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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339 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
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5 stars: 98 4 stars: 12 3 stars: 16 2 stars: 44 1 stars: 169
Bottom Line: 36% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Offered food coupons for $100, cannot get pin to redeem bogus offer

    I have filled out the form twice to redeem $100 food coupons. They say they will send you a pin, but I have not received it. I called customer service four times, and they tell you it is a third party, and they cannot help. TV B.S.

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    So disappointed

    I have treated this pan on several instances. Never has it been an "eggs sliding" experience EVER. I even bought the lid to this square pan. I have read other reviews where people were extremely satisfied. Just wondering if a bad batch was made? I would never recommend this product to anyone. I had eggs tonight, and this pan is still soaking. Terribly sad product.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    It could have been wonderful

    I was so pleased that I got the pan for Christmas, and I cook a lot. It worked great the first month. I carefully followed the directions for cleaning and using. Three months after getting the pan, things began to stick. Oh well, but it was a great size and useful. HOWEVER, I just went to clean the bottom of the pan and noticed that on two corners the copper had completely worn off! For a pan costing $2.99, I would expect that, one that is as expensive as this, NO. I hate being disappointed and will never buy a Copper Chef anything.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef 9 and 1/2 inch pan

    I am 73 years old and live alone. I saw the pan and purchased it because I received one with my NuWave. I only use it with my NuWave, and it's only washed by hand. After using it a few times, I noticed the non-stick coming off the edges of the pan and then the bottom, and now I don't use it because I don't want to eat any that is on the surface.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Beware!

    My Copper Chef pan has badly scratched my glass stove top. You need to be aware that the bottom of these pans leave etched marks on the glass if you move the pan around, as you would do while cooking with any pot or pan during cooking!

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Bad product

    I received my Copper Chef with the round lid bent, and it would not seal. I called the company, and they said they would send me a new lid and sorry that it got bent. After six months, I'm still waiting. So I started cooking with the skillet using only non-metal tools. I washed only with sponges, and after the third time, I noticed what looked like a white ring around the top edge. I haven't used the lid at all, so upon looking closer, the metal copper was flaking off.

    Like everyone else has said, customer service sucks.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Not so good

    I bought the Copper Chef for $75.00 and loved it for the first 30 days. I told everyone how great it was and used nearly every day for everything. Then spare ribs burned on. I thought "no problem," it would just slide out. Not so.

    I boiled it, and some came out but not all. I soaked it. Finally, I managed to get the burned on mess cleaned out of the pan. After that, I noticed everything began to catch on, the metal heating ring on the bottom rose up to create a dome in the center of the pan, the copper finish along the edges where the lid sits was scratching off, and the inside of the pan lost its finish.

    Finally, after several months, I called to tell someone at Copper Chef about this and was told I could get a discount on another pan. So much for a lifetime warranty.

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef

    It has been my experience that these "As Seen On TV" items are NEVER what they are cracked up to be. I bought this Copper Chef cookware (one deep and one shallower pan) after being convinced by a grinning, ecstatic-looking chef (Eric Theiss), that cooked food that would just slide right out of the cookware, making it easy to clean. NOT TRUE.

    I sprayed a little Pam in the shallow pan when it was heating up, and much to my surprise it turned BLACK and formed a textured film which I have not been able to remove since. I called their 1-800 number for help and was given some cleaning instructions that did not work.

    I have made several of that grinning chef's recipes in the deep-pan, which turned out good (as it should have), but in NO CASE did the food slide out of the pan "as seen on TV." Which, I might add, was my reason for ordering this cookware in the first place.

    I don't know what is done to these pans to make them appear foolproof, but trust me, they must be doing something to them that they aren't showing viewers on TV. BUYER BEWARE. It has been my experience that nothing "as seen on TV" functions as seen on TV.

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

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Sincerely disappointed

    I cannot begin to express how deeply disappointed I am with my purchase! These have to be the worst pans I have ever owned, and I'm almost fifty years old. Nothing you make in them is nonstick, and that includes scrambled eggs. I own five-year-old T-Fal products that I have to scrub less than these pans. The only thing nice about them that I can say is that the square design works well for accommodation purposes.

    Think twice about what you see on TV. It's not that way when you use them in your home kitchen.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Love, love, love my cookware!

    I purchased three Copper Chef pans with lids, and they have been amazing.

    Although I have only had them a couple of months, I cook every night, so they are getting used regularly. I did not season the pans. I have not tried them in the oven, and I have not put them in the dishwasher. I'm wondering if those that are having problems have done the above and that's where the problem started? Deep frying worked perfectly. Absolutely nothing is sticking (without the use of butter or oil). Eggs slide right out.

    I hand wash them, and it's a breeze. I cook on the induction burner, and it's really hardly noticeable and not even worth mentioning, however, if I have anything negative to say, it would be the heat distribution. The center cooks faster than the outer edge. But again, that could be the induction burner, not the pans.

    I tried the pans on a regular electric burner, and there was an odd odor coming from the pan as it was heating up, so I removed it. Not sure if the odor disappears over time or not.

    Overall, I am very pleased and have not had any problems. In fact, I had a pot rack built above my prep counter where my pretty pans are displayed! I am going to order several more for my father for Father's Day. He cooks all the time and is using cookware that is ridiculously old!

    If the pans become problematic in the near future, I will update my review but for now, five stars!

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Not worth it

    I got these yesterday and was looking forward to using them. My favorite breakfast is an omelet cooked in some bacon grease and butter. So, of course, I have to cook the bacon first.

    There are just general temperature instructions, so I followed the instructions. I put the bacon on before turning on the induction cooker and turned the temp to 390 degrees. The pan immediately warped.

    Ok, so I figured that was too hot for bacon. Thanks for the accurate instructions.

    Since I ordered two pans, I tried again today, but I set the temperature on the induction cooker to 260 degrees. The lowest temperature recommended for sautéing. Again I put the bacon on before turning the heat on. Again the same results. The pan immediately warped.

    These pans are cheap. They are way too light for serious use. Maybe they work fine under the conditions they use them on the infomercial, but they are too thin for general use. I'm getting my money back.

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

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    • May 15, 2017

      Melissa

      I always cook bacon on an aluminum foil that I place on a cookie sheet for 400 degrees. They come out flat and perfectly cooked. Plus, there is no mess or splatter. All I have to do if fold up the foil and toss the grease away with the foil. No mess to clean up, or cold and hot oil to worry about.

      As for other food, I haven't had my pans warp, but stuff does stick to them right in the center. I use the induction plate that came with them, and it has started cracking in three, four different spots along the sides.

    • May 17, 2017

      Conchita Brathwaite

      I suggest you return these pans while you still can get a refund. Unfortunately, I didn't use mine right away. They are definitely not what they are advertised to be. They should be relegated to the Dollar Stores.

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