Belgique is a lesser known brand and is making its way internationally with the backing of the Macy’s department store chain.
Is Belgique cookware worth it?
In this buying guide we will explore their nonstick hard anodized and stainless steel cookware in our Belgique cookware reviews to help you determine if they are right for you and your kitchen.
Belgique Cookware Reviews
Belgique Stainless Steel Cookware
- Angled handles with hang holes for easy storage and use
- Oven safe to 450 degrees
- Induction Compatible
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with stainless steel cookware.
However, the lack of surgical grade stainless in this Belgique’s stainless steel set might be a deal breaker for some.
Stainless steel comes in a variety of grades, and 18/10 is a grade notable for its strength and durability.
Typically there is a permanent impression, or stamp, made on the cookware to let consumers know what quality of steel was used for construction. This Belgique set doesn’t come with that quality stamp.
This set comes with a steamer insert, which is one of the pieces we tend to look for when comparing cookware sets.
It’s nice that Belgique has included something with a specific purpose rather than just a pot or pan of a different size that you won’t use.
Belgique claims that the angled handles are nicer to use on a stove. They certainly aren’t worse than anything else, but we can’t see how they’re an improvement.
In any case, you’ll want to have a set of potholders handy for any prolonged cooking, as the metal handles can get hot. The holes for hooks are nice and glass lids are a pleasant consideration.
The stainless cooking surface of this set requires a bit of oil and careful temperature control to prevent food from sticking. Best of all, the surface won’t wear off like a nonstick coating.
With most stainless steel cookware, you might occasionally have to clean it with some vinegar or a mild abrasive to restore its luster. Check out our stainless steel cookware guide for more information and tips.
We consider the Belgique stainless set to be, overall, in the low to mid-range in terms of stainless cookware and might suit budget conscious home cooks.
Belgique Hard Anodized Cookware
- Nonstick cooking surface
- Hard anodized construction for durability
- Glass lids for visibility and fit
Belgique also offers a nonstick cookware collection for those who are not interested in stainless steel.
If you were looking for an induction cookware set, this set is not for you.
Like other nonstick sets, the coating in this set is delicate and may wear off in time, no matter how careful you are. It’s important to avoid using it with metal utensils, lest you accidentally leave a scratch and accelerate this process.
Despite having a lifetime warranty, this set may last two or three years before you need to replace it. Most other nonstick sets tend to last about that long or less, so you’re not gaining or losing anything by choosing this one.
Nonstick is not without its advantages. The coating on this set means that you can slap your pan on the stove and immediately cook in it, without needing to wait for the pan to get to the proper temperature.
You can avoid excess fats and oils, which is always a plus when you’re looking to improve your diet.
Belgique has chosen to use metal handles on this set, which means that it is oven safe to an impressive 460 degrees, but you will need to use potholders for any sustained cooking to avoid burning your hands.
Again, we are a big fan of steamers, so having one come with this set is a big plus. The selection of pots and pans is otherwise pretty standard.
Company & Brand Information
Belgique is a private brand owned by Macy’s that produces cookware. Macy’s is a United States based department store chain founded in 1858. It operates about 800 stores and is one of the 20 largest retailers in the US.
Belgique is produced by Macy’s for sale at its stores exclusively (although it may be sold to non-competing international retailers). Any warranty or replacement issues are handled by Macy’s customer service website.
Where is Belgique cookware made? The best information we could find in our research was that they are “imported”. If we had to guess, we would guess that they are probably manufactured in China like many other cookware sets.
While nothing really blew us away about Belgique cookware, there weren’t any major issues either.
We feel that both their stainless steel and nonstick cookware sets are in the low to mid-range end in terms of quality.
This is great because it means that they may be more affordable than some of the higher end choices out there, yet still provide a great cooking experience.