About Copper Chef Press & Flip Pan
Using two sandwich-size, interlocking, non-stick skillets, Copper Chef Press & Flip Pan promises to help you cook faster and “make flipping a breeze.” How?
We’re told all you have to do is place your food on the bottom skillet (even eggs), close the upper skillet, lock the handle in place, and “flawlessly flip with the twist of the wrist.” And with the PTFE and PFOA-free Cerami-Tech coating, you won’t have to worry about food sticking.
Together, the company claims you’ll be able to cook faster and lock in flavor, whether omelets and frittatas, quesadillas and burritos; sandwiches like Paninis and Strombolis, and desserts like sticky buns and s'mores!
The company tells us you can even use Press & Flip Pan on your existing grill, or divide it into two handy skillets. When you’re done, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
There’s no doubt the commercial made Copper Chef Press & Flip Pan seem like your next must-have kitchenware purchase. But will it deliver on its promises? Is it worth the money?
Let’s discuss what we learned during our research and leave the final decision up to you.
Traditional Non-Stick Cookware vs. Ceramic
For decades, manufacturers have used the food grade version of a chemical known as polytetrafluoroethylene (PFTE) to coat their cookware and prevent even the messiest of foods from sticking. While there are many manufacturers of this type of coating, perhaps the best-known brand is Teflon.
Pro tip: If you’re looking for a quick, informative read about how PTFE prevents sticking, this Scientific American article is a must-read.
Another common chemical found in these non-stick coatings is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
While both of these materials works exceptionally well at preventing food from sticking, when subjected to high temperatures and normal wear and tear, they can burn off into the air or flake off into food, causing some unwanted side effects. Even increased the risk of cancer!
Recently, though, companies have started opting for ceramic coatings, which they claim provides similar non-stick capabilities as PTFE and PFOA, but without any of the potentially harmful side effects.
Is this what you can expect once you have Press & Flip Pan in your home? Let’s talk more about that next.
Where Are the Copper Chef Press & Flip Pan Reviews?
Press & Flip Pan had just been released at the time of our research, so there wasn’t any online customer feedback yet.
The Original had 170+ reader reviews here on HighYa and an average rating of 2.5 stars.
While many customers claimed to have experienced positive results, by far the most common complaint was that its non-stick coating quickly wore off. Some complained this happened after just one use, while others claim it took longer.
In fact, we experienced this same sticking issue ourselves after cooking several meals with Copper Chef and sticking it in the dishwasher. You can view the entire second part of our test here:
Other common complaints seemed to reference ordering problems (receiving extra unwanted items, high-pressure sales tactics, etc.) and difficulty processing refunds.
Admittedly, these reviews, while for the same product line, are for a completely different pan. As such, the manufacturer could have addressed these sticking and service-related issues, so it’s not a certainty you’ll experience any of the same.
Next to reviews, another significant consideration is the price. So, what’ll you pay for Press & Flip?
How Much Does Copper Chef Press & Flip Pan Cost?
Two Copper Chef Press & Flip Pans are priced at $19.99 plus $15.98 S&H. Along with your order, you’ll also receive a copy of Eric Theiss’ Press & Flip Pan recipe book.
Tristar Products provides a 60-day money back guarantees on most of their products, less S&H charges, Press & Flip included.
Just keep in mind that by the time you ship your pans back to the manufacturer, you’ll probably be lucky to break even. As such, unless you can afford to lose $20 in nonrefundable S&H charges for giving it a try, be sure to carefully consider this aspect before pressing the order button.
Nonetheless, customer service can be reached at 973-287-5198.
How does this price compare to the competition? Is there even such a thing?
Press & Flip Pan vs. the Competition
Search online for “double-sided non-stick pan, a meaningful” and you’ll soon learn that there is a significant number of options similar to Press & Flip Pan.
The biggest difference? Price. In fact, even with its ultra-high S&H charges, you could get two Press & Flip Pans for the price of one of its lowest-priced competitors. Some go as high as $150!
Also, keep in mind that if you’re looking for something more focused on omelets, we reviewed the Gotham Steel Over EZ Omelette Pan not too long ago. At $20 and free S&H (only one pan), this might provide more value for your money, depending on your needs.
We’ll come back to the topic of value as we wrap things up in just a second, but let’s first quickly talk about Eric Theiss.
Who Is Eric Theiss? Is His Endorsement Important?
According to the bio on his website, Eric Theiss began cooking at age 6 after his grandmother gave him his first cookbook. Eric continued cooking and working in the industry throughout his 20s, before opening a restaurant and bar called Meritage in West Chester, PA.
Today, Eric works primarily in product development, broadcasting, and even as a cookbook and pamphlet publisher.
Regardless of his (or any other celebrity’s background) though, we’ve learned that often celebrities don’t use the products they endorse. As such, you might want to balance how much his endorsement weighs on your purchasing decision.
Is Copper Chef Press & Flip Pan Your Best Option?
We’ve said it so many times at this point we fear we might begin sounding like a broken record, but it always rings true: Your idea of “best” might be the polar opposite of someone else’s, and vice versa.
Is your “best” option solely based on the lowest price? If so, like many other ASOTV products, it’s going to be difficult to beat Press & Flip.
But if you’re looking for something that will last for years, the harsh reality is that—based on what we’ve learned from tens of thousands of reviews from readers like you—this doesn’t seem to be a strong point for many products within this industry.
What did you decide? If you rolled the dice of Copper Chef Press & Flip, did it deliver? If not, were you easily able to obtain a refund? Tell us all about it in your review below!