About Copper Chef

Published on: Nov 26, 2015

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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357 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 98 4 star: 13 3 star: 16 2 star: 48 1 star:  182
Bottom Line: 35% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not as advertised - NOT non-stick cookware!

    This product is advertised as NON-STICK. It is not.

    We followed the cooking and acre direction exactly. You cannot fry eggs, pancakes or anything else without it sticking to the pan. This claim is 100% false. We bought this product to replace a Teflon frying pan. It does not work.

    You have 60 days from delivery date to send it back (at 100% your cost) otherwise, it is all yours, and you cannot get a refund. We sent all of ours back at our cost. You must get a return authorization number to send it back, and they make this hard to do. I would not recommend this product to anyone, and I would not buy it - it is not as advertised.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy!

    • Bethlehem, PA,
    • Jun 23, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    The Copper Chef products do not work as advertised. It's a shame Americans are subjected to many companies like this that just fail to deliver the performance advertised. I'm surprised the company hasn't been hauled into court over this. I've seen comments that these pans are just painted aluminum, not copper. One ad shows the cook gleefully rolling eggs out of a pan and on to a plate. Ha!

    I got one that after a week's use is stained, and I'm wondering what to do since these are not copper. I'm thinking the garbage will be the solution. Just think of all those pans being thrown out. They'll be around for a thousand years. So they are an environmental problem as well as a waste of your money. Sad!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Eric is a liar

    • Port Barre, LA,
    • Jun 22, 2017
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    The ad shows using metal utensils with this product ( mixers, spoons, etc.). Don't do that because it'll scratch. In other words, the guy advertising these pans on TV is a liar. I'm one of those that has to put "claims" to the test. The pan flunked the test. I wish people could sue for false advertising like you could back in the early part of the 20th century. Eric, you're a liar!

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    I love my Copper Chef Pans

    I purchased the full set of Copper Chef Pans, and I am very pleased. I have used them for all of my cooking for six months, and they are still like new.

    I didn't expect them to be indestructible because of the price. Really good pans are usually a lot more money. But I have been very pleased. I read everything I could about them before using for the first time. I found out that they need to be seasoned, which I did. I also found out that you can't turn the stove on high and heat them. You need to take a little time and heat to the higher heat in increments.

    My pans still look new, and nothing sticks to them. I highly recommend them, but remember that everything needs extra care. Do your research before using them.

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

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    The worst pan I ever had

    • Coram, New York,
    • Jun 14, 2017
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    The first week when I bought it, it was great. Now after using it after the third week, I need Brillo to clean it, which I have not used as of yet. I notified the company and got "so sorry you can't receive your money back, but here, buy another one at 10% off." I would love to take it off the market and stop screwing people.

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

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef

    • Dallas, TX,
    • Jun 13, 2017
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    I bought the Copper Chef Pan from Bed Bath & Beyond a couple of weeks ago. At first it was great, but after a few uses, the surface changed color and food start sticking to it. Mind you, I never put it in the dishwasher and never put it in the sink while hot, and I use a soft sponge and soft detergent to wash it. The reason I treated it so well is that I had a ceramic pan that I had to throw in the garbage after a month, so I thought maybe how I washed it was causing the trouble, but it turns out that it's BS.

    I then bought a stainless steel Cuisinart set of 16 pieces for a hearty price, but it's FANTASTIC even if it's not nonstick, nothing really sticks and it is easy to clean, and it's shiny.

    Don't waste money on any of the BS they sell on TV. Instead, give the money to a charity like St Jude, and God will bless you forever.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Mims, FL,
    • Jun 13, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    As with others, it worked well for about two months then the sticking began. Copper Chef's website will not allow bad reviews.

    I wrote to Copper Chef and they took about 15 days to respond saying:

    Dear Peter,

    Have you tried to pre-heat the Copper Chef pan for at least 3-5 minutes using low to medium heat settings? The Cerami-Tech coating distributes heat more effectively and evenly. This causes some protein-rich foods to cook more quickly. The Cerami-Tech coating does not require the use of butter or cooking oil. If you choose to use oil or butter, we recommend oil or butter with a high smoke point: refined olive oil, peanut oil, corn oil and (clarified) butter. Our recommendation is to season your Copper Chef pans before the first use and each time you wash the cookware in a dishwasher. Here are the instructions below on how to season the Copper Chef pan.

    1. Heat clean, dry pan on low heat for 30 seconds.

    2. Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.

    3. Using a paper towel, rub the oil all over the entire interior surface of the pan.

    4. Repeat each time you wash the cookware in a dishwasher.

    To show our appreciation for our loyal customers and invite non-customers to become loyal customers, we are offering discounted pricing on several of our products. Please visit http://www.tristarproductsinc.com/promocodes to see a list of available promo codes.

    If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can visit our LiveChat by clicking here for immediate answers. Our LiveChat hours of operation are 7AM-11PM, Monday-Sunday.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Support

    Heck, that's what I do with my cast iron, and they work better.

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

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    What a rip off!

    • Bainbridge, PA,
    • Jun 8, 2017
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    We are like most others; not happy. There should be a lawsuit, and we all get our money back. They are junk. It was only nonstick for a short time, and then it went to hell. Everything sticks.

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

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Junk.

    • California,
    • Jun 4, 2017
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    I used the regular Copper Chef pan for three months, and it was good, but then a grilled cheese sandwich got stuck, it cannot be cleaned.

    This is junk. Too expensive to return, not worth buying. I was going to purchase the complete set. I'm glad I did not.

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

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Terrible - worst than cheap non-sticks from Walmart.

    • New Jersey,
    • Jun 4, 2017
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    What a joke. Everything sticks to them! I've even tried to cook eggs with butter and none stick cooking spray, and they still stick. It's almost the opposite of what they advertise. The worst nonstick pan I've owned. They should be sued for false advertising.

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

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Bad stuff

    I have purchased at least six square deep pots and two frying pans. I gave most for gifts, plus we have two homes. ALL are junk! All are stained, and we are unable to clean as shown.

    Do not waste your money.

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

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