Cooking on a stovetop with an induction element is safer and more efficient than using electric or gas. Instead of heating cookware by thermal conduction, magnetic induction generates heat by the use of electromagnetism.
The heat is focused entirely on the cooking vessel, and does not spread to the kitchen or the rest of the cooking surface.
This concentrated heat is what makes it so efficient, and also makes clean-up easy as there is very little chance of any spills burning onto the cooking surface.
Induction heat is also extremely specific – the temperature can be chosen digitally and remains fixed.
However, in order to fully benefit from all an induction stovetop can offer, pots and pans that are compatible with induction technology must be used – this means that they must be magnetic.
Most of your existing cookware will likely not work with induction cooking. In this guide, we will look at ten of the best induction cookware sets available today.
Top 10 Best Induction Cookware 2018
|All-Clad Nonstick Cookware Set|
|T-fal Copper Bottom Cookware Set|
|Chef’s Star Stainless Steel Cookware Set|
|T-fal C515SC Professional Set|
|Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro|
|Duxtop SSIB-17 Induction Cookware Set|
|Vremi Ceramic Cookware Set|
|Circulon Premier Professional|
|Heim Concept W-001|
1. All-Clad Nonstick Cookware Set – Best OverallDesigned and manufactured to be durable and safe, these pans are made from hard-anodized aluminum for fast even heating. They are coated with a PFOA-free non-stick coating, allowing for easy clean-up and the ability to cook with less fat.
The base of each item is stainless-steel, perfect for induction cooking and designed not to warp, allowing even contact with the induction cooktop.
Secure-fitting glass lids keep the heat and moisture in the pan and help prevent food from drying out, while simultaneously allowing you to check on the food easily without having to remove the lid.
The set is comprised of 13 items, including 8, 10, and 12 inch fry pans, 2.5 and 3.5 quart sauce pans with lids, a 4 quart sauté pan with lid, a 4 quart Soup pot with lid, and an 8 quart stockpot with lid. Whatever you are cooking, there should be enough pans to do it.
The handles are made from contoured stainless steel, and are secured to the pans with stainless steel rivets. The pans can also be used inside an oven (without the lids) at up to 500F, and all parts are dishwasher safe.
The set is not only compatible with induction cooking, but can also be used on more traditional cooking surfaces such as gas, electric, and halogen.
2. T-fal Copper Bottom Cookware Set – Best Stainless Steel Induction CookwareThese T-fal pans are made from stainless steel, and feature a multi-layer base with a copper bottom for fast, even heat distribution that is compatible with induction cooking.
Glass lids are included to keep moisture in and to allow you to check on the cooking progress with ease. The set is made up of 13 items, including 3 fry pans (one with a lid), 3 sauce pans with lids, and a 5 quart covered stew pot.
The lids include venting holes to allow steam to escape to help prevent the contents from boiling over. The handles are ergonomically designed stainless steel, secured to the pans with stainless steel rivets. The pans are oven safe (without the lids) at up to 500F, and all parts are dishwasher safe.
The set is suitable for induction cooking, and other more traditional cooking surfaces.
3. Chef’s Star Stainless Steel Cookware Set – Most Varied Induction Cookware SetThis 17 piece set is made from commercial grade stainless steel, bottom encapsulated with impact-bonded aluminum. This again allows for fast and even heating.
Glass lids allow you to view the cooking progress, while the anti-slip handles have a satin finish and are riveted to the side of the pan for safety. The set comprises 2 sauce pans with lids, casserole and stock pots with lids, 2 fry pans, a sauté pan with lid, a boiler basket, a steamer basket, and 3 kitchen tools.
Safe to use in the oven at up to 550F, and also dishwasher and freezer safe.
4. T-fal C515SC Professional Set – Best for SafetyThe T-fal C515SC non-stick cookware set is non-stick with a Prometal Pro interior. This is tremendously durable and is scratch resistant, and also safe for use with metal utensils.
Each pan includes the special T-fal Thermo-spot heat indicator to show when the pan is perfectly preheated for cooking to seal in the flavors. The included glass lids are vented to allow steam to escape and help prevent accidental boiling over. The handles are silicone for a comfortable grip, and are safely riveted to the pans.
The set includes 2 fry pans, 2 sauce pans, a 5-quart stock pot, the “One Egg Wonder” mini fry pan, a stainless steel steamer insert and 2 nylon tools. Everything except the One Egg Wonder is suitable for use on an induction range.
