An induction cooktop is different than any other type of cooktops as in that the actual burner does not heat up.
Instead there is a copper coil that is placed beneath the cook top.
When you turn on the stove an alternating current passes over the coil resulting in creating a magnetic field.
Interesting thing is when you touch the cooktop, it feels cool to the touch.
In order for you to cook food on an induction cook top you need to have special cookware.
These are designed to react to the magnetic field created by this type of burner so that heat is generated inside of the cookware in such a way that only the cookware & the area immediately under the cookware heats up.
While conduction cooktops offer the benefits of faster cooking times and energy savings you do need to know that not every type of cookware will work with this type of cook type.
So, what are the criteria for cookware for induction cooktops?
What are the best cookware types that can be used with an induction cooktop?
Can you Use All-Clad cookware on an induction cooktop?
Let’s get into all these details below.
But first, some All-Clad cookware does work on an induction cooktop and some do not.
In order for this brand of cookware to work on an induction cooktop, the exterior layer of the cookware needs to be made of magnetic stainless steel or cast iron.
What is All-Clad Cookware?
All-Clad cookware is a brand name and the originator of fully clad cookware.
Fully Clad cookware is made up of various areas of stainless steel with aluminum layers sandwiched in between.
All-Clad Cookware comes in 3, 5, or 7 ply layers.
The 3-ply layer consists of 2 layers of stainless steel with aluminum sandwiched in between.
All-clad offers 2 different combinations of 5-ply clad cookware.
The first layer consists of a Magnetic stainless-steel outer layer, an aluminum layer, a copper core, another aluminum layer, and another stainless-steel layer.
7 ply All-Clad cookware is made up of 4 layers of stainless steel and 3 layers of aluminum.
Besides, All-Clad Cookware there are several other brands of fully clad cookware that work on induction stovetops.
Some of these brands include Demyere, Lecreuset, Cristel, and Zwilling.
Basic Criteria for Induction Cookware
There are some basic criteria that all induction cookware should possess.
This criterion includes:
Good induction cookware should be the same size as the heating element.
The cookware needs to have a flat bottom.
The flat surface helps to make sure that there is good contact between the heating element and the pan.
The cookware must be ferromagnetic, in other words the cookware should be capable of allowing the magnetic energy generated by the cook top to pass through the base of the cookware.
With that said, there are today various types of cookware materials available in the market.
Some of these can be used with induction cooktops and some cannot.
Here is a look at various types of cookware materials and whether or not this cookware can be used with induction stovetops.
Glass cookware has been around for a long time. Glass cookware is non-toxic and non-reactive and holds heat well.
However, glass is not ferromagnetic and therefore will not work on an induction cooktop.
Copper is attractive looking cookware and can be used for cooking a variety of different dishes.
Copper cookware is heavy and expensive and it is not ferromagnetic making it unsuitable to use on induction cooktops.
Aluminum is one of the least expensive materials for cookware.
However, this material is easily damaged and can react chemically with high acidic foods.
It can’t be used on induction cooktops however since this material is not ferromagnetic.
4- Cast Iron-
Cast iron is fairly inexpensive and heavy. However, it does retain heat well and it is ferromagnetic.
5- Stainless Steel-
Stainless steel doesn’t conduct heat very well or evenly. But there are some not all stainless steel that can be used on conduction-stove tops.
How to Tell if Cookware Will Work on Induction Stove Tops?
Today most cookware that is induction compatible will come with a mark telling you that.
However, if you can’t find a mark you can give your cookware the magnet test to determine whether or not it is induction compatible.
To perform the magnet test all you need is a simple refrigerator magnet.
Place the magnet near the base or the bottom of your piece of cookware the cookware is induction compatible.
What is The Best All Clad Induction Cookware Sets on The Market?
All Clad cookware can be extremely expensive but due to their high quality they are often worth the price.
Here are some of the All Clad Induction Cookware sets that are available.
All Clad d5 14-piece cookware set–
This set includes an 8-inch and 10-inch fry pan, 2 and 4-quart saucepans, 3- and 6-quart sauté pans, 8 and 12-quart stock pots.
Except for the fry pans all the pans in this set comes with their lids.
All Clad Copper Core 10 Piece Cookware Set–
This set includes; 8- and 10-inch fry pan, 2 and 3-quart sauce pan with lids, 3-quart sauté pan with lid, 8-quart stock pot with lid.
All Clad d3 Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 14 Piece Cookware Set-
This set includes; 10 and 12-inch fry pans, 2 and 3-quart sauce pans with lids, 3- and 6-quart sauté pans with lids, 8-quart stock pot with lids, and 12-inch chef’s pan with lid.
All Clad Copper Core 7 Piece Cookware Set-
This cookware set includes; 10-inch fry pan, 2-quart sauce pan with lid, 3-quart sauté pan with lid, 8-quart stock pot with lid,
All Clad d5 Brushed Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set-
Included in this set is 8- and 10-inch fry pans, 1.5 and 3-quart sauce pans with lids, 3-quart sauté pan with a lid, and 8-quart stock pot pan with lid.
All Clad d5 Brushed Stainless 7 Piece Cookware Set-
This set includes 10-inch fry pan, 1.5-quart sauce pan with lid, 3-quart Sauté pan with lid, and an 8-quart stock pot with a lid.
All Clad HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick 13 Piece Cookware Set-
This set is made up of the following pieces of cookware 8,10,12-inch fry pan, 2 and 3-quart sauce pans with lids, 4-quart sauce pan with lid, 4-quart soup pot with a lid and an 8-quart stock pot with a lid.
All Clad d5 Brushed Stainless 5 Piece Set-
This set includes; 10-inch fry pan, 3-quart saucepan with lid, and 3-quart sauté pan with lid.
All Clad HA1 Hard Anodized Non-Stick 10 Piece Cookware Set-
This set includes; 8- and 10-inch fry pans, 2 and 3-quart sauce pans with lid, 4-quart sauté pan with lid, 8-quart stock pot with lid.
All Clad d3 Tri-Ply 5 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set-
This set includes; 10-inch fry pan, 3-quart sauce pan with lid, 3-quart sauté pan with lid.
Except for their non-stick cookware All Clad cookware is made in the USA. The non-stick cookware is made in China.
You can purchase All Clad induction compatible cookware one piece at time if purchasing a set is more than your current budget will allow.