About Gotham Steel Pans

By HighYa Staff
Updated on: Mar 28, 2016

Want the “newest technology in non-stick cookware?”

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. You also 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? Here are some questions we think you should be asking:

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.

Even if you were to stay within the “As Seen on TV” industry, you’ve got options like the Slip Stone Pan, CorVex Cookware, QTech Cookware, Orgreenic Under 30, and many others.

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.

Speaking of price, how much do Gotham Steel Pans cost?

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, although based on the customer service phone number, it’s the same company as Optic 1050 Binoculars. These seem to have a mixed online customer reputation (primarily related to poor quality), 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. With this in mind, how easy is it to damage Gotham Steel Pans’ non-stick coating?

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.

Who is Chef Daniel Green, anyway?

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.

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

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.

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    100% garbage. $40 throw to the garbage.

    • Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
    • May 23, 2019
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    Absolutely garbage. Don't spend your money on this. Completely disappointed. Not good for eggs, not for meat, not for anything. Stop selling garbage. $40 went to the garbage. Scam, scam, scam.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Poor product, even poorer service

    • Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada,
    • May 18, 2019
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    We purchased two sizes of these pans and at first, they were great. Within six months everything was sticking. We take really good care of our pans too. We hand wash and place rubber separators between the pans so they do not scratch when stacked.

    We have old Teflon pans that have been used regularly for years and they don't stick like these Gotham Steel pans after only a couple of months.

    We contacted the company and they said the only thing that they could do is have us mail the pans to them in the US for replacement. The cost of mailing them would be the same as purchasing new pans and we would be stuck with the same poor quality pans. When I spoke with them it was easy to hear that they really didn't care.

    Do not buy Gotham Steel Pans!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Eggs stick to the pan

    • Slidell, LA,
    • May 17, 2019
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    I could not wait to get the pan to fry my eggs...eggs stuck to the pan! I had to put butter in the pan to flip the eggs. I would not recommend it to a friend, does not work as advertised.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Does not live up to expectations

    • Cape Coral, FL,
    • May 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    After a few months of use, everything sticks to the pan. If I want one egg, I have to make two because it sticks to the pan. It is very hard to clean after use.

    The frypan does not live up to the promises. I feel that I have wasted my money.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    I threw out both pans after two weeks!

    • Granite Bay, CA,
    • May 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought one pan and got one free. No wonder they’re trying to get rid of them.

    I threw both pans in the garbage can after two weeks of gentle use. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING sticks even with butter or oil on low heat. Food was hard to remove even after soaking overnight!

    Gotham Steel Cookware should rename their “non-stick” pans to “Everything-Sticks” pans!

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Garbage

    • New Jersey,
    • May 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The frying pan is a piece of crap. After only 4 uses food started to stick. I used it a few more times and food was sticking all over the bottom of the pan.

    I would never ask for a replacement or buy another one.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    12.5" pan

    • Anaconda, MT,
    • May 13, 2019
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    I bought this pan because of all the hype that was placed on it. I used it twice, using med heat and they worked fine. That was the end of that. I couldn't deep fry fish in it without the fish sticking. Worthless pans for the price I paid for it. I bought a Paula Dean pan in Walmart for half of what I paid for the Gotham. I still use it and it's 7 years old. Do not purchase Gotham Cookware.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Fake news

    • Arkansas,
    • May 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Have you considered purchasing some of the Gotham Steel products? Don’t waste your money or listen to the fake news. The products are anything else that is sold amidst such hype...worthless! I have 4 items and NONE HAVE LIVED UP TO THE "nonstick" lie. My cookie sheet is ruined from baking foil pouches full of vegetables, spices, and butter last night. Not only did the butter stick to the pan but even scraping it with a metal spatula did not remove the burned residue and left really ugly stains. Both of the skillets have utensil damage from normal use. No, I did not use a mixer for scrambled eggs. If I could give it a -100, I would.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Pan and eggs

    • Brigantine, NJ,
    • May 2, 2019
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    The pan is okay if you're cooking meat or a sandwich, but not eggs. Eggs stick to the pan, over easy eggs are a mess, and scrambled eggs are too. The pan cleans ok but after cooking eggs, especially scrambled eggs, it's tough to clean. Definitely not as seen on the TV.

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

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Surprised by all the negative reviews

    I have had the full set for a few years now and I absolutely love them! I come from a family of chefs and we have always had top-of-the-line cookware. So when my husband gave these to me I was like "You're kidding, right?" (in my head...LOL...of course I was grateful to him.) But over the past two years, I have found I use them more than my pieces five times the price! Do some things stick? A little. You'd be naive to thing that NOTHING will stick, but I get a nice even cook and the pans heat up nicely and the clean up really IS easier. I still use a little butter/oil when I want to make sure something doesn't stick - but usually just a fraction of what I would use in other pans. But take eggs, for instance. One a TINY piece of butter before the first omelet goes in and I can cook 4 more omelets without ever having to put more in.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    WORSE PANS EVER

    • New York,
    • Apr 26, 2019
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    I haven't even had my 12.5 pan one year and within a three-month period, EVERYTHING sticks to it! I rather use my old pans and have a MUCH better outcome. The pricing is way too much, but I was willing to spend it figuring I was buying a good pan. I only purchased one to see how I liked it. I will not spend another penny on another pan. VERY DISAPPOINTED in the product.

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

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