Kitchen life is not possible today without good copper cookware… Or is it?
Where can you find the best copper cookware in 2017 though? It’s not an easy job.
That’s why I have compiled a list of the best copper cookware 2017. Many hours researching and quality-approving these cookware sets have been put into creating this article, and I have narrowed down the list to the best 5 you can buy right now.
Best Copper Cookware 2017
Some of these cookware sets are not for everybody and have varying features for different people, but rest assured that they all good enough to make it to our shortlist of the top 5 best copper cookware 2017, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
1. Sertodo Alicante Paella Pan, 15 inch diameter, Hammered Copper with Stainless Steel handles (BEST Copper Cookware to Buy in 2017)
Sertodo Alicante is a well renowned brand amongst chefs worldwide mainly due to their high end cookware. For those who don’t know, Sertodo is also a leading industry player in quality copper cookware. The one we are reviewing today is the 15-inch Hammered Copper Paella pan, which is priced under $300 for all sizes, and is one of the best cookwares you can buy right now.
The pan is hand made in Italy, which means it has an aesthetically pleasing hammered look that makes it stand out in the kitchen and to guests. The shiny, sleek look is due to the traditional tin finish that coats the pan and protects the copper from damage, lasting this pan a very long time.
Do yourself a favour… If you’re going to buy any piece of copper, make sure you at least get a tin-lined one for your repertoire. The Sertodo Alicante is by far the best and most reliable tin-lined copper pan. This tin-copper combination is popular amongst chefs because the of the superior cooking results it delivers time and time again, and its non-stick properties. Also the handles are made from low-conductivity stainless steel, which is good because it means that your hands won’t burn when the pan is in use.
It’s wide 15 inch diameter ensures that it can fit a variety of uses, while looking stunning at the same time. Such uses include 6-8 person dishes, large crepes and pancakes, sauces, and so forth. The beautiful hammered copper is beaten from 100% pure 14-gauge copper, which is rare for a pan at this low price point.
The pan comes in three sizes at three different price points (click above to check it on Amazon). The one I recommend is the medium, as that is the most versatile out of the three. All of the pans, regardless of size, are oven safe.
2. Copper Chef 4-Piece 6-in-1 Pan System Set (Best Cookware Under $70)
This whole set allows you to bake, broil, fry, steam, sauté, and even roast; that’s how versatile it is! The Copper Chef is dishwasher and oven safe and allows for up to 800 degrees. It is very easy to fry with this, as the even heat distribution ensures perfectly browned and crispy foods every time. The set includes a specially designed fry basket so you can drain off any excess oil and enjoy your foods without the extra grease.
The Copper Chef boasts a five-layer build, which is unusually good for such a cheap cookware set.
- Induction Base – a stainless steel that heats up faster with the copper and retains heat for much longer periods of time, saving energy and money on heating costs. It also allows for cooking over any hob, be it gas, coal, or electric.
- Exterior – made from high-temperature copper coating (the star of the show).
- Aluminium Core – gives the pan an excellent heat capacity and distribution, which of course, means even cooking as no hot spots form on the pan.
- Base – layer made from non-stick ceramic coating, which means an easy clean up all the time. This also mitigates the need for butter or oil (or other nasty chemicals) if your’re trying to eat healthily.
- Double Top – layer made from polished ceramic for extra heat resistance. Moreover, it is PFOA/PTFE free.
But wait… there’s more! The riveted handles are extra strong and allow for high heat resistance and oven safety for up to 800 degrees. You can be sure that your pan won’t spontaneously snap. It also features a Helper Handle to make it easier to lift heavier dishes around your kitchen.
As you know, one of the benefits of buying the Copper Chef is that it comes with many accessories, so it can replace those large bulky individual sets.
- Fry Basket – specially designed to fry perfectly brown and crispy, while allowing you to remove excess grease after you have finished frying. Many other sets don’t include this basic accessory.
- Steamer and Roast Rack – gives the steaming and roasting functionality to the Copper Chef.
- All Around Cooking Recipe Book – enjoy the best of Eric Theiss, the renowned food expert and copper chef, right inside your kitchen.
