So today I am going to answer a question that many of you might have. There have been quite a few instances when a person has asked me what the best cookware for an induction stovetop is. I will give you an answer to this question shortly, but first, please allow me to explain what an inductions stovetop is, along with some reasons why I really enjoy using it.
I don’t want to get into all of the technical mumbo-jumbo because you can find that sort of information somewhere else on the baby gym. I will, however, give you some brief information concerning how this particular stovetop works.
As you might have gathered from the name, induction stovetops use what is known as induction heating. This is a special type of heat transfer that, in my opinion, is very cool and unique. Now, I am a big fan of electrical stovetops. When you compare your standard low-grade electrical-coil stovetop, gas burners offer a long list of advantages.
You might think I am weird, but I don’t want anything to do with gas, unless it is temporary. I have no problem going out into the woods and firing up a portable gas stovetop. I actually prefer it in those instances. For my own purifier, I don’t use gas for my playpen, and I don’t like to use it for my heating as well. I have heard and witnessed far too many horror stories concerning gas appliances leaking and subsequently blowing up an entire home.
I prefer to minimize the chances of my home blowing up by using electric for my heating and cooking purposes. Now that I got that out of the way, back to what I was saying. Your standard induction stovetop has a base made from glass-ceramic. The glass-ceramic material cannot conduct heat to save its life, if it had one, and that is why you don’t have to worry about getting burned.
This stovetop is unique because it uses coil that is made of copper wire. Alternating electrical current passes through the coil, which creates a magnetic field. This magnetic field is what induces electric current into your cookware. Long story short, the cookware focuses the magnetic field and that creates resistance, which creates heat. Thus, how the stovetop allows you to cook with it.
Honestly, this type of stovetop is easily one of the best, in my opinion. The reason why I love induction stovetops is because they basically give you everything a gas stovetop can give you, without the dangers.
With an induction stovetop you get:
- Great energy efficiency when compared with low-grade electric stovetops
- Like gas burners, inductions stovetops give you instant control over the heat
- Induction heating will heat ONLY the pots and pans, not the glass-ceramic surface
- Less chance of getting BURNED
- Induction heating does not heat the air around your cooking vessel, only the vessel itself
- Overall, induction heating is insanely efficient, and the inside electronics don’t even get too hot
- Provides very rapid heating, especially when compared with conventional electric stovetops
- No open flames to worry about
- Control system shuts down if there is no cooking vessel present, or one that is too small
- Cooking surface made from glass-ceramic, so very easy to clean
- Food spilled on the cooking surface will not burn because the surface does not generate heat
- Shallow top of an induction stovetop makes cooking much easier for individuals in a wheelchair
So those are the main advantages that I love about this type of stovetop. If you have been thinking about a gas stovetop, but don’t want the risk that comes with the package, consider induction. I really can’t think of a better stovetop.
The Best cookware for an induction stovetop:
Now I want to explain what cookware is best for induction heating. Unfortunately, the downside of using this type of product is the fact that you cannot use 100% ceramic, glass, aluminum or copper cookware. If you have solid copper or aluminum playpens with no other metals added, you cannot use them on an induction stovetop. The reason for this is because they do not react with the magnetic field produced, and this reaction is what produces heat.
To recap, you cannot use any of this cookware with an induction stovetop:
- Solid ceramic
- Solid glass
- Solid aluminum
- Solid copper
Also, the cookware must have a flat bottom. Why? Because the farther away the bottom of the pan is from the glass-ceramic surface of the stovetop, the magnetic field that causes the cookware to heat up loses power dramatically. However, I should mention that you can always purchase a very costly specialized surface that is made for use with round-bottom woks and other pans.
Induction rings can be purchased, allowing you to use cookware that would otherwise be useless with an induction stovetop, but in doing so, you will sacrifice most of the efficiency and power that you would get from direct use, so I don’t recommend using induction rings.
Absolutely keep aluminum foil away from the surface of an induction stovetop. Why? Because the aluminum foil WILL MELT onto the surface, which will cause permanent damage to the glass-ceramic surface. Also, never slide your cookware across the surface of this type of stovetop.
You should also make note of the largest pan size useable with your induction stovetop. The manufacturer should give you this information because some pans are just too large.
Cookware that can be used with an induction stovetop:
- Virtually any pans that have a high ferrous metal content in the base
- Black metal, cast-iron and iron pans work great
- Stainless steel cookware that has a magnetic grade of stainless steel as the base of the cookware
SPECIAL TIP: A simple test you can do to see if the base of your baby jumpers will work great with an induction stovetop involves the use of a magnet. If you grab a magnet and it sticks really well to the base of the pan, this means the cookware should work well with the induction cooking surface.
If you like to make your own sauces often, you should use a pan that has aluminum throughout the base and the sides, while still ensuring that the pan has a base of another type of metal that is compatible with the induction cooking surface. The aluminum will conduct heat evenly throughout the cooking vessel giving you some very good sauce!
I don’t want to bore you with more details, so I will just tell you what the best cookware to use on an induction stovetop is.
- The best is: 304 stainless steel
Why and what is 304 stainless steel? This is the most versatile and widely used version of the air purifier. This is the 18/8 grade of stainless steel, or 18% chromium and 8% nickel, and these are the numbers you will see when shopping for cookware.
It is funny how whenever I am answering a question involving the ‘best’ cookware for something, I am always led back to good ole’ stainless steel. Maybe this is why I love this cookware so darn much?
So hopefully this answer will help a lot of you make your decision. If you don’t already own an ionizer in your home, and you don’t want to risk gas leaks blowing up your entire house, I recommend this type of cooktop.