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 Copper Chef 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 Copper safe, it’s dishwasher safe so cleanup is a snap.

Whoa! That’s one feature-filled pan! But will Copper Chef 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 Copper Chef, 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 Copper Chef’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, Copper Chef XL 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 Copper Chef 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 Copper Chef 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), Copper Chef 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.

Regardless of which Copper Chef version we’re discussing, how much will you pay?

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Will You Pay a Premium for Copper Chef?

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 Copper Chef 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?

Copper Chef 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.

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 Copper Chef’s 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 Copper Chef.

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 Copper Chef 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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425 Customer Reviews for Copper Chef

Average Customer Rating: 2.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 108 4 star: 14 3 star: 19 2 star: 57 1 star:  227
Bottom Line: 32% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Went from excited to upset

    • Kingsville, MO,
    • Oct 17, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    My parents got me the set for my birthday in July. Now we are in October, and my round pan is losing the coating, and the set is no longer non-stick! I never used anything but plastic when cooking. And when cleaning, I noticed that each time I cooked with my pans, they changed!

    The non-stick surface changed color and worded less and less. Right in the center of my round pan where the color changed, that is where the coating has begun to come off! Food sticks so bad now, that I use butter or EVOO, and it will still stick!

    I replaced ALL my pans once I got this set! Now the one thing I love to do, cook for my family, is not as easy and will cost me money to replace. Money that I do not have!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    The greatness wears off!

    Wait until you use the pans all the time. My in-laws bought them for me. I used them for 7 months, and now they stick as bad as my $8.00 pans.

    I wanted to cook a breakfast casserole for my family that was staying over; my mother, sister, cousin, cousin's girlfriend, and her 2 kids. I put the pan in the oven as I usually do, and we only got to eat three-quarters of the casserole. The rest was stuck to the sides and bottom. I was so embarrassed that I didn't use the pans for the rest of the weekend. I called my father-in-law to let him know, and he was sad that my gift turned out so bad that he went to Sam's and bought me a new set of pans.

    Thankfully he didn't replace them with another set of Copper Chef. The other set works great. I donated the Copper Chef pans to the church to sell in the garage sale.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Sucks

    • Upper Marlboro, MD,
    • Oct 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    After a couple of uses, the pan has a few scratches and everything now sticks and burns. I ordered another because I thought maybe I was not careful enough so, like a dummy, I ordered another and once again after a couple uses, the same problem. I've never been so disappointed.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Product does not stay nonstick

    • Campbellsville, KY,
    • Oct 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought the full set at Christmas 2016. I am the only one in my household that uses the set. I always hand wash each piece after use. By February 2017, both of my pans became discolored and began to stick. Now when I use them, everything sticks to it. The larger pan has a chipped spot on the bottom, and I never use anything other than plastic spatulas. Very unsatisfied with this product.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Flunks!

    We wanted to downsize all pots and pans and decided on this copper kettle. We did popcorn, all sorts of fried food, and 1/4 section of the pot sticks badly, and the remaining is good to fair. I went back to my cast iron skillet! VERY disappointed!

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    I love my Copper Chef skillet

    I tried the Gotham skillet and it heats so hot that I burned it. It survived, but the second time I burned it, it was ruined. Then I bought a Copper Chef skillet, and when it burned I thought it was ruined too, so I soft scrubbed it with comet and a rag and it came clean; no scratches. I couldn't believe it. They didn't lie this time, but I am still trying to get used to controlling the temperature since it needs a low fire. It gets super hot on my stove. That's why I keep burning it. I needed a tough skillet like Copper Chef. I love it.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Terrible warranty

    I purchased my Cooper Chef set in May 2016. In September 2017, it formed black spots that would not come clean which in turn compromised the integrity of the pan, no longer allowing it to be stick free. I hand wash all my pots and pans. Cooper Chef would replace it if I mailed it back and paid for S&H, which when all is said and done, I could replace it locally for cheaper. Cooper Chef refused to send me a new one without me jumping through hoops.

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

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    No longer non stick

    I loved my Copper Chef Pans when I first got them, however, after each use the non-stick worked less and less. I now have to soak before cleaning most of the time. I use them for home use only and have followed all the instructions.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Copper Chef pans are not non-stick

    • Midlothian, VA,
    • Oct 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought a Copper Chef Pan based on the TV advertising, which showed fried eggs and other foods sliding out of the pan when done without cooking oils or sprays.

    The very first time I tried it for fried eggs, I cooked on medium temperature. When I tried to flip the eggs over, they were stuck to the pan as if they'd been glued. The clean up required vigorous scrubbing with a non-abrasive cleaner and soft sponge. None of the claims made in the TV advertisement seem to be legitimate.

    Don't waste your money on these pans. Their "non-stick" claims are completely false and misleading.

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

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    If only I had read the reviews first

    • Yorkshire, United Kingdom,
    • Oct 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was so impressed with the TV advertisement about the Copper Chef Pans that in May of this year I decided to part with my hard-earned money to purchase them. As a single Dad with children at home, money is tight, but because I had the option of paying by installments, I decided to go ahead.

    I was so looking forward to them arriving, and they arrived a few days later as expected. On opening them, they looked great. But then as I opened the extra utensils, spatula, drainer spoon, etc., I felt very disappointed in the cheapness and flimsy quality of it all. The chip pan drainer is ridiculously flimsy, and the handle comes off very easily as you lift out of the hot fat, which is very dangerous and I have never used that since my first experience with it.

    I followed all the instructions totally, from the temperature of the heat on the pans to the cleaning, even to the type of cooking oils to use. The pans are totally useless now. Within a matter of months, they have become discolored and scratched from the internal parts for the pans. Oh, they were non-stick though for the first few uses.

    These have to be one of the worst purchases I have ever made in my life. I wish I had never seen the advertisement and will never buy anything from this seller again. This was my first ever purchase from this place and will be my very last. Buyers beware! I wish I had read all the reviews first.

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

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Poor quality cookware

    • Columbia, MO,
    • Sep 28, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I booked bratwurst, apples, onion, and cabbage in the Square Fry Pan today on medium-low heat. While cleaning up the pan, I noted that the oil from the bratwurst had burnt on the bottom of the pan. Cleaning the pan was not easy as the advertisement states. As I was using mild soap and warm water to wash the pan, the copper coating started turning a medium gray color.

    This has been the worst experience I’ve ever had on an advertised product. I feel I’ve wasted my money purchasing it.

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

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