GreenPan vs Calphalon

Greenpan and Calphalon comparison

Both GreenPan and Calphalon have been in the kitchenware industry for decades, and both offer a wide variety of cookware. They are both well-known for their quality, modern cookware lines made with a rigorous manufacturing process.

GreenPan has Belgian origins, while Calphalon was founded in Ohio, US.

Since Calphalon is the only one offering stainless steel choices, we assume you are here because you are trying to decide between the nonstick lines of these two brands.

We spent several days testing and researching them and created this detailed comparison so you can decide with confidence. 

Whether you are after a frying pan or an entire set of cookware, both these companies have many options to choose from. 

Read on as we detail each category with expert recommendations for what to buy!


Quick decision: If you don't have time to read the in-depth reviews, here are our top picks for each type of cookware:


GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, Frying Pan with Lid, 12"

Everyday frying pan

  • Made of hard anodized aluminum
  • Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating, free PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium
  • Suitable for all stovetops except induction

Calphalon Signature Hard-Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan with Lid, 12"

High-end frying pan

  • Made of hard anodized aluminum
  • 3-layer nonstick coating, PFOA-free
  • Suitable for gas, electric, glass, and halogen stovetops

Calphalon Classic Hard-Anodized Nonstick Pots and Pans, 10-Piece Cookware Set

Everyday cookware set

  • Made of hard anodized aluminum
  • 2-layer nonstick, PFOA-free
  • Suitable for gas, electric, glass, and halogen stovetops

GreenPan Valencia Pro Hard Anodized Induction Safe Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, 11 Piece Cookware Set

High-end cookware set

  • Made of hard anodized aluminum
  • Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating, free PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium
  • Suitable for all stovetops including induction

GreenPan vs. Calphalon: Product Lineup

With a wide range of cookware lines on the market, Calphalon has something for any kind of chef, whether you're new or experienced, novice or professional. 

Nonstick cookware material

They have options available in stainless steel, nonstick, and ceramic material that's easy to clean up after cooking your favorite dish. There are also space-saving options.

For those looking to master the basics, Calphalon Simply and Select by Calphalon product lines offer everything a new chef needs.

These cookware sets are simple enough for a beginner but durable with features that make cooking more accessible.

For the intermediate chef looking to take their cooking skills to new heights, the Calphalon Classic™ and Calphalon Contemporary cookware lines provide high performance with convenience in the kitchen. 

The advanced chefs will want Calphalon Premier™, Calphalon Signature™, and Calphalon Elite cookware to provide them with professional results they can rely on. 

GreenPan has a much narrower focus, as they are trying to be the leader in the healthy ceramic cookware space.

Nonstick pots and pans

They only offer ceramic cookware lines ranging from every day to higher mid-range sets. 

The collections are named Chatham, Hudson, Lima, Padova, Paris, Rio, Valencia, Venice, Prime Midnight, Levels, SearSmart, and SmartShape.

While the Levels line features a stackable construction, SmartShape non-stick pans are also designed to save storage space.

Frying Pans

Let's fry up some competition. We'll compare the frying pans from both brands, going head-to-head - picking one winner for each category!

8" Frying Pans

Cell

GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick 8"

Our pick

Calphalon 2 Piece Classic Nonstick Frying Pan Set

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating

2-layer, PFOA-free nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

600

450

Induction suitable

Cell

GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick 8"

Our pick

Calphalon 2 Piece Classic Nonstick Frying Pan Set

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating

2-layer, PFOA-free nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

600

450

Induction suitable

Among the best-selling frying pans in the 8-inch category, this pair from Calphalon is one of its top contenders for durability. 

There are two non-stick layers in the Calphalon Classic nonstick cookware for long-lasting performance and easy cleanup. 

The GreenPan Lima, on the other hand, offers a ceramic coating that always requires proper care for longevity.

For just ten bucks more, this frying pan set from Calphalon is an excellent choice.

12" Frying Pans

Cell

Our pick

GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan with Lid, 12"

Calphalon Classic Omelette Fry Pan with lid 12''

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating

Dual-layer nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

600

450

Induction suitable

Cell

Our pick

GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan

with Lid, 12"

Calphalon Classic Omelette Fry Pan with lid 12''

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Thermolon healthy ceramic nonstick coating

Dual-layer nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

600

450

Induction suitable

In the 12-inch category, it’s a close call between GreenPan Lima and the Calphalon Classic. Both frying pans come with lids and steel handles. 

