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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373 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 101 4 star: 13 3 star: 17 2 star: 48 1 star:  194
Bottom Line: 34% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    NOT non-stick

    When I first used the pan it was wonderful, cleaned like dream. However, food eventually began to stick and it did not clean well. My pan, while still useful has black marks in it. Looks ugly and unclean. Even though it's clean. I continue to use it but food does stick.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Very disappointed

    • San Antonio, Texas,
    • Jul 21, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Very expensive pan and after third use, it was obvious that this was not a good non-stick surface. In the future, I would obviously stick with a traditional nonstick pan. I found it to be a complete waste of money!

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef does it do as it says?

    • Omaha, NE,
    • Jul 20, 2017
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    I've been wanting to try these pans since I saw the first info commercial on them. I was visiting relatives out of state and went shopping at one of their outdoor outlet malls when I came across them. I couldn't turn down the opportunity to purchase what I did to try them out. I took home an 8 and a 9 and a 1/2 inch set of square pans.

    I was extremely satisfied to learn they do perform as it is claimed. Always make sure to wash and completely dry them thou. I leave mine in my oven and I have used absolutely NO oil at all so far in them.

    If you're wondering if these pans are worth the money, my opinion is "ABSOLUTELY!"

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Deeply disappointed

    I bought the round Copper Chef Pan from Walmart after seeing the ad on TV. I was delighted to cook with little or no oil. I read all the instructions carefully, bought a plastic spatula, which I used when I cooked on this pan. I used the pan for two months and was very happy with it. Nothing burnt, the food cooked evenly, and the pan was very easy to clean.

    Two weeks ago, I tried to fry eggs, and they stuck firmly to the pan. The fried eggs quickly turned into scrambled eggs! Since then, EVERYTHING sticks to the pan. I thought I had done something wrong, but no, I followed the instructions to the letter. I now avoid using this pan because I get anxious about all the food sticking to the pan. I now use my old pan which isn't even non-stick, and as long as I use oil, nothing sticks. Very disappointing pan!

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    I love my Copper Chef XL pan

    I just don't understand what everyone is complaining about. I didn't get the induction cooktop, I only ordered the Square XL pan. I ended up ordering two more once I used mine! I bought one for our RV and one for my eldest son's family. We all love our Copper Chef pots. We did nothing special except wash and dry them when we took them out of the box and then cook with them. I have never had problem with anything burning, sticking, scratching or any other problems I've read above! We use our pan all the time and have decided to give our Calphalon pots and pans to Goodwill and replace them with additional Copper Chef fry pans and pots. They cook well, and they clean up easier than anything I have ever owned! No complaints whatsoever.

    I'm only writing this review because happy customers rarely review anything. I figured fair is fair so I needed to even the numbers some and tell the truth about how much our entire family loves Copper Chef!

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

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    A $50 extra cost for custom duties when shipping to Canada!

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Jul 18, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Hello, I ordered the saucepan and the mats ($39.99 USD with the $10 shipping surcharge for Canada). The saucepan came, and I had to pay an addition $24.91 for customs duties. The mats came the day after and again I had to pay an addition $25.16 for customs duties. The website didn't mention that I would have to pay duties and having to pay it twice because they shipped the items separately further increased the cost.

    Beware if you are a Canadian buyer that $39.00 USD does not include the $50 in customs duties that you will have to pay upon arrival.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Incomplete Order, horrible customer service

    • Illinois,
    • Jul 17, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    In a nutshell, after 7 weeks and numerous phone calls (to customer service operators as well as supervisors), I still don't have my complete order. I've been told four times that the order will be sent, and I will receive it in 7-10 business days, with 3 different tracking numbers.

    To date, I've received an add-on griddle with tempered glass press that was added “just for the cost of shipping” for $9.99, and two grills. I am still without the Copper Chef XL 11" pan with a steam rack, fry basket, glass lid, $100 in coupons, or the Instruction and Recipe books for each grill, and the other griddle we requested.

    I have also emailed corporate with no response, and called corporate (I hung up after being on hold for 46 minutes, and pressing the number 2 to continue to hold, 20 times). Do I think there is also deceptive advertising? Yes. But I may never know for sure. By the way, the full amount I owed was on my credit card immediately. I'm dealing with that through my credit card company. Good luck to you if you still decide to place an order.

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

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    • Jul 17, 2017

      Peggy Liker

      Update: We gave up. The first shipment was just the add on Griddle. The second shipment was two grills without the included pan and accessories, recipe book, coupons, etc. The third time they resent our "order" it was just another grill, all by itself. We're done. No more calls. We reported it to our credit card company who has our back. Horrible 8-week experience.

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Not True Junk

    Does not work like the ad says and everything sticks. If had it to do over, I would have saved my money. Being retired that purchased this hurt. You think at my age I would have learned that if it's too good to be true, well need I say more?

    Save your money.

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

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Lousy warranty, lousy pan

    • Tampa, Florida,
    • Jul 13, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    No chipping or peeling? Ha! That's a lie plain and simple. As the months have worn on (less than six months, maybe used twice a week if that), the pan has tiny scratches all the way to the metal in multiple areas that now causes food to stick. Using a Scotch-Brite pad now to clean it has caused the surface to be rough all over and has completely lost its nonstick qualities.

    The product was advertised on TV as a "Lifetime" warranty. This so-called warranty requires proof of purchase as well as a check for $14.99 and you pay for shipping it back to the company as well. UPS shipping charges are $10. The damned pan was only $20. Rip off! Stick to a properly seasoned cast iron pan.

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

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Great pan

    I got the XLarge pan for Christmas, and the 9.5-inch square frying pan in January. I use them all the time for at least four or five times a week. Nothing sticks to them if you follow all the directions, like don't use extra virgin olive oil.

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

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    I would never buy from Copper Chef again!

    I bought the Copper Chef XL square pan and induction cooker. First it was sent to the wrong zip code (three weeks), and then when I received it after several calls (now six weeks) and when plugged in, the induction cooker blew up and almost burned my house down. I sent it back and asked for my money back, and it took almost three weeks to get my money back. They have the worst Customer Service Department to deal with, or which I have ever, EVER had to deal with.

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

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