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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499 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:  278
Bottom Line: 29% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Not great

    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
    • Sep 13, 2018
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    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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Charged for order and never received complete set

    • Connecticut,
    • Sep 11, 2018
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    I ordered the Copper Chef grill for a birthday gift. It was advertised on TV. After ordering it, I called customer service only to find out it was back ordered. Fine. She finally receives it, but not everything was included. It was missing one of the plates for the grill (cooking surface) as well as the two cookbooks and whatever else was supposed to come with it. I've called them twice and am told everything is backordered, and they have no idea when it will be fulfilled. Funny how they charged my account for the full amount. Warning to all!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not what they advertised

    • Texas,
    • Sep 7, 2018
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    I purchased the cookware set about a year ago. The pan started sticking after 30 days. I cooked pancakes and eggs in the pan and they both stuck to the pan. Since I purchased two, I switched them out and the same thing happened. The coating is also coming off, which was very disappointing. I feel this product is being falsely advertised and the commercials are very good at making you think this really works.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Sticky

    • Tennessee,
    • Sep 3, 2018
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    I have used my very expensive Copper Chef skillet a few times and it started sticking. I fried loose ground beef in it for tacos (on medium heat). The hamburger stuck to the skillet and will not come off without scraping even with heating it on the stove. I contacted the company and they referred me to the place it was bought. For a company that has a skillet that claims to be non-stick, well, it sure is stuck! I even sent photos. So in my opinion, don't get stuck with an expensive skillet that sticks when it claims to guarantee non-stick surface. You will lose your hard earned money!

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    It absolutely sticks to everything

    • Illinois,
    • Aug 27, 2018
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    I have two pans, they both stick to anything I cook, especially eggs and pancakes. I have to boil water with detergent in order to get them clean, they are useless. I am thinking about throwing them out and getting the Calphalon that I have always used and enjoyed.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Kinda disappointed

    • New Orleans, LA,
    • Aug 17, 2018
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    I bought a set of the Copper Chef cookware, about a year ago. I have the big square pan, and also the frying pan big and small. I purchased the set from Sam's. I do not have the receipt (of course!), or the box it came in. All of the pans are chipping, and also, it seems like the non-stick is really not working so well. They were great pans at first, not so good into a year of using them. When I looked up the warranty of these lifetime pans, you need your receipt. Also, you have to pay to send the pot back, and for each pot, you have to send $14.99 for each pot/skillet! That is so believable.

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

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Great pans

    • Shickshinny, PA,
    • Aug 15, 2018
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    I bought my first Copper Chef set of frying pans and was amazed at how well they worked. It's true that you don't need to use any oils and butter in them. They also clean up easy. Since then I started to build my copper chef collection. It's the only thing that we use in our house to cook with. I am very pleased with the Copper Chef collection and would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money or time! Very disappointed.

    • Florida,
    • Aug 8, 2018
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    I cannot believe that QVC promotes Copper Chef! I ordered the special from QVC with 9 pieces, in October of 2017.

    I took a chance because of the lifetime guarantee, "we will replace no questions asked!" What a lie!

    The 11-inch pot has started to chip on the inside. I called QVC, and they said I had to reach out to Copper Chef.

    Well, long story short, in order to have my pot replaced for free, it's going to cost $40 plus. $20 plus for me to ship it back to Copper Chef and $20 plus for Copper Chef to send the replacement.

    Needless to say, I feel cheated! That's half of what I paid for the set ($84.78).

    If you buy these pots and pans, good luck replacing them. Nothing easy about returning or free about the exchange of this product!

    Shame on QVC for not protecting its customers!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not as good as advertised

    • Beloit, WI,
    • Aug 4, 2018
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    Great product at first. After a while, let's say 6 months, it doesn't work any better than Teflon pans. I been using plastic utensils and washing correctly and added oil after each use. FYI, I have two pans and they chip from day one. So be careful when handling them.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Praise

    • Alabama,
    • Jul 22, 2018
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    I bought one frying pan and fell in love with it. I decided I wanted a set of them sent my granddaughter to get one for me. Well, she came back with Red Copper instead. Big disappointment! My one Copper Chef frying pan has out cooked that Red Copper whole set. The outside of them looks awful - color fading, everything sticks. Unless it's boiling. Copper Chef is a much superior product. I hope to be able to get the whole set one day.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Nonstick?

    • Hamilton, NJ,
    • Jul 21, 2018
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    I don't understand why a nonstick pan starts to stick. I've cooked scrambled eggs with cheese two times now, and it sticks like crazy! I've tried scraping it off with a spatula while dishing it out and while sitting in water and it still sticks and no, I didn't burn it, which shouldn't make a difference anyway. The pan is totally useless.

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

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