Induction Pros

Induction Pros

Best Induction Cookware Sets of 2018 – Complete Reviews With Comparison

stainless steel pot on induction cooktop

Induction cooking is a quicker and more efficient way of preparing your favorite meals.  However, induction cooktops require induction compatible pots and pans.  Although induction cookware sets are designed to be used with induction cooktops, most also work with gas, electric and other cooking surfaces as well.

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Top 5 Induction Cookware Sets Comparison Chart

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Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Nonstick
11-PC

Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply 
10-PC
Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad
10-pc
Cuisinart Multi-clad Pro 12-Pc
Circulon
hard anodized nonstick
17-pc 
Material
SS, Al & Cu Core  Hard Anodized Al
Stainless Steel
Aluminum Core
Stainless Steel
Aluminum Core
Stainless Steel
Aluminum Core
SS, Al & Cu Core  Hard Anodized Al
Lid
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless
Steel
Tempered
Glass
Max
Oven Safe
Temp
500ºF
550°F
500ºF
500ºF
400ºF
Dishwasher
Safe
No
Yes  
hand washing is recommended
Yes *
Yes **
Yes
Saucepan
1.5 & 3 qt
1.6 & 3 qt
1.5 & 3 qt
1.5 & 3 qt
2 & 3 qt
Sauté pan
3 qt
3 qt
4 qt
3.5 qt
3 qt
Skillet/
Fry pan
8.5" & 12"
8" & 10"
No
8" & 10"
8.5" & 10"
Stockpot
8 qt
 No
8 qt
8 qt
8 qt
Saucepot
No
6.5 qt
No
No
1 qt pouring saucepan
Steamer 
insert
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Our review
Price
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* They will not honor the warranty if there is damage from use of an automatic dishwasher.

** The Cuisinart Use and Care guide cautions that regular dishwasher use will eventually scratch any utensil.

Best Induction Cookware Reviews

1. Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Dark Gray

Anolon is a brand of Meyer corporation which is headquartered in Vallejo, CA. The subject of this review is the Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Dark Gray. These cooking vessels are compatible with all stovetops including induction hobs and are oven safe up to 500ºF.

What’s Included

  • 1-1/2-qt saucepan with lid
  • 3-qt saucepan with lid
  • 3-qt sauté pan with lid and helper handle
  • 8-qt stockpot with lid
  • 8.5 -inch skillet
  • 12-inch skillet with lid
pros
cons
  • High-quality, durable, versatile cookware set
  • Can be used on gas, electric, glass, induction cooktops
  • Even heating
  • Sturdy, comfortable handle
  • Rivets flush with cooking surface
  • Lids and pot handles don’t get hot
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • A bit on the pricey side
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Dark Gray

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard- Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set

Enjoy cooking like a professional with this elegantly styled collection from Anolon. The five layers of premium materials in the base of these pots and pans allow for even and thorough heat distribution. Clean-up is quick and easy with the non-stick surface.

Review

Construction

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Nonstick pots and pans feature a base constructed with five layers of material.  These layers, from exterior to interior are: magnetized stainless steel cap, aluminum, copper, aluminum, and the hard anodized aluminum cooking vessel. 

The magnetic stainless steel cap (impact bonded) makes the set induction compatible. The copper and aluminum layers are good heat conductors.

Interior Coating

According to both Chemours (spin-off from Dupont) and Anolon, the interior non-stick coating system is DuPont -Autograph 2. This coating is PFOA free, however, it does contain PFTE. Chemours claims this is one of DuPont’s more durable and high performance non-stick coatings. The benefits of this coating are: 1) foods are easily released from the pan, 2) cleanup is easy and 3) metal utensils can be used.

Weight

These cooking vessels are sturdy and have the right amount of weight. They are not lightweight but not too heavy either.  

Handles and Rivets

The handles are made of cast stainless steel, have a comfortable grip and don’t get hot.  They are securely attached to the pot or pan using rivets. One of the best attributes of this Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized cookware set is that the rivets are flush with the cooking surface and are covered with non-stick coating.

