Copper Chef Pan Review
- Copper Chef frying pan is oven safe up to 800F.
- Pan works on every stovetop, induction included.
- Copper-colored layer creates an elegant look.
- Price is reasonable but it has many downsides.
- Most users have stated that after very little use, it loses its nonstick properties.
Since it does not offer long term durability, we can’t recommend it as a good nonstick pan. It looks beautiful in the kitchen and it withstands high temperatures in the oven, but these aspects are insufficient for us to fully recommend it.
Instead, we recommend these similarly priced pans:
- Attractive design.
- Most users have given it great reviews regarding its cooking results and the effortless cleanup.
- It’s not compatible with an induction cooktop.
- Oven safe up to 400F, because it has PFTE.
- The majority of people have stated that its best feature is the long durability.
- The Granitestone pan is made of aluminum with a granite coating, and the durability of it is properly good, according to most people.
- Most users have stated that the cooking gets even and that the surface is not as easy to get scratched unlike Copper Chef’s.
- It doesn’t stand 850F like Blue Diamond and Copper Chef’s but it is oven safe up to 500°F, which is still pretty good, considering that your average cake requires approximately 300°F to fully cook.
- It is a 12-inch open fry pan to fit your everyday cooking needs. You can stir fry, fry, bake and sauté for you and your family or friends.
- It has a ceramic non-stick coating free of PFAS and PFOA, so it won’t release toxic fumes even during very high temperatures.
- The surface doesn’t get damaged with the use of metal utensils.
- The pan is aluminum made with a diamond-infused ceramic coating, which is basically a non-stick ceramic coating with a great durability.
- Safe-oven and broiler for up to 850°F.
- Durability for over 2 years.
- It has a hardened scratch-resistant coating that is super easy to clean.
- The pan is hefty and most users like this because they can appreciate the resistance it has to offer and its good quality.
- Pan is not PTFE free. PTFE is stable and nontoxic at low to medium-high heat, which is why the pan is oven safe to 446F or 230C.
- The pan is compatible with induction stovetop.
- Its “T-fal thermo spot heat indicator” consists on a pattern in the center that turns to a solid red spot when the pan is perfectly preheated for cooking.
- Dishwasher safe.
- It’s made of aluminum with a stainless steel base and a silicone handle that can be riveted without a potholder, which allows a comfortable and secure grip.
- PFOA free but not PFTE free (just like the Stone Earth), so always cook with low to medium-high heat.
You have probably seen this pan advertised on television and we are here to give you an honest review of it, based on good research. When seen on TV, it might look like the perfect non-stick pan, but that it’s far from the truth.
It does have its positive things. The pan works on every stovetop, including an induction cooktop. It is easy to clean by hand with any abrasive, and it is not heavy at all – it only weighs one pound. And you might be wondering “but if it’s copper made, how is it so light?” this is because it’s not actually real copper, but we will get to that further on.
Another likable feature of it is that it resists a very hot temperature without getting damaged – you will be able to use it in the oven at 850° F. Also, the design is very nice. It’s coated with a copper paint that gives it an elegant look.
So far, we have pointed out the good aspects of the product. But as many as seen on TV products, it has a downside that you don’t get to know until you use the product, and that’s what we will try to avoid by informing you what’s not to like about this pan.
The pan has been advertised as 100% dishwasher safe but this is not accurate. According to most people, washing it in the dishwasher is most likely a mistake because it will reduce its durability. It is better to wash it by hand.
Another one is the non-sticking capacity. I don’t know about you but when I read that a product is non-stick, I’m expecting it to avoid food to stick in it. It’s what the name says itself. However, if you are expecting this feature to be true in this product, it is not. For the Copper Chef pan to be less sticky, you have to follow a series of instructions described at the manual (such as seasoning the pan first with a high heat oil), and even then, based on most customers, food will keep sticking.
The lifetime warranty also has a downside that has not been described. It does not cover the wear and tear of the ceramic coating – which is the main issue stated by customers after little use. Also, if you can use the warranty for another issue with the product, you must return the product to Copper Chef at your expense. Customers have stated that it results even more expensive than getting a new one.
It also claims to have been made with a “new ceramic technology” that makes it more durable. Well, unless aluminum and an induction plate is a new technology, this is actually what it is about. All ceramic coated cookware consists of a metal (generally hard-anodized aluminum) that has been coated with a layer of ceramic. This pan is not the exception. It has been made with aluminum-coated by a layer of ceramic. The color is the result of a copper-colored coating and the bottom has a stainless steel induction plate for heat retention.
Reviews and Durability
We evaluated reviews from users and most of them proved the TV advertise wrong when they started to use the pan. The majority of people stated that after little use, the non-stick coating was wearing off.
- The ones that found it useful strongly advise the following recommendations to extend the life of the pan.
- Season it before using it with the recommended oils (coconut oil, avocado oil, peanut oil – never olive oil).
- Always cook with low-medium heat because the high temperatures will damage it quickly.
- Clean it properly by hand with a mild detergent in hot water with a dishcloth or sponge after every use. Avoid scouring pads of any type.
- Always use wooden, plastic, silicone or nylon utensils with it. Never use metal or anything that can scratch the nonstick surface.
While the previous instructions have worked for some, most people advise against it. Some have stated that even when they took all proper cautions, the pan lasted less than one year. Of course you also have to keep in mind that some people use it more than others, but in general, the durability of it was not well-reviewed.
Comparison with others
There are many advertised pans on TV that seem miraculous but the reality can be very different, as we described before. We would like to bring you a comparison of The Copper Chef with other as seen on TV pans:
- Materials: Brands such as Granitestone and Blue Diamond have also been made out of aluminum and coating, but you will find it with a different and maybe interesting name. As we could see, the Copper Chef claims to have new technology but it is mainly aluminum made, like the rest.
- Durability: Out of all TV advertised pans, the one that got better reviews regarding how long it lasts is the Blue Diamond pan. Copper Chef’s durability was found to be for 6 months maximum, while Blue Diamond’s was longer. However, the majority of people advise against these and rather spending more money but getting a better product in general.
- It withstands hot temperatures: The Granitestone pan is oven safe up to 500°F, unlike Copper Chef’s which won’t get damaged even at 850°F – this is one of the positive things about it.
- Induction ready: The Copper Chef Square Frying Pan has an induction plate that can be used on an open fire, electric, induction, and grill, which makes it different from the rest of the brands that are not induction friendly. However, its round cooking surface does not extend the length and width of the pan, so anything lying in the corner areas doesn’t get cooked evenly.
- Comparing the handles: Users have pointed out that when they cook with Blue Diamond’s pan, the handle gets as hot as the pan, for which they advise to grab it with a potholder to avoid getting burned. The Copper Chef has not been described as a dangerous product in this aspect.
- Cooking odors: These have been a common negative review in the Gotham Steel Frying Pan. Users have stated that they can’t get rid of the smell after washing the pan with dish soap repeatedly and they end up throwing it away.
The Copper Chef fry pan has a very reasonable price but according to most people it is not worth it to buy because it will get damaged after little use. The nonstick coating starts wearing off after some months and the food will start sticking, which is exactly what we are trying to avoid when purchasing a non-stick product. The good side of it is that, while the nonstick coating is still there, it is easy to clean by hand (you shouldn’t use the dishwasher because it will reduce its life). It also withstands up to 850° F in the oven and it works in an induction cooktop. Another positive thing is the nice and shiny look. However, negative aspects are stronger, and the general opinion is that it does not work as advertised on TV.
Our score: 2.5 out of 5