If you've transitioned from a gas or electric range to an induction cooktop and didn't know that not all cookware is induction compatible, well, that was probably surprising. To be induction-friendly, cookware must have a ferromagnetic base, which works with an induction burner's electromagnetic coil that sits below the cooktop's surface and, when on, generates a magnetic field. But that, in itself, doesn't make anything hot. Only when a ferromagnetic piece of cookware is placed on an induction burner does this field cause an electrical current to flow through the cookware (don't worry—it's not the kind that could shock you!), generating heat. A non-induction-friendly piece of cookware simply won't heat up...at all.
We went through the site to find the induction-friendly cookware we've already tested and loved, making it seamless for us to recommend what you should buy for your own home kitchen. Now, you have one handy "What cookware should I buy for my induction cooktop?" guide that we'll continually update as we test new products.
A note: If you're curious about whether or not a piece of cookware you already own is induction compatible, grab a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of the cookware, it's compatible. And if it doesn't? Well, you're not out of options: Induction interference disks exist. Place one of these between your induction cooktop and non-compatible cookware, et voila: Your non-induction skillet or saucepan works once again.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Price at time of publish is $20.
Any cookware made from cast iron (including enameled cast iron), is induction compatible, which is great considering how versatile a great cast iron skillet is. After testing 17 cast iron skillets, this one from Lodge came out on top. It performed well in all our tests and has an unbeatable price. For a lightweight cast iron skillet, we recommend this model, also from Lodge.
Le Creuset Dutch Oven
Price at time of publish is $420.
A large, enameled cast iron is essential no matter what kind of cooktop you have: For braising, stovetop cooking, boiling, deep-frying, bread baking, and more. After extensive testing, we named this model from Le Creuset our winner. We also recommended this Dutch oven from Staub. For a budget-friendly option, we like this one from Cuisinart.
T-fal Professional Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan
Price at time of publish is $32.
A good nonstick skillet is mighty helpful to have around when cooking anything delicate or that might otherwise majorly stick—like omelettes, scrambled eggs, or fish piccata. This skillet from T-fal is one of our favorites. It's not too expensive (which, in our opinion, is a very great thing in a nonstick skillet, as it'll need to be replaced every few years) and is, of course, induction-friendly.
All-Clad Stainless Steel Saute Pan
Price at time of publish is $180.
For searing, wilting tons of greens, and shallow-frying, we recommend having a sauté pan with tall sides and a tight-fitting lid around. This one from All-Clad is top-notch (and obviously induction-friendly), but we also recommend this budget-friendly model from Tramontina.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Stockpot
Price at time of publish is $110.
After testing 16 stockpots, we landed on this model from Cuisinart as our top 12-quart pick. It's solidly built, has wide, comfortable handles, and it excelled in all of our cooking tests. Our favorite 16-quart stockpot from Tramontina is also induction compatible, should you want a slightly bigger size for making stock, boiling lobsters, or what have you.
Made In Stainless Steel Skillet
Price at time of publish is $109.
We love both the 10- and 12-inch Made In Stainless Steel Skillets and think it's worth having both sizes around. (Fact: Their more reasonable price points gave them the edge over All-Clad and Le Creuset during our stainless steel skillet testing.) For a budget-friendly stainless steel skillet, we recommend this one from Tramontina, which is about $50.
De Buyer Carbon Steel Pan
Price at time of publish is $85.
If you love cast iron, then you should also know about carbon steel. We've called them "skillet siblings" before and it's true: They share a lot of the same features. They both are induction compatible and have excellent heat retention, which make them great for searing and browning. However, a well-seasoned carbon steel skillet can be more non-stick than a cast iron one. And because of its sloped sides, a carbon steel skillet is better for sautéing (cast iron still takes the cake shallow-frying, cornbread, and pan pizza). So, you should absolutely have both! We like this model from De Buyer.
Made In Saucier
Price at time of publish is $130.
We're team saucier over saucepan. Why? Well, a saucier does everything a saucepan can do, but has rounded edges, which make stirring and whisking in it a cinch. We recommend a 3-quart size, which is versatile without being too large. This model from Made In is our favorite.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
Lodge Chef Collection and Staub Grill Pans
Price at time of publish is $56 (Lodge) and $190 (Staub).
Both of our favorite grill pans are induction-friendly. The Lodge is made from traditional cast iron (read: it's nearly indestructible and will get more seasoned with time), while the Staub is made from enameled cast iron (read: easier to clean, but more fragile and it will never build up seasoning). Both are great and yield good grill marks—it's just whatever you prefer.
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Braiser
Price at time of publish is $370.
If you haven't heard of a braiser before, now's the time to get familiar. It looks like a Dutch oven, but is much shorter and has flared sides. It's good for braises, as well as shallow-frying, pan roasting, searing and simmering, and more. Our favorite braiser is from Le Creuset. It's durable, comes in a range of colors, and it has a large lid knob and wide, lopped handles that make it easy to pick up.
The Wok Shop and Yosukata Woks
Price at time of publish is $40 (The Wok Shop) and $60 (Yosukata).
Both of our favorite flat-bottomed carbon steel works are induction compatible. You really can't go wrong with either of these, but do note that The Wok Shop is a small business and often experiences very significant shipping delays.
Can you use induction cookware on a gas stove?
Yep! You absolutely can. All of our above cookware recommendations can be used on both induction and gas stovetops.
Where do you buy induction cookware?
While you can certainly shop for induction compatible cookware in a store (bring a magnet— if it sticks to the bottom of the cookware in question, you found something induction-friendly), you can also buy through our links above. Generally, we don't recommend purchasing cookware sets, as they often include pots or pans you won't actually use.
Can induction cookware be used in the oven?
This depends on the cookware in question! Some items—like cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, and stainless steel skillets—are absolutely oven-safe. Others, like nonstick skillets, may be oven-safe, but to low temperatures. It's always worth checking the manufacturer's care instructions.