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Scanpan vs All Clad Cookware, is one better than the other? Scanpan is a privately held company based in Ryomgaard, Denmark. They specializes in nonstick cookware. Interesting enough, they seem to be linked with Global, a japanese knife manufacturer. While All Clad is an American Cookware manufacturer who specializes in Fully Cladded Cookware. They are actually the one who first patented the Roll Bonding technology. They are the pioneer of the fully cladded cookware. Given that both type of technology seems to be shared with each other, is there any difference between the two? This review will take a closer look at how their cookware is made and what kind of technology both use.
Scanpan CTX vs All Clad Quick Summary
|Categories||Scanpan CTX Skillet (Recommended)||All Clad D5 Non Stick Skillet|
|Colors||Brushed Steel||Brushed Steel|
|Metal Utensil Safe||Yes||No|
|Brand Awareness||America and Europe||America|
|Weight||Mid Weight||Mid Weight|
|Stove Top||All Stove Top Including Induction||All Stove Top Including Induction|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty (better)||Lifetime Warranty|
|Country of Manufacturer||Denmark||America|
|Thoughts||A good hefty skillet. The shape is a traditional french skillet but lacks a rolled lip. Handle is comfortable and the warranty is great. It is also roughly half the price of All Clad||Best Skillet shape in the industry with also the worst handle in the industry. While generally performing better, the denied warranty for the non stick coating makes me avoid it.|
|Reviewed Cookware||Scanpan 11 inch CTX (Recommended)||All Clad 10 inch d5 Non Stick|
Scanpan CTX vs All Clad D5 Design
These two are the closest in terms of constructions. Both uses a five layer design for their cookware. The configuration that is used is as follows, Stainless Steel, Aluminum Alloy, Aluminum, Aluminum Alloy and Stainless steep with a coating of Teflon or non stick. The major difference is that Scanpan calls their nonstick finish stratanium. I tried to look up their patent for this but found nothing. You can learn more about their coating at the following link though. Either way, we will take a closer look at their design in this section.
The handles affects how comfortable and ergonomic the pan is. The material and design can also affect how hot it gets on the stove top. Finding the right handle is important for a frying pan.
Scanpan CTX (Winner)
The handle on the Scanpan CTX gives a ergonomic and comfortable feel. Its round shape and tape contours to the grip of your hand. The base of the handle has a Y heat choke that prevents heat from transferring. Pair that with the fact that its stainless steel, means that it will stay cool on the stove top. The only issue is that its round. While it is comfortable, if your hand is greasy, it will rotate on your if you turn the pan. They could have given the handle a texture to make it more grippy.
All Clad D5
All Clad handle is one of the most hated in the industry. The two sharp edges digs into your hand and cause a lot of discomfort if you use it for an extended period of time. The good thing about this is that it gives you superior grip, meaning that it wont rotate on your hand. There are newer handle design such as those on the LTD, C4 and the d3 Curated series. However, it is still not as comfortable as the one from Scanpan. For most people, the Scanpan handle would win any day of the week. Other than comfort, All Clad stainless steel handle stays cool to the touch and wont burn your hand on the stove top.
Scanpan vs All Clad Shape
The shape affects how easy it is to toss and turn food, the rate of evaporation and general user friendliness.
Scanpan uses a traditional french skillet shape. It has no rolled lip but the tallish sidewall makes toss easier. However, this also makes it more difficult to turn food with a spatula. The sidewall will get in the way. Unless you are skilled in tossing food with your wrist, you will have some difficulty. The higher sidewall affects lowers the rate of liquid evaporation. This type of design seems to getting more and more popular. I assuming this is because of the cost of manufacturing. It takes more money in manufacturing to add a rolled lip. However, this rolled lip aids in pouring of liquid. A critical for any modern pan, especially for something that cost 100 dollar plus.
All Clad D5 (Winner)
The shape of All Clad skillet is the gold standard that all manufacturer should follow. The low flaring side promotes evaporation of liquid and ease of turning. It has ample cooking surface area letting you sear food in less batches. Overall, you cannot beat their design, All Clad wins this round hands down.
Scanpan vs All Clad Non Stick Coating and Warranty
The non stick coating is what makes the pan non stick. If a cookware is made for that feature, that will be the weakest link. Once that goes so does your pan. Its important to get one with the best warranty.
Scanpan CTX Warranty (Winner)
As stated before, Scanpan has their own Stratanium technology. It is touted as being metal utensil safe. This alone should make it worth it over All Clad. The chances of them denying your warranty based on mistreatment is lower. We all know we should use metal utensil on it, but we do it anyways. So, there is no beating around the bush. Now, I cant confirm if there coating actually last any longer or whether it is truly metal utensil safe. I am suspecting that they just said that so more people will buy it. But regardless, you should still be able to file a successful warranty claim if push comes to shove. For this reason alone, Scanpan wins in terms of durability, non stick and warranty.
All Clad D5 Wrranty
From what I can tell, All Clad uses a traditional non stick coating. If you read the Amazon Reviews, there are people claiming that the nicks and scratches are not covered under warranty. All Clad definitely do not claim that its metal utensil safe. You will have a much more difficult time successfully claiming a warranty in this situation. Is it really smart to pay 100 dollar for a pan that might last 1-2 years? That depends on your wallet I guess.
Fully Cladded 5 Layers
Both company uses a 5 layer cladding technology on their pan. This increases the weight, improve heat distribution and heat retention. What this means is that you can sear food better than a cheap 20 dollar non stick pan. Usually those pans lack any weight so it loses heat rapidly. Searing on those cookware is not really recommended. Also the increase layer also means the chances of the pan warping is lower. All around, both manufacturer made a really heavy duty skillet.
Scanpan vs All Clad Thoughts
I personally think that All Clad has a better designed skillet. They took the extra step to add a rolled lip and the general shape is better for a skillet. Even with the bad handle, it should still outperform Scanpan. However, the biggest issue is simply the non stick coating. The frugal money saving side of me, would not buy a hundred dollar non stick pan. Especially one with a questionable warranty. Scanpan has an advertised metal utensil safe non stick coating. For this reason, I have more confidence in them standing by their warranty. I simply do not want to spend 100 dollar ever one or two year. What you choose is up to you, but I would personally buy the Scanpan.
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