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Induction-Friendly Cookware Guide

Welcome to our guide to induction cooking! Use it to find information to help with induction cooking. We have a large selection of brands of cookware compatible with induction cooktops. We also have a French-made tool that can make your cookware induction compatible.

How does Induction work?

Induction cooking uses the transfer of magnetic energy, rather than a flame or electric element to create a quick, efficient way of cooking. Water boils much more quicky, temperature is controlled easiy, and pots stay mostly cool while cooking. This revolutionary way to cook is becoming more and more popular in a variety of home kitchens.

What are the benefits of Induction cooking?

Conserves energy: Induction cooking uses 90% of the energy produced compared to only 55% for a gas burner and 65% for traditional electric ranges. Induction cooking provides an extremely fast boil, 50% faster than gas or electric. Induction heat is more powerful, and heats hotter and faster than gas or electric. (A typical induction cooktop is 84 percent efficient, while a gas range is only 40 percent efficient, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.)

Safe: The cooking surface stays cool even during the cooking cycle. Induction cooktops are extremely safe because there's no open flame or exposed heating element as compared to gas or electric.

Easy to clean: The surface of an induction cooktop does not heat, therefore overflows and spills do not stick.

What cookware is compatible with Induction cooktops?

Not all pieces of cookware can be used on induction cooktops and stoves. Since induction technology uses the power of magnetism, the cookware piece itself must be magnetic and have a flat bottom. For this reason, cookware made from aluminum, copper or glass, including Pyrex will not work on its own.

Induction cookware must be made of a magnetic-based material, such as cast iron or magnetic stainless steel. Fully clad cookware brands, such as All-Clad Stainless, Le Creuset Stainless Steel and Mauviel M'cooks stainless work on induction cooktops because they're magnetic. Cast Iron cookware also works on induction, like Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron.

If you're not sure if your cookware will work with induction cooktops, try sticking a magnet to your cookware. If it sticks, it should work; if it doesn't, most likely it is not induction compatible.

How can I use non-induction compatible cookware with my induction cooktop?

In order to use these pieces with an induction cooktop, you will need and induction disc, like the Mauviel Induction Disc, to make these cookware styles induction-compatible.

Place the induction disc under cookware that's not induction compatible, such as non-magnetic aluminum or copper. The disc is magnetic, ensures that the energy and heat will transfer from your induction cooktop to heat the food you're preparing.