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Induction Cookware - NOT All Clad

BasilSue Jul 27, 2010 02:12 PM

I am thinking of getting an induction cook top and wanted to first make sure that I could find cookware that I liked. All Clad's handles just are not angled correctly for me. Any ideas or experiences? Thanks!

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    knet Jul 27, 2010 03:33 PM

    Tramontina Tri-ply cookware - available at Walmart ( and walmart online). I have bought two sets and a couple of open stock pieces. All induction ready and you will find many threads here on the superior quality of Tramontina in general.

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    1. re: knet
      Chemicalkinetics Jul 27, 2010 06:22 PM

      I second knet on Tramontina tri-ply.

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        Chipped Ham Nov 14, 2010 04:08 PM

        Uh, this may have been debated before..but are you sure the Tramontina 4 QT saucepan is induction capable? It looks like a newer tri-ply but in the Q&A down the page some say it is and some say it isn't. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-...

        1. re: Chipped Ham
          knet Nov 16, 2010 03:00 PM

          I can only say that each piece of Tramontina I have ( 12 at this point) is induction ready.

          1. re: Chipped Ham
            Chemicalkinetics Nov 16, 2010 03:09 PM

            My understanding is that the older version of Tramontina cookware are not magnetically inducible, while the newer ones are. There are some older pieces flowing around and you may be unlucky get hold of an older piece. Neverthless, Tramontina will replace any non-inducible cookware.

      2. johnb Jul 27, 2010 04:24 PM

        There are many many lines of induction-ready cookware these days. Every manufacturer of stainless cookware seems to claim that their products can be used on any cooking surface including induction. You should have no problem finding whatever you want at whatever price point you want.

        1. pikawicca Jul 27, 2010 04:26 PM

          I love DeMeyere.

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            doctorandchef Jul 27, 2010 05:58 PM

            Sitram seems to work quite well for my induction hob, without the silly handles All-Clad can't seem to get right. Bonus: pouring lips on the saucepans! what kind a idiots design all clad saucepans with no lips.

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              wattacetti Jul 27, 2010 07:55 PM

              There's lots now. I personally have All-Clad (I can work with the handles), Vollrath and LeCreuset. If you don't need clad or enameled cookware, there's those carbon-steel pans that one of the non-stick threads was mentioning as well as cast iron. Those two should be the least expensive.

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                BasilSue Jul 27, 2010 08:27 PM

                Thanks to everyone for the great leads, experiences, and input! I'll keep at this! thanks again.

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                1. re: BasilSue
                  ajilani Jul 27, 2010 09:48 PM

                  I have a set of the Cuisinart Multiclad Pro and I love it. It performs as well as A-C at about 1/4 of the price. Also, the handles are much better. I don't mind the long A-C handles but the tiny little things on stockpots and casseroles are just silly. The Cuisinart handles are so much nicer and more in proportion, not to mention comfortable. I don't love the fact that Cuisinart is made in China, which would be my only negative on the line. Other than that, I do believe some of my Cuisinart pieces are heavier than comparable A-C SS pieces. Just keep in mind that the Multiclad Pro line (which is fully clad) is not the same as the Chef's Classic (which is a disc bottom).

                  1. re: ajilani
                    Tinker Nov 14, 2010 12:46 PM

                    Can your Cuisinart Multiclad Pro cookware be used for an induction cooktop?

                  2. re: BasilSue
                    klmonline Jul 28, 2010 10:27 AM

                    I got a starter set of Circulon Infinite cookware when I bought my range. I loved them so much I bought a bunch more to complete the collection. Heavy, flat bases and even heating. No metal utensil restrictions and you can throw them in the dishwasher. Excellent construction quality. No ringing on my range top. Total home run in my book. When one of the small frying pans got scratched in shipment, Circulon sent me a new one and told me to keep or chuck the old one. Good old fashioned customer service and commitment to quality. Highly recommended.

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                    BasilSue Aug 17, 2010 11:08 AM

                    Thanks so much to everyone for their input. We live in a very rural area, so . . when we got "down the mtn." we went to a variety of stores, with magnet in hand, and looked at different pots and pans. I've also done follow-up on things suggested to my inquiry. LOTS to consider, for sure. I do so appreciate all the input. (I think I may just start w/a pan or two from a set to see how I like them them purchase more along the way.)

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                    1. re: BasilSue
                      Politeness Nov 15, 2010 04:41 PM

                      BasilSue: "LOTS to consider, for sure. "

                      It is not that difficult. We have cooked on induction for eleven years. Many of our old pots and pans, purchased before we had even heard of induction cooktops, worked just fine from the time we installed the induction cooktop. But here are some thoughts.

