Induction cooker: How to choose the best set in 2021
If you replaced your conventional stove with an electromagnetic induction cooktop, you will certainly need to renew your cookware set and replace the old parts with the induction cooker.
Without the induction cooker, your cooktop will certainly not work properly, so you need to buy a piece with the appropriate material, shape and size. Learn more about the induction cooker in this article.
First, the most important
- The induction cooker must be made of cast iron or stainless steel. You can also find models with triple bottom – stainless steel, aluminum and stainless steel – and ceramic with electromagnetic bottom.
- Ideally, the induction cooker should have a flat, non-rounded bottom. The flat bottom increases the proximity of the pan to the cooking zone of the induction cooker.
- You can buy the single induction cooker or a set of three to ten cookware in different sizes, shapes and uses.
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Best induction cooker models: Our recommendations
The choice of the induction cooker depends on your preferences. To help you find the model that best suits your needs, we have prepared some purchase suggestions with the best induction cooker sets.
- The best stainless steel cookware set
- A ceramic option
- A complete option
Whoever decides to change the conventional stove for an electromagnetic induction cooktop, should know that with the new way of cooking, the need arises to buy a set of induction cookers. Learn more about the product in this Buying Guide.
What are the characteristics of an induction cooker?
Before you know the characteristics of an induction cooker, you must understand how an electromagnetic induction cooker works. In this appliance, the heat is produced by means of electromagnetic waves that heat only the induction cooker and not the cooktop.
The cooking zone is only activated when the sensors identify the contact with the induction cooker, which must be made of a material with electromagnetic properties, as these properties are responsible for the operation of the cooktop.
The induction cooker must be made of magnetic materials, such as cast iron or stainless steel, and have a flat bottom. The induction system uses iron or steel as an energy source to function.
Tip: To check if the pan is suitable for the induction cooktop, test the magnet: If the piece adheres to the bottom of the pan, the pan can be used, otherwise it is not suitable.
How does the induction cooker work?
When the induction cooker is placed over the cooking zone – a mark indicating where the electromagnetic field is formed – induction currents circulate through the cooker and promote heating. That is, the heat is generated by the pan itself, since the surface of the stove remains at room temperature.
What are the advantages of the induction cooker?
One of the advantages of investing in a cooktop and a set of induction cookware is energy savings, as heat is generated only in the pan, avoiding the waste of this resource.
The induction cooker heats up much faster than a regular cooker on a gas or electric stove, this reduces food preparation time and keeps it hot for longer.
This system is also very safe, as the cooktop only works when an induction cooker is placed on it. And the surface does not heat up, which reduces the risk of burns or fire. Find out all the advantages and disadvantages of the induction cooker in the table below:
Purchasing criteria: How to compare induction cookers
It is essential to choose the induction cooker correctly, as the part is responsible for the operation of this appliance. At the time of purchase, evaluate the following characteristics:
- Triple or electromagnetic background
- Format and dimensions
- Induction cooker together or loose?
We will detail each of the criteria throughout this last section. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.
The induction cooker can be made of cast iron or stainless steel. The differential of the stainless steel induction cooker is that this material does not transfer residues, does not change the color or flavor of the food.
Another advantage of this material is that it distributes heat quickly and evenly – cook over low or medium heat. Durability is also above average. The stainless steel pan is light, does not break or oxidize.
Eduardo DagnoneMarketing manager of the SEB Group’s cookware division
“It is important to remember that not all steel alloys have this magnetic property. The consumer should look for the specific identification that is on the packaging of the appropriate sets for this stove model”
Anyone who has ever tried a meal made in iron pots knows how tasty food can be in these pots.
The main benefit of this model is to transfer some iron to the food, supplying the daily needs of this mineral and contributing to a healthier life.
The iron pan is also one of the models that heats the most (and distributes heat evenly). It is also one that offers greater durability – when taking proper care, the pan will be in good condition for years. However it is heavy, so it fell into disuse.
Still in doubt about which model is best for your kitchen? Review the comparative table below:
Triple or electromagnetic background
In addition to the cast iron and stainless steel pots, which are made of naturally magnetic materials, you will find options for induction pots in other materials, but with a magnetic bottom.
The triple-bottomed induction cooker features:
- An internal layer of stainless steel that comes into contact with the food.
- A second layer of aluminum, a heat conductive material that keeps the pan temperature uniform.
- A third layer, also in stainless steel, on the outside, which guarantees resistance and durability to the pan, in addition to being responsible for the operation of the induction cooktop.
A triple-bottomed pan is more economical and durable. Another option is the ceramic pan that has a layer of magnetic material covering the outer bottom of the pan.
Format and dimensions
When buying an induction cooker, pay attention to the shape of the piece. The flatter and without curves the bottom of the pan, the greater the heating capacity.
Also evaluate the dimensions of the part. For those who prepare simple meals and for a few people, the ideal is to choose small or medium pans. Whoever prepares more elaborate foods and for a larger number of people should invest in larger pots.
Induction cooker together or loose?
One of the most important considerations to make at the time of purchase is whether you want to buy a single induction cooker or a set of cookware .
The cookware set offers a wide variety of models in different sizes – up to ten pieces per set. That is, you will find more basic and complete cookware sets.
Our suggestion is that you buy spare pans if you want to test different options of models and brands and a set of pans if you have already defined the material, parts and brand you prefer.
An important purchasing criterion is the price range of the induction cooker. The most affordable model is stainless steel – although the triple-bottom version is more expensive.
The iron pan is a little more expensive, but you can find sets with a good price. The ceramic pan with electromagnetic bottom is the most expensive model, but also the most technological and versatile – it can be used in all types of stove, oven and refrigerator.
The main cookware manufacturers already have specific lines for cooking on an induction cooktop. Therefore, pay attention to this code at the time of purchase.
If you choose to buy a national brand induction cooker, we suggest that you choose a Tramontina model , as the brand has excellent cost-benefit and a lot of tradition in the market.
For those who prefer an imported induction cooker, some brands of German origin offer excellent products at really attractive prices. They are: Zwilling and WMF.
Another option is the French brand Le Creuset, a reference among cooks around the world. The cookware of this brand is expensive, however, the investment is worth it, because when well cared for, the induction cooker of this brand goes through generations.