About Gotham Steel Crisper Tray

Published on: Jan 13, 2017

Gotham Steel Crisper Tray is an elevated non-stick cooking rack that allows air to circulate all around your food and fries it right in the oven.

And since it can help you cook without oil or butter, while all the fat and grease drip into the lower tray, the manufacturer claims Gotham Steel Crisper Tray can help you consume fewer calories.

Constructed of a super slick Ti-Cerama surface, which combines non-stick ceramic with super strong titanium, Crisper Tray allows your food to slide right off, while remaining safe for use with metal utensils.

You can also use Gotham Steel Crisper Tray on outdoor grills, since it’s flame-proof up to 500 degrees. When you’re finished, toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

It certainly seems like Gotham Steel’s Crisper Tray might deliver a lot of useful benefits in the kitchen. But will it actually allow you to fry foods? What about “saying bye-bye to burned food”? Are there other options?

Stick with us to the end and we’ll help you make a more informed Gotham Steel Crisper Tray purchase. Let’s start with price.

How Much Does the Gotham Steel Crisper Tray Cost? What’s the Refund Policy?

One Gotham Steel Crisper Tray is priced at $19.99 plus $6.95 S&H. During checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a bonus 9.5” Gotham Steel Pan (which normally retails for $19.99) for separate $6.95 fee

All Crisper Trays come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H. This means if you also ordered the Pan, you could lose as much in shipping as you’ll eventually get back as a refund.

Refunds can be requested by calling customer service at 888-822-3220.

How does this price compare?

Gotham Steel Crisper Tray vs. Copper Crisper & Other Elevated Oven Trays Like

From a basic functionality perspective, there are probably thousands of nonstick, elevated mesh grates that can be placed in the oven. A simple online search for “oven crisper” or “crisping tray” will reveal just how many options you have, including popular alternatives like Copper Crisp and Crispy Mate.

And if you don’t feel like shopping online, you’re almost certain to find at least one meaningfully similar option at big box retailers with kitchenware sections.

In fact, except for the name and the manufacturer, the Gotham Steel Crisper Tray appears to be identical to Copper Crisper, as well as the Rachael Ray Cucina 2-Piece Crisper Pan Set.

We performed some hands-on testing of the Copper Crisper and found:

  • At 10” x 13”, it’s smaller than an average cookie sheet or baking pan, so it probably won’t fit a lot of food if you’re cooking for larger parties.
  • Pre-frozen sweet potato fries turned out much better in Copper Crisper than a traditional baking sheet. It also did a great job with frozen cheese sticks.
  • It really did deliver on most of its claims: Its non-stick coating worked great, it lessened the need to constantly flip food while baking, and it wasn’t necessary to add butter or oil
  • However, the package insert said it’s not dishwasher safe, but cleaning it by hand using soap and water was quick and easy.

From a price perspective, Crisper Tray and Copper Crisp are the same, although you’ll pay $1 less in S&H for the Crisper Tray.

Pro tip: The point of any ASOTV product is to make it to store shelves. With this in mind, Copper Crisper was available at Bed Bath & Beyond stores at the time of our research.

Granted, without having tested it ourselves, there’s no way to know if Gotham Steel Crisper Tray will perform the same as Copper Crisper. But given the fact that they’re identical, we’d think it’d be reasonable to expect as much.

With so many options, how can you choose the right one?

How To Choose the Best Oven Crisper

When choosing your next oven crisper, we think there are three important factors to keep in mind:

Size Matters

As discussed earlier, if Crisper Tray is the same size as Copper Crisp, you’re looking at something that’s about half the size of a traditional baking sheet.

So, while it might be ideal for cooking a meal for one or two people, or whipping up some snacks for a handful of last-minute guests, if you think you’ll frequently cook for larger gatherings, you’ll want to purchase the largest size possible.

Obviously, you could double your order, although this will also double your overall expenses.

What Makes It Non-Stick?

Another important consideration is what the manufacturer uses as a non-stick coating. Why?

Traditional non-stick coatings often contain polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which are generally safe to use. As they’re exposed to high heat and degrade with regular use, though, they can be released as gasses or flake off in food.

When ingested, these substances can lead to health concerns such as flu-like symptoms and even increased risk of certain types of cancer. For birds, inhaling PTFE fumes can be fatal.

Contrastingly, many manufacturers have started using ceramic coatings on their cookware, which provides much of the same non-stick ability as chemicals, but without many of the health concerns.

Should Price Be a Factor?

As with any buying decision, price plays a role. However, you might be missing a lot of solid options by focusing solely on price.

In other words, while some options might cost more than Gotham Steel Crisper Tray, the ASOTV product comes with fairly high (and non-refundable) S&H costs.

In addition, ASOTV products (as a whole, not just those from Gotham Steel) tend to come with low customer ratings related to longevity. So, if some options cost more but potentially last longer, they might provide a greater level of overall value.

What Do We Know About Other Gotham Steel Products?

The HighYa team has reviewed several other Gotham Steel-branded products recently, including Gotham Steel Pans, Gotham Steel Double Grill, Gotham Steel Knives.

Here, they tend to come with 2-star or lower average customer ratings. Why? Again, like most As Seen on TV products, customers often complained that they didn’t deliver on the manufacturer’s promises and don’t last very long.

And when they attempted to contact customer support, many claimed to have encountered unhelpful representatives.

Since Crisper Tray is a brand new product from Gotham Steel, we’ll just have to wait to see if it follows this same general trend.

Will Gotham Steel Crisper Tray Have Your Frying In Your Oven In No Time?

Although we found that the essentially identical Copper Crisper delivered on most of its claims, it won’t fry foods—at least not similar to a deep fryer.

