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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521 Consumer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Consumer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 120 4 star: 15 3 star: 21 2 star: 69 1 star:  296
Bottom Line: 29% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Pan and cook top

    • Florida,
    • Jan 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the set that came with the cooktop.

    The cooktop stopped working. I called and they want me to pay $20 to ship to them then they will ship me a new one at my expense of another $20. That's $40 for a defective product under warranty, that's more than what I can get a new one for.

    Soon after I started using the 9 and 1/2 inch pan, food was stuck to it at the end of the cooking. I had to scrub it clean and you can see areas where the coating came off. Same story - pay more than what it's worth buying new. Both pans are no good. I'm very disappointed. Will never buy again. Do yourself a favor and stay away. (P.S. the smokeless grill best thing I ever bought.)

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

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  • Shipping

    • Arkansas,
    • Jan 12, 2019
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    They say you will get it in five days, but my whole order was back ordered and they have no idea when it will ship. First, their website is a total lie - ship in 5-7 days. Not happy with at all.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Lasted all of 2 months

    • Michigan,
    • Jan 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the set that comes with the skillet for my wife. Within two months the "non-stick" factor on the pan is gone, and it has become such a hassle with food sticking that she doesn't even use it any longer. I thought to return it (lifetime warranty) until I read the RIDICULOUS terms for returns:

    "If warranty service is necessary, the original purchaser must pack the affected product securely and send it postage paid with a description of the defect and the date of receipt, proof of purchase, the purchaser's name and mailing address, AND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER FOR $14.99 PER PAN to the following address...IF Tristar ELECTS to refund the purchase price, Tristar will also return to you the above referenced check or money order."

    So, in other words, the "lifetime warranty" is really "Buy a new pan."

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Save your money

    • Texas,
    • Jan 3, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My wife purchased the 12" for me as I like to cook a lot. I followed directions to season and then tried this thing out over the last couple of days. Fried eggs are a good test, and well, they stuck.

    "I took pics to prove it." Stick to Teflon because you will need to use nonstick sprays/oils with the Copper Chef. It is a good utility skillet in my opinion.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy this crap!

    • Elizabethtown, NY,
    • Jan 2, 2019
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    Mine arrived warped so the lid will not fit square. I called what I am pretty sure was India to complain but they were no help at all and it took hours to get through. Don't buy this crap.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    LOVE my Copper Chef!

    • Queen Creek, AZ,
    • Dec 31, 2018
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    I received this as a birthday gift and didn't anticipate that I would love it. Boy was I wrong! The Copper Chef is super easy to clean and a sturdy pan. I would highly recommend this pan to my friends and family.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Pan did not work for me.

    • Albuquerque, NM,
    • Dec 29, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Two problems:

    Problem #1 - the pan was not non-stick for me. Even putting some oil in the pan didn't help because of problem #2 - the pan is raised in the center and all the oil (and food for that matter) slides to the edges. I am really displeased with this pan.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    9.5 inch frying pan

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Dec 21, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Okay. I normally do not give personal reviews on anything, however, I have to make an exception for this pan. My mother-in-law gave me as an early Christmas present and it was the nine and a half inch frying pan. I have to say it is the best frying pan I have ever used. I fried chicken breast cubes with no oil and nothing stuck. 100% nonstick is now a dream with the Copper Chef. The meat was fully cooked and was still moist and juicy. Thank you, Copper Chef, for such a great product. A+++.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Elmont, NY,
    • Dec 20, 2018
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    Just a waste of money, I've been cooking with this for a month and then to the garbage.

    All that they promise on TV is BS, and if you want to use your warranty, they will make it so hard so you'll give up, and like I said, to the garbage.

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Do not do it!

    • Florida,
    • Dec 7, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    While these pans are not a bad product, the Copper Chef company is TERRIBLE. DO NOT BUY from them unless you want your money tied up for a week or more. When you order from Copper Chef they charge your credit card in an instant, that is OK, but then later when they ship, they charge you AGAIN! They say this is common practice, that the early charge will be refunded. RIGHT after they tie up your money for a week or so. I did not know they did that, and when other checks came into my checking account for other bills, THEY BOUNCED! Thank you Copper Chef! NOT!

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

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  • 7 out 13 people found this review helpful
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    Trash

    • Texas,
    • Nov 30, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Needless to say, my Copper Chef pans went into the trash.

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

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    • Previous review
    • Nov 20, 2018

    Falsely advertised

    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.

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