Induction cooking is faster, safer, more energy efficient and gives you more control, not to mention it’s less mess and faster cleanup. To maximize these benefits and get the most enjoyment from your induction cooktop, you need to have the right tools for the job.
We’ve taken care of the hard work for you. Read on to see our top rated picks for the best induction cookware sets, learn a bit about what makes them special, and boil down which is the right one for you.
Top 10: Best Cookware For Induction Cooktops
1. Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Cookware Set, 10 Piece
This set is constructed with 18/10 surgical stainless steel: the inner cooking surface is 18/10 and the outside is 18/0, with an aluminum core sandwiched between them.
Not only does this structure help prevent corrosion, it conducts heat much better than lower grades without aluminum. Therefore, you will need to cook with lower temperature settings to avoid burning food.
Being completely stainless steel on the outside means that this set can go in the oven (up to 550F), be washed in the dishwasher, or used on electric and gas ranges.
As is common with induction ovens, this cookware has been known to get quite noisy even on some of the best induction cooktops, producing high pitched ‘singing’ or whistling. The lids, although snugly fitting, can get quite hot, so you will need to use a mitt or oven pad when handling
Bear in mind that these are not nonstick pans, meaning you should season them regularly, and potentially they will be a little harder to keep clean.
The benefit of nonstick is that you can expect them to have greater longevity when taken care of appropriately, as opposed to nonstick coatings which generally only last a few years.
Overall, we feel that this set should last a long time when taken care of and won’t need to be replaced as often as it’s nonstick cookware counterparts. A good purchase for the average home cook looking for durability and affordability.
2. Cooks Standard 12-Piece Multi-Ply Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Set
The polished stainless steel on this set looks fantastic and the Cooks Standard cookware set ticks a few boxes that aren’t commonly found with other sets.
Like the Duxtop above, it has a durable 18/10 stainless cooking surface and is oven safe up to broiler temperatures. The pots feature flared rims for pouring and you can throw them in the dishwasher.
What really sets this set apart is the steamer insert. It’s rare to find one of these in modern cookware sets.
The biggest challenge is cooking with stainless steel. If you’re used to nonstick surfaces, stainless steel will give you a headache. Until you’ve mastered cooking with stainless, food will stick.
You may need a little extra effort to keep this set clean, but they should last longer than other nonstick cookware options, with no worries about toxic fumes.
This type of cookware tends to discolor – not a deal-breaker but maybe annoying for those who like their pots and pans to remain pristine.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, complete set that uses surgical grade stainless steel, the Cooks Standard might be right up your alley.
3. NuWave Duralon Ceramic Nonstick 7-Piece Cookware Set
NuWave is a company that specializes in induction technology. This basic induction cookware set is designed to get you started with induction cooking without decimating your bank account.
For those who dislike stainless steel, this nonstick cookware set is made from anodized aluminum and has a ceramic-based nonstick coating, meaning it’s PTFE and PFOA free. See our best ceramic cookware guide for more comparisons.
Because it’s made from aluminum, it is light, durable, and conducts heat well. The only downside with a nonstick coating is that it will eventually wear out with use. Sets like this one might last for a year or two before the non-stick coating degrades – less if not maintained according to the instructions.
If you prefer to cook at high heats, the nonstick coating will degrade more rapidly.
There aren’t a lot of pieces that come with this set, making it good for people with smaller kitchens or those of us who just don’t like clutter. We like the vented glass lids, so you can keep an eye on your cooking.
NuWave’s choice to not include some of those extraneous pieces is great for saving you money and space in your kitchen. It’s actually refreshing, because the average home cook doesn’t use half of the pots and pans in their cabinets anyway.
A great starter kit, this set is value for money and with the right care should last you a good few years of induction cooking.
4. All-Clad Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece
At the top end of the scale, and our second most expensive set, All-Clad are a trusted name in the cookware business.
