Best of the Best Induction Cookware For You – Top 5 of 2017

Once upon a time I set out to purchase a new set of cookware, and in my mind I thought “Hey! Spotting the Best Induction Cookware can’t be that hard” then BAM!!! Confusion set in.

I found my self-spending hours upon hours looking through one piece of clanging metal to the other, and I couldn’t even differentiate between an ordinary cookware and an induction ready cookware, let alone spotting the Best Induction Cookware for my precious kitchen. (I know right, Preciousssss).

So there I was trying to look like I knew what I was doing but eventually I gave in, I had to swallow my pride and go back home to do some research, then I found out that there are a lot more to shinny pots and pans than the shine.

Best Induction cookware

Especially considering the fact that induction cookware’s most times cost an arm and both legs (literarily) it will be a total waste to buy something that expensive and not get complete value for your money, giving rise to the term expensive garbage.

There are some very important features to look out for when selecting the best induction cookware for your precious kitchen (yes I know I said it again), which I am about to share with you.

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Why Do You Need An Induction Cookware?

Like me I am sure some of you have already purchased what you would consider to be the best Induction cooktop for yourselves, or as some people will say Induction stove top, so if you already have this it is only logical that you get the cookware that works with it.

Not all cookware’s can work with an induction cooktop, you cannot use glass, aluminum, copper, or ceramic cookware’s, they don’t work with induction stove. Your induction cookware has to be either magnetic stainless steel, or enamelled steel or cast iron (although these may scratch the top of your cooktop unless it is porcelain coated) if you are yet to buy your induction cookware there are a lot of commercial induction range to choose from.


How does induction cookware work?

When I first bought my induction cooktop I thought the way it worked with the cookware was just magical.

I was amazed at the speed at which things heated up fast, the way it cooled off faster than a conventional burner, the way it only heats the part I put a cookware and not the whole surface, and the way it is so easy to clean.

I got to understand that it wasn’t magic but advanced technology. (Who would have thought?) You see an induction cooktop has an electromagnetic coil beneath its ceramic top which generates a fluctuating magnetic field when electric current runs through it.

But until you put a cookware on it no heat is generated, the magnetic field induces electric currents in the cookware’s metal itself which is then converted to heat and thus no heat on the cooktop.

An induction built cookware must contain iron, and that iron is the only metal that can produce current and heat from the magnetic fields. That is why if a magnet can stick to the bottom of your cookware, you're good to go.


5 Best Induction Cookware Reviews

After doing hours of research and experience from my own personal use, I've come up with  best induction cookware available in the market. Below is my review of the top 5 induction cookware.

This professional cookware has a whole 17 piece set, it is made with stainless steel with a beautiful look of elegance.

It has ergonomic handles which are riveted and covered masterfully with an anti-slippery satin finish. Its lids are made of see through glass which I love and rimed with stainless steel.

The best feature of the Duxtop SSIB Cookware Set is that it is not just built for induction cooktops alone, it can also be used on other cooktops such as the electric, gas, infrared etc.

And for I am sure this would be a part you like, it has a life time warranty. Just brilliant.

pros

  • Can be used on a variety of cooktops.
  • Has an anti-slippery satin finish.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Has gauge measurement guide.
  • See through glass lids.
  • Life time warranty.​
  • Really deep frying pans.

cons

  • Weight is quite heavy.
  • Warps sometimes.
  • Expensive price.
  • They are not non-stick.

Final verdict

This cookware brand is as professional as it gets, it has everything you want and more, aside from the fact that it is a new brand name it still competes with popular names which are even more expensive. All in all it is very good home cookware set.


When you get the T-fal C515SC cookware, you will notice a unique T logo in it, it is a thermo-spot heat indicator which shows when the pan is perfectly preheated before you start cooking.

Unlike other types of induction cookware the insides are coated with non-stick Teflon material which does not peel off, because of this non-stick material cooking with this cookware requires less oil or grease usage.

This cookware has a unique small skillet which is perfect for frying eggs, not too wide and just proportional. It has a riveted silicon handle which gives you a comfortable grip and it is also dish washer safe.

A very big plus to it is its price so, if you are on a tight budget you will find that the T-fal C515SC cookware is a lot cheaper than other brands and still has all the necessary features a top brand should have.

pros

  • Good price.
  • Thermal heat indicator.
  • Non-stick interior.
  • See through pressure control glass lid.
  • Limited life time warranty.

cons

  • Warps.
  • Lids don’t fit.

Final verdict

Cookware brands are always trying to advance in their technology, style, and model. The thermo heat indicator of this cookware is a good step, and hopefully more and more brands will make better advancements.

Even if you do not know much about induction cookware’s, at the first glance you would fall in love with the Chef’s star Professional Grade Cookware.

It has a neat and shiny look, made of 18/10 commercial grade stainless steel with impact-bonded aluminium bottom which allows for an even spread of heat and just like the Duxtop SSIB-17 cookware it also has a guide measurement drawn inside it.

It also has a riveted handle covered with an anti-slip satin finish, it is dish washer safe and freezer safe, with the unique feature of being suitable for other types of cooking sources apart from an induction cooktop

pros

  • Bottom encapsulated with Impact-bonded Aluminum.
  • Ergonomic handle.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Durable.
  • Limited life time warranty.

cons

  • Frying pans burn easily.
  • They are not non-stick.
  • They are quite heavy.

