Stainless steel pot on an induction cooktop

Does stainless steel work on induction cooktops?

Induction cooking combines the sleekness and easy cleaning of smooth or glass top electric cooktops with the precision and control of gas cooktops, making it a versatile option in your kitchen. If you’ve recently purchased or are considering purchasing an induction cooktop, you’ll also need to choose the right cookware. 

Most stainless steel has ferrous properties, which means it contains iron. As long as it has a magnetic base, it is one material that works on induction cooktops. Other materials like cast iron and enameled cast iron should also work. Read on to learn more about stainless steel’s compatibility with your induction cooktop.

Whirlpool® Microwave above an induction cooktop Whirlpool® Microwave above an induction cooktop

How does stainless steel work on induction stoves? 

Most stainless steel works on induction stoves and cooktops because it contains iron, which makes it compatible with the magnetic field generated by the stove. When placed on an induction stove, the electromagnetic energy creates an electric current in the stainless steel, generating heat and allowing it to cook your food.

Which types of stainless steel are induction-compatible? 

Stainless steel cookware is compatible with induction stovetops, like this one from Whirlpool brand, if it has a magnetic base. Stainless steel with a high nickel content won't work because the nickel blocks the magnetic field. Stainless steels which are magnetic are ideal for induction cooktops.

Chocolate melting in a pan and solid on the induction cooktop surface Chocolate melting in a pan and solid on the induction cooktop surface

Choosing the best cookware for your induction stove 

When choosing induction-compatible cookware, opt for materials like magnetic stainless steel, cast iron or enameled cast iron. Avoid aluminum, copper and glass.

For optimal heat conduction, choose cookware with a flat bottom that aligns with the burner's size, ensuring direct contact with the cooktop. A pan that is too small might not trigger the burner, while one that is too large could lead to uneven heating.




Stainless Steel Durable, versatile Can be more expensive
Cast Iron Excellent heat retention Heavy, requires seasoning
Enameled Cast Iron Even cooking, less reactive More expensive than regular cast iron

Can you use stainless steel on an electric stove?

You can use stainless steel cookware on your electric stovetop. Induction stoves require magnetic materials like stainless steel, while electric stoves can either heat through coils or a smooth-top surface. Stainless steel's compatibility with induction, electric and gas stoves make it a versatile option.

How do you know if your stainless steel cookware is compatible with induction?

To determine if your pots and pans are suitable for induction cooking, a simple test with a magnet can provide the answer. Place the pan upside down and hold a magnet against the bottom. If the magnet sticks, indicating ferromagnetism, the pan can be used on induction cooktops.

Induction capable coiled spring icon

Additionally, look for a stamped coiled spring symbol on the bottom of your cookware, which signifies induction compatibility. Familiarizing yourself with common cookware symbols can further aid in selecting the right pots and pans for your induction cooktop.

Can you use non-stick stainless steel cookware on an induction cooktop?

You can use a nonstick pan on your induction cooktop if it's made of magnetic stainless steel, cast iron or enameled cast iron. However, nonstick pans made of nonmagnetic materials like aluminum won't work with induction cooktops.

Food cooking on an induction cooktop Food cooking on an induction cooktop

What are the benefits of cooking with stainless steel cookware?

Stainless steel cookware is known for its exceptional conductivity and even heat distribution. This versatile cookware is not only high-heat resistant and oven-safe but can also be grill-safe. It’s also great for dishes with high liquid content, such as soups, stews and curries. Even foods like eggs and steaks can be cooked in stainless steel pans with a bit of butter or oil.

Explore Whirlpool® Induction Cooktops

Experience cooking convenience with a Whirlpool® Induction Cooktop. Select models can boil 12 cups of water an average of 25% faster using the Booster feature, helping you get dinner ready on time. Plus, induction technology helps keep the cooktop area around the elements cool, so messy spills are less likely to bake on, and cleanup is simplified. Easily wipe away spills from the touch-activated controls as effortlessly as you use them, making cleanup as streamlined as your cooking experience.

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