Pots and pans for induction stovetops. Induction stovetops work through magnetism. People are always amazed that they can put their hands on an induction stovetop burner and not feel heat at all, though it heats up pots and pans and cooks food in them wonderfully. An induction stove is not appropriate for all cookware materials. The pot or pan has to have a flat bottom and has to be magnetic. This means that only cookware made of stainless steel or cast iron can work on an induction stovetop. If the cook isn’t sure, they should try sticking a magnet to the cookware. If it sticks, it’s good for the induction stovetop.