Pros

  • Easy to clean.
  • 100% PTFE and PFOA-free.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Compatible with most stovetops.

Cons

  • Inconsistent cooking results.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
  • Customer support isn’t great.
  • Too small for certain recipes.
  • Poor durability.

A good non-stick frying pan isn’t just about looks. It needs to be versatile, affordable, easy to use, and, most importantly, consistent.

The Red Copper frying pan claims to be all these things.

The pan is PTFE and PFOA free. You only need a clean cloth or a dry paper towel to clean it. It’s lightweight yet strong. And it won’t scratch, peel, or chip.

Plus, you can cook a whole host of dishes with this pan alone, from mac n’ cheese to breadcrumb toppings or even crispy chicken fillets.  

Sounds great in theory.

But in reality, this frying pan is exactly the opposite. It doesn’t deserve its hype.

Continue reading our Red Copper pan review to learn why.

How We Tested

  • Egg Test: Fry up to 50 eggs individually with no oil, one after another, until they start sticking
  • Prepare and cook Beef and Brocolli Stir-Fry
  • Cook Pan-Seared Salmon
  • Make Brocolli and Feta Frittata, starting on the stovetop, then finishing in the oven, before sliding it out of the pan
  • Have three independent testers make fresh pancakes
  • Wash the pan at least 10 times by hand
  • Egg Test: Fry another 50 eggs to see if the non-stick coating has deteriorated
  • Heat the pan to 400°F, then submerge it in ice water, and observe for warping
  • Bang the pan three times on a cement block to test its durability

Red Copper Pan Review

Red Copper Pan

We conducted several tests on the Red Copper pan to find out if it was good enough for our readers.

But our overall experience of this pan was similar to British weather. It couldn’t make its mind up. One minute it’d work like a dream, and in others, it would be terrible. 

This is a common theme throughout this Red Copper frying pan review.

Performance

Consistency is this pan’s biggest flaw.

For our first test, we started frying 50 eggs, one after another, non-stop, until they began to stick. By the 32nd egg, the pan had failed.

After a good hand-wash, we continued to cook other dishes.

Our next test was to cook Brocolli and Feta Frittata. The pan did surprisingly well for this recipe. It coped well with the volume of ingredients and handled switching from stovetop to oven with ease. The Frittata even lifted out the pan nice and easy.

So, we moved on to the next recipe, Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry. Which had mixed results.

The vast amount of food often spilled over the sides if we stirred too aggressively. And, despite our attempts to be more cautious, it left a huge mess on our stovetop to clean up.

We found that despite the pan boasting 10 inches of cooking surface, the actual useable space was limited to only 7 inches, which really restricted us.

The inside cooking surface is the most crucial part of a frying pan. But this 10-inch frying pan only had roughly 7 inches of cooking space!

We also didn’t like how uneven the pan browned the beef. 

Some bits of beef took 3 minutes to brown, while others took as long as 7-8 minutes. This meant some parts quickly dried out and became chewy.

Our independent testers then went on to cook homemade pancakes. Overall, the pan did well with this challenge. It achieved consistent results for the first time in our testing process.

Compared to the 50-egg challenge, it’s like comparing night and day. The pan did really well. Every single one of my pancakes came out like a dream!

Tester Comments

We quickly started to piece together a theory. 

The pan did well if it was needed for simple dishes needing less time. But if it was a complex dish that required long cooking times, then it struggled. 

And this theory was proven right. 

We conducted our final round of cooking, frying another 50 eggs one after another to see if the non-stick coating had deteriorated after continuous use.

And sure enough, the pan failed this test miserably. In fact, it started sticking on the 17th egg.

Now, the manufacturer does recommend seasoning the pan every 6 months. And this could be a potential reason why the pan failed the final cooking test.

If you have the time to constantly keep managing and caring for your frying pan, perhaps this is an ideal pan for you. 

But if you have a busy lifestyle or a hectic household, you want a pan that delivers consistent results. Or, at least as close to that as possible.

With this pan, you simply don’t get that.



