be at least 250°F (177°C). But even that is not enough.
You can find more information in the FAQs and reviews below.
GreenPan Cookware Sets vs GreenLife Cookware: Product Reviews
GreenLife Soft Grip Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set, 16 Piece
Look no further if you are looking for cookware that stands out. GreenLife soft grip pans and pots are available in nine bright colors. The 16-piece set includes the following:
- Mini frying pans, 4-inch (10.16cm)
- 7-inch (17.78 cm), & 9.5 inch (24.13 cm), frying pans
- 1-quart saucepans (.95 Liters) 2-quart (1.89 Liters) saucepans with lids
- Stockpot for 5 quarts (4.73 Liters) with lid
- 2.5-quart (2.37 Liters) saute pot with lid
- 7-inch (17.78cm) stainless steel steamer
- 4 nylon utensils
Although I would prefer the saucepans to have a larger size, the pieces in this set are useful and cover all the essentials. The mini egg frying skillet is great for making small omelets or single-servings.
This GreenLife cookware set includes a body made of recycled aluminum and nonstick coatings that are sand-based.
GreenPan Valencia Pro Hard Anodized Induction Safe Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set, 11 Piece
The following 11 pieces are included in this GreenPan cookware set:
- 8″ (20.32 cm), 9.5″ (24.13 cm), and 11-inch (27.34 cm) fry pans
- 2-quart saucepan (1.89 Liters) with lid
- With lid, 3-quart (2.84 Liters) saucepans
- 3-quart (2.84 Liters) skillet with lid
- 5-quart (4.73 Liters) casserole with lid
I love the large saucepans and the pieces that are included in this set, even though it is smaller than the GreenLife set.
This cookware is made of hard-anodized aluminum and is scratch-resistant. The pan is coated with GreenPan’s Thermolon ceramic coating.
GreenLife vs GreenPan cookware sets: Comparison
Materials & Construction
The GreenLife cookware sets are made of recycled aluminum while the Greenpan cookware is made of hard-anodized aluminium.
The GreenPan and GreenLife cookware set offer fast, even heating and precise temperature control.
The hard-anodized aluminum in the GreenPan cookerware gives more strength and scratch resistance. The GreenPan set is my favorite.
GreenPan and GreenLife cookware have a ceramic nonstick coating. There are important differences between them.
GreenLife cookware is made with a nonstick ceramic coating that is sand-based and free of lead, cadmium and PFOA.
GreenPan’s Thermolon diamond-reinforced coating is free from toxic chemicals. It also offers better heat distribution and more durability.
GreenPan actually claimed that its Thermolon ceramic nonstick coating was safe for metal utensils. However, I still recommend silicone and wooden cooking tools.
In this category, GreenPan’s Thermolon Nonstick Coating wins by a small margin.
Dishwasher Safe & Cleaning
Both cookware brands claim that their sets are dishwasher-safe. GreenPan and GreenLife recommend hand washing ceramic cookware. It’s a good idea.
The ceramic nonstick coating can be protected by handwashing ceramic pans with mild soap, a soft cloth or sponge. A simple wipe can be used for some minor messes.
The rivets are a small distinction. Many customers loved that the GreenLife Soft Grip pans and pots are rivetless.
Rivets can trap food particles and can breed bacteria if they are not cleaned. The GreenPan set has rivets but their Thermolon nonstick coating covers them.
This small distinction gives GreenLife an edge in this category.
GreenPan and GreenLife cookware can be oven-safe but have different maximum temperatures.
The GreenLife cookware is oven-safe to 350°F (177°C) and therefore not suitable for everyday cooking.
The GreenPan cookware sets can withstand high temperatures with a maximum temperature of 600°F (315°C). These pots and pans are ideal for stove-to oven dishes.
You can use nonstick ceramic cookware in your oven with the GreenPan Pro set.
Both sets can be used on ceramic, gas, electric, halogen and gas cooktops. However, the GreenLife ceramic cookware is not compatible with induction stovetops. Magneto induction technology is used in the GreenPan set, which means that these pans can be used on induction stovetops.
You’ll need induction-compatible cookingware.
Handles & Lids
GreenLife cookware has soft-grip bakelite handles. These handles keep the food completely cool during cooking. These handles are non-reinforcing to make it easier to clean.
Although the soft-grip handles are heat-resistant, they can be used in a wider range of colors. However, they are oven-safe up to 250°F (177°C).
GreenPan however features double-riveted stainlesssteel handles. These handles are heat resistant on the stovetop and can withstand oven temperatures of up to 600°F (315°C).
