Induction Experts

Making the Switch to Induction Cooking & Cookware Easy!

New to Induction Cooking?

From switching to induction cooktops to choosing the best induction-ready cookware, we explain what to look for and review some of the most popular induction tools available!

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Induction Basics

We answer the most common questions about induction cooking, explaining how induction cooking works, how to switch from your current stove to an induction cooktop, safety features you should know, and why induction is becoming a popular choice worldwide.

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What is Induction Ready Cookware?

Not all cookware in induction compatible! With our easy-to-understand cookware guide, we explain how to tell if your current cookware is induction-ready, how to clean pots and pans to maintain the magnetic bottom, and why we wish we had started cooking on induction cooktops years ago!

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Induction Cookware Reviews

From traditional cast iron pans to modern non stick induction cookware sets, we research and review kitchen pots, pans, and skillets (even induction crepe pans!) suitable for quick, efficient cooking--ranging from affordable cook-anywhere sets to serious investments for the home cook.

Our Mission: Help Other Americans Discover the Time + Energy Savings, Precision, & Safety of Induction Cooking

We do all the research, reviews and comparisons so you don't have to

Whether you’re considering your next stovetop in a new home, seeking a safer fuel option, or looking for a portable way to cook on the road, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about induction cooktops and cookware.  That’s where Induction Experts can help: We offer easy-to-understand information from our kitchen experiences and ongoing research into the best cookware and tools for induction cooking for beginners. No matter your previous or current fuel source, we’ll help you find the right cooking tools and cookware for your ideal induction experience through our detailed buyer guides and reviews.

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Our Favorite Induction Cookware by Category

  • Material

    Enameled cast iron (Induction-Compatible, Non-Stick Coating)

  • Care

    Technically dishwasher-safe, but recommend hand-washing

4.8/5

With a proven track record, Le Creuset’s versatile 5.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven doesn’t disappoint when braising, boiling, deep frying, stovetop cooking, baking bread, and more!

  • Material

    16 gauge Carbon Steel (Induction-Compatible, Pre-seasoned)

  • Care

    Remove initial seasoning with hot, soapy water, dry carefully, and place it over a burner on the highest heat until it starts to smoke. Rotate pan to expose all surfaces to heat. Rub down with oil with a paper towel held in a pair of tongs. After cooking: Rinse and rubdown with soft sponge, dry with towel, and rub vegetable oil into the surface.

4.4/5

Yosukata’s Black Carbon Steel Wok is a durable, pre-seasoned, heat-responsive pan that heats food quickly and evenly. With a large flat 6″ surface and tall walls, perfectly-cooked veggies, eggs, and fried rice can be yours at an affordable price.

  • Material

    Ceramic / Enamel with magnetic base (Induction-Compatible, Ceramic Non-Stick Coating, free of PFAS, PTFE, lead, and cadmium)

  • Care

    Wipe and hand wash to maintain the non stick coating. We recommend using cloth or silicone spacers between stacked pans to prevent damage to non-stick coating

4.9/5

This space-saving RV, camping, and vacation Airbnb kitchen essential 7-piece set from RockUrWok is one of the most affordable, versatile (it can go from stovetop to oven to fridge as a food-saver when you detach the handle and add the included cover after cooling), and FUN cookware sets we’ve tried. In fact, we love it so much, some of us now use this every day at home too!

  • Material

    Aluminum (Induction-Compatible, Non-Stick Granite Coating, PFOA free)

  • Care

    Handwash only: wipe with a soapy sponge and rinse.

5/5

This best-selling 9.5 and 11 inch nonstick crepe pan set with wood spreader is easy to use when you’re in the mood for crepes, tortillas, dosa, or even a quick grilled cheese. Testers found these two flat skillets from Eslite Life were best at making crepes with only a spritz of oil at most–the nonstick coating is as advertised. Best of all, if you end up with the rare defective pan, Eslite Life guarantees a full refund or a new replacement.

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How We Compare & Choose Cookware

Expert knowledge to help you buy fast

Looking for the best induction cookware? We’ve got you covered. Along with our home cook experts who’ve tested the best and worst cookware, our team analyzes thousands of product reviews from the most trusted websites. Then, we create detailed, easy-to-understand reviews. Our collective wealth of knowledge on everything from cookware materials to individual pot or pan performance on induction cooktops is here at your fingertips, so you can quickly decide on the perfect induction cookware for your kitchen. With our help, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and elevate your cooking game to the next level!

