About Copper Chef

Endorsed by Eric Theiss, Copper Chef is a 6-in-1 non-stick, no cleanup pan that works as a roasting pan, rice cooker, steamer, stock pot, wok, and baking dish.

And with its extra deep sides, Cerami-Tech technology, and copper infused coating that’s heat resistant up to 850 degrees, you’ll be able to take your Copper Chef from stove top, to oven, to table in a breeze. Which is why the company calls it “your all around square pan.”

On top of this, the high-quality Copper Chef pan features induction plate channels that heat up quickly and reduce hot spots, and also allow it to work on all stove tops, whether electric, gas, ceramic, or induction.

Moving Copper Chef around will be easy too, thanks to its riveted handles and helper handle, and you won’t have to worry about your family’s health since the non-stick coating is PTFE and PFOA free and won’t chip, peel, or flake into your food.

Then, once you’re finished using Copper safe, it’s dishwasher safe so cleanup is a snap.

Whoa! That’s one feature-filled pan! But will Copper Chef really help you cook easier and healthier, or is it just priced as high as a meal cooked by a 5-star chef?

There are a lot of points to address about Copper Chef, so let’s start by looking at copper as a cooking material.

Is Copper a Good Cooking Material? What Are Some Pros & Cons?

Arguably the biggest benefit of copper cookware is that it comes with “excellent thermal conductivity.” If you’re not a chef, this just means that copper pans tend to heat evenly, without hot spots, and the level of heat changes almost instantly along with your burner.

Plus, there’s no denying that copper cookware looks great.

But copper cookware isn’t perfect. It is a highly reactive material (which is why it’s so great at conducting heat), especially for “alkaline or acidic foods, which can take on a metallic taste after being cooked.” In other words, you’ll be ingesting copper.

Copper pots and pans are also some of the most expensive cookware you can purchase. They’re labor-intensive, and will eventually corrode if they’re not thoroughly cleaned and dried after each use (although Copper Chef’s non-stick coating might alleviate some of this, which we’ll come back to next).

Finally, remember that all copper cookware is either lined with tin or stainless steel, the latter being the preferred material due to its longevity. Unfortunately, we’re not told which material Copper Chef contains.

See Also: Comparing Cookware: Stainless Steel vs. Copper

Now that you know more about the pros and cons of copper cookware, let’s take a closer look at Copper Chef’s non-stick coating.

What is Cerami-Tech Non-Stick Technology?

Non-stick cookware has been around for years (pretty much due to the invention of Teflon), although recently, manufacturers have stopped including this specific chemical since it contains Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

The problem is that, once heated to around 260 degrees, PTFE begins deteriorating and completely decomposes at temperatures above 350 degrees. Once it’s airborne and inhaled, it can cause flu-like symptoms.

Similarly, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is another non-stick coating that is no longer used for the most part, since ingestion can damage hormone levels and liver function, attack the immune system, and can even lead to cancer.

Here’s the catch: While it’s positive that Copper Chef’s non-stick coating doesn’t contain these chemicals, there’s essentially nothing online about Cerami-Tech, other than this brochure for a “high performance solvent free coating designed for use as a resurfacing and lining system to improve the efficiency in fluid flow environments”—which we don’t think has any relation to what’s contained in Copper Chef. So ultimately, we know very little about the coating.

The New Copper Chef XL Pan

The company tells us the new Copper Chef XL Pan delivers many of the same features as the original, including a PTFE and PFOA-free Cerami-Tech coating, heat resistance up to 850°, 5-layer construction, and heavy-duty design.

According to the company, Copper Chef XL also features a stainless steel induction plate that works in the oven and all stovetops, including electric, gas, ceramic, and induction.

Finally, like the original, we’re told Copper Chef XL is a 6-in-1 pan that allows you to prep, cook, and serve in one large capacity family-size pan, while replacing your stock pot, rice cooker, frying pan, roasting pan, wok, and baking dish.

Given all of this, what’s the main difference between the original Copper Chef and the new XL Pan? Basically, XL’s sides are higher than the original, which the company claims provides 25% more room to cook food.