All items can be used on traditional cooking surfaces and they are oven safe up to 400F. Easy clean-up is almost guaranteed as they are non-stick and dishwasher safe.
5. Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro – Best for Heat TransferThe MCP-12N pans have an aluminum core, which is unbeatable for heat conductivity. This means that no heat is wasted and all heat is distributed evenly.
The highly polished cooking surface of the pans will not discolor, nor will it react with food or alter any flavors. The lids are tight fitting to seal in moisture and the natural juices and flavor of food. The rims are tapered to enable drip-free pouring, which is both a safety feature and a relief to the annoyance caused by pans that spill everywhere.
The 12 piece set includes 2 covered saucepans, 2 open skillets, a covered saute pan, an 8-quart covered stockpot, and a steamer insert with lid. The cookware set is suitable for use with induction cooktops, and other methods of heating.
The best induction cookware, like this set, is oven safe to 550F, as well as dishwasher safe.
6. Duxtop SSIB-17 Induction Cookware Set – Best for Food StorageThe first of two Duxtop induction cookware sets in our list, the SSIB-17 is built from commercial grade stainless steel with a heavy gauge impact-bonded aluminum encapsulated bottom.
This is an extremely strong and durable combination, making the Duxtop set likely to last a very long time and some of the best induction cookware you could find. The aluminum bottom is good for heat conductivity, and ensures that the heat is quickly and evenly distributed whether it is from an induction cooktop or any other heat source.
The set includes an 8 and a 9.5-inch fry pan, 2 sauce pans with lids, a stock pot with lid, a casserole with lid, a sauté pan with helper and lid, a pasta basket and a steam basket, and 3 kitchen tools, making for quite a comprehensive set.
The handles are ergonomically shaped and have an anti-slip satin finish, and are strongly riveted to the side of the pans. The pan lids are glass for visibility and vented for safety. The set is dishwasher safe, and freezer-safe for food storage.
7. Duxtop SSC-9PC – Best for Small KitchensThe second Duxtop set on our list includes less items, but still gives you the basics of 2 fry pans, 2 sauce pans with lids, a 6.5 quart saucepot with lid, and a pot holder.
Constructed in the same way as the SSIB-17 set, the tri-ply stainless steel construction eliminates hot spots and provides a consistent and reliable heating surface for cooking your food to perfection.
In this case, the lids are also made from stainless steel, rather than glass. This does allow the lid to be used inside an oven. The stainless steel handles are “stay-cool” and are riveted to the side of the pans.
All the items included are dishwasher safe, freezer safe for food storage, and oven safe at up to 550F.
8. Vremi Ceramic Cookware Set – Best Induction Cookware for ServingWhile any pots and pans that are induction compatible may be “good enough” to cook with, the Vremi ceramic cookware set was designed with something else in mind – serving.
The overall appearance of the set is of a classic cookware set, and wouldn’t look out of place in a 1960s kitchen. That is not to say it looks old-fashioned – far from it. But rather than gleaming stainless steel, this set has a retro appeal that can’t be matched. It’s also available in different colors to match your kitchen.
The premium quality 8-piece ceramic cookware set includes 2 dutch oven pots with lids, a casserole pot with a lid, and 2 angled fry pans perfect for flipping. Doubling up as elegant serveware, the pans can go directly from the stovetop to the table.
The ceramic nonstick marble coated surface heats up quickly and evenly, and is scratch free and BPA free. The pans are made from die cast aluminum, ensuring the best heat transfer available. The lids are opaque and are built to incorporate a small gap between them and the body of the pan in order to release steam easily.
The ergonomic handles are Bakelite in wood-tone colors, adding to the classic retro look. Compatible with induction stovetops and traditional stovetops too, they are dishwasher safe.
If you are looking for cookware with character, the Vremi cookware set is certainly one to consider.
9. Circulon Premier Professional – Best for Clean UpThe bronze colored Circulon cookware set has a stainless steel base, ensuring its suitability for all cooking surfaces including induction. Heating is quick and even.
Incorporating the “TOTAL Food Release System”, the pans are exceptionally durable and safe to use with metal utensils. Using the DuPont “Autograph” 3-layer nonstick coating, clean-up is as easy as can be.
