a cookware set placed on induction stove

Induction stoves are usually associated with stainless steel cookware - since the tech requires a magnetic field between the two surfaces to work.

While stainless steel is still the norm, modern manufacturing processes now also allow for other materials to be combined with a steel plate for induction use. 

This widens your induction cookware options to include durable hard-anodized and convenient nonstick pots and pans too. 

Induction Cookware Sets Reviewed

Here is our selection of the best cookware sets for induction cooktops.

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Top pick

1. Duxtop Professional 17-Piece Stainless Steel Induction Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction 

Our Rating

9.4

Most stylish

2. Circulon Symmetry 10-Piece Hard Anodized Nonstick Set

- Base: hard-anodized aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: triple-nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.3

Best professional

3. Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.9

Best high-end

4. All-Clad D3 Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Pro Grade Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.3

Best budget

5. HOMI CHEF Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: nickel free stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.1

Best for large families

6. Calphalon Classic 14-Piece Stainless Steel Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.8

Best nonstick

7. T-Fal Professional 12-Piece Nonstick Induction Base Set

- Base: aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: titanium nonstick
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.6

Top pick

1. Duxtop Professional 17-Piece Stainless Steel Induction Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction 

Our Rating

9.4

Most stylish

2. Circulon Symmetry 10-Piece Hard Anodized Nonstick Set

- Base: hard-anodized aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: triple-nonstick
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.3

Best professional

3. Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.9

Best high-end

4. All-Clad D3 Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Pro Grade Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.3

Best budget

5. HOMI CHEF Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: nickel free stainless steel 
- Cooktops: gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

9.1

Best for large families

6. Calphalon Classic 14-Piece Stainless Steel Set

- Base: stainless steel w. aluminum core
- Interior: stainless steel 
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.8

Best nonstick

7. T-Fal Professional 12-Piece Nonstick Induction Base Set

- Base: aluminum w. steel plate
- Interior: titanium nonstick
- Cooktops:  gas, electric, glass top, induction

Our Rating

8.6

Duxtop Professional 17-Piece Stainless Steel Induction Set

Design:

Duxtop Professional cookware set comprises utensils with a polished silver exterior and a silver interior calibrated on the large-sized pots. The pots come with transparent lids that have a vent hole at the top and loop shaped handles that are silver in color to match the silver handles on the sides of the utensils' body. The collective weight of all the pieces in this set is 33 pounds.

Materials:

Stainless steel has been used in the construction of these utensils. The manufacturer also used an innovative impact bonding technology to fuse the body and the base to eliminate the need for attachment using an adhesive.

An aluminum base is encapsulated at the bottom to boost the heat up of the cooking surface and to enhance durability. Handles are also made of stainless steel and come with a non-slip shape for a firm and secure grip. As a result, these pots and pans can be used over ceramic and gas stoves, electric and induction heaters, as well as infrared and radiant glass cooktops.

Usability:

People who purchase this set receive all the essential cookware that a professional cook requires to deliver tasty and healthy meals. The stainless steel cooking surface is made using commercial grade 18/10 stainless steel while the base comes with an encapsulated aluminum base to enhance durability.

We like the shape of the silver handles because it gives users a secure grip on the pots when cooking. The clear glass covering lids are also impressive because they have a vent hole for steam and pressure release.

The cooking surface has been calibrated on the large pots and saucepans to provide cooks with an accurate measuring tool right inside the cooking pots. This means that users can measure liquid ingredients inside the cooking utensil easily.


The set contains:

  • 1.6-quart Saucepan w/lid
  • 2.5-quart Saucepan w/lid
  • 4.2-quart Casserole w/lid
  • 4.2-quart Casserole w/lid
  • 8-inch Fry Pan
  • 10-inch Fry Pan
  • 5.5-quart Saute Pan w/lid
  • Boiler Basket
  • Steam Basket
  • 3-piece kitchen tools

Pros

  • The magnetic steel base that encapsulates the aluminum base allows the utensils' use on induction heaters
  • The handles do not become too hot when the utensils are in use
  • The cooking surface is safe for use in homes with bird pets
  • Flat base does not scratch glass cooktops
  • Covering lids fit the top edge of the uncovered pans

Cons

  • Food sticks to the surface when the cooking surface is not properly oiled before cooking
  • The saucepans produce a loud pinging noise when cooking on an induction heater

Circulon Symmetry 10-Piece Hard Anodized Nonstick Set

Design:

This cookware set is made up of cooking pots and pans that have a single colored exterior in color choices of black, chocolate, or Merlot red. The pots come with clear glass lids that have loop shaped handles with centered, soft silicone grip surfaces and side handles that are dual-riveted on the body of the items. All the pieces have a combined weight of 23 pounds when in packaging.

