Induction cooktops use magnets to generate heat. They’re safe, precise, and efficient, but they can be intimidating to home cooks if you’re not familiar with them. We’ve checked out the best induction-compatible cookware to find what works.
If you prefer to spend less, we love the Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set (available at Amazon), which offers incredible performance on induction burners at a great value.
In general, induction cookware needs to be magnetic. Think cast iron fry pans stainless steel, and carbon steel, but not aluminum and ceramic. The best cookware for induction should evenly conduct electromagnetic energy, and sit flush against a flat cooktop.
Here are the best induction cookware sets we tested, ranked:
HexClad Hybrid Cookware 13-Piece Chef's Package
All-Clad HA1 Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set
Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece
Hestan NanoBond Titanium 10-Piece Ultimate Set
Hestan ProBond Forged Stainless Steel 10-Piece Ultimate Set
Equal Parts The Cookware Set
GreenPan Premiere Ceramic Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set
Tramontina 12-Piece Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set
Circulon Symmetry Black 11-Piece Cookware Set
Great Jones Family Style Set
HexClad Hybrid Cookware 13-Piece Chef's Package
HexClad’s claim to fame is their unique hybrid technology. These high quality pans combine the features you love about stainless steel, the ease-of-use of nonstick pans, and a magnetic layer that's great for induction stovetops, in one neat package. Right now, it’s our favorite cookware set you can buy, period.
These pans aren’t as nonstick as some cookware. They couldn’t cook an egg without oil, for instance. But they heat up quickly and evenly (like nonstick), and exhibit nonstick properties when they’re seasoned and used with a minimal amount of cooking oil. Our chicken thighs had some of the most even, gorgeous searing out of any skillet we’ve used.
It was also exceptionally easy to clean. Any built-up bits could be wiped off easily with a paper towel. Unlike most nonstick, the Hexclad can be used with metal utensils because of its unique laser-etched hexagon top, which also makes it less likely to scratch.
The pans feature tri-ply construction (like multi-clad stainless steel pans), but they’re significantly lighter. That allowed us to toss vegetables with ease, and the ergonomic, rounded handles felt great while we used them. The saucepans also have a bowl-like shape on the interior, so it was much easier to stir into the edges to keep sauces from burning.
This set is not inexpensive, but it contains everything you need for a starter kitchen, plus some bonus items. It’s also a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade their old cookware set, too. The Hybrid Cookware Chef’s Package comes with 8-, 10- and 12-inch frying pans, 2- and 3-quart saucepots, an 8-quart stockpot, and a 12-inch wok.
If you’re specifically looking for a nonstick cookware set, we recommend the All-Clad HA1 Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set. It not only aced our tests, but each pan is beautifully designed with a sleek, black finish and shiny metal handles. The handles are long enough to create a perfect balance with each pan, and they feature All-Clad’s signature concave shape that’s super comfortable to hold.
While the pans are a little on the heavy side, they’re well-built with heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum that should make them more durable. All-Clad also coats the pans with three layers of PFOA-free nonstick material, creating a slick finish that helps the food release easily.
As for performance, we had absolutely no complaints. The lid fit tightly onto the saucepots, trapping steam inside the pan to create some of the best rice in the testing group.
We were also impressed at how crispy our chicken skin became, as most nonstick pans don’t excel at creating a hard sear. Put it all together, and this set became the clear choice for our Best Nonstick Cookware Set. Our only major complaint was that the pans don’t nest very well, making storage more difficult.
The hard-anodized nonstick set certainly seems expensive at first glance, but it comes with a wide variety of pots and pans that make it worth every penny. The set includes 8- and 10-inch frying pans, 2.5- and 3.5-quart sauce pans, a 4-quart sauté pan, and an 8-quart stockpot.
Cuisinart MCP-12N Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
The Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set is regularly on sale for just above $200, and you should definitely snatch one up if you see it hovering around that price. In the past five years, the price point has consistently been under $300, down from its MSRP of $670.
The set offers incredible performance at a great value. We had no complaints with the medium-sized sauté pan (which not only comfortably fit four chicken thighs but also seared each one to perfection). The large stockpot is well-sized for making soup, cooking pasta, or blanching vegetables.
