Few things are as aggravating as scrubbing stuck food from your frying pan.
Whether it’s when the fried egg for the top of your avocado toast that refuses to budge off the skillet or a cheese sauce that sticks to the bottom of your saucepan, having food stuck on your cookware turns what should be an enjoyable meal into an annoyance when cooking, and even more so when cleaning up.
The cycle of soaking and scrubbing to get stuck-on food loose from a pan makes the kitchen a very unpleasant place to be.
Induction cooking’s efficiency and elegance call for the best nonstick cookware. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the best nonstick induction cookware options for your kitchen.
Best Overall Selection: T-fal Professional Nonstick Induction Set
- Set includes: 8 inches fry pan, 10.25 inches fry pan, 1 Egg Wonder fry pan, 1 quart; saucepan with lid, 3 quart; saucepan with lid, 5 quart; stockpot, stainless steel steamer insert, and 2 nylon tools
- Heat mastery system: T fal's heat mastery system is a 3 ingredient recipe for perfectly delicious cooking results every time; Superior and longer lasting non stick coating, an anti warping, even heat base and patented thermo spot technology
- Thermo spot indicator: The ring around the spot turns solid red to show when pans are perfectly preheated and ready for ingredients to be added proper preheating is key to sealing in flavor and cooking food evenly
This set from T-fal, a well-known name in quality nonstick cookware, may be the only purchase you need to cover your induction cooking needs. A covered 5-quart Dutch oven, two sizes of covered saucepans, two sizes of frying pans and a one-egg wonder pan, a steamer insert, and a nonstick spatula and cooking spoon are included.
Armed with a durable nonstick coating, these pans come with Thermo-spot technology, signaling when they are preheated and ready for food to be added. The Thermo-spot in the center turns red when ready, making cooking your favorite dishes a snap. Knowing when your pan is preheated is especially helpful if you are new to induction cooking.
With riveted silicone handles that stay cool and their nonstick surface that makes cleaning up easy, T-fal pans are a pleasure to use. This is fortunate because, with proper care, your set of T-fal pans will provide you with years of service.
Think twice before washing your T-fal pots and pans in the dishwasher. The abrasiveness of automatic dishwashing can discolor the external finish of your pans and decrease their overall lifespan.
Oven safe up to 400 degrees, the pans in this set comes with silicone handles. This makes these pots and pans unsuitable for use under a broiler.
The price of this set, and the selection of pans included, makes this a wonderful wedding gift or a smart purchase for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen wares, whether they have an induction cooktop or not.
What we like
- Durable construction and a nonstick finish
- Oven safe up to 400 degrees
- Lifetime limited warranty
What We don’t
- Exterior finishes may become discolored
- Silicone handles cannot be used under your oven’s broiler
Runner Up, Best Overall: Scanpan PRO IQ Nonstick Set
- Nonstick cookware that browns, braises, sears and deglazes.
- Nonstick cookware that cooks with little or no oil. Safe, PFOA-free, and sustainable.
- Nonstick cookware that is dishwasher and metal-utensil safe.
Nonstick pans designed for form and function, the Scanpan PRO IQ set features the look and performance of professional-grade culinary equipment.
Scanpan, a Danish brand that has manufactured cookware for upscale shops, including Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table, is among the most expensive nonstick options on the market, but you do get what you pay for.
Scanpan keeps food from sticking through Stratinum, a nonstick coating that’s applied over a ceramic-titanium surface. Stratinum is free from PFOA, a synthetic compound used in the manufacture of nonstick surfaces like Teflon that was found to have health and environmental risks.
Suitable for use in induction cooking, Scanpan pans come with a limited lifetime warranty. Their weight and stability will result in even cooking.
This nine-piece set includes two frying pans, a saute pan, two saucepans, and a stockpot with lids.
Most Scanpan sets are rated as oven-safe to 500 degrees and dishwasher-safe, but you will enjoy your pans longer if you treat them with care. Wash them by hand and limit their use in baking and broiling.
If you like the PRO IQ set, but would prefer a cosmetic upgrade, check out Scanpan CTX. It’s about twice as expensive for the same performance as PRO IQ, but it looks incredible with a full stainless steel exterior.
What we like
- Stratinum nonstick surface offers excellent performance
- Durable with proper care
- Features the look of professional culinary tools
What We don’t
- Among the highest-priced pans on the market
- Repeated exposure to high temperatures will shorten the life of your pan
Best Ceramic: GreenPan Valencia Pro Induction Safe Ceramic Cookware
- Cookware Set Includes: 8'', 9.5'', 11'' frypans; 2 quart and 3 quart saucepans with lids; 3 quart skillet with lid; 5 quart casserole with lid
- Infused with diamonds, GreenPan’s Thermolon Minerals Pro healthy ceramic nonstick coating is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium, so it will never release toxic fumes, even if it’s accidentally overheated
- Metal utensil safe, our original diamond-infused nonstick coating offers remarkable durability, balanced heating, and effortless cleanup
GreenPan Valencia Pro is a great option for your oven and your induction cooktop if you’re looking for the best in ceramic nonstick cookware. Ceramic is widely considered a healthier alternative to traditional nonstick cooking.