Materials:

These utensils have a hard-anodized aluminum body that heats up quickly and uniformly while the base comes been fitted with a magnetic stainless steel disc that enables their usage on induction cookers and on all the other common heat sources. The cooking surface is non-stick and features circular ridges that allow quick food release and easy cleaning.

Usability:

We like the cooking surface on the pieces in this set because they feature easy release ridges that are not included in many cookware sets. The ridges enhance the non-stick properties of the cooking surface and make cleaning easy and quick.

People who have experience cooking on these utensils say that the magnetic steel base is a nice addition as it helps to combine the efficient heating and temperature transfer of the aluminum body with the ability of using induction cookers.

From users' sentiments, it is clear that these pots work best on induction heaters and take more time to heat up on other heat sources.


The set contains:

  • 2-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 3-quart Saucepan with Lid
  • 8-quart Stockpot with Lid
  • 10-inch Frying Pan
  • 8.5-inch Frying Pan
  • 3-quart Sauté Pan with Lid

Pros

  • The set includes essential cookware that cover basic domestic cooking requirements
  • The steel base supports use on an induction heater
  • Cooking surface has ridges that enable quick food release
  • Little effort is required to clean the utensils
  • The handles are spacious and have a grip surface that allows handling of the hot pots

Cons

  • Dishwasher cleaning can cause the exterior surface paint to chip off
  • Using it on high heat sources could cause the bottom to warp

Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Design:

This Cuisinart Stainless steel set comprises silver utensils that have a matching silver color on the interior. The handles on the sides of the utensils are brushed to give them a shiny appearance while the accompanying lids are made of stainless steel and have silver handles that match the side handles' color.

Materials:

Triple-clad technology has been used in the construction of the body. It comprises an aluminum layer in the middle, 18/10 stainless steel on the interior, and a brushed stainless steel on the exterior that makes the pots and pans compatible with induction heaters and other common sources of heat in the kitchen.

Handles and lids are also made of stainless steel to enable the usage of the utensils in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Usability:

Our team found the unique look of the exterior of this set impressive because it has been brushed to give it a nice lustre that cleans easily and performs well. 

The 18/10 stainless steel used to make the cookware heat up quickly and distributes heat to all parts of the cooking surface at the same time, thus eliminating hot spots.

Handles on this set are long, which means that they dissipate heat effectively to remain cool even after long hours of being on the cooking stove. The utensils' top edge is flared outwards to enable precise and non-drip pouring.


The set contains:

  • 1.5 - and 3-quart covered saucepans
  • 8 and 10-inch open skillets
  • 3.5-quart covered sauté pan
  • 8-quart covered stockpot
  • Steamer insert with lid

Pros

  • The set has multi-sized utensils that can be used on small and large burners
  • The lids can be swapped and used to cover the pans that come with no lids
  • Have a flared edge that enables precise non-drip pouring
  • The body heats up within a very short time

Cons

  • Small scratches on the polished surface are more evident
  • Staining the steel surface is easy if the pots are not properly cleaned

All-Clad D3 Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Pro Grade Set

Design:

The all-clad D3 set is yet another collection of silver utensils that have a matching silver interior. The top edge on the pots and pans is flared outwards while the body is thin to make the pieces lightweight. In fact, their total weight is only 26 pounds. Each of the items also has a silver covering lid accompanying it.

Materials:

The all clad set uses multi layer technology that combines two stainless steel layers that encapsulate an aluminum layer to come up with utensils that heat up within a short time, spread heat evenly with no hotspots, and produce safe food for consumption.

The handles, both on the body and covering lids, are all spacious and firmly held in place by two rivets. These utensils are usable on all cooking stoves, which include induction heaters.

