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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456 Consumer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Consumer Rating: 2.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 111 4 star: 15 3 star: 20 2 star: 61 1 star:  249
Bottom Line: 31% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Love them!

    • Philadelphia, PA,
    • Jan 13, 2018
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    I received a set of Copper Chef square frying pans as a Christmas gift. I have used them several times; eggs, pancakes, pork chops (for pork chops, I seared them on the stove-top, then put the pan into the oven.) Food evenly cooked, no sticking, easy clean-up!

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

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  • Non stick?

    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Jan 9, 2018
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    These are supposed to be nonstick?

    I bought a couple of these, and last night I did some pork chops in the pan, and they stuck big time. The pan was very hard to clean, and now they may just be garbage!

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

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  • Disappointed

    I received it as a Christmas gift so no receipt, therefore, no warranty. I opened the box to use, and the 'kettle' has a chip on the inside bottom corner. It still works but how long before that chip spreads or food starts sticking? Disappointed.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Upset and disappointed

    • North Dakota,
    • Dec 30, 2017
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    I got these pans as a gift. The Copper Chef square set. I washed and seasoned the pans. I only used it maybe five times total and already the nonstick coating is coming off. All I cooked was a hamburger patty on medium heat.

    At first, I thought it was a defective pan, but after reading the reviews, I realized it's the pans and not that it's defective. I was hoping they would last longer than a month, but I'm guessing they won't. I'm very upset and frustrated as they aren't that cheap. They are supposed to stand high heat in the oven as well. How am I supposed to believe that after one pan is a wreck after five times of using it?!

    I don't have the heart to tell my grandmother they are awful pans. I only wish I knew this prior to getting them. DON'T waste your money! NOT worth it!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    I wasted money

    I used the pan three times and after the third use everything I cooked stuck to the pan. Horrible clean up; I need to soak with water before it cleans up well. Terrible pan, I would not purchase.

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

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  • Not induction worthy

    • Spokane, WA,
    • Dec 28, 2017
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    We bought two of the pans as a Christmas gift. The packaging says “induction” for even heating. The marketing says it can be used on any cooktop, including induction. I use induction heating for the majority of my meals. These pans do not work on any of the induction cooktops I have. This was misleading and disappointing.

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

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  • Non stick

    My wife and I purchased Two Copper Chef pans at Walmart. They did work as seen on TV and nothing stuck to them. I was able to clean them out with a cloth towel.

    On the fourth time use, I made eggs for breakfast and they stuck to the pan. I could not get the pans clean, and I washed them in soap and hot water and they still have stains on them from the eggs. I cannot get them clean. I later cooked burgers in them and the same results as the eggs. I sear my burgers to keep the juice in, and that requires a hot pan. I had a very hard time just trying to flip the burgers. They sure did not work as I was led to believe on TV.

    The pans seem to wear out quickly as far as nonstick ability. I do not recommend them if you eat eggs or burgers. That's all we have tried, and it's back to our cast iron. Don't waste your money on Copper Chef.

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

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  • The Copper Chef is good if you like stuck-on food

    • Vancouver, WA,
    • Dec 28, 2017
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    Horrible product. Food sticks, you have to soak to get it off. The Copper Chef customer support is horrid. The rep hung up on me after I asked him “isn’t this product supposed to be non-sticking?" Save your money and find something else. This is not a good pan.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Piece of crap!

    Whatever you do, do not buy this piece of crap pan!

    I used my 9.5-inch square pan 6 times now and everything is sticking, and it only cooks where the round plate is on the pan; the outside does not cook.

    I called customer service 4 times. Three times I was trying to understand someone probably from India; I asked for someone who speaks English and they would not connect me! This is a violation of Federal Law.

    On the 4th attempt, I finally got an English-speaking person and she asked me if I had prepped the pan as it instructs you to do. I said yes, then she said you need to repeat this step. If it still doesn't work for you, you can send it back, you pay postage, and add an additional $14.95 for a new pan. What?! Right there I've already paid more than what I bought the pan for, and what about this warranty for life? It's all a lie!

    Do not buy this product. It is not worth it; it is a total piece of crap!

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

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    • Dec 28, 2017

      Alexis

      Wish I had read this first. Thought it would be great for my induction cook top. No sticking but only cooks on the stainless circle. Glad I only bought the 11" square and not a set. Let's see how they are on returns.

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    My favorite pans

    I've had my set of Copper Chef Pans for about two months. I pretty much use them every day. I read the instructions before using them, seasoned them as instructed, I haven't had any issues with mine. The only complaint I do have about them is the handles getting hot, especially if you're cooking with two pans on the stovetop. Other than this, I absolutely love my pans. They're very sturdy and clean up is a breeze.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Not happy

    I also wish I had read reviews before buying these pans. The first skillet I purchased was great at first, so I bought the deep square skillet. I even bought a full set for my daughter. Now, even though I have been careful not to scratch them, everything sticks and they are awful to clean.

    I read that the return policy stinks so I won’t bother trying. I sure won’t recommend or buy again. Wouldn’t it be nice if the company contacted me to make things right?

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

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    • Dec 21, 2017

      Jenny Muir

      I use mine every day and now they are sticking to the bottom.

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