Trying to choose between Gotham Steel and Copper Chef cookware? We were wondering too!
So, we tested their lineup and have spent hours looking through other user's experiences too to determine the winner. And we have the answer.
Keep reading and by the end of this article you will know the pros and cons of each brand.
All the info you need to make a confident buying decision compiled right here.
Quick decision: If you don’t have the time to read all the detailed reviews, here are our best picks for some common cookware types:
Gotham Steel vs Copper Chef: Product Lineup
Gotham Steel is constantly expanding their offerings thanks to the success of their Original Collection series. This nonstick ceramic line is now available in 20+ combinations from single pans to 20-piece complete kitchen sets. It even comes in multiple colors.
The Pro hard anodized line is a more durable version of the Original Series, thanks to the higher quality aluminum base.
Their stainless-steel line has one set and individual frying pans, featuring the signature copper-color ceramic coating on a stainless steel/aluminum base.
They also have a hammered line for extra décor points, and the Stackmaster line for practical storage and square shaped deep pans with fry basket.
Copper Chef offers 3 different nonstick lines. The main specialty of the company is frying pans, both round and square shaped but they also offer a cookware set and bakeware sets too.
Their original Signature Series line comes in the stunning copper color you come to expect from the brand both inside and outside.
The Black Diamond line features a set of square fry pans with a textured black cooking surface and a copper-colored exterior.
The Titan fry pans are breaking the mold with a distinctive look. They are made with a stainless steel outer layer and a laser etched hex pattern cooking surface.
Gotham Steel vs Copper Chef: Construction, Materials & Coatings
Gotham Steel Cookware
The Original Series line is made with a solid aluminum base for even heat distribution, but these pieces can’t be used on induction stoves. These are little more prone to denting than the other pieces.
Their signature Ti-Cerama ceramic nonstick coating if free from PFOA, PFOS, PTFE, lead and cadmium and it is reinforced with titanium which makes it scratch-resistant, according to the manufacturer.
Next up is the Pro line which is also made of solid aluminum but this time it’s hard anodized which makes it extra durable. The same Ti-Cerama coating is used for these pans as well.
Gotham Steel has also ventured beyond just aluminum with the Stainless Steel line. As the name suggests, these pans are made with a stainless steel and an aluminum layer, combining the durability and heat conductivity of the two metals. Their cooking surface is the usual Ti-Cerama nonstick.
The Hammered line, even though it has an attractive hammered copper look, is made of solid aluminum as well with the same nonstick ceramic interior as the other lines. The steel induction plates make these pots induction ready.
Copper Chef Cookware
The Signature Series pieces are made of a hard-anodized aluminum base with a stainless steel induction plate on their bottom. This combination results in a durable, versatile body with good heat distribution that can be used on every stovetop.
The coating of the cooking surface is Copper Chef’s own Cerami-Tech nonstick ceramic layer. It is PFOA and PTFE-free and comes pre-seasoned.
The square shaped, stackable Black Diamond pans have the same stainless steel induction plates on a hard anodized aluminum body. Their inner surface is more advanced though, featuring the same Cerami-Tech coating combined with a diamond-reinforced textured cooking surface for even better food release.
The Titan frying pans are unique pieces with a layer of aluminum sandwiched between 2 layers of stainless steel. This structure is quite common, but not with the laser etched stainless steel cooking surface.
All lines are equipped with riveted stainless steel handles. They look sleek but can get hot during cooking.
Gotham Steel vs Copper Chef: Usability
There are a lot of similarities between the cookware pieces from these manufacturers.
The main selling point for both brands is the superior, healthy nonstick cooking surface which allows for all kinds of food to slide out from the pans.
This is working beautifully with new pieces, but this is true for most modern nonstick pans. During our tests, standard food such as eggs, bacon, stews and veggies have all released easy but we would not recommend either brand for steaks.
The similarity continues with the riveted stainless steel handles, and glass lids as well, there is basically no difference between them in this regard.
When it comes to utensils, Copper Chef sounds more realistic with their recommendation to not use metal utensils for cooking while Gotham Steel lists all their items as metal utensil safe.
Copper Chef also recommends seasoning their pans once before use, Gotham Steel does not mention this need.
Gotham Steel Original and Pro lines are not induction-ready, all the other lines can be used on induction stoves.
All Copper Chef pots and pans are ready to be used on induction cooktops.
All Gotham Steel lines have a heat resistance of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can be used in the oven.
The Copper Chef pans have an industry leading heat resistance of up to 850 degrees Fahrenheit – not sure where would you need that as it’s pretty hot even for the oven. The glass lids can withstand either 350 or 500 degrees, depending on the line.
The Ti-Cerama cooking surface guarantees easy food separation and cleaning while they retain their original state. Once you have done something to mess up the coating though, the pots can become sticky rapidly – this is more or less the case with all ceramic nonstick cookware.
As long as the cooking surfaces are intact, cleanup of the Copper Chef pans is a breeze. They are dishwasher safe but remember, these pans need to be seasoned once before use and seasoned again after they have been cleaned in a dishwasher.
Also, no matter what the manufacturer says, we recommend hand cleaning pans with ceramic coating at all times. Copper Chef says this for some of their sets but Gotham Steel markets their lines as dishwasher safe.
Gotham Steel products come with a 10-year limited warranty.
Copper Chef offers a limited lifetime warranty on the ceramic coating and a limited 60-day warranty on all other parts.
Gotham Steel has several frying pan sizes including 8”, 8.5”, 10”, 10.5”, 11”, 12” and 12.5”, a 5.5” mini egg pan, 8.5” and 10.25” hammered look pans and deep square pans which are 20” wide.
Copper Chef round frying pans are made in 8”, 10” and 12” sizes, the square Black Diamond pans are 9.5” and the Titan pans come in 8”, 9,5” and 11” sizes.
Gotham Steel vs Copper Chef: The Verdict
Very similar brands with similar look and main product lines. We don’t think there is a big difference between the basic frying pans of the two companies.
If you have an induction stove, the Copper Chef set offers a better value if you don’t mind the occasional seasoning and hand washing.
If you cook a lot of casseroles and other deep pan dishes, the Titan pans from Copper Chef are a good way to go.
When it comes to cookware sets, especially for a big family, Gotham Steel has several combinations that have every item you need.
For gifting, the hammered line from Gotham Steel delivers the wow factor without breaking the bank.
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