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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Lousy pans

    • West Virginia,
    • Nov 12, 2019
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    Horrible pans! This company needs to be shut down ASAP. 100 percent pure GARBAGE! Everything sticks to these pans. They need to not be sold, or sold at the Dollar Store, and at the Dollar Store, they need to be marked down half off. I wouldn't sell these to peasants!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Michigan,
    • Nov 9, 2019
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    First of all, it's a frying pan. The first thing I read is to not fry in it! So I didn't use it on high heat, just med and low. Worked ok but things still stuck a little. In no time at all everything was sticking and the pan began to accumulate food stuff that wouldn't come off even with a green pad scrubbies. At that point, I didn't care about running the pan surface because that ship already sailed a while ago. I had two sizes, I just threw them away. Don't waste your money.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    False advertising

    • Amarillo, TX,
    • Nov 5, 2019
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    Gotham Steel advertising says pans are non-sticking and that they do not scratch! Well, everything sticks to them after the first month of use and they scratch if you are not extremely careful! I would not recommend these pans to anyone! I purchased my Gotham Steel Pans from Walmart! Not online or over the phone!

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Terrible!

    • Florence, SC,
    • Oct 31, 2019
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    Bought a frying pan for my husband who likes to make breakfast and 6 months later food is sticking (and I am talking about eggs) and you really have to scrub to get it off. What a joke!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Bought 3 of these pans and threw one away.

    • Hollywood, FL,
    • Oct 25, 2019
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    I was sold on the commercial for these pans unfortunately, eggs stick and don't even think of cooking hamburgers on it as the grease will be next to impossible to get off once it burns into the pan surface. I bought 3 different sizes and threw one away because it was impossible to get the burnt-on grease from the meat off unless perhaps I would have used a steel grinder. Eventually, I returned the other two as totally misrepresented as far as non-stick.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Tennessee,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    Got two pans as a gift, if I have to use them I have to spray non stick on them. Not worth it.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Liquid leaks from around the handle.

    • Virginia,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    I purchased two different sets from Walmart and they both leak around the handles. I am returning the second set to. When boiling water in the pots and frying pans they all leak too.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Easy to clean stuck-on foods

    • Flushing, NY,
    • Oct 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Most foods stick without the use of oil or butter. Eggs stick so bad that they are often destroyed when trying them loose from the pan, even when butter is used. Commercial TV video is a fairy tale. There are much better fry pans on the market in this price range.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Pieces of crap

    • California,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    Theses pans stick from day one. I put an egg in the first day and it stuck, never got any better. After a month we threw in the trash. Pieces of crap, nothing but a big scam. Why our government does not shut them down I still wonder. It a scam people, don't buy this crap, take your money, light it on fire, you're going get more than to buy this crap.

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

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  • 1 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Great products

    • Guthrie, OK,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    I have nothing to say but great abut Gotham Steel skillets. I have the secret to the non stick. Always heat skillet in low, cook on low, and wash skillet as soon as you take it off the heat. I am 76 and can hardly stand to rinse dishes for dish washer, to be able to just basically rinse the skillet is a life saver to me and my husband who gets to wash the pans and I do the dishes. If I could afford it, I would purchase the entire set.

    Keep the cookware coming...

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada,
    • Oct 16, 2019
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    Waste of money. Wish I could put on a picture right now. Eggs cooked right on even after I used oil. Don't waste your money. More scrubbing than any other pan I have ever ordered. Do not buy. Ever. Bought from the mall ad a set. All of them are garbage.

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

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