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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277 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 79 4 stars: 11 3 stars: 14 2 stars: 35 1 stars: 138
Bottom Line: 36% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Garbage product

    • Arizona,
    • Feb 21, 2017

    At first, it worked great. Then suddenly, EVERYTHING stuck to the bottom. And forget about getting it off the pan; no matter how long you soak it in hot, soapy water. It is FALSE advertising; don't bother!

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

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  • Induction use, well maybe

    • St. Louis, MO,
    • Feb 21, 2017

    I have an induction stove, and as the Copper Chef is advertised to be induction ready, I purchased it.

    I was really excited for its arrival because of the size (9.5 inches), the fact that it is nonstick, and height of the sides. But, I found the very fist time I tried, TRIED, to use it that it would only function on the tiny burner on the stove top because of the size of the induction plate. And, because it will only work on the tiny back burner and the size of the pan, I cannot use my large front burner, because the Copper Chef extends over the front burner.

    I cannot express how very disappointed I am. I guess I will just use it to bake in. I had ordered this through QVC. It will probably be fine on an electric or gas stove, but the induction cooktop, not so much!

    But I will say, I will never go back to an electric or gas stove. The induction top uses less electricity and the temperature does not fluctuate and gets just as hot as a gas stove. It's a learning curve adjusting to it, but worth the trials and errors, and the price.

    As to the bottom line and if I would recommend it? Yes, but it depends on your stove.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    The best pan

    The Copper Chef Pan is the best pan my wife and I have ever had in the last 27 years of our marriage. It does everything that it is advertised it does, and I love it. We had the green pan (that was not what it was crack up to be), and I thought I would give this a try. So far it is great. I have owned it for three months, and we will see what it does in five years.

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

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  • I have used it literally everyday since I bought it!

    I watched his commercial like eight times, and then I found it at a store in the mall, the As Seen on TV store.

    I bought it, and I have used it literally every day since. I have cooked all my breakfasts in it, and almost all my dinners. I take a sandwich or go out to eat lunch. I am cooking dinner, first the chicken, and now steaming some broccoli. I saw a commercial where he has a bigger pan now, so to be honest, my crock pot broke (wife saw a crack in it). A week ago, I saw this new ad, and I said hold on, I am going to order that new deep pan because he says it takes the place of the crockpot.

    So that is why I visited the website. These are super easy to clean, and cook great. I might get rid of everything but the Copper Chef, and all those high priced ones I have purchased through the years, you know to pull out when guests are here.

    But for me, all I need is that Copper Chef Pan. Great stuff.

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

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  • Love it

    • North Carolina,
    • Feb 19, 2017

    The Copper Chef pans are wonderful. I was dubious at first, but have not had a problem with them. I have read reviews on other copper pans, and we chose Copper Chef due to the great reviews.

    I just wish they weren't so expensive. I would like to get the 10" pan but don't want the induction cooker. I highly recommend it.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Love my Copper Chef!

    • Houston, TX,
    • Feb 19, 2017

    My first purchase was a small round skillet from Ross, and I loved it.

    I found a deal on eBay for a set of large skillets with lids, and have used them almost daily. I have not been disappointed, although the large skillets are a little bigger than my burners, and the heat doesn't spread all the way to the edges, which has been convenient in some cases when I needed to keep part of my dish warm but didn't want to cook it hard any further.

    I have purchased knockoffs that performed similarly to what others say about theirs sticking. But then again, I don't cook anything in them where I don't use olive oil or butter, and the clean up is so easy that there's no need to send them to the dishwasher.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Dissatisfied

    I bought the pan from TV.

    I love the pan; however, we didn't get the legs for the steamer. For the last 1 and 1/2 months, I have been trying to get the legs. I finally received a new steamer part, however, the legs weren't included. The call center must be in another country because you can't understand them very well. Then with all my phones calls, I get the same man.

    I am so disappointed in this company. All I want is the legs for the steamer, how hard it that to do? Someone, please help.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    The best pans ever

    I was skeptical at first, but I bought the two 10 inch round pans with lids. I loved them and ordered the 9-inch square pan and the XL 11-inch square pan. Food cooks and tastes fantastic, and it stays very moist and cooks well. I tossed out all my other pans.

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

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Pay attention and review the right product here!

    As I am reading reviews here, I thought to myself; I bet many people are not even reviewing the right product!

    I have a culinary degree and own one of the best wedding cake companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I have bought the most expensive (Waterless cooking set for $5,000) and the cheapest (when I was in college). I love cooking with these pots and pans. I have a lot of everything, and these copper pans are the absolute best I have ever bought. And I'm talking about the Copper Chef pans, NOT Red Copper nor any other copper pans, but Copper Chef and Copper Chef Pro.

    But please shop around, and stop buying from the TV and start buying from vendors like Bed Bath & Beyond, Sam's Club and Target. They offer all of these pans, and Sam's Club even offers the Copper Chef PRO set, which offers the biggest set for only $69.99.

    I swear by this, and if I could post a picture I would show you I have 12 pans hanging in my kitchen right now. I LOVE them!

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

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  • 9 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef fried chicken

    • Lexington, KY,
    • Feb 16, 2017

    I received Copper Chef as a gift. I did fried chicken for the first time on a brand new smooth cooktop and the outside "copper" coating melted and scraped onto my cooktop. I was very surprised and disappointed. It cooked well, but I don't trust the product.

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

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  • 10 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Poor product

    • Chewelah, WA,
    • Feb 15, 2017

    I like my hash browns a little scorched, and that is the way I cooked them. When I attempted to turn them over, they were stuck to the pan. The result was a palm-sized burn that was extremely difficult to remove. I followed the directions for removing the burned material and was not successful.

    Finally, I was able to remove the burned material with a nylon scrubby. The bottom of the pan remains stained and is not non-stick. Don't buy it.

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

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