As far as lids, both sets feature durable glass lids. Both the GreenPan and GreenLife lids can be baked at 425°F (218°C) respectively.
The handles and lids on the GreenLife set are attractive, but I prefer the GreenPan cookware set. The stainless handles and lids of the Valencia Pro glass are more versatile and easier to use than any color option.
The GreenLife cookware comes in nine different colors. You can choose from yellow to lavender to turquoise.
GreenLife has a wide range of colors that will appeal to those who like bright and cheery colors in the kitchen.
GreenPan has some collections that are bright and colorful, but this Valencia Pro set is monochromatic with a gray interior and exterior.
GreenLife pots & pans are the best when it comes to design.
While GreenLife and GreenPan have many things in common, they are very different in cost. You will pay much more for GreenPan pans than for GreenLife cookware.
What are the alternatives?
GOTHAM STEE Pro Hard-Anodized Ceramic & Titanium Nonstick Pots & Pans 13 Piece
GOTHAM STEEL, another company in ceramic cookware, is also well-known. The nonstick cookware set includes 3 skillets, 2 covered pans, a 3-quart (2.84 Liters) chef’s and saute pans, as well as a 6-quart (5.68 Liters) covered stockpot.
It is PTFE-free and has a copper-colored Titanium reinforced ceramic.
Pro classic cookware is dishwasher and oven safe up to 500°F (260°C). However, it is not suitable for use on induction cooktops. This set of heavy cookware is durable thanks to its hard-anodized aluminum design.
The stainless steel handles are heat resistant while cooking on the stovetop, and the transparent glass lids make it easy to monitor food.
Although this set is less expensive than the GreenPan pans and pans it is still a good value.
FAQs and Ceramic Cookware Guide
What’s non-stick ceramic cookingware?
Nonstick cooking surfaces used to be made with PFOA and other harmful chemicals. These chemicals were found to be dangerous and companies stopped using them.
However, Teflon still contains PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), which can be lethal to birds and give flu-like symptoms to humans when overheated. The research is still very short-term and many people want to avoid it.
Ceramic cookware was developed in response to the growing desire to eliminate chemicals like PTFE. Ceramic coatings are naturally nonstick.
Cookware is coated with a gel containing silica (sand). After the coating has dried, it is fired to cure. This results in a nonstick, non-reactive coating that can be used safely.
Ceramic cookware sets are good.
Ceramic cookware sets are excellent because they are nonstick and have even heat distribution. They are safe for use with lemon or tomato-based dishes as they don’t react to acidic foods.
Ceramic cookware has a limited lifespan. Nonstick pots and saucepans will eventually need to be replaced. These nonstick pots and pans are not durable cookware. There are ways to prolong the life of ceramic nonstick pans.
Avoid using metal utensils. Even though ceramic pans may be scratch-resistant, metal tools can cause damage to ceramic pots. You should choose silicone or wooden utensils.
It’s better to hang or store your nonstick cookware in one layer. The nonstick coating can be damaged if you stack the cookware. If stacking is necessary, you can use felt pads or other protective layers to protect the pans.
These pans should only be used at low heat or medium heat. These pans are made of aluminum. High heat can cause the aluminum layer to crack and the ceramic coating to become damaged.
It is essential to clean ceramic cookware sets properly. Here are some tips on cleaning.
How can I clean nonstick ceramic cookware?
Properly cleaning ceramic pots and pans will extend their life expectancy.
Do not place a hot pan in cold water. This can cause thermal shock which will lead to the pan being damaged and warped. Before cleaning, let the cookware cool completely.
It is far more convenient to wash these pans by hand. Dishwasher use can be very harsh on cookware. The dishwasher also has a higher risk of causing damage to the pans.
Although some pans are dishwasher-safe, it is best to wash your pans by hand, if you can. Use mild soap and a soft sponge/cloth.
Let the pan sit for a while to soak up any stubborn stains or sticky foods. Baking soda or vinegar can be used to lift stains from cookware and make it shine.
GreenPan and GreenLife: The Winner is…
We have a winner in the Greenpan vs Greenlife battle, but we also have a strong runner-up.
The best cookware for healthy cooking? The GreenPan Valencia Pro set is my choice. You can use it in both the oven or on an induction stove. It is also of higher quality. You can cook more food with one piece of cookware, thanks to the larger skillets and saucepans.
The GreenLife cookware set can be a great alternative if you are on a budget. It still provides the benefits of healthy cooking.
Other Cookware sets
Check out my GreenPan reviews here if you like GreenPan’s look. You can find more brands in my Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Roundup. If you are looking for a simple pan, you can check out my ceramic nonstick pan guide.