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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383 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 103 4 star: 14 3 star: 17 2 star: 49 1 star:  200
Bottom Line: 34% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef

    • Ruskin, FL,
    • Aug 12, 2017
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    I love the Copper Chef. Nothing sticks to it. I have the 9", the smaller frying pan, a grill and the baking set. I have no complaints at all. BTW, I have been using my Copper Chef for a year, and it's perfect. I cook, fry, steam, and roast. I have not had a better buy.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Absolutely love my Copper Chef pans!

    I first purchased the small square pan set with cover, steamer and fry basket from Bed Bath & Beyond. This was about five months ago. I love the versatility of this one pan. I can steam, fry, bake, book or sautée in one pan. It does replace many others! I did season it and do hand wash after use and towel dry. No sticking and no scratches. I made the best lasagna in it!

    Having said that, I then watched the infomercial for the 11" pan and the specials that came with it. I used the PayFlex directly from Copper Chef and added the 11" sautée square pan and received the induction cook top as well. I use this square pan for almost everything and use it every day.

    I purchased in May 2017. Tried the induction cooktop and was surprised at how well it cooked. One day, I noticed that the 11-inch lid was letting a bit too much steam out at the end June. Looking at it, the steel around it was cut crooked, seeming it defective. I finally contacted customer service and was told to mail back (at their expense), and they would replace the lid. So I packed it up and used the prepaid label they emailed me and waited.

    About a week ago, I received an email alert that my package has shipped, and I would receive on 7/31/17. Well, it arrived yesterday, and to my surprise, Copper Chef sent me an entirely new set including the induction cook top! Can't beat that for customer service! Very happy to have received another of the 11" square sautée pan as I was ready to order another.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed purchase

    • Dookie ,
    • Aug 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the Copper Chef XL from QVC. Did not open up the box until six months after. I washed the pan with Dawn. Put water in the pot to boil. Emptied the pot wash again. I then boiled two packages of pasta. When I emptied the pasta, metal on the bottom was showing. I was so mad. It has been two months. The copper is coming off on the top edge of the pot. The bottom is losing the coating. This pot is a huge disappointment. There is wear and tear. Waste of money. I wished I had seen the review before I purchased this pot.

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

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  • 12 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Bad pans

    • Cookeville, TN,
    • Aug 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased both the 12" pan and the large square pan. I've been so careful with them (not having used the square pan yet) as I'd wanted a nonstick pan that would last. I used the 12" pan a couple of times for eggs. Worked great.

    Yesterday, I lightly browned sausage for a quiche. I used med/low heat so as not to over brown. After removing the sausage, I took out the trusty paper towel and the pan would not wipe clean. I waited for it to cool and put warm water in it to sit. Well, the stains will NOT come out. The pan is ruined. What a bogus pan this is. As near as I can tell, that pan amounted to about $10.00 of use. Expensive.

    I will throw it away this morning, but I'm passing the word. Today, I read the reviews of this product. Darn. Wish I'd read them prior to the purchase. I'll stand next to the stack of these pans for sale at Sam's Club and tell everyone who looks interested in buying a set. Shame on you! You need MINUS stars in your rating.

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

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Very unhappy

    • Texas,
    • Aug 2, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased three of the XL pan sets from QVC in December for myself and my children. The first couple useses we all raved about the pan. Now we don't even use it. They all stick. I can't cook even a grilled cheese or fried potatoes. I would NOT buy another Copper Chef product and wish I had checked them out first.

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

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  • 13 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Very disappointed

    • Minnesota,
    • Jul 28, 2017
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    I didn't have it a week, and it scratched. I didn't even use a metal utensil in it, and everything sticks. I wouldn't recommend it; it isn't worth the money I paid. I know of at least three other people who have bought them and have found they stick also and they are not satisfied with it either. I bought mine from Walmart. I am very dissatisfied, and the bottom is hard to keep clean.

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

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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Satisfied

    • Winston Salem, NC,
    • Jul 28, 2017
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    I have had my pans about three months, and have no problems so far. I read the instructions and followed them precisely to season the pans. I have used the recommended oils.

    My only complaint so far is that you can't use butter or extra virgin olive oil to cook with.

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

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    • Aug 13, 2017

      Nile remsing

      Why can't you use butter or virgin oil?

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Bad warranty and customer service

    • Northern Wisconsin,
    • Jul 27, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the eight-piece Copper Chef Pro from Sam's Club online. The lids did not fit the pans. I called Copper Chef, and they told me I have to go back to Sam's Club for a replacement. I explained that this would be a long trip for me. Then they told me that the warranty is not covered if not bought DIRECTLY from Copper Chef. Pretty lousy warranty and customer service. I will take it back to Sam's Club, but only for a refund. I won't get a replacement.

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

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Washington,
    • Jul 27, 2017
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    I don't get the rave reviews about any of the Copper Chef products. I bought one on sale from QVC. It was scratched and pitted right out of the box. The fry basket and steamer inserts are just cheap aluminum or something, and so is the pan. No one should pay more than $20 for this. A whopping price tag of $80 for the set is ridiculous. As much as this set cost, I was really shocked at the cheap quality and returned it to QVC the same day.

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

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    False, sticky and crappy products

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Jul 26, 2017
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    Don't buy this scum product. Mine is just sticky as heck.

    I need my money back and a return label to send this crappy garbage so I can get my money back.

    Hope they get caught lying to their customers. After my recommendation to our friends, they bought them too. Now they're blaming me!

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

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  • 8 out 9 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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