Induction cooking is very different to most other kinds of cooking.
The use of electromagnetism to provide and transfer hear from hob to pan to food, while the hob itself remains cool enough to touch, brings challenges as well as advantages, and one of the biggest among those challenges is finding pans that not only do the job, but do it well.
In store, there’s a scientific method of finding a good induction pan. Take a magnet with you, and if the magnet sticks to the bottom of the pan, you’re onto a winner.
Sounds mystical, but is basically just a proof of electromagnetic conductivity – the process by which induction cooking works.
Online though, there’s no such proof (do not under any circumstances approach your computer with a magnet), and there are plenty of companies selling induction cookware.
How are you supposed to tell what’s what?
Stick with us. We’ve found you the best induction pans on the market.
28CM FRYING PAN – This frying pan is a kitchen must-have. At 28cm, the pan can be used for frying, searing and browning just about anything including vegetables, meat and fish. Matching 28cm pan lid available, see the Blackmoor store to purchase.
SUITABILITY - Like all Blackmoor pans, it is suitable for cooking on electric hobs, gas hobs, induction hobs and hot plates. The stylish, black marble effect coating will complement any kitchen and is also scratch resistant, so your pan stays looking like new for longer.
COOL-TOUCH HANDLE - The pan has a soft grip handle that stays cool to the touch to ensure your comfort and safety while you are whipping up culinary delights. The handle also has a convenient hole for hanging or for holding utensils during cooking.
Importantly, at the time of writing, the 3 piece set, comprising 1 x 18cm non-stick saucepan with lid, 1 x 24cm casserole pan with lid and 1 x 24cm frying pan, was showing as out of stock, but the individual components of the set – and more besides if you want to go induction-crazy – were all available from the same page.
So until the set becomes available again, feel free to build your own!
The Blackmoor range of induction pans is your solid entry-level product, rather than anything overly fancy. It’s non-stick and it does the job you want it to do, giving even, reliable induction cooking time after time.
In particular, the Blackmoor set climbs up the ratings by tackling the chief issue with most induction pans, which is that they’re almost fetishistically expensive.
Blackmoor’s comparatively accessible price tag, while still delivering good even induction cooking, means the range is less a fashion statement, more a working saucepan set.
If that’s something that appeals to you, the Blackmoor starter kit will serve you well without breaking your overdraft.
It would be dishonest not to mention a couple of points though where the Blackmoor’s no-nonsense attitude to induction cooking has perhaps been taken too far.
Apart from the lack of a catwalk look, a more serious issue is that the handles on the Blackmoor range are attached at just one point, which is like challenging physics to snap you in two.
Most other induction pans are attached at several points so that in the event of one of those points weakening and snapping, you’ve at least got a second before the food slips sideways and burns your toes.
With the Blackmoor, it’s one out, all out, as the handle is a singular point of weakness.
Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the Blackmoor pans don’t have a long guaranteed life, giving them the feeling of a digital watch you buy at a market stall.
It’ll probably be fine, but if it isn’t, well, you pay less money, you takes your choice.
And underlying this narrative of cheapness corresponding to unreliability, these otherwise pugnacious pans are hand-wash only.
Granted, they have an effective non-stick surface, so hand-washing should hardly be a chore, but still, it’s another element that undermines the sense of rugged reliability they bring to your kitchen.
All of that said though, there is a sense of rough and ready glory about the Blackmoor pans. They may not have all the bells, whistles or indeed handle-bolts, but they’re allowing people with smaller budgets to get real results and flavour out of their induction hobs without breaking the bank.
They’re serviceable and they do all the essential jobs you’re looking for in a set of induction pans. That, plus their accessible price, puts them at the top of our list of best induction pans.
Even cooking with no hot spots
Low-fat, non-stick cookery
Handles get very hot
Some users report the non-stick coating disappears
If you’re going to call anything ‘infinite,’ you need to be very sure of what you’re delivering.
Fortunately for Circulon, its set of ‘Infinite’ pans mostly stand up to the pressure of the word. Harder than nails, they’re extra tough and anodised, and they work not only on your induction hob but also your gas hob or oven.
The Circulon pans are pretty much the Superman of the induction pan market, extremely durable and able to withstand all sorts of nonsense should you be inclined to really put them through their paces.
They’re built to deliver heat evenly, meaning no hot spots, and the inner base of each pan has an interior groove system, meaning a non-stick, or at least a less-stick surface and a reduction in the amount of oil you’ll need.
