Cookware that will work good with an induction cooktop are different than normal cookware. For pots, pans, skillets, pressure cookers, saucepans and other utensils to work with an induction cooker they must contain iron in them. If your current set of cookware is not made up of ferrous material then it will not work with an induction hob.
You can perform a simple experiment at home to check whether your current cooking vessels and utensils will work with induction stove or not. Just try to stick a simple magnet at the bottom of your current vessels, if they stick, there then you don’t have to worry about it, if not you’ll need to replace them with complete range of induction cookware sets.
This means for your cookware to work with an induction stove it must have the following qualities
1) Must be of ferrous (containing iron) material.
2) Must be of permitted dimensions by your induction cooktop. (Read user manual carefully to clarify)
3) Must be dishwasher safe
4) Must be lightweight so that the glass bottom of induction hob does not get cracks or scratches while cooking.
The reason behind this is the way induction technology works and how pots are heated using eddy currents. To read more about “how induction hobs work” using electromagnetism, read this page on “How Induction Works?”
If you don’t want to invest in induction compatible cookware then to start with you can purchase an “induction disk” that works as a buffer between the induction stove and non-compatible cookware that you already have in your collection.
You simply heat up the disk and place your non-compatible cookware on this disk to heat up. This will work for some recipes and may not work with some but is an easy work around for not having non-induction ready cookware.
If you are planning to buy new induction ready cookware then here are some popular brands that most people buy and have a good reputation amongst homeowners.
Cuisinart Multiclad Pro
T fal – jamie oliver
Cook N Home
All clad – Emeril
German Gastro USU (Schulte-ufer) 14 inch non stick frying pan
dr weil cookware
Sur La Table 3.5qt clad saucepan