Finding a set of new pans that won’t break the bank (or that I don’t have to replace in a year) can be frustrating and challenging.
Berghoff cookware seeks to solve that problem by offering a variety of quality cookware sets at an affordable price. But each line has distinct features and benefits.
My #1 choice is the Earthchef Premium Copper line because it balances all the qualities I like in a pan. The stainless construction, copper core base, affordable price point, and even heating give this set a lot of value.
Which Berghoff line is right for you? Keep reading to find out more in this Berghoff review.
Berghoff Cookware Review: About the Brand
Berghoff is an international brand that began in Belgium. The company sells bakeware, cookware, and kitchenware in over 60 countries worldwide.
Berghoff manufactures its products primarily in the U.K. and China.
Berghoff has several different cookware lines, each offering its own unique advantages and materials. These cookware lines can be purchased online and in some box stores, as well.
One thing to note is that Berghoff cookware does have a somewhat gimmicky price scheme. The original price is super expensive but has been slashed through at a deep discount.
At a Glance
Berghoff Cookware Reviews
Berghoff Earthchef Premium Copper Cookware, 10-Piece Set: Best Overall
The Berghoff Earthchef Premium Copper Core set features a beautiful finish and comes with 10 pieces:
- 1.5-quart (1.42 liters) covered saucepan
- 3-quart (2.84 liters) covered saucepan
- 3-quart (2.84 liters) covered sauté pan
- 8-quart (7.57 liters) stockpot with lid
- 8-inch (20.32) fry pan
- 10-inch (25.4 cm) fry pan
Berghoff offers several cookware sets under the Earthchef line, but the Berghoff Earthchef Premium Copper set offers a stainless exterior and cooking surface. The base has six layers with a copper core for fast and even heating.
These Berghoff pots and pans have excellent, energy-saving heat retention, so you can cook food on lower heat and save money on the utility bill. The stainless handles stay cool, though.
This set swaps out a glass lid for a stainless lid. There are four lids that can do double-duty, so each piece can be covered, assuming you don’t use them all at once!
This cookware set is oven-safe up to 540°F (282°C). And to top it all off? These pans are available at a reasonable price, especially in comparison to other stainless cookware sets.
Customers liked the mirror-polished finish and the performance of these pots and pans. They did say that it requires some effort to keep them clean. Several users recommended Bar Keeper’s Friend, as well as a good soak after cooking.
Although Berghoff Earthchef Premium Copper Cookware is technically induction-compatible, buyers had poor results with induction cooktops.
- Stainless construction
- Tri-ply base with copper core
- Oven-safe to 540°F (282°C)
- Excellent heat retention
- Stainless lids
- Dishwasher safe (hand wash recommended)
- Poor results with induction stove
- More difficult to clean/polish
Berghoff Eurocast Chef Set: Best Ceramic Non-Stick Set
This Berghoff Eurocast Chef Set is one of Berghoff’s most popular cookware sets. You might have seen it before at Sam’s Club. This set comes with the following nine pieces:
- 1.2-quart (1.14 liters) saucepan with lid
- 3.2-quart (3.03 liters) covered stock pot
- 5-quart (4.73 liters) covered stock pot
- 10-inch (25.4 cm) sauté pan
- 8-inch (20.32 cm) frying pan
- 11-inch (27.94 cm) frying pan
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If you don’t need an entire Eurocast cookware set, Berghoff does sell a single Eurocast 10-inch (25.4 cm) frying pan. There’s also a larger, 12-piece Eurocast cookware set that includes an additional saucepan.
There seems to be some confusion regarding the construction of Eurocast cookware. The product description says these Berghoff pans feature heavy-cast construction. Some took that to mean cast iron since Berghoff does manufacture cast iron pans.
However, the pans are made of heavy-cast aluminum. Which explains why they’re lighter in weight and easy to handle.
The aluminum body is covered in a non-stick coating that includes ceramic and titanium. This ceramic coating is durable and Teflon-free, but you can’t use metal utensils on it. Stick to silicone or wood utensils.