Pro tip: However, keep in mind that, because this is a vertical increase in space (versus horizontal), Copper Chef XL only increases the volume of the food you’re able to cook at one time—not the surface area.

In other words, XL’s higher sides might come in handy if you’re boiling liquids, frying, or cooking things like rice, pasta, soup/stew, etc. However, the Copper Chef XL Pan won’t provide an additional cooking surface to prepare things like meats, pancakes, and so forth.

Regardless of which Copper Chef version we’re discussing, how much will you pay?

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Will You Pay a Premium for Copper Chef?

Copper Chef is priced at three payments of $24.99 plus free S&H, bringing your total to $74.97. For this price, your 4-piece system includes:

  • 9" square Copper Chef pan
  • Tempered glass lid
  • Steam & roast rack
  • Fry basket

You’ll also receive a free recipe book containing over 25 recipes, as well as a lifetime guarantee, less S&H charges.

As far as the Copper Chef XL Pan goes, you’ll have a couple different purchasing options:

  • 5 Piece Set (Includes 9.5" deep square pan, fry basket, steam and roast rack, tempered glass lid, and recipe book): $74.97, or three payments of $24.99
  • 6 Piece Set (Includes everything above, in addition to a standard 9.5" square fry pan): $104.97, or three payments of $34.99
  • 12 Piece Set (Includes everything above, in addition to 10" round pan, tempered glass round lid, 4 piece utensil set, and limited lifetime warranty): $149.97, or three payments of $49.99

In addition to these packages, you’ll also get to choose one of three different bonuses when ordering Copper Chef XL, including the Perfect Rice Cooker, Micro Knife, or Perfect Slicer.

In order to make good on this guarantee, you’ll need to call Tristar Products customer service at 973-287-5176.

But what about Copper Chef’s manufacturer? Do they have a reputation for quality products?

Who Makes Copper Chef?

Copper Chef non-stick pans are brought to you by Fusion Life Brands, who also makes the Fusion Xcelerator and Fusion Juicer.

Fusion Life Brands, in turn, is a division of Tristar Products, one of the biggest ASOTV companies in existence. In fact, they’re second only to Telebrands.

As such a large company, Tristar is responsible for some hugely popular products, including Clear TV, Copper Wear, Perfecter Fusion Styler, Power Pressure Cooker XL (more about this in a second), and many more.

Between all these products, they have any average rating of 2 stars, based on well over 1,300 HighYa reader reviews. Here, common complaints tend to revolve around less-than-stellar quality and customer service, as well as products that don’t work as advertised.

Keep in mind we’re not saying this is what you’ll experience with Copper Chef, only that it’s definitely something to consider.

Should you also consider Copper Chef’s celebrity endorsement?

Who Is Eric Theiss?

Eric Theiss has been cooking since he received his first cookbook at age 6, and has spent time working in high-end NYC restaurants, earning his wings under chef Frank Falcinelli.

Over the last several years, however, Eric has been working with QVC performing live, on-air culinary product sales. Eric was even the host of Tristar’s Power Pressure Cooker XL 30-minute infomercial!

But here’s the thing: Just because Mr. Theiss is endorsing the product, this doesn’t necessarily mean that he uses it. In fact, as a professional chef, it’s much more likely that he uses some high-end copper cookware from another manufacturer (again, as we noted in the previous section, ASOTV products don’t exactly have reputations for high quality).

So, while Eric’s endorsed certainly puts some star power behind Copper Chef, we don’t think this should weigh heavily on your purchasing decision.

Should You Buy Copper Chef?

Taking everything we’ve learned here, we don’t think there’s necessarily anything unique about Copper Chef that you wouldn’t find at a local home goods store. In fact, if you do a quick online search for “copper non-stick cookware,” you’ll find that you can purchase entire copper cookware sets (multiple pots and pans) for not much more than Copper Chef.

And although Copper Chef’s non-stick surface can help you cook with less butter and oil, unless you’re also cutting back on unhealthy ingredients in your food itself, this probably won’t do much for your health.

