Our Top Pick: Duxtop Whole Clad
Our guide is aimed at helping you find the best induction cookware set and give you a better understanding of how induction ready cookware and induction cooking works.
Let’s jump right in and have a look at what types of sets are available.
Induction Cookware Reviews
Top Pick: Duxtop Induction Cookware
The Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply set makes our top pick not only because it’s induction compatible but also because it’s made from high quality materials with a mid-range price tag.
- 18/10 Stainless Steel
- Riveted Steel Handles
- Oven Safe to 550 Degrees
- Drip Free Pouring Rims
10 Piece Set Includes
- 2x Frying Pans (8”, 10”)
- 1x Saute Pan with lid and Handle Helper (3qt)
- 3x Sauce Pan with lids (1.6qt, 3qt, 6.5qt)
When we mentioned high quality materials, we were referring to the 18/10 surgical stainless steel that is used to construct this set. The inner cooking surface is 18/10 and the outside is 18/0 which sandwiches an aluminum core in between them.
Not only does this 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 they can go in the oven (up to 550F), be washed in the dishwasher, or used on other types of ranges like electric and gas.
Overall, we feel that this set will last a long time when taken care of and won’t need to be replaced as often as it’s nonstick counterparts.
Runner Up: Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad
The polished stainless steel on this set looks fantastic. Not only that but the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply set ticks off a few things that aren't commonly found with other cookware sets.
- 18/10 Stainless Steel
- Flared Rims for Pouring
- Steamer Insert
- 2x Frying Pans (8”, 10”)
- 2x 1.5 Quart Sauce Pans with Lids (1.5qt, 3qt)
- 1x Stock Pot with Lid (8qt)
- 1x Saute Pan with Lid (11”)
- 1x Steamer Insert with Lid (8”) (fits both sauce pans)
This set is pretty comparable to the Duxtop Whole Clad set. It has a durable 18/10 stainless cooking surface, oven safe up to broiler temperatures, the pots feature flared rims for pouring, and you can throw it 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. While we don't do a whole lot of steaming, we think it's the best way to cook a number of foods.
This set costs slightly more than the Duxtop set which is why it made runner up despite having a steamer insert.
If you’re looking a complete set that uses surgical grade stainless steel, check out the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Cookware Set.
Best Budget: NuWave Induction Cookware
This set is offered by a company that specializes in induction technology. It's a small, basic set designed to get you started with induction cooking without decimating your bank account.
- Hard Anodized Aluminum Construction
- Non-Stick Cooking Surface
- Glass Lids
7 Piece Set Includes
- 1x Frying Pan (10.5”)
- 2x Sauce Pans with Lids (1.5qt, 2qt)
- 1x Stock Pot with Lid (5.5qt)
This is a nonstick cookware set, made from anodized aluminum. It's 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 gives way, less if not taken care of according to the instructions.
The following video is geared towards the NuWave induction cooktop, but you can see a demonstration of their frying pan as well.
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.
It's a bit refreshing because most of us don't use about half of the pots and pans in our cabinets. NuWave's choice to not include some of these extraneous pieces is great for saving you money and space in your kitchen.
If you're looking to save space, money or you just want a non-stick set that's sure to work with induction, check out the NuWave Cookware Set.
Cast Iron Pan: Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Skillet
If you want to get things smoking hot on your induction range, check out this skillet from Lodge Color. Cast iron is extremely magnetic and makes for one of the best induction cookware metals.
- Cast Iron works great with Induction
- Non-Stick Porcelain Surface
- Don't Have to Season
This is an 11-inch skillet. It is sold as-is, with no accessories or companion pieces.
Cast iron is super magnetic and makes for one of the best pans for induction. This means that it heats up REALLY fast on an induction range. Once at operating temperature you will be able to sear steaks and brown meats in no time at all.
Lodge Color has elected to use a matte porcelain enamel as the cooking surface for this skillet. While you don't have to season it like traditional cast iron pans, you’ll still need to grease the pan before cooking. You may also be interested in our Le Creuset Reviews which offer enameled cast iron as well.
This skillet is thick and heavy. It’s excellent at retaining head which makes it perfect for presenting dishes like fajitas at the table. Be careful with that sizzle!
If you're looking for the cooking power of cast iron, a unique color other than black, but don’t want to hassles of seasoning the pan check out the Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Skillet.
Nonstick: TeChef Nonstick Induction Frying Pan
TeChef's frying pans use newer Teflon technology to overcome some of the traditional problems of nonstick cookware. They're uniquely stylish and available in a number of striking designs and colors.
