Today I am reviewing the top 11 best induction cookware in 2016. First, in case someone doesn’t know what induction cookware is, here it is. Induction cookware is cookware that is made out of material that is magnetic. This is normally either stainless steel or cast iron.
The reasoning behind using induction cookware is that using an induction stove is supposed to be more energy efficient than either a gas or electric stove. They are also supposed to cook food faster and use less heat doing so in the process.
The biggest obstacle to induction cooking is still the price. While the prices have declined lately, induction ranges still start out at around $1500; unless of course you want to do a hybrid–but that is not necessarily cheap either, it still runs you a little under $1000. Anyway, if you have decided you want an induction range but are unsure what cookware to get; hopefully this guide will help you.
1. Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
This is an outstanding set for the price. There are twelve pans included. They are from Cuisinart; a well known brand for quite some time. They are oven safe up to 550F as well as dishwasher safe. These are very good looking pans and will last you for years and years. The only disadvantage to these pans is that they are hard to clean vs. non-stick pans.
2. Cook N Home 12-Piece Stainless Steel Set
The first thing you will notice about these pans is they are cheap; too cheap in my opinion. There are several reports of them breaking at either low or high heats. If you are desperate for a first set of pans that is your own; go for it. If you are that cheap and that is your only factor, well I probably wasn’t going to stop you anyway. Everyone else can steer clear.
3. 2 QT Stainless Steel Covered Saucepan
Most of us know of and a lot of us love 2 QT Stainless Steel Covered Saucepan. I personally have an entire three bookshelves of them. Yes they are expensive; but It is designed by grip and stay-cool touch. Also, Ergonomically is a part of handle that it help you cool while cook. I know most of you would not want to spend this, but as an avid cook and baker.
4. GOTHAM STEEL 9.5 Inches Non-Stick Titanium Frying Pan By Daniel Green
This pan was endorsed by chef Daniel Green and first sold on an infomercial. It is oven safe up to 500F and very durable and scratch proof. I have a couple of major concerns with this pan. 1. It is generally more effective on several levels to buy a cookware set and not the pans individually. That noted–2. Far more important, this pan will start sticking after a couple of uses. It does not work nearly as well as the infomercial indicates; I believe this to be a classic thing of “you get what you pay for”. In any case, I don’t recommend it.
5. T-Fal C515SC Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Induction Base Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Black
So far this is the best bang for your buck on pans. There are twelve of them for about $150. The pans are all durable and scratch resistant. Even as an experienced cook I am hard pressed to remember where this would matter but just to be thorough: this pan is only oven safe to 400F not 500F that some of the other pans are advertised as being. That said, everything else is the same (I don’t know about you but for me one of the most important things is that they are dishwasher safe…). Anyway, this is my biggest recommendations so far, for those who don’t want to fork over the big bucks for Williams Sonoma and just as importantly don’t want pans that’ll be dead in a month.
6. VonShef Induction Hob Heat Diffuser Stainless Steel Available In Two Sizes (9.25″)
This is not technically a pan. It is a gadget that is designed to help you have even heat when cooking as it would if you were induction cooking. The premise is that you buy this instead of expensive induction cookware. I can’t recommend it due to the high amount of defective items that were complained about. Well either they were defective or it is false advertising. If you are cheap enough that you would buy this instead of pans you would probably do so regardless of what I say; but that said I still don’t recommend it.
7. Induction Bottom Aluminum Nonstick Frying-Pan Grey Fry Pan – 11 Inches Dishwasher Safe Cookware – By Utopia Kitchen
Here we have a cheap frying pan; as of when this was written it is on sale. But even if it wasn’t, that is still cheap. It is non stick, dishwasher safe and scratch resistant. This one is only oven safe up to 350 degrees. It is good if you need a frying pan only, but I still recommend buying cookware as a set, not just one pan.
8. Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Agave Blue
As of when this was written, this cookware set is a 1 seller. That may or may not be because as of right now it is on sale . Anyway, the first thing you will notice after that is, these are a unique shade of blue. Upon further inspection of this listing you will see this set is also offered in red, orange and brown; all unique colors from the standard silver and maybe black that most cookware is. Upon further inspection, this set is NOT induction safe, but is designed to cook as though it is an induction set. It is also unclear if these are dishwasher safe or not; given the large number of pans that are, I am not recommending this.
These are oven safe to 550F and dishwasher safe. That said, they would not be my first recommendation. They are a poor bang for the buck with the price being as high as some of the sets that have more pans. It’s not like the Williams Sonoma or even Calphalon (well the king of pans before induction…) where there is a reason for it.
10. Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware SaucePan With Lid 3-Quart
As of when this review was written, this pan is heavily on sale. It is oven safe to 550F, dishwasher safe and freezer safe. That noted there is nothing remarkable about this pan that I would advocate buying it by itself. If you need a saucepan only and this is still on sale, it is an okay buy. Otherwise I would not recommend it.
This is a number one seller in new release cookware sets. It is a good buy while it is on sale; it would not be my first choice if it went off sale. Anyway, it is the only set that comes with spatula. It is dishwasher safe and oven safe to 550F. It is also safe for freezer storage. This is one of my recommendations but whether I would actually buy it or not would be based on if it was still on sale.
So there they are the top 11 Best Induction Cookware reviewed. First off, we can rule out the VonShef. Next we can rule out the Daniel Green frying pan and the Rachael Ray set (since it wasn’t induction safe anyway). Although if you know someone who would appreciate the fun colors that might be worth remembering for them. The Utopia Kitchen pan is okay for a backup frying pan if you need one, but it would not be my first choice.
Now for what I would recommend. The Williams Sonoma set first off; I know it’s extremely expensive. I could sit here and tell you all day while I love those pans but at the price either you’ll get them or you won’t regardless of what I say. So, assuming most of you won’t, I will move on to the rest of my recommendations. I really like the Duxtop 17 set if it is still on sale; it is the only set to come with utensils, which is neat.
Overall my recommendation would have to be the T-Fal or Cuisinart 12 pan set. Either of these are the best value for the money. The Duxtop 17 set would only be in this price range if it is still on sale; otherwise retail is almost double. I really like those as well but I appreciate that not everyone wants to splurge.