There comes a moment in everyone’s life when it’s time to step up and take some serious responsibility. We’re not talking about buying a house or having kids – sure, those things are great, too!
We’re talking is investing in a good cookware set. Because chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re still cooking on a mismatched set of pots and pans, a set of scratched and beaten up old soldiers. Or maybe you’re trying to make things work with just one or two pieces of cookware.
It’s time for a change, and Gotham Steel’s Cookware and Bakeware Set may be just the thing. So, let’s find out all about it in our in-depth Gotham Steel Cookware + Bakeware Set with Nonstick Durable Ceramic Copper Coating review…
- Top Features of Gotham Steel Cookware and Bakeware
- Gotham Steel Cookware + Bakeware Set with Nonstick Durable Ceramic Copper Coating Review – Pros and Cons
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- Gotham Steel Cookware + Bakeware Set with Nonstick Durable Ceramic Copper Coating Review – Final Thoughts
So what’s a full cooking and baking set supposed to include anyway? For cooking, you definitely need a range of pots and pans of different sizes to get things done. Lids are definitely a necessity. For baking, you’ll need sheets and pans for cakes, bread, cookies, muffins, and more.
Luckily, this set has 20 pieces of cookware and bakeware to cover just about all the bases. Are you ready? Here’s the (long) list of what comes with this set that you wouldn’t believe costs only around $200.
- 8.5” round fry pan
- 10.25” round fry pan with glass lid
- 9.5” square fry pan
- 1.5 quart pot with glass lid
- 2.5 quart pot with glass lid
- 5 quart pot with lid and stainless steel steamer
- 9.5” square x 4” deep casserole pan with glass lid, stainless steel deep frying basket, and stainless steel steamer tray
- 12” x 17” x 1” deep extra-large cookie/baking sheet
- 9.5” x 9.5” square x 2” deep baking pan
- 9.5” x 5.5” x 2” deep loaf pan
- 9” round x 2” deep baking pan
- 13” x 10” x 1” deep 12 cup standard sized muffin pan
How’s that for a list?
Now that it’s clear which items come in this extensive set of cook and bakeware, let’s now look at how well each piece is put together…
Let’s get right into the immediate question that you will probably be asking – is Gotham Steel ware all made of steel? The answer is a resounding… not really.
There are some stainless steel components to this set, including the steamer, the frying basket, and the steaming tray, as well as the handles and trim of the tempered glass lids. The handles of all the pots and pans are also made from stainless steel and are hollow, so they don’t heat up while the cookware does.
But that’s it…
The cores of all the pots, pans, and trays are all aluminum. Now, is that a bad thing? Aluminum definitely has its plus side. It heats up and cools down fast, making it incredibly responsive when cooking. It also distributes heat well.
It’s also the lightest cookware material going, which is a bonus if you are planning on a cooking marathon or on moving this stuff around a lot. Remember, there are a full 20 pieces!
On the other hand, the lack of steel in this cookware does have a couple of downsides. First, the bottoms of the pots and pans are not thickened with solid steel to reduce the possibility of warping. Drastic changes in temperature can make pans like these warp and buckle so that they might not sit perfectly flat on ceramic/glass stovetops after some time.
Also, the lack of steel in the bottoms of these pots and pans means that they cannot be used on induction stovetops. Induction needs enough steel to induce an electrical current in the pans, so these won’t work unless you use a converter plate.
Now let’s talk coating…
Gotham Steel cookware and bakeware is all coated in the company’s own non-stick coating that they call Ti-cerama. Quite simply, this is a ceramic and titanium powder reinforced chemical-based non-stick coating. In this case, three coats of the stuff create a durable, scratch-resistant, non-stick coating.
Top Features of Gotham Steel Cookware and Bakeware
This set of cooking and baking equipment is huge, and that’s the best feature of the set – 20 pieces for a great price!
The tempered glass lids that come with the bigger frying pans and all of the pots are a huge bonus. They give you a whole extra way to control temperature and moisture while cooking, and at the same time, they let you see your food at all times to avoid guesswork or accidental burning.
