Are you ready to buy a frying pan for your induction cooktop? There are a lot of factors to consider before you do. We put together this list of what we think are the top induction frying pans based on product specifications, customer reviews and in some cases, our personal experience. All of the induction products selected can also be used on gas, electric, and ceramic cooktops.
Top 5 Induction Fry Pan Comparison Chart
Best Induction Frying Pan Reviews
1. Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper
The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel Induction Ready 12-inch skillet with a helper handle is a high-quality, well-designed piece of cookware that would be an asset to your culinary collection. This skillet, as with all Cuisinart MCP Stainless Steel products, can be used on gas, electric, glass ceramic, halogen and induction stovetops and in the oven. Given the growing popularity of induction cooktops, it is nice to have cookware that can be used on a variety of cooktops.
Cuisinart also offers an 8 and a 10-inch MultiClad Pro Tri-ply skillet (they do not have handle helpers).
This Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper has a core of aluminum sandwiched between a smooth stainless steel interior and a brushed stainless exterior. These three layers run throughout the sides and bottom of the skillet providing even heat distribution. The aluminum layer does not come into contact with the food as it is completely sealed between the two stainless steel layers.
Cusinart touts this skillet and the other cookware in their Multi-Clad Pro Line, as being constructed using Heat Surround™ Technology. In short, the food is evenly heated because it is surrounded by heat from the bottom and all around the sides of the cooking vessel. My limited experience with this skillet has been that food is evenly heated.
Although this pan weighs approximately 3.65 pounds it seems heavy to me. However, with the helper handle it is manageable.
The interior of the skillet is polished stainless steel while the outside is a brushed finish and the rim has a mirror finish. The cooking diameter of the pan is about 9.5 inches and the pan is approximately 2” deep. The sides of the skillet are sloped which provides a bit more surface area.
This induction ready skillet features a long, cast stainless steel, Cool Grip™ handle. It is designed to stay cool to the touch and it does. The pan also has a helper handle. Both handles are very sturdy and have a thumb rest which makes holding the skillet more comfortable and easier to balance. The helper handle makes it a lot easier to lift the vessel to transfer the food to a plate or into the oven.
The rim of the skillet is tapered making it easy to pour and not have the liquid drip down the side of the skillet. Some consumers have commented that the rim has sharp edges on various Cuisinart MCP-Pro products. However, I did not find that to be true of this skillet.
Use and Care of Cuisinart MultiClad Pro MCP22-30HN
According to the Use and Care Guide the MultiClad Pro Tri-ply cookware can be used in the oven at any baking temperature up to 500ºF. [Cuisinart.com states the maximum oven temperature is 550ºF. They provide this information to Amazon.com and other websites.]
Although Cuisinart says this skillet is dishwasher safe they qualify it by cautioning that it could be damaged in the dishwasher in various ways. They don’t outright say not to put it in the dishwasher. However, my reading is that hand washing with a non-lemon detergent is the preferred cleaning method. Cleaning the rivets accounts for most of the cleanup.
Along with the skillet, Cuisinart provides a Use and Care Guide along with instructions explaining how to register your product. They offer a lifetime limited warranty on this skillet. Upon receiving your new skillet ensure that the bottom is flat, and there are no scratches or dents. Then place it on your cooktop and test it to make sure the skillet doesn’t rock.
It is worth noting, if the customer decides to utilize this warranty, they are responsible for the cost of shipping the skillet to Cuisinart for repair or replacement. In addition, they require a check or money order to defray the return shipping costs (different warranty conditions apply to California residents). The warranty terms are detailed on their website, cuisinart.com.
Note: I purchased this skillet and examined it thoroughly upon receipt. The box was well-packed and there were no scratches or dents and the bottom is flat.
In 1971, Carl Sontheimer and his wife, Shirley formed Cuisinart. The company imported to the United States top-quality stainless steel cookware and in 1973 he and his wife designed and manufactured a food processor. They sold their company to a group of investors in 1988 who a year later, sold the company to Conair Corporation. Since then Conair expanded the Cuisinart line to include a wide variety of kitchen related products including the MultiClad Pro line.
2. Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets
The Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets are well-designed and durable pans. These pans do not have PFOA, lead or cadmium.
