GreenLife offers a new nonstick technology called Thermolon. GreenLife claims that their ceramic cookware, coated with Thermolon, is more durable, conducts heat better, and safer to use at higher temperatures than Teflon.
In this guide we will investigate these claims and look at various purchasing options in our GreenLife cookware reviews.
Features & Specifications
Greenlife offers a number of cookware sets with Thermolon cooking surfaces. While their sets vary slightly, they're all aluminum pots and pans with Thermolon cooking surfaces.
Some sets (like the Induction Pro) also have steel disks in the bottom for induction stove compatibility.
These sets are available in 3 colors: Black, Red, or Turquoise.
An unboxing and review by Chef Kendra shows you what you get, with examples, and her experiences with the 14 piece set.
GreenLife's Induction Pro cookware sets have a steel disk in the bottom for compatibility with induction ranges while most others do not.
Their cookware works great on both gas and electric ranges as well, although you do have to be mindful of temperature. You should never cook past a medium temperature or risk damaging the ceramic coating.
Is GreenLife's cookware oven safe?
Depending on the options you choose for your cookware set, your cookware will be oven safe to up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some of the more heat resistant handle options are only safe to around 350F. The safest option is to avoid putting any cookware in the oven that have silicone handles.
As mentioned, GreenLife offers a variety of handle options, some of which are more heat resistant than others.
The more heat-resistant options stay safe to touch during normal cooking, but every option will eventually get too hot to handle over high enough heat.
How long will a GreenLife cookware set last?
These cookware sets are fairly new, so there isn't a whole lot of data regarding their exact longevity. We assume that ceramic cookware will need to be replaced after 1 year of everyday use.
Cleaning Green Life Pots And Pans
GreenLife's pots and pans are dishwasher safe although you might want to make sure that silverware and other dishes are well secured to avoid scratches.
Other Greenlife Options
There are a couple of options that aren't included in these sets that you may want to consider.
If you need to cook for a bigger audience, this 5 quart sauté pan might be able to cope with your demands. This pan is twice as big as the largest sauté pan in the 14 piece cookware set.
The great thing about using a ceramic wok is that you can still obtain the same results as a carbon steel wok but with less heat. Typically, cooking on high heat with ceramics is not a good idea.
SEE ALSO: Best Ceramic Cookware
Greenlife Cookware Pros and Cons
Inexpensive - GreenLife's cookware sets are made of aluminum and steel with a nonstick coat. This keeps them light and cheap when compared to alternatives like copper and nickel.
Non-Stick and Easy to Clean - Thermolon coated cookware is ready to use right out of the box. It's easy to glide food around with a gentle touch -- but it's still possible to use these pots and pans for searing.
After even the heaviest of cooking jobs, this cookware is easy to clean without too much trouble if the coating hasn’t been damaged.
Safe - It's free of lead, cadmium, PFOA, and PTFE.
Tougher than Teflon - Thermolon is objectively harder and stronger than Teflon. In practice, this doesn't mean much (it's like comparing a paper towel to toilet paper), but it can last a little bit longer under certain types of cooking stress.
Non-Stick Coats are Fragile - All ceramic and / or non-stick coatings you can find on cookware are fairly fragile. If you scratch them with metal utensils or handle your pots and pans roughly you will damage your cookware.
Once the coating is scratched or chipped, it decays rapidly. You will need to replace your cookware.
Nonstick Coats Have a Shelf Life - Even with the most careful use, washing, and storage, your GreenLife cookware will eventually need to be replaced.
Since it's tougher than Teflon, this might take a couple years, but you WILL eventually have to replace even the best nonstick cookware you purchase when the non-stick coat begins to fail.
Is Thermolon Safe?
Thermolon is primarily a non-stick coat, so it's important to assess how it performs in that role.
The ceramic pots and pans are easy to clean with soap and warm water. You should follow the GreenLife cleaning and care instructions. Don't put this cookware in the dishwasher. Dishwashers are quite abrasive which is the #1 killer of ceramic cookware.
While Thermolon might survive a casual brush with a fork more easily than Teflon, it's still very fragile and liable to scratch should you use metal utensils anywhere near it.
Like all non-stick coatings, it comes with an expiration date. Careful use, cleaning and storage can extend that date and allow you to use your cookware for a few years, but you WILL have to replace it eventually when the coating is damaged, and that WILL occur eventually through normal use.
GreenLife says that Thermolon conducts heat better than Teflon. This isn't a particularly bold claim because Teflon is a pretty awful conductor of heat.
To be fair, it's pretty hard to test -- if the Teflon pan I use for testing is made of a different material, has a thicker non-stick coat, or is simply made from a thicker piece of aluminum, it's difficult to determine whether any differences in temperature are from those factors or the coating material.
Green Life cookware is free from PFOA, PTFE, lead and cadmium. It also doesn't have the nasty claims of releasing toxic gases and smoke at higher temperatures like Teflon does. This makes it far safer to use in your cooking.
Thermolon begins to break down at about 480 degrees Fahrenheit. This is about the upper limit of Teflon as well, although Teflon raises some health concerns well before this point.
If you stick your GreenLife cookware under the broiler for a while or leave it on a gas stove on high, it's possible to exceed this upper limit. This will damage the Thermolon coating irreparably after a short while.
GreenLife's ceramic cookware is nonstick, easy to use, easy to clean and inexpensive. Like all non-stick cookware, however, it's delicate and will eventually need to be replaced, even after careful use. Still, it's stronger and safer than Teflon.
If you're willing to replace your cookware every year or so, GreenLife's Thermolon coated products might be an excellent choice.
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