Most of our cookware is induction suitable; however there are some collections which are not. To find out if your cookware is suitable for use on a hob, look for this icon on the packaging or check the use & care instructions as it will be specified in this document.
Another great way to find out if your cookware is induction suitable is to use a magnet and check if it is attracted to the base of pan.
Care must always be taken to lift and not drag a pan across the surface of the hob.
For any cookware to be classed as induction suitable it must have a base which has a suitable amount of magnetic material. Steel, iron, stainless steel are all good for this purpose even when they are coated. However, aluminium, glass, ceramic and copper are not suitable for induction. The amount of magnetic material and how it is spread out will influence how well the pan can work on an induction.
Hob manufacturers normally state the minimum pan diameter suited for each ring. However it is important to point out that the pan diameter is misleading since it is the magnetic flat base diameter which matters e.g. a 30 cm wok will typically have a base diameter of 10-14cm. Also, the magnetic material may not cover the entire flat base i.e. an aluminium ring around the flat base has to be discounted.
If there is a base stamp on your pan it will not affect performance since there is very little magnetic field in the centre of the coil on an induction hob.
If the base of your pan is a combination of stainless steel and aluminium it will look like a riveted plate or will have a variety of shapes in-laid. There will be two different metallic coloured areas. This base type will perform differently to a full stainless base. It may be that the pan is slower to heat up than expected or requires a higher power setting than other similar size pans. It is also possible that the pan is not recognised on some induction hobs.
This is because not all induction hobs are the same. The internal coils and the associated control circuits can vary a great deal, even within the same brand. This depends on the features they wish to offer e.g. temperature rise limit, power sharing, zoneless etc.
Essentially, it’s all about matching the size of the base of your pan to the nearest size ring/zone on your induction hob, just like you would on a gas or ceramic hob.
We hope you found this article useful and if you have any questions, please contact us.