The Best Induction Cookware

Published on 03/11/2024 · 9 min readUnlock the potential of your induction cooktop with the best induction cookware, expertly selected for its magnetic compatibility, even heating, and durability!
Kylee Hazelgren, Kitchen Expert
By Kitchen Expert Kylee Hazelgren

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Unlocking the potential of your induction cooktop requires choosing the right cookware, with the capability to create consistent results. With the growing popularity of induction stovetops, the need for induction-compatible cookware has become more popular. These days, the market offers a wide range of options tailored to meet various culinary needs. In this guide, we'll explore some of the top choices in induction-safe cookware that vary in materials, brands, and what’s included.

I’m someone who often finds herself moving and traveling. That means I’ve cooked in a large variety of kitchens each equipped with different tools. So when it comes to my cookware I have had to do my fair share of research to ensure that the cookware I am buying is going to be compatible with all cooktop surfaces; as I never know what the cooktop will be at the next place I decide to live. This experience has helped me better connect and support people looking for recommendations on Curated.

What is Induction Cooking?

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Induction stovetops were first created in the 1970s and early 80s. At first, they didn’t gain much popularity, due to their high cost and the need for compatible cookware. However, since the 80s, advancements in technology and the efficiency of these stovetops have made them more affordable, which has led to an increase in popularity.

Beneath an induction stovetop, there are copper coils that generate a magnetic field when an electric current passes through them. The electric current flows through the metal in the cookware atop the stove, therefore heating it up. It’s important to note that not all cookware is compatible with induction stovetops. For example, non-magnetic materials like aluminum, glass, or copper do not respond to magnetic fields, so they can’t heat up on an induction stovetop. However, with an increase in demand for induction stoves, brands have started to expand their induction-compatible cookware options.

There are several reasons why induction stoves are gaining popularity. These stovetops offer excellent energy efficiency. Heat is generated directly to your cookware, which means it heats up faster, therefore reducing cooking time. This also helps reduce overall energy consumption! Further, induction stovetops also offer precise temperature control, which ensures more consistent cooking results. Who doesn't love that? They're also considered to be generally safer than other stovetops because they do not produce an open flame and they reduce the chance of accidental burns from the stove surface. Some induction stovetops even have an auto shut-off if cookware isn’t detected on the surface.

The Best Cookware Sets For Induction Cooking

It can be confusing to know what cookware is necessary to have because each cookware set includes a variety of pieces. The main pieces you’ll want are a fry pan/skillet, a Dutch oven/stock pot, and a saucepan. These essential pieces will get you set up nicely in the kitchen for tackling most tasks. Additional cookware items, like sauté pans or steamers, can also be beneficial to have, but it will depend on the type of cooking you find yourself doing most, as well as your storage space. Now, let’s explore my most recommended induction cookware sets!

1. All-Clad D5 Stainless Brushed 5-ply Bonded Cookware Set · 10 Piece Set

Stainless steel is sought after for its ability to handle high heat, the heat control it offers, and its durability. This beautiful set from All-Clad contains a five-layer construction of alternating stainless steel and aluminum, ensuring dependable cookware that isn’t going to warp. Each piece is oven-safe up to 600°F, so you have the option to transfer your cookware from the stovetop to the oven. This is especially nice to have for when you’re cooking meals like steak, which you can cook to temp in the oven and then sear on the stovetop.

With this being a ten-piece set, you get those essentials included with some additional pieces, such as an additional saucepan and skillet. All-Clad is a USA-based brand that also offers a limited lifetime warranty, for added peace of mind.

Included in this set:

  • 8" Frypan
  • 10" Frypan
  • 1.5 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 3 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 3 QT Lidded Sauté pan
  • 8 QT Lidded Stockpot

2. Circulon ScratchDefense Nonstick Cookware Set · 10 Piece Set

If you’re someone who loves nonstick for its easy use and cleanup, this is a great set to consider. This set is constructed of hard-anodized aluminum with Circulon’s ScratchDefense nonstick technology, which applies aerospace-grade durability to create some of the best nonstick cookware. These pans are designed to eliminate scratching, sticking, and flaking.

This set comes in a beautiful matte color, and the saucepans even have to pour spouts so you can minimize spilling while pouring liquids or sauces. Glass lids also allow for easy food monitoring. A ten-piece set is a valuable size to have to get all those essential pieces without taking up too much storage space. Overall this is a terrific set for someone who is busy and needs cookware that won’t require much maintenance.

