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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303 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 89 4 stars: 12 3 stars: 16 2 stars: 37 1 stars: 149
Bottom Line: 37% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Best pan I ever used!

    • New Milford, CT,
    • Mar 23, 2017

    I love this pan! NOTHING has stuck yet.

    I made a beef stew that cooked in half the time. Amazing! Even the carrots were soft. It must be the stainless steel bottom. I cook bacon in it, and because of the deep sides, there's no splatter all over the stove.

    I recommend Copper Chef to anyone who loves to cook!

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    False advertising

    • Washington,
    • Mar 23, 2017

    None of the claims in the ad was true! With or without oil everything sticks. Eggs never slide off the pan, it burns.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Crack in the coating of pan

    The pan works pretty much as advertised except after using it a couple of times, the pan developed a crack in the coating.

    I can't seem to contact the Copper Chef company to find out what to do with it. I bought the pan at Walmart and have lost the receipt. This is the 9.5-inch square pan. The pan was not mistreated in any way and I am very displeased.

    I also bought a 9.5-inch round pan that does not work as advertised. The pan stick to everything and I am not happy with that pan either.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money!

    • Bullhead City, AZ,
    • Mar 21, 2017

    I'd like to see how they do what they do on TV. And, don't try to melt cheese, cook up a marshmallow dessert or melt a wrapped piece of sugar candy. It'll never work.

    Their customer service is worth less than the reliability of the product. About the only thing I like is the square shape. I tried to chat with a customer service rep (I think they contract that out to an outfit called Tristar). The answer I received to my question was a copy of what the instruction sheet says. It did not answer the question, and when I tried to pursue it further, I was cut off of the Chat.

    DON'T waste your money, or at least know what you are getting.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Wonderful products

    I have all the pans including the grill set and the induction platform, and each piece works as promised. Nothing sticks. I have used it in a variety of ways, cooking a variety of foods, and this product is wonderful. I'd like to have some cookie sheets from this company, but I have yet to find them. I would recommend this product to anyone.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Reviewer HighYa in not factual about the XL size

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Mar 21, 2017

    You keep saying that the only difference between the two pans is its higher sides. The original is a 9-inch square, and the XL is an 11-inch square. So it is a lot bigger pan/pot.

    As for non-stick goes, forget it. It sticks and burns to a black crust after cooking pork chops, steak, home fries, etc. I even added a bit of olive like that chef dude. Forget about eggs. The ones you see in the pan are perfectly round in the pan. That will not happen. After cracking in the pan is spreads out a lot and sticks like hell.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Not at all happy with my pans

    I would tell you not to buy these!

    With the frying pan, everything sticks to it and I had a hard time getting it out. Also with the other one, where they say cheese doesn't stick is a lie, and that it doesn't get chipped, that is a lie also! I use the 9.5-quart a lot, and it sticks, everything does. I use all Pampered Chef to turn all my hamburgers and tongs to remove chicken and steak, and they are all coated, so I don't believe them when they say they won't chip or burn.

    It's a lie, and I am not very happy for what I paid for.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef

    • Michigan City, Indiana,
    • Mar 17, 2017

    The pan sticks and scratched. The lifetime warranty is no good. It is fake advertising on warranty, and their customer service is bad. I don't have the order number since it was a gift.

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

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  • 9 out 11 people found this review helpful

    No other pan needed!

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Mar 16, 2017

    Since I got this pan, I have not used any of my others. It is great! I can cook everything on Medium heat, so I'm using less energy. I use little to no oil, so my cooking is healthier. For those that have complained about scratches etc., try reading the care instructions. NEVER use metal or sharp utensils!

    I have had no issues whatsoever, and love it!

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

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  • 9 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Happy!

    I am so pleased with this product and I would totally recommend buying this. I am ready to throw my other pots and pans away!

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Very pleased

    I was very with my first order, so I've ordered a second one. I think it's a great product! I could not be more pleased. They have won fan here.

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

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