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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201 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 58 4 stars: 8 3 stars: 13 2 stars: 24 1 stars: 98
Bottom Line: 37% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Exceeding my expectation

    My wife bought me the 10" skillet and 11" deep pan because I was tired of our old nonstick pans not working. I was skeptical of a pan sold on TV so I tested it by frying an egg with no oil. I was amazed that it worked just like the commercial. I have now used the pans for over two months and they perform better than any pan I have ever used. They clean up very easily and I have yet to have a problem. I made steaks last night and they turned out just as advertised. I have seen some very negative reviews about these pans and I can't get my mind around what is going wrong with their efforts. I am the main cook in the house and have loved cooking for over 30 years. These pans have exceeded my expectation and I am ordering another set for Christmas.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    NOT WHAT THEY SAY

    I purchased the pans online after watching several ads. They show them scratching it with a fork and using a mixer in them. One of the directions for use was not to use metal utensils. Also, it is to be nonstick. I made grilled cheese sandwiches and the runover cheese did not slide out. I had to soak the pan for a few minutes. For me, these pans did not perform the way they were advertised to.

    I contacted Copper Chef and have yet to get a response.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Piece of crap

    First pan I had to return after a week. Copper began to peel off the bottom. Second replacement was returned after a month. Copper peels and food would sticks to the bottom when cooking. Third pan I am using now looks like it is several years old, copper peeling off bottom and sides, food severely sticks to the bottom.

    Was told I had to pay to return it for a replacement, but hell after 3 pans why waste my time. Take it from a disgruntled customer. Don't waste your money. It's crap.

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Excellent pan

    • Brooklyn,
    • Dec 1, 2016

    I have 3 of these pans. The square one I use for whole chickens, stews and many more dishes, oh my pork chops cooked to perfection and crispy too. These pans are very good. I would recommend you buy them, I actually love cooking more now that I have them.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef requires low cooking temp, TLC

    I bought the Copper Chef pan 3 months ago. I have used it to cook eggs, meats, pasta, and fry foods. I noticed that items tend to stick if high heat is used for cooking. I have an electric range, and simply setting the heat to at or below medium eliminates food from sticking. It may take a bit longer to cook, but foods will simply slide out. I made a cheese omelet and found that the egg began to stick to the pot when I cooked it on medium high heat. Another time I used a setting below medium heat and there was no sticking. I would recommend lower heat to avoid food cooking too fast and sticking. I have cleaned the pot by hand, an easy job, and it still looks new. This pot, in my experience, with a little TLC, and low cooking heat, should last a reasonable number of years. If I encounter problems, I will let you guys know.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef 9 inch fry pan, food sticks.

    I purchased my Copper Chef 9 inch fry pan six months ago and there were no instructions addressing seasoning or doing anything in preparation for its use. The pan worked as advertised for two months, then it started sticking foods to it. I have been forced to put a little vegetable oil in the bottom in order to even use it. I am very disappointed.

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

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  • 21 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Don't do it!

    • Tacoma, WA,
    • Nov 26, 2016

    My husband bought these Copper Chef Pans two months ago because he saw the infomercials and loved the way eggs slide off the pan with no butter or oil used! They are beautiful, but everything sticks to these pans and they are difficult, if not impossible to clean! In fact, I caught my husband using a scrub pad.

    We have soaked them and tried in vain to make them look like new. I was just about to use oven cleaner on them but am disappointed you can only use the oven cleaner on the outside bottom, not the sides or inside. I would never buy these again or ever recommend them to anyone. Too bad, he thought these would be the only pans we would need for our newly remodeled Airstream.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Love the cookware. Make sure you use plastic utensils.

    I never enjoyed cooking so much. I love the pots and pans. I bought every pan available and also been giving them out to the family as gifts.

    The only bad thing is that they do scratch which I thought they were not supposed to. So make sure you only use plastic tools when cooking.

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

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  • 22 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Good while it lasted.

    • MI,
    • Nov 21, 2016

    Deep square pan. Worked great for a while. A few months. Just as advertised. Was happy with it for that time. Then I cooked salmon in it as directed. Since then EVERYTHING sticks like glue. Still use it for steamed veggies and boiling noodles. All it's good for now.

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

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  • 12 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Works fairly well

    • Minneapolis, MN,
    • Nov 20, 2016

    This Copper Chef Pan works pretty well, however, some things will stick to it if you don't use some kind of well.

    It appears that copper is a very thin coat as one of my friends is losing the copper on it.

    I have a lifetime warranty but I have to pay for shipping and handling to send it and then another $15 to have them send it back.

    Seems unfair as I can go to the store and buy the whole pan for twenty bucks

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

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  • 45 out 45 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money people

    If you see a good review about this pan, they were likely paid by the seller to write it. The pan did not last a month before it started sticking, just like the cheap ones you can buy for 10 bucks at Walmart. Now it is useless except for boiling water. Plus, their return policy requires you to pay 10 bucks for shipping it back, and another 15 bucks for unknown handling fees.

    Just save your money and buy a Walmart cheap pan and throw it away after it starts sticking. You will come out way ahead and save money in the long run.

    I hate that I did not research the reviews here before purchasing. My bad.

    Almost everyone here gives them a bad review. If anyone knows of a really good non-stick pan that does last a while, I would love to hear about it.

    Else, I will just continue to buy the cheap ones every few months at Walmart or Amazon.

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

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