Durability

The Red Copper frying pan is not durable.

And it’s certainly not helped when the infomercial claims the pan is “guaranteed to stay scratch-free, forever!”. 

We’re still scratching our heads on how they managed to run a car over it…

After 50 scrapes with a metal spatula, we noticed severe scratching on the surface.

This product failed every single one of our durability tests. It failed our ice test, our scratch test, AND our abuse test.

Every single time, it let us down.

For the ice test, we heated the Red Copper pan to 400°F and then plunged it into the bucket. 

We noticed warping along the inner surface of the pan. But what shocked us was how the handle became loose and disjointed too.

For the scratch test, we scraped a metal spatula on the inside of the pan. Surely it’ll pass this test, considering Cathy Mitchell herself scrapes a fork on the pan in the infomercial? Wrong.

After 50 scrapes, the pan looked battered and beaten.

Finally, we hit the pan against a concrete block for our abuse test to see how it handled it. Once we looked at it closely, we noticed huge bumps on the exterior and interior of the pan. 

And then there’s the non-stick coating. It started shredding off after we’d done this test.

Not great!

Nonetheless, we’re one for second chances. So, to be sure, we purchased a backup of the same product and started our tests again.

Even the second pan failed.

Now, is this an accurate representation of everyday life? No. Do we always expect products to make it through every one of our tests? Not always.

These abuse tests are designed to push the product to the limits, so you only purchase sturdy, reliable, quality cookware.

Some products will fail and still be excellent pieces of equipment for your kitchen, provided they meet specific criteria.

But unfortunately, the Red Copper pan fell well short.

And that’s not taking into account what occurred when we put the pan in the dishwasher. We thought we’d put it to the test considering on Bulbhead’s website, they claim it’s “dishwasher safe.”

Is the Red Copper Pan dishwasher safe? No. Needless to say, it disappointed us on this one too.  

In short, we noticed copper flakes coming off the pan. Some even landed in our tester’s dishes when they continued to use the product afterward.

But we’ll cover this in more depth later on.



Heating Capacity

Copper is an excellent conductor of heat. The material is a popular choice for cookware because of its even, quick heat distribution. 

But, the Red Copper frying pan isn’t made just out of copper. 

In fact, it’s an aluminum base combined with a ceramic coating that’s mixed with copper. 

Once you add another metal to a copper pan, it alters how it transfers and retains heat. [1]

And this ultimately affects cooking results. 

To rectify this, Bulbhead included aluminum rings on the base to encourage even heat transfer. But, even then, there are still problems.

We tested the 10” Red Copper frying pan with an infrared camera to check its distribution and retention of heat during our egg tests.

And what we learned was the pan heated much more quickly than others. 

We measured the temperature of the 10″ Red Copper Frying Pan on a medium-low heat. It heated quickly, reaching 200°F in under 1 min.

But, despite all of this, it struggled to spread the heat evenly. And as a result, we saw considerable inconsistencies in our cooking. 

Some eggs were undercooked, while others were cooked too much.

Just take a look at the graph below to see how the temperatures changed dramatically across the surface of the pan.

While testing, we noticed that the pan heated it’s surface unevenly. The left side was higher in temperature that the right, while the center was in between.

As an egg cooks, its molecules start to move about and collide. Eventually, these collisions become so intense that they cause the weak bonds holding the amino acid chains to break apart and lose the proteins. [2]

Sounds confusing? Let’s put it another way.

Essentially, for an egg to cook through, it needs a temperature of about 145-150°F. 

If the temperature goes too high, the egg’s molecules attach to the pan. If the temperature goes too low, the egg has too much water and keeps its liquid form.

And this is what happened in our testing.

We had some eggs that’ll give us a lovely bout of salmonella poisoning. While others were going to be the reason we were visiting the dentist.

Most of us can deal with the temperamental nature of teenagers, bosses, or even road users. But we simply don’t need it for our frying pan.

And this is just another reason we cannot recommend the Red Copper pan.