Some buyers complain about the nonstick coating on GreenPan Lima pans coming off relatively quickly. This is a disadvantage any ceramic coating has against non-ceramic nonstick coatings.

If durability is your main requirement, we would buy the Calphalon pan.

On the other hand, the Calphalon doas cost about twice as much than the GreenPan Lima, which represents a better value overall in our opinion.

Cookware Sets

GreenPan likely has the widest selection of healthy ceramic cookware sets of all manufacturers. Conversely, Calphalon specializes in durable, high-end nonstick cookware. 

Every Day Cookware Sets

Cell

Our pick

Calphalon Classic Hard-Anodized Nonstick Pots and Pans

GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick 

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

2-layer nonstick

 Healthy ceramic nonstick coating

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

450

600

Induction suitable

Cell

Our pick

Calphalon Classic Hard-Anodized Nonstick Pots and Pans

GreenPan Lima Healthy Ceramic Nonstick

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

2-layer nonstick

 Healthy ceramic nonstick coating

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

450

600

Induction suitable

Here, we have pitted the Lima from GreenPan against the Calphalon Classic cookware set. 

Even though the 2-layer coating on the Calphalon still probably has a slight advantage in durability, the Thermolon Minerals surface on the GreenPan stage is also very high quality.

We would buy the Calphalon due to a wider selection of pots included in the set.

High-End Cookware Sets

Cell

Our pick

GreenPan Valencia Pro Hard Anodized Induction Ceramic Nonstick 11 Piece Cookware Set


 Calphalon Signature Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10 piece Cookware set

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Healthy ceramic nonstick

3-layer nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

600

500

Induction suitable

Cell

Our pick

GreenPan Valencia Pro Hard Anodized Induction Ceramic Nonstick 11 Piece Cookware Set

 Calphalon Signature Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10 Piece Cookware set

Base material

Hard-anodized aluminum

Heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Healthy ceramic nonstick

3-layer nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

600

500

Induction suitable

In the high-end category, we are comparing the GreenPan Valencia Pro - our best overall ceramic recommendation - with the Signature set from Calphalon.

You can’t really go wrong here as we are looking at two top quality sets. As usual, Calphalon probably holds an edge in durability, but we think the GreenPan Valencia set is a better buy with more pans included for a lower price tag.

Stackable Cookware

Cell

Our pick

GreenPan Levels Stackable Hard Anodized Ceramic Nonstick 11 Piece Cookware set

Calphalon Premier Space Saving Pots and Pans 15 Piece Cookware Set

Base material

Hard anodized aluminum

Hard anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Healthy ceramic nonstick 

3-layer nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

400

450

Induction suitable

Cell

Our pick

GreenPan Levels Stackable Hard Anodized Ceramic Nonstick 11 Piece Cookware set

Calphalon Premier Space Saving Pots and Pans 15 Piece Cookware

Set

Base material

Hard anodized aluminum

Hard anodized aluminum

Surface coating

Healthy ceramic nonstick

3-layer nonstick

Dishwasher safe

Metal-utensil safe

Oven-safe

400

450

Induction suitable

If you are looking for stackable cookware, you can find it in both the Levels line of GreenPan and the Premier line of Calphalon. 

The GreenPan Levels represents a solid option, but it’s hard to beat the 3-layer nonstick surface on Calphalon Premier. 

Although it does come with a much higher tag, the durability of this space-saving set from Calphalon is still not pleasing to many customers. We also experiment with how quickly the coating surface wears off over time. 

In the term of safe buy, we would go for GreenPan in this range.

Calphalon vs GreenPan: Construction, Materials & Coatings

GreenPan Cookware

GreenPan's pots and pans are made from solid anodized aluminum that holds up well over time. The only exception is the Venice Pro line, which is made of stainless steel.

Greenpan pots and pans placed on table

Their diamond-reinforced Thermolon non-stick coating is free of PFOA and PFOS, lead, and cadmium. According to the manufacturer, it is a send-derived coating that doesn't emit toxic fumes, even when heated to high temperatures.

