Cooking on induction stoves or cooktops is great – the pans and pots heat up really quick, the heat is distributed evenly, cooking efficiency is high, and they are just overall safer than a traditional gas stove. Induction cooktops usually turn off automatically when the water boiled over. You can also block the induction cooktop in order to protect your kids. But every induction surface requires a good set of cookware. Not every pot or pan is going to work on both electric or gas stove and on an induction stove. But there are plenty of good and trustworthy brands on the market that allow you to cook quickly, safely, and deliciously every time. There are a few types of materials that are usually used to produce “induction friendly” cookware. Aluminum pans are coated with enamel on the outside, but their advantage is the non-stick interior. You could have seen black or gray cookware which was made of hard-anodized aluminum. Their inner surface is non-stick and some of them are compatible with induction stoves (it mostly depends on the brand which made it, so read the instructions carefully before you buy a set). Another type of material that is known all over the world is stainless steel. Stainless steel cookware works really good on lower heat (don’t forget to add a little bit of oil to avoid sticking), and they conduct the heat really well and fast. You can also find granite cookware sets, in which the bottom surface is made of aluminum. The granite interior is non-stick, so you don’t need to add a lot of oil or butter to prevent sticking. They are also easy to clean. Regardless of the material, you shouldn’t pour cold water on a hot pan (or pot), because it may influence the material and your cookware won’t last as long as you would like it to. Another thing is to wash the cookware by hand (especially the non-stick pots and pans), so it won’t wear too quickly. The only exception is high quality stainless steel cookware which is resistant to the high temperature water in a dishwasher. If you have an induction stove at home and you want to change your old cookware, you can read our ranking with the 5 best cookware sets for induction cooktops that you can buy online.
The 5 best cookware sets for induction cooktops
5. Cookware set for induction cooktop - Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
This 12-piece cookware set was made of stainless steel which is a trustworthy and resistant to hot water in the dishwasher material. The thick aluminum bottom distributes the heat evenly. It is recommended to set the heat to low or medium, when you cook on a stainless steel pan. If you want to keep the interior spotless for a long time, use wooden or nylon kitchen utensils, to avoid scratches, and a soft sponge if you clean it in the sink. There are 12 elements (6 pots and 6 lids), and these is a saucepan, three casserole pans: 1.5-quart, 2-quart and 3-quart, one stockpot and one sauté fry pan. This a classic set of cookware that everyone should have at home.
4. Cookware set for induction cooktop - Granite Hammered Pan Set
If you prefer a non-stick solution in your kitchen, or you don’t like to add much oil, this granite pan and pot set is just for you. There are twelve different elements: two casserole pots (a 3-quart and a 5-quart pot), two frying pans (8-inch and 9.7-inch), one deep frying pan, a saucepan, 2 pieces of utensils and four lids. All of the pots and pans were made of granite and aluminum (on the bottom), so you can easily use them on your induction stove. The black granite and wooden elements look great and are perfect for both modern and classic kitchens. You shouldn’t wash the set in the dishwasher and temper the material with cold water just after cooking when the surface is still hot – it may cause peeling of the material. If you don’t want to scratch the granite, use silicone or wooden utensils.
3. Cookware set for induction cooktop - Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Cookware Set
Another stainless steel cookware set which includes 9 elements: two saucepans (1.6-quart and 3-quart), a stock pot, two frying pans (8-inches and 10-inches), a pot holder, and three lids. This compact set works well on induction cooktops because of its magnetic outer layer which conducts the heat quickly. The durability of the material can last for many years of regular use, but you need to take good care of it. You can wash the set in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with a soft sponge. Don’t use a fork or sharp metal utensils while you are cooking, because the material will be scratched.
2. Cookware set for induction cooktop - KitchenAid Hard Anodized Induction Nonstick Cookware Pots and Pans Set
The KitchenAid cookware set is a professional set of pots and pans with a durable construction. The cookware set was made of hard-anodized aluminum, but you can use it on an induction cooktop. There are 10 pieces included: two saucepans (1.5-quart and 1-quart), a stockpot, a square grill pan, two frying pans (8.25-inch and 10-inch), and four glass lids. The set is perfect for anyone who needs high quality cookware and likes to cook. You don’t need to add a lot of oil or butter, because the inner surface is non-stick. As always – don’t use any sharp utensils on the surface if you want to keep your new set like it was brand new, even after a few month or maybe year of use.
1. Cookware set for induction cooktop - Viking Culinary Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set
The beautiful and durable cookware set for professionals and home-cooks from Viking Culinary. This cookware set works great on induction stoves, and is was made of hard-anodized aluminum and stainless steel (the base) to combine the best features of both materials. The pots and pans heat up quickly and they don’t burn the cooking ingredients like meat, veggies etc., because the interior is non-stick. The cookware set includes: two frying pans (10-inch and 12-inch), two sauce pans (2-quart and 3-quart), one 5-quart stockpot, and a sauté pan. There are also four tempered glass lids. Even though the handles are stainless steel, they stay cool, so you can comfortable grab them.