Today’s reviews are about three sets of cookware that include pretty much all of the pots and pans that a modern, functional kitchen would need. All of them are high-quality sets with top notch features in terms of materials, durability and similar. There is also another feature that makes these sets stand out – they are suitable for use with induction cookers. In fact, they are not only suitable, but they are our top choices for the best induction cookware out there! Below you can find details regarding the price, features and materials, and our impressions of using each set. But before we get on with our reviews of the best induction cookware available today, here is an overview of what induction cooking means i.e. how it differs from the regular stovetop cooking that you are used to.
Well, as it turns out, induction cooking differs quite a lot from the regular type of cooking, which we can refer to as thermal conduction cooking. In thermal conduction cooking, the general idea is that heat is transferred from a heat source to the cooking vessel. By contrast, induction cooking heats up a cooking vessel directly through the process of magnetic induction.
Describing the process in all its physics-related technicalities is probably not what you are interested in. instead, we will now describe how the using magnetic induction rather than thermal conduction affects the cooking process. For one, induction heating provides faster and more precise heating of the cooking vessel, meaning that you should be able to get the precise temperature you want at any point of the cooking process. This is certainly not the case when using electric stoves, as many of you probably know. Gas stoves are generally good at temperature control, but even those are not as good as induction cookers.
Secondly, induction cooking is significantly more efficient than both electric cookers and gas cookers, which operate on the principle of thermal conduction. To give you an idea of the kind of efficiency provided by an induction cooker, here is an illustrative example. The temperature of the cooking surface is never so hot that spilled food will get burned or charred. This has two implications. Firstly, induction cookers are easy to clean! Secondly, this implies that the transfer of heat from the cooking surface to the pot is so efficient, that the cooking surface itself never has gets overly hot. In other words, most of the heat goes into the cooking vessel directly rather than staying in the cooking surface. Naturally, this makes the whole process more efficient.
One of the issues with induction cooking is that induction cookers do not work with any kind of cookware. Due to the nature of the process, they require cookware that is compatible with magnetic induction heating. This means that the pots and pans have to be made of a ferrous metal, such as cast iron or stainless steel, and that they have to have a flat bottom. In our view, the requirement with regards to the material of the cookware should not be viewed as a disadvantage to induction cooking, because pots and pans made from quality materials are an investment that can pay off for years and years. Those pots and pans are normally very durable and well-made, meaning that you will not need to replace them for a long time. Subsequently, if you divide the initial investment over the number of years the cookware will be used, you will probably come up with a very reasonable cost of use.
Without further ado, let us begin with our reviews of the three sets of best cookware for induction: the Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set, the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set and the Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Piece Set.
#1 Pick: Cuisinart MCP-12N Multi-Clad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
The Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set takes the #1 spot as the best induction cookware set, and not just because it has two more pieces compared to the other two top contenders.
It is also because it has top notch construction, because it includes everything you need in the kitchen and because it is so convenient to use.
The listing price of this set is the highest of the three at approximately $670, however we should point out that it was not difficult to find it on discount for closer to $250! That is a considerable difference, and there is no guarantee that it will last, but we still include it in case you do decide to go with this set – keep an eye out for discounts and deals as they are known to happen! Included for the price are 12 cooking pieces: 2 covered saucepans (in 1 1/2 and 3 quart sizes), 2 open skillets (in 8 and 10 inch sizes), 1 covered sauté pans (in 3 1/2 quart size), 1 covered stockpot (in 8 quart size) and 1 steamer insert with lid. The total, including lids as customary in describing cookware sets, is 12 elements.
Some of the features that make this set convenient to use have to do with the stainless steel materials. The cooking surface is polished stainless steel that will never imbibe any color from food nor imprint a metallic flavor. It is easy to maintain and designed to last a lifetime. In fact, that is probably why the set comes with a limited lifetime warranty!
Another advantage due to the smart design of the pots and pans is that the handles generally stay much cooler than the rest of the pot. This is certainly one feature which you will not find in the average store-bought pot that costs anything from $20 or higher. Most pots either have plastic handles that remain cool enough to hold or they have metal handles which are not nearly cool enough to hold, but can be used safely in the oven as well as on the stove top. The Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set has best of both worlds – its handles are made of metal and it can be used safely in the oven (up to 500 degrees F) and at the same time, they do not get overly hot due to the smart design of the cookware.
Last but not least, another convenience-adding feature has to do with the superb design of the lids and rims of the cookware. The lids are very tightly fitting, increasing efficiency. The rims are all tapered so that there is no dripping while pouring something from the pan! This may seem like a small thing, but for us it was such a nice surprise to be able to pour soup and sauce right out of the pot without making a mess!
Of course, the main reason why the Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set is on the top of our list is because it has a superb technological design that enables even heating and cooking. As the name suggests, the pots and pans are made with professional triple ply construction which includes an aluminum layer surrounded by stainless steel interiors and exteriors. The aluminum core enables quick temperature control because it heats up and cools down quickly. This feature coupled with an induction cooker gives a completely precise cooking process. In addition, the cookware is designed with Heat Surround technology which ensures that heat is distributed equally not only across the bottom, but also across the sides of the cooking vessel.
#2 Pick: Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set
The Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is the runner-up for best induction cookware set. In many respects it is very similar to our #1 choice.
For example, in terms of the core and exterior construction, the cooler handles, the oven use and the tight fitting lids, the two sets are quite alike.
Another thing both sets have in common, which also increases the convenience of using them, is that all elements are dishwasher safe. In our eyes, that is a further testament to the quality of each element – they are sturdy enough to be cleaned mechanically rather than manually.
However, the rims are not drip-free, which is one feature we really miss. Furthermore, in terms of the pieces included in the set, this set lacks the 3 1/2 quart covered sauté pan that is included in the other set. This is a significant disadvantage, considering that sauté pans are extremely useful and versatile tools in any kitchen. Corresponding to this, the listing price of the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set is somewhat lower. We were able to find this one for truly affordable price for such a high-quality, comprehensive cooking set that comes with a limited lifetime warranty!
#3 Pick: Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Piece Set
The Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Piece Set is really very similar to the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set and correspondingly for us it was very difficult to decide which set should take the #2 spot. In terms of listing price, the Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Piece Set certainly had the advantage. Its listing price is the lowest of the three.
Regarding its other features, such as construction and heat distribution, handles and lids, it offers the same quality as the other two sets. It even has the tapered rims that prevent drips when pouring liquids from the pot or pan! In terms of the elements included in this set, it actually includes a 3 quart sauté pan with a lid. However, it does not include a steamer insert, which we find to be a significant drawback.
In all fairness, we find both the sauté pan and the steamer insert to be essential cooking tools, which is why we choose Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set as our top pick. With that in mind, it might be that you do not need one of these elements as much, and that could help you make the choice between the Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set and the Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Piece Set. Price could be another distinguishing factor, especially if you can only find them at the listing price. The great thing is that whichever one of the three you choose, quality is guaranteed!