It’s one thing to use a gadget or appliance to get your cooking done - another to actually cook! Stir frying, blanching, steaming or sauteing - you’ll need the tools of the trade. Namely kitchenware such as pots, pans, bakeware, utensils and the like.

However, most homeowners don’t often realise how the type of kitchenware can affect your cooking performance. To start off, the type of cooking hob used is especially important!

If you’re using an induction hob, certain kitchenware made from non-magnetic materials like glass and ceramic will not work as the induction stove requires a magnetic medium to heat things up. The same goes for circular-base woks - which cannot be balanced on a flat induction surface.

On the other hand, the size of the base is especially important when buying kitchenware for gas stoves. It has to fit in just right within the protruding grips for better heat performance and stability. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg - different cooking methods may require different cookware materials for the best effect. Learn everything you need to know in our Cookware Guide here.