Lids

The lids are stainless steel.  As I own the open 8.5” and 9.5” French skillets, I cannot attest to whether the lids lock in heat and moisture.  However, many verified purchasers on various websites have stated the lids do fit securely.  

This line of cookware is manufactured in Thailand.

Use and Care of Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Cookware

  • Do not put in the dishwasher.
  • Do not put in the microwave.
  • Do not use in the broiler.
  • Anolon states this cookware set is oven safe to 500ºF. I would not use the pans over 425ºF or 450ºF. This gives some leeway in case the oven thermometer is not correct or Anolon’s quality control is less than perfect.  
  • Do not use cooking spray.
  • Use low or medium heat for cooking.
  • Use a stove burner that matches the size of the bottom of the cooking vessel.
  • Hand wash with a non-scratch or nylon sponge.
  • Anolon states in their literature metal utensils can be used on these pots and pans. Using only wooden or silicone utensils lessens the chance of the pan getting scratched.

2. Duxtop 10-pc Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set

The  Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set is a high-performance cookware that can be used on induction, gas, electric, radiant and ceramic stovetops.

The whole clad, three layer composition throughout the base and sidewalls of these pots and pans ensures thorough and even heating.

What's included

  • 8-Inch Diameter Fry Pan
  • 10-Inch Diameter Fry Pan
  • 3-Quart Sauté Pan with lid
  • 1.6-Quart Saucepan with lid
  • 3-Quart Saucepan with lid
  • 6 ½ Quart Saucepot with lid
pros
cons
  • Whole-clad Tri-Ply Stainless steel
  • Interior layer is 18/10 stainless steel
  • Stay cool grip
  • Even heat distribution
  • Lid do not come with the fry pans
  • Lids are thin
Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set

Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware
10-Pc Set

This is a beautifully designed and reasonably priced cookware set. 

Review

Construction

The pots and pans in this cookware set have a tri-ply composition of two layers of stainless steel with a layer of aluminum in the middle. These three layers extend through the bottom and sidewalls of all pots and pans. The inner layer is 18/10 stainless steel and the outside layer is 18/0.

The interior has a satin finish the the lids are stainless steel.

Weight

These cooking vessels are not so heavy as to be cumbersome, but are not what I would consider lightweight.

Handles and Rivets

The stainless steel handles are securely riveted to the pan and stay cool to the touch even after being on the stove for a long time.

Use and Care

This cookware can be used up to 550°F, and is safe for food storage in either the refrigerator or freezer.

Although these pans and pots are dishwasher safe, hand washing is recommended.

3. Cooks Standard 10-Piece Multi-Ply Clad Review

Cooks Standard 10 Piece Multi-Ply Clad Cookware Set, Stainless Steel

The Cooks Standard 10 Piece Multi-Ply Clad Cookware Set, Stainless Steel is a high-quality, durable cookware set that is suitable for induction cooktops, as well as ceramic glass, gas and electric stoves. This versatile set is a great addition to a current stainless steel cookware collection or a replacement for non-stick cookware.

What's Included

Included in this 10-piece multi-ply clad set are:

  • 1.5-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 4-quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-quart stock pot with lid
  • Steamer insert with lid

Cooks Standard also offers the Cooks Standard 12-Piece Multi-Ply Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Set that has the above- mentioned pieces as well as an 11-inch deep sauté pan and lid.

pros
cons
  • 18/10 Multi-ply clad stainless steel interior  
  • Aluminum core provides even heat distribution throughout the pot/pan
  • Stay cool handle
  • Oven safe to 500ºF
  • Not NSF-certified
Cooks Standard 10 Piece Multi-Ply Clad Cookware Set, Stainless Steel

Cooks Standard 10 Piece Multi-Ply Clad Cookware Set, Stainless Steel

This set is a great gift for anyone setting up a first-time kitchen.

Review

Company

Cooks Standard is a brand of Neway International Inc, a privately held company and has been registered in the State of California since 2007.  It has been a registered trademark of Neway International Inc. since July, 2012.

