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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  • Very poor quality

    • Tomball, TX,
    • Apr 19, 2019
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    These pots do nothing they say they do. You can’t use metal on them. They scratch easily. It took months to get it replaced. Every pot I have has scratches in them. They’re not as easy to clean as shown on TV. Don’t waste your money, you will be sorry.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not happy

    • British Columbia, Canada,
    • Apr 17, 2019
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    Well...we had a great pan for about a month or so..and then it sticks. We kept the heat down on our foods, never scratched it with SOS pads or metal spatulas. I am not pleased with it as it is just the same as most other pans. I will not buy another.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not what I expected

    • Madison, OH,
    • Apr 16, 2019
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    I received the 10-piece set for Christmas 2018. At first they were great. Didn’t stick, easy to clean. Within 4 months started sticking, scratching and burning the surface. I had a really had time getting it off. Made the mistake of using a green scour pad, and scratched the surface. I was hoping to post a picture but there is no way to do that, that I can see. I can’t find anywhere where they guarantee their claims. They make it looks soo wonderful on TV. I was considering a second set, but will not be buying these again. I really was hoping these pans would hold up and do what they claim, boy was I wrong! VERY DISAPPOINTED.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy. Pan fell apart. Customer service wants me to pay for handling service.

    • Haymarket, VA,
    • Apr 12, 2019
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    Very upset! Gotham Steele pan's "guarantee for life" is a scam. After 6 months of normal use, everything started sticking...even with butter or Pam oil. Never could cook eggs without it. Then started to notice flakes of the copper in the pan. When I called customer service I was given the runaround and asked to speak with a manager. I was told to send the pan to a strange address (not Gotham Steele) and I would have to pay shipping plus write a check for $10.50 to cover handling costs. She went on to tell me that the warranty return policy is on the packaging. Please do not buy from these scammers.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Cake pan review

    • Verner, Ontario, Canada,
    • Apr 11, 2019
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    I baked two cakes in the cake pans and the cakes completely stuck to the bottom, ruining both cakes, so disappointed in the cake pans! I took a picture of it so I do have that to show.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Typical TV waste of MONEY.

    • Cincinnati, OH,
    • Apr 10, 2019
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    I bought a two-pan set at Costco last night. Went to cook eggs this AM. After the pan heated up, the bottom started to crown so when I cracked the eggs they all ran to the outside of the pan. A true sign of a cheap product. The eggs didn’t stick much (not like on TV), but these bad boys are going back. Surprised Costco is on board with this junk.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Wasted my money

    • Grand Prairie, TX,
    • Apr 2, 2019
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    I bought the whole set and used them and at first thought yeah, these are nice, until they began to get scratched inside! And burnt food has to be soaked or scrubbed off!

    Not worth my money or time. I am so disappointed!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Not worth the money

    • Kansas City, KS,
    • Mar 31, 2019
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    I got these pans for me and my brother because I thought great, nothing will stick and I won’t have to use butter or oil since I try and watch what I eat. Anyway, they are not stick proof and they are not scratch proof. Like I said, not worth the money, 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

    Non-Stick?

    • Williamsburg, VA,
    • Mar 31, 2019
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    Over the years I have purchased numerous "non-stick pans" in hopes of actually finding a pan that was truly non-stick. Many will last a few months and I have actually had a couple that last for a year or better. However, these Gotham Pro ceramics are the worst I’ve ever used. Everything sticks, eggs, bacon, ham, etc. I’ve tried seasoning them, cleaning them, using Pam and oil and still everything sticks. Perhaps I’m doing something wrong but I would think these would at least work new out of the box, and they didn’t.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Garbage

    • Mar 24, 2019
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    The same problem as all the other complaints. I purchased two pans, used the 10" twice and it is scratched to death...by the salt?

    And all customer service does is give me the Gotham Warranty division address in New York no phone number fax number or e-mail.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Crap

    • Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
    • Mar 24, 2019
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    Crap, just crap. Wouldn't clean after first use. Strongly recommend finding some other pans, these are horrible. Terrible costumer service as well. They wouldn't help me at all and asked for me to pay more to have it shipped to me after me having to pay to ship it to them.

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

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