5 real copper and copper finish cookware sets compared
- Beautiful design will make this cookware the star of your kitchen
- The highest quality standards
- Inner layer of stainless steel ensures long lifetime and easy care
- 2.5mm thick copper construction offers exceptional heat distribution
- Handles can get very hot
- Lifetime warranty
You have probably heard that chefs love to use copper cookware. Copper is an excellent material for pans and pots due to its properties, and it also looks so beautiful in the kitchen!
Copper has great benefits but also needs a lot of care:
- Perfect heat conductor: its heat conductivity is superior to other usual cookware materials. It can spread the heat up to 10 times faster and for this reason, it reduces the hotspots from the pans or pots for a perfect and even cook.
- Safe for healthy cooking: it does not leach toxic chemicals.
- Elegant look: it is one of those materials that make all your cookware to look attractive and people choose it because it looks very elegant and stylish in the kitchen.
- Expensive: It is truly some high-grade cookware so it can be out of the range for many people. We recommend waiting for Black Friday deals when purchasing one.
- Requires extra care: You have to clean the cookware by hand, dry it properly, and polish it regularly to extend the life of it.
- Not recommended for high heat: High heat can damage the color of the cookware.
Most of the time, copper is combined with other components for more versatility and to obtain a nonreactive lining. Being a noble metal, it will react with food (like acids), so it’s necessary to line it with other materials, such as tin or stainless steel.
Tin has a lot of benefits. It is a lot less sticky compared to other popular materials, such as stainless steel or aluminum, although it is not as non-stick as Teflon. It is also more conductive than stainless steel. It heats the cookware faster and more efficiently, which is the main reason why people choose copper. Also, people state that there is no better flavor than the one in foods cooked in tin-lined copper. However, it requires special care because it is more delicate than stainless steel.
On the other hand, stainless steel does not need special treatment, so you don’t have to deal with the maintenance issues of tin. When it comes to cooking, the heat transfer is not as fast but users have pointed out that the difference is very little. The main downside would be that if the stainless steel lining gets separated from the copper, the cookware is done. Unlike tin which can be relined.
The two are excellent materials and they both improve the benefits of copper in the kitchen. Choosing one over the other one is a matter of preference. If you do not have total control of your kitchen and others may harm it unknowingly (for example by overheating a pot) or you simply want something that does not need such care, we recommend you opt for stainless steel. If, however, you want the fastest heat conduction and the best nonstick feature, go for tin. Just keep in mind that in the future it might need re-tinning because the tin plating changes color over time, it turns more or less grey. However, this discoloration is normal and it does not threaten your health.
To polish the tin, you can use copper polish or use the “traditional way”, which is lemon juice and fine-grained salt and gently wiping the copper with it, and rinsing with cool water. Tin-lined copper cookware needs to be treated carefully, being more delicate than stainless steel. Never use abrasive materials such as scouring powder, steel wool, or rough-side sponges, as the tin plating will get damaged. Never heat it empty or allow it to boil to a drypoint, as the melting point of tin is 230 °C.
Best copper cookware sets in 2020
1. Mauviel M'heritage M250B
- Set Includes: 1.9-quart Saucepan with Lid, 2.7-quart Saucepan with Lid, 3.2-quart Saute Pan with Lid, 6.4-quart Stock Pot with Lid & 10-inch Skillet
- 2.5-mm thick copper cookware allows unsurpassed heat conductivity and control
- Copper heats more evenly, much faster than other metals and offers superior cooking control
Since 1830, Mauviel has manufactured high-quality cookware for professional and commercial markets. Mauviel cookware is made in France, and it’s known for heating evenly and quickly. We believe this set has the best value because it is less expensive than Matfer, and if you want to save even more money, you can buy the pieces separately. If, for example, you don’t need two saucepans.
Set includes the following:
- 1.9-quart Saucepan with Lid
- 2.7-quart Saucepan with Lid
- 3.2-quart Sauté Pan with Lid
- 6.4-quart Stock Pot with Lid
- 10-inch Skillet
The Mauviel M’heritage 250 collection is a combination of 90% of copper and 10% 18/10 stainless steel. The handles are constructed of polished bronze with stainless steel rivets.
The 2.5mm thick copper construction is excellent for conducting the heat, and the stainless steel interior is ideal for all daily cooking needs.
Users have stated that the set is a breeze to clean and that heat control is what you expect from a copper set. It has also been described as the most elegant set. However, there have been minor issues regarding the lids and the bronze handles. The handles get very hot according to most and they suggest using potholders. As for the lids, some users would have preferred them to be heavier so they would not bend easily.
Mauviel cookware is guaranteed for life against any manufacturing defects.
2. Amoretti Brothers Handmade Copper
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Amoretti Brothers is an Italian firm that manufactures high-end metal products with a beautiful design.
We selected this set as best overall because if you are really into cooking and value the perfect flavor, there’s nothing like copper lined with tin. Even though the difference in flavor is subtle, it does make the difference. And this set, in particular, has a unique design with its flower handles. Another advantage is that lids are bronze made, and this has been an issue with other real copper sets we have described since most users remark that lids bend easily.