The base has 5 layers of materials ensuring even heating. The handles are very comfortable and the rivets are flush with the pan surface making cleanup very easy.
These skillets can be used with induction cooktops, electric, gas, glass ceramic and halogen stovetops.
The Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray have a metal base composed of five layers. The hard anodized aluminum cooking vessel is counted as one layer. The other four layers from exterior to interior are: magnetized stainless steel cap (making it induction compatible), aluminum, copper, aluminum, and hard anodized aluminum cooking vessel. The interior and the slightly slanted sides of the pan are hard anodized aluminum.
The 8 ½ inch skillet weighs 1.8 pounds and the 10-inch skillet weighs 2.65 pounds. The handles are made of cast stainless steel and are easy to grip and balance. The edges of the rim are smooth for safe cleaning.
The aluminum rivets with nonstick coating that attach the handle to the pan are flush with the pan. This makes cleanup very easy since there are no bumps that trap food and grime while cooking or stirring.
The side of the Anolon Nouvelle Copper box containing the two skillets states they are Made in Thailand.
Use and Care Guide
These Anolon non-stick skillets can be used on the cooktop and in the oven up to 500ºF (they are NOT broiler safe). Anolon states that metal utensils can be used. However, they also warn that scratches and peeling due to sharp-edged utensils are not covered under the warranty. Therefore, to be on the safe side, it is probably wise to use silicone, wood, or plastic utensils.
One way to preserve the nonstick coating is not to use cooking sprays since the ingredients buildup on the surface of the pan. This causes the release system of the coating to stop performing as it should, and in time, food will begin to stick to the pan. Another suggestion to extend the longevity of the coating is to use low to medium heat as high heat may damage the nonstick coating. Damage due to the use of cooking sprays and overheating voids the warranty.
These skillets are NOT dishwasher safe. However, this is not a problem as they are easily cleaned by hand washing them with a non-abrasive sponge such as Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch sponges and warm water. As with all nonstick cookware, never run cold water in the cooking vessel while it's hot, as the extreme temperature change will cause the coating to deteriorate.
Note: The Use and Care Information and warranty papers are attached to the box.
Anolon has a customer friendly warranty policy. If the consumer believes the item to be defective, they may submit the warranty request and photographs of the product to their website (Anolon.com/warranty). There is no need to provide proof of purchase or mail the product to Anolon. The pictures will then be evaluated, and a determination made as to whether or not they will replace the product.
A written warranty is included with the skillets. It states it is a lifetime warranty. However, there are exclusions including but not limited to damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse etc. They specifically state that scratches, stains, discoloration or damage from overheating are not covered by the warranty.
Meyer Corporation, U.S., founded in 1981, is one of the largest cookware marketers and distributors in the United States. Their headquarters are in Vallejo, CA with the distribution center located in Fairfield, CA. Product manufacturing takes place in China, Thailand, and Italy. Meyer Corporation’s most prominent brands are Circulon and Anolon. They also sell several licensed brands including Farberware, Paula Deen and Rachel Ray.
3. Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan
The Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy has a magnetized AISI 430 steel base plate (has ferromagnetic properties needed to be induction ready) and an aluminum core. The three coating layers are 100% free of APEO and PFOA, and the lesser known chemicals NMP and NEP.
This pan heats evenly on a variety of cooking surfaces including gas, electric and induction, making it very versatile to use. There’s no need to use oil or soak this pan to clean it. Everything you cook will slide off easily, and a simple sponge will clean it all up.
The handle is silicone coated enhancing its safety. The diameter of the base of the pan is about 9 inches.
The magnetized layer of the pan seems to be a bit thin. This means that it might not work well for every type of induction top. Higher heat than expected may be needed when cooking with this frying pan.
4. Cuisinart French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan
Next, we review the Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan which is manufactured and assembled in France.
This is a beautifully crafted pan that heats nicely. Also available in this product line are 8-inch and 12-inch pans and French skillets. These fry pans are induction ready and can also be used with gas, electric, glass ceramic and halogen stoves.
The base and sidewalls of the pan have two layers of stainless steel with a core of aluminum between them.