The set includes a covered stockpot, a covered sauté with helper handle, 3 covered straining sauce pans, along with 3 French skillets, which should be more than enough to prepare most meals. The handles are silicone over stainless steel, and are double riveted for extra strength.
The glass lids are shatter-resistant and allow steam to escape for safety. The pans are all dishwasher safe, and oven safe up to 400F.
10. Heim Concept W-001 – Best for a BudgetThe Heim Concept is a set of mirror polished stainless steel cookware that certainly looks professional. It is a 12 piece cookware set with each pan having a 3 layered thermal bottom for great heat conduction. The technology used ensures that food heats up quickly, and retains the heat as well.
The heating is applied from the bottom, and the design of the pan quickly heats up the side walls of the cookware. The pans are ideal for simmering sauces, sautéing vegetables, boiling pasta, and many other applications.
The set includes a fry pan with lid, a sauce pan with lid, and 4 casseroles with lids. The rims of the pans are tapered for easy pouring. The stainless steel handles are securely riveted to the body of the pans, and the lids are vented to allow steam to escape easily and safely.
The set is suitable for all cooking sources, including electric, gas, glass, ceramic, and of course, induction. The pans are also dishwasher safe.
Things You Must Know Before Buying Induction Cookware
Induction cooking, while tremendously effective and efficient, does require specialized cookware. Choosing cookware for a standard range can be quite a task, and choosing cookware that is induction compatible can be even harder.
Under ordinary circumstances, you would most likely be swayed by the overall appearance of a cookware set, but there is more to consider when induction is involved.
Induction Cookware Necessities
Several requirements are necessary for induction cooking to work – remember, this is not the thermal transfer of heat. First, the base of the pot or pan must be flat and smooth.
As induction works via electromagnetism, the base of the cookware must be in contact with the flat surface of the cooktop, and so curved or uneven bases are unsuitable.
Just as important is the material from which the cookware is made. The cookware must either be made from a magnetic material, or at the very least have a base (or internal plate) that is magnetic. Cast iron (and coated cast iron) is magnetic and therefore suitable as a material.
However, cast iron in itself brings some problems to cooking – it can be tricky to clean, is often heavy, and no matter what method of heating is used it can take quite a while to reach a suitable temperature.
Furthermore, cast iron is resistant to quick temperature changes, negating one of the benefits of cooking via magnetic induction – the option to rapidly and accurately change the temperature of the heating element.
Enameled coated cast iron is usually lighter and easier to clean, but the coating can be severely damaged at high temperatures, again limiting its usefulness.
Stainless steel is much lighter than iron, and is easier to clean. It is also not damaged by higher temperatures, nor is it prone to rust, and is therefore much more suitable for cooking with.
More on Magnetic Material
That said, only certain types of stainless steel are magnetic, so don’t buy a stainless steel cookware set unless it is confirmed to be induction compatible. The difference is down to the elemental construction of the steel, as steel with higher ferrous (iron) content will be magnetic.
Aluminum is not magnetic at all, and although it is very light, it is therefore unsuitable for induction cooking. Aluminum cookware that is induction compatible is usually manufactured with a stainless steel base.
A non-stick coating can also be applied over stainless steel bases, facilitating quick and easy clean up. The side and top of induction compatible cookware can be made of almost any material at all – the vitally important factor is that the base is made of a magnetic material.
Put Safety First
You should never attempt to use cookware that is not suitable for induction cooking on an induction heating element, as in the best case it just won’t work – but in the worst case, the cookware could explode, or cause damage to the cooking surface.
This is highly unlikely to happen, but it’s a risk that can be minimized even further by only using the proper equipment for the task.
Rarely, induction cooktops are available that work with all metals – however, common induction ranges do not have this feature, and the cost is normally quite high. As the technology is relatively new, the heating elements are larger than in regular induction cooktops, and so are hard to build into consumer units.
Our Final Take
The All-Clad nonstick cookware set is without doubt the best overall. The large number of pieces included, along with the benefit of the nonstick coating, ensure that they are pots and pans you can rely on, use over and again, and clean up easily when you have finished.
The Cuisinart stainless steel set certainly looks the part, but is of course harder to clean than the All-Clad set. And for kitsch home cooking style, the Vremi set is perfect, but still falls short of the best induction cookware – the All-Clad set.
The Heim Concept set is the lowest priced in our round-up, but has 12 pieces included, and so is good if you are just dipping your toes into the world of induction cooking and have a limited budget.
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