6 Induction-Friendly Cookware Sets (Including Some You Probably Already Own)

Believe it or not, most cookware is induction safe!

April 28, 2022
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Induction stovetops were first introduced at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1933, but didn’t really take off until the 1970s, and then again in the mid-2000s. While induction cooktops are still less popular than electric or gas ranges, they’ve slowly but surely gained popularity among home cooks. Unlike electric cooktops, induction cooktops contain copper coils below the stovetop surface, which creates a magnetic current that heats the pan directly. An electric stovetop works by heating the cooking surface and thus heating the pan. That makes them particularly attractive for cooks with children, since the range cools instantly, reducing the chance of burns on little diners.

Since induction cooking works off a magnetic current, your cookware base must be magnetic, too. This doesn’t mean that you need to buy induction-ready cookware; most likely, most of the pots and pans that you already own can be used for induction cooking. An easy way to tell if what you have will work is to stick a magnet, any magnet, to the bottom of a pot or pan; if it sticks, that’s a sign that your cookware is induction friendly! As a rule of thumb, stainless-steel, cast-iron, and non-stick have magnetic bases and can be used on induction stoves; copper and aluminum cookware without a magnetic base are not suitable for induction cooking.

If you’re in the market for induction-friendly cookware, here are our 6 favorite sets.

The Best Induction Cookware Sets

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1. All-Clad d5 Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set

All-Clad is the best of the best. This essential cookware set will last a lifetime and includes two 8" and 10" fry pans, two 1.5-quart and 3-quart saucepans (with lids!), a 3-quart sauté pan with lid, and an 8-quart stockpot with a lid. You can use this cookware set on an induction stovetop, as well as regular electric or gas, which means that even when you inevitably have to replace your range one day, you won’t have to replace your cookware too.

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2. Greenpan Venice Pro Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set

Greenpan’s expansive collection of ceramic nonstick cookware includes this bestselling set, which is a favorite among its consumers. Each pan is made with multiple layers of stainless steel and finished with a ceramic nonstick coating. Unlike most nonstick cookware, this set can be used in the oven (and yes, on induction stovetops, too)!

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3. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron 8-Piece Cookware Set

Whether you’ve been collecting Le Creuset pieces for generations or are just building your collection, this rainbow-hued cookware is versatile, ridiculously durable, and so, so pretty. When I make beef bourguignon in my Dutch oven, I feel like I should be cooking in the Tuscan or French countryside (either sounds lovely, I’m not picky). And it just so happens to be compatible with induction stovetops, too.

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4. Williams Sonoma Thermo-Clad Induction Nonstick 15-Piece Cookware Set

If you’re looking for a cookware set that was specifically designed for induction cooking, this is it. This large collection of nonstick pots and pans is a steal for how many pieces it includes. Each piece is made with dent-resistant, hard-anodized aluminum and PFOA-free nonstick coating inside, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals getting mixed into your morning scramble. Avoid using metal utensils with nonstick cookware so that you don’t accidentally scratch the surface of the pan.

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5. Greenpan Reserve Ceramic Nonstick Frypan Set

This is the most beautiful set of frying pans ever. Buy it for the eggplant exterior and gold-tone handles, stay for its functionality. The brand notes that these fry pans work on every stovetop thanks to their “Magneto induction bases'', so you’ll never have to worry about performance.

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6. Five Two Essential Saucepan

Our signature saucepan is induction-friendly and home cook-friendly: it was intentionally designed with spouted sides so that you can easily drizzle, say, melted butter over a lobster roll. And it features capacity markers on the inside of the pot so you can do rough measurements quickly.

Have you ever tried cooking on induction stoves? Do you like it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Autumnplot November 29, 2022
I was looking for information about which would be the best induction cookware and didn't see any pro's or cons. I like ceramic but hear more cons after using after a couple of years. Stainless has trouble sticking and cast-iron is too heavy. So guess to have one pan of each instead of buying a set of one kind. Seems cheaper in the long run. I don't want to spend over $300 every couple of years.
Mel D. September 5, 2022
I think this article is very unhelpful for anyone trying to sort out the induction cookware market. You don't explain why you chose any of these sets, and just because cookware works on induction doesn't mean it's a good choice. Why no Demeyere, a clad stainless brand DESIGNED for induction cooktops (and claims to be up to 30% more efficient)? And why All-Clad D5, when D3 is less money and provides an overall better cooking experience? (D5's extra layer of stainless slows down heat, which despite All-Clad's marketing really only hinders one of induction's best features: speed.) And why a whole set of enameled cast iron, which is heavy and can scratch a glass cooktop, when all you really need is the Dutch oven?

All you really need for induction is a smallish set of clad stainless plus one nonstick skillet and an enameled Dutch oven. For the nonstick skillet, my choice would be bare cast iron (which, when properly seasoned, is way more nonstick than enameled cast iron). You certainly do not need an entire set of nonstick, which wears out in a few short years, making it a very unwise investment (true no matter how much you spend on it).

I found this article much more helpful for people looking to invest in induction cookware:

Love your site, but this article really misses the mark.
nratt June 5, 2022
Having used an induction cooktop for several years, I like it. A lot! If I had to choose over again, I’d go induction every single time. It’s simply faster and more efficient than anything else, in my judgment. I have All-Clad and Williams-Sonoma induction cookware along with Swiss Diamond nonstick induction skillets, which I really like, although they might be a little heavier than some folks prefer. I like the weight for efficiency and durability. Plus, Swiss Diamond nonstick stands up to metal utensils, used reasonably. Rounding out my cookware are Staub and Misen enameled cast iron Dutch ovens. And, of course, Lodge cast iron skillets in various sizes, which no serious home cook should be without when cooking at any speed. Yes, that’s a lot of cookware, as my wife will attest, while rolling her eyes. Hey, she humors me still. But seriously, if you’re in the market for a new cooktop, do yourself a big favor and give induction a hard look. I’ll be willing to bet that if you choose induction, you won’t regret it.