Cleaning

Nonetheless, cleaning is where the Red Copper frying pan started to shine. Slightly…

The manufacturer recommends hand-washing in warm water with a small amount of dish soap and then dried on a towel.

“The pan does an impressive job of lifting food off of it. It was quick and easy to clean.

Tester Comments

We didn’t need to do any serious scrubbing during testing, despite the harsh recipes we cooked in it.

Even burnt-on food would come off the pan, provided you followed the manufacturer’s instructions. However, to protect the pan’s surface, we would advise against using scouring pads or abrasives.

The major downside was in the dishwasher testing.

Small copper flakes and fragments starting coming off the Red Copper pan after we had tested it in our dishwasher.

The manufacturer claims the frying pan is dishwasher safe. Yet one of our testers noticed flakes coming off their pan shortly after putting it in their dishwasher.

Not exactly something we want in our food. 



Design

Fresh out of the packaging, we got really excited about this frying pan. 

The Red Copper pan looks excellent, with a smooth, copper-infused ceramic surface and shiny metal handles.

We love the fact the pan is completely free of PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene) and PFOA (PerFluoroOctanic Acid). These hazardous substances have severe impacts on human health and the environment.

Related: What Is Teflon? Is It Safe or Dangerous?

Nonetheless, our enthusiasm quickly changed when we learned the pan needed seasoning before its first use. 

Seasoning correctly can make or break reliability and give you inconsistent cooking results. 

But having consistent cooking is crucial, especially with foods such as chicken, due to the risk of salmonella if it’s not cooked through enough.

To season the red copper pan, the manufacturer recommends:

  • Spread a light coating of vegetable oil over the entire surface of the pan
  • Place the pan in a preheated oven at 300°F for 20 minutes
  • Let it cool completely
  • Remove excess oil with a paper towel or cloth

We followed these instructions to the letter. But we couldn’t help but feel they were pretty basic. 

They didn’t inspire confidence in the product, especially if you’re a beginner. And this got us thinking about some of the pan’s negative reviews from its customers.

Most negative reviews stem from how the non-stick coating deteriorates quickly. Some even mention how they’ve followed the manufacturing instructions to the letter.

But still no luck!

Now obviously, we can’t simply take their word for it. 

But, having clear, detailed instructions can help guide customers through the seasoning process and eliminate any margins for error. After all, who’s better than the manufacturers themselves to advise us.

You’d follow their instructions if it meant improving the durability of your product… right? 

Even one of our independent testers with no cooking experience found the instructions vague. So much so that they had to find out more information online. 

“I really struggled with the seasoning. I didn’t want to ruin the pan before I’d even started, so I found a couple of YouTube videos to help me. To be honest, I found the instructions on the pan pretty basic.”

Tester Comments

There wasn’t much thought put into where the instructions were either. 

In fact, we nearly threw out the instructions. So we could understand why some customers were experiencing issues with their red copper pans. 

Luckily, we realized they were located on the back of the packaging.

But it’s a simple mistake to make, and one we’re sure customers will make.

The manufacturing instructions for seasoning and care are found on the back of the packaging.

Most testers loved how light the Red Copper pan was. 

It weighs only 1.5 lbs, much lighter than products like the Gotham Steel Titanium Frying Pan, which weighs 2.49 lbs. This made it easy to cook our Broccoli and Feta Frittata when we needed to maneuver from stovetop to cooker or vice versa.

The handle has two rivets to help support the weight in the pan and a hole at the end for hanging. This is useful if you struggle for space in your kitchen.

But right off the bat, you’ll notice the handle’s uncomfortable sharp, squared-off edges. 

These edges quickly dig into your palm and make it challenging to flip eggs or move the pan when cooking weighty dishes. 

And then there’s the issue of heat.

We were disappointed when we noticed the handle heated up while we were using it.

During our 50-egg test, we noticed the handle heated up. While this might be only slightly, we were disappointed because it states on the packaging, “Handle remains cool when used on the stovetop.” 

This again didn’t inspire much confidence in the product.



