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Best Induction Frying Pan of 2018 – Complete Reviews With Comparison

Best Induction Frying Pan of 2018 – Complete Reviews With Comparison

Our goal is not to review every induction ready fry pan on the market. Rather, it is to review high-quality products from solid companies. These assessments are based on product specifications, customer reviews and in some cases, discuss our personal experience with a particular fry pan/skillet. All of the induction products selected can also be used on gas, electric, and ceramic cooktops.

If you use an induction cooktop, it is important to have compatible, quality cookware.

Induction frying pans are built to conduct thermal heat better than any other type of pan you’ve ever owned. This means they heat food more evenly and more quickly.

With the rise of induction cookware, hundreds of different products have entered the market, we know how difficult it is to gather relevant product information. The comparison reviews on this page and other fry pan reviews on our website, hopefully, will assist you in finding the pan perfect for your kitchen. 

Top 4 Induction Fry Pan Comparison Chart

Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray
Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy
Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan
Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray
Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy
Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan
$37.99
$49.95
$30.95
$42.99
Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper
Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper
$37.99
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray
$49.95
Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy
Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy
$30.95
Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan
Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan
$42.99

Best Induction Frying Pan Reviews

1. Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper

Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper

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.

Review

The Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper is a high-quality, well-designed piece of cookware that would be an asset to your culinary collection. Cuisinart also offers an 8 and a 10-inch MultiClad Pro Tri-ply skillet (they do not have handle helpers). 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. 

This Cuisinart 12-inch skillet 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.  

The description of this 12-inch skillet, cuisinart.com states the following:   “Cuisinart®MultiClad Pro Stainless Cookware bonds 18/10 stainless steel to a core of pure aluminum for unsurpassed durability and performance.”  

The stamp on the back of the pan does not include an 18/10 designation.   

UPDATE: I was skeptical that the Cuisinart MCP Cookware line was 18/10 stainless steel on the interior since only three products in their line state in the product description that 18/10 stainless steel is used. The other products in the MCP line listed on cuisinart.com state: "Cuisinart®MultiClad Pro Stainless Cookware bonds stainless steel to a core of pure aluminum for unsurpassed durability and performance."

I wrote Cuisinart customer service requesting clarification on this issue.  This is the response I received:

On Jul 13, 2018, at 12:02 PM, Conair Customer Service <____@conair.com> wrote:
Valued Customer,

Thank you for your inquiry. Here is the only information that we have on the Multi-Clad Tri-Ply stainless line. It has a 202 STAINLESS INTERIOR (SIMILAR TO 18/8), ALUMINUM MIDDLE, 430 STAINLESS EXTERIOR (SIMILAR TO 18/0).  

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.

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 are approximately 2” deep. Although this pan weighs approximately 3.65 pounds it seems heavy to me.  However, with the helper handle it is manageable.

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. The sides of the skillet are sloped which provides a bit more surface area.

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. The information in the box below is taken from Amazon.com.] 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 handwashing 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, the customer is responsible for the cost of shipping the skillet to Cuisinart for repair or replacement. In addition, they require a check or money order for $7.00 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.

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Cuisinart MCP22-30HN MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Inch Skillet with Helper
  • Updated cast-stainless-steel handle stays cool to the touch and comes riveted for strength
  • Triple-ply stainless construction
  • Rims are tapered for drip-free pouring
  • Dishwasher-safe; oven-safe up to 550 degrees F; broiler-safe
  • Limited lifetime warranty

What's to like about the Cuisinart 12-Inch Skillet

  • Handle remains cool to touch
  • Heats evenly
  • Comfortable handle
  • Can transfer food from cooktop to oven

What's not to like about the Cuisinart 12-Inch Skillet

When I read product reviews I look for patterns.  One criticism of this skillet is that it warped and sometimes only after a few uses.  This pattern does not exist in the reviews of the 8 and 10 inch Cusinart MCP Tri-ply skillets.

2. Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray

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.

Review

The subject of this review is the Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray twin pack 8.5-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets.  These skillets as well as the 12-inch skillet are available to be purchased individually.  All skillets are induction ready and can also be used with electric, gas, glass ceramic and halogen stoves. Anolon’s customer service stated the skillets in the twin pack are manufactured in China and Thailand. The side of the Anolon Nouvelle Copper box containing the two skillets states they are Made in Thailand, and are PFOA, lead and cadmium free.  

The skillets 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.  

Use and Care Guide for Anolon Nouvelle Hard Anodized French Skillets

Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray 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 though as they are easily cleaned by hand washing them with a non-abrasive sponge such as Scotch-Brite 3M Non-Scratch Sponge 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.

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.

Anolon provides a written warranty 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.

Note: The Use and Care Information and warranty papers are attached to the box.