- Tempered Glass Lid – strengthened glass can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees, and has ventilation, allowing you to go from place to place without losing heat.
3. Cuisinart 10-Piece Tri-Ply Cooper Cookware Set (Best for Professional Cooks)
Next up on my list is a massive 10-piece copper set from Cuisinart. For those who don’t know, Cuisinart is one of the oldest and reputable cookware companies, and has a long history of providing the best cookware products in the industry. This 10-Piece Tri-Ply Copper Cookware Set is no exception. It definitely has one of the sleekest designs for a cookware set, with the rounded bottoms and curvy handles. But looks don’t make the product great, right? Let us find out how this performs in the kitchen.
The Cuisinart Tri-Ply is an exceptional cookware set with regards to its performance.
The set has 10 pieces, which includes:
- 1.5 qt saucepan with cover
- 2.5 qt saucepan with cover
- 4 qt sauté pan with cover (and helper handle)
- 6 qt stockpot with cover
- 8″ skillet
- 10″ skillet
All the covers and handles are made from stainless steel and the handles are riveted, for that extra security strength. The rims also form a perfect fit with the covers to minimise the evaporation of the liquid from the cooking.
All items in the set are oven safe up to 500 degrees, with the latest Heat Surround technology for even cooking. A lot of copper is used in this set, and since copper is very conductive, the cookware in this set has extremely high thermoconductive abilities, allowing for quick heating. This is probably also the strongest set in the list, with the unique Tri-Ply stainless steel construction that you don’t find much in other sets.
4. Matfer 8-Piece Bourgeat Copper Cookware Set (Best for Seasoned Buyers)
If you are looking for cookware that has a classy, traditional design and is packed with features. The Matfer 8-Piece Bourgeat Copper Cookware Set is a win-win deal.
This set comes with a hefty price tag, but this is understandable given that is is made of 2-1/2 mm of pure red copper, sandwiched to 1/10 mm of 18/10 stainless steel. We all know the saying ‘quality over quantity’ and this is a prime example of that, so do bear in mind that the price tag is justified and if you are willing to spend your money on a cookware set that is very reliable, then check out the details for this one.
In order to protect all that pure red copper from heat and chemical erosion, the whole set is lined with stainless steel, which additionally has the added benefit of being much easier to clean than copper by itself. This copper-steel mix is also the perfect mixture of metals for uniform heat conduction, as they both have good thermal specific heat capacities.
The cookware set has eight pieces, and includes:
- 9.5″ casserole dish with lid
- 7.125″sauce pan with cover
- 9.5″ flared sauté pan with cover
- 11″ brazier with lid
5. Pentole Agnelli Gold-Plated Copper Pan with Nickel-Plated Cast Iron Handle (Best Copper Pan for Long-Term Buyers)
Look, I get it… not everybody is rich to be buying cookware that costs thousands, but believe it or not, serious cooks and restaurants routinely buy the best items available because they know that it’ll last in the long run.
Think about it: if you are a busy chef and you are cooking on a regular basis, your cookware is going to take a beating. A standard £200 copper cookware piece may last you a couple of months, whereas the £3500 one will last you forever. In the long run, which is more economical? The £3500 one! That’s a difference of 18 saucepans! Let’s have a look at it in more detail…
This premium Italian saucepan comes with enough benefits that you shouldn’t worry about its price point. Being premium, the makers have carefully designed it as a mixture of 4 of the best metals in cookware:
- Copper – excellent at conducting heat, distributing it quickly, and adapting to heat changes
- Nickel – allows for low thermal expansion and corrosion resistance, so pan doesn’t get damaged
- Iron – strongest metal known, ensures that pan will last a long time (more than the others)
- Gold – very unreactive metal, so your copper doesn’t rust and it is easier to wash (also looks gorgeously shiny)
The Pentole Agnelli features a wide 28cm diameter, and sports the most effective 4-metal combination known for cooking. The pan itself is based on copper, which is the most effective metal for conducting heat. This means that the Pentole Agnelli can change temperature very quickly, giving you fine-tuned control over the amount of heat you want to cook with. No more waiting forever for the pan to heat up! This of course makes the pan useful for braising or searing, as less thermal energy is used for heating up the pan.
