About Gotham Steel Pans

By HighYa Research Team
Updated on: Mar 28, 2016

Endorsed by Chef Daniel Green, Gotham Steel Pans make cooking easy by combining a non-stick ceramic surface with super strong titanium. How?

By allowing your food—whether it’s eggs, steaks, or even cheese—to slide right off, without using butter or oil. They also promise that you won’t have to worry about scratching your Gotham Steel Pans since they’re safe to use with metal cookware.

Need a way to make one-pan recipes? Gotham Steel Pans can help there too, since they’re oven-safe up to 500 degrees, and are PTFE/PFOA/PFOS-free. And when you’re finished, pop your pans in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Will Gotham Steel Pans really make cooking as easy as they claim, and will they stand up to real-world cooking? In this review, we take a detailed look at their claims to help you make an informed decision.

What’s So Special About Gotham Steel Pans?

First, even if you’re a newbie to the world of cooking, you already know that non-stick pans are not a recent invention and that you’ll find a wide selection at just about any home goods store near you.

And despite how “revolutionary” it might seem, you’ll find dozens of non-stick cookware that also uses titanium. Sure, these might not always be as inexpensive as Gotham Steel Pans, but they might also be better quality.

Pro tip: These types of pans are not made completely using titanium, which would cause them to be prohibitively expensive. Instead, as the product’s name implies, these are aluminum pans infused with titanium, with a stainless steel handle.

If you did this, at the very least, you’ll be able to see and hold your pan before purchasing. And if you’re dissatisfied, purchasing locally will make the return process easier, while saving you some money in non-refundable S&H charges.

Want even more options? Try typing “titanium non-stick pans” into your favorite search engine. You’ll quickly find that you have literally thousands of choices.

So, what makes Gotham Steel Pans different from these other options? Outside of price, there doesn’t something to be anything that’s meaningfully different.

How Much Does Gotham Steel Pans Set Cost?

One 9" Gotham Steel Pan is priced at $19.99 plus $6.95 S&H. At checkout, you’ll also be able to purchase an omelet pan for an additional $6.95 S&H.

Gotham Steel Pans come with a 90-day refund policy, less S&H. Did you choose the free omelet pan? This means you could lose as much in S&H as you’ll receive in a refund should you decide to process a return.

Regardless, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer’s customer service department at 888-326-0978 to request one.

Speaking of the manufacturer, who makes Gotham Steel Pans? There wasn’t any information about the company on the Gotham Steel Pans website, so it’s certainly something to keep in mind.

The Science Behind Non-Stick Cookware

Most non-stick cookware uses a thin Teflon coating on the cooking surface, the trade name for polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE. More recently, due to potential health concerns, PTFE is often replaced with another type of fluoropolymer.

Whichever substance is used (although Gotham Steel Pans are also claimed to be PFOA and PFOS-free), non-stick coatings work their magic by preventing your food and the pan from bonding at a molecular level, which they normally would under such high-heat conditions.

Speaking of high heat, what kind of burners can non-stick cookware like Gotham Steel Pans be used on? Let’s take a quick look.

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Approved Heating Sources for Non-Stick Cookware

While you’ll always want to check with your stove’s manufacturer about the types of cookware that can be used with it, titanium non-stick cookware is generally thought to be acceptable for ceramic and gas burners.

On the other hand, DoItYourself.com recommends avoiding using titanium cookware on electric stoves, since it “conducts heat too quickly and can cause the thermostat in the burner to shut down too early or damage it.” Again though, this might be manufacturer-specific, so when it doubt, check your user manual.

Finally, using titanium cookware like Gotham Steel Pans on an induction cooktop might be a bit of a crapshoot. Why? Because, in order for a pan to be effective on an induction cooktop, the bottom must be made of a ferrous (i.e. magnetic and consisting of iron) material. And unfortunately, titanium is a non-ferrous metal; unless Gotham’s manufacturer has included iron in the bottom and not advertised this fact.

Ferrous or not, a lot of people are worried about chemicals contained in non-stick surfaces.

Is Gotham Steel Pans’ Non-Stick Coating Indestructible?

When Chef Daniel Green started whisking eggs with an electric mixer inside his Gotham Steel Pans, you might have cringed. You’re never supposed to do that to non-stick pans, right?

Right! If you want your non-stick pans to last as long as possible, you should avoid touching the surface with sharp or abrasive objects, like metal utensils or cookware (spatulas, etc.), as well as steel wool.

Will you be able to tell a difference after doing it just one time (like Chef Green)? Probably not. But it’s certainly not something you’d want to do on a regular basis, despite how the Gotham Steel Pans commercial might have made it seem.

Pro tip: Most professionals also recommend that you avoid putting non-stick cookware in the dishwasher, despite what’s claimed in the Gotham Steel Pans commercial.

Chef Daniel Green’s (Short) Bio

Perhaps best known for being a judge on Food Network’s Kitchen Inferno and for his full-time presenter position on EVINE (and part-time on ShopHQ, where he presents luxury cookware), Chef Daniel Green is an internationally known personality, as well as best selling author.