The GreenPan Paris Pro and Valencia Pro lines feature their highest-grade Thermolon Mineral Pro non-stick coating. These ceramic cookware sets are among the healthiest options available.

Calphalon Cookware

Calphalon is known for its diverse selection of pots and pans. 

calphalon pots and pans placed on table

With an assortment of materials to choose from and various manufacturing techniques that give each piece its unique look, you'll find something just right for your needs!

  • Tri-ply Aluminum Cookware. Cladding is a method of sandwiching two non-reactive metals (like stainless steel or copper) between an aluminum core. The metals are bonded together using heavy pressure, resulting in a thick and durable set of cooking equipment. 
  • Heavy-Gauge Aluminum. Heavy-gauge metal is considered thicker. Using these metals (in this case, aluminum) adds strength and durability to kitchen equipment. It makes the cookware heavier than usual.
  • Impact-bonded Aluminum. This is a two-ply cladding method where the bottom of the pot or pan uses heavy-gauge aluminum. The aluminum is cladded or bonded with a non-reactive metal as its cooking surface.
  • Stainless Steel Core. Stainless steel is the material of the core here. The entire pot or pan is made of stainless steel. Some have aluminum discs at the bottom.

As long as you take proper care and maintain the product, Calphalon is both non-toxic and safe. 

Its non-reactive surface poses no health risks when it is in its best condition (i.e., neat and unscratched). The coating of any nonstick Calphalon cookware is PFOA-free and doesn't release toxic fumes even at high temperatures.

They also offer multiple layers of coatings in their utensils, where some layers impart non-stick properties while others are designed to enhance durability.

GreenPan vs. Calphalon: Usability

Both GreenPan and Calphalon nonstick sets are made of durable base materials that promise long-lasting performance. 

They are forged from hard-anodized aluminum which means the pieces will not warp or chip off even after extended use.

The pots and pans from both brands are made with superior quality nonstick coatings. This means you get better food separation, which results in less oil needed for cooking and easier cleaning.

The big difference comes from Calphalon focusing more on durability while GreenPan emphasises the healthy aspects of their ceramic coatings.

The tradeoff is that ceramic coatings require more care and are more sensitive to overheating. In most cases, ceramic surfaces tend to lose their non-stick properties due to this issue.

Induction compatibility

The two brands have a variety of non-stick products available, including those that are induction-ready.

Cookware set on induction stove

GreenPan makes their Valencia Pro and Venice Pro utensils for induction stoves.

Almost every collection of Calphalon cookware offers induction compatibility, except the Elite, Unison nonstick, and Commercial Hard-anodized lines.

Oven compatibility

The oven-safe range of simpler Calphalon cookware products is up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The durable premium lines can withstand higher temperatures - more than 500F.

Among the GreenPan products, the temperature for their glass lids is 425 degrees, and 600 degrees Fahrenheit for their pots.

Although, in theory, they can be used in the oven, we recommend it for some cookware pieces only, such as Dutch ovens and pots, not frying pans.

Cleaning

Even though manufacturers list their products as dishwasher safe, we recommend hand washing them with soapy water and non-scratch pads. 

This is because both brands have a premium cooking surface that would not do well in the harsh environment of the dishwasher. Ceramic coating and dishwashers are not a good match.

In our opinion, the premium nonstick coating deserves extra care, especially if you intend to use it for a long time. 

Even though they are both listed capable of withstanding metal utensils, we recommend hand washing with soapy water and non-scratch pads instead.

Warranty

Both GreenPan and Calphalon offer a limited lifetime warranty for their products.

Sizes

GreenPan frying pans are available in 8", 9,5", 10", 11" and 12" sizes.

Cooking food on frying pán

Calphalon makes frying pans in the sizes of 8", 10", 12", and 13".

Calphalon vs. GreenPan: The Verdict

A good cookware set can be a lifetime investment- the joys of cooking with high-quality pots and pans are unmatched. 

But what about GreenPan vs. Calphalon? The debate is never-ending; both brands have high standards for manufacturing, are among the top cookware companies worldwide, and offer healthier alternatives than most competitors do. 

They also provide various products that will meet your needs no matter what type of cooking you do in your kitchen at home!

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