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Is 'Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill' Bull or No Bull? I test it out!

Posted at 9:18 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 09:54:38-04

Like many of you, I'm working from home. If you're wanting to mix up your meals without the hassle of a big mess or getting outside, I'm testing a product that allows you to grill indoors! Let's see if it works!

Behold, the Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill! The video claims it is, "The easiest, fastest way to get that barbecue flavor right onto your stovetop." Our box shows some of the other claims, that it's virtually smokeless, oven- and dishwasher-safe, and non-stick. "No oil or butter needed!"

We went through the instructions. In BOLD, it states to never use cooking oil or cooking spray.

Step one, place it on the stove. Step two, fill the stainless steel drip tray with 3/4 cup of water. Step three, it's time to grill! It's important to note that the Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill is safe in the oven up to 500 degrees, and you're instructed to use an oven mitt or pot holders to avoid burns.

This video shows how, "It's made with Ti-Cerama, super strong titanium and ceramic, so nothing sticks! Not even this ooey, gooey cheese!"

We'll see about that! We used my dairy-free cheese because of my food allergies. It melted just like normal cheese would. I took a spatula to pick up and flip the cheese, and it came right up!

I was shocked! No sticky situation here. These are gouda results!

The video shows how the Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill cooks grilled cheese sandwiches, steak, chicken, fajitas and even desserts. The video explains, "The secret is our combo cooking technology. Using directs heat from the flame and hot steam from the water in a one-two punch to cook food faster and to ensure the most tender and juicy results... So, now you can grill and steam delicate salmon and never worry about skin sticking."

So, we used that same meat at the same heat on two different surfaces. One salmon fillet went onto the Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill without oil or non-stick spray. The other salmon filet went onto a non-stick pan, and we added almond oil.

After identical cooking time, neither stuck. The salmon fillet on the traditional non-stick pan was about 10 degrees hotter than the one on the Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill, but both cooked thoroughly. Clearly, cooking times will vary.

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So, where does the Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill rank on our Bull or No Bull Meter? I'm going with... NO BULL!

It lived up to all the claims, and was scratch-resistant too! We tried using metal tongs to scratch it, but nothing left a mark.

The Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill can either be washed by hand or put into the dishwasher. We hand-washed ours, and cleaning it was a breeze! The second water touched the surface, any little bits of burnt cheese that were left immediately washed away.

There were some complaints online. Some claim that food still stuck, and when they scrubbed the grub off, it ruined the finish of the grill. Some said there was a lot of smoke while cooking. We had ours at medium heat, and smoke was not an issue. Another complained that it splattered grease. We did not have that problem. A different comment cautioned that their Gotham Steel Stovetop Grill tipped over, and there were some flames.

Let me know what you think and what other products you want me to try before you buy!