With the weight and performance of professional culinary pots and pans, this GreenPan set is an excellent value for the price. Valencia Pro’s Magneto induction bases make searing and browning on your induction cooktop a breeze, and these pans are oven safe to 600 degrees.
The durable Thermolon Minerals Pro ceramic coating on these pans stands up to the use of metal utensils and should provide you with years of induction cooking enjoyment. This diamond-infused coating is free of lead, cadmium, PFOA, and PFAS, so toxicity isn’t a worry.
Durable glass lids will let you check foods as they simmer.
All the pans in this set – three frying pans, two saucepans, a 3-quart skillet, and a 5-quart casserole – are dishwasher-safe. This and the nonstick ceramic coating will make cleaning up quick and easy.
If you like the Valencia Pro, you might also consider the GreenPan Venice Pro. The Venice Pro line is slightly more expensive, but includes an aesthetically pleasing upgrade of full stainless steel exterior.
What we like
- Environmentally friendly and durable diamond-infused ceramic coating
- Metal utensils won’t scratch the ceramic coating
What We don’t
- Online reviewers have reported the coating becoming less nonstick with frequent use
- Ceramic tends to be higher in price than other nonstick options
Best Budget: Farberware Millennium Stainless Steel Induction Set
- PREMIUM NONSTICK: Cookware set integrates a top-quality, long-lasting, dishwasher safe nonstick for effortless food release and easy cleanup.
- HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL COOKWARE: Cooking set features stainless steel cookware construction with a fully encapsulated aluminum base for fast, even heating.
- EASY CLEANUP: All pots and pans in this set are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup and convenience, though hand washing is recommended to help make the set last.
A name known for quality and durability, Farberware offers stainless steel cookware with fully encapsulated aluminum bases for fast and even heating.
This 10-piece set features a durable nonstick coating that makes clean-up easy, plus the beauty of a shiny stainless-steel exterior.
These pots and pans are dishwasher-safe, but the manufacturer does note that handwashing will make this collection last longer.
One of the more reasonably priced collections in our round-up, this set includes a selection of pans perfect for outfitting a first apartment, with or without an induction cooktop, or vacation home with luxury kitchen appointments such as an induction cooktop.
The set, which includes two saucepans, an 8-quart stockpot, a 3-quart sauté pan and two frying pans, all with lids, comes with a lifetime warranty.
What we like
- An economical choice from a trusted name in cookware
- Gleaming stainless-steel exteriors
- Fast, even heating
What We don’t
- Dishwashing will shorten the pans’ lifespan
- Some owners say burned food can stick to these
Best Budget Option for Ceramic: Nutrichef Excilon Nonstick Induction Series
This Nutrichef set is the most affordable of the collections we reviewed, and it is also among the more stylish. The external “diamond line” pattern gives the appearance of artisan metalwork, and Nutrichef reports that this also gives these pots better heat transfer and durability.
These reinforced forged aluminum pans – five in all – come with three heat-resistant nylon silicone utensils and three see-through lids.
The Excilon PTFE-based nonstick ceramic coating offered by Nutrichef makes for healthy oil-free cooking and easy clean-up that’s also environmentally friendly. Induction-ready, these pots can handle a maximum temperature of 500 degrees, and the silicone handles are ergonomically designed.
An excellent choice for a budget-conscious kitchen upgrade or for setting up a new household, these pots and pans come with a 10-year limited warranty.
What we like
- An affordable option for gift-giving or keeping
- The ceramic coating offers healthy performance
- The stylish exterior adds to durability
What We don’t
- Not suitable for use with metal spatulas
- Owners note handles can become hot
Best High-End Option: All-Clad HA1 Nonstick Induction Cookware Set
- Heavy-gauge, hard-anodized cookware offers even heating and has 3 layers of safe, PFOA-free nonstick for long-lasting easy release.
- Compatible with all cooktops, including induction, thanks to its durable, anti-warp stainless-steel base, and oven safe up to 500°F.
- Securely riveted stainless steel handles ensure a safe grip.
This 13-piece All-Clad set is the most expensive of those we reviewed, but quality and performance make them a bargain for the price. The piece includes hard anodized stainless-steel construction and anti-warp bases that are built with induction in mind.
Their PTFE-based nonstick coating is scratch-resistant and allows for cooking with less fat and sauteeing with ease. Stainless steel handles are contoured for a comfortable grip.
These All-Clad pots and pans are compatible with all stovetops, including induction and, without their lids, are oven-safe to 500 degrees.