Construction

This induction friendly set is constructed of an aluminum core sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. These three layers are throughout the base and sidewalls of the pots and pans. The interior layer is 18/10 stainless steel. The bottom is scratch resistant and composed of magnetic stainless steel making it induction compatible.

The interior has a brushed satin finish while the exterior has a smooth and highly polished finish.  

Weight

The cooking vessels are well balanced, due to their weight, construction and design. The pots have been described as being of medium weight to heavy.  The bottoms are flat; and the cooking vessels do not rock on the cooking surface.

Handles

The handles are made of stainless steel and are securely riveted to the pot. They stay cool while cooking due in part to the open V-shaped design placed at the point of attachment to the vessel.

Lids

The lids are of 18/10 stainless-steel construction and have a loop handle.

Verdict

The Cooks Standard 10 Piece Multi-Ply Clad Cookware Set, is affordable, durable and manufactured with high-quality stainless-steel. The heat is evenly distributed throughout the bottom and sides of the cooking vessels.

Use and Care

For successful meal preparation using stainless-steel, be sure to use the correct heat (lower than when using electric or gas stoves) and pre-heat the pan the pan properly before adding oil and food. One of the great benefits of cooking with stainless steel is being able to transfer food from the cooktop to the oven.

Warranty

The Cooks Standard cookware warranty is clearly stated in the paperwork accompanying their products.  For this set, a limited lifetime warranty is offered.  Cooks Standard will repair or replace any item found defective in material or workmanship. However, the warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse or commercial use.  They will not honor the warranty if there is damage from use of an automatic dishwasher. Additionally, damages such as scratches, stains, discoloration, or damage from overheating are not covered.

Customer Service

Responsive and prompt customer service is important to me. Some companies do not have telephone customer service and offer only an email contact form.  Not all companies who have these forms, answer queries.  However, Neway International Inc. provides great telephone and email customer service. When I called Neway, the man who took the call answered my question quickly.  An answer to my email query was received within 10 minutes. 

4. Cuisinart Multiclad Pro 12-Pc Set Review

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

The Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set is composed of durable, high-quality pots and pans that can be used on induction, gas, electric, glass, and halogen cooktops. This cookware is oven safe up to 500ºF.

What's Included
  • 8” frying pans (no lids)
  • 10” frying pans (no lids)
  • 1 ½ quart saucepan with lid
  • 3-quart saucepan with lid
  • 3 ½ quart sauté pan with lid
  • 8-quart stock pot with lid
  • Steamer insert with lid
Lid Compatibility
  • The lids for the 1.5 qt saucepan, 3 qt and steamer insert also fit the 8” fry pan.  
  • The 8 qt stockpot lid will fit the 10” fry pan.
  • The steamer insert sits on top of the 3 qt saucepan.
pros
cons
  • Reasonably priced- overall a good value
  • Solid Construction
  • Stainless steel and aluminum core on the base and sidewalls of the pots and pans
  • Lids fit well
  • Comfortable, ergonomically shaped handles
  • Limited information available from customer service on stainless steel grade 
Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

In this well-designed 12-piece set you will find everything you need to create great side dishes, appetizers or entrees.  

Review

Company

In 1971, Carl Sontheimer, an MIT trained engineer, and his wife, Shirley, saw a demonstration of a food preparation machine while on vacation in France and decided to manufacture a food processor that could be used in American homes. They named the company they formed, Cuisinart and began to import to the United States top-quality stainless steel cookware.  In 1973, the Sontheimers exhibited their food processor in Chicago.  In 1988, they sold the company to a group of investors who a year later, sold the company to Conair Corporation, a U.S. based manufacturer. Conair expanded the Cuisinart line to include a wide variety of kitchen related products.  In April 2005, the Multiclad Pro line was introduced.

Construction

The pots and pans (excluding the steamer insert) of this Cuisinart cookware set have two layers of stainless steel with a layer of aluminum between them. The bottom of the pots and pans is magnetic stainless steel making it compatible with induction cooktops.