And while Copper Chef XL’s higher sides could definitely come in handy, depending on what you’re cooking, keep in mind that it certainly isn’t unique. In fact, we’ve reviewed several other nearly identical options here at HighYa like Red Copper Square Pan, Gotham Steel Square Pan, and Square Copper Pan Pro.

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225 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 65 4 stars: 8 3 stars: 13 2 stars: 29 1 stars: 110
Bottom Line: 37% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Lying Fraudsters

    This is the worst company I have ever dealt with!

    In early December, I ordered the deluxe pans, and on December 12th everything arrived dented, scratched and used looking. I called customer service and was promised replacements would be sent right away as these were to be Christmas gifts for relatives.

    I returned the broken items on December 14th to Copper Chef's Merchandise Return Unit. Nothing arrived before Christmas and I figured it was due to heavy holiday mail.

    I called again on December 29th and the customer service rep told me that the previous lady had lied to me, and they did not show having the items back, even though they were post marked as returned 15 days prior, and they never send replacements until they have the damaged products in hand. Then was placed on hold for 27 minutes listening to the same recording telling me an agent will be right with me and to press "2" to continue to hold. I tried even writing their "Chat" located on their site, but gave up after no one was replying.

    I still have NOTHING, they have my money and 15 days ago I already returned their broken pieces of crap cookware. If their merchandise won't survive mailing, how will it survive daily use in a kitchen?

    Do NOT buy this junky TV product. You will only be disappointed and have hours of aggravation dealing with their non-performing customer service agents. You've been warned!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Questionable business practices from an implied legitimate company

    • Saint Louis, Missouri,
    • Jan 15, 2017

    Got my new pan yesterday and found that I was missing the four legs for the steam rack. I called Copper Chef and was told they don't replace missing parts and I would need to purchase another steam rack to get my missing parts. What kind of policy is that from an implied legitimate company?

    Check your box for all the parts before you buy! The pan seems to perform as advertised, except for when I need to steam some vegetables, NOT so good.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef doesn't stand behind their product

    • Minneapolis, MN,
    • Jan 14, 2017

    I bought a 9.5" square pan and an 11" round pan sold by Sam's Club over Christmas.

    I like the way the pans cook but I've used the square pan twice, and the bottom copper is full of scratches from my electric stove burner. I called Copper Chef, and they said I could return the pan to Sam's Club to get a refund and then buy a new one at their price of $75 to replace my bad one. I wanted them to send me a new pan to honor their guarantee.

    To me, they do not stand behind their product. To me, a guarantee is to either fix or replace the product with a like one, not to give your money back. I think their copper coated bottoms are only painted, which will scratch, and I don't think these pans are as good as advertised on TV.

    So let the buyer beware. The company is in it only for the money. I've also read that they these ceramic coated pans do not like oil in it to cook with. It will deteriorate the nonstick bottom. So they recommend not using oil to cook with and if you do, wash it off right away.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef square pan

    • Boise, ID,
    • Jan 11, 2017

    I LOVE my Copper Chef pan!

    I have used it in all capacities available. My fried foods have turned out golden and crisp, I have used it to bake and on my stove top burner. It washes up nice, and it has not been scratched out or marred due to use. The underside is that it has a bit of discoloration from the burner, but that's normal I believe.

    I absolutely LOVE it and will be purchasing additional products from this line. Thank you!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Size matters

    • South Carolina,
    • Jan 11, 2017

    I felt that the infomercial did not convey the true size of the pan. I would not have ordered it had they shown its true to size in the commercial.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Pan stops working after six months

    The pan has a bad handle, to start with, and it's very long and hollow. You don't want a hollow metal hand for a pan. The non-stick stops working after about 5-6 months, and customer service does not offer to replace the pan. You have to pay for the shipping, if it is covered under warranty, but unfortunately, the warranty is only for two months. The cost of shipping is equal to that of a new pan. So why would you pay for shipping and the cost of a new pan?

