So, you got yourself an induction cooktop, or at least thinking of getting yourself one, and now you want to get a great cookware to use it with. But which cookware should you pick? Being durable, faster, and having excellent heat conduction is what you ought to look out for, but is it also induction compatible?
- Circulon Premier Professional 11-piece Hard-anodized Cookware Set Bronze Exterior Stainless Steel Base
- Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set
- Duxtop SSIB-17 Induction Cookware Set
Yes, not all cookware can be used with induction stovetops, especially when it’s made of aluminum, copper, glass, or pyrex. Which leaves you with stainless steel, cast iron, and anodized aluminum. But then again, not all of these cookwares are created equal, meaning not all are compatible too (besides cast iron).
Really? What’s a person to do? Well, in this post, I will go through with you the cookware sets that are not only induction compatible but proven of their durability and longevity.
But first up, in case you didn’t know what is an induction cooktop or why you should get it, here is a brief explanation.
What’s an induction cooktop, and why you should get it
An induction cooktop does not use fire to transfer heat to a cookware, but instead uses electromagnetic energy. What this means is that it creates a magnetic field, and when a compatible cookware (meaning has magnetic properties) is near it, the cookware then absorbs this energy and heats up. Yes, that’s right, the cookware, which is used with the induction cooktop, then becomes the source of heat itself rather than becoming the mediator of heat, thereby making it very energy efficient. Which is one of the benefits for choosing an induction cooktop.
But besides being energy efficient, induction cooktop is also very fast, safe, and precise. More specifically, it’s fast enough to bring six cups of water to a boil in just three minutes, safe enough to put your hands directly on the induction top when it’s activated, and precise enough to create very low heat demanded by certain sauces, like hollandaise.
Rethinking the way you cook with an induction cooktop
If it sounds like using induction stoves is very different from using other stoves, that’s because it is. In fact, many chefs when using the induction cooktop for the first time have difficulties controlling and setting the right amount of heat, resulting in many a pot boil over. Indeed, you may need to rethink the way you cook with the induction stove, but for greater temperature accuracy, power, and speed, it’s certainly worth getting it and learning how to use it properly.
Anyway, here are my reviews of the best induction cookware sets of 2017 to quickly help you decide the best one to get.
Best Induction Cookware Reviews 2017
Circulon Premier Professional 11-piece Hard-anodized Cookware Set Bronze Exterior Stainless Steel Base
- 1-quart saucepan
- 3-quart saucepan
- 4-quart saucepot
- 8-quart stockpot
- 5-quart saute
- 8.5″ french skillet
- 10″ french skillet
- 12″ french skillet
When you’re looking for an induction-compatible cookware, a cookware that can spread heat evenly on its surface is your best bet. And the Premier Professional range quite simply fits this bill—with lots more to offer. Made of anodized aluminum, it’s durable, corrosion-resistant, and nonreactive to acidic foods. Moreover, this composition also makes it lighter than stainless steel, which is a welcome addition as this makes the pots and pans easy to carry around.
But what makes the Premier Professional very unique is that it also offers something call the TOTAL® Non-stick System. Essentially what this means is that the interior of the cookware has ridges which ensure the utensils wont easily scratch its surface. Also, to make this surface nonstick, it has a nonstick coating from DuPont™. You would be forgiven for thinking since the range is made of anodized aluminum, it’s not dishwasher safe, but, surprisingly, it is. My only gripe is that water sometimes gets trapped in the handles due to the way they are designed.
Duxtop SSIB-17 Professional 17 piece Stainless Steel Induction Cookware Set
- 8 and 10-inch fry pans
- 1.6-quart and 2.5-quart saucepans with lids
- 4.2-quart casserole with lid.
- 8.6-quart stock pot with lid
- 5.5-quart sauté pan with helper and lid
Although a brand not as well known as say Cuisinart or Anolon, Duxtop has received mostly positive reviews from customers, especially with the Professional line. Many have said that they have received more than what they paid for.
Immediately, the thing that caught my eye about this tri-ply cookware is that it’s constructed with impact-bonded technology. What this means is that aluminum has been applied in its base and spread across its outer edge by applying both heat and pressure during the manufacturing process. As a result, this allows the cookware to distribute heat more evenly, which also reduces the chance of hot spots occurring. Also in its construction, besides aluminum, is 18/10 stainless steel which offers greater strength and durability.
The handles are easy to grip and firmly riveted to the pans, and the lids are glass-made with a stainless steel rim. All the pieces are dishwasher safe, and they are also oven safe up to 550°F.
With a tri-ply cookware, you’ll always want to know how hefty it is to know what you are really getting. And the Duxtop Professional line weighs in at 35 pounds. By comparison, a line with lesser quality will usually measure at around 29 pounds. Rest assured then that you are getting something that is built to withstand the demands of daily cooking.