Usability:

We love the all clad technology used to make the body because it enables even cooking of food owing to the fact that all the layers extend from the base to the top. Heat is also distributed quickly throughout thanks to the inner aluminum layer. This means that food heats up from all sides including the walls as opposed to only the base on other cookware.

The stainless steel handles are comfortable to grip and shaped into a non-slip shape that widens towards the end. Dual- riveting of the handles on the body and on the lids ensures they stay firmly in place.

Some users, however, complain about the stainless steel covers that restrict viewing of the cooking contents when the pots are covered. They also lack a steam release vent. From different reviews, however, it's clear that the lids barely affect the general performance of the cookware.


The set contains:

  • 8-inch and 10-inch fry pans
  • 2-quart and 3-quart sauce pans with lids
  • 3-quart sauté pan with a lid
  • 8-quart stockpot with a lid

Pros

  • The set has multiple sized utensils that you can use for cooking small and large meals
  • The utensils have high heat tolerance and retain the heat for a long time
  • The top edge has a shape that allow precise pouring
  • The cooking surface does not develop hotspots

Cons

  • The rolled top edge can corrode when the utensils are cleaned in the dishwasher
  • Cooking on high temperatures can cause the bottom to warp

HOMI CHEF Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

Design:

Homi Chef Set comes with utensils that have a mirror polished exterior and a silver interior. The base has a circular copper band while clear see-through lids accompany the pots and saucepans. Handles on the body and lids feature two rivets and are polished to match the exterior of the pots.

Materials:

The Homi-chef utensils have a nickel free stainless steel body that is resistant to corrosion and capable of delivering safe food while the base is triple layered.

An aluminum layer sandwiched between two stainless steel layers makes the base and enables quick and efficient heating with no hotspots. The exterior layer is magnetic to enable the utensils to cook on induction heaters as well as gas and electric stoves.

Usability:

We like the design that the manufacturer of this set has used on the body and base. Triple layering the base enables the aluminum layer to heat up the bottom of the pots and pans effectively, thus avoiding hotspots.

Users of the utensils also report liking the effectiveness of the handles to disperse heat to make them cool even after the pots have been on the stove for an extended period.

The pots also have an outward-spread edge at the top that give the lids a flat surface to sit on, thus forming an airtight seal and enabling precise pouring.


The set contains:

  • 1-quart covered saucepan
  • 2.5-quart covered saucepan
  • 7-quart covered stockpot
  • 8-inch fry pan
  • 9.5-inch fry pan
  • 2.5-quart covered sauté pan

Pros

  • The base heats up quickly and does not develop hotspots
  • The set comes with tight fitting covering lids
  • Pouring with the pans when serving food does not leave dripping liquids
  • The steel used to make the body is nickel free and safe to cook on

Cons

  • Cooking on very high temperatures could cause food to stick on the cooking surface
  • No shallow pan is included in the set

Calphalon Classic 14-Piece Stainless Steel Set

Design:

The Calphalon Classic contains differently sized pots, pans, and saucepans that have a mirror-polished silver exterior and a satin finish on the silver interior. The circular top edge on the pots is etched with a pouring spout while the covering lids that come with the utensils are transparent. This set weighs 34 pounds when packed.

Materials:

These utensils have been constructed using stainless steel on the body and handles while the base features an impact bonded aluminum disc that helps in heat distribution on the cooking surface.

The clear lids have been made with tempered glass, which is scratch free and shatter resistant. The exterior of the base has magnetic steel to make the utensils usable in the oven as well as on all the common cooking stoves and induction heaters.

Usability:

Our team liked the collection of utensils that make up this set because of their ability to cover all essential food preparation requirements in domestic and commercial kitchens. The interior of the pots, which has marked fill lines enables cooks to measure liquid ingredients right from the cooking utensils and get accurate measurements.

The pouring spout located at the top edge of the pots enable the cook to strain liquids from the contents in the interior without using a colander.

Owners of the utensils have reported liking the quick heating of the body and the fact that the handles are firmly held in place.


