The Best Induction Compatible Cookware, According to Our Rigorous Reviews

Whether you're in the market for a nonstick skillet or a Dutch oven, here's what to get.

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Braised chicken thighs in a stainless steel frying pan

J. Kenji López-Alt

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

    Lodge 10.25-Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

    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

    Le Creuset 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven

    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.

  • Cuisinart Nonstick Skillet

    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 Cuisinart 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

    All-Clad 3-Quart Stainless Steel Saute Pan With Lid

    For searing, wilting tons of greens, shallow-frying, and braising, 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.

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  • Cuisinart Stainless Steel Stockpot

    Cuisinart 12-Quart MultiClad Pro Stainless Stock Pot With Cover

    Another top pick of ours from Cuisinart is this stockpot. After testing 16 stockpots, we landed on this model 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

    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

    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

    Stainless Clad Saucier

    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.

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  • The Wok Shop and Yosukata Woks

    WokShop Carbon Steel Wok against a white background
    Yosukata wok.

    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 significant shipping delays.

    FAQs

    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.