Product Review: Thermolon Rocks GreenPan

Todd English Thermolon Rocks GreenPan

12'' Frypan, $49.95

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Because of all the health issues surrounding Teflon, I'm always on the search for safer nonstick pans.

So when offered the opportunity to cook with a Thermolon Rocks GreenPan from the Todd English Collection, I was all too happy to give it a try...

This pan is advertised as being "eco-friendly" because it's made without PTFE and PFOA—chemicals used to manufacture some nonstick products (including Teflon).

The problem with PFOA is that the Environmental Protection Agency considers it to be a "likely carcinogen." The problem with PTFE coating is that the manufacturing process used to apply it to the pan takes a tremendous amount of energy. Applying the Thermolon coating actually uses 60 percent less energy. By avoiding these two chemicals, the GreenPan has benefits for both our health and the environment.

So how did it work?

We used it to stir-fry tofu, pan-fry chicken, and make pancakes on the weekend. Relative to my experience with Teflon, it seemed equally as non-stick.

Plus, the light-colored surface made it easy to see where it needed to be cleaned—something that is not always apparent with darker nonstick pans.

And, not that I've ever cracked the handle off the pan, but it's really nice to have a handle (in this case, it's stainless steel) that actually feels sturdy.

In terms of price, it's not the cheapest pan you'll ever buy. But compared to other "safe" nonstick options, the GreenPan seems pretty middle of the road.

The only caveat is that we've only cooked with it a few times, so I can't tell if it will keep it's "non-stickiness" (I promise that is a word) as long as Teflon would.

But I think I'm willing to take the chance on it, given the alternatives.

Have you found any good alternative to Teflon?

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auror... aurorabunny

I want it, gimme one gimme one. :)

SxdUp... SxdUpAngel

I've been eyeing these pans for quite some time.  I've gone through so many cheapo pans that ruin my food and chip just from being washed in the dishwasher, I'm so sick of them.  I'm afraid to spend that extra on a "good" pan for fear of it being the exact same...

ladys... ladysixer

I have a set of these pans, and was really pleased with it in the beginning. I got them for Mother's Day in 2008.  But now after people other than myself have used them, ie: my husband, It is getting small flecks burnt stuff and it wont come off, and some of the pans stick  :o(  There is a lifetime guarantee with the pans, but they said this was not covered under the warranty. Although not completely non-stick anymore I am happy to have a set of pans that are eco-friendly and leaching poisons into our food.

nonmember avatar Therisa

I have three of these pans and I love them!!

You should not use a cooking spray in them, this may be where the burnt flecks of food are coming from and be sure to slowly heat the pan, do not put it on and crank the heat.

I use mine all the time and all is well!!

Dolores Green

I understand there is a glaze on the pans. Is the glaze lead free? They mentioned that theses pans were glazed on the show...From Dolores january 18 2010.

nonmember avatar Hmm

America's Test Kitchen did real world tests and more with the various non stick pans. They were disappointed with ALL ceramic non stick pans. They just don't keep their non stick coating very long. What does that mean to you and me? Get an iron pan or skillet, season it, and you're set for life.

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