Included in this set:

  • 1 QT Lidded Nonstick Saucepan with Glass Staining Lid
  • 3 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 6 QT Lidded Stockpot
  • 3 QT Lidded Sauté Pan
  • 8.5" Nonstick Frypan
  • 12" Nonstick Frypan

3. Anolon Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel and Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Induction Pots and Pans Set · 11 Piece Set

This unique set from Anolon provides you with the best of both nonstick and stainless steel. You can have your stainless steel pots and pans for those times when you need to cook on high heat, and then bring out some nonstick pans for meals when you’re cooking delicate ingredients like fish or eggs, or you’re looking for an easy cleanup. Another unique feature of this cookware set is that the double full cap base has a copper core in between layers of aluminum and stainless steel. This means that two layers are forming the base of the cookware and the thicker layer extends across the entire bottom of your cookware to ensure edge-to-edge optimal heat control and conductivity.

This set has an elegant look to it with a functional tulip shape design that helps eliminate spilling when pouring out liquids or sauces. Since these pots and pans are constructed of stainless steel they will also be lighter in comparison to other cookware. Making this set a great option if you’re someone who tends to get wrist or joint pain.

Included in this set:

  • 1.5 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 3 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 8 QT Lidded Stockpot
  • 3 QT Lidded Sauté pan with Helper Handle
  • 12.5 in Lidded Frypan
  • 8.5 Frypan

4. GreenPan GP5 Cookware Set · 15 Piece Set · Oxford Blue

Ceramic nonstick cookware has been on the rise in popularity as many people are drawn to the more “natural” nonstick. Ceramic nonstick is made of silicone dioxide which is a natural material found in sand. These types of coatings are typically free of PTFE(polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFOA(perfluorooctanoic acid) which when overheated can release toxic fumes.

Greenpan’s nonstick coating is called Infinite8 and is infused with diamonds to ensure long-lasting durability. Not all of Greenpan’s cookware is induction-compatible, but this set has a magnet base, so it works with all stovetops—including induction. This set also comes in a variety of fun colors, including cream, cocoa, taupe, slate, and Oxford blue.

Included in this set:

  • 9.5" Fry Pans
  • 11" Fry Pans
  • 3 QT Lidded Saucepan and Sauté pan
  • 5 QT Lidded Stockpot
  • 3 Pan Protectors
  • 3 Silicone Cooking Utensils
  • Sponge

5. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron · 5 Piece Set

This unique set features essential Le Creuset cookware pieces, all in one set. Each piece is made of an enameled cast iron, which creates a surface that is very easy to clean; similar to traditional nonstick. Cast iron is also great for heat retention, meaning it’s great for stovetop to oven meals, like stews or slow-cooked meat. One thing to note is that cast iron is heavier than other materials, so make sure to be gentle when moving your cookware on or off your stovetop to avoid any damage to the stovetop or cookware.

Le Creuset is well known for having a large variety of color options for its cookware, including this set. Just a few of the many color choices include white, oyster, flame orange, and Caribbean blue.

Included in this set:

  • 5.5 QT Round Dutch Oven
  • 1.75 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 9" Skillet

6. Hestan NanoBond Titanium Ultimate Set · 10 Piece Set

This set from Hestan is top-of-the-line. Constructed of stainless steel that has thousands of titanium nano-layers bonded to the stainless steel, creating a cooking surface that is 400% harder than standard stainless steel. This means that this cookware is especially resistant to scratching and staining. The ergonomic handle design makes each pan comfortable and practical to maneuver, keeping chefs and home cooks in mind to make the experience as smooth as possible. The best part of this set is that after creating a delicious meal, you can easily clean up by placing the cookware in the dishwasher—with the peace of mind that it's dishwasher-safe.

Included in this set:

  • 8.5" Skillet
  • 11" Skillet
  • 1.5 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 3 QT Lidded Saucepan
  • 3.5 QT Lidded Sauté with Helper handle
  • 8 QT Lidded Stockpot

How to Choose the Right Induction Cookware Set

If you need help figuring out what pieces make sense for you reach out to Kitchen Curated Expert where we can help you determine what is essential for you.

Find the Best Induction Cookware For You

In this article, I’ve described just a select few of some of the best induction cookware sets out there. Of course, there are plenty of other options to choose from—so if you need help figuring out what set makes sense for you, or you’d like to branch out even more, chat with a Curated Kitchen Expert for free, personalized advice! Each expert is equipped with the knowledge and experience to set you up with any kitchen essentials you need. As always, happy cooking!

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