About Gotham Steel Pans

By HighYa Research Team
Updated on: Mar 28, 2016

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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.

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.

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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.

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

Gotham Steel Pan

Buy Gotham Steel Pan from Amazon:

Gotham Steel sells three of its models on Amazon: 9.5" ($16.98), 11" ($17.53), and 12.5" ($29.88). Shipping is free on orders over $25.00.

$16.98 (9.5")

$17.53 (11")

$29.88 (12.5")

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.

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.

The Bottom Line

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

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 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 the local options before placing your order.

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

Read 788 Gotham Steel Pans Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 1.6
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 68 4 star: 21 3 star: 22 2 star: 81 1 star:  596
Bottom Line: 13% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Junk grill

    • By Dennis J.,
    • St. Petersburg, FL,
    • Apr 7, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Underside of the grill is not coated and food drippings burned to the underside. When cleaned some of the copper coating was worn off and the spot grew and everything sticks. You don't have to worry about the copper, coat come off with a steel spatula. I WASHED IT OF WITH A GREEN SCRUBBY. $60 wasted.

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

  • After 90 days, everything sticks to it!

    • By George W.,
    • Idaho,
    • Apr 4, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    After 90 days, for some reason everything sticks to it. No wonder they have a 2-star rating! DO NOT BUY! I am 64 years and have not learned not to trust people! It worked great, then all of a sudden eggs started to stick and then everything sticks!

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

  • Waste of money

    • By Tom S.,
    • Lewistown, MT,
    • Apr 3, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I never buy items off of TV commercials, but I was in need of a new fry pan and for only $20 for two, I figured, "Why not?" The answer was because I wasted $20. These pans are by far the worst in my arsenal when it comes to sticking, and most of my pans are old and worn out. You CANNOT make an omelet with these pans no matter how much cooking oil you use, as the eggs stick terribly and you basically wind up with "scrambled eggs and vegetables". I will return to not wasting my money by not buying made-for-TV items.

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

  • Amazing

    • By Tami T.,
    • Seattle, WA,
    • Mar 30, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love these pans, they are what the advertisements says...NON-STICK! I am proficient in burning everything...EVERYTHING...I can burn water if you'd let me...but these pans make it extremely hard for me to burn anything. Seriously, the only hype in the commercial is you can use metal utensils...I'd say DON'T. They scratch...but other than that, I'm in love and looking for a larger pan.

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

  • Warped

    • By Charles C.,
    • Noblesville, IN,
    • Mar 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    The twelve-inch frying pan is so warped. You cannot get even heat distribution. It's nothing but crap. DO NOT BUY!

    Several other brands with the same features for the same price. Shop around.

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

  • Waste of money and totally disappointed, worst franchise I’ve ever bought.

    • By Jacquie C.,
    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Feb 15, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is the worst lie I’ve ever seen! Gotham Steel Pans not only stick, scrape, these are the worst pans I’ve ever bought! Warning to anyone who thinks of buying them...DON’T! Had to buy new pans! The commercial is totally false! DON’T fall for it!

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


    • By C.J. G.,
    • Seattle, WA,
    • Feb 5, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    (1) The company sent a severely deformed pan as part of an expensive set. To return the pan at my cost since they won't pay would cost me more than twice the value of the pan itself. Of course the lid won't fit a deformed pan - in the trash it goes.

    (2) They advertise non-stick but I've found that everything, including oil, seems to stick.

    (3) the pan handle gets blazing hot so be prepared to wear smelter asbestos fire gloves when handling.

    Overall a very bad deal especially when they could be bought at Walmart for about the same price with customer satisfaction and returns guaranteed. No more impulse late-night commercial purchases for me.

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

  • That non-stick finish...sticks.

    • By Ralph V.,
    • Alberta, Canada,
    • Jan 28, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    My pan (12") in just a week or so developed one spot, near the handle where food sticks. Visually that section appears to be the same as the rest, but without fail that 2x5-inch arc sticks.

    So, the warranty implies I can get a new one...sure, if I pony up $9.95 (US) and spend at least a similar amount to ship it. Not something I am too keen on trying...as an old saying goes..."Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

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

  • 9.5" aluminum square frying pan

    • By Marty G.,
    • North Olmsted, OH,
    • Jan 20, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Very disappointed. Hate it but Bed Bath & Beyond is out of business and not buying back. Request my money.

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

  • Extremely disappointing

    • By Michael L.,
    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Jan 20, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I got these pans for Christmas and they stick. I made some eggs without using any butter and they got stuck. I've tried other foods as well and the same results. When I called they wanted me to send in pictures of the food sticking bit as I explained we don't put dirty dishes away, we wash them, so they wouldn't help me.

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

  • Bad quality

    • By Tom V.,
    • Denver, CO,
    • Jan 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Had the pan for 6 months and it is falling apart. No more non-stick and surface peeling up. Contacted Gotham and Emson and both were not helpful. Warranty is that you pay to mail pan back to them then pay $9.99 for them to ship it back to you. That means you're paying for a new pan. What bad customer service. Both reps were rude, John and Kalpna. I hope this helps, please do not buy one.

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

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