Cuisinart employs Heat Surround™ Technology which allows for the even distribution of heat along the bottom and sides of the cookware. It can be used on the cooktop and in the oven and broiler up to 500ºF.
The interior is polished stainless steel while the outside is a brushed finish and the rim has a mirror finish. The diameter of the base is 6 ½ inches and the pan is about 2 inches deep. It weighs 2.4 pounds and is not heavy nor is it cumbersome to hold.
The handle is 7 ¾ inches long and very sturdy. It has a thumb rest which is shaped in such a way that it is easy to grip and balance, so the pan doesn’t pull to one side.
When frying an egg (on an electric stove – heat setting 4), I noticed the thumb rest got a little bit warm. However, I could still rest my thumb on the pan. There was no heat from the end of the thumb rest to the end of the handle.
The rivets are stainless steel with aluminum caps. The edges of the rim are smooth for safe cleaning.
Use and Care
Cuisinart states in its Use and Care guide that the pan is dishwasher safe. However, they give various scenarios as to how the pan can be damaged in a dishwasher.
There are varying opinions as to how to clean stainless steel cookware. One recommendation is to wipe the pan clean with a paper towel, rinse in filtered water and if necessary, scrub with a nylon mesh cloth and dry with a microfiber cloth.
Another suggestion is to put a non-lemon (to preserve the finish) detergent on a damp (filtered water) microfiber/nylon mesh cloth and wipe the cookware surface in the direction of the grain. Then rinse off and thoroughly dry with a microfiber cloth.
NOTE: While practicing frying eggs, I had one egg that stuck to the pan in a spot that was about the size of a dime. I made a paste of baking soda and water and rubbed it on the spot. The pan was cleaned and dried in a very short time.
Baking soda, vinegar, Bar Keeper’s Friend and Cameo® have been recommended to remove stains or burnt food.
Cuisinart included a written warranty with this Fry Pan. It states it is a lifetime warranty. However, there are many exclusions including but not limited to: incidental or consequential damage, misuse or abuse (this includes damage due to overheating), and scratches, stains, discoloration to external or internal surfaces unless they impair the “functional utility” of the cookware.
Additionally, the customer is required to pay the cost of shipping the item to Cuisinart along with a check or money order (see warranty for the amount) to cover the cost of return shipping (requirements are different for California residents).
To prevent hassles with the Warranty Department, it is wise to register the product upon receipt. As with all cookware purchases, inspect the item(s) thoroughly as soon as the product is received to make sure there are no scratches, discolorations, dents and that the bottom is flat.
How to Fry an Egg in the Cuisinart French Classic Stainless Steel Fry Pan
I liked the fact that I could fry an egg in this pan without it sticking. The following is the process I used.
- Gather necessary utensils and ingredients as the pan can overheat quickly.
- Crack egg into a small bowl, saucer or small plate.
- Preheat pan using water drop test. I put in about 1/8 tsp at a time. When the water stays in a big ball and rolls around the pan along with just a few smaller beads of water, the pan is ready for the addition of the butter/oil. The video below shows how to preheat the pan properly. Use low to medium heat for a smaller pan. NOTE: I used a setting of 4 on an electric stove.
- Take the pan off the burner (don't wait for the bubble to evaporate), wipe off any water that is still in the pan and add enough butter to lightly coat entire surface of the pan. Tilt the pan to spread the butter.
- Once the butter has melted, let the foam subside a little, place the pan on the burner, and then slide the egg into the pan.
- Cook until the white part is set, and the yolk thickens. Then run the spatula (I used a stainless steel slotted spatula while some prefer a silicone spatula) around the edge of the egg.
- Toss the egg and cook to your satisfaction.
5. Circulon Symmetry Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 9 and 11 inch French Skillet Set
The skillet is one of the most used pans in residential and commercial kitchens. Our next review of induction ready frying pans/skillets is the Circulon Symmetry Hard-Anodized Nonstick 9 and 11 inch French Skillets (twinpack). These non-stick pans work on all types of ranges including induction. They are durable, sturdy and well-constructed.
Circulon pots and pans are manufactured by Meyer Corporation, the largest cookware distributor in the United States. Their headquarters are in Vallejo, CA while their parent company, Meyer Manufacturing Company, is based in Hong Kong.
