This is a question that many of us – cookware geeks- have. The induction cooktops have reached the kitchen field to stay.
I´m personally fascinated with this new kind of cooktop. They are more efficient, safer, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, and you can control the heating temperature as never seen before with other kind of cooking method.
So, today we are going to find out what is the best ceramic cookware for induction.
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Brief Talk about induction cooktop method
First I’m going to explain how it works:
The induction cooktop may look like a normal electric cooktop. Inside the glass cooktop, there’s an electronically controlled coil of metal. When you turn on the power, you make a current flow through the coil and it produces a magnetic field all around it and -most importantly- directly above it.
Unless there’s a pan on the cooking zone, no heat is produced this way: the cooking zone remains cold. This is the “magnetic magic”.
When you cook in a traditional cooktop the energy has to heat the cooktop, and the pans and pots are heating for transference. The induction heats directly the surface of the pans. Also, you spend less time cooking your meals. A pan that heats up faster will cook faster. The induction methods make you spend less energy and allow you to cook in less time.
The chocolate only melts on the magnetic side.
As I said before, the induction cooktop only heats if the pans are above. If you take away the pans, the cooktop will turn off. This prevents burning by leaving the cooktop on. The cooktop will not burn anything. For example, you can put a piece of paper between the pans and the cooktop and will not burn.
The induction cooktop can reduce dramatically your energy consumption; it’s close to 90% efficiency, which is pretty impressive. Seeing this, we can say that this is the most eco-friendly option on the market.
After all these benefits, there’s always a con: induction cooktops aren’t cheap. The range of price are between 1000$ to 3000$.
Why is it so difficult to find a ceramic cookware for induction cooktops?
This is the big deal with this kind of cooktop. Remember that the induction cooktop heats the pan itself and not the stove. For that reason the bottom of the pans has to be compatible with induction methods. The best material for this is stainless steel.
When you get an induction cooktop you surely will have to replace your actual cookware.
The majority of ceramic cookware has a gauge aluminum bottom that is incompatibly with induction. The reason is that aluminum hasn´t a good conductivity for magnetic waves. So, when you put your ceramic pans on you brand new induction stove, you will notice that it never heats up.
But not everything is lost for the ceramic lovers who want an induction cooktop. Some brands have started to make ceramic pans that include a stainless steel disc on the bottoms to conduct the magnetic heat.
After all this, what are the best ceramic cookwares for induction cooktops?
Cuisinart Elements 10-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set
This set and the Bialleti one I’ve mentioned on my list of best ceramic cookware 2016.
This set is beautiful in all the sense of the word.
The exterior comes in a bright cherry red. The internal coating is 100% pure ceramic, with an impeccable white finish. The pans and pots look contemporary and elegant.
Besides the aspect of the set – which is gorgeous- this set is of high quality building. The material lid is made of stainless steel, which make the pieces sturdy enough and –of course- compatible with induction cooking methods.
What’s included in this set?
- 5-quart sauce pan
- 5-quart sauce pan
- 3-quart saute pan
- 8-quart stockpot
- 8-inch skillet
- One 10-inch skillet.
Bialetti Aeternum 10 Piece Cookware Set
Every cookware geek knows this brand. They are the king on the kitchen field, especially with their stainless steel line.
The professional quality and elegance is their signature. They recently released their first ceramic set.
This set is made of gauge aluminum but it has a stainless steel on the base of the pans that makes it perfect for induction.
They use a good quality ceramic coat that is completely non-stick. The pans are oven safe and can handle high temperatures.
What’s included in this set?
- 8-inch saute pan
- 10-inch saute pan
- 2 quart covered sauce pan
- 5 quart covered sauce pan
- 3 qt. covered deep saute pan
- 6 quart covered dutch oven.
Green Earth Nonstick Cookware
I mentioned this one as one of the best ceramic frying pans.
You can buy these pans as a set of three – 8 inch, 10 inch and 12 inch- or individually. The Green Earth pan does not come with lids. So you should save a few bucks to get the property lids for you pans. The exterior painting is green and the coating is black.
The main feature of these pans is their textured ceramic coating. The surface has a honeycomb form that creates air bubbles that increase the non-stick properties of the pans.
The ceramic used is made in Germany, and it´s called GREBLON. It is free of PTFE, PFOA and APEO. It´s completely safe to use in high temperatures, even in the oven.
The body is made of durable heavy-gauge- aluminum. The best part of this is the incorporation of a special base that can work with any kind of cooktop, including induction.
WaxonWare Ceramic Frying Pan
I know that I promised a list with ceramic pans for your induction cooktop.
This pan is technically a ceramic one, but is not 100% pure ceramic. The coating is a mix of granite and ceramic.
This coating is non-stick and at the same time the sturdiest choice between the ceramic frying pans.
It feels like a real stone. It comes in only one color: a mix of several gray tones. It goes really well with the fact that WaxonWare works with earth material such as granite and ceramic.
The bottom works splendid with induction. Also, it’s scratch resistant.
What if you don’t want to change your current ceramic pans but you still want an induction cooktop?
Well this is a tricky situation. When you already have a complete ceramic set that you love and a new induction cooktop, it is probably that you don’t want to spend in a new set of pans.
Believe me, I understand you.
Good news is that there is a third way to affront this situation: A converter plate
I have to make the disclaimer, is not my favorite choice.
The main reason is because there is no perfect convert yet. None of them work as well as a set of pans designed for induction.
Yes, you will use you ceramic pans. But the heating is not going to be so efficient and fast – and for me that’s the magic of induction.
Anyways, I leave you here the best converter that I found.
Max Burton 8-Inch Induction Interface Disk with Heat-Proof Handle
It´s basically a heat conductive stainless steel disk that promises to heat the pans even when these aren’t designed for magnetic induction.
You can use it even with portable induction single stove.
Induction cooktops are here to stay. This technology has revolutionized the way we conceive cooking.
Just the fact that the heat is applied directly to the pan is amazing. We don’t have to worry anymore about burning the utensils and kitchen towels.
Now we can fuse the ceramic non-stick technology with the induction using one of the pans and set mentioned on this article.
So, I really hope to see you soon for more interesting articles.
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2 thoughts on “What is the Best Ceramic Cookware for Induction Cooktop?”
I have a glass coffee pot. A metal ring came with it for my old stove which has ceramic elements should I still use the metal ring on my glass top stove?
As long as you be careful using the coffee pot should not be any risk of scratching the glass top surface with the metal ring.
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