The three layers along the base and side walls of the cooking vessels produce fast and even heat distribution.  

The exterior finish is brushed stainless steel while the interior is polished stainless steel.

The rims of all cooking vessels are tapered which eliminates liquid dribbling when pouring.  

Handles

The handles are stainless steel and are shaped ergonomically. An added benefit is that they are designed at an angle making it easy to lift, pour and maneuver in general. They stay cool while cooking and are attached with stainless steel rivets. However, it is always a good idea when using cookware in an oven to take safety precautions

Lids

The lids are made of stainless steel and have a ridge that helps further secure the lid on the pan. This keeps the liquid and nutrients from escaping.  

Verdict

There is a lot to like about the Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad.  It is durable and well-designed. The most important feature of this set to me is that the bottom and sidewalls of the pots and pans are constructed using two stainless steel layers and an aluminum core.

These Cuisinart stainless steel lids fit well and the handles on them are designed so they can be held effortlessly. The handles on the pots and pan don’t get hot, are securely riveted, and are shaped and angled in such a way that makes them easy to maneuver.

This Cuisinart MCP-12N Cookware Set is reasonably priced and is a high-quality product. It is an affordable starter set for those learning to cook or are out on their own for the first time. For those consumers who want to replace their nonstick cookware pieces with stainless steel this Cuisinart cookware set is worthy of consideration.

When I read product reviews I look for patterns. One issue that I noticed was that even though the Use and Care manual states the cookware is dishwasher safe, some consumers recommended hand washing the pots and pans. Additionally, in Cuisinart's Use and Care guide, they caution that regular dishwasher use will eventually scratch any utensil. A non-lemon detergent is recommended.

I would like to know the grade of stainless steel used in the construction of the pots and pans.

Warranty

Cuisinart offers a lifetime limited warranty on this cookware set.  If a product needs to be repaired or replaced, the customer pays the cost of shipping it to them and must enclose a check or money order (check the warranty for the amount) for the return shipping fees (California residents have different warranty conditions). The terms are available on the Cuisinart website.  I always register my products before using them to avoid a hassle with the customer service warranty department.  Once the cookware is unpacked, check for dents and scratches as well as ensuring the bottoms are flat and do not rock on the cooking surface and for bumps on the interior of the pans.  Cuisinart also makes available on their website, a straightforward Use and Care Guide.  

NOTE: The grade of stainless steel used to manufacture this set is unknown to this reviewer. The Cuisinart website does not give this information nor does the customer service department of either Cuisinart or its parent company, Conair Corporation.  To ensure a complete Cuisinart cookware review of this set, these companies were contacted via telephone.  The representatives stated they did not know the grade of stainless steel used in the manufacturing of this Cuisinart multiclad set.  

The video below is a demonstration of eggs being cooked using a new Cuisinart frying pan. It proves that with the right preparation (pre-heat pan, check the pan to make sure it is up to temperature, add fat, make sure the pan is coated with fat) eggs won’t stick to this Cuisinart skillet.

The section that shows the narrator frying the eggs begins at the 3:38 mark if you want to skip his discussion of the MCP-12N set.

The video below provides a short description and features of each piece of this Cuisinart stainless steel set.

5. Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set Review

Circulon Symmetry Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Chocolate

Circulon is a brand of Meyer corporation with headquarters in Vallejo, CA. The subject of this review is the Circulon Symmetry Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Chocolate. The pots and pans of this cookware set are constructed of hard anodized aluminum, a three-layered non-stick coating and a magnetized stainless steel base making them induction friendly. These cooking vessels are compatible with all stovetops including induction cooktops, oven safe up to 400ºF and are manufactured in Thailand.

What's Included

This induction stove cookware set has almost all the pieces needed to fully outfit most residential kitchens.  The only piece lacking is a 12 inch skillet.