Add to that an actual non-stick coating, and your food will slip out of the pan easier than anything you’re used while leaving you with less to do in clean-up. If you have one though, the
Circulon pans are dishwasher-safe, so clean-up, schlean-up, what’s for dessert?
Before you click the ‘buy’ button though, be aware that the handles are not well insulated in the Circulon Infinite range, meaning gloves or extreme caution are the order of the day when you try to pick them up.
Actually, gloves, extreme caution and an hour of free weights maybe, because these pans are seriously heavy.
Also, while that easy slip-slide is extremely cool, be careful not to overdo it – some users report the non-stick coating doesn’t last that long, which is a concern in a set of pans so otherwise indomitable.
Hot handles, heavyweight pans and a disappearing non-stick are reasons to pause and weigh up your buying options, certainly.
Ultimately though, they’re unlikely to be in most people’s lists of reasons not to buy pans as solid, as fuss-free and as reliable for induction cooking as the Circulon Infinite range.
Brace yourself and pick them up as the longer-lasting, dishwashable heavy artillery in your induction cookware arsenal.
Even cooking with no hot spots
Low-fat, non-stick cookery
Handles get very hot
Some users report the non-stick coating disappears
The Ozeri Stone Earth frying pan brings a little German engineering to the stove if not the table. It’s an eco-friendly non-stick pan that eschews all the chemicals that have been causing concern of late in favour of a stone-derived coating.
The Ozeri pan is aluminium with a magnetized stone coating for rapid heat transfer. And each pan in our list seems to pick up on the deficiencies of the last – the Blackmoor wasn’t dishwasher-safe, but the Circulon was. The Circulo
n had significant heat-transference issues in its handles, but the Ozeri’s handles are covered in heat-resistant silicon, so you can pick them up without fear – and unlike the Blackmoor, the handle’s attached at three rivet-points for less fall-apart fear.
If the Ozeri has an issue to look at, it’s that the pan is available in a relatively limited range of sizes.
The 26cm version has won a place on more than our list of best induction pans, and there are options at 20cm and 30cm, but beyond that, the Ozeri range feels bitty compared to either the Blackmoor or the Circulon.
Overall though, the Ozeri offers a different take on induction cookware, with a sturdiness and an even performance that gains it a place on our list – and in your kitchen, for years to come.
Rapid heat transfer makes for quick heat-up
Heat-resistant silicon handles
Three points of connection from handle to pan, for safety if one rivet fails
The Cook N Home double set benefits from a thick aluminium base (4.5mm) which allows for even, regular heat distribution in induction cooking, while also having the heft and sturdiness to work on all your other cooking surfaces too.
As such, what the Cook N Home set brings – admittedly in common with some of the others on our list, because above all, we’ve scored for even cooking, non-stick facility, convenience and the grab-and-go ease of use in a range of ways – is a couple of pans you can trust to do anything, anywhere, any day, whether it’s induction omelettes for breakfast or something rich and simple and heartwarming at the end of a hell of a day.
Whatever you need, whenever you need it, grab your Cook N Home and you’re more or less guaranteed good results unless you actually fall asleep at the stove.
Be aware though – that aluminium base doesn’t just ensure even heat distribution, it actively reduces your cooking time. That means handy meals in the relative blink of an eye, but the reduced cook-times may take a while to get used to.
While the 20cm and 25cm pan are sold as a set, should you wish to double down and fill another pan-hook with the big brother of the Cook N Home range, there’s a 30cm frying pan to collect too – though be warned: while we know we live in a world where every centimetre matters, the single 30cm frying pan will cost you as much as the two smaller pans together.
The non-stick surface on the Cook N Home pans is of course, like most modern pans – and certainly, like those that make it onto lists of the best on the market – free of cadmium and lead, and the pans themselves are both oven and dishwasher-safe.
If we’re counting the joins between the handle and the pan, each of the Cook N Home contenders comes with two rivets, though it’s worth noting that the rivets are aligned horizontally, so in the event that one snaps, you won’t have long to get the pan to safety before it becomes untenable.
And while we’re on the handles, they’re covered in gloriously retro Bakelite for both a stay cool functionality and a nostalgia factor for fans of old movies or anyone who remembers a world before mobile phones.
The Cook N Home pans have a heft and stability that invoke not only nostalgia but reliability – cooking with them feels like a reminder that everything will be alright.
