Both pans claim to deliver excellent non-stick performance, and part of their approach for achieving this is the inclusion of ceramic materials in their coatings. In this way, they are very similar.
Both are oven and dishwasher safe as well, and in the oven, they are rated for heats up to 500° F.
These are the highlights. Let’s take a look at the details.
Comparison Gotham Steel Pan vs Red Copper Pan 2021
Two of the leading alternatives to Gotham Steel and Red copper are the pans from Copper Chef and Granite Stone.
Copper Chef Pan Review – Healthier Cooking
Starting with the Copper Chef pans, these have a great look coming out of the box and they feel great in the hand as well. It has a rich coppery color, both inside and out, and with the addition of a stainless steel base, these pans work well on every type of cooktop, including induction surfaces.
Customer reviews are slightly less positive over the long term for these pans but not dramatically so. It most likely depends on how the pans are used and how well they are cared for.
There is less variety in this line of pans so you could still wind up with some pots and pans from other manufacturers to meet all of your kitchen needs.
Granite Stone Frying Pan Review – Healthy&Non-toxic
Moving on to Granite Stone pans, these are an interesting alternative since it does not depend on ceramics to create its non-stick surface. They have turned instead to granite stone that is infused with diamond flakes. This combination creates an extremely slippery and durable surface that the manufacture argues is far tougher than anything else on the market.
These pans are not designed for use on induction surfaces but they do work well on any other type of cooktop. They are also oven safe to the same 500° F as most every other pan in this category.
These pans are not dishwasher safe. Hand washing is recommended and again, based on the reviews, these pans do not hold up well when metal utensils are used. This is contrary to the manufacturers’ claims.
Overall customer satisfaction ratings for all four of these pans are about the same. With the percentage of 4 and 5-star ratings coming in at or above 80%. Of these four, Copper Chef, with a combined 88% positive rating takes the prize by 2 percentage points.
No stick cookware, no matter who makes it or how well it’s cared for, eventually loses some of its best qualities. It’s just the physics of wear and tear that eventually thins out any non-stick coating to the point of failure. This means that none of these pots and pans will last a lifetime. However, well made non-stick cookware that is well cared for can easily last for years.
If you are happy to live with that reality then do make the shift to a healthier diet by going with a good quality non-stick set of pots and pans. If you’d prefer to get a set of pans that will truly last a lifetime then forget about non-stick cookware and choose cast iron or carbon steel, two of the most durable materials on the market today.
Cast iron especially has a reputation of needing lots of tender loving care but lasting for generations and carbon steel is the choice of many top chefs, especially around Asia where wok cooking with high heat is common and these pans are also passed down from one generation to the next.