Bosch 300 induction top & my new cookware (long)
Because of the generous help I obtained here in choosing my new cooktop and cookware, I thought I would post a recount of what I bought and how it works on my basic 300 series Bosch cooktop. Maybe it will query up later for someone else who's searching. I'd also add that after using the Bosch for only 6 days, I am in love. This is an awesome machine. I hope to never see another gas range as long as I live.
So . . . cookware splurges and bargains:
My only splurge was a set of WF Function Four casseroles ranging from 2-qt to 6-qt. I am using them mostly for soups, beans, and small batches of pasta. Love how they can strain or seal tight. Being uber-German, they conduct fast and cook beautifully. Scored them online at Sierra Trading Post for just under $300 using various coupons and retail-finagling. Not sure they were worth it, but they sure are nice to use. (I would never pay the retail of $700+ on these pieces.)
Next -- kinda-sorta splurge -- was a Cuisinart 5-quart sauté pan from their Green Gourmet tri-ply line. Amazon, $99. It is almost identical to my beloved Cusinart 5.5-quart that I had used for years and years. The new version is indeed induction compatible, cooks well and cleans up like a dream.
My best bargain was a 12-quart stockpot that came with both a steamer insert and a pasta insert for only $30 at my local BB&B on one of my magnet-hunts. It is their house brand, I believe, called Denmark Tools. Got an asparagus steamer from that same line for $15. These are pots I will rarely use, so I didn't want to spend a lot. They cook fast on induction even though they were clearly NOT marked as being compatible. They are priced a bit higher on the BB&B website, so maybe mine were priced incorrectly? And I question whether they will hold up at this price. Worth a shot, tho.
Second best bargain -- I got a weird and very cheap Oster 1-quart glass-lidded saucepan at Tuesday Morning for $24 and it conducts super fast and without a sound. Again, not advertised as induction compatible, so it just proves you gotta shop with your magnet.
Lastly, at Overstock I scored an Anolon Copper duo -- a 12" skillet and a 12" everyday pan with one lid. These are my go-to pans for frying and sautéing. Wow is all I can say for Anolon Copper + induction. I paid very little -- maybe $60 for the pair. They are sold out now, sadly, and I can't find that combo anywhere else.
So, these few pieces, combined with my 30-year old Lodge cornbread pan and my 5-quart Le Creuset knockoff, are all I have for stovetop use. There is no loud buzzing, vibrating, or clicking or any noise whatsoever from any of them--just the faintest sound of the induction cycling. They all work perfectly. My cooktop is a dream, and the pot-sense function has accepted every pot-n-hob combination I've tried to use. I could not be more pleased.
Thanks again to everyone here who helped me out and saved me from so many mistakes. If anyone has questions, I would be pleased to pay it forward.
This post was edited by MizLizzie on Sun, Jun 16, 13 at 11:14