In addition to performance, these pans are easy to use. The triple-ply construction gave the pans the benefit of heat conductivity, even on induction, but the aluminum core ensures they’re not too heavy to handle. The set includes everything you need to cook a meal: two saucepans (1 1/2- and 3-quart), an 8-quart stockpot, a medium-sized 3.5-quart sauté pan, two skillets (8- and 10-inch), and a steamer insert—all with comfortable handles and a design that creates a nice balance when holding the pan.
All in all, it was easy to name the Cuisinart as our Best Value cookware set for induction. It has everything you need for a starter kitchen and it’s a great choice for those looking to upgrade their old sets, too.
While we know every shopper can't justify the price, Hestan's NanoBond is an exceptional line of cookware and is worth the dough if you have it. It’s gorgeous to look at and feels good in your hand. Plus, you get the kind of performance you’d expect at this price—even, excellent heating, steady simmering, and no burning at the bottom or in the corners.
Thousands of tiny, titanium-based nanolayers are bonded to the stainless-steel surfaces of NanoBond cookware, which the brand claims makes it 400% stronger than traditional stainless steel and therefore resistant to staining and scratching. These pieces can even take heat up to 1050 degrees Fahrenheit!
While there are lots of good cookware sets out there, this line offers just about every performance point and ease-of-use upgrade you could ever want. The 10-piece set includes 8.5- and 11-inch skillets, 1.5- and 3-quart saucepans, a 3.5-quart sauté pan, and an 8-quart stockpot. Read our full review here.
Hestan ProBond is great-looking and high-performing induction-ready cookware, competitively priced with stainless steel sets from All-Clad. While not as exceptionally durable as Hestan's NanoBond line, the ProBond pieces are similarly well-constructed, with even heating, flush rivets, and a good weight.
The 10-piece set includes 8.5- and 11-inch skillets, 1.5- and 3-quart saucepans, a 3.5-quart sauté pan, and an 8-quart stockpot—a good assortment of basics that's definitely a better deal than buying these pieces individually, assuming you need of all of them. You have the option of supplementing your set with ProBond nonstick skillets, but you’ll have to look to another brand for a Dutch oven.
Equal Parts made one of our favorite nonstick pans, so it’s no surprise that we loved the Equal Parts Non-Stick Cookware Set. For starters, these pans are absolutely gorgeous, which somehow makes cooking out of them that much more fun.
Each pan features comfortable handles that didn’t get too hot, and the ceramic nonstick coating allowed us to get a great sear on the chicken without burning any residue onto the bottom. That helps to make clean-up a breeze! The pans also stack nicely for storage and feature universal lids, making this set perfect for anyone with storage constraints.
The ceramic nonstick set is definitely minimal, though, and we thought the price tag was a little high for four pans. It comes with their 8-inch Fry Pan, 3.5-quart Sauce Pan, 10-inch Essential Pan (a sauté pan with 2.5-inch tall sides), and an 8-quart oven-safe stockpot.
GreenPan Premiere Ceramic Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set
GreenPan was the first company to produce ceramic nonstick pans, and they have dozens of cookware sets to choose from. We tested the GreenPan Premiere Ceramic Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set because of its stainless-steel construction, which is heavier than aluminum but more durable.
Some of the premium nonstick sets we tested were a little skimpy on the contents, but you’ll get six well-built pots and pans with this set, plus lids and a steamer basket. The nonstick properties on this pan were top-notch. The pans also included small details that we appreciated, like rounded handles that stayed cool as you cooked and recessed handle rivets that we appreciated when cleaning the pans.
On the flip side, these pans didn’t heat as evenly as some of the other cookware sets we tested, and it was a little hard to stir into the corners of the saucepans. They were also a little on the heavy side, but that’s well worth it for a well-built pan.
This ceramic nonstick set, which is exclusive to Williams Sonoma, includes 9.5- and 12-inch frying pans, 1.5- and 3-quart saucepans, a 3-quart sauté pan, a 6-quart stockpot, and a stainless steel steamer insert.
If the gorgeous appearance of the Caraway Cookware Set isn’t enough to make you want to buy it, the extra attention to detail will definitely push you over the edge. The set comes with four pans, three lids, and two specially designed storage pieces. The modular racks house the pans on their side so they’ll easily fit inside a cabinet, and the genius canvas lid holder can hang on the inside of the door.