Eurocast cookware is oven-safe up to 500°F (260°C). And the glass lids are oven-safe up to 400°F (204°C). The frying pans and sauté pan both have detachable handles so you can use them as bakeware.
As for the stovetop? Eurocast cookware has a stainless steel plate on the base that makes them compatible with induction cooktops, as well as all other cooktops.
This is expensive cookware. You’ll need a flexible budget to fit in Eurocast cookware.
Berghoff Eurocast Cookware reviews are mixed. Several people love these pans. They claim that eggs, meat, and even caramel just slide right out. Some even have tossed them on the grill to cook meat.
They’ve also had solid results with the handles, saying they stay firmly attached for the most part.
Others, however, have lambasted the quality, saying their pans are already showing signs of wear and tear after just a short period. And they haven’t had a good experience with the customer services department, either.
People did generally agree that these pans have good nonstick quality at the beginning. They liked the handles, although they did warn that the metal part gets quite hot. They also recommended seasoning these pans before the first use and periodically thereafter.
While these look sleek and have a cool name, Eurocast cookware is basically your average ceramic non-stick cookware. It will be fine for a while but wear out rather quickly. For me? I can’t see any additional value to justify the steep price.
- Non-stick & non-toxic
- Oven-safe to 500°F (260°C)
- Induction compatible
- Detachable handles
- Metal part of handles get hot
- Report of flaking/peeling coating
- Reports of poor customer service
Berghoff Manhattan Cookware, 10-Piece Set: Best Stainless Set
For that classic stainless look and performance, this Berghoff cookware set is from the Manhattan product line. The set includes the following pieces:
- 6.25-inch (15.88 cm) coverd saucepan
- 2.5-quart (2.37 liters) covered casserole
- 3.2-quart (3.03 liters) covered casserole
- 5.2-quart (4.92 liters) covered stock pot
- 10-inch (25.4 cm) double handle covered deep skillet
These pans are made of high-quality 18/10 stainless steel with a satin finish. They feature a glass lid with a stainless rim and handle. The side handles are ergonomic for a comfortable grip and have a hanging ring.
The three layer base gives these pots and pans even heat distribution and ensures compatiblity with all stovetops, including induction.
Food is more likely to stick with a stainless cooking surface. But unlike non-stick, this material allows you to cook on high heat, if necessary. And after cooking food, you can put wash pots and pans in the dishwasher.
This Manhattan set is surprisingly more affordable than the nonstick Eurocast cookware set. Unless you’re set on a nonstick cookware set, I would go with the Manhattan over the Eurocast.
- High-quality 18/10 stainless
- Induction compatible
- 3-layer base
- Ergonomic handle
- Not non-stick
Berghoff Vintage 10-Piece Cookware Set: Best Copper Exterior Set
For those who love the look of copper but don’t like the price of copper cookware, you’ll love the Berghoff Vintage Cookware set. It comes with the following pots and pans:
- 1-quart (.9 liters) saucepan with lid
- 2-quart (1.89 liters) saucepan with lid
- 3-quart (2.84 liters) saucepan with lid
- 5.75-quart (liters) stockpot with lid
- 8-inch (20.32 cm) deep skillet
- 9.5-inch (24.13) deep skillet
This Vintage Berghoff cookware line has a tri-ply construction. The aluminum core is sandwiched between a stainless cooking surface and a thin copper exterior. You can choose between a polished finish and a hammered finish. Stainless lids top off these Berghoff pans.
The stainless handles are ergonomic for a comfortable grip and don’t get hot while cooking on the stove. They feature a large loop so you can hang them in the kitchen.
While the copper finish is absolutely beautiful, it does mean you can’t put this cookware in the dishwasher. Berghoff recommends hand washing your Vintage pan.
Customers found these pans to cook food evenly and efficiently. They liked the beautiful finish and thought it looked great in the kitchen.
Copper and stainless are both heavy, so weight might be a concern. But one review commented that this cookware was medium weight and reasonably easy to lift and hold.
