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A Comparison of The Best Copper and Copper Core Cookware

It seems like there are as many forms of cookware as there are recipes and both copper core cookware and copper are included in those options. If you’re looking for a great cookware set, then copper is one of the best materials you can choose. At the same time, it is one of the most expensive options so if you are money-conscious then copper core cookware provides most of the the benefits of copper cookware, and yet may be a more reasonably priced choice.

Advantages of Copper Cookware versus Copper Core

Copper pots and pans do have an enormous visual appeal, and can add a rich feel to any type of decor. But the way it cooks is more important than the way it looks sitting on your counter. There is no denying that copper cookware performs very well in the kitchen. In fact, it is the preferred choice of many professional chefs. Copper is an excellent heat conductor, which allows the user to have superior control when it comes to temperature. In a traditional pot there would be a slight delay between changing the temperature on the stove and changing the temperature inside the pot. This delay, however slight, could be the difference between burnt onions and onions that are perfectly caramelized. Copper’s heat conductivity means that it reacts very quickly to changes in temperature, eliminating the delay and leading to better cooking performance.

Another advantage of copper pots over traditional cookware is that traditional cookware has hot spots, areas of the cooking vessel that are hotter than others. Because of the heat conductivity, a copper pot will heat up evenly, eliminating the possibility for hot spots.

The weight of copper is another factor that gives it an edge over other forms of cookware. It can easily be lifted with one hand, but it is not so light that it doesn’t sit well on your burners.

The Disadvantages of Copper Cookware

There are two main drawbacks to copper cookware: maintenance and cost. Copper cookware is one of the most expensive forms of cookware on the market today, and once you buy it you have to put a lot of work into making sure it lasts.

Most copper cookware is lined with either tin or stainless steel, to keep the copper from reacting with foods. The stainless steel lining, while it is more expensive, is the better choice in the long run. If you go with tin lining, be prepared to replace it every few years as the lining wears out.

After every use, the copper pot must be washed by hand and carefully dried to prevent spots from forming. Even if you don’t use the pot every day, you still need to polish it frequently. If you don’t, the copper will corrode and you will find yourself looking for some new cookware.

Copper Core Cookware

If you’re looking for cookware that carries all the benefits but none of the disadvantages of copper cookware, then copper core cookware is a good alternative. In copper core cookware, there is a layer of copper between two layers of either aluminum or stainless steel. This means that you are sacrificing the visual appeal of those burnished metal pots and pans. However, you are not sacrificing performance. The copper still makes the cookware a great heat conductor, but the layers of other materials make for an easy cleanup. Also, copper core cookware is more affordable than copper cookware.

On the downside you lose the amazing look that copper colored cookware lends to a kitchen and household.


Copper is an excellent material for cooking, but you don’t need the whole pot or pan to be made of copper. Just one layer of copper between stainless steel or aluminum is sufficient for you to get the high quality performance you’re looking for.