Induction cooking ranges are the hot new thing in home cooking. They’re safer, easier to clean, and some say cook better. But, not all cookware works with them. We’ve found the best induction cookware that will help you take advantage of this new modern marvel.
In a hurry? Our top-rated best induction cookware sets are:
- Magma Products – 10-Piece Nesting Set — Travel Cookware
- Circulon – 10-Piece Hard Anodized Nonstick Set — Non-Stick
- T-fal – 13-Piece Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Set — Budget
- OXO – 13-Piece Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set — Premium
Want to know more? Read on…
What You Need to Know About Induction Cookware
Induction cooking is a process that heats stovetop vessels with an electromagnetic field rather than traditional heat conduction.
Using this method, the range top doesn’t become hot, so there’s no fire risk if you accidentally leave your stove on. All of the energy is transferred directly to the pots and pans, so you won’t waste energy heating up your kitchen, which is probably already uncomfortably hot in the summer.
Your induction stove, or induction hob, is also energy efficient. Your electricity bill should go down, compared to using traditional conduction elements on your stove. It’s even more energy efficient than the newest gas stoves.
Because the heating process is electro-magnetic, it’s very easy to control the temperature. It’s not like managing an open flame or a hot coil of steel.
What are Induction Pans?
The best induction pans are made from ferromagnetic materials so that they can convert the electro-magnetic fields into heat. Even if cookware isn’t made entirely from ferrous materials, any cookware that contains ferrous material might still work.
Fortunately, stainless steel and cast iron are two such materials that work well with induction stovetops. These are two of the materials most commonly used in cookware, so you can likely use the pots and pans that you already own.
If you don’t have stainless steel or cast iron pans, you can test your pans to see if they will work with an induction stove by using a refrigerator magnet. If the magnet sticks, your pots and pans may contain enough ferrous materials to convert the magnetic energy into heat.
If you have to buy new cookware for use with your induction stove, avoid aluminum and copper pots. Most new cookware might have this symbol on it, indicating that it’s compatible with an induction stove.
What Does Induction Ready Mean?
Induction ready simply means that your cookware can be used on your conduction stovetop. It means that your pots and pans can convert magnetic field energy into heat. It can be easily tested, as we mentioned earlier, if a household magnet sticks to it.
Sometimes, you’ll find the induction-ready label on cookware displayed next to standard cookware. This means that although these pots and pans are intended for use on an electric or gas stove, they’ll also work fine on an induction stove. Many cast iron or stainless steel cookware are interchangeable.
Can I use a normal pan on an induction hob?
Maybe. First, though, you might be wondering, “What is a hob?” An induction cooktop is often called an induction hob or induction stove. Now, can you use a normal pan on it? Try the magnet test mentioned above; if it attracts, the pan will work on induction.
Which Induction Cooktop Should I Buy?
When choosing an induction cooktop, consider many of the factors that you’d use to choose an electric or gas stove.
Of course, you should consider the size, to make sure the stove will fit in your kitchen setup. You can then look at the different layouts and cooking zones on the cooktop surface. Induction cooktops come in many varieties, similar to 4-burner or 5-burner stoves.
You should also consider the power of your new induction cooktop. Induction stoves are becoming popular because they can quickly and efficiently heat your food. A cooktop with higher wattage will perform the quickest.
What Are The Best Pans for Induction Hobs?
Cast iron and stainless steel are the best induction cookware you can buy. Other materials might not be compatible with your induction hob.
Of course, you want the same qualities in your induction pans that you would want in your normal cookware. Non-stick surfaces, such as Teflon coating, will make your cooking and cleaning much easier; however, be aware of Teflon’s health risks.
You also want to make sure that your induction pans create an even cooking surface, without hot spots, to make sure your food cooks evenly.
What Factors Drove Our Ratings?
- Value for money: How many products each set contained
- Durability: We looked for scratch-resistant, heavy-duty materials
- Non-toxic materials: PTFE, PFOS, PFOA, lead and cadmium-free
- Inductive: Works with induction cook tops
Our Top-Rated Best Induction Cookware Set — Travel
Magma Products - 10-Piece Nesting Stainless Steel Cookware Set
- 1-1/2 quart, 2-quart, and 3-quart sauce pans.
- 5-quart stock pot.
- Sauté/fry pan with interchangeable lids.
- Two removable handles and storage cord
- Designed for safe storage and use in RVs and boats.
- Very compact storage.
- Excellent heat distribution through encapsulated triple-clad induction base.
The Magma Products – 10-Piece Nesting Set is a great set of induction cookware for your boat or RV. It can be stored in a compact package, and the handles are removable for easy packaging. It even comes with a bungee cord for convenient and secure storage. Eighty-one percent of the customers who reviewed this set gave it five stars.
