Induction Cooktop Cookware Suggestions

Topics:

  • What causes the induction burner to blink and not turn on?
  • What types of cookware are compatible with Induction Cooktops?
  • Burner will not turn on with magnetic espresso or small pot or pan
  • Can flat-bottom woks be used on Induction Cooktops or Induction Ranges?
  • Will an Induction Cooktop work if the pot or pan is smaller than the element?

Answer:

The best cookware for Wolf Induction Cooktops and Induction Ranges has a flat, smooth, magnetic bottom. It should be a similar diameter to the burner in use.

Compatible MaterialsIncompatible Materials
  • Magnetic stainless steel
  • Cast iron
  • Ceramic and porcelain enameled cookware may work if magnetic
  • Aluminum
  • Clay
  • Copper
  • Glass
  • Some stainless steel
  • Any cookware with magnetic properties and a smooth, flat bottom will work with Induction Cooktops, regardless of style or type (frying pan vs. stockpot, for example).
    • A magnet must stick to the bottom of the cookware. It is best if the magnet sticks across the entire bottom of the pot or pan.
    • Pans with magnetic sides as well work better as a rule than pans with a magnetic bottom only.
  • Magnetic stainless cookware that includes an aluminum core (such as Wolf Gourmet or All Clad) are ideal for induction cooking.
    • A pan with an aluminum core will work on an Induction Cooktop, as long as a magnetic steel layer is over the aluminum layer.
    • All-aluminum cookware, such as Calphalon, will not work with Induction Cooktops.
  • Woks that meet the above criteria can be used on an Induction Cooktop. The heat is applied only to the flat bottom of the wok, not the sides, as with a gas burner flame.
  • Magnetic pans used in ovens may be placed over induction burners to finish cooking once the pan is removed from the oven.

Select cookware with a diameter that matches the diameter of the induction element. See Induction Cooktop Burner Sizes for dimensions.

  • When a pan is placed on the element, it should not extend beyond the ring around the element.
  • Very small pans less than 2"-3” in diameter may not be sensed by an induction burner and cannot be used with the Wolf Induction product, even if they are magnetic.
  • Large pots, pans, or griddles are best used with bridge element; when placed over more than one burner, they only heat the areas directly over the burner element.
  • The amount of energy used by the burner is related to the size of the pan. Smaller pans require less energy.

Note:

  • Wolf does not recommend any brand of cookware, as the qualities listed here are the determining factor for performance of cookware regardless of brand name.
  • Do not use wok rings on Induction Cooktops.
  • Take care when sliding cookware across the surface of the cooktop. Pots and pans with rough surfaces on the bottom can scratch the glass top.
  • Place pan directly on cooktop. Wolf does not recommend placing any material between the pan and the Induction Cooktop when in use.

See also:

Refer to the product Use and Care Guide for further information.

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