The sturdiness and style of professional culinary pans are offered in this selection, with handles attached with stainless steel rivets.
A great choice for the budget-conscious foodie who wants to add quality pieces for induction cooking, this set includes three frying pans, two saucepans, a saute pan, a 4-quart soup pot, and an 8-quart stockpot, along with see-through lids.
What we like
- Sturdy stainless-steel construction
- Contoured handles for a comfortable grip
- Professional quality
What We don’t
- Price is the highest of those we reviewed
- Some owners report the weight of these pans can make them difficult to use
Best Starter Set: Viking Culinary Hard Anodized Nonstick Induction
If you’re furnishing a new kitchen, consider our pick for Best Starter Set, a 10-piece from Viking Culinary, a brand known best for their professional-grade ranges and other kitchen appliances. Their price is moderate among higher-quality cookware sets, making it an affordable step up for home chefs and one they’ll enjoy with every meal.
Three layers of PFOA-free nonstick coating make these pieces metal-spatula friendly, durable, and stick-free. Sturdy anodized aluminum construction provides even heat distribution for induction cooking, and the stainless-steel base offered on these pots and pans is compatible with all cooking surfaces including induction.
Included in this set are a saute pan, two saucepans, and a stockpot, all with lids, and two frying pans.
This Viking set is dishwasher safe, which will make the most tiresome part of cooking – washing dishes – easy. The nonstick performance ensures you won’t have to pre-scrub pots before putting them into the dishwasher, either.
Domed tempered glass lids let you peek at your chili, jambalaya, or fricassee without losing heat or moisture.
What we like
- Dishwasher safe
- Safe for use with metal utensils
- Viking quality and durability
What We don’t
- Reviewers report lid handles may get hot
- These pans weigh more than lower-priced ones, so there may be an adjustment period
Best Starter Set for Ceramic: Copper Chef Signature Round Pan Set
There’s something about this nine-piece set of gleaming copper pots that inspires a weekend of cooking. Our choice for Best Starter Set for Ceramic, this Copper Chef set is an affordable way to outfit your kitchen with ceramic nonstick induction cookware.
Outfitted with Advanced Cerami-Tech nonstick coating, these pans do require a little loving care to stay at their best. Their manufacturer recommends handwashing with water, mild soap, and a soft, nonmetallic scrubber or sponge for best results. To protect your pots and pans, use only non metallic utensils made from wood, plastic, silicone, or bamboo.
This nine-piece set includes a 5.8-quart casserole pan with a lid, two saucepans with a coordinating lid, two frying pans, a fry basket, and a steamer tray.
Copper Chef pans are designed for use on all types of cooktops and are heat-proof to 850 degrees, a feature that’s ideal for the high temperatures pots and pans can face in induction cooking. These pans will become hot to the touch, though, so be sure to use potholders when reaching for lids or handles.
What we like
- Even heat conduction
- Ceramic nonstick at an affordable
- Heat-proof to 850 degrees
What We don’t
- Hand wash for best results
- Not suitable for use with metal utensils
Best Stainless Steel: Circulon Genesis Stainless Steel Induction Cookware
- Cookware set includes: 1-quart and 2-quart Saucepans with lids, 3-quart sauté pan with lid, 6-quart stockpot with lid, 8. 5-Inch and...
- High performance cookware: impact-bonded aluminum bases heat evenly and work on all stovetops; Stainless Steel exteriors provide...
- Superior nonstick pots and pans: total food release system features PFOA-free metal utensil safe premium nonstick on raised circles for...
Designed for convenience, this Circulon Genesis 10-piece set gets our vote for Best Stainless Steel for its endurance and solid construction. For a moderate price, this collection delivers quality and high performance.
Metal utensil safe, these pots and pans will stand up to heat up to 500 degrees and automatic dishwashing. Impact-bonded aluminum bases heat evenly and work well with all types of cooktops, including induction. Nonstick coating is applied on raised circles for effortless cooking and easy care. Steel handles are double riveted for stability and strength.
The collection includes two saucepans, a saute pan, and a stockpot, all with kids, and two frying pans.
These solidly built pans come with a lifetime guarantee, making this a smart investment in cookware that, with proper care, will serve you well years into the future.
What we like
- Solid construction
- Even heating
- Safe for metal utensils and automatic dishwashing.
What We don’t
- Handles are not heat resistant
- Owners report better results with handwashing.
What is Induction Cooking?
Induction cooking is quite different from the traditional way of cooking, where you place a pan of food over a radiant heat source.
The burners of an induction cooktop work as powerful electromagnets. When an alternating electrical current is passed through the coils of wire inside an induction cooktop, a magnetic field is created.
Heat is created when metal in cookware is attracted by the alternating current. This “induction” of heat by the cookware is how this form of cooking got its name.
