Duxtop is not a brand you come across frequently. That’s because it is a product of the Secura company which makes Induction cooktops. The company produced this set with induction cooktops in mind, but it gets very good reviews from owners of electric ovens, gas ovens and glass cooktops as well.
Several companies make Stainless steel cookware that will work on induction ovens. This Duxtop set has aluminum added between the two layers of stainless steel to aid in distributing heat throughout the pots and pans since this metal is a poor heat conductor.
Until recently, you could find the numbers 18/10 stamped on the cookware made with this material The number 18 refers to the amount of chromium added to help prevent corrosion and the number 10 refers to the amount of nickel added to prevent rust from forming. But neither aluminum, copper nor 18/10 stainless steel will work on induction ovens.
That is because Induction cooking uses electromagnetism to generate electricity and in the case of stainless steel, the nickel added to the metal can inhibits it from having magnetic qualities. Thus, 18/0 is usually the grade used on the bottoms of induction ready cookware.
However, some sets use an 18/10 grade that has a ferrous base meaning it has magnetic properties. Holding a magnet to the bottom of the cookware will verify its induction compatibility. This Duxtop set is 18/10. Overall, it is great and performs well on cooktops of various types.
Bottom and Sides
The cookware is advertised as using an “Impact Friction Bonding” technology which spreads the tri-ply aluminum encased disk beyond the edge of the pan reducing the possibility of hot spots.
I am not sure how significant this technology is, but the set does heat food evenly as is the case of most good quality, durable stainless steel cookware with an encapsulated disk on the bottom. However, this multi-ply construction does not extend up the sides of the pots and pans.
The handles have a comfortable ergonomic shape with a satin, anti-slippery-like feel to them. The long handle does not get hot. There are arch shaped handles on each lid with the space between the top of the arch and the pot quite sufficient to ensure that your hand does not touch the pot when removing the lid.
Rivets are used to secure the handles to the pot creating a strong connection that will keep the handles from becoming loose. The generous size 5.5 quart saute pan has an additional handle on the opposite end of the long handle that greatly increases the ability to lift it with ease.
Glass lids are becoming quite popular and this cookware has glass lids with a thin area of metal trim around the edges. Those who like to check on their food as it cooks will appreciate this convenience. Each lid has a steam vent that lets steam escape so pressure won’t build up and the contents of the pot overflows.
The Duxtop 17 piece set is on the heavy side and when filled with food, the pieces weigh even more. For someone who has arthritis or who cannot lift heavy objects, this may be a problem. On the plus side, weight is an important factor in preventing food from burning because of insufficient thickness of the material.
Serious cooks tend to favor heavy cookware for its superior, even cooking and durability. The heavy weight is the result of these thick layers and reflects good quality in addition to the ability of the items to withstand nicks and dents as well as last for a lifetime.
Brushed or Mirror (Polished)
The finish is brushed inside and outside. Though the material is not shiny and reflective like a mirror polished finish, it is very attractive cookware. It also doesn’t show minor scratches and dents like mirror polished does.
The shiny appearance attributed to a mirror polished design is due in part to nickel content in the metal. Since this is induction-focused cookware and nickel does not create magnetized properties, using a brushed finish works well.
As stated, the set is designed specifically with Induction cooktops in mind. However, it works just as well on gas stoves, electric stoves and glass cooktops. Induction ovens cook food quickly and can reach high temperatures fast.
These pots and pans can go into an oven at up o 550 degrees–much higher than temperature limits for many brands. The lids, since they are glass, can be placed inside an oven up to 350 degrees. They are also dishwasher safe and can be used in the freezer.
What’s Included in Set
The Secura Company is located in the US and their cookware is made in China. There is basically 14 pieces included with 3 cooking tools. The range of pieces is very good. There is a small and medium size saucepan each with lid. An 8.6 quart stock pot is large enough for a large family as it holds about 34 1/2 cups of liquid. The 5.5 quart saute pan is also helpful.
You can prepare a variety of foods using this pan such as one pot meals. The casserole is versatile, too. Think of it as being a typical glass casserole pot but stainless steel instead of glass. The separate boiler basket is really nice. It can act as a pasta pot and its easy to lift out for draining food. The items include:
- 1.6 quart saucepan with lid
- 2.5 quart saucepan with lid
- 4.2 quart casserole with lid
- 8.6 quart stock pot wit lid
- 5.5 quart saute pan with helper handle and lid
- 8 inch frying pan
- 10 inch frying pan
- Boiler basket
- Steamer Basket
The extra accessories that makes this 17 pieces are three kitchen tools including spoon, slotted turner and 2-pong fork. Not sure how this would affect the price if they weren’t included, but these items should not be an attraction for buying it because the accessories can be found relatively easily and at a very affordable price.
- Induction ready
- Food cooks evenly
- Good variety of cookware
- Thick, durable construction of good quality
- Pots and pans oven safe to 550 degrees
- Dishwasher safe
- Safe for freezer
- Lifetime warranty
- No lids for frying pans and included lids will not fit
- They are a heavy weight
The Secura company gets good reviews for its induction cooktops and these ratings extends to its stainless steel cookware. Its very well constructed with thick layers of commercial grade stainless steel.
It comes with a great mix of items that will take care of a variety of meals. This could be the only cookware set that owners of induction ovens and other ovens would need.
It’s one of the more expensive sets that I have reviewed. Since it is geared towards owners of induction ovens, it is a good buy. You get a really adequate number and types of pots and pans that make it worth the price. For example, the inclusion of the steamer basket plus a steamer insert.
For induction cooktop owners, it’s worth shelling out the extra dollars to insure you are getting items that will definitely work well on your stove. But for those who own traditional ovens like gas and electric, you can still get quality, durable stainless steel sets for less money. You can see a comparison table of cookware set prices here.