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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478 Consumer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Consumer Rating: 2.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 114 4 star: 15 3 star: 20 2 star: 66 1 star:  263
Bottom Line: 30% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Very disappointed

    I received the whole set of pans and baking set of Copper Chef for Christmas (2017), and after four months my pans have scratches inside and the baking pans have discolored. My sons spent over $200.00 on these pans, and now I am looking for something that stands by their word and has a guarantee to back up good results, and lasting quality. Copper Chef should not lie about their product because the pans do not do as they are advertised.

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

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  • Junk

    Save your money. After one year this pan (I have two) is sitting in my sink soaking. Everything sticks except water! And I don't abuse them, I take care of them per instructions. By the way, the induction plate that I bought with the XL pan is too small to cook with. It won't heat up.

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

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  • Major problem

    • Norton, MA,
    • May 10, 2018
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    I just suffered a rivet failure. A cap from the top of the rivet on the inside of the pan just exploded and hit my wife in the back so hard that it knocked her across the kitchen and into the table. It left a red welt on her upper back. The way the pan was facing, it must have ricocheted off the wall before hitting her. It was like a gun went off. I’m not happy!

    I have pictures if anyone is interested.

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

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  • Pans

    I purchased a round/oval pan, not that awful long ago, and absolutely HATE it, eggs especially stick, amongst others! I have noticed an extra warm spot on the pan that heats up hotter than the other parts, uneven cooking. I will not purchase another. I have had better luck with Walmart's $20 for three pans. And will tell my friends/family to never buy one.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Starts well then begins to fail

    • Malaga, Spain,
    • May 3, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the Copper Chef nonstick pan from Amazon in October 2017. It started off great, you can cook a whole chicken in it and just rinse the pan in warm water to clean. Now six months on, the pan will not clean as before, and it is losing its nonstick properties. Disappointing really, as the nonstick properties are the reason why we purchased it.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Bad quality

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Apr 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the 11-inch pan from a store, and only after a few times making sunny side up eggs, it started getting stuck to the pan, and very hard to clean it. Actually, the eggs started burning on the bottom. I tried to get a refund from the Copper Chef, however, they said I have to send my pan to them, then pay them $19.99 for a replacement.

    They said they will not refund the money. So hell to this product!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    NOT non-stick for life

    I was so excited to get the Copper Chef pans for Christmas. At first, they worked amazingly and I loved them! I cleaned and used the pan exactly as directed. I seasoned the pan before using, not using olive oil in it, not using non-stick sprays, using only plastic utensils, cleaning gently with a cloth and every other method they give as an option. I've been using the pan for four months now, and it is NOT a non-stick pan any longer. When I cook anything in it, a sticky burnt on film coats around the middle of the pan that is nearly impossible to get off...and has become a nightmare to try and clean! I love the square shape of the pan, it cooks evenly, but does not stay non-stick for long and is becoming a pan I really don't want to use because of how difficult it is to clean after use. I am disappointed in the product.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Six months of non-stick is all you get

    I bought the 10-piece set for myself and two more sets for other family members as a gift. They experienced the same as I. Six months of the non-stick feature, and then the cookware turned evil and everything sticks, even after spraying with PAM. I will never buy another thing from Copper Chef.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    If you have a new gas stove, don't buy!

    My daughter and friends all wet crazy for Copper Chef pans and all their products, so I went and bought some, and they were terrible. But in all fairness, I have a gas stove, and they cooked everything terrible. I took pictures, and I'll be putting them on my Facebook page so you can see. My daughter and friends still think they are the greatest, but I'll stick with cast iron!

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

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    • Apr 24, 2018

      Annette

      I also got my skillet for Christmas in 2017, and it is also out of use, as everything burns and is now black with stuff. I was going to call Copper Chef for a replacement but it sounds like there is no use. I'm saddened that it has not produced as promised.

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef pan

    I have fallen in love with my Copper Chef, and since then, it does most of the cooking. I have time to prepare other goodies without worrying about it. Copper creates a natural purification in water too. It's awesome! P.S. I have been a cook for 33 years, so trust me!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Loving Copper Chef

    • Demotte, Indiana,
    • Apr 1, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I been reading these reviews and can not understand what people are doing wrong with these fabulous pans, I have everyone that has been made and nothing sticks to them. I think one of the biggest mistakes people are not reading the instructions to “season” the pans before first use and sounds like some are using wrong oil.

    I never put my Copper Chef pans in the dishwasher because the detergents can strip the finish or even ruin the pans since the government banned some soaps ingredients like cascade which has ruined many bakeware pans of mine, rust my silverware, etc.

    I wash my CopperC hef by hand or even just wipe it out with Scott Towel. I also have never heard of a lid shattering, I use my lids all the time and never had this kind of problem. I find it kind of odd to read all the problems when I and my family & friends have no problems.

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

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