What is the best induction cookware?
Finding induction compatible cookware can be quite a challenge. Don't worry, we've got you covered!
Our Top Pick: Duxtop Whole Clad
In this buying guide we will explore some of the best cookware for induction cooktops and how you might benefit from them. You will also learn how induction ready cookware works and tips for induction cooking.
Top 10: Best Induction Cookware
While we did our best to capture the specifications of each of the following induction compatible cookware, you'll notice that some material types are listed as "Aluminum".
These pieces and sets have different types of magnetic bottoms or cores that make them induction capable. Of course, you should always double check to make sure that the set you are purchasing is indeed induction ready.
18/10 Stainless Steel
18/10 Stainless Steel
Enamel Cast Iron
Aluminum / Heavy Bottom
DuPont Teflon Platinum
Aluminum / Steel Base
Hard Anodized / Steel Bottom
Induction Cookware Reviews
Duxtop Induction Cookware
The Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply set makes our top pick not only because it’s induction compatible, but it's also made from high quality materials with a mid-range price tag.
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 electric and gas ranges.
Overall, we feel that this set may last a long time when taken care of and won’t need to be replaced as often as it’s nonstick cookware counterparts.
Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Cookware
The polished stainless steel on this set looks fantastic.
The Cooks Standard Multi-Ply set also ticks off a few things that aren't commonly found with other cookware sets.
This set is pretty comparable to the Duxtop Whole Clad set, here's why:
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.
What didn't we like about this set? Nothing in particular. The biggest challenge is cooking with stainless steel. If you're used to non-stick surfaces, stainless steel will give you a headache. Until you've mastered cooking with stainless, food will stick.
However, if you’re looking a complete set that uses surgical grade stainless steel, the Cooks Standard might be right up your alley.
NuWave Induction Cookware
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. 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 anyway. NuWave's choice to not include some of these extraneous pieces is great for saving you money and space in your kitchen.
Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Skillet
If you want to get things smoking hot on your induction range, check out the Lodge EC11S33 skillet.
Cast iron is extremely magnetic and makes for one of the best induction cookware metals.
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.
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!
The Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Skillet gives you the cooking power of cast iron, a unique color other than black, and less fuss of traditional cast iron.
TeChef 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 such as the Blooming Flower frying pan.
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 and you won't be able to put this pan in the oven.
The handle on the frying pan is not suitable for the oven, so don't expect to be able to do a stove-top to oven transfer.
The unique flower design on the cooking surface of this pan and it's nonstick cooking ability might make TeChef frying pans a good option for your induction cooktop.
Max Burton Induction Interface Disc
The Max Burton induction interface disc is specially designed to allow you to use any type cookware on your induction range.
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, check out the Max Burton interface disc.
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.
Induction Interface Discs
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.
If you have an induction range and old cookware that won’t work on it, you have the option of buying an induction interface disc.
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 with your favorite piece, or set, of induction cookware and cooking experiences.