Looking for the best induction pans on the market? You're in the right place! We tested the most-coveted induction pans on the market to discover which ones offer the the best results.
For any cooking enthusiast, having a good quality set of inductions pans and the best pans for induction hobs stashed away in your kitchen is essential if they want to get the most use from their equipment. Much like having the best blender, or best food processor, it'll help make cooking that much quicker and easier.
Induction hobs use specialist technology, which is more complex than traditional gas or electric, and offers a better user experience. But while induction pans are specifically tailored to the specialist technology devised for induction hobs, most induction-compatible pans can also be used on other hob types (unlike gas or electric pans, which don’t have transferable use).
There is a huge range of pans out there, so we’ve whittled the selection available down to the best induction pans you can buy - including the incredibly popular Le Creuset 3-Ply Stainless Steel 24cm frying pan, and the ProCook Professional Granite Cookware Set. Read on for our expert guide...
How we selected and tested the best inductions pans
To determine the best induction pans, cooking expert and food writer and stylist for woman&home, Jessica Ransom, rated them on several factors: the overall look and feel, suitability for purpose, quality, value and guarantee.
Jessica ran several experiments including making a caramel to test staining and claims of non-stick, as well as comparing how fast the induction pans changed temperature. Many pancakes were eaten during the testing process, as cooking them enabled us to test for heat spots, and once again challenge claims of any non-stick induction pans. Jessica also put the induction pans and pots through multiple dishwasher cycles to see how they would fare.
Below you’ll find the best induction pans split into pan type. We've then narrowed these down to the best products within each of these categories. If you’re not sure which induction pans you need, or indeed the nuances between the types of pans, scroll down to the bottom where Jessica explains the differences.
The best induction pans you can buy
The best induction pan sets
A great starter kit at a reasonable price point, and perfect for varied cooking. The non-stick is excellent but overall the pans lack a premium feel or finish.
The handles are only attached at a single joint which means they could loosen or break with prolonged use, which is very unlikely in several of the other pans we have tested. The pans do not have a long guarantee and are hand-wash only which is why we deducted an additional half a star.
For a cook that wants to cover all bases and likes to entertain or feed big families, this induction set is a great starter set, especially if you've not used induction pans before. The stainless steel gives it a smart, no-fuss finish and all the pans can be washed in the dishwasher.
While the durability of the pans is questionable, as some of the handles feel less secure than heavier, more expensive equivalents, there’s no denying that this is a great starter kit and will likely help you decipher what it is in a pan you really appreciate, thus informing any future purchases.
For anyone looking to tidy up their pots and pans cupboard, the Ingenio range from Tefal is a real life-saver. It’s compact, stackable and provides over 50 per cent space saving. Although it’s a 9-piece set, that doesn’t mean you get 9 pans. Instead you’ll find four pans with two handles, two glass lids and a preservation lid. The signature red spot in the centre of the pan turns a solid red when it’s at the optimum temperature.
The insides of the saucepans also have measuring marks, which is very helpful, though not unique. Although we enjoyed the clip-on-and-off handle, it does stiffen over time and gradually marks the edges of your pans.
See our full Tefal Jamie Oliver Ingenio collection review
The best induction saucepan sets
The design, durability and quality of this saucepan set really is very impressive given the price point. Forged from a single piece of aluminium they have excellent heat distribution and no unwanted rattles - something which is prevalent, and rather annoying, with some 'layered metal' induction pans.
They responded well to changes in temperature on the hob, and the ergonomic handles are Cooltouch so they don’t heat up. The lightly textured granite effect surface would look smart in any kitchen and is subtle enough not to cheapen the look of the pans, unlike others we tested. The non-stick is fantastic and the set comes complete with self-basting glass lids for each of the pans.
See our full ProCook Professional Granite Cookware Set review
While these pans lack the finesse of others we tested, there’s no denying that they would make an excellent starter kit for anyone in a hurry to start cooking on their induction hob. The three saucepans have a non-stick technology that boasts to be five times stronger that others. It faired well in our testing and also means you can cook with little, if any, butter and oil.
The handles don’t feel as robust as others but the soft touch is comfortable and for occasional home cooking, it’s very unlikely you’d run into any problems. The pans had a good response to heat changes and were relatively quiet when they had the lid on with minimal rattle.
Undeniably the most attractive set of saucepans we tested. These saucepans are stylish, sleek and a pleasure to use. The smooth, concave-finish handle is comfortable to hold and works far better as a pan handle versus a frying pan handle.
