Copper Chef Square Fry Pan Set

Last updated date: October 25, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 101 expert reviews, the Copper Chef Copper Chef Square Fry Pan Set placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best Copper Pan for a detailed review of all the top copper pans.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
446 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The three pans come in different sizes, so you’ll basically always have a pan that is the right size. All of them are 1.5 inches deep, and have Copper Chef’s standard Cerami-Tech non-stick coating covering the cooking surface.
- Alice's Kitchen
May 15, 2019 | Full review
As pan-fried items are some of the most likely to burn to the bottom of a pan, this is a great set of cookware for anyone who is learning to cook with mixed results. Whether or not your food turns out great, at least the cleanup will be simple.
- Cozzy
However, the unique benefit of a square pan is the ability to fit more food into it compared to a round pan.
- Pots And Pans Place
November 26, 2018 | Full review
This is a nonstick pan which eliminates the need for oils and butter. The ceramic coat provides easy cleaning and even heat distribution. The coat also offers perfect heat retention for a great time
- Top Review Pro
What I love most about this set of griddle and grill pans is that you don’t have to (and shouldn’t!) use any oil while cooking with these pans, which makes healthy cooking a breeze. No matter what you put into these pans, it will slide right out!
- Do You Cook with Me
The product is really easy to use and practical. Besides, it makes sure you cook your foods well with a high-quality copper inside. The technology of CeramiTech layer makes the copper pan is healthier for you and your family. The square shapes just enable it to load more food ingredients.
- Domestic Marvels
What experts didn't like
Pans must use plastic or silicone utensils to avoid being scratched
- Cozzy
The second problem that confronts some users is a raised center. Hence, the oil will flow toward the edges. This could happen right out of the box. For others, they believe the pan has warped slightly with use to cause this problem.
- Pots And Pans Place
November 26, 2018 | Full review
Scratch easier than expected
- Do You Cook with Me
The pans are not too deep. Therefore, the product is not really recommended if you want to cook many ingredients at once.
- Domestic Marvels

From The Manufacturer

The Copper Chef was designed with a stainless steel induction plate that makes for perfect cooking on any surface. From electric, gas, ceramic and even induction cooktops. The CeramiTech non-stick technology, which is PTFE Free, means nothing will stick. Cook without butter, oil, or chemicals. The riveted handles allow for high heat and is heat resistant up to 850 degrees. Pan sizes- 8" and 11" Griddle Pan and 9.5" Grill Pan • The Stainless Steel Induction Plate means no hot spots. Allowing for fast, even cooking. • Ceramitech non-stick coating allows for easy clean up • Dishwasher safe •

Overall Product Rankings

1. Copper Chef Square Frying Pan With Lid
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 20
2. BulbHead Square Pan 5 Piece Set
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 18
3. Copper Chef Round Frying Pan With Lid
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 19
4. Copper Chef Square Fry Pan Set
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Almond Frying Pan
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Copper Chef Round Pan, 3 Pack
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
7. Red Copper 10″ Fry Pan
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Copper Chef Round Pan, 2 Pack
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
9. COOKSMARK 12″ Nonstick Frying Pan
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Copper Pans

Beginner cooks and professional chefs agree on one thing: copper pans are a gorgeous addition to any kitchen. These chestnut-colored pieces of kitchen gear look beautiful when they’re hanging from storage hooks, and it’s satisfying to cook a meal using this gorgeous tool. But these eye-catching pans don’t come cheap. 

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Why are copper pans so expensive? For one thing, copper is pricier than other materials. There’s also a supply-and-demand dynamic at work: consumers prefer aluminum, stainless steel and nonstick pans, so the cookware industry has shifted away from copper.

Copper’s unique heating qualities set it apart from other pots and pans.

“It heats up both quickly and evenly,” says Julie Chernoff, co-chair of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She’s also the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. “But that also means it doesn’t retain heat and cools off quickly. So, it’s not great for steaks, but it is terrific for sauces, delicate proteins and candy making.”

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Copper’s conductivity also makes it attractive for uses outside the kitchen — that’s why you see it so often in your home’s wiring and in consumer electronics. Since copper isn’t being actively mined and it’s needed to keep your home’s lights on, you’re going to pay extra to use it as cookware. 

The distinctive heating properties of copper don’t end with conductivity.

“Copper is also very reactive — meaning it’s not so great with acids,” adds Chernoff. If you want to add a squirt of lemon juice to your stovetop salmon fillet, don’t do it in a copper pan. Over time, acidity can cause copper to break down, leaching the copper out of the pan and into your food. 

Many modern copper pans are blended with other materials, like ceramic coatings or stainless steel induction plates, to make them more user-friendly.  This makes the copper pans tougher, reduces or eliminates the risk of leaching, and helps them hold heat for longer periods of time. Some of these copper-infused pans are even tough enough to withstand high oven temps.

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Copper pans can fill important gaps in your cooking. Classic copper pans can help you create sauces that break easily, like hollandaise sauce for your eggs benedict. If you’re tired of gnawing on overcooked fish fillets, a copper pan can be a welcome addition to your pan rotation. 

Now that you’ve gotten up to speed on delicate copper pans (and the delicacies you can create in them), take a look at our Tips & Advice for more buying hints.

DYWM Fun Fact

Copper creates incredible pots and pans, but it has dozens more industrial and household uses. It’s used to protect buildings from lightning — copper conductors channel lightning safely to the ground. It’s also very resistant to corrosion, and it’s used to create canisters that store nuclear waste. Copper is also very useful for medical tools: copper coatings on scalpels can conduct electricity to heat the blade, creating a self-cauterizing surgical tool. The Statue of Liberty is made from more than 80 tons of copper. Her copper construction helped her survive the long journey from France to the U.S., and it helps her resist corrosion from the salty North Atlantic Ocean.

The Copper Pan Buying Guide

  • Copper pans are known for their conductivity, but they’ve got to be the right thickness for that to work. “Cookware thickness should be 2.5mm-3mm for best conductivity,” says our cooking expert Chernoff. 
  • Copper pans can be tricky to care for, but once you know the basics you’ll be off and running. Look for copper pans lined with stainless steel — this will make them sturdier and less reactive. Since copper heats up rapidly, you’ll need to keep it on moderate heat or lower and let the pan do the rest of the work. 
  • Avoid putting your pan in the dishwasher. Instead, clean it with warm water and dish liquid. You can buff tarnished spots with a mild abrasive, like table salt. A little white vinegar will help restore a beautiful shine to your copper pan. 
  • Modern copper-infused pans don’t need the same kid-glove care as classic copper pans. Many of them, like the COOKSMARK 12″ Nonstick Frying Pan or the Copper Chef Round Frying Pan With Lid, are mixed with ceramic and have nonstick coatings for easy fried eggs that won’t get glued to the pan. They’re also a snap to clean. Others have built-in stainless steel induction plates for fast, even heating. Many are durable enough to go from stovetop to oven without a second thought. 
  • The shape of your pan will influence how much food you can cook in it. Square copper pans, like the Copper Chef Square Frying Pan with Lid or the BulbHead Square Pan 5-Piece Set, can fit a bit more food in them, so they’re great for weekly meal prep. You can also fit more food in deep copper pans with high sides. Again, copper-infused pans are better for these tasks.
  • Check out any accessories your copper-infused pan might come with. Tools like fry baskets, steamers and roaster racks will let you create almost any meal under the sun.