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 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 the pan, it’s dishwasher safe so cleanup is a snap.

This is one featured filled pan but will it 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 this pan, 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 the cookware’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, the XL version 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 that the 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 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), the 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.

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How Much Does The Copper Chef Cost?

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 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?

The 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.

Related: Finding the Perfect Pots & Pans for Your Cooking Style

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 the 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 this pan.

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 the 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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509 Consumer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Consumer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 117 4 star: 15 3 star: 21 2 star: 68 1 star:  288
Bottom Line: 29% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Falsely advertised

    • Texas,
    • Nov 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The pans are super non-stick, versatile, and attractive.

    Yes, the Copper Chef infomercial got me. I purchased 2 complete sets. Each set came with the 9" deep pan, shallow pan, fry basket, and steam tray.

    It would have been a great set if they were made with quality.

    The nonstick lasted about 5 months. After that, both pans went from being super nonstick to super sticky. Washing after each use became harder and harder.

    There was no service when I called customer service. They would only warranty the deep, pan not the shallow one. Plus, I would have to pay for shipping. I purchased both pans as a set. Both pans should have been replaced. Yet, they were only willing to replace one. As I mentioned, no customer service.

    Cooper Chef products do not perform as advertised. In addition, Copper Chef does not stand behind their product.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Non stick, ha!

    • Indiana,
    • Nov 14, 2018
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    Our 9.5 square pan, everything is sticking in it. When I talked to a rep, she said to box, include $9.00 and ship it to them.

    Not what I would call a warranty by the time you pay for shipping, and also $9 isn't worth it.

    I won't buy another nonstick (?) Copper Chef pan.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Bacon sticks

    • Washington,
    • Nov 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I thought I would try a Copper Chef fry pan. My bacon even sticks! Did I get a faulty one? The worst pan I have ever owned. It is a square one and is higher in the center than on the edges. Not happy at all. Walmart says after 30 days no refund. I have had it about 45 days is all.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Non-stick - NOT!

    • Buffalo, NY,
    • Nov 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought an 8" square Copper Chef pan. I reviewed the instructions before use and gave it an initial wash and rinse with Dawn and water. The first use was for fried eggs. The inner circle heated quickly, but the egg white in the four corners took way too long to begin cooking. The pan is too thin to control its heating properties the way a "quality" piece of cookware should. The eggs slid out as advertised without any oil. After rinsing with water and a clean rag, I used it again the next morning in spite of the cold corners. I allowed it to heat longer before use, but still had problems with the heat. The eggs stuck all over it. A few days later, after washing with detergent and rinsing thoroughly, then allowing it to air dry, the eggs cooked unevenly AGAIN and stuck to the bottom AGAIN.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not long lasting

    • Nebraska,
    • Nov 6, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    After a while, these pans are not so good. Food sticks and it is hard to clean residue left behind. I am not happy with long-term use. When I first purchased this great non-stick pans, they were great. After several uses they seem to deteriorate. Not worth the money we spent on them. I will stick to my Farberware that lasts forever.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Rust

    • Arizona,
    • Oct 30, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased a deep dish Copper Chef Baking pan. It worked great until a few months into using it. It began to rust. I called Copper Chef. They wanted me to pay to ship the deep dish pan to them ($14). They also required me to send them a check for $14.99 to ship a new pan. I can buy a better pan that won't rust for less than the $29 I would pay to replace the rusted product.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Absolutely disappointed

    • Mississauga, Ontario, Canada,
    • Oct 21, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was given the Copper Chef square pan with glass lid, steamer plate, and frying basket as a gift in July 2018. It worked great for the first three or four times I used it. I was delighted at the fact that fritters didn’t stick even though I used no oil or any other form of grease. Well, my delight was short lived. We are now in the middle of October 2018, so I’ve had the pan for about three months. I have two words: IT STICKS!

    I had a feeling it was too good to be true when I saw the commercial on TV of the guy cooking all those wonderful dishes and nothing ever stuck to the pan. Now I know it for a fact!

    Do not buy it.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Using scouring pad to clean

    • California,
    • Oct 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    After about six months of using, everything sticks to the pan, plus the back side under the pan looks terrible. The nice chrome look you get when they are new disappears and looks terrible. They are actually looking like maybe unhealthy to cook in? We got rid of all our pans so we could just use the Copper Chef pans (because they said they will replace all your pans), but now I'm sorry I did!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Great disappointment

    • Camden, SC,
    • Sep 25, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the 8-inch non-stick, what a joke. When I first got it, it worked just wonderful. In fact, I was going to go back and buy some more of the Copper Chef. Well, after only a couple of months of using it, the pan now sticks. I clean it every time I use it but now my eggs stick and everything else I cook. It cleans up really well, but I don't like the fact that my food sticks to it.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    The warranty sucks

    • Maryland,
    • Sep 24, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Don't buy Copper Chef. They claim warranty but once you call they expect you to have a receipt, which it doesn't say when you purchase. The best purchase to make is RED COPPER, there's a huge difference, be aware.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Not great

    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
    • Sep 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the fry pan and the basket/pan for fries. It worked brilliantly for a few uses. The basket now shows wear after a few uses, and unless I spray the frypan everything sticks. They are only about six months old. I am disappointed for sure. The large square pot was way better, but the other two were a waste of money.

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

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