Price

The Red Copper pan doesn’t break the bank. In fact, most of its competitors can’t match it.

This pan is part of a cookware collection containing a variety of frying pans, saute pots, steamers, and a popular square frying pan. 

The different red copper cookware items are:

  • 8” Copper-Infused Frying Pan
  • 10” Copper-Infused Frying Pan
  • 12” Copper-Infused Frying Pan
  • 9.5” Red Copper Square Pan
  • 1.5 Quart Sauce Pot (With Lid)
  • 2.5 Quart Sauce Pot (With Lid)
  • 6 Quart Sauce Pot (With Lid)
  • Aluminium Steamer Insert

The range also has a non-stick omelet pan available.

Unfortunately, the term “you get what you pay for” comes to mind when we think of this range. 

We strongly feel these products won’t last long. And this is especially true for the Red Copper 10 Inch Frying Pan.

Nonetheless, many customers recommend the product range according to Amazon. 

We checked the review ratings for each product to see how customers felt about them. Despite the negative reviews, most customers recommend Red Copper cookware.

In fact, in May 2022, the Red Copper 10” Frying Pan had 2,766 ratings, with over 85% of customers rating it 4 stars or above.

But despite its high ratings, we still feel the red copper cookware range isn’t worth the money.

Considering our physical tests, not to mention the negative reviews we found during our extensive research, we wouldn’t recommend the range even if it was free.

Yes, the manufacturer does offer a lifetime warranty.

But even then, customers share experiences where they’re only offered an exchange rather than a refund (even though Bulbhead’s website states you can get a full refund).

Bruce at Bulbhead tells me that to replace the pan under the “lifetime warranty” I had to pay them $9.99 for the replacement… The net cost would be more than the price of the pan. Before you entertain any thought of buying any product from Bulbhead, please see the cut and paste below from their website.

Ray, Reviewing the Red Copper Pan on Amazon.

It’s safe to say we won’t be recommending the product, even without considering the poor results in our tests and analysis.



Red Copper Pan Alternatives

If you’ve changed your mind about the Red Copper frying pan, you can consider several other alternatives.

Cooper Chef 9-Pc Cookware Set

Consider this set if you’re still after elegant, convenient copper cookware for your kitchen. They’re PTFE-free, easy to clean, and consistent in performance.

The Copper Chef brand is less durable than other products. But the higher price tag gives you much more for your money.

All-Clad Copper Core 12 Inch Fry Pan

Lightweight, spacious, and responsive are all words we’d use to describe this frying pan. It’s induction compatible because of its use of ferromagnetic steel.

And it is one of the best pans we’ve tested for its distribution and conduction of heat.

Mauviel M’Heritage M’200Ci 11.9 Inch Frying Pan

This beautiful French-styled frying pan is one of our top recommendations because of its large cooking surface and open sides. It’s a pan that handles most jobs well and responds quickly to heat for perfect results.

It’s a little on the heavier side but makes up for it in its durability and quality.



Should You Buy A Red Copper Frying Pan?

Honestly, as of right now, no.

The Red Copper pan could be ideal for cooking for yourself or a loved one.

But even then, we’d advise against it.

There are plenty of positive reviews online. But, there are also enough negative stories from customers who have actually bought the pan to consider alternatives.

And it’s a shame, considering all the hype surrounding it. We tested the pan’s durability, heating distribution, ease of use, and design. And every time, it let us down or fell short.

You don’t need the hassle.

That being said, you don’t have to simply take our word for it. If you have the spare cash and want to try it yourself, it won’t break the bank.

But there are much better alternatives out there. If you want to find some better options, read our all-clad copper core review or our made in carbon steel review. 

Specs

Product NameRed Copper 10 Inch Frying Pan
BrandBulbhead
Model Number10687
MaterialCopper
Cooking Surface7-10 inches
Weight1.5 lb
WarrantyLifetime
Written by
James Fuller

Hey I'm James, the one who started Purely Cookware. All my life, I've been lucky enough to bond with family around the dinner table. And I will be using this website to teach you how you can do the same.