Daniel has also created in-room dining menus for different hotel chains all over the world, hosted webisodes for United Health Care, and even created meals for BMI International Airlines.

Our Bottom Line: Will Gotham Steel Pans Make Cooking Easy?

If you’re going from a traditional pan to a non-stick one like Gotham Steel Pan, will it make cooking easier? Probably so.

Does this mean you’ll instantly be whipping up healthy, delicious, chef-inspired meals? Unless you have years of experience (in which case you’d already owned a professional non-stick pan), almost certainly not.

Regardless of your cooking experience, the key here is that there doesn’t appear to be anything special about Gotham Steel Pans that you wouldn’t also find priced similarly elsewhere online (or even less), or at a retailer near you. And despite its name, it appears the only steel contained in the pan is its handle.

And considering that you’ll be losing a decent chunk of change in non-refundable S&H for giving Gotham Steel Pans a try, we might recommend exploring these local options before placing your order.

» Related: Finding the Perfect Pots & Pans for Your Cooking Style

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  • DO NOT BUY THESE PANS

    • Quebec, Canada,
    • Sep 13, 2019
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    We purchased the Gotham Steel cookware at a local store. The pots are good, as for the pans, after the second use food sticks and when cooking there's a lot of smoke and they're impossible to clean. We are just going to throw them away and let anyone know to never buy the pans. We have treated them according to directions. Our old fry pan works better.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    It sticks!

    • Wisconsin,
    • Sep 6, 2019
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    We purchased two Gotham Steel frying pans and both have had food stick in them all the time, can you imagine what our eggs look like scraping them off the pan! We have treated them according to directions. Our old fry pan works better.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    DO NOT BUY THESE PANS

    • Hawthorne, CA,
    • Aug 29, 2019
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    I wish I would have read these reviews before purchasing them, they should rename the pans to "Everything Sticks." I’m just going to throw them away and will let anyone I know to never buy them.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Poor performance

    • Ohio,
    • Aug 21, 2019
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    I have the small fry pan and absolutely everything sticks to it. Scrambled eggs are almost impossible to remove.

    Would never buy again.

    Wondered if all sizes are like this. This pan REALLY SUCKS and there is NOTHING MORE I WISH TO SAY ABOUT IT.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Does not work as designed over a few month period

    • New Jersey,
    • Aug 20, 2019
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    Had this saucepan for eggs and sauteed vegetables, was good for a few months, then things started sticking, especially the sides. I have always used Dawn Detergent to clean it with a sponge, nothing else, have owned it for about 6 months, talked to a representative of the company and could not tell me how long the non-stick would last. I guess I'll throw in the garbage, go back to regular pans, does not seem to live up to what they advertise. Can't seem to find anything wrong with what I am doing, food is sticking to the bottom now?

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Hot spots

    • Grand Forks, ND,
    • Aug 16, 2019
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    I bought a Gotham Steel Pan at a local Walmart. I followed the instructions for seasoning the pan before use pricesely. After about the second use, food started sticking to the pan, including eggs! Hot spots started developing in the bottom of the pan. This pan was never subjected to high heat. It was used at medium low to medium heat only. Ironically, I purchased a Gotham Steel knock-off for $5.99, followed the Gotham Steel instructions for seasoning the pan and have never had any trouble with food sticking, using the same heat or higher.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    This wasted my money

    • Boston, MA,
    • Aug 15, 2019
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    This product has no retention or durability. This was used 1 time with a metal spoon and was destroyed. The second pan-cooked bacon in it three times with silicon tongs and everything started to stick. Pan was destroyed. DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT, IT'S A NAME YOU PAY FOR.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Product/scratches/warps

    • Alberta, Canada,
    • Aug 12, 2019
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    I received an entire set from my husband in September for my birthday. We already need to buy new pans. These stick, they have warped and have scratch marks all in them. Very dissapointed with this product when I had waited a long time for a new set.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Good but not great

    • Myrtle Beach, SC,
    • Aug 2, 2019
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    I have used it twice and I already have a small scratch, so don't believe all of the claims. But it is very easy to clean and nothing sticks to it, so that part is accurate. I will just have to go back to using my plastic utensils.

    Overall, I am happy with the product.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    NOT WORTH IT

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Jul 30, 2019
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    I have three of these pans and they worked well for a while, no sticking and easy to clean. Not anymore. The middle pan was scratched with a dull dinner knife and everything, especially scrambled eggs, even with a little butter added really stick and the pan is almost impossible to clean. I wouldn't purchase another product such as this as apparently the lifetime warranty doesn't hold up.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    CANNOT BE CLEANED

    • Texas,
    • Jul 24, 2019
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    The pans that get delivered to your home do not work like the pans they show on TV advertisements. I was fooled and my pans are black and I cannot clean them. I paid way too much for these pans.

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

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