UPDATE 9/11/2017: We still love this pan. It is my wife’s “go to” pan for many meals. She just commented yesterday that she loves the Copper Chef pan and the high sides because the high sides keep grease and other splatters to a minimum. Also, the pan is so easy to clean – just wipe out with a paper towel. She also uses soap and water – doesn’t like the idea of just wiping it out. Our pan still looks like new. No scratches except a few on the bottom from rubbing on the grates. The original price I paid was $75. Saw the 4 piece set for $60 today – the price may change by the time you read this. Here is the link to see the current 4 piece price. Upped rating from 4 to 5 stars due to the pan holding up and still performing so well.
I just saw on Amazon that the 5 piece set is on sale for $65 (as of this writing). Here is the link to check it out – Check price here. Great deal!
UPDATE 9/4/2016: As pointed out in user comments below, the Copper Chef Square Pan is copper-colored aluminum. I don’t know if the ceramic coating on the inside will prevent any harmful effects of the aluminum. Just wanted to point this out. Tristar does claim “100% Safe: PFOA, PTFE, and PFOS-Free.”
UPDATE 7/22/2016 – upped rating from 3 to 4 stars
I am liking this pan more and more. My wife loves it and more often than not grabs it for whatever she is cooking for dinner. Very easy clean-up. I made popcorn in it last night to test it out – to see if it popped the corn like in the commercial with no butter or oil. It worked! I preheated the pan on the burner on med-high for about 30 seconds, put 1/3rd cup of popcorn kernels in the pan (1/3rd cup only made enough for one person – next time I will use 1/2 cup or more). They tended to roll off to the sides since the middle is slightly higher. Within two minutes the popcorn started to pop and after three minutes I had fresh, popped popcorn. No oil or butter. I did add salt so it wasn’t totally a healthy snack! I’ll post a video of making the popcorn soon. Easy clean-up, just wiped with paper towel. I upped my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars.
My Experience with the Copper Chef Square Pan
I’m a sucker for “As Seen on TV” infomercials. They make the product look irresistible. The Tristar Products Copper Chef Pan is no exception. On the commercial, eggs slide around, even melted cheese doesn’t stick. It is a frying pan and a pan you can bake in. Square with high sides so you can do a lot with this pan.
I bought the Copper Chef Square Pan for my wife as a birthday present. We both were wowed by the TV commercial. She was out of town this weekend so I took it for a test drive. First, I cooked tilapia fish & broccoli. Then this morning I made a Monte Cristo sandwich – a ham & swiss cheese on french toast – normally deep fried. Instead of ham, I used thinly sliced turkey. Instead of deep fried, I cooked in the Copper Chef pan.
We got the 4 piece set which includes the Square Pan, glass top, steamer insert, fryer basket and a recipe book with a dozen or so recipes. The cost was $75. The next package up also included a Square Fry Pan for $105. Ours did not come with the utensils shown in some ads.
- Ceramic-tech non-stick coating allows for easy clean up. Cook without butter and oil
- The Stainless Steel Induction Plate means no hot spots. Allowing for fast, even cooking
- Heat Resistant Up To 800 Degree, Dishwasher Safe
- 4 Piece Set includes Pan size- 9 1/2 inches- 4.5 Quarts, Glass Lid, Fry Basket, Steam Rack, Recipe Book
- 100% Safe: PFOA, PTFE, and PFOS-Free
See my first impression videos below for cooking fish and cooking a Monte Cristo sandwich. (Sorry for the quality – I was holding my small video camera with one hand while trying to cook. 🙂 )
When the Copper Chef Pan arrived from Amazon, we were a little disappointed. It seemed smaller than it looked on TV. Also, it is lightweight, which can be good – but it feels like copper colored aluminum. Quality didn’t feel like a $75 pan.
Cooking my first meal, tilapia fish & frozen broccoli, I was fairly impressed. Nothing stuck to the pan, everything cooked evenly. Cleanup was a breeze. So far so good.
Cooking the Monte Cristo french toast sandwich also was a positive experience overall. When cooking the extra egg batter to make scrambled eggs omelet style, I was disappointed that the eggs did not slide around on the pan like in the commercial. They didn’t stick to the bottom, they just didn’t slide.
The heat was not evenly distributed on the Copper Chef pan like the advertising claims. It was hotter in the middle which cooked the eggs faster there and left the eggs runny along the edges.
The center of the pan bottom is slightly higher which caused the egg batter and the melted butter used the night before with the fish, run toward the outer edges of the pan.
Cleanup was easy. Everything wiped off with a paper towel. Then I washed with soap and water to complete the cleanup.
My cooking videos
Cooking tilapia fish
Cooking a Monte Cristo Sandwich in the Copper Chef Square Pan
My initial impression of the Tristar Copper Chef Square Pan is it is OK. Not a “WOW!” factor. Probably not worth $75. I have used nice T-Fall pans that food did not stick to that cost much less. The square design with high sides is nice – makes it more versatile. Plus the fact you can put it in the oven and bake in it is nice. Time will tell if it holds up or loses it’s luster just in time for the next As Seen on TV next best thing comes on!
Should you buy it? Maybe. Read more reviews on Amazon (click here) and decide for yourself. As of this writing, the Tristar Copper Chef Pan gets a 4.5 star rating by over 450 reviews. To me, it is not a 4.5-star product. 3-stars mean it is OK, not so bad that you shouldn’t get one, just don’t have too high of expectations. [see Update at top of post – I raised from 3-stars to 4-stars.] We will probably keep it. If it was $40 it would be a good buy. Let me know your experience with the Copper Chef pans – this square one and the others.
NOTE: Just upped it another star to 5 star. Price has dropped and the pan has held up very well. (See updates at the top of this review)
More to Come
I will update this review in the near future once I have used the pan more. I will also share my wife’s take on the pan; she’s the chef around here! I wanted to get this review up asap since infomercials are running and you may be like me and want an honest review of how the Copper Chef pan is and if it is worth the investment. Too early to weigh in on both of those. For now, this has been my initial impression.