When it came to performance, these pans absolutely met our expectations when we tested on a gas cooktop. The lid features a small hole to allow steam to escape, producing some of the better rice in the group. And the nonstick properties didn’t fail in any of the tests, allowing eggs to slide around without any cooking oil. However, the bottoms are not perfectly flat, so while using an induction cooktop, you may get lesser results.
The set also lost some points because it doesn’t contain a full set of pots and pans, despite the high price tag.
This ceramic nonstick cookware set includes one 10.5-inch frying pan (skipping the smaller 8-inch egg pan that comes with most cookware sets). You’ll also get a 3-quart sauce pan, 4.5-quart sauté pan, and a 6.5-inch Dutch oven (which is a great bonus item instead of a traditional stockpot). As long as the smaller selection of sizes still fits your needs, you’ll be happy with the Caraway.
All-Clad BD005710-R D5 Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set
All-Clad is well known for making top-of-the-line (and expensive) cookware. This All-Clad BD005710-R D5 Brushed 18/10 Stainless Steel 5-Ply Bonded 10-Piece Cookware Set is no exception. While there’s no denying the superior heat distribution and overall performance of these 5-ply, bonded stainless-steel pans. However, a few downsides caused them to fall down in the ranks.
First, the very hefty price tag is hard to swallow, especially considering that the heavy material makes it harder to flip vegetables or pour out the contents with ease. The straight (and stainless steel) handle design doesn’t help in that regard, throwing off the balance and causing you to really feel the weight of each pan.
That said, if you’re willing to dish out the coin (or have a wedding registry in the near future), these pots and pans will last a lifetime. The set comes with two saucepots (1.5- and 3-quart), an 8-quart stockpot, a medium-sized 3-quart sauté pan, and two skillets (8- and 10-inch).
Tramontina 80116/249DS Tri-Ply 12-Piece Cookware Set
If you regularly make large amounts of soup or stock, you may want to consider the Tramontina 12-Piece Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set. It’s the only set that came with a 12-quart stockpot. That's overkill for boiling pasta or blanching vegetables, but perfect for larger-batch recipes. The wide handles were comfortable to hold and the tri-ply construction provided even heating, from browning chicken breasts to cooking sauces without scorching.
You’ll get some larger-sized pots and pans with this set for a great price. However, iif you’re looking for small 1-quart saucepans, this isn’t the one for you. The roomier pans are nice, giving you more space to cook larger quantities while still fitting on a standard range top. You’ll find two saucepots (3- and 5-quart), two stockpots (5- and 12-quart), a large 5-quart sauté pan, and two skillets (10- and 12-inch) in the set.
Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set
Each pan in the Circulon Symmetry Black 11-Piece Cookware Set has raised, concentric circles on the nonstick surface. While I couldn’t tell you the history of these ridges or how they became a Circulon signature trait, I can tell you that they definitely work to keep food from sticking to the pan!
In addition to acing the nonstick tests, the Circulon pans performed well overall (except that the tall-and-skinny stockpot design took the longest in the group to boil water). Overall, these were some of the more comfortable pans we used, with well-thought-out, padded handles and nicely-balanced weight.
This set has a nice variety of items, including three saucepots (1-, 2-, and 3-quart), an 8-quart stockpot, a medium-sized 3-quart sauté pan, and two skillets (8.5- and 10-inch). Everything you’d need in just the right sizes!
From a performance perspective, we really liked the pans included in the Great Jones Family Style Set. The small nonstick pan was one of our favorites when we reviewed nonstick pans, and we loved the way the saucepan had measurements etched into the side for ease of measuring. All the pans have welded-on handles, too, which made clean-up so much easier compared to scrubbing around traditional rivets.
The pans passed our tests with flying colors, but the set itself fell a little short. It didn’t contain all the items we’d consider essential. For example, we would really like to see a small saucepot and a 12-inch skillet in the mix. And while we liked how the saute pan and stockpot share a lid to save storage space, we wondered what we’d do if we wanted to cook with both pans covered at once.
