Does anyone have any suggestions on the best cookware for an induction cook-top?
Debijo, I don't know if you are asking about a type or a brand but Consumer Reports states "If you have an induction cooktop, magnetic stainless steel is your best bet (bring along a magnet: if it sticks to the bottom, it'll work with an induction cooktop)."
They also caution to be certain the bottom of the cookware is flat because with any smooth cooking surface full contact is important for even heat distribution.
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Anything that you can get a magnet to stick to is usable.. Stainless Steel and Cast Iron are the best options...
Not all stainless steel are magnetic! Be sure and test with a magnet! For sure, the expensive All-Clad will work. My Cuisinart stainless steel does not! I have researched induction tops and want one when I get a new stove top. Need to save my bucks for the All-Clad at Williams-Sonoma.
Right and again the important tool to test with is a magnet. It does not matter how strong the magnet is as long as there is an attraction on the BASE of the pot/pan. There is some Cuisinart that is induction capable but I use Wolfgang Puck, Marcus Samuelson, Cast Iron, and other magnetic cookware. My advise after using induction for years is to simply carry a magnet with you when you go shopping and see if the magnet sticks to the bottom/base.. if it does than you are good to go.. It is important that you test each piece in the set as there are times where some pieces are not induction ready.
Some of my All Clad SS are magnetic...some are not. Enameled cast iron is fine. Le Creuset has a newish line of SS pans that are all induction compatible also. My next cooktop will be induction, so I've been researching pans. My only distress is that my favorite Swiss Diamond cookware won't work with induction....love this line of pans!!
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Edited by dakotacheryl at 12/29/2009 5:47 AM PST
Last edited on 12/29/2009
That is a real shame about your Swiss Diamond, but some of us are in the same boat with our All Clad and Cuisinart. Now in the future I know to carry a magnet with me when I am shopping for cookware excepting of course when I am looking at cast iron as that will be automatically induction friendly as iron is the original magnetic substance.