That, as much as the even heat distribution, the versatility, the shortened cooking times and the frankly pea puree paint job, is what you’re buying in the Cook N Home set. More than many pans in our list, they offer a kind of ‘You and me against the world’ loyalty that’s yours to test through regular re-use over the years.
Aluminium base for even heat distribution
Reduced cooking times due to rapid heat spread
Dishwasher and oven-safe
Bakelite cool-touch handles
Upgrade price – to add a 30cm pan costs the same as the two smaller pans together
No list of the best pans for any heat source feels properly complete without at least a nod to Le Creuset. Probably more famous for its ‘break-a-foot-if-you-drop-it’ cast iron cookware in various shades of Provencal promise, the company makes an impressive range of more workaday cookware too, and the 3-ply 24cm stainless steel frying pan is an example of what a big name can do with more modern materials and cooking methods.
Not to oversell the 3-ply frying pan merely on the company’s reputation, you can be pretty certain that when you’re paying for a Le Creuset, not only are you buying a pan that’s going to last you, and probably at least one more generation of your family as long as they need it, it’s also going to do everything you want, need and expect of it.
That’s the case with the 3-ply pan – even heat distribution? Yes, of course.
Hot spots? Wouldn’t dare be seen near the 3-ply. Non-stick? Took everything that the likes of Women And Home magazine could throw at it and gave a contemptuous Gallic shrug.
This is a pan that doesn’t trade so much on sentiment as hard-headed, practically Spartan indefatigability. Like most of the other pans on our list, it’s by no means a delicate flower – it will work just as well in ovens, on gas hobs, on grills, as it does on induction hobs, but unlike some, it tells you up front that it works well with those other heat sources, but is also ‘induction compatible.’
That’s worth noting, in that it mumbles its induction-worthiness, rather than yelling about it.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that means it’s a mealy-mouthed induction pan. If it didn’t do everything you want of it, Le Creuset wouldn’t put it out. The company’s pride – let alone its brand – wouldn’t allow it to do that.
The handle’s double-riveted and unusually, plated in place, and has a hand-friendly grip, but be aware – it’s not coated in any insulating material, so if it’s coming out of an oven, a tea towel or oven glove is your friend.
The pan’s available in 24cm, 28cm and 30cm versions for when you need to have several pans on the go at once.
Bottom line with the Le Creuset is that a) it’s a Le Creuset, and like several premium brands, that’s a recommendation in itself, but b) the reason it’s become a recommendation in itself is that the company’s products do what you need them to do, reliably, time after time.
The 3-ply frying pan is more expensive than some which are higher up our list – but it’s absolutely an investment in years, even decades of reliable cooking across any heat source, including your induction hob.
Le Creuset’s reputation means you’re buying an investment piece
Even cooking and no hot spots
Handle is double-riveted and also plated in place, for additional safety
No insulation on the handle
While absolutely induction-compatible, it doesn’t lead its pitch with induction cooking
When buying induction pans, there are a couple of things to look out for.
Even Out The Hot Spots
You should demand this of all your pans, but especially in induction cooking, if your pans can’t confidently claim to distribute the heat evenly with no hot spots, leave them on their electronic shelf and step away from the ‘buy’ button.
They might look awfully cute, but if they can’t promise even the basics of even cooking on an induction hob, you’re only buying yourself headaches and a future of yelling ‘Why? Why would you do this to me?’ at moments when you really need them to work. Swipe left and save yourself the pain of future disappointment.
The best induction pans will offer a reliable non-stick surface. Take a look at how the non-stick is non-stick – some older makes might still be using chemicals with a dubious history to help you get your omelette to your plate. Make sure your non-stick is long-lasting and safe, otherwise you’ve invested in a long-living pan with no long-term manners.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can’t I just use ordinary pans on an induction hob?
No, you really can’t – at least, not without checking. You can use pans that are induction-safe with other heat sources, but the trouble with going the other way is that induction’s a very particular heating system that depends on a reaction between the heat source and the pan. Look for a pan with some ferrous content in its base to make induction cooking work.
Why use induction hobs?
They’re cheap, they’re green and they’re safer than many other types of hob if you have children. They’re cheap and green because they work through the relationship between the hob and the pan, so you’re not heating up surfaces or air with energy you’re paying for, and that has to be generated. They’re child-friendly because the hob itself is cool to the touch should wandering fingers investigate.
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