A lot of people are concerned about the lifespan of their copper cookwares, but the Pentole Agnelli has the solution: Gold-plating. Every piece of copper is covered with a protective gold layer. The gold metal is unreactive so it doesn’t erode as easily as copper, which also makes it easy to clean. You’ve also got to admit, the shiny gold pan looks like it fell from heaven. This should be the dream of any chef!
Furthermore, the handle is made from iron, so you are in the most safe hands with this copper as iron is the strongest metal. You wouldn’t want your blazing hot copper pan breaking onto your feet because your handle was too weak to hold the food, would you? Of course not! The Pentole Agnelli’s handle is also nickel-plated which is one of the most corrosion-resistant metals, again to protect that strong iron handle.[table “7” not found /]
Best Copper Cookware Buyer’s Guide
If you don’t know, there are many benefits of using one of the best copper cookware sets on this list, instead of other metals, such as aluminium or cast iron cookware.
- Cast Iron cookware is mainly praised for its durability
- Aluminium cookware is known for its strength given how light it us
- Copper cookware is known for its superior heat conductivity
Only the best copper cookware looks fancy hanging from the kitchen walls, but copper is used for its performance. It is one of the most conductive metals, more so than cast iron and aluminium. This means that copper cookware heats evenly throughout, reducing the likelihood of hot spots and burning your food.
Another reason copper is the prime cookware material is that is is much lighter than cast iron cookware, but not as light as aluminium cookware. It’s precisely in the Goldilocks zone of cookware, being just right and making your cooking experience much better.
I’m not going to sugar coat it though: copper cookware has some obvious drawbacks. It is very high maintenance, requiring regular upkeep such as buffing to stop the precious copper metals from corroding and ruining the cookware. You must also wash and dry it immediately after use as it is much more reactive than other metals.
By far the biggest disadvantage is the cost associated with the copper. It is quite expensive, but what else can you expect for a fundamental part of any professional chef’s arsenal?
Look Out for These!
There are two main things to consider when buying a copper set: the thickness of the copper, and the lining.
Obviously your copper cookware can’t be too thin because that’s dangerous! The best copper cookware will have 2-2.75 mm of copper, with the latter being ideal. Less than 2 mm and the performance and integrity of your copper cookware is affected, and is best avoided. All the cookwares reviewed above have more than 2 mm of copper.
Most commonly, the most quality and premium copper cookware is lined with tin or stainless steel as the first barrier of defence against the copper corroding away. The best one to consider is a tin lining as tin-copper metal mixtures work really well and complement each other. The tin also prevents food chemically reacting with the copper.
Some people may consider plain copper cookware, which has some benefits, ie in beating. The chemical reactions allow you to forsake certain ingredients (ie cream of tartar) when whisking eggs for example.
Tin is preferred over stainless steel as tin has non-stick properties and has similar heat capacities to copper, allowing for even cooking. However, it is softer than stainless steel and requires more care.
Stainless steel on the other hand is very durable, much more so than tin. It may not have tin’s non-stick properties, but the fact that is is very easy to clean and is low maintenance more than makes up for it.
Wrapping Up – Final Words
The copper cookware market, and even the general cookware market, is littered with brands all trying to promote their ‘perfect’ item, but in reality, no copper cookware is perfect because different people have different needs. This makes finding the ‘perfect’ one for you a Herculean task. That’s where this list comes into effect, carefully crafted and researched to serve the needs of all types of customers and their price ranges.
I sincerely hope this list has helped you to choose the best copper cookware for you, from people on a budget to people who are ready to invest in their cooking experience. Do make sure to check out the products on Amazon to see the thousands of reviews and make a decision to purchase the best copper cookware for you.
Don’t worry too much about the prices because in the long term, a good piece of copper cookware will pay itself off with years of faithful service, which is what makes copper one of the best materials for cookware and makes it fun to use. In case you think I missed out on some of the best copper cookware, do let me know.