When the metal pan is removed from the induction burner, the reaction creating the heat ends.
This means a cooler and safer cooking surface. A dish towel or potholder won’t catch fire since it doesn’t contain metal and won’t heat. No more burned fingertips, either, although the pans on top of the induction elements can certainly be hot.
Induction cooking is also more efficient since the steps of heating a burner, and then placing the pan on top of it, are skipped. Cooking the induction way is faster and uses less energy.
Pros of Induction Cooking
Induction cooktops have smooth glass tops, which many prefer for their elegant looks. Because the elements themselves don’t heat up, induction cooktops are safer since heating stops when you remove the pan. If you accidentally turn on your induction burner, it won’t get hot unless there’s cookware on top, which keeps your kitchen safer.
Induction cooking is faster, too, with the heat generated in the pan, next to the food. This can be an advantage in everything from boiling water to searing a filet mignon.
Cons of Induction Cooking
Installed induction cooktops tend to cost more than gas or electric options, but induction uses about 10 percent less energy. You can, however, buy a portable induction stove for a low cost and gain a lot of flexibility for your kitchen.
If you are making the switch to induction cooking from gas or electric cooktops, you will need to make sure your cookware is induction compatible, meaning that it contains the iron particles needed to create heat with an induction element. If your current cookware isn’t compatible, you’ll need to replace it before you can begin to cook on an induction cooktop.
There is also a learning curve with induction cooking since food cooks faster. You may find you can cook at lower settings.
Also, the glass cooktops themselves can be scratched easily and should be treated with care and cleaned with non-abrasive cleansers.
What to Look for When Considering Induction Cookware
When shopping for induction cookware, you have a few special considerations to take into account.
Determine if Cookware is Built for Induction Cooking
Most cookware sets on the market will include information about whether pots and pans can be used with induction cooktops. When shopping for cookware online, search for “induction cookware.”
If you are unsure whether your current cookware is induction friendly, try holding a magnet to the bottom of the pan. If the magnet sticks firmly, your pan is induction compatible.
Make sure pots and pans have flat bottoms. Any warping or wobbliness will keep a pan from heating properly on an induction element.
Because of the rapid and intense heat generated in induction cooking, it is important for your cookware to heat evenly. Otherwise, your food may burn in some areas but be undercooked in others.
Heavy-bottomed thicker cookware works best, as thin pots and pans can warp from the high heat.
Weight adds to cookware’s durability, but it can also be a personal preference. Keep in mind the weight you can comfortably and safely hold in one hand as you select your nonstick induction cookware.
Most good quality sets of nonstick induction cookware come with warranties but read the fine print. These warranties, lasting anywhere from 10 years to a lifetime, usually require the pans to be cared for as prescribed in the owner’s manual. Make sure you follow manufacturer’s recommendations for care and that you keep warranty information filed away in a safe place in case it’s needed later.
Take your budget into account as well and purchase the best quality cookware that you can afford to use with your induction cooktop. Buying quality cookware turns out to be the most economical choice in the long term since the best nonstick induction cookware will last longer.
What is the Difference between Nonstick and Ceramic?
Types of nonstick cookware fall into two designations – PTFE, known popularly as Teflon, or Ceramic.
PTFE, an acronym for polytetrafluoroethylene, has been around nearly a century and is derived from hydrocarbons. Developed by DuPont, it was sold as Teflon until DuPont’s patent expired. Now there are multiple brand names for PTFE nonstick coatings.
PFOA, a compound that had been used in the manufacture of Teflon decades ago, was identified as a health and environmental hazard, but it was phased out of production of nonstick coatings.
Ceramic cookware has only been popular for about 10 years. This coating is fired onto cookware in a kiln, resulting in a nonstick surface. Ceramic cookware can withstand higher temperatures than PTFEs, but these pans can wear out faster, losing their nonstick properties.
If you are new to induction cooking and are looking for the best nonstick induction cookware for everyday use, or if you are looking to replace the induction cookware you have, there are several factors you should consider.
With those as considerations, our choice for the best nonstick induction cookware is the T-fal Cookware Pots and Pans Set. The value of this set, plus its Thermo-spot technology that signals when your pans are preheated, makes it a superior choice for induction cooking in your own home or as a gift.
As a runner-up for best nonstick induction cookware, we chose the Scanpan PRO IQ Nonstick Set. Though the Scanpan set has a higher price, this collection delivers nonstick performance that makes it a culinary classic.
The investment you make in the best nonstick induction cookware for your kitchen will mean healthier meals cooked with less oil and fat, more enjoyment of cooking, and an easier clean-up.
With all of its convenience, non-stick cookware may not be the best choice for some kitchens or styles of cooking. Other materials like stainless steel and cast iron are induction compatible and offer significant benefits in durability and some aspects of performance. You can see our full roundup on induction compatible cookware (beyond nonstick) here.