Our Buyer's Guide To Induction Cookware

Induction cookware is designed specifically for use with induction cooktops, which use an electromagnetic field to directly heat the cookware, keeping the rest of the cooktop cool to the touch. Compared with heating over traditional fuel stovetops, induction cookware is heated quickly and efficiently with less energy loss, allowing for faster cooking times and more precise temperature control. Induction cookware is available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, copper, and cast iron, and can be used for a wide range of cooking tasks, including searing, sautéing, simmering, and frying. With its energy efficiency, fast heating times, and precise temperature control, induction cookware is becoming increasingly popular among home cooks and professional chefs alike.

What to Consider in Your Induction Cookware Search

Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of induction cooking? One of the most important factors to consider when choosing the best induction cookware for you is the material it’s made from. Since induction cooktops require a pot or skillet made of magnetic material, cookware is available in magnetic stainless steel, cast iron, and carbon steel. But what about copper induction pans? While a great conductor of heat, copper is not magnetic. Luckily, some cookware manufacturers add a magnetic layer to the base of otherwise non-magnetic materials, giving induction nerds like us more stylish choices in ceramic, copper, and glass to add to our induction cookware collections. But that’s just the beginning!

The 6 Best Questions to Ask When Choosing Cookware for Induction: 

  • Is the cookware compatible with my induction cooktop?

    To get the most of your cooking experience as a beginner, choose cookware that is:

    • Made of stainless steel or cast iron with a ferromagnetic base. Non-magnetic materials like aluminum, ceramic, glass, and copper won't generally work on an induction cooker unless the pot has a magnetic layer. To check, stick a fridge magnet to the pot. If it clings to the pot, it's likely induction-ready
    • Marked with an induction-compatible symbol or packaging mentions induction-compatible

  • What is the cookware made of? How well is it constructed?

    Induction cooktops require cookware made of magnetic material like cast iron, carbon steel, and most (but not all) stainless steel. Additional qualities we look for:

    • Close contact between pot and cooktop
    • The right thickness of the cookware for what you want to cook (thicker pots and pans retain heat better but may take longer to heat initially. They can also be quite heavy for some people to lift and move!)

  • Does it have a non stick coating? What type?

    Non stick coatings benefits include easy food release, effortless cleanup, and the ability to cook with less oil without burning. The downsides include scratching or peeling with time, diminished nonstick properties, and the potential release of harmful chemicals. There are four major types of non-stick coating commonly used on induction cookware:

    • PTFE (aka Teflon): Popular, known for excellent initial non-stick properties. Unfortunately, it's not very durable, can scratch easily, and some researchers worry about long-term exposure to PTFE.
    • Ceramic: Made from natural materials, known for durability and free from PTFE and PFOA
    • Enameled: Made from a layer of glass that is fused to the cookware surface. Durable, easy to clean but may be less non-stick than other coatings.
    • Diamond: Newer non-stick coating made from a layer of diamond crystals. Very durable, excellent non-stick properties, but often more expensive than other coatings.

  • What is the size and shape of the cookware? Is it suitable for my cooking needs?

    Do you own a 2-burner induction cooker and regularly cook for two? Or do you use a full-size drop-in cooktop with 4-5 pots and pans simultaneously to feed the family?

    • Consider the type of cooking you plan to do with your induction cookware. For example, if you plan to sauté or fry foods, a skillet may be a good choice. If you plan to make soups or stews, a Dutch oven or stockpot may be more appropriate. If you plan to make crepes or pancakes, a crepe pan may be a more flexible (and fun!) option.
    • After you've measured the cooktop, look for cookware that will fit within the space. Tetris Time!

  • What is my budget?

    In other words, do you REALLY need that induction crepe pan right now? (Yes, we think we do...until we recall that a skillet is more versatile and necessary)

    • While expensive cookware may offer superior performance and durability, there are also affordable options that can work well for everyday use, especially for those new to induction cooking.
    • Consider investing in a few high-quality pieces of cookware that you will use frequently, and supplement with more affordable pieces as needed.

  • What is the reputation of the cookware brand?