When it comes to price, it seems high for a set missing so many pieces. That said, it’s one of the few sets we tested that includes a Dutch oven. That’s a big selling point, considering that a single Le Crueset Dutch Oven can cost almost as much as this entire set!
The set comes with Great Jones’s “Small Fry” (an 8.5-inch nonstick pan), and three fully clad stainless pieces: “Deep Cut” (a 10.25-inch deep sauté pan), “Saucy” (a 3-quart saucepan), and “Big Deal” (an 8-quart stockpot). It also includes the “Dutchess,” a gorgeous 6.75-quart Dutch oven available in several colors.
Hi, I’m Lindsay Mattison, a trained professional chef and dinner party enthusiast. I’m the type of person that uses every single pot and pan in the house when I’m cooking dinner (and, I’ll probably dirty up all the tasting spoons and mise en place bowls, too). So I definitely understand the importance of having the right set of pots and pans to get the job done!
It wasn’t easy testing all these cookware sets (and my house was quite cluttered for a few weeks), but it was well worth it to help you find the best pots and pans sets for the value.
After researching and selecting top-rated sets for testing, we cooked a multi-component meal using each set. To function for everyday life, the pots and pans had to be sized appropriately to cook dinner for one, but we also wanted to know if you could easily cook a larger dinner (like Thanksgiving) using the set. To earn our seal of approval, at least two saucepans, one sauté pan, and a stockpot had to fit on a standard cooktop range at the same time.
Keeping that in mind, we designed the tests to evaluate performance, ease of use, and value. We seared chicken thighs in the sauté pan, tossed vegetables in the skillets, simmered sauces and cooked rice in the saucepots, and blanched vegetables in the stockpot. If the set came with nonstick gear, we fried a few eggs without oil to see how well the coating worked.
Finally, we measured any noticeable hotspots and maybe did a little taste testing to see if one set made a tastier meal than the others. In the end, none of the sets outright failed, but we did have a few favorites.
What You Should Know About Induction Cookware Sets
Although I wish it weren’t true, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all pot or pan. Each cooking task requires a specific size, from cooking small amounts of oatmeal to boiling pasta. That means that cookware sets try to anticipate your needs with a variety of pots and pans in different sizes.
Before you jump into a set, consider your cooking style: Do you usually cook for one or for a crowd? The former means you can opt for smaller cookware. Do you cook mostly soups and sauces, or are you a fan of scrambles, stir-fries, and pasta? The answer determines whether it’s more important for your set to have a selection of sauce pots or if having a large skillet.
In the end, it’s best to look for a set that has at least two small saucepots, one large stockpot, a small egg pan, and a larger skillet or sauté pan. Anything extra, I consider a bonus! Most sets come with a lid for every saucepan, stockpot, and sauté pan. Sets count these lids as extra pieces of cookware to increase the count, so the above set would have five pots and pans but would be called an 8-piece set.
While we’re on the topic, try to look for metal lids. Yes, that means you can’t see what’s going on inside the pot, but glass lids always fog up anyway! The metal lids will never drop and shatter, giving them a longer lifespan than the glass variety.
What Kind of Cookware is Best for Induction Cooktops?
Anything with a magnetic field works for induction. That means stainless steel, carbon steel, cast iron, and anything with a magnetic layer on the bottom. Ceramics and aluminum don’t work as a general rule, but you can find cookware made of those materials with a magnetic bottom for induction.
How Do I Know If My Pant Are Induction Compatible?
Holding a magnet to the bottom of your pan to see if it sticks is a quick, easy way to determine if the pan can be used with induction cooktops. Some induction-ready pans have an “induction symbol” on them, an image of a magnetic coil. Of course, magnetic cookware has existed way longer than induction cooktops, so the symbol isn’t a guarantee. It’s easier to just use a magnet.
Is an Induction Cooktop Worth It?
Induction ranges can cost a little extra. However, they offer unparalleled temperature control, they adjust to temperature changes quickly, and they cool down to safe temperatures in a flash. They also save you from gas bills or worrying about gas leaks in your kitchen.
For most people, an induction cooktop isn’t something you’d buy on a whim. But if you’re upgrading your stove or range anyway, it’s worth looking into.
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