Crafted from hard anodized aluminum with a stainless steel anti-warp base, this set has a PTFE-based nonstick coating that is PFOA free. As opposed to many nonstick coatings, the All-Clad can safely withstand heads of up to 500F in the oven.
Because it is made from aluminum, it will heat up to even temperatures quickly.
Featuring glass lids with vents to prevent boiling over, we love the visual appeal of this slightly curved, cauldron shaped set, although it’s not great for those who want to save on space, as you can’t stack them.
The nonstick coating is easy to clean, but you should refrain from putting this set in the dishwasher or using metal utensils with it. Everything in this set has a lifetime warranty, excluding the nonstick coating!
One downside we’ve noticed is that the stainless steel handles get a bit hot at times, and they don’t have the most user-friendly design. With the heavy weight of this set, the sharp edges of the handles can dig into your palm.
All-Clad is a luxury name and luxury purchase, suited for those who value a bit of style in the kitchen along with good quality cookware.
The solid anodized aluminum body paired with a durable nonstick coating should go the distance in your kitchen, when cared for appropriately, and provide you with an enjoyable cooking experience.
5. Magma Products, 10 Piece Gourmet Nesting Stainless Steel Cookware Set
These Magma pots and pans are so bright, you may need to cook with shades on! Constructed from 18/10 marine grade stainless steel, the pots and lid are highly polished. This set is designed specifically for use in RVS or boats with induction ovens.
Although some people prefer glass lids to keep an eye on what’s happening in the kitchen, the benefit of stainless steel lids is often a snugger fit, and they are more hardy. Stainless steel is not going to crack or shatter if you drop it.
Manufactured especially for RVs and boats that use induction cooktops, many people are so enamored with this cookware set they either keep it in their household kitchen or buy an extra set for use in both areas.
Designed with compact storage in mind, each set only takes up ½ cubic foot of space and includes a bungee cord to help them nest together. The two included handles are removable and interchangeable and the set all nests snugly together to save space.
Both are dishwasher and oven safe, although the super shiny surface can be a pain to keep clean, with the mirror finish showing up every little water spot or fingerprint.
An important point to note is that the handles are made from plastic, and as such, are likely to melt over a propane or gas burner. The stainless steel lids also get too hot to handle, so take care when checking on your food.
This set is ideal for those who need a durable and quality induction set for use in boats, campers, or tiny kitchens. Taking up minimal storage space, they come at a reasonable price, without sacrificing any quality.
6. Circulon Circulon Premier Professional 13-piece Hard-anodized Cookware Set
We love the look of this hard anodized, heavy gauge cookware from Circulon, with its attractive bronze finish and glass lids.
The main selling points are the much-touted Total Food Release system – basically featuring slightly raised circles throughout the base that prevents food from sticking. Combined with the three layer Dupont ‘Autograph’ nonstick surface, you should have food sliding right off your pan.
The handles are designed for comfort and usability, made from strong stainless steel with silicone for handling.
You shouldn’t have to baby this set too much, with the manufacturer claiming they are dishwasher safe.
We noted that on some induction cooktops this cookware can produce a buzzing noise, but you should be able to reduce this by adjusting the cooking heat up or down slightly.
Although induction oven cookware does tend to be slower to heat than other styles, the Circulon is even more so, because of its heavy duty design. If you are someone who likes to get in and out of the kitchen in a hurry, this could be frustrating.
This mid-range set stands out with its good-looking bronze cookware and innovative nonstick base. With a few thoughtful extras such as pouring spouts on the sauce pans, and silicone handles, it’s a comfortable and fun set with which to create your kitchen masterpieces.
7. Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set – Induction Stovetop Compatible
In a market filled with mostly black or silver cookware, this Vremi kit sets itself apart by offering bright and vivid color schemes that will add a touch of fun to any kitchen, including butter yellow, lush green or sky blue.
The pots have wood-toned knobs and handles and white lids and a speckled white ceramic nonstick interior which is PTFE and PFOA free.