The pans don’t feel too heavy but were certainly weightier than others, which adds to the premium feel. There was minimal rattle when using the lid, though due to the stainless steel the handle did get hot from condensation, though less hot than others that were tested. They have a good heat distribution and the stainless steel means they are a good pan choice for cooking caramel. They were easy to clean. Overall worthy of an investment.
The best individual induction saucepans
The speediest of all the saucepans we tested to come to the boil and responded excellently to changes in temperature on the induction hob. It has a clean, attractive finish with a helper handle at the top of the saucepan, which is useful for added support.
There is an internal measuring guide which is helpful when pouring in liquids and judging how much water has gone from the pan or how much our sauce has reduced. The pan was quite noisy when fitted with the lid and the handle did get warm, making it essential to use a tea towel or oven glove when picking it up. Despite this, the Le Creuset pan is a great size and weight and an ideal investment if you’re only looking for one pan that’s multi-functional and durable.
This was one of the quietest pans we tested when used with the lid on and there was a good reaction to changes in temperature on the induction hob. The glass lid is fitted with a rubber handle making it easy to remove, as it doesn’t heat up.
The design and finish is less premium than other pans we tested but for the price, it’s an excellent choice and can also be purchased as part of wider pan sets. The non-stick held up very well during testing too and they were very easy to clean.
The best induction frying pans
The wide base offers even cooking and from our tests the non-stick performed very well. It’s compatible with all hob types and suitable for oven and grill cooking too. Although it has a comfortable, strong-feeling handle it is noticeably heavier than some of the pans we tried, a characteristic most Le Creuset loyalists prefer.
It’s perfect for everyday cooking and the lifetime guarantee means you should never have to buy another induction pan again!
This had a more premium finish and feel than you’d expect from the price point. It was comfortable to hold and had a longer handle than other frying pans we tested, which would be good when cooking foods that are likely to spit. It’s available in two other sizes, 20cm or 28cm which may fit your cooking needs better. We found the non-stick held up very well during testing and there was a good even distribution of heat.
The Trustone interior is designed for ultimate scratch resistance, though it’s always recommended you avoid using metal utensils. After multiple uses at high heat, there was some deterioration in colour to the inside of the pan, and because it was a lighter design this was more noticeable than others. This pan was one of the quietest in terms of the interaction with our induction hob, but this could vary. It has a bonded steel base and is compatible with all hob types.
If you can call a frying pan beautiful, that’s the title we’d give this one. The design is sleek, stylish and will undoubtedly impress anyone lucky enough to receive it as a gift. It’s exceptionally heavy, and therefore didn’t fare very well in our pancake testing, though it’s very well suited to cooking steak or frying onions and feels as premium as it looks.
The pan has an Excalibur non-stick coating, which is considered to be “the toughest most durable non-stick coating in the world” - our tests were no match for this.
This is a really excellent choice of induction frying pan if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. It proudly boasts that no oil or butter is needed when frying as it has Rock Pearl Plus non-stick Swiss technology, and this performed well in our tests. It’s an ideal size and weight for cooking pancakes or omelettes, as it’s easy to toss too.
It doesn’t have a premium look or feel but given the price point this should be expected. The mottled marble colour effect will be desirable to some and it is likely to age better than its stainless steel equivalents. It has an ergonomic soft-touch handle and is suitable for all other hob types too.
The best induction woks
The Sous Chef Wok was a standout performer. It had by far the best heat distribution, heating almost instantly and providing searing heat over the entire surface. The handle remained cool and the wok wasn’t too heavy to toss yet still weighty enough to feel durable.
Being stainless steel it lacked non-stick capabilities - this resulted in more difficulties when washing (hence failing to score the perfect 5). However, by not having a non-stick, the wok was better for searing and deglazing. Every part of the design felt like it had a purpose, from the sturdy two-point rivets, the long handle, the large domed surface (far larger than other woks we tested) to the small secondary handle. The wok also looks fantastic but handle it with some care as the polished stainless steel scratches and won't stay looking brand new for long.
While the non-stick was beneficial for cleaning, it did mean the pan didn't sear the food as well as competitors and had to be used at maximum heat in order to prevent the food from stewing.