    Before you buy, check out the manufacturer's reputation:

    • Read induction cookware reviews online at Induction Experts, as well as Google reviews, BetterBusinessBureau, and anywhere else you trust.
    • Ask friends for their cookware recommendations if they already caught induction fever.
    • Is the brand known for quality, durability, and customer service? If not, move on.
    • Do they offer a guarantee or warranty? Reputable brands stand behind their products and replace them if the quality is not up to standards.

  • Is the cookware easy to clean and maintain?

    What would you prefer? Convenient, quick clean up after cooking with harder-to-maintain non-stick coating, OR Durable, easy to clean stainless steel that tends toward water spots and fingerprints?

    • Smooth and flat surfaces avoid trapping food that can stick and get burnt on to cookware.
    • Non stick coatings tend to deteriorate with time, especially with regular use at high temperatures

Our Cookware Categories

Induction Cookware For Beginners (Affordable Induction Pots and Pans)

When shopping for your first induction cookware, consider your budget and needs to decide whether a few basic pots and pans will suffice for now, or if an induction cookware set is right for you. We review cookware at a range of prices on our site but mostly stick to affordable models in Induction Cookware for Beginners.

Non Stick Induction Cookware

Non stick induction cookware is designed to work with induction cooktops, which use magnetic fields to heat up the cookware directly, resulting in faster and more efficient cooking. The non-stick surface makes cooking and cleaning up a breeze, but it’s important to look for high-quality materials and coatings that are safe, durable, and non-toxic. Keep in mind that many, if not most, non stick surfaces will degrade with high temperatures. Look for cookware with a thick, heavy base for even heating, and check the compatibility of the cookware with your specific induction cooktop. With the right non-stick induction cookware, you can enjoy healthy, delicious meals with less time and effort spent on cleanup.

Carbon Steel Cookware for Induction Cooktop

Carbon steel cookware is a versatile and durable option for induction cooktops. Its unique properties allow for quick and even heating, making it ideal for searing and stir-frying. When choosing carbon steel cookware for your induction cooktop, consider factors such as size and weight, handle comfort, and durability. A seasoned carbon steel pan will develop a natural non-stick coating over time, making it a healthy alternative to traditional non-stick cookware. With proper care, carbon steel cookware can last a lifetime and be a valuable addition to any kitchen.

Stainless Steel Cookware for Induction Cooktop

Stainless steel cookware is a popular choice for induction cooking due to its durability and versatility. It can withstand high temperatures, making it suitable for searing, frying, and sautéing. When looking for the best stainless steel cookware for your induction cooktop, consider factors such as the thickness of the material, the quality of the construction, and the type of handle. Look for pots and pans that have a heavy bottom for even heat distribution, a stainless steel or silicone handle that stays cool to the touch, and a design that complements your cooking style. With the right stainless steel cookware, you can enjoy the benefits of induction cooking for years to come.

Copper Cookware for Induction Cooktop

While copper is a great heat conductor and a popular material for cookware, not all copper pots can be used on induction cooktops. Induction cooking requires cookware that is made with magnetic materials (heat is generated by an electromagnetic field). Copper is not magnetic, therefore many copper pots cannot be used on induction cooktops. However, some manufacturers have started to adding magnetic layers to beautiful copper pots, making them compatible with induction cooktops. So, if you’re a fan of copper cookware and want to use it on your induction cooktop, look for pots and pans that specifically state they are induction compatible or have a magnetic layer added.

Induction Crepe Pans

Induction crepe pans are specially designed for making delicate, thin crepes with ease on an induction cooktop. These pans are typically made with materials that conduct heat evenly and quickly, such as aluminum or copper, and feature a non-stick coating for easy flipping and removal of the crepes. When choosing an induction crepe pan, consider the size, shape, and weight of the pan to ensure it’s suitable for your needs. It’s also important to look for a pan that is compatible with your induction cooktop and has a flat bottom to ensure even heat distribution. With the right induction crepe pan, you can enjoy perfectly thin, delicious crepes at home.