For practicality, you can pop this Vremi set into the dishwasher or oven (up to 500F). See our ceramic vs Teflon article for nonstick coating and temperature comparisons.
Not only does this set have a funky style, it’s also practical. The lids are designed to allow a small gap between the cookware and lid in order to release steam – however, take note that the lids are designed to fit the pots only and not the pans.
Those attractive wood-look handles are designed for comfortable handling, but they do tend to get hot and we find them a bit too short, which may result in a few scorched knuckles.
The fry pans have curved sides, perfect for flipping eggs and pancakes.
Regardless of whether you love or hate the unique color scheme of this cookware, they are designed well, with a nice heft that won’t see them sliding off the cooktop.
If you’re after a nonstick alternative to Teflon that won’t break the bank, and want something that looks good enough to grace not only your cooktop but your dinner table, we think you’ll be happy with this set.
8. GreenPan Valencia Pro Hard Anodized 100% Toxin-Free Cookware Set, 11-Piece
The GreenPan is another brand that offers a nonstick alternative to Teflon. It features a ceramic nonstick Thermolon coating, free of PFAS, PFOA, lead and cadmium.
GreenPan takes it up a notch by providing cookware that is oven safe up to an impressive 600F – higher than any other brands on our list.
Constructed with hard anodized aluminum, the handle is stainless steel and lids are glass. We appreciate the slightly flared drip free pouring rim to help keep things clean.
One niggle is that although the nonstick coating seems to be pretty slick, the rivets themselves are not coated, often getting food stuck around them and proving tricky to clean.
Although ceramic is hard, it also has a tendency to be brittle, and may not withstand a hard impact. Even though the manufacturer says it’s metal utensil safe, we recommend avoiding these and sticking with wooden, plastic or silicone utensils.
Like other nonstick coatings, ceramic will eventually lose its ‘nonstickiness.’ Cleaning with baking soda regularly will help extend its usefulness.
Offering another nonstick alternative to Teflon, the GreenPan’s ceramic base is safe to use without worrying about leaching or fuming toxins. It’s a hardy, easy to use set, at the slightly higher end of mid-range.
9. T-Fal Stainless Steel Cookware Set, Pots and Pans with Copper-Bottom, 13-Piece
T-Fal offer this stainless steel cookware set with copper bottom and stainless steel handles. The well-fitting glass lids have a vent for steam and there are handy measuring marks on the insides of the pots.
The trademark thermos spot indicator is meant to indicate when the pan is ready to cook with, but some people have a hard time distinguishing it at lower heats, with more clarity at higher heats.
Dishwasher and oven safe to 500F, this is not nonstick cookware, but with the right preparation and maintenance should do a good job.
These pots and pans are quite lightweight and can slide across cooktops, so beware of this when handling, or throw a silicone pad underneath to keep them in place.
Stainless steel has a proclivity for discoloration, which doesn’t affect its performance, only its cosmetic appeal.
The manufacturers instruct users to bring any liquid or foods to the boil before adding salt to prevent pitting or white dots from forming. Again, something that is cosmetic only and won’t change how well your cookware performs.
If you’re on a strict budget, this low-cost set is a great starter to try out on your induction oven. It’s a nice stainless steel collection that doesn’t have nonstick coating, and should last you a good few years.
10. Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
Manufactured with high-quality, durable stainless steel in a triple-ply construction, this is premium cookware with a price tag to match.
We appreciate the design of the handles on these pots and pans, which are angled higher to keep your knuckles away from the pot and heat source.
The lids are made with the same polished stainless steel finish as the cookware, meaning no sneak peeks at your food, but a nice snug fit to retain the heat.
As opposed to other stainless steel, this brand shouldn’t discolor if care for properly.
Oven safe to 550F and dishwasher safe, the tapered rims are nice for drip-free pouring – anything that gives us less mess to clean up is a bonus in our books!