    Shipping is about $14.00 and a new pan under there replacement warranty is $14.99. That means you'll spend twice as much to replace it. A new pan is about $19.99 and shipping is $10.00.

    They don't stand behind their product, and they don't want to pay for shipping. The pan has issues and isn't very good to work with. The company doesn't seem to care, and trying to get a hold of customer service is next to impossible. They don't have the phone number up, and it is difficult to find.

    I would not recommend this product. The trouble is companies that produce bad merchandise and act like they have a warranty when they actually don't. A good pan would last at least a year for the $60.00 I paid for it and the rice cooker.

    Can't write a review on the rice cooker, since I haven't used it yet. I fear the same issues will result.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Love, love, love!

    • Georgia,
    • Jan 10, 2017

    I own the Copper Chef and use it daily!

    After reading the reviews I can tell there's some confusion. Others wrote about seasoning the pan, and that's NOT true, that's the Red Copper Pan. Or that the commercial shows them using metal utensils, again, that's Red Copper. Someone wrote that you can't use olive oil, which is not true, it just says extra virgin olive oil shouldn't be used because a film will build up, but it says to boil water with a little bit of dish soap to remove the film. I could go on and on!

    I purchased Red Copper first because the advertisement said that metal won't scratch, but the first thing I read in the paperwork was "Don't Use Metal Utensils." Really? So this bold lie made me return it.

    Then I called Copper Chef and asked if metal will scratch it, and she said that of course it can, and she would have warned me about this whether I had asked about it or not. That honesty sold me, so I placed my order, and I don't regret it one bit.

    I upgraded to the 11" square pan (didn't know that was an option before the call), which added $9.99 to each payment, so I happily proceeded. I can lay out bacon completely flat, and it'll all cook evenly. A warning, though, the 11" just barely makes it in my oven with the long handle. I have to turn it at an angle, and thankfully can close the oven door. So those with smaller ovens, beware.

    I'm a frugal mom, and this was worth every penny. No complaints yet, and I really think I will never have one!

    P.S. I hide mine, and will never allow my husband or kids to use it. It's my toy, and risking sounding corny, it really makes cooking fun, and I'm amazed by it every time I use it.

    P.S.S. I also recommend serving out of it yourself with kids, or transfer meal to another dish, because they will go digging in with a metal utensil! No scratches on mine, but I don't risk it anymore.

    I have received nothing for this review, and it's the first I've ever done for anything, but, if you haven't noticed, I really love this pan!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef Square Pan

    I bought two pans, one for me and the other for gifting.

    I used mine for a few months. I noticed the first time I used it there appeared to be a raised area in the center. I called and was told that it was normal.

    After using it a few more times, it became difficult to clean, as everything sticks. There is no way you can cook without oils or butter, which was the reason I purchased this pan in the first place. It is certainly not as advertised.

    I called today and was informed that I needed to send a check for $14.99, along with the defective pan, to cover shipping it back. Now this pan has cost me over $100, which is excessive. I haven't decided if I will return it or just cut my losses and throw it away. If the replacement ends up having the same issue, I will incur more expenses.

    I order from QVC as well as HSN, and I plan on notifying them of my unfortunate situation, so all their customers are aware.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Huge disappointment

    • Windsor, Ontario, Canada,
    • Jan 3, 2017

    After a year, everything sticks. I have tried to clean it using different methods, but it still sticks. Now I have another "waste of money" product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 26 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Gradual failure

    • Charleston, TN,
    • Jan 2, 2017

    This product was great at first. I was careful to use it as directed and was happy with the non-stick results. I used it almost every day. However, now after about 2 months of use, everything sticks. If any liquid is added to the pan, it will burn to a black layer that requires soaking to clean. The wipe-clean with an easy swipe (as advertised) didn't last.

    I'm so disappointed with the pan. It still looks great, cooks evenly, but the loss of the non-stickability makes me regret my purchase.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 26 out 26 people found this review helpful

    The pan STICKS!

    After 3 weeks, the pan sticks as bad as the Orgreenic pan. Not a good product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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