Flipping fried eggs over easy is a delicate task, and we looked for pans with flared sides that made this simple to do without the help of a spatula. Making tall stacks of crepes helped us judge how comfortable and maneuverable each pan felt in the hand while we swirled the batter across the surface. The browning pattern on the crepes themselves also showed us how well each pan distributed heat across the cooking surface. As the flour browned, it gave us an even clearer picture of hot spots and allowed us to judge how quickly each pan heated up. When using special non-metallic ceramic nonstick pans for cookware sets and pans, there is a good deal of concern for what makes it up and if it is safe or not. Many other cookware sets have a concerning amount of toxic materials, and the fact that Gotham Steel makes it a point to avoid them is much appreciated.
When buying a cookware set, it is easy to see a price tag of over $100 and get a little turned off from it. When looking at the number of nonstick pots and pans included, it can become much easier to understand and justify. With this problem existing with so many similar cookware cuisinart knife sets, it is becoming common knowledge to use them only on medium heat or lower. Each piece of Gotham Steel cookware is lightweight because of its aluminum base. This design makes them easier to hold and use and guarantees that these pans heat up quickly and evenly.
Ceramic coatings (which, despite the name, are actually made from a silica-based material called sol-gel) have a much shorter lifespan than PTFE coatings like Teflon. The biggest complaint we read and hear about ceramic is that it seems to lose its slickness after about a year of regular use. A pan with PTFE coating, on the other hand, can last up to five years if you use and maintain it with proper care. The Swiss Diamond Nonstick Fry Pan is very similar to the Scanpan in design and handling but typically costs a lot more.
But this 10-piece set has a black exterior with a smooth copper-colored ceramic coating on the interior. Gotham Steel’s Tri-Cerama non-stick layer is scratch-resistant and releases food. This non-stick cookware set includes a 9.75-inch (24.8 cm) and 11.3-inch (28.7 cm) skillet. Gotham Steel pans use a PTFE-free non-stick ceramic coating on their cookware, called Tri-Cerama.
Here’s how to keep them looking good, and alternative pans you might want to try. Lesley Stockton is a senior staff writer reporting on all things cooking and entertaining for Wirecutter. Her expertise builds on a lifelong career in the culinary world—from a restaurant cook and caterer to a food editor at Martha Stewart.
Most folks need only one or two nonstick skillets to round out their cookware collection. You can get yourself a 10-piece Gotham Steel cookware set of pots and pans for less than $85. This collection is regularly priced at $120; however, it’s currently discounted 31 percent, saving you $37 on these top-quality nonstick cooking essentials. If you only want to add one item to your home kitchen, you can also get the Gotham Steel 9.5-inch Frying Pan for just $20 and save 33 percent in the process. The cookware’s hard-anodized aluminum exterior and reinforced nonstick interior are durable enough to withstand daily use. The interlocking handles let each pan float above the nonstick surface of the one below it.
I observed the control panel and took note of how simple or complicated the controls are for a beginner to use. The nonstick coating will lose its slickness over time—that’s unavoidable. You’ll know it’s time to replace your nonstick pan when delicate foods, such as eggs and fish fillets, stick to the surface.
When stacked, each tempered-glass lid nestles below its pot, maximizing space. The lids are rimmed with silicone rather than metal, so they’re less likely to scratch the pots’ nonstick interior during storage. The lid knobs double as spoon rests, and the pots’ long handles lock together, stabilizing the stack and spacing the pots to reduce scratches.
Most lids have slightly domed glass, although the Stackmaster Collection is designed with flat glass to make it more stackable. For some reason, it is not directly across from the main cuisinart knife handle. Many collections utilize a triple non-stick coating (Original, Cast-Textured, and Stackmaster). The logo is centered on the bottom of the pan, etched into the aluminum.
There’s no shortage of household gadgets available, so I select products that are functional, versatile, and affordable. You can find my work in Food & Wine, Real Simple, FoodNetwork.com, Taste of Home and more. The stainless tri-ply All-Clad 10-Inch Non-Stick Fry Pan is no longer our upgrade pick.