8-inch anolon nouvelle hard anodized nonstick fry pan stamp
10-inch anolon nouvelle hard anodized nonsticket rivets
10-inch anolon nouvelle hard anodized nonstick fry pan handle
10-inch anolon nouvelle hard anodized nonstick skillet
anolon nouvelle copper nonstick chicken
Egg in Anolon Nouvelle Copper Nonstick 10-in Skillet

Mexican Rice in Anolon Nouvelle Copper Nonstick 10-in skillet

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Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick Twin Pack 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets, Dark Gray
  • Includes: 8-1/2-inch and 10-inch French Skillets
  • Hard-anodized aluminum provides exceptional heat distribution. Nonstick interior delivers enduring food release and easy cleaning.
  • A layer of aluminum is encapsulated with copper, followed by more aluminum and finished with an impact-bonded stainless steel cap
  • The cast stainless steel handles are attached to the pans using innovative nonstick flush rivet technology. Oven safe to 500 degree F
  • Offers outstanding heat distribution and controlled cooking performance. Suitable for all cook tops; Lifetime Limited Warranty

What's to like about the Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets

These are well-designed, sturdy pans and a very good value.   Since they can be used on all types of heating surfaces, it won't be necessary to buy new cookware if you have an induction cooktop or decide to purchase one. The handles are just the right length and do not get hot while the pan is heating up. The skillets are flat, heat evenly and retain the heat even after they are removed from the stovetop. Eggs can be prepared without using butter or oil and they won't stick. Meals can be started on the stovetop and transferred to the oven (up to 500 ºF).

What's not to like about the Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard-Anodized Nonstick 8-Inch and 10-Inch French Skillets

Anolon ships these skillets with a sticker attached to the interior surface of the pans. The sticker was easily removed; however, the mark where it had been placed  had to be scrubbed off with warm water and soap.

PROS

  • Heats evenly
  • Durable Nonstick Finish
  • Easy to clean

CONS

  • Sticker on the pan

3. Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan

Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy

The Professional Series by Ozeri features pans, made in Italy with high-quality materials that are sure to impress in every style, including this induction fry pan.

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Made from high-quality materials, the Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy has no problem heating up and does so evenly on a variety of cooking surfaces. making it very versatile to use. The handles have silicone on them which disperses heat and prevents any risk of burns from the handles.

Due to the quality of the nonstick coating, there’s no need to soak this pan to clean it, and there’s no need to use oil. Everything you cook will slide off easily, and a simple sponge will clean it all up.

As stated above this is the 11" size pan. The stated dimensions are: 11.5 x 18.5 x 2.7 in.   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.

One final thing worth noting is that this pan is made in Italy. If you want to try a pan not manufactured in Asia, Ozeri is an interesting option with many different lines of pans that can be explored.

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Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan in Black Onyx, Made in Italy
  • Made in Italy out of a durable aluminum core with a magnetized aisi 430 steel base plate for use with rapid heat-transfer induction stoves.
  • Triple layered with a professional coating that achieves non-stick perfection while remaining 100% free of APEO and PFOA, and the lesser known chemicals NMP and NEP.
  • Delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without the risk of exposure to controversial perfluorinated chemicals.
  • Features a hardened scratch-resistant coating that is super easy to clean and comfortable heat-resistant silicon Coated handle.
  • Exclusively made in the province of Brescia, in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy.

What's to like about the Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan

  • High-quality construction
  • Available in two sizes
  • Handles stay cool
  • Easy clean up

What's not to like about the Ozeri Professional Series Induction Fry Pan

  • Thin induction coating layer
  • Must use wood or silicone utensils

PROS

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    Heats up quickly and evenly without getting hot handles
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    Heavy-weight and made with durable materials

CONS

  • Not oven safe

4. Cuisinart French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan

Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan

Next, we are going to review the  Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan. If you are looking for a stainless steel fry pan not made in China, then this one is certainly worth considering.  “Made in France” is stamped on the back of the pan and the word “France” is engraved between the rivets on underside of the handle. Additionally, Cuisinart customer service verified that this product line is indeed manufactured in France. It is induction ready and can also be used with gas, electric, glass ceramic and halogen stoves.  

Review

The Cuisinart Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch fry pan is beautifully crafted and heats nicely. Also available in this product line are 8-inch and 12-inch pans and French skillets. This pan has two layers of stainless steel with a core of aluminum in between.  These three layers run throughout the sides and bottom of the pan.  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. 

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.  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.  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 for $7.00 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.  

Cuisinart French Classic 10 inch Fry Pan Rivets
Egg fried in Cuisinart French Classic tri-ply stainless 10-in fry pan

Cuisinart French Classic Tri-ply Stainless 10-in Fry Pan

after egg was fried in Cuisinart French Classic tri-ply stainless 10-in fry pan

Cuisinart French Classic tri-ply Stainless 10-in Fry Pan

Cuisinart FCT22-24 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan
  • 10-inch fry pan
  • Tri-ply stainless steel
  • Stay-cool stainless handles
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Lifetime warranty

What's to like about the Cuisinart French Classic Stainless Fry Pan

This is a well-balanced pan that is very easy to handle and is sturdy but not heavy. The rivets are straight, and the handle is just the right length. It is very easy to clean.  I let the pan cool, wiped it with a paper towel, rinsed with filtered water and wiped it clean with a nylon mesh scrubber, and then dried with a microfiber cloth. 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.    

This Cuisinart stainless steel fry pan is a very good value as it is well-designed and there are no non-stick or ceramic coatings to flake off.  It can be used to cook on all heating surfaces, including induction and in the oven up to 500 ºF.

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. The pan heat can get overheated 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.                                         

What's not to like about the Cuisinart French Classic Stainless Fry Pan

Thus far, I haven’t found anything I don’t like about this frying pan. However, it would have been convenient if Cuisinart included a lid with the pan and a helper handle.  Of course, that would have increased the cost, so it is a trade-off.

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