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

    9.5" aluminum square frying pan

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Extremely disappointing

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Bad quality

    • By Tom V.,
    • Denver, CO,
    • Jan 17, 2020
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    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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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Works nothing like on TV

    • By James O.,
    • Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada,
    • Jan 17, 2020
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    Worst pan ever, everything sticks to my pan, eggs, pancakes, etc. The old pan that I threw out when I bought this crap worked better. I'm glad I didn't buy the whole set and only the large fry pan. What a waste of money.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Garbage

    • By Anne R.,
    • British Columbia, Canada,
    • Jan 16, 2020
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    These pans are garbage.

    Everything sticks to them, and yes, they do scratch! And warp too! I waited so long to get this set, was really excited, then tried them...Very disappointed!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Piece of crap

    • By Scott C.,
    • Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada,
    • Jan 2, 2020
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    Theses are the biggest waste of money I have ever spent. I put the square pan in the oven at 375, cooked what I needed to cook. When I pulled it out and took off what I cooked, we ate, cleaned up after breakfast, and put everything away. Went to use the pan a few days later and it was warped. Everything has always stuck to the pans. CRAP.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Frying pans as seen on TV

    • By C B.,
    • Montreal, Quebec, Canada,
    • Dec 30, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Can we be the only consumer to have purchased your miracle pans to have had to throw out one because it definitely did not live up to any of your hype, and the 2nd one which we use for frying eggs, constantly has eggs stuck to the pan after frying (and using oil or marg before cooking the eggs)? My review is not fake or spam. Your advertising is questionable in my mind.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Worst pan I've ever owned

    • By Matthew M.,
    • Indiana,
    • Dec 29, 2019
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    Absolutely the biggest waste of money. Spokesman says "YOU CAN LIGHT IT ON FIRE!" I just want to make my breakfast in it. Don't waste your money. I threw mine away after 3 months.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Scratches

    • By Renee C.,
    • Woodstock, Canada,
    • Dec 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband ordered the strainer pot and it was great until I made mashed potatoes in it and it scratched with the egg beaters. Just like the ones used on TV! Unfortunately, we have had it longer than 90 days and bought it from Amazon so can’t return. Not happy at all.

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Worst cookware ever!

    • By Irene B.,
    • Rutledge, AL,
    • Dec 19, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I'm on disability and have a very limited income. I had to save for several months to get a new set of cookware. I could have thrown my money in the trash for all the good I have gotten from this cookware! It's awful! It says "nothing sticks". Boy is that a lie! Everything sticks! I hate it!

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

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  • 2 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Positive results for me!

    • By Rebecca M.,
    • Big Rapids, MI,
    • Dec 19, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought a set of 2 Gotham Titanium pans over a year ago to take to Florida for the winter because rentals usually have such poor kitchen amenities. My pans at home are All-Clad and Cuisinart. I never expected the great ability these Gotham pans displayed!

    As directions explain, you can never use pan spray and never use on high because the titanium heats high. I've had lots of perfectly browned fish, bacon, and tenderloins. My egg scrambles with lots of cheese are even easy to clean up.

    I recently bought a sheet pan (which you can use in the oven to over 400°) for one-pan meals. Crispy brussels sprouts, potatoes, and sliced pork tenderloins are a favorite.

    I have no idea how these reviews are so negative.

    I bought sets for my children. The only time there was a problem was when daughter headed rules when in a hurry: high heat, scraping then scrubbing and also granddaughter used spray for eggs. Pan was never the same.

    I'm giving 5 stars for this product!

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

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