The set contains:

  • 8-inch & 10-inch fry pans
  • 12-inch fry pan with cover
  • 1.5-quart, 2.5-quart, & 3.5-quart sauce pans with covers
  • 3-quart sauté pan with cover
  • 8-quart stock pot with cover

Pros

  • Cooking on an induction heater maintains cleanliness of the exterior
  • The cooking surface supports use with metal utensils
  • Heat is distributed evenly on the cooking surface
  • Proper maintenance can make the utensils last for a very long time

Cons

  • Stains can develop on the surface when the utensils are not dried after cleaning
  • Handles can become hot and require to be held using a cloth

T-Fal Professional 12-Piece Nonstick Induction Base Set

Design:

T-Fal's 12-piece set comprise of utensils that have a dark gray exterior color and a similarly dark gray interior that has a red thermo-spot indicator at the center. A circular shiny edge surrounds the top edge of the pots and saucepans while the handles have a black cover. The set also includes clear lids and two nylon cooking utensils.

Materials:

T-Fal professional set features utensils with a non-stick cooking surface reinforced with titanium for excellent food release and easy cleaning. Handles have been covered with soft silicon and shaped into a sure grip shape that reduces chances of the utensils slipping from the cook's hands during use.

The bottom has a magnetic steel circular plate with the exception of the small frying pan. The plate makes the utensils suitable for use over the common heat sources including induction heaters.

Usability:

We like the unique craftsmanship on T-Fal utensils, particularly on the cooking surface that includes a thermo indicator. This is because cooks can use the utensils at optimum operating temperature with the help of the thermo-spot indicator and achieve perfectly cooked food.

We also like the top edge that compliments the fitting see-through lids when it comes to locking in moisture and food flavors and enabling easy non-drip pouring of liquid contents from the pots.

Users of these pieces agree that the base heats up quickly and evenly. Some claim that the base is a let-down for people who cook with flat glass cook tops because it is not smooth and could scratch the cooktop.


The set contains:

  • 8-inch fry pan
  • 10.25-inch fry pan
  • 1 egg wonder fry pan
  • 1-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 5-quart stockpot
  • Stainless steel steamer insert
  • 2 nylon tools

Pros

  • The utensils heat up within a short time on induction heaters
  • The thermo-spot lets the cook know when the pot is heated enough
  • Nylon cooking tools are sold with the pots and pans
  • The cooking surface cleans with little effort

Cons

  • The small egg wonder skillet is not induction compatible
  • You cannot clean these inside the dishwasher

Induction Stove Features - How Is It Different from Other Cooktops

The induction heater uses electricity to produce a high frequency magnetic field that heats up the magnetic base on induction ready cookware. (1) This works great for energy conservation because the heat is not produced any more when the utensils with a magnetic base is moved away.

The benefit of using an induction heater is that it is easy to regulate the temperature you cook with unlike on a gas stove. Induction cookers also enable zero heat loss when cooking because heat is only produced when the utensil is close to the heater surface.

Cooking with an induction heater is also considered safer because the stove does not become hot. As such, chances of fire accidents are reduced since there is no flame involved.

Induction heaters, however, can only be used with induction ready cookware and the cooking process usually produces some ticking noise caused by the electromagnetic coil cycling.


Best Cookware Materials for Induction Top Use

Induction cookware heats up from the bottom, which means that the best utensils to use on an induction heater are the utensils that have been constructed with an excellent heat conductor. 

Sadly, the best heat conductors such as aluminum and copper are not safe to cook on since they could react with food. To enhance the users' safety, manufacturers use such materials in the core of utensils and cover them with metals such as stainless steel that are safe for cooking.

The best induction ready utensils you can buy are the utensils that have the core extended up to the walls instead of only the base. This allows the contents to be heated from all sides resulting in evenly cooked food.


Related questions

How do I know if my cookware is induction compatible?

Cookware that is induction compatible has a base that is made of a magnetic metal material. The easy way to test induction compatibility is to place a magnet on the base of a cookware and see if the magnet is attracted to it. Bases that do not attract the magnet are not induction compatible while those that do are induction compatible.

testing the induction compatible

Can nonstick pans be used on an induction stove?

Non-stick pans that have a magnetic base can be used on an induction stove. If your non-stick pans lack a magnetic base, however, they do not support use on an induction heater.

Do chefs prefer gas or induction?

Chefs prefer cooking on gas flames to get the charred effect on steaks, which they cannot replicate on an induction heater. The induction heater, however, is preferred when the food one is cooking requires specific temperatures because it is easy to set specific temperature levels on an induction heater.

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