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Calphalon Tri Ply Copper

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If you’ve never had the opportunity to cook using copper pots and pans then products like Calphalon Tri Ply Copper chefs pan will delight you.

Copper is a favorite material among gourmet cooks and professional chefs because it distributes heat so evenly.

You rarely get hot spots with copper, which means that you can do truly precision heating.

Add to that the overall beauty of copper and you just can’t loose. Pans like this look lovely just sitting on the stove or hanging from the rack when not in use.

Positive Features

Chefs pans, also called saucier pans are a must for any kitchen. True to its name, saucier pans are often used for making sauces, particularly reductions because they’re designed for slow, even cooking without sticking or burning.

They’re also ideal for dishes requiring a lot of whisking and stirring, or just for warming up some soup!

In looking at the Calphalon Try Ply copper chef’s pan it reflects the ideal design to meet all these elements in a good saucier.

Calphalon has wisely paired brushed copper with a stainless steel interior. Since it’s a full three quart pan, you can also use it to sear meat and sauté vegetables easily. Thanks to the stainless interior there’s no worries over high acid foods either. Stainless is non-reactive.

To this foundation the manufacturer added stay cool handles and a well-fitted stainless steel lid for effective steaming.


If you’re looking for low maintenance, copper pots are not for you. Copper requires on-going polishing to retain its shine. It also needs careful hand washing so it doesn’t spot. You can let the copper patina, but it still needs to be washed by hand every time.

Beyond this copper is a hefty investment, landing at the high end of kitchen cookware in price. Most people opt to buy their sets one or two pans at a time over several years. Once purchased, however, these pans last nearly forever.

Consumer Reviews

Consumers fell head over heels in love with the Calphalon Try Ply copper chefs pan. They love the style and finish of the piece – it’s very visually appealing.

The marriage of stainless with copper is also a big hit among buyers who like to make spaghetti sauce and other high-acid foods that couldn’t otherwise be prepared in an all copper pot.


  • 3 quart capacity
  • Brushed copper exterior
  • Aluminum inner core for durability
  • Brushed 18/10 stainless steel interior (no fuss, no muss!)
  • Flared rims for easy pouring
  • Curved stay cool handles
  • Oven and broiler safe to 450 degrees
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Strong riveted construction


$90.00 for a copper-stainless highbred pan like Calphalon Tri-Ply Copper 3-Quart Chef's Pan with Stainless Lid is really quite a bargain. I’ve seen some that go for over $200.

The customer reviews indicate that this pan performs exactly as expected and shows no signs of manufacturing problems. With all that in mind, it appears to be a very sound investment.

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