Saturday, January 22, 2005

ScanPan 9.5-inch Fry Pan for $40

If you're curious about ScanPan, currently there's a promotion on several of their pans. The cheapest is the 9-1/2" fry pan going for $40. I ordered mine through (with free shipping on orders $39.95 and over). Almost all the reviews I've read on ScanPan non-stick products have been positive and it sounds like they really do stand behind their lifetime warranty. The surface is supposed to be indestructable (yeah, we've heard that before), but reviews from others make it sound like ScanPan's claims may not just be marketing fluff. Guaranteed food release, oven safe (including handles) to 500 degrees F, and no hot spots - I thought I had to try it out.

More info (from ScanPan) on the pans can be found on this Detailed Features Page as well as a pictoral guide to their production line. Mostly marketing, but interesting reading. I wonder how much is true.

When I receive my pan, I'll do a review on Cooking For Engineers.

Leave a comment if this worked for you or doesn't work anymore.


At 2:39 PM, Sean said...

I had a full set of ScanPan for 4 years, full duty, including dishwasher cleaning, and they still look like new. Handles are still tight even.

We used metal utensils even.

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous said...

I've had a ScanPan frying pan for years and it's a favorite. The nonstick surface really is an order of magnitude more durable than any other pan I've encountered--maybe not "indestructable" (mine's getting "seasoned" like cast iron)--but certainly not fragile like Teflon and it's progeny.

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous said...

did you get your pan? is it worth it?

At 11:12 AM, Michael Chu said...

I received my pan while travelling on business and tried it out for the first time on Saturday. I was going to wait a while to post an article or something on it, but I'll give you my first impressions.

The construction of the pan feels pretty solid. The handle is a hard plastic connected to the pan not by rivets. It looks like it's welded or soldered together. The handle is rated for 500°F, but I haven't tested that yet. (My wife's not too keen on the idea of my starting off trying to ruin a new $40 pan. I suppose I could test their warranty, but I'd rather not go that far.) The surface was slick, but not necessarily more slick than a new $10 nonstick pan. Definitely not craggy like the "Pro" nonsticks like All-Clad (which I never felt worked right). The pan had a solid disk welded to the bottom and felt to be a good weight.

The first thing I did was a grilled cheese sandwich (with bacon, because everything's better with bacon). I heated the pan and threw the cheese directly onto the hot surface without any fat. The cheese melted quickly and I "scooped" it up with a slice of bread. While toasting the other side of the bread, I threw some precooked bacon on and then flipped one of the slices of bread (with the cheese side down) onto the bacon to melt around the bacon. Using a spatula, I flipped the whole thing over, tossed the other bread ontop and was done. The pan released perfectly. A small piece of paper towel cleared up the grease introduced by the cheese and bacon quickly and easily. (We'll get to washing later.)

Later, I needed to cook some mushrooms down for a pizza I was making. I threw the slices of cremini onto the heated pan (no fat) and sauteed them. As they released their natural liquids, I threw a pinch of kosher salt onto them and tossed. The pan has a nice weight making it fairly easy to manipulate. Once the mushrooms were done, I left them on the pan to cool and grabbed the mushrooms as needed for the pizzas. Later that evening I returned to the pan and found the mushroom residue was stuck to it. Heating the pan for a few seconds over medium heat and then wiping with a small bit of paper towel did the trick. Perfect release. Then I washed the pan in warm soapy water and it came out nice and clean.

Upon inspection however, I noticed a very small (about 0.5 mm diameter) divot in the pan surface near the handle. I don't know if it came like that from the factory (I didn't notice before, but I wasn't examining it the same way) or if the salting of the mushrooms caused pitting (shouldn't have since the contact was fairly brief). So far, I'm very happy with the pan, but I'm usually happy with most low-cost non-stick pans at the beginning and then they start not working or flaking.

We shall see what I think about the pan after another month, but so far it looks like a high performer.

At 10:08 PM, Anonymous said...

I've gotten this pan when I saw this deal and have been using it for a few weeks, and it is absolutely fantastic. Works great, and makes a perfect omelette that slides right off the pan with a gentle tilt over the plate. While expensive, the fact that it has a lifetime warranty and is quite durable, makes it worth the investment, I would say.

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous said...

I purchased from I checked the other guys but they focus on hundreds of products. were the only folks that sell ONLY scanpan... I like folks who focus.


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