Induction Dutch Ovens

When it comes to cooking hearty stews, soups, and casseroles, an induction dutch oven is a versatile kitchen essential. Unlike traditional dutch ovens, induction-compatible ones are made with magnetic materials, making them suitable for use on induction cooktops. Stainless steel and cast iron are popular materials for induction dutch ovens, with each offering unique benefits. Stainless steel is durable and easy to clean, while cast iron provides excellent heat retention and distribution. When choosing an induction dutch oven, factors to consider include size, weight, lid design, and whether it is oven safe. With the right induction dutch oven, you can create delicious meals that will satisfy the whole family.

Induction Sauce Pans

Induction sauce pans are an essential piece of cookware for any kitchen. Their size and shape make them perfect for heating and cooking sauces, gravies, and other liquids quickly and evenly on an induction cooktop. When shopping for induction sauce pans, there are several factors to consider, such as the size and material of the pan, its handle and lid, and its overall durability and performance. With the right induction sauce pan, you can make delicious and perfectly cooked sauces every time, all while taking advantage of the efficiency and convenience of induction cooking.

Induction Skillets

Induction skillets are a must-have for any home cook looking to take their cooking to the next level. They are specifically designed to work with induction cooktops, which means they are made of materials that can be magnetized, like stainless steel, cast iron, or some types of nonstick coatings. Induction skillets come in a variety of sizes, from small pans for single servings to larger pans for family meals. When shopping for induction skillets, there are a few key factors to consider, including the material, size, shape, and handle design. By taking these factors into account, you can find the perfect induction skillet to suit your needs and cooking style.

Induction Wok Pans

When it comes to induction wok pans, there are a few key things to consider. First, look for a pan that is specifically labeled as induction compatible. Wok pans made from materials like carbon steel or stainless steel are ideal for induction cooking. A flat bottomed wok pan is also necessary for proper contact with the induction cooktop. Additionally, look for a wok pan with a sturdy handle for easy maneuvering and a non-stick coating for easy cleaning. Finally, consider the size of the wok pan, with larger pans being better for cooking meals for larger groups, while smaller pans may be more appropriate for single servings.

Griddles for Induction Cooktop

Griddles are a popular type of cookware for cooking breakfast foods like pancakes, bacon, and eggs. When choosing a griddle for induction cooktops, there are a few things to consider. Look for a griddle that has a flat, even cooking surface to ensure even heat distribution. Non-stick coatings can be helpful for easy cleanup, but make sure the coating is safe for use with induction cooktops. Size is also important – consider the size of your cooktop and the number of people you will be cooking for. Finally, check the weight of the griddle – heavier griddles tend to hold heat better and provide more even cooking. By keeping these factors in mind, you can find the best griddle for your induction cooktop and enjoy delicious breakfasts at home.

Stock Pots for Induction Cooktop

Induction stock pots are a versatile addition to any kitchen, especially for those who enjoy cooking large quantities of soups, stews, and broths. When looking for the best stock pot for your induction cooktop, consider the size, shape, and material. Stainless steel and copper are popular choices, as they are durable and conduct heat evenly. Look for a stock pot with a thick bottom to prevent burning and ensure even heating. Handles and lids should also be considered for ease of use and convenience. With the right induction stock pot, you can enjoy delicious homemade soups and stews with ease.

How We Review the Best Induction Cookware

When rating induction cookware, we look at:

  • Material:
    • Durability (material quality before and after repeated use)
    • Compatibility with cooktop (must be magnetic material)
    • Consistent heat distribution (necessary for even cooking, thick heavy base >> thin, lightweight base)
  • Appearance (fits personal preferences or style)
  • Ease of use, easy cleaning, and what care is required
  • Price

How Induction Cooking Works

Induction cookware is made from materials that are magnetic, such as iron or steel. When you place an induction-compatible pot or pan on the cooktop and turn it on, an alternating electrical current passes through a coil of wire located beneath the cooktop surface. The current generates a magnetic field that interacts with the magnetic material in the cookware, causing an electrical current to flow within the pot or pan itself.

This flow of electrical current generates heat within the cookware, which is then transferred directly to the food. Unlike traditional gas or electric stovetops, induction cooktops heat up the cookware directly, rather than the cooktop surface. This makes induction cooking much more energy efficient and faster than other methods.

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Electrical current passes through wire coil of induction cooktop when cookware is in contact
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Current creates a magnetic field that induces an electromagnetic current within the cookware
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Increase in energy heats molecules of cookware
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The cookware's heat is transferred to the food with little loss through conduction and convection.
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