Final Verdict

Some cookware’s claim to be commercially good but they do not always meet the requirements and loose their durability easily. This set does meet commercial requirements and it also fits in well in a home setting, a lot of people also recommend it as a great home starter gift or a wedding gift.


The Circulon premier cookware set has a balanced combination of pots and pans sizes. It is a well-known and popular brand name.

Although it comes at a high price which I feel is well worth it. It also has bent out rims on some of the pans which allows for easier pouring or straining of liquids from them.

The bronze colour is beautiful, (in case you don’t like a mirror face pan), and nothing sticks to it, absolutely nothing! The stainless steel base allows for a very even distribution of heat and the tempered glass lid does not shatter when cooking.

pros

  • Easy to clean.
  • Limited Life time warranty.
  • Does not warp.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Even cooking.

cons

  • Expensive price.
  • Exterior scratches easily.

Final Verdict

All in all this is a wonderful set, a lot of times pots and pans warp or pit, some even discolour, but these don’t, and best of all is that they are Teflon coated so they are non-stick.

A feature that it has and I love is that it is easily stackable but sadly they cannot be hanged, most people do not know the importance of having stackable pots until they experience what it feels like to be out of storage space.


This Cuisinart FCT-10 cookware set is simply unique, it comes in a set of ten so no matter the amount of cooking you want to get done, there is a pot for every use.

The shiny steel of the pots make them so attractive and the best part is that it comes at a fairly affordable price, the lids fit properly and very easy to clean, plus they come with a life time warranty.

The good side of stainless lids are that they always fit properly, and this set has it, they might not be see through but they definitely will never break!

pros

  • Easy to clean.
  • Life time warranty.
  • Dishwasher, fridge and oven safe.
  • Even cooking.

cons

  • Handles get hot.
  • Large sizes warp.
  • Price is on the high side.

Final Verdict

This is a beautifully constructed French classical cookware set, you would find them easy to maintain and easy to handle, it will also fit in for both commercial and home cooking with a not so heavy weight.

The issue I have with this set is that for the price I expected it to be more than 10 pieces, but the other features cover up for it, the weight is also lovable, not heavy of balanced.

The good side of stainless lids are that they always fit properly, and this set has it, they might not be see through but they definitely will never break!


5 Things to consider before buying The Best Induction cookware

Mentioned below are 5 factors that you should consider before buying an induction cookware. If you consider them all then, you are most likely to get the best induction cookware that suits you the best.

Your budget

Believe it or not buying an induction cookware set does need budgeting, induction cookware sets don’t come cheap, then again nothing good does.

Buying a set of 16 pieces can be cheap when you calculate it, as compared to buying them individually.

But if you do not need all the sets, (which most households don’t) then you can go for sets with smaller pieces or if you already have some pieces buying just the ones you need individually would be advisable.

Quality

Some induction cookware’s are made with poor quality materials, as a result some will warp and dent with time (some as much time as 10 minutes).

When an induction cookware warps, what you have is some parts of the pot or pan will not touch or level with the surface on the stove top, thus some parts get hot faster than other parts which gives uneven cooking

Your storage space

If you have opened a kitchen storage cabinet before and got a rain of pots or pans clamouring down on you then you will understand the need to only purchase what you have ample room for.

Induction cookware’s come in a varying set of as much as 20 down to 6, or even some as few as just 3, so buying the set quantity you have room for is advisable.

Weight

If I want to lift weight I have the gym and dumbbells for that, heavier cookware conducts heat better but it doesn’t have to be very heavy,

A lot of people are of the perception that the best induction cookware’s have to be those made with the heaviest materials, (no wonder some people rush to grab a pan when they think they have a burglar), I don’t believe so, as far as it is not thin then it is okay to use.

Durability

This definitely cannot be over emphasized, durability is key in almost all things we buy, same applies to induction cookware.


Advantages and disadvantages of using induction cookware

Advantages

Due to the technology behind the induction cookware it makes cooking faster, as heat made is instant and direct.

When a metal cookware is placed on an induction cooktop the heat is only concentrated on the part of the cooktop that has a metallic cookware on it.

It does not first have to heat up the burner before heating up the cookware, it transfers energy to the cookware directly.

Because there is no direct burning of the cookware it tends to last longer and retain its lustre.

They are very easy to clean compared to other types of cookware’s.

Disadvantages

Most cookware’s only work well and last long when used with induction cooktops alone.

Compared to other types of cookware’s, induction ready cookware’s are far more expensive to buy or replace.


Final Thoughts

Having gone through a number of induction cookware’s I rest my case on the Chef's Star Professional Grade Stainless Steel 17 Cookware Set.

I really don’t believe in spending so much money for a product I can get at a lesser price with same value and this set gives me the same first class satisfaction that some other expensive brands would, if not even more.

For the amount this cookware set goes for it gives a lot of pieces, 17 whole pieces (for those of you who do not know when counting pieces you count the lids separately).

In a set what you get is 2 saucepans with Lids, 1 casserole with Lid, 1 stock Pot with Lid, 2 frying Pans, a sauté Pan with Helper and Lid, a boiler and steamer Basket, a spoon, 2 Prong Forks, and a slotted Spatula.

If you have gone to buy or going to buy an induction cookware feel free to air you thoughts to me. I would like to know which induction cookware you picked or that which you think calls out to you.

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