- 6 Layers Of Platinum Teflon
- Can Use Metal Utensils
- Ceramic Outside
- Stylish and Unique
This frying pan from TeChef has an extremely durable 6 layer Teflon cooking surface. You can even use metal utensils on it occasionally, although you might want to stick to nylon and silicone for the bulk of your cooking.
These pans aren't super magnetic, so they don't heat up as fast as cast iron. If you want to really crank up the heat, choose a sturdy cast iron or stainless pan since Teflon doesn’t do well with higher temperatures. This pan is better for medium or low settings.
The unique flower design on the cooking surface of this pan and striking outer color makes for a very attractive combination. If you'd like to impress guests with both the quality of your dishes and the aesthetics of your kitchen, these pans might be a good start.
How Does Induction Cookware Work?
Induction heating works by two basic principles of physics: if you jiggle something really fast, it gets hot, and if you run electricity through a wire, it generates a magnetic field.
An induction range features large spirals of wire below a ceramic surface. When electricity flows through these coils one way, it exerts torque on any magnetic objects near them. When it flows through the coils the other way, it tugs in the opposite direction.
By switching the direction of the flow of electricity through the coils really fast (between 20 thousand and 40 thousand times a second), the induction range jiggles any magnetic material near it really, really fast.
This causes a lot of energy to build up in the magnetic material, which is released as heat.
That magnetic material is what your cookware is made of. Therefore it gets hot and you are able to cook food.
What Cookware Works With Induction?
Any cookware with a magnetic base or a magnetic disk in the base will work great. As a rule of thumb, if a magnet sticks strongly to the bottom, it'll get hot on an induction cooktop.
While a lot of metals used in cookware (like aluminum and copper) aren't natively magnetic, many cookware manufacturers put a disk of magnetic material (like iron or certain stainless alloys) in the base.
This disk will act like a burner on the inside of the pot or pan which makes it induction compatible.
What's An Induction Interface and Do I Need One?
Not all cookware is induction ready which complicates things if you have an induction range or cooktop.
Since an induction range will heat any piece of magnetic metal, it makes sense that you could just stick a disk of iron on top of your cooktop and then place your non-magnetic cookware on top of that.
This works pretty similarly to using an electric range, but in this case you're putting your cookware on a hot metal disk.
There will be some loss of heat because the magnetic disk won't conduct heat seamlessly to your cookware, but you’ll definitely be able to cook just about anything.
However, this also means your cookware won't heat up anywhere near as quickly as if you were using induction compatible cookware directly on your range.
A number of companies have started to make special magnetic disks like the Max Burton Induction Interface.
Max Burton Induction Interface Disk
- Use with Any Induction Cooktop
- Durable Stainless Steel
- Heat Resistant Handle
The induction interface is a magnetic disk that you place between your induction range and your cookware.
The downside to using an interface disk is that it gets really hot and is hard to deal with after you're done cooking. The handle on this one makes it easy to move out of the way so you don't accidentally burn yourself.
If you'd like to use all of your cookware on your induction range, not just the magnetic pots and pans, take a look at the Max Burton Interface Disk.
Induction VS Gas & Electric
Induction ranges generate the heat inside of your cookware. This means that they're more energy efficient than electric or gas ranges (but not by a large amount). This also means that the cooktop itself doesn't get hot.
If you were to turn an induction burner on high, you can stick your hand on the ceramic surface of your range safely. However, if you’ve been cooking the range itself will become extremely hot because heat will transfer to the cooktop itself.
Rule of thumb, don’t touch the cooktop unless it’s completely cool.
The biggest benefits to induction ranges are their temperature control and temperature transfer.
Even under-powered induction ranges are a bit more powerful than fairly high end gas ranges on high heat, and higher end models can be thirty or forty percent more powerful than consumer gas cooktops.
Additionally, since the heat is generated inside your cookware, it heats up VERY quickly when you turn the heat up.
This translates into very precise temperature control as well as incredibly fast heating times. You can boil water in a fraction of the time it might take on a gas or electric range.
Final Thoughts On Choosing Induction Cookware
If you have an induction range and old cookware that won’t work on it, you have the option of buying an induction interface. While not the best option, it should get you by until you find an induction cookware set that you like.
Choosing a set is just like choosing any other. There are induction cookware options to suit those who prefer nonstick and those who prefer metals such as stainless steel, ceramic, copper, and cast iron.
Did you enjoy this guide? Let us know in the comments about your experiences and any questions you may have.