This set is made from 18-10 mirror-polish stainless steel. The triple layer base has an aluminum center to evenly distribute the heat around the cooking surfaces.
It may not be the best set for your home, however. It has fewer pieces than the other sets in this article that make it more transportable and compact to accommodate storage in an RV.
Scott, in May 2016, said: “The stacking feature and removable handles are the reasons that this set works for my application.”
Negatives? Some home chefs did not like that the set comes with five vessels (bottoms) but only two lids. While this is a little annoying, we rarely need more than two lids, so we did not deduct too many points for this.
Our Top-Rated Best Induction Cookware Set — Non-Stick
Circulon - 10-Piece Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set, Black
- 1.5-quart saucepan.
- 2-quart Saucepan with lids.
- 3-quart Sauté Pan with lid.
- 8-quart Stockpot with lid.
- 8-inch frying pan.
- 1-inch frying pan
- Durable hard-anodized.
- Non-stick surface with innovative ring design.
- Sturdy, dual-riveted handles for long-lasting, continuous use.
This Circulon – 10-Piece Hard Anodized Nonstick Set is definitely a step up. The materials and construction are engineered with great attention to quality and purpose. When we reviewed this set, 79 percent of customers had given it a five–star rating.
This set was designed with frictionless use in mind. The non-stick coating and innovative raised rings inside the cookware keep food from adhering to the bottom. This makes cooking and cleaning a simple task.
The anodized aluminum layer is great for long-lasting durability; much more durable than stainless steel. You can also be sure that the riveted handles will last a long time.
William, in August 2018, said: “After five years, the non-stick surface functions as new.”
Negatives? Some customers noted that the interior ring design is harder to clean than they expected.
Our Top-Rated Best Induction Cookware Set — Budget
The T-fal – 13-Piece Stainless Steel Copper Bottom Set combines some of the best qualities in stainless steel induction and copper heat conduction. Their multi-layered copper, aluminum, and stainless steel base ensure an even distribution of heat, including induction heat. Seventy-five percent of customers gave this set a 5–star rating as of the publishing date of this article.
It comes with additional pots and pans that aren’t standard in the other sets, and even includes a steamer! But the stainless steel interior isn’t as non-stick as other sets, so prepare yourself for some tough cleaning.
Andy, in September 2018, said: “These pans have all the advantages of cast iron without the need to first season them, will never rust, will never require heavy scrubbing, and, apparently, will never scratch or dent.”
Negatives? Some people stated that the set wore out faster than expected.
Our Top-Rated Best Induction Cookware Set — Premium
OXO - 13-Piece Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set
- 8-inch open fry pan.
- 10-inch open fry pan.
- 12-inch open fry pan.
- 1.5-quart covered saucepan.
- 2.5-quart covered saucepan.
- 9.5-inch covered skillet.
- 3-quart covered casserole pot.
- 8-quart covered stockpot.
- Aluminum and stainless steel construction.
- Scratch-resistant surfaces.
The OXO – 13-Piece Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set is one of the best induction cookware sets that money can buy. Evenly distributed heat and non-stick cooking surfaces combine for a great induction cookware experience. Eighty percent of the users, as we type this, gave this set five stars.
Its three-ply construction from quality materials ensures an even cook, whether on an induction stove or a conventional stove.
And, its stainless steel finish is incredibly scratch resistant and guaranteed to maintain a frictionless surface for its lifetime.
Brandon, in October 2017, said: “I like having a good brand to back my cookware, especially if I need to seek warranty service in the future.”
Negatives? A few home chefs lamented that the non-stick surface isn’t as great as other non-stick products on the market.
Carbon Steel pans should work. We have not tried them, so I can’t confirm this, but according to the internet… they should work. Some top chefs swear by carbon steel, which is essentially a lighter version of its cousin, the cast iron pan. If this sounds enticing, then you might like our review on carbon steel pans. If you have carbon steel, then remember the magnet test. If it sticks, then it should work on an induction cook top.
Another options is cast iron. Magnets will definitely stick to cast iron, but it will likely scratch the induction cook top.
And, if all else fails, then you can always use an induction interface disk, which is a thin metal plate that sits between the stove top and the cookware, enabling you to use cookware that is not compatible with an induction stove top. These work in a pinch, but they are not much fun to cook with.
Our Electrifying Conclusion (sorry, I couldn’t resist)
After reviewing these great products, we have to recommend the Circulon – 10-Piece Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set, Black.
It’s one of the most complete and sturdy we’ve featured. The riveted handles and anodized aluminum are particularly strong features.
But the innovative non-stick interior is what really sold us on this set. Anyone can make a set of induction cookware, but you’ll notice the difference in this set when your food simply refuses to stick to the bottoms of your pots and pans.