Can You Use Red Copper Pans On An Induction Cooktop?

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

When I first started becoming a culinary writer (my first professional writing passion), I was shocked to find out that certain pan materials don’t actually work with certain types of cooktops. Wild, right? Red Copper is one of the more popular cookware brands for people who want to get a bargain buy. It might not always be a good choice. That’s why induction cooktops owners should ask about compatibility.

The vast majority of copper pans cannot be used on induction cooktops, simply because induction cooktops require cookware that’s magnetized to work. Copper does not conduct magnetism, so traditional copper pans won’t work. Red Copper brand pans are outfitted to be induction-safe, so you can use them on induction cooktops.

If you recently became the proud owner of a copper pan set, it’s good to know whether or not you can use it on induction. Our guide will explain it all.

What Is Red Copper?

Red Copper is not a material, per se. It’s actually a branded line of pans and pots that is designed around the use of nonstick copper. Red Copper is a budget brand that’s gained a lot of popularity thanks to its smash-hit informercials. You might’ve also seen their products in grocery stores.

The most common Red Copper product is simply known as the Red Copper pan. It’s a small copper nonstick pan that’s amazing for food prep and is available both in-stores and online.

Why Can’t You Normal Copper Pans On An Induction Cooktop?

Induction cooktops work by magnetism. The electromagnetic pulses that go through the cooktop’s surface are what heat the food. Without a magnetic (or at least somewhat magnetic) pan bottom, you won’t be able to properly heat your food. Steel and cast iron are both good choices for induction. Copper, on the other hand, doesn’t have much magnetic conduction. This makes them a bad match.

Is There Any Way To Use A Copper Pan On An Induction Cooktop?

Yes, there is a way to make a copper pan usable on an induction cooktop. Induction cooktops just need a little magnetism on the bottom of the pan to work. This means that companies can make copper cookware induction-friendly by just adding some magnet-friendly coating to the bottoms of their pan.

What Happens If You Use The Wrong Pan On An Induction Cooktop?

Induction cooktops are meant to be the safest in the industry. This means that you won’t actually get heat on your cooktop unless there is a magnetic connection there. So, while you might put the pan on the cooktop and turn up the heat, your pan won’t actually get hot. You’ll be stuck with a cold pan and cold food.

Using the wrong pan on an induction cooktop isn’t necessarily unsafe, simply because it won’t allow heat to transfer to the pan or elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to leave the wrong pan on the cooktop. It could potentially damage the pan that you have or the cooktop itself, or at least contribute to wear and tear.

Why Can You Use Red Copper Pans On An Induction Cooktop?

Red Copper is a company that makes an effort to make its cookware as versatile as possible. To ensure that their cookware works well across the board, they added an induction coating on the bottom of all their pans. They are labeled as suitable for induction cooktop use, and will work perfectly fine if they are used on virtually any cooktop.

How Can You Figure Out If Your Copper Pan Is Induction-Friendly?

Let’s say that you aren’t 100 percent sure that you have a pan from Red Copper, or if it’s a random pan that doesn’t actually have a magnet bottom. It happens, especially if you are a fan of going to yard sales.

The best way to find out if a copper pan is induction-friendly is to see how it’s labeled. New pan sets that are made for induction cooktops will mention that they are induction-ready. You also might be able to see the bottom of the pan’s magnetic coating. Otherwise, you can see if the pan heats up on the induction stove in a trial run. If it does, then it can work on an induction stove.

Can You Get A Red Copper Pan Set?

If you have a Red Copper pan, then you probably got it as a single pan at a grocery store or from a local cookware store. Most Red Copper products are sold solo. However, this is not always the case. Red Copper also makes several large-scale copper cookware sets. So, if you love the nonstick style of Red Copper, you absolutely can get a complete set of pans.

At the time of this writing, the largest copper cookware set that we’ve seen from Red Copper is 10 pieces, and it includes both their classic pan as well as a couple of pots. Most of their pots do not appear to be for sale individually at the time of this writing. So, it’s mostly their flagship piece.

Are Red Copper Pans A Good Purchase?

Honestly, I happen to think so. I own a Red Copper pan myself and have been using it for the past couple of years without issue. They are pretty good for a budget choice that has the heat conduction of copper as well as a slick nonstick surface. For the price point that they’re at, I personally have felt that they are an amazing deal. The fact that they work with induction cooktops is just icing on the cake.

How Much Do Red Copper Pans Cost?

Red Copper prides itself on being a budget-friendly brand, and that means that almost anyone can afford the pans that they make. A single Red Copper pan will cost between $15 to $25 if you get their flagship model. If you get a set, it’s possible to get a 10-piece set for as little as $75 for the entire shebang.

Related Questions

Can you put a Red Copper pan in the oven?

The flagship pan from Red Copper is entirely made of metal, which means that it is totally oven-safe. They are rated for safe use for temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can make quick and easy transitions from the stovetop to the oven if need be.

Can you use enameled cast iron cookware on induction cooktops?

Induction cooktops rely on magnetism in order to transfer the heat from the cooktop to the food. The good thing about cast iron is that it’s highly magnetic. This means that having an enamel coating over the cast iron will not negatively impact its ability to be used on an induction cooktop. Many top-rated chefs prefer to use enameled cast iron on induction cooktops whenever possible.

Are Red Copper pans okay on glass cooktops?

Glass cooktops vary so much, this is actually a hard question to answer. If you have a reinforced glass cooktop that has a track record of durability, you should be fine with using Red Copper. On the other hand, if you have a glass cooktop that has warnings on it against heavy items or even scratchy surfaces, then it’s best to play it safe. When in doubt, don’t use it.

Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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