What is The Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill?

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Nov 9, 2017

Promising to be an effective way to barbeque indoors without all of the smoke, the Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill aims to give users the option to cook their favorite dishes all year round. The makers of the grill say that it provides the perfect amount of even heat spread over its surface area, which measures 21 inches diagonally.

The product’s commercial mentions that it is made of what the company refers to as a Ti-Cerama surface, combing a strong, titanium base with a ceramic coating that metal utensils won’t be able to scratch. They go on to state that this coating makes for a non-stick grilling surface, even when it comes to messy foods like barbecue chicken and cheese-based dishes.

So, what’s the secret to achieving that grilled perfection without all of the smoke? Can you truly expect the product to allow you to grill your favorite foods at any time of the year?

Can the Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill Really Work Indoors Without Any Smoke?

On the website, we’re told that the key to the product’s smokeless design lies in its cooling drip pan, which collects oils and fats, allowing them to cool slowly without creating any smoke in the process. This is due to the pan preventing these liquids from sizzling (producing smoke in the process), allowing you to grill indoors without fear of setting off the fire alarm.

Of course, this certainly sounds good, but without testing the product out ourselves, we can’t state with certainty that you can cook anything on the grill without emitting any smoke at all. Still, the product’s commercial shows users cooking many different dishes, all without any visible signs of smoke escaping in the process.

Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill Pricing & Return Policy

As of this writing, the Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill was available both from the manufacturer directly and on Amazon.com. From the former, it is available in installments amounting to four equal payments of $19.99, with free shipping. You also have the option of adding on a bonus griddle for an additional $10 fee.

On Amazon, the product is only sold as a one-time purchase for $79.95. Shipping is also free, though there doesn’t appear to be an option to include the additional griddle with your order.

Through the manufacturer’s website, you’ll have 90 days to reach out to customer support at 833-559-3367 in order to request a refund for any reason. They state that any defective units will be replaced free of charge as well.

On Amazon, you’ll be subject to the company’s standard 30-day return policy, which can be handled through your orders tab.

Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill vs. Alternative Smokeless Grill Options

If you’ve made it this far, it’s likely that you are interested in the concept of being able to grill your favorite foods indoors whenever you like, but is the Gotham Steel offering the only one available?

As it turns out, a simple Google or Amazon search for “smokeless indoor grill” pulls up dozens of results, each with various feature sets, designs, and cooking surface areas to choose from. So, knowing this, how does the Gotham Steel product hold up to these other options in terms of pricing, features, and reviews? Let’s take a look.

On Amazon, two of the highest-rated products we found during our research were the Hamilton Beach 25361 Indoor Grill and the Kitchen + Home Stovetop Grill. While these products represent the same end-result of smokeless indoor grilling, they each feature slightly different functionalities.

For instance, the Hamilton Beach product has a closable lid that comes in both a windowless and windowed option. This lid allows you to cook without smoke, but the tradeoff is that the cooking space seems to be a bit smaller than that of the Gotham Steel product, at around 12” by 9”. The product currently sells for $47.99 or $66.83, depending upon which version you choose.

The Home + Kitchen product is actually a stove-mounted grilling plate, making it one of the cheapest options for smokeless grilling, coming in right at $17.99 as of this writing. However, you’ll need a stove to make this work, and many reviewers left comments stating that they still had a few issues with smoke, depending on the item they were cooking.

If you’re trying to decide which smokeless grilling option will be best for you, ask yourself these leading questions going into your purchase:

  • What size cooking area do you have to work with? If you have a very small, cramped space, or if you only need to feed one or two people, a product with a smaller surface area may be ideal. However, if you cook for the whole family and have room for it, a larger surface area will always give you more flexibility with your cooking.
  • Determine what essential features you are looking for. Do you need a closeable lid, or a ceramic coating? How many heat settings would you like to have? How easy is the cleanup and storage process? Asking yourself these questions early one will help guide you towards the product that is most likely to serve you well in the long run.
  • Always understand the return policy fully before pulling the trigger on a product. This is especially true when ordering online, as you won’t be able to actually get your hands on the device until after you’ve paid for it. If you find that it doesn’t meet your needs in the end, you’ll want to be able to get your money back.

The Bottom Line: Does the Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill Deliver?

Can you truly expect the Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill to provide year-round grilling indoors without having to deal with excessive amounts of smoke? Based on the product’s design, as well as the examples shown in its commercial online, we feel as though there’s a strong possibility that the answer is yes.

That said, as we mentioned earlier, without having tested the grill out ourselves, we can’t state this outright. And even though the product may indeed work as advertised, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right for everyone. As covered in the section above, it’s extremely important to decide which option will work best for you and your family’s needs.

If you’d like to jump in and give the Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill a shot, keep in mind that you’ll be able to return it within 90 days (or 30 on Amazon) for a refund, should you decide that it isn’t a good fit for you in the long run.

