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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322 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 95 4 stars: 12 3 stars: 16 2 stars: 40 1 stars: 159
Bottom Line: 37% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Beware!

    I purchased the square Copper Chef pan almost a year ago after seeing commercials of what was supposedly a wonderful pan.

    The first time I used it on the stove as I was stirring, I realized it was very awkward stirring in a round circular motion into a square pan because the corners we're not getting stirred, so you have to stir in a square motion which is not natural. Aside from that, everything seemed to be fine at first. But it is not "non-stick" as they claim to be.

    Food did not just slide out of the pan as the commercial shows. However, at first, it was fairly easy to clean up. But after using it as a fryer, grease residue has stuck to the top half of the pan and will not come out. I have tried everything. The only way I was able to remove a little bit of the fried on grease or baked-on grease was to use the side of a butter knife, which appeared to start scratching the surface of the pan, so I stopped. The outside of the pan looks like I've had it for many many many years and it is not an attractive pan at all.

    I called customer service twice and spoke to two different representatives with heavy accents which were hard to understand, but they also really didn't care what I did with the pan. The first call the man said he would send me an email with information to send it back and they would replace it. However, that leaves me without a pan for almost three weeks, and the shipping cost is almost $15 to send it, and that is at my expense since they do not refund the shipping. It will cost me money to have the pen replaced.

    So the commercial is not true when they say that they will replace it absolutely free. I will also be posting my reviews on other websites that will allow me to post the pictures so people can actually see what this pan looks like after minimal use. I gave my review two stars, but after talking to customer service, I should have reduced it to a one-star.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Terrible waste of money!

    I seasoned the pans as directed, but within a couple of weeks, everything started sticking. I contacted customer support, and the bottom line is, they said you have to season the pan after every use. My "cheap" old non-stick pans work better and with a lot less cleaning effort. Don't waste your money on Copper Chef products. I am sorry I did.

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

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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful

    False advertising

    I recently received two round Copper Chef pans as a gift. I seasoned the pans as directed; oiled the pans and then baked in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. When I went to fry eggs in them the eggs stuck in both pans (?).

    I went to the online chat service and was informed that you can't use eggs right out of the fridge and have to use medium-low heat! The next morning room temperature eggs preheated in the pan on med-low heat; eggs were a mess. I went back to the chat service and told him all of that, and he said to use a little oil or butter! What the heck? Does non-stick mean you have to lube up the pan?

    My opinion is stay with cast iron, that way you can beat the hell out of anyone you want and you won't dent the pan. Copper Chef pans are a piece of crap.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Very, very happy

    • Gray Court, South Carolina,
    • Apr 21, 2017

    I bought ours several months ago. I was a skeptic at first, but after reading instructions and warnings on what not to do, my wife and I love our Copper Chef Pan.

    It tells you not to use EVVO, to which I think a lot have done and won't admit to it.

    I'd say since my purchase we have used the pan least five if not six days out of the week. Our anodized pans sit in the cabinets. In all honesty, I can't understand because my pan is the same as everyone else's. So why am I having great results, when other are not? Misuse? Or I really think it's using the olive oil. There is no need to use it to begin with!

    Just do as the instructions tell you and you'll be a happy Copper Chef owner and frequent user. I'm looking at purchasing their latest new pans out and retiring my anodized pans, and having lots and lots more cabinet space.

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Not 100% guarantee.

    My 9-inch deep pan is scratched on the bottom. They told me it happened because of cooking with high heat. I cook on a glass top stove. They say it is a 100% guarantee. They also say you can use temperature of 850 degrees, and I cook on medium heat. My other Copper Chef pans are not doing that. It makes no sense. Please help me.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    12" round skillet sticks and doesn't come clean without scrubbing

    I purchased the 9 and 1/2" deep square pan from QVC. I fell in love with it. I even deep-fried food in it with no problems. My one complaint is that the grease that gets cooked on the outside is impossible to remove, but so far the interior has not been affected.

    I liked my pan so much that I purchased the larger deep square pan, along with the induction burner. I have had no problems with the pan.

    In December, Sam's Club ran a Copper Chef special that included the large deep square pan and the 12" round skillet. I purchased it. The skillet became my "go to" cooking vessel.

    Then I stir-fried fresh mushrooms without oil and noticed that a crust formed on the skillet. When I attempted to clean/wash it, I had to use a non-abrasive scrubber (Scrub Daddy) to remove the crust. From that point on, the skillet has been sticking. The only thing that does not stick is liquid or food with liquid, such as sauces and soups. It also scratches easily, and I use wooden and other non-metal utensils.

