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Use the Proper Cookware on Your Induction Cooktop

Induction cooktop viewed from above with all elements in use and holding pots and pans with food in them

To get the most from your cooktop, you should use suitable cookware. Follow these guidelines to pick the right cookware and use it properly.

Before Using the Cooktop

The cookware used with the cooktop should have flat bottoms that make contact with the entire surface of the Cooking Zone.

Check the flatness by rotating a ruler across the bottom of the cookware.

Illustration of a skillet held upside down with a ruler held against the base and being rotated to confirm the base is flat

Suitable Cookware Material

• Cookware suitable for induction cooking are labeled as such by the manufacturer.

• Certain cookware can make sounds while being used on induction cooking zones. These sounds do not indicate any malfunctions or affect the operation of the cooktop.

Cookware Material
Suitable
Steel, Enamelled Steel
Yes
Cast Iron
Yes
Stainless Steel
Yes, if appropriately labeled by the manufacturer
Aluminium, Copper, Brass
No
Glass, Ceramic, Porcelain
No

Use the Correct Size Cookware

Make sure you are using the correct size cookware on your induction cooktop. There are some helpful hacks for determining if your cookware is the right size. 

First of all, the inner ring of each Cooking Zone is the guide for the minimum pan size. The bottom of the pan must fully cover the inner ring to begin cooking. The outer ring of each Cooking Zone is the guide for the maximum pan size.

After centering the cookware, make sure the cookware does not extend a 1/2 inch beyond the thicker line on the Cooking Zone. If the pan is too small, the Cooking Zone display will flash and the pan will not heat up. Easy enough, right?

Metal pan on top of cooktop

Use Suitable Induction Cookware

How can you be sure your cookware is suitable? Give it the suitability test.

The cookware is suitable for induction cooking if a magnet sticks to the bottom of the cookware. Also, the cookware should be labeled as suitable by the manufacturer.

Remember: better pans produce better results. The base of pots and pans should be as thick and flat as possible. When buying new pots and pans, pay attention to the diameter of the base. Often, only the diameter of the upper rim is given. Also, do not use pans that have damaged bases. They can scratch the cooktop permanently. If you want to use a special pot or pan, such as a pressure cooker or wok, please follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Illustration of a skillet with a magnet held below it

Energy Saving Tips

Turn your kitchen green and save energy while cooking. There are so many ways to save energy on your induction cooktop. Make sure you always position your pots and pans before you turn on the cooktop, and clean the cooktop and cooking ware regularly. Dirty cooking zones and pan bases increase power consumption. Also, cover pots and pans with lids whenever possible, and turn off the cooking zones before cooking is finished to use the residual heat to keep food warm.

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