GreenPan Rio Ceramic Nonstick, 12-Piece Review


The GreenPan Rio pots and pans have a special ceramic coating – Thermolon™ – as highlighted in other GreenPan reviews.

Pros: Attractive set! It contains 3 pots and one dutch oven or casserole as well as 3 pans. Thermolon ceramic coating means fat-free cooking and easy cleaning. The manufacturer claims the coating is safe from toxic chemicals, like lead, cadmium, and fluoropolymers (like PFAS, PTFE, and PFOA). Heat distribution is excellent. The handles are sturdy and tight. They are ergonomically designed and being phenolic are comfortable to touch. They are not riveted to the pan - a positive feature for hygiene and cleaning. The set contains a great collection of pot and pan sizes to cater for the family or a dinner party and is well priced. Clean up is simply easy.
Cons: The phenolic (plastic) handles are not suitable for high heat, and not recommended for high-heat oven use (i.e. not above 350 degrees F), and best kept away from open flames if using burner cookers.

The non stick GreenPan Rio design

The GreenPan Rio Cookware Set displays a sturdy reasonably light-weight design with an interior and exterior coating of Thermolon™ ceramic. The pots and pans have heat-retaining bases and stay-cool handles.

All GreenPan Rio designs are manufactured without PFAS, PTFE, or PFOA. My guide explains more about these additives. The manufacturer covers defects in material or workmanship in a limited lifetime warranty.

The Rio GreenPan ceramic cookware set is best for…

Smooth glass or ceramic stovetops. Its exterior finish is super smooth for use on these stove tops, but the set can also be used on electric stovetops, and on gas ranges with low flame (not recommended for induction cooking, which heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction).

It’s excellent for fast efficient heating, with a heavy gauge aluminum base for even heat distribution. Oils, like virgin olive oil, can carbonize very rapidly. Best to use only short periods of high heat, as needed for searing or browning.

There is no need for seasoning of the product. These GreenPan pots and pans are not recommended for the oven at temperatures higher than 350 ºF where you are better choosing something like this Oval Casserole W/ Glass Cover.

Thick base: 4.5/5

Heavy gauge aluminum base provides fast and even heat distribution, allowing you to use a lower heat than usual.

Sturdy handles: 4/5

Handles are ergonomically designed and made of Bakelite. Handles are not riveted, and this makes for easier cleaning and better hygiene as food won’t collect in these areas.

Exterior finish: 4.5/5

Super smooth exterior finish. The pots and pans have a ceramic exterior finish.

Clear view lids: 4/5

Lids are glass. There are lids in the set that are interchangeable, i.e., fit both the pots and the frypans.

Oven safe: 4/5

Not for oven roasting. Oven-safe to 350 °F.

Other features and specifications

This GreenPan Rio cookware has a white Thermolon ceramic interior with even cooking surface and allows you to cook at lower temperatures. Cleaning only takes seconds as food does not stick to the surface.

GreenPan™ ceramic healthy non-stick cookware explained:

✓ The GreenPan set comes in black, burgundy, or turquoise
✓ It has a Thermolon™ ceramic nonstick coating
✓ Non-stick ceramic coating interior and exterior finish
✓ Free of PFAS, PTFE, PFOA, lead, and cadmium
✓ Phenolic (bakelite) handles
✓ Limited Lifetime GreenPan Warranty
✓ Oven-safe to 350 °F (177 °C)

The GreenPan ceramic non stick 12-pce set contains:

  • 1-quart sauce pan + lid
  • 2-quart sauce pan + lid
  • 3-quart sauce pan + lid
  • 5-quart dutch oven + lid
  • 8-inch open fry pan
  • 9.5-inch open fry pan
  • 9.5-inch covered saute pan


    • Product weight: 17 lbs
    • Shipping weight: 22.65 lb
    • Dimensions: 3.6×19.4×12.2 in
    • Dishwasher safe but best to hand wash
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Care and cleaning

Ceramic coating is dishwasher safe, but best to avoid putting these in the dishwasher so as not to damage the surface through harsh detergents and spray jets. Clean up is a breeze so handwashing is not a concern.

Care is needed when storing the cookware. Try not to stack the pots and pans unless carefully separated using pan protectors, like these that fit all sizes.

Use utensils designed for non stick cookware and avoid using scourers when cleaning.

Avoid cutting anything in the pan and avoid using a knife or fork to stir the food while cooking. Avoid aerosol cooking sprays as these may cause residue to build-up on the surface coating and affect performance.

Overall, using clarified butter or high smoke point oils rather than cooking sprays, mists, or pumps will avoid hot spots on the coating. Always cook on the low to medium heat.

Care with cooking on a gas range or open burners will help avoid tarnishing the outer finish and harming the phenolic handles.


Like all non-stick cookware, it requires care in handling and cleaning to avoid damaging the non-stick surface. The surface coating may wear over time and reduce non-stick performance but pans can continue to be used as normal cookware.

Summary: 4.2/5

A “starter” cookware set.  This GreenPan cookware set – the Rio Ceramic Nonstick 12-Piece – is a great choice at an economical price for families.

It is optimized to save you time cooking and cleaning. Unlike earlier nonstick versions, the pots and pans are PFOA-free and PTFE-free making them safer for you and the environment.

The set features the GreenPan Thermolon™ ceramic coating. Thermolon conducts heat well and makes for faster heating than the traditional non-stick coating types that aren’t as effective in this area.

The ceramic nonstick surface reduces the need for fats and oils in preparing foods, which is perfect for low-fat diets. Read more about the safety of ceramic cookware in my comprehensive buyer’s guide to ceramic nonstick cookware.

The makers claim “Thermolon was the first Ceramic Non-stick coating, introduced on GreenPan cookware. Since its launch in 2007, it is the No. 1 ceramic non-stick coating.”

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Learn more about ceramic cookware in my guide covering what to look for.

Consider complementing your cookware set with a good knife set. My guide explains the sharpness of ceramic knives. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to and other Amazon sites.