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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Average Consumer Rating: 1.6
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Piece of junk

    • Lebanon, OR,
    • Jul 11, 2019
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    Everything I cook in this pan sticks and is hard to clean off. This pan is junk. I would not buy it or tell anyone to buy it. The ad on TV is misleading and false. I will toss this pan in the trash, it has ruined a lot of food.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    NON STICK?

    • Acadieville, New Brunswick, Canada,
    • Jul 8, 2019
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    Worst darn pans ever purchased. Yes, they work for a few tries then stick like hell. These are the worst pans I have ever purchased. All hype and poor performance! Will never buy again and would NEVER recommend!

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Coating fails after usage

    • Moorestown, NJ,
    • Jun 5, 2019
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    Worked well, daily, for things such as scrambled eggs. Eventually, coating begins to not work and things stick. Initially, a good few minutes of soaking in Dawn would clean pan. After about 50 uses, I stove grilled chicken sausages from Omaha Steaks. I even sprayed the pan with nonstick Pam spray first and used water. Pan was useless...burnt on, black residue, no amount of soaking would clean off. Perhaps an S.O.S Brillo pad would have worked. What would be the point? Trashed it in the garbage.

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

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  • 2 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Started with one pan

    • British Columbia, Canada,
    • Jun 5, 2019
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    I started with one pan being curious because never found a real stick-free pan that hasn't broken down at some point after a short time.

    After 1 year I invested in 2 more pans of different sizes and love them, then I found the Ultimate Egg 4" size pans idea for my wife and I for breakfast eggs of all types.

    TOTALLY GOT MY VOTE. Perfect 10's. Wish I could get lids for some of the pans though.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Gotham Steel Pan

    • Canada,
    • Jun 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought 6 pans in December 2018 and thought they are non-stick. But it proved it is not. Please do not cheat customers, that they are non-stick. If you allow me to refund, I can bring all my pans and receipt to you. Honestly, customer, please do not buy this anymore. A real lier. I hope the company does not sell this product and advertise they are non-stick. I bought some on TV Showcase online.

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

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  • 10 out 10 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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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Poor product, even poorer service

    • Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada,
    • May 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 7 out 7 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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  • 8 out 8 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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  • 9 out 9 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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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Garbage

    • New Jersey,
    • May 15, 2019
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    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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