Buyers Guide to Cookware for Induction Ranges
Induction cooking is rising in popularity due to its many benefits. When it comes to making the decision to purchase the right cookware for your new induction range, there are several factors to keep in mind. We are here with a complete buyer’s guide to cookware for induction ranges, but first — a little bit on what induction cooking really is for those of us who might be exploring the option of induction cooking for the first time.
How it works:
For as long as cooking has been around, we have always known the heating process to be radiant. That is, there is either a gas flame or electric glow to serve as a clear indicator that the stove is on and heating up. Induction cooktops use an electromagnetic field to heat up your iron-based pots, which is why you need specific cookware for induction ranges.
Pros of Induction Cooking
Energy Efficient: The main benefit of induction cooking is that it is highly energy efficient. Since induction ranges heat up about 50% faster with the right cookware, this adds a major boost to your efforts to conserve energy, because your stove does not need to be on as long.
Safety: The heating process only occurs at the point of contact between the induction ranges and the cookware, which means that the entire surface that isn’t in contact with cookware is cool to the touch, minimizing the risks of personal burns and injuries.
Easy to Clean: Since the rest of the induction range does not heat up, residue form overflowing pots or accidental spills would not stick to your cooktop. The cleaning process consists of an easy wipe down, which saves you time, and everyone is happy.
Con of Induction Cooking
Much Faster Heating: If you are used to chopping up your vegetables while waiting for your pan to heat up, this is going to entail a change in your cooking procedure, because the wait time for the cookware to heat up is going to be essentially eliminated. Bear in mind as you read about our selection of cookware for induction ranges, that as long as you adjust your cooking procedures, you will be fine.
You Need the Right Cookware: But don’t worry, this is where we come in with a complete buyer’s guide to the right cookware for your induction range!
Our Top 5 Cookware Picks for Induction Ranges
Induction friendly cookware can range anywhere from $50 all the way to $700, but the price does not always determine the quality of the cookware. Here, we have our top five picks of cookware sets that are all induction range ready. The prices range from $60 to about $500 depending on what you are looking for.
1. Hot Dots Premium 7-Piece Induction Ready Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Buyer’s love this cookware set, because of its Hot Dots technology and also that it is PFOA free. Perfluorooctanoic acid is the stuff that plays a major role in creating in the non-stick feature of pots and pans. Don’t worry though; if you are concerned that your eggs are going to stick to your pan, the consumer reviews show that there is no sticking so long as you are fully aware of how to cook with stainless steel.
Despite stainless steel cookware being all the rage due to how aesthetically pleasing it looks in your kitchen, the stuff has been known to take a long time to heat up, which is what makes the Hot Dots technology so cool. What the dots do is they allow for heat to be directly transferred from the cooktop to the aluminum core of the cookware.
The cookware is three-ply, which makes it one of the most durable induction ready sets of cookware out there for the price. This set also comes with a lifetime warranty through Hot Dots, so you will be covered for as long as you own it.
Pros: PFOA free, Hot Dots technology, three-ply durability, and a lifetime warranty.
Cons: Occasional sticking if you are not well-versed in cooking with stainless steel, and an induction range ensures fast heating times regardless of the technology.
2. WMF 07 3057 6040 11-Piece Diadem Cookware Set (Silver)
If you love the stainless steel look, but aren’t ready to shell out close to four hundred bucks, this set is for you. WMF uses TransTherm bases for their cookware, which makes this set ready for all cooktops including, you guessed it: induction ranges. The fry pans are oven safe, and all pieces in this set are dishwasher safe, so there’s another bit of cleaning time that you can save when you go the induction route. Also, this set has a polished stainless steel finish, which gives your kitchen that modern look when you’re cooking.
Pros: TransTherm bases, oven safe fry pans, dishwasher friendly, stainless steel finish.
Cons: The level of durability is unclear with this set, but just refrain from smacking your cookware around, and you will be fine.
Price Range: $140 – $170
3. Cuisinart W99I-13 13Pc Classic Induction Stainless Steel Cookware Set
This set has all the good stuff: induction ready, Dishwasher safe, and Oven Safe material. What sets this one apart is that Cuisinart uses PowerBond, which means that the base is infused with high-impact technology to ensure that your cookware is equipped with the ultimate durability.
The rims of each pot and pan are riveted, so you don’t have to deal with hot liquids sneaking down along the side of the pot when you are pouring it, causing all that hot liquid to go everywhere.
Another thing that’s so great about this set is that not only does it come with so many options for pots and pans, but each one has riveted stainless steel handles, which also include side grips and helper handles. This means you have the best hold and balance over your cookware when you are handling it.
Pros: Dishwasher Safe, Oven Safe, PowerBond high-impact base, riveted rims for easy pouring, and riveted stainless steel handles with side grips and helper handles.
Cons: Some users have reported “discolored spots” on the inside base after they have boiled water, but reported no further issues.
Price Range: $220 – $250
4. JUNING 3 Sets of Stainless Steel Cookware with Tempered Glass Lids
This cookware is the most affordable option that we were able to find with all the essentials for your induction range cooking needs. The set comes with one of each: a large pot with two side handles, one medium-sized pot with a secured handle, and a fry pan also with a secure handle. Each piece also comes with a tempered glass lid, which aside from durability, stay clear while you cook so you can monitor your entire cooking process.
Pros: Affordable, stainless steel surface, tempered glass lids.
Cons: With only two pots and one pan, you are limited on your options in the kitchen.
Price Range: $57 – $101
5. Secura Duxtop SSIB-17 Professional 17 piece Stainless Steel Induction Cookware Set, Impact-bonded Technology
This set is the mother load if you are looking for a complete starter set of cookware or your induction range. It includes: two frying pans (8 and 10 inch), two sauce pans (1.6 and 2.5 quarts), one casserole with a lid, one boiler basket, one steamer basket, and three kitchen tools (large cooking spoon, 2-prong turning fork, and a spatula). So, if you were looking for a set that caters to all of your cooking needs, this set would have all of that. This set, along with being dishwasher and oven safe, is also freezer friendly for all your food-storing needs. It is built of commercial grade stainless steel and has heavy gauge impact-bonded aluminum encapsulated bottoms for maximum durability, and it comes with a lifetime limited warranty as well!
Pros: Plenty of options with all of the pieces, durable, dishwasher safe, oven safe, freezer safe, lifetime limited warranty.
Cons: Consumers have reported rust spots on some occasions after boiling water.
Price Range: $250 (when on sale) – $500
Hopefully this list of our top picks could serve as the right buyer’s guide for you, and we wish you the happiest shopping experience when purchasing cookware for your induction range.