The aluminum core within the stainless steel helps this cookware to heat up quickly and heat evenly, so it can cook at lower temperatures than regular aluminum cookware, saving you on those power pills.
Again, this is a stainless steel cookware set, not nonstick, but with low heat and the use of some quality cooking oils, sticking is minimal.
Cuisinart have included a handy leaning guide which gives you some easy tips on how to keep your cookware looking good.
If you’re prepared to go all out with your budget, or can find this set on sale, it’s a great choice, with Cuisinart being one of the most well-known and trusted cookware brands around. Choose this set if you’re all about high quality cookware that will help you show of your kitchen skills to the best advantage.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
What Are The best Induction Compatible Cookware Brands?
Not all cookware on the market is induction compatible, and if you are upgrading to an induction oven, you might need to also upgrade your cookware in the process.
As a general rule, cast iron pans, and stainless steel are induction compatible, with a few exceptions.
Stainless steel is often the material of choice, particularly for more professional chefs, although this may be a bit out of price range for many home cooks.
If looking for a nonstick option, you really need to ensure that they are clearly labelled as induction ready on the website or packaging. Nonstick pans are made out of aluminum, which is not by itself reactive to the magnetic elements of your induction cookware.
Nonstick cookware that is induction ready has been fitted with iron or steel disks to make them compatible.
With induction cooktops rising in popularity, most brands will include some induction-compatible cookware in their product lines. Price and quality varies widely between brands, but our top picks covering a wide range of budgets follow:
- Cooks Standard
- Magma Products
What Does Induction Ready Mean?
Induction ready simply means that the cookware is designed to work with an induction cooktop straight out of the box. While all induction cookware can work on gas or electric stovetops, not all cookware can work with induction stovetops.
Induction cooktops don’t create the heat that cooks your food by using a heat source like a flame or hot element. Instead, they use the electromagnetic field between the element and your cookware to create heat.
This is why induction ready cookware must contain some kind of magnetic material like stainless steel (certain blends) or cast iron.
Aluminum, glass or copper pans only work with induction stoves if they have the added layer of magnetic metal in the base.
How To Tell If Cookware Is Induction Ready?
Manufacturers will clearly indicate if their cookware is induction ready. Some brands will have an induction ready logo underneath.
A quick and easy way to tell for yourself is to take a magnet shopping with you.
Hold your magnet to the bottom of the cookware:
- If it sticks strongly, it should work well with an induction oven.
- If it sticks weakly, you may want to keep searching. If it doesn’t stick at all, the cookware isn’t induction ready.
Does Cast Iron Work On Induction?
Yes, because iron is magnetic, cast iron is the only cookware that works with induction no matter what, without the need for other materials to be inserted into the base. Enameled cast iron and carbon steel cookware also work well.
Bear in mind that cast iron is generally sturdy and heavy, and it is likely that your cast iron cookware will scratch induction cooktops. Don’t let that deter you, there’s an easy fix: simply place newspaper, paper towel, or a silicone mat between the cookware and cooktop.
SEE ALSO: Le Creuset Reviews
Does Aluminum Work On Induction?
By itself, aluminum does not work with induction, because it lacks any of those important magnetic iron compounds.
Cookware manufacturers have found a way around this by introducing an iron core or installing a stainless steel plate in the base of an aluminum pan. The plate generates the heat, which is then spread to the rest of the pan.
We think the 10 piece Duxtop Whole-clad set may be a great bargain, without sacrificing on quality. It’s the perfect starter set for upgrading your kitchen to meet the standards of the modern induction stove.
For those looking for higher-end cookware, All-Clad Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set is classy and quality set for any kitchen.
Whether you’re just starting out on the induction cookware journey, or are already a converted and experienced user, the right cookware is available for you.
The most important things to consider are whether you’re looking for a nonstick pan or would prefer to give it a miss. From this basic decision, you can figure out your budget and decide which set you like the look of.