About Copper Crisper
You’ve probably heard of air fryers before; maybe you’ve thought about buying one in the past. But traditional air fryers aren’t cheap—not to mention the fact they take up a ton of countertop space.
Is this no longer the case with Copper Crisper? Can you have it all? According to the manufacturer, this cookware can “transform your oven into an air fryer,” which can save you time and money and help you avoid unhealthy oil and butter—whether you’re cooking onion rings, roasted vegetables, chicken strips, and more. How?
Copper Crisper is consists of two parts:
- An elevated crisping tray made of nonstick mesh that allows heat to circulate, cooking all sides of your food at once, without turning or burning. This tray sits on top of the…
- Ceramic nonstick cookie sheet, which catches any crumbs, grease, or drippings from the mesh basket above, helping to keep your oven clean and safe.
No bulky, expensive appliances to buy? Check. The ability to use your existing oven? Check. Make healthier—but just as delicious—food? Check. Can Copper Crisper by Copper Chef really help you “make delicious fried foods without frying,” or will you just end up disappointed?
Let’s answer all your questions by starting with the basics.
What Is an Air Fryer? How Does It Work?
Whether we’re talking about the Cooklite Aero Fryer, Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer, AirWave Fryer, or any of the other dozens of air fryer brands, they all basically work the same: You have a bottom “cup” that holds the food. Above this, a heating element produces hot air that’s circulated by a fan over every part simultaneously, quickly browning the exterior while sealing in the moisture.
Given how this process works, it seems that most customers soon learn they aren’t actually “frying” their food with air fryers, which would require submersion in boiling oil. Instead, they often claim you’ll just quickly heat the food. So, with the exception of french fries, air frying devices seem to be optimal for reheating frozen foods that were previously fried (remember this point, because we’ll come back to it in a second).
Why are we talking about all of this, when Copper Crisper is just a mesh tray and a cookie sheet?
Can Copper Crisper Turn Your Oven Into an Air Fryer?
Copper Crisper’s main claim to fame is that it can help you achieve similar results to an air fryer, but using your existing oven. Based on what we just learned though, this might not be likely. Why?
In most consumer grade air fryers, the bottom cup where the food is held is relatively small in proportion to the overall size of the device. This is because, in order to quickly warm food, a lot of heat is required, which needs to circulate at very fast speeds. As a result, manufacturers are required to limit how much food you can cook at once, while maximizing space for the heating element(s) and fan.
On the other hand, ovens tend to be comparatively cavernous spaces, where it’s difficult to achieve the same air speeds as a countertop air fryer. This even applies to modern ovens with multiple convection settings.
Taking all of this into consideration, here’s what we’re left with: Sure, Copper Crisper might help you achieve fried-like taste without the butter or oil—but only if you have sufficient heat and air speed. The problem is the most ovens won’t provide these features, so regardless of the mesh screen and cookie tray you use, it almost certainly won’t provide the same results as an air fryer.
Even if you had an oven that could reach the same temperatures and move air at the same speeds, can you really expect foods to just slide right off Copper Chef’s Copper Crisper?
What Makes Copper Crisper Nonstick?
The company tells us that Copper Crisper’s cookie sheet is coated in ceramic, but they don’t mentioned what makes the mesh crisping tray nonstick. Given the fact that the only other nonstick cookware material is Teflon (also known as PFOA and PTFE, both of which come with several health concerns), we’d say it’s fairly likely this is what’s used.
Regardless of the material, how well can you expect Copper Crisper to perform? There weren’t any online reviews at the time of our research, so there wasn’t a direct way to gauge overall customer satisfaction.
However, Copper Crisper is part of an entire As Seen on TV cookware line of copper-infused products, including Copper Chef (we’ll talk more about this next), Red Copper Pan, and Red Copper Square Pan. Whether we’re referencing customer reviews or our own first-person testing, one of the most common complaints is that the surface provides no nonstick benefits right from the start, or within a couple uses (often after washing).
Now, we’re fully willing to admit that Copper Crisper may be the exception to the rule. However, we’d recommend keeping it at the top of your mind when placing an order.
Speaking of buying, how much will you pay for Copper Crisper?
How Much Does Copper Crisper by Copper Chef Cost?
Copper Crisper is available in two different sets:
- Single Set: Includes one 13" x 11" x 1.25" Copper Crisper for $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H.
- Deluxe Set: Includes three different Copper Crisper pans (small 11"x9"x1.25"; medium 13"x11"x1.25"; large 18"x12"x1.25") for $39.99 plus $9.99 S&H.
Regardless of which option you choose, you can also purchase a Copper Chef 360 frying pan for an additional $7.99 S&H during checkout. Note: Remember the Copper Chef Pan we linked to above? While they appear identical, there’s no way to know how it differs from the 360 version included here.
Like most products sold through Tristar Products, Copper Crisper comes with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H. To request one, customer service can be reached at 973-287-5195.
Who Manufactures Copper Crisper? Who Is Eric Theiss?
Copper Chef’s Copper Crisper is brought to you by Tristar Products based out of Fairfield, NJ, the second largest company within the ASOTV industry. They’ve been responsible for dozens of dozens of successes over the years, some of the most recent of which include Clear TV, Power AirFryer XL, Power Pressure Cooker XL, and many more.
Along with pretty much every other manufacturer in the industry, many of Tristar’s products come with 2-star average ratings here on HighYa, with common complaints referencing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and less-than-stellar customer service experiences. Again, we only mention this to ensure you have all the information—not to indicate you’ll experience the same with Copper Crisper.
From a celebrity standpoint, Eric Theiss began cooking at the age of 6, eventually studying under acclaimed chef Frank Falcinelli and opening his own restaurant in West Chester, PA. Today, Eric is a spokesperson for several different cookware lines, and also operates a publishing company.
Pro tip: Just remember that celebrities rarely use the products they endorse. Even if they did, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll provide a solid value.
Let’s carry this thought over into the final section.
Is Copper Crisper the Cooking Equivalent of Fool’s Gold?
We’ve covered a lot of territory in this review, but it ultimately comes to this: Even if you own a state-of-the-art oven, it’s unlikely it would be able to achieve the quick heat and fast air speeds necessary to mimic what you’d find with a traditional air fryer.
Considering this, we don’t think Copper Crisper by Copper Chef will work quite as advertised in the real world, and probably won’t provide as much value as you might expect based on the claims in the commercial. Sure, Copper Crisper might help you cook a little healthier by allowing grease and oil to drip away—but remember that you might get best results from pre-fried foods, which are cooked in unhealthy oils and loaded with preservatives.
On top of this, other ASOTV cooper cookware doesn’t exactly have a reputation for ease of use or longevity. At any rate though, you can probably find something similar (or piece together your own set) using local products that don’t come with the same high, non-refundable S&H charges as Copper Crisper.
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