                      We have three or four Demeyere Apollo pots, all but one disk-bottom. They work just as they should. And the five-ply, clad, sauteuse is my spouse's favorite piece of cookware.

                      All of our cast iron, both enameled (Descoware and Copco) and "naked" (Griswold), work very well on induction, better than they ever worked on gas or coil burners.

                      We have two Kuhn-Rikon Duromatic pots, which we purchased separately, but which happen to be sold as a pair on several sites as the "Duromatic Duo": a 5.25 quart stockpot and a 2 quart frypan, which are as good as any "standard" induction pots you can purchase anywhere. DO NOT be dissuaded by the thought that these are "only" pressure cookers; they are VERY good as just plain stockpot and frypan on an induction cooktop. The pressure lids, which need not be used, are a bonus. Pressure cooking is easier on an induction cooktop than it is on gas or resistive electric range or cooktop, and that is nice in itself; but you need not use the pressure lids to appreciate the quality of the Kuhn-Rikon Duromatic.

                      But the unchallenged star pot in our collection is a Mauviel Induc'Inox Windsor (also called fait tout) pan. Mauviel apparently has abandoned the "Induc'Inox" monicker, but the models in the current Mauviel M'Cook line appear to be the same models that used to be Muaviel Induc'Inox. Whatever is the core material in the clad Induc'Inox, it is super responsive to induction technology. I suspect that it is a high coercivity (not-cast) iron layer, surrounded with 18/10 stainless steel; whatever, it is wonderful on an induction cooktop.

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                      Chipped Ham Nov 14, 2010 04:09 PM

                      Uh, this may have been debated before..but are you sure the Tramontina 4 QT saucepan is induction capable? It looks like a newer tri-ply but in the Q&A down the page some say it is and some say it isn't. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-...

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                      1. re: Chipped Ham
                        Tinker Nov 15, 2010 06:28 AM

                        Not for certain concerning tramontina products but wondered if the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro is induction capable. I understand it does not have the disk on the bottom and is more like All Clad? except cost more reasonable but salt may pit surface it if dropped directly in the bottom of the pans over a period of time.Also they may not be flat bottomed such as the 5.5 saute pan. So are they induction capable? and does salt really destroy the inner surface of the pan of Cuisinart Pro Tri Ply? and are the bottoms not perfectly flat such whereas an All Clad saute pan has flat bottom absolutely? With All Clad most pieces are best but cost so much!!!.

                        1. re: Tinker
                          Tinker Nov 16, 2010 08:00 AM

                          Received a note from Cutlery and More yesterday that the Cuisinart Multi Clad Pro 5.5 quart $79 sauce pan they have is not for induction use. Sorry to hear about that as the price is less than half of an All Clad 6 quart saute or an All Clad 6 quart POT saute.

                          1. re: Tinker
                            hobbybaker Nov 16, 2010 04:44 PM

                            Tinker, according to Cuisinart website, the multicrad pro line, including the saute pan, is induction ready. FYI I past the link below.
                            They say "Suitable for use with induction cook tops."


                            Maybe what Cutlery and More has is older version??

                            1. re: hobbybaker
                              Tinker Nov 18, 2010 04:39 AM

                              You are right, Hobbybaker. Thanks so much for researching and giving me this information. I have no idea as to why the message from Cutlery and More stated that it was not for induction use. I believe there is another Cuisinart make ( Cuisinart Classic possibly is not induction and I am not sure about that) but regardless the information given to me by CM cost them a sale. I think the difference in these two Cuisinart types (Classic and Multiclad Pro is one has the plate attached to the bottom and the other is like All Clad but not made as well. Anyhow the price difference of All Clad saute in the 6 quart size and the 5.5 saute Cuisinart Pro is a lot no matter where you buy either. So I think I will be holding off and getting by with the 3 quart saute All Clad I have and the 8 quart AC dutch oven.

                      2. Azizeh Nov 15, 2010 09:24 PM

                        I just bought a set of Calphalon tri ply Stainless steel yesterday. Obviously, I don't have much experience with them (nor do I have induction), but it does specifically say on the box (and the bottom of the pan) that they work on induction.

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                        1. re: Azizeh
                          tanuki soup Nov 15, 2010 10:11 PM

                          My Calphalon "Contemporary Stainless" series saucepans and Multi Pot work great on my induction cooktop.

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