Some buyers had problems with yellowing and/or discoloration after the first use. Copper is known for changing color, so this isn’t entirely surprising. But it generally shouldn’t turn so quickly, and it shouldn’t turn yellow.
Cooking on low heat is one way to help prevent common wear and tear on a copper finish. Another is to be careful with storage. Hanging a copper-colored pan is better than stacking it.
One reviewer recommended Bar Keeper’s friend to remove stains and polish the copper exterior. Of course, be sure to clean each piece by hand.
Even though this Berghoff cookware is pricier than other Berghoff cookware sets, it’s very reasonable in light of the materials used.
- Beautiful copper exterior
- Tri-ply construction
- Fast, even heating
- Good weight & balance
- Hand wash only
- Reports of staining/discoloration
Alternatives to Berghoff
This All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware takes your kitchen to the next level. It comes with two frying pans, two covered saucepans, a sauté pan with lid, and a covered stockpot.
This set features a tri-ply construction with a stainless exterior and cooking surface surrounding an aluminum core. All-Clad’s D3 line offers unparalleled heating, both in distribution and retention.
Customers love this line. They like that it’s compatible with all stovetops and is safe for temps up to 600°F (315°). It can even go under the broiler.
This set is dishwasher-safe, although cleaning by hand is better. And the mirror-polish finish looked great in an kitchen. Just be prepared to spend some extra money for this level of quality.
- Made in the U.S.
- Beautiful finish
- Compatible with all stovetops
- Oven-safe to 600°F (315°C)
- Tri-ply construction offers excellent heating
For those who want a non-stick pan that you won’t have to replace in a matter of months, the All-Clad HA1 Hard-Anodized set has a hard-anodized aluminum construction with a non-stick coating.
These All-Clad pans have a gray exterior that looks nice in the kitchen. They work with all cooktops and can handle temps up to 500°F (260°C). They are dishwasher-safe, although I would recommended handwashing.
The stainless handles don’t get hot on the stove, and the glass lids allow you to monitor food while it’s cooking.
- Hard-anodized aluminum body
- Durable, scratch-resistant
- Fast, even heating
- More likely to warp than stainless
- Cleaning by hand is recommended
If you’re looking to purchase a new cookware set, the materials used is one of the most relevant concerns. Berghoff offers cookware in a variety of materials. Here’s a quick breakdown of the different options:
This type of cookware is scratch-resistant, durable, has superb heat retention, and can handle high temperatures. But stainless is also slow to heat and expensive.
Typically, the best stainless pans are multi-ply, meaning they have multiple layers that contain another highly conductive metal, like aluminum or copper.
Aluminum is plentiful, so it’s inexpensive. It also has excellent heating. But it can react with acidic foods and leach into food. It’s also susceptible to warping at high temps.
Non-Stick (Aluminum core)
To solve the reactivity problem, manufacturers cover the aluminum in a non-stick coating. You can find Teflon coatings or ceramic coatings. Teflon has the best food release and lasts longer than ceramic, but it can also release harmful fumes if overheated. Ceramic won’t release any toxic fumes, so it’s increasing in popularity.
Copper is not only gorgeous, but it’s the best material in terms of heat responsiveness. It’s great for foods that require precision, like delicate sauces and fish.
But copper is heavy, expensive, and high maintenance. It can also react with acidic foods. For some, those things don’t matter as much. But for most people, those are big drawbacks.
To make aluminum harder and more scratch-resistant, manufacturers began hard-anodizing it. This electrochemical process results in an oxidized layer that’s hard, durable, and less susceptible to warping. While cooking with bare hard-anodized aluminum is technically possible, this type of pan almost always comes with a non-stick cooking surface.
Berghoff Cookware Review: Last Thoughts
Ready to get a new set of Berghoff cookware? I found the best value to be the Berghoff Earthchef Premium Copper set. It has the balance of good performance, easy cleaning, and a reasonable price point.
If you have extra money lying around, though, the All-Clad D3 line offers unmatched value.