This is because the hot oil in deep frying quickly seals the exterior and traps moisture in the interior, while also creating a delicious, golden brown Maillard reaction on the outside.

Even in job-specific devices like the Power AirFryer XL, Cooklite Aero Fryer, AirWave Fryer, though, they don’t move air fast enough to mimic this same chemical reaction. So, while they can help quickly heat up pre-fried frozen foods, unless you’re making french fries, they won’t provide anything close to traditional fried foods.

What’s the point? Even if you have a high-powered convection oven, it still won’t move air fast enough around the Crisper Tray to fry the food it contains.

Can it cook these pre-fried foods like chicken strips, french fries, and fish sticks in less fat and grease? It seems so. But since these foods are already fried and often loaded with fat and calories, the health and nutrition benefits might be negligible.

Bottom line: If you’re looking to quickly heat up frozen foods without having to flip them—and without having to worry about a burned, stuck-on mess—then Gotham Steel Crisper Tray seems like it might deliver.

Just keep in mind that if you’re not satisfied and decide to take advantage of the company’s 90-day refund policy, you’ll lose a decent chunk of change in S&H charges.

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19 Consumer Reviews for Gotham Steel Crisper Tray

Average Consumer Rating: 1.9
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 2 4 star: 3 3 star: 0 2 star: 1 1 star:  13
Bottom Line: 32% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Rip off

    No directions or recipes. You have to go online and buy the book or go on Kindle. Ridiculous! Nothing that I have tried to fry has worked. Totally disgusted. What a rip off. Don't waste your time or money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Awesome!

    • Wilmington, NC,
    • Sep 8, 2017
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    I love all my Gotham pots and pans. If you go to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy these products, you don't have to pay shipping and handling (FREE SHIPPING). There is no sticking when you cook with these pans. Very easy clean up. I don't know what you other people are doing wrong (how can you screw up using these pans?). Nothing sticks. Read the instructions.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Cooking food as pictured with the crisper

    The item came with little instructions. I didn't know how to make the chicken or fries as pictured. I seasoned chicken and placed it on the crisper. I was pleased. Though not as shown, the chicken was fairly crisp outside and juicy inside.

    Fries fries were a disaster. I tried lightly oiling them and baked, and the grease remained on top and left a greasy product. I tried cooking without the oil, and the potatoes took forever to cook and were too hard to eat. I had tested them along the way. AWFUL is the word. Perhaps frozen fries or frozen breaded chicken might work. I must say it was a disappointment.

    I purchased three; gave one away and still have one I can't give to anyone else. DISAPPOINTED.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Tricked senior citizens

    • Florida,
    • Jul 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love the product, but they trick you by upgrading your order without authorization. My 81-year-old mother ordered the "$19.99 and get one additional" by phone. What she got was three "Deluxe" trays and then charged over $76.00. She did NOT upgrade. Watch out for these people; they also don't give you a total at the end! This from the customer sales person I spoke to.

    Extremely bad customer service!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Gotham Copper Crisper

    The buy one, get one free with the handling of $6.95, so it cost $19.98. The pans are small, 9" by 12." It is so easy to clean. No scrubbing.

    Also, you can buy these crispers in Ollie's Bargaining Outlet for $9.98 each, not $19.98 in Bed Bath & Beyond.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Gotham Steel Crisper

    • North Carolina,
    • Jun 7, 2017
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    It works pretty good, but not as good as I thought it would. Not as crispy, but not bad. All of Gotham's products are awesome! You get what you pay for. And, it saves you money! So, it's a great deal, all in all.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Excellent product.

    I have just read complaints about "no recipes." If you google "Gotham Steel Crisper Tray Recipe Book" you can find a link to 50 recipes including appetizers, main dishes, sides and vegetables, desserts and sweets - all free to download.

    Mine just arrived yesterday, and I cooked bacon - it was fantastic! I preheated the oven as directed and it took 15 minutes. I'm looking forward to trying many other recipes. I ordered two trays so I can cook double for a crowd.

    Good luck.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Worked for me

    • Clearlake Oaks, CA,
    • May 26, 2017
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    I was very skeptical because I love fried food. I MUST cut out the deep frying due to health issues. I tried this pan with frozen fries. I was pleasantly pleased with the results. The fries made a crunch sound when I bit into it. It passed my first test. It's worth it, even if I only use it for fries. My next test is chicken wings. I will post another review with the results.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 12 people found this review helpful

    No directions or recipes

    No instructions or recipes. I haven't been able to use it since there are no Recipes or instructions.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 16 people found this review helpful

    False advertising

    • Chesapeake, VA,
    • May 21, 2017
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    When you place your order, the buy one, get one free isn't true! By the time you buy one for $19.99 and pay separate processing and handling, you end up paying $49.98. Rip off! Not only that, they charge your account twice to put a hold on their money, and they say one of them will fall off in 24 hours.

    I will never purchase from them again!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 20 people found this review helpful

    No recipes

    • Wabamun, Alberta, Canada,
    • May 19, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    One reason I bought it was because it said it included 50 recipes. I got home and opened it only to find I had to go on the computer to get recipes.

    So, although I am angry that the recipes were not included as advertised, I went on the net and can find NO RECIPES. So I have this so-called wonderful product that I can't use as I have no idea how.

    I suggest they get my recipes to me immediately or I will post this on every page I can access on the net. False advertising at least.

    I'm glad I didn't give in to my idea of purchasing a couple of other products that looked good in the box!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • May 29, 2017

      Hildegard Greek

      I can't find recipes that were supposed to come with the Crisper Tray. Where are they?

    • Jun 7, 2017

      HELEN PIETERS

      I found the recipes with no problem. I printed out 47 pages of Gotham Crisper Tray recipes.

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