The Circulon 87507 Symmetry Non Stick Skillet Set, 2 Piece, Black are composed of a magnetized stainless steel base, hard anodized aluminum and a three-layer non-stick coating.
The impact-bonded stainless steel base is magnetized, making it induction compatible. The term “impact bonding” sounds more complicated that it really is. It just means a machine uses pressure and friction to bond the base of the pot or pan to a disc. In this case, the magnetized stainless steel is bonded to an aluminum disc. The aluminum is spread to the outside edges of the pan which keeps the corners of the pan’s interior from being burned.
The hard anodized aluminum is part of the pan and not a coating. Two advantages of this cooking surface are that it is tough and therefore less prone to being scratched and is corrosion resistant. Meyer Corporation claims it is twice as hard as stainless steel.  Another benefit is that heat is distributed evenly, thus eliminating hot spots.
The handle of the induction skillet is cast stainless steel and has a rubber (silicone) covering. It is easy to balance, comfortable to hold and have a solid feel to them. Although the handle has a hole in it to hang on a hook, it is not completely open from front to back.
The two rivets that attach the handle to the skillet appear to be silver screws. This is in contrast to the rivets on the Anolon Nouvelle Hard Anodized Fry Pans which are flush with the cooking surface and covered with nonstick coating.
Interior Coating and Surface
The interior of these non-stick induction skillets feature Circulon’s TOTAL® Nonstick System.
The purpose of this system is to protect the cooking surface and keep food particles from sticking to the cookware. A nonstick coating is applied to the exterior as well.
There are two components to this patented system. The first is the PFOA free Chemours Autograph™ nonstick coating. (Chemours states on their website the Circulon Symmetry line has Autograph™ nonstick coating.) This coating is PFTE based and does not contain lead or cadmium. Three separate layers of coatings are applied to the cooking surface. This coating system reduces the amount of food that sticks to the surface.
If you prefer induction ready frying pans that do not contain PFTE, the stainless steel pans reviewed above are an option as well as a cast iron skillet.
The second component of the Total Non-Stick System 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 cooking or cleaning, the contact of implements or materials is likely to be with the peaks (high areas) of the grooves thus leaving the valley undamaged.
Country of Origin
The side of the Circulon Symmetry box containing the two skillets states they are Made in Thailand.
Use and Care Guide
These skillets can be used on the cooktop and in the oven up to 400ºF. They are not to be used in a broiler. Circulon states that metal utensils can be used. However, sharp-edged utensils such as fork and knives must not be used. Some cooks prefer wooden, bamboo or heat-resistant silicone utensils.
Even though these skillets are dishwasher safe, Circulon recommends hand washing. Since they cleanup so easily with a light-duty nylon sponge, mild dish soap, and warm water there really isn’t any reason to put them in the dishwasher. Moreover, the warranty is not honored if there is damage from the use of an automatic dishwasher.
When testing these skillets I was surprised that food did not get stuck in the grooves. The cleanup was as easy as it is with the induction friendly Anolon Nouvelle Copper frying pans which have a flat surface.
Circulon states they back every product with a “Hassle-Free Lifetime Guarantee.” Two printed documents are attached to the box containing the 9 and 11 inch French skillets. One is the “Guarantee” and the other is “Important Safety, Use and Care information” (in English, French and Spanish).
To file an online warranty claim, complete the form on the Circulon website and attach photographs of the defective product.
Their “guarantee” states in part: This guarantee does not cover damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, commercial use, damage from overheating, or damage from use of an automatic dishwasher. Incidental or consequential damages are not covered by this guarantee. 
Examples of misuse that will void the product warranty are: overheating, oven misuse, use in a broiler, sharp metal utensil or appliance damage on nonstick product surfaces, using oven cleansers or scouring pads, and cleaning neglect.
The Use and Care Guide further states that scratches and peeling due to sharp-edged utensils is not covered under warranty. Additionally, damage to the cookware coating stemming from high heat voids the warranty.
Some consumers have written reviews stating Circulon replaced their defective or damaged cookware. However, others have complained their warranty claim was denied.