Best Cookware For an Induction Cooktop
Best Cookware For an Induction Cooktop
Induction cooking is different from other methods in that it uses magnetic induction instead of thermal conduction to heat its cooking vessels, allowing for a fast increase in temperature. A coil of copper is placed underneath the pan and an electric current is passed through it. It creates an oscillating magnetic field and therefore induces a flux, allowing for the heat up of the pan by treating it like the magnetic core of a transformer. This produces currents called ‘eddy’ currents that works against the resistance of the metal of the pot to heat up.
The cookware must be compatible with the induction cooking system in order for it to work and must be comprised of ferrous metal and have a flat bottom in order for it to properly and evenly distribute heat. When reviewing the cookware I always try to mention whether pots and pans are usable on induction cooktops. The flat bottom is mandatory because the magnetic field produced by the induction cooker is relative with how close the unit is to the cookware, and any unnecessary distance between the two interferes with the efficiency of the system.
An alternative method to the ferrous metal cooking is the use of induction disks to heat non-ferrous metals, though it is far inferior to the ferrous method. Since the induction method doesn’t require the unit itself to produce heat, it’s safer to use since the heat is only created with the reaction it has with the bottom of the pots and pans.
Induction is a more energy efficient choice also, since it provides the control that you’d find in a gas stove, and the heat produced(since the unit itself does not heat up) isn’t lost to the surrounding area. Most all of the heat goes to where it’s intended, allowing for short cook times and allows the system to rise above in the cost efficiency department. Since the heat isn’t transferred to the kitchen, it also allows for less need to ventilate the area after use.
Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware
The stainless steel allows for even heating within the food and minimizes hot spots. The handle is guaranteed to stay cool throughout the cooking process, eliminating the risk of burning your hand by simply grabbing the handle of the pan or lid. It’s oven safe up until 550 degrees, and dishwasher safe, so there’s no need to constantly wash it by hand, although anyone with experience in owning an expensive cookware set knows that hand washing is best.
It features a three layer construction, riveted handles and is oven and freezer safe and comes with a lifetime limited manufacturer’s warranty.
T-fal E938SA Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Cookware Set
This set is unique in that it has a heat indicator right there on the pans. The interior is non-stick and durable and resistant against scratches and nicks, and keeps food from clinging to it and allows for easy disposal and cleaning. It’s oven safe up to 350 degrees, and can be used for any cooking method, not just induction. Riveted silicone handles allow for easy handling of the cookware, and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Also, like the previous set, it also is dishwasher safe, though once again washing it by hand is the best choice.
Cooks Standard NC-00232 12-Piece Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel Cookware Set
This set offers a multi-ply clad 18/10 stainless steel combination with an aluminum core. The handles are riveted to last and provide a v-shaped design that allows them to stay cool. It can be used for any stovetop, including induction. The interior of the cookware is sleek and composed of high quality stainless steel, and the design of the pots and pans allow the heat to build on bottom and radiate up the sides toward the top, allowing you to cook from all sides unlike some other cookware sets.
Emeril by All-Clad E914SC PRO-CLAD Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set
This set is tri-ply bonded stainless steel, aluminum stainless, which allows for even heating and avoids hot spots. It has a flared rim to help protect against drips and spills and includes riveted handles for easy removal. It’s suitable for gas, ceramic glass, electric or induction cooking systems. It comes with a lifetime warranty and is also dishwasher safe.