The set also includes more pieces than the rest, so you won’t be lacking any essentials. It contains the following items:
- 1.3-quart cocotte with lid
- 4-quart sauté pan with lid
- 10-quart dutch oven pan with lid
- 11-inch frying pan
- 10-qt Stock pot with lid
- 2.8 qt sauce pan with lid
The copper is hand-hammered and is 2mm thick for excellent cooking performance, and it has a double layer of tin for longer durability.
As for the design, the flower handles make it unique and beautiful. It is an expensive set but it truly is a cookware that will last for many generations.
Amoretti Brothers offer a limited lifetime warranty for this set and all of their copper cookware. It covers the replacement or repair of any item found defective in material or construction, but it does not cover damage from misuse or abuse, nonstick damage from metal or sharp utensils, nor normal color variations. Also, the cost of returning the product is up to the client.
This Amoretti set is the best expensive cookware set that you should buy.
3. Matfer Bourgeat Copper Cookware Set
- THE ULTIMATE 8-PIECE SET: Combines all of your favorite copper cookware pieces into one 8-piece set, including the Copper Casserole Pot, Copper Sauce Pan, Copper Flared Sauce Pan, Copper Heavy Saute Pan, along with all of their matching lids
- VARIETY OF USES: This set has a piece for every recipe and technique. Simmer your favorite sauces, saute foods like vegetables, seafood, and grains, and braise lean meats like brisket and short ribs, and much more!
- HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL: Combines the optimum heat conductivity of copper with the easy cleaning properties of a stainless steel interior, and the addition of even cooking thanks to its 2.5mm thickness
Mafter Bourgeat has over 200 years supporting the work of professional chefs by designing and producing durable and excellent cookware. We also included this set in our favorites to give you more options. For example, this set has cast iron handles instead of bronze. Some people prefer this because they don’t get as hot as the bronze ones and also, cast iron handles with extra heavy rivets seem more durable.
Another excellent feature of Matfer is that they polish their copper on both the inside and outside, and a polished interior means less sticking. However, this set costs more than Mauviel’s and does not include a skillet, so it did not make it to the best value set.
- 11-inch brazier with lid.
- 7 1/8-inch saucepan with a lid.
- 9 ½ inch casserole dish with lid
- 9 ½ flared saute pan with lid.
It’s been made of 2-1/2 mm pure red copper sandwiched to 1/10mm of 18/10 Polished stainless, combining the optimum heat conductivity of copper with the easy clean properties of a stainless steel interior. Brass and cast iron handles are hand-riveted for an artisan look and feel.
Most users have stated that even though it is expensive cookware, it’s worth every penny, and it is still more affordable than tin-lined. Also, the thick red copper material will enhance any kitchen.
If any item is defective in artistry, Matfer Bourgeat will repair or replace it, according to the warranty. You should know that damages from misuse or abuse are excluded and the cost of the shipping is on the customer.
4. Lagostina Martellata Copper Tri-ply
- Tri ply construction; Features an aluminum core clad between two layers of stainless steel which gives even heat throughout the entire pan
- Hammered stainless steel exterior: Beautiful hammered finish that adds a touch of warmth and elegance to the family table
- Premium stainless steel surface: Highest grade stainless maintains purity of flavors and is great for searing
Lagostina hammered copper products are carefully crafted and have an attractive look. This set has a tri-ply construction that consists of an aluminum core clad between two layers of stainless steel, with a copper exterior for a fast and even heating. It also has stainless steel handles fully riveted for a stable grip.
It’s the best copper finish set because it includes essential cooking pieces for a reasonable price and we found it to be the favorite of the customers. Positive comments in this one are excellent in regards to the durability. It also includes a sauté pan unlike Fleischer & Wolf’s set, and according to most users, food sticks less.
It includes the following pieces:
- 8-inch skillet
- 10-inch skillet
- 2-qt saucepan with lid
- 3-qt saucepan with lid
- 3-qt deep sauté pan with lid
- 6-qt stockpot with lid
Users have remarked about its long life and easiness in the cleaning process. They also like that the set has flared edges so it makes it easier to pour out of these pots without mess or drip. On the downside, being a copper finish set, some user feedback indicates that the copper layer could be thicker so the color would last longer. The discoloration is normal and it does not affect performance in any way.
5. Fleischer & Wolf Seville Series
- 8-inch frying pan
- 9.5-inch frying pan
- 1-qt saucepan with lid
- 2-qt saucepan with lid
- 3-qt saucepan with lid
- 5.75-qt dutch oven with lid
This cookware has also a tri-ply construction. (0.5 mm thick exterior copper, 1.3 mm thick core aluminum, and 0.5 mm thick interior stainless steel).
Positive reviews remark the heat control and retention, and also the attractive hammered effect of the copper finish (which does not affect the performance). It is very easy to clean and most people have proven the long life of the set.
On the downside, some users have stated that food sticks and you need to season the vessels first. Also, make sure to clean by hand because the dishwasher can damage it.
It is important to say that this set as well as Lagostina’s, doesn’t have a very thick copper layer. So the proper care and use that you give to it will have an impact on the discoloring.