What is Copper Chef Wok?

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Feb 7, 2017

Billed as the first family-sized nonstick wok, Copper Chef Wok features a six-quart capacity, five-layer construction, and a stainless steel induction plate to help you roast, bake, stir-fry, steam, sauté, and fry twice as fast as regular pans.

This induction plate also promises to deliver quick, even heating with no hot spots—including the sides—and to work in the oven and on all stovetops, including electric, gas, ceramic, and induction.

Copper Chef claims Wok’s Cerami-Tech nonstick coating is PTFE and PFOA free, heat proof up to 850°, and can help you cook without using oil, butter, or grease. And when you’re finished, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Based on its size, nonstick coating, and induction plate, it certainly seems like Copper Chef Wok could deliver faster, easier family-style meals. But will it really cook them in less than two minutes? Are there comparable options that might provide more value for the money?

You’re here to find some answers, so let’s dig in by taking a look at pricing.

How Much Does Copper Chef Wok Cost? What Features Does the Induction Cooktop Provide?

The Copper Chef Wok will cost you three payments of $33.33, plus $19.99 S&H, or a single payment of $119.98. During checkout, you’ll need to choose between riveted long or casserole handles.

You can purchase extender rings for $19.95 each, which will allow you to steam vegetables and cook multiple foods at once.

With your order, you’ll also receive a bonus 10" induction cooktop that uses an electromagnetic field to heat the pan and features five cooking presets, adjustable time and temperature controls, and a digital display.

Additional free accessories include a roast/steam rack, fry basket, recipe book, and a glass Cook n’ Look lid.

All Copper Chef Woks come with a 60-day refund policy and a 1-year warranty (If it ever chips, cracks, peels, or blisters, they’ll replace it “no questions asked”), less S&H.

In order to request one, you can call Tristar’s customer service department at 973-287-5184.

How does this price compare to similar cookware?

Copper Chef Wok vs. the Competition

Search for a wok online, or even browse the aisles at your local superstore, and you’ll quickly realize there is a lot of cookware competing in the same space as Copper Chef Wok.

Are any of these options exactly like Copper Chef Wok? They didn’t appear to be at the time of our research.

Just because they're not identical, though, doesn't mean that you won't be able to achieve many of the same features. For example, you can find nonstick woks from national manufacturers and sell through well-known retailers for as little as $30—some of which also include see-through lids.

Pro tip: Since you’re in the market for a new piece of cookware, Serious Eats’ How to Buy a Wok recommends avoiding nonstick options:

“Most nonstick coatings cannot handle the high heat necessary for a proper stir-fry. They start vaporizing, releasing noxious fumes long before they reach the requisite temperature. They make browning difficult, and it's impossible to get food to stick in place against the wok when you want to clear a surface to cook in the middle.”

Fortunately, Copper Chef Wok claims to be able to withstand heat up to 850°, and since it's made with a ceramic non-stick coating, you probably won't have to worry about the associated "noxious fumes" (PTFE and PFOA).

Outside of this benefit, Copper Chef Wok didn’t seem to be meaningfully different than many other options, despite its meaningfully higher price. You could find plenty of third-party options with six (or more) quart capacities, long and casserole handles, as well as induction bottoms.

Let’s continue talking about this in the next section.

What Benefits Will Copper Chef Wok’s Induction Capability Provide?

Given the rather large difference between Copper Chef Wok’s price and much of the similarly featured competition, it’s difficult not to think that you’re paying more for the induction cooktop than you are for the cookware itself. But is it worth the added cost?

Instead of heating a pan using a traditional source like a flame or a hot coil through conduction, induction cooktops use a magnetic current to generate heat directly inside cookware, which then transfers to the food.

The benefit is that, when paired with the appropriate cookware (those with magnetic bottoms), induction cooktops can heat pans more evenly and heat up more quickly (a 6-quart pot of water heats about 2-4 minutes faster). And since there’s no heat generated, they can be safer and help prevent burned-on spills.

Fortunately, you’ll be able to use Copper Chef Wok on a traditional heat source, but unless your other cookware feature magnetic bottoms, you likely won’t be able to use them on Copper Chef’s induction version.

Taken together, while your Copper Chef Wok might heat up faster than a traditional version, we’re not sure it will necessarily cook food twice as fast.

After all, cooking times almost wholly depend on the food you’re cooking (vegetables vs. meat, for example) and the starting temperature (room temperature vs. frozen).

Are There Other Products In the Copper Chef Lineup?

The original Copper Chef Pan seemed to be a popular product at the time of our research, with 260 reviews and an average rating of 2.5 stars among HighYa readers (obviously, this is a small number compared to the product’s overall sales).

Most compliments referenced good cooking results, ease of cleanup, and competitive price. On the other hand, the most common complaint related to the pan referenced that the nonstick coating didn’t work as well as advertised (or at all, in some instances).

Outside of this, most other complaints referenced business practices like long shipping times, higher charges than expected, and less-than-stellar customer service experiences.

As far as other popular Tristar products like Genie Hour Glass, Clear TV, and Flex-Able Hose (in addition to ASOTV products from other manufacturers), common complaints tended to reference lower-than-expected quality and limited longevity.

Without having tested it ourselves, we can’t know if you’ll experience any of the same with Copper Chef Wok. But since it comes from the same company and claims to feature the same Cerami-Tech nonstick coating, it’s our duty to make sure you’re aware of the facts.

Is Copper Chef Wok Your Best Value?

While price is typically a great starting point for determining value, it doesn’t provide the whole picture. After all, if you pay more for a product that you immensely enjoy and use on a regular basis, it could provide greater value than a less expensive product that's infrequently used.

In the end, this means the value you achieve largely depends on the factors you’re focused on.

For example, is obtaining a six-quart wok your main goal? What about one that’s nonstick, or that features a see-through lid? In these instances, there are a lot of options that are meaningfully less expensive than Copper Chef Wok.

On the other hand, are you primarily focused on the fastest heating time possible? Or, are you looking for a PTFE and PFOA-free nonstick cooking surface? Do you want the most products for the least amount?

Pro tip: While Copper Chef Wok’s nonstick surface might help you physically cook with less oil, butter, or grease, it won’t remove these ingredients when used in flavorings and seasonings. In other words, you won’t be able to completely avoid them.

Nonetheless, in these instances, this Copper Chef Wok/induction cooktop bundle might be difficult to beat. Just keep in mind that you’ll immediately lose the initial $19.99 S&H if you’re dissatisfied, in addition to whatever it’ll cost you to ship them back to Tristar.

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