The food was easy to toss in the pan and the non-stick helped this, though at times it did feel as though the pan wouldn't be able to contain all the ingredients. The handle felt solid as did the wok's finish which didn't scratch as easily as the stainless steel competition. Overall it was a lovely wok to use and though it wasn't the best performer, it gave a good finish and so presents itself as a great value choice.
FAQs about induction pans
What should I consider before buying induction pans?
Before heading out to buy your new best induction cookware, it’s important to clarify two things - how much do you want to spend and what is the main purpose for buying the new cooking equipment?
If you’re moving into a new home or redoing your kitchen and have never needed induction pans before, it’s probably best to get an induction pan set to cover the basics. You might not want to splash the cash on a set of induction pots and pans that boast a lifetime guarantee because you’re likely still forking out on furniture. You might also be the kind of cook that likes to update their cookware with your kitchen design, and who can blame you! Or, if you're looking to add an extra hob to your kitchen, or maximise limited kitchen space, our selection of the best portable induction hobs might be a great option.
Spending more on your induction pots and pans will likely increase the guarantee. It also means that once you’ve invested, you will likely never have to buy another induction pot or pan for a long time, if ever. They can also become heirlooms that you pass on to loved-ones. Food is so often the trigger of happy memories and what better way to help further this than passing on your favourite recipe for beef stew, and the pot you cook it in!
Heavy-based induction pans have a better heat distribution however they also make moving around the kitchen harder and will reduce your cooking flexibility.
Depending on what you’re cooking, non-stick might not always be preferable. Non-stick frying and griddle pans are good for when you want to minimise the need for additional fat. However, according to several chefs we spoke with, when cooking sauces pots without non-stick technology are preferable as you get a better de-glaze and you want some caramelisation in the pan for added flavour.
What pans work on inductions hobs and why?
If you're new to induction pans and hobs, you might be wondering, how do induction cookers work? For a pan to work on an induction hob it must have a flat magnetic base. Pans that are appropriate will have a coil shown on the box and a magnet will stick to the base of the pan (if the magnet does not stick strongly to the bottom of the pan it will be less effective when heating).
During a recent chat with Jessica at The Langham's cookery school Sauce, Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr, suggested carrying a strong magnet with you when you go to purchase your induction pans so that you can see for yourself how well the pan connects. Then, it's up to you to decide the types of pans you prefer.
It is important to note that the heating process in induction hob cooking takes place in the base of the pan and therefore if the pan is not induction hob specific it will not work and the hob will remain cold.
What is an induction hob?
Electricity is passed through copper coils in the hob. This creates a magnetic field. When a pan, with a magnetic base is placed directly on top of the hob the magnetic field causes the pan to heat up.
What are the benefits of induction hobs?
There are three main benefits of induction cooking:
Safety: The induction hob itself does not become hot. This means that unless an induction specific pan is placed on top of the hob it will not heat up, thus removing a potential safety hazard. Plus, given it is the pan that heats up, once this pan is removed the hob will lose any of the residual heat quickly and return to cold (even if it is left on).
Efficiency when cooking: Induction cookers are as easy to control as electric hobs but with the efficiency of a gas hob. During testing, multiple pans reached maximum temperature in less than a minute.
The key is that less energy is wasted on heating the surroundings (the outside of the pan or the base of the hob), instead only the inside of the pan is heated. Not only does this make the hob more time efficient, it is more energy efficient too, which is good for the environment and for your bills.
Induction hobs often have clever and useful hacks which can improve your cooking efficiency such as instant boil settings which can bring a pot of water up to the ideal temperature for your noodles, pasta or rice almost immediately!
Efficiency when cleaning: Given Induction hobs only heat the pan and not the hob it is very rare for food to burn onto the hob itself. This reduces the time spent cleaning and means only a damp cloth is required - though a glass cleaner every couple of months will not go amiss. However, it is worth understanding exactly how to clean an induction hob, to ensure yours stays looking like new.
Is it important to look for induction pans that are PFOA-free?
Various items including clothing, carpets, takeaway boxes and cookware as well as the air we breathe and the water we drink contain PFOA.
They cause concern because they stay in the environment and the body for long periods of time and some studies have suggested a link between PFOA exposure and cancer.
Non-stick cookware that is not PFOA-free is one of the smallest exposures of PFOA that can be found in the household. Just because an item is PFOA-free does not mean that it is any better, as often manufactures swap them out for other chemicals.
When pans become scratched or overheated, the potential dosage of PFOAs consumed may increase. This is why many manufacturers recommend changing pans when damage occurs.