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35 Consumer Reviews for Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill

Average Consumer Rating: 1.6
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Bottom Line: 9% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    The grill, which isn't as good as I hoped

    • Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland,
    • Oct 25, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have had the Gotham Steel Grill for just under two months. I purchased it after watching the advertising on High Street TV. I already own a George Foreman Grill, but I wanted something bigger, which I thought would give a better cooking result - the perfect indoor grill.

    First impressions: When I removed it from the box I thought the drip tray and frame were a bit flimsy, however, it goes together easily. I decided to use it to cook steak, tomatoes, and onions for its first use. I have to say that it cooked the steak perfectly and this was delicious, however, the tomato and onions did not cook so well, and they stuck to the grill. There was also a fair bit of smoke. The grill had a lot of black residue after use, and this was difficult to clean - it did not all come off.

    I have used it on several occasions since to cook meat and vegetables. Mostly the meat cooks reasonably to very well, however, it often sticks, so I have to coat everything with oil before cooking. Vegetables vary in their success. The more it has been used, the harder it is to clean, especially the underside, and now when I use it, there is lots of smoke, so I have to open a window and use the extractor fan.

    I do not think it is virtually smoke-free, and it is hard to keep clean. It certainly, in my opinion, does not wipe clean as advertising would suggest.

    I rate this grill as 2/5. It's okay; although I don't think it was worth the £49.95 I paid for it. In contrast, my George Foreman grill cooks meat just as well and vegetables better, it IS virtually smoke-free, nothing sticks to it, and it is a breeze to clean and keep clean. It was cheaper to buy, and I use it much more. I'd choose George Foreman over Gotham Steel any time.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Terrible purchase

    • Florida,
    • Oct 18, 2018
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    This smokeless grill is not even close to what it's advertised as. Do yourself a favor and don't even think about buying this junk. Food sticks to it, it takes forever to cook. Just a piece of junk!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Do NOT recommend

    I got mine as a gift and only used it a couple of times. It does not heat evenly, nor is it easy to clean up. Mine doesn't heat evenly and is blackened from use. I wipe mine clean every time I use it and I cannot get it to not stick.

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

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Worst product I have ever purchased

    • Virginia,
    • Oct 14, 2018
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    Claims to be non-stick, however, not even close, and the smokeless part - forget about it. I can show you my kitchen full of smoke right now from using it inside. I am extremely unhappy with this purchase. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    It's just OK

    • Nevada,
    • Oct 12, 2018
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    First, it's a VERY SLOW cook. That's OK if you just plan on it.

    Secondly, even cooking is a farce. It cooks much faster on the inside vs. the outside. This is most evident with the griddle when you flip your pancakes and see they cooked on only half. It's also true if you're cooking meat so I would only cook one at a time to be sure it cooks evenly. Any smoke is virtually not noticeable, and that's good, AND it does leave nice grill marks.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Grill does not get high enough temperatures

    • Fairbanks, AK,
    • Oct 10, 2018
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    This grill does not reach high enough degrees to grill a steak. I found it unacceptable. I'm trying to figure out a way to return it. Don't buy it. So don't fall for their TV ads. My husband did. It was a great thought, since we live in Alaska, but a bad product that didn't live up to his expectations.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Save your money

    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Sep 17, 2018
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    I bought it with a discount, and have had it for approximately four months. I have used it four times. Each time, the item I was cooking stuck (slightly) and DID leave a hard-to-remove residue, especially between the grill elements. I tried wiping immediately with a wet dish towel, but could not get the residue from between the elements clean. I now have a paper-weight with permanent residue infused to one end. I plan on donating my Gotham Smokeless paper-weight to the local landfill.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    I love it

    • Arizona,
    • Sep 13, 2018
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    I'm 86 years young and am tired of charcoal and all that outdoor mess. This is perfect for the two of us. The only thing missing is a grill cover, which I jury-rigged with an aluminum disposable 13x9 pan. Gotham, please take note. I've made Chinese barbeque pork, spatchcock game hens, lots of steak and burgers. This is not to mention how many times the grill that I bought with it. Sausage, eggs, and pancakes for two is plenty big enough. Love it, love it.

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Grill is amazing

    • Ohio,
    • Jul 25, 2018
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    My first night I made steak pork chops, zucchini, squash, peppers, and onions and all turned out great. Perfect grill marks too. Cleaning was a breeze - just wipe and clean with water. I would recommend.

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

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Does not work as advertised on TV

    • Gretna, VA,
    • Jul 21, 2018
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    I am disappointed as the TV ad claimed that you could cook just about anything with easy cleanup, but that it is not the case. Even with using PAM cooking spray everything sticks to the grill, and it is very hard to clean. I am truly considering getting rid of it as it is past the 90-day money guarantee for which I wish I had taken advantage of because I would have definitely sent it back.

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

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    False promises

    • Jamestown, CA,
    • Jul 13, 2018
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    I've had this smokeless grill for about six months. I watched the infomercials, and I believed what I saw. Shame on me. I've had the grill for six months and I've never had a meal NOT STICK.

    So now when I use it, I'm prepared to clean it with a brillo pad. By the way, many of their recipes instruct you to grease to 'lube' the grill - does that sound like NON-STICK to you?

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

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