  • 1-qt pouring saucepan
  • 2-qt saucepan with lid
  • 3-qt saucepan with lid
  • 3-qt sauté pan with lid  
  • 8-qt stockpot with lid
  • 8.5 -inch skillet
  • 10-inch skillet  
pros
cons
  • PFOA free non-stick coating system
  • Even heat distribution
  • Solid construction
  • Can be used with gas, electric, induction stoves
  • Great range of sizes
  • Sauté pan nice for one dish meals
  • Handles get hot
Circulon Symmetry Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set, Chocolate

Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized Nonstick 17-Pc Cookware Set

If you are looking for an all-inclusive non-stick cookware set, this set might fit your culinary style and needs.  

Review

The cookware pieces in this Circulon Symmetry nonstick set are comfortable to hold and have a solid feel to them.  The handles are cast stainless steel with a rubber covering. They are attached to the pot or pan with what appears to be two silver screws.  The shatter-resistant lids are made of tempered glass.

Hard Anodized Aluminum

The pots and pans in this set are made of heavy gauge hard-anodized aluminum. Hard-anodizing is an electrochemical process that forms a very hard, abrasion resistant, porous oxide film on the metal, in this case, the aluminum. This thick oxide layer also provides better adhesion for the primer coating layer than you would have on a bare metal. The benefit of this process is that the pot or pan doesn’t have a soft aluminum surface. Instead it is hard, corrosion resistant, and less prone to being scratched.

Non-stick surface and coating

The Meyer Corporation developed the Total® Non-stick system to protect the cooking surface and to keep food particles from sticking to the cookware.

There are two components to this patented system. The first, is the hi-low groove design.  The cooking surface has raised circles that are closely spaced with high and low areas that resemble grooves. One advantage of this design is that it reduces the tendency of food particles to stick in the valleys (low areas). Another is that while cleaning, the contact of implements or materials is likely to be with the peaks (high areas) of the grooves thus leaving the valley undamaged.

The second part of the Total Non-Stick System is the non-stick coating.  The name of the coating used in the Circulon Symmetry Hard Anodized 11-piece cookware set is not given on the Circulon website. Three separate layers of coatings are applied to the cooking surface. This coating system reduces the amount of food that sticks to the surface and prevents the grooves from wearing away, thus extending the life of the cooking vessel.

Circulon customer service verifies the coating system is PTFE based and PFOA free (see the FAQ section for an explanation of PFOA). The nonstick coating is applied to the exterior as well.

Base

The base is magnetized stainless steel which is compatible with all stovetops including induction. An impact bonding machine is used to form the bond between the base of the vessel and the disc. No adhesive material is used. The disc is placed on the bottom of the cooking vessel, and when it is passed through the machine, pressure and friction are applied and the bond is formed.

Use and Care

These Circulon pots and pans are dishwasher safe. However, they are very easy to clean if you prefer hand washing. Even though Circulon states in their marketing materials metal utensils are safe to use, some cooks prefer wooden or silicone implements.

Warranty for Circulon

Consumers can submit a warranty claim if they believe an item is defective.  A warranty request and product photographs showing the defect are transmitted to Circulon using the Circulon.com/warranty link. If Circulon finds it meets their warranty conditions, they will replace it with the same item or one of equal or similar value.    

Induction Cookware F.A.Q.

What factors should I consider when buying an induction cookware set?

1. Match cookware to your cooktop.

If you have an induction cooktop, the cookware has to be induction compatible.  Flat-bottomed pans are critical for cooking on smooth top ranges.

2. Cooking style.

If you cook a variety of meals often, then a cookware set is probably a cost effective choice.  However, if you only use a frying pan and a saucepan then purchasing two quality pieces is a good option.

3. Type of cookware material. 

Do you prefer stainless steel, nonstick surfaces, or cast iron? 

3. Weight.

Consider the weight of both the cooking vessel and lid.

4. Handles.

Would you rather have stainless steel or silicone coated handles? Are the handles sturdy and well-attached? Is it important for you to have a handle with a thumb rest?  

5. Lids

Do you prefer glass or stainless steel lids? If you choose a set with glass lids, check to see if there is a vent.

Can induction cookware be used on gas and electric stovetops?

The cookware sets reviewed here can be used on gas, electric, glass and induction cooktops.

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