The stainless steel stay-cool handles of the cookware allow it to be used in the oven as well as on the stovetop. In fact, all of these pieces of cookware and bakeware can be baked in the oven at up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Most ovens don’t even get that hot! However, it should be pointed out that aluminum cookware, in general, works best at low to medium temperatures.
Of all the pieces in this set, we like the 9.5” deep pan and frying basket the best. Of course, this deep square pan can be used for stews and sauces just as well, but in combination with the basket, it becomes a deep fryer. The basket comes with two clips so that it can be suspended in or above your hot oil. Great attention to detail!
Now it’s time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the Gotham Steel Cookware and Bakeware 20-Piece set.
Let’s start with the advantages…
The most obvious benefit of this set is that it’s huge and comes with just about everything you need. Described as a kitchen in a box, all you need are cooking utensils to get started with cooking and baking, just about anything you can think of.
Next, we have to focus on the non-stick coating. We found this coating holds up quite well after repeated use, though it does lose its original 100% non-stickiness.
However, no matter what you use or what you cook with, ceramic coatings do degrade over time. Eventually, you’ll have to use a little oil on these pots and pans, but they still allow you to totally limit the amount of extra oil you need to add to your food.
Completely safe to use…
This coating, unlike some other non-stick products, is free from lead, cadmium, and the commonly used chemicals PFOA and PFOS. Some of these chemicals used in other cookware have been linked with increased cancer rates and also environmental pollution. We’re glad to see Gotham Steel avoiding them.
The ability to take the pots and pans from the stove to the oven is great. Imagine searing a steak perfectly on the stove, then tossing the whole pan into the oven to bake to perfection! Be careful, though – the handles do get hot in the oven.
As for the bakeware, you’ve really got all the pieces you need to make bread, cookies, cakes, squares, and more. The cookie sheet has a high 1-inch lip, and that allows you to use it to bake lots of different things without worrying about spilling.
We can’t have a review without mentioning the disadvantages, now can we? With this cookware and bakeware set, there are a few.
First off, the frying pans are perhaps a bit small for some kitchens. Though they certainly get deep enough, we would have liked to see a 12-inch frying pan in this set.
And, of course, none of the cookware pieces can be used on induction stovetops. That’s really a shame because induction is super-efficient and growing in popularity.
Don’t believe your eyes…
As for even more serious things, we have to take issue with some of the marketing for these pots and pans. TV ads may show ceramic-coated cookware being used with metal cooking utensils, even (gasp) an electric egg beater.
While ceramic is harder than steel and therefore shouldn’t be scratched by it, we wouldn’t recommend making a habit of this. Some foods themselves can scratch the surface ever so slightly, but metal utensils would make this a whole lot worse.
The same goes for the dishwasher. Again, these pans might be dishwasher safe, but that doesn’t mean that putting them in the dishwasher won’t make the non-stick coating slowly degrade. It will! It’s better to stick to hand washing, and you’ll find that your non-stick performance lasts.
Gotham Steel Cookware + Bakeware Set with Nonstick Durable Ceramic Copper Coating Review – Pros and Cons
- Everything you could ever need for your cooking and baking in one set.
- Very durable.
- Great looks.
- No harmful products used in construction.
- Stovetop and oven use.
- Small frying pan size.
- Can not be used on induction stovetops.
- Dubious marketing.
- Dishwasher safe, but best to hand wash.
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Then check out our Rachael Ray Cucina Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Review, our Gotham Steel Stackmaster Review, our Calphalon Classic Cookware Review, our T Fal Initiatives Ceramic Cookware Set Review, and our Starfrit the Rock Cookware Set Review.
OK, back to today’s review…
Gotham Steel Cookware + Bakeware Set with Nonstick Durable Ceramic Copper Coating Review – Final Thoughts
This Gotham Steel cookware and bakeware set is massive and has nearly everything you need. Unless, that is, if you need induction-ready pot and pans. The bakeware is a really solid set for most baker’s needs, and the pots and pans are lightweight, responsive, and oven friendly as well.
We really like the deep frying pan and fryer basket, which is a great addition to any kitchen. For this price, we think this set is well worth it. But don’t believe all the hype – hand wash and be prepared to use a little oil, and this set will last the test of time.