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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437 Consumer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Consumer Rating: 2.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 108 4 star: 15 3 star: 20 2 star: 60 1 star:  234
Bottom Line: 31% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not happy!

    Worked well as advertised for about 10 uses, then everything sticks, even with butter or oil. To exercise the lifetime warranty, you are required pay to ship it back plus a $14.99 money order, which totals more than I paid for the pan. So tired of these products not working as advertised. Not happy!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Thoroughly disappointed.

    I wish that I had seen these reviews before I purchased the "ALLEGE NON-STICK" 9 1/2 FRY PAN.

    When I first purchased it, it was magical! I don't even use it regularly, however, after less than six weeks, everything sticks to it. EVERYTHING!

    I will shop wiser next time.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Defiantly a rip off

    I bought the entire set, even the electric stove range. Not even a month after having my cookware, it stuck, scratched, and oil won't even help with it sticking. It only heats up in the center of the pan when using the Copper Chef electric stove range! Complete bullshit and false advertising. Do not buy unless you want a rip-off.

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

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  • Don't buy!

    • New York, NY,
    • Nov 13, 2017
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    I was sucked by all the hype about these pans and bought the entire set. I also paid extra to have them double coated.

    At first, they did everything that they were advertised to do. But it did not last. I've had the pans now for six months and burned marks are permanently embedded in the coating (especially around the screws that hold the handle in place), and food is starting to stick to the surface. I have other pans in my kitchen that I have had for years, and they work just as well as they did when I purchased them. I am an author and have written a cookbook so am aware of what is needed in the kitchen and how to use them.

    Buyers, beware; don't let the hype fool you too.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Highly disappointed

    • Birmingham, AL,
    • Nov 9, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I decided to purchase more cake pans to handle large amounts of holiday baking for clients. I’ve seen the commercials and decided to spend a little more on Copper Chef pans. I figure I would save money on purchasing non-stick spray.

    The first time I used them, the cakes stuck to the pan. Not only that, the cakes came out uneven. I gave it another shot but had the same results. I wasted valuable baking time and materials.

    I’m highly disappointed!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not nonstick!

    I used the pans first few times and they were wonderful. I never used metal on them, and after a few uses, both pans I purchased are no longer nonstick! Everything I cook sticks to them even after adding oil! I messaged for a return and was told to season it every use. Doesn’t make a difference!

    This was an absolute waste of $120. I already threw one away because I couldn’t cook anything and about to throw out the other one soon. Don’t waste your money!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    12" XL wok set, non-working induction plate

    We have purchased several pieces of the Copper Chef cookware, and we are very pleased with them, however, we just purchased the 12" XL wok set, and the induction function will not work. The induction cooktop kept turning off. We purchased a second one to see if it was only the one wok that had this issue. It was not; the second wok did the same thing. The induction cooktop we have is not a Copper Chef one, but all the other Copper Chef pans work fine.

    Really disappointed. We use a wok several times a week, and it would be nice if it was a Copper Chef. Both of them are being returned.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    XL fry pan

    • Pine Island, MN,
    • Nov 1, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought 2 sets of the XL pan set (round and square), one set for my daughters family. It has been less than a year, and everything now sticks to the round pan. In order to get it clean, I boil water and dish soap and use a non-scratch pad to get it clean. My daughter's set is doing the same. I didn't realize that this was a epoxy coating or I wouldn't have bought them.

    It's a lot of money for a product that doesn't last, and you have to pay for shipping to and from the manufacturer to get it repaired. I don't think it's worth the shipping cost to have it repaired; it might be better to shop around and invest in a different pan. The main reason I bought these pans was for the non-stick and high heat resistance.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Does the job

    • Livonia, MI,
    • Oct 31, 2017
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    Really does the job. Great for outdoor cooking fried fish, chicken or onion rings. Great temperature control for heating oil. We also use it for camping. Easy storage and very convenient for cooking eggs, hamburgers, bacon, and sausage. Also, great for boiling pasta and steaming vegetables. These make great food warmers/holders. I have 5 units I am going to use for Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners. I do not use every day, so I have not experienced the nonstick issues others are having.

    I would recommend it, but I would not expect to use as your only cooking source 100% of the time.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed on my 9.5" square Copper Chef non-stick fry pan

    • Sausalito, CA,
    • Oct 31, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I watched Chef Eric Theiss's demonstration on TV every night. Very impressed. Finally, I went to get one from Bed Bath & Beyond.

    I made scrambled eggs the next morning by using a little olive oil. The result was some of the eggs stuck on the bottom. I thought about how Eric slid his omelet out from the pen like gliding through the air without using any oil. Mine got stuck even with some oil. I tried again the following day to cook a lamb chop. It stuck part of the meat on the same spot on the pen again. Then I put a lot more olive oil in the pen to cook broccoli. A bigger part of the vegetable stuck on the pan again.

    I had to soak the pen in soap water for a long time before using a hard brush to scrape off the sticky stuff. But the coating seems to lose some luster after the cleaning. I am very disappointed.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Bad service, no product, no refund

    • Russellville, AL,
    • Oct 24, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered the product. All that came was the hot plate. I called and called. I never got the rest of the product. So after I returned the partial product, I asked for a refund. They agreed to a full refund. Instead of my refund, they finally reshipped the product against my wishes. They said it was a mistake. They still have not issued a refund! The original order was first of July. Still no action. I have contacted my credit card company to dispute the charges. Terrible company to deal with!

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

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