About Copper Chef

Updated on: Apr 29, 2016

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.

See Also: How to Buy the Best Copper Cookware: Comparison of Top Brands

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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401 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 106 4 star: 14 3 star: 18 2 star: 52 1 star:  211
Bottom Line: 33% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Disappointing

    I have owned and used Copper Chef pans for 40 years (the originals that is). This new stuff they are pumping out works great when first received, but soon become a sticky, scratched up mess. I followed all the instructions. I never used a metal utensil, and these things stick like I have never seen before. They are the worst. You're crazy if you buy these.

    I have a feeling that someone took over the company and decided to "cash in" on the high-quality Copper Chef name by putting out an inferior product.

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

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef pans

    • Nashville, TN,
    • Sep 8, 2017
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    I've bought almost every pan they sell. The first couple months I loved the skillets. I hand washed and dried them and hung them. Now I can't even use them. Everything sticks no matter how much oil. They are garbage. The only ones that seem to be holding up are the baking sheet and muffin pans. They are heavier and seem to be a little better quality.

    I have to question if any of these positive reviews are for real. These are absolute garbage and deserve zero stars.

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

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  • 12 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Not good for the long haul

    The pan worked well for about 3-4 months. It slowly deteriorated and eight months into use, we can't get the stains out no matter what we do. I used my fingernail today to pry off egg which an abrasive scrubber could not remove. Interestingly, the copper covering still remains, but black grease stains (inside and out) are part of the finish. Obviously, this no longer functions as a non-stick pan, and we are going to throw it out.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Pans stick after several uses

    I ordered the pans by phone. I loved these pans at first. However, food has been sticking to the bottom, and I must soak them prior to washing. I did not use spray oils (i.e., Pam) as directed, and followed directions for use and care. Food still sticks to the pans even after a light coating of oil or butter. I read on the "warranty" that you must package and pay for postage, plus a $14.99 check or money order along with the date of purchase and receipt and they will let you know if Tristar elects to refund/replace the item.

    I won't order these again.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    The pan sucks

    The pan worked great when I first bought it. After many uses the pan started to stick. So I called Copper Chef headquarters and they told me to put oil or butter in the pan, so I did. This pan is a short-term nonstick pan, and after months you will see what I'm talking about. Copper Chef sucks.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    It is NOT non-stick!

    • California,
    • Sep 8, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    My friends all tell me I need new pans because I'm supposedly eating bad chemicals every time I use them. I saw these on TV one night and thought, "Wow, two for one?" I decided to go for it and got sucked into getting the skillets as well.

    I was so excited when I received them. They were so pretty! But the best thing was that I didn't have to use any more butter, spray or oil. I just tried them for the first time and cracked two eggs into the pan. Only problem: I wasn't able to turn them over. They stuck completely! It was a mess. I had to throw them away because there was hardly any egg left. I thought, "this can't be." So I got my other pan and tried it again. I threw two eggs in and got the exact same results.

    I'm so mad. The first time I use them and I can't even make eggs. I spent $130 and can't fry an egg? I haven't tried to make anything else, but I'm so not looking forward to it. If everything else sticks, I'm going to be totally depressed that I wasted good money that I work really hard for. Why can't people just be honest about their products? What is wrong with the world?

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Durability

    • Washington,
    • Sep 8, 2017
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    Hi there. I purchased the Copper Chef fry pan after watching the advertisements. Who wouldn't want a pan that doesn't stick? I believe that I must have gotten a lemon, because not only does everything stick, but it also burns immediately. I lost the receipt so feel a little burnt myself. I hope you all have better luck with yours.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    I want to love this pan, but...

    My girlfriend gave the 9.5" pan as a gift. I was great in the beginning, but as others have stated, it loses it's non-stick properties very fast.

    I treated my pan with kid gloves, followed all the instructions, hand washed and dried the pan, even stored it away from my other cookware to prevent scratching. The bottom line is, the non-stick properties failed after about a dozen uses, and the bottom is all scratched up.

    I want to love this pan, but I can only like it. I still use it, and while food does stick sometimes, it still cleans up pretty easy. It's not a great pan, but it is not bad either. I may still purchase the XL six or seven piece set that includes an induction coo top and a couple of accessories. For three payments of $33 + $20 P&H, it is a pretty good deal. I am a full-time RV'er and cook every day. My lot rent includes electric, so over time, this will pay for itself in propane savings.

    I would recommend this pan, but keep in mind, it is not perfect. Food will start to stick after a few uses, but if you are not careless, it cleans up pretty easily.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Not working as advertised

    • Mentor, OH,
    • Sep 7, 2017
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    I used it for a few weeks and did everything as directed. Food is sticking, and when I contacted customer service they told me to cook on medium heat only and use oil. WHAT? They advertise to never use oil and never mentioned temp? They told me they recognize an issue with the product and to season with oil before use, and they are putting out new literature on this (LOL). After I told them I needed to talk more, they disconnected me. Do not buy this product!

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

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  • 6 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Best pans I ever bought

    I bought my three-piece pan set a little over a month ago, and I will have to say they are so far, by far, the best pans I ever bought. I cook everything without oil or butter as they say and nothing has stuck yet, and they are better at retaining the heat at least compared to all the pans I've bought before. I've told all my friends and family about them, and if they keep performing like they are now I would buy again.

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

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef

    I have quite a few pieces of Cooper Chef for over a year. I absolutely love them all. I have bought them for my daughters as well, and they love them. I have the 11" and 9.5" deep pans, 9" square and 9" round fry pans, oven crisper pan with basket, cake pans, loaf pans, cookie sheet and 12" grill and griddle. I have never had anything stick, and I use them all the time. I have thrown away all my other pans!

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

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