    I believe the warranty is 60 days, so time has passed for a refund or exchange.

    Even though I have not had a problem with the two deep pans, there is obviously a problem with the interior becoming non-stick, based on certain foods or cooking methods. The company needs to address this. I would not recommend this product to anyone and will warn those I know who have purchased it.

    I am going back to my All-Clad.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Worst customer service ever

    The customer service is horrible, and they don't care if you're happy with your product or not. I ordered my Copper Chef XL with induction cooktop on February 23rd. Upon inspection, I noticed that the pan was dented in three spots, so I returned the pan on March 4th for an exchange. I called them several times to find out where the replacement was and I was told to call back, so I did.

    As of April 7th, I still don't have the replacement pan. I can't comment on if it works because I wasn't able to use it. I'm tired of waiting, so now I'm sending everything back. I will never order from them again.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    9.5 S2 pan

    I only used the pan a few times and the eggs began to stick. I have to wash with hot soapy water and rub to get to get them off. Does not work as advertised.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Customer service lies

    • Boston, MA,
    • Apr 16, 2017

    The day I ordered the pan, March 23rd, I asked how long before my mother would receive it and the rep told me to “allow up to 7 days.” I confirmed 7 days on whether before it’­­­­­s sent or the package actually received? She said, “received”. I thought, “WOW, that's fast.”

    Eight days later I'm sent an email which provided me with my order number and that my order had been sent to my mother’s address. This was on March 31, 2017. It read, “Your order has been shipped…”

    I Understand this to mean what it says, that it was just sent shipped on the 31st. The next day I called UPS. They said they didn't have the package yet but it’s scheduled to be received in Florida on Thursday, April 6th. A few days later I called UPS they told me still the 6th but they still didn't have the package.

    So on April 5th, I call UPS. UPS tells me they just received the package and it will NOT arrive in Florida until April 15th. I asked why was I told the 6th. They said because those were the instructions the shipper gave us, but due to the fact we just got the package today and they are shipping this package across the United States via ground, it WILL NOT get to Florida until the 15th. This was 9 days longer than I was originally told by UPS and 12 days longer than I was originally told by Copper Chef.

    So today I called Copper Chef. I asked why did I receive an email from you people telling me on March 31st that the package had been shipped when it was just shipped today. They blamed UPS and the shipping label. I asked again, “Why would Copper Chef email a customer telling them their package has been shipped when it never was?”

    Right there that is a lie, regardless of UPS, that statement it a complete lie. The service rep again said UPS screwed things up. I then asked for a manager but was told there isn't a one. I wanted Copper Chef to tell me why they would send me an email that had zero truth to it.

    I told the rep how UPS just confirmed today that they just got the package. So I asked again, why the email 7 days ago, that read on March 31, “Pleased to inform you that the order has been shipped”

    A complete lie. All I got were more lies. This rep actually started to tell me that the order was shipped, she was looking in the wrong area.

    Needless to say, I'm done with Copper Chef. There's no honesty with what they say. They will tell you what they think you need to hear such as the day I made the purchase, the rep telling me my mother would have it in 7 days.

    On March 31st, another lie within that email. Zero truth. My package had not been shipped, yet their email said it was. Don’t trust them, all liars!

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Non-stick wears off, NOT covered by warranty

    I purchased it on Evine at Christmas. It worked great first the 60 days, and then food started to stick. Now EVERYTHING sticks horribly. Even using cooking oil spray does just a so-so job of keeping food from sticking. In some cases, I have to let the pan soak overnight to get it clean.

    Warranty only covers peeling and blistering, nothing about the nonstick part. It's a spray evidently, that wears off with normal washing. I called customer service, which sounded like an Indian call center, and was told to use a little oil when I cooked and clean with baking soda. That's their solution.

    I loved this pan but now my ten-year-old scratched Caphalon pan is better at nonstick then my three-month-old Copper Chef pan.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Exceptional product

    • Memphis, TN,
    • Apr 13, 2017

    I have ordered every one of the Copper Chef pans available and have had nothing but excellent results when using them. I have never had a problem with sticking and burning, and cleaning them is much easier than traditional non-stick pans. I'm still practicing with the induction cooktop, but have had no problems.

    I'm really not sure why so many people say they are having problems with this cookware. Maybe they should try cooking on a little lower heat. Anyway, I truly enjoy this cookware and have even ordered some for gifts. I hope they start making the covered sauce pans!

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

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