I'm surprised Cuisinart gave you problems. I've had good luck in general with their cookware.
If you have access to Costco, they often offer great deals on SS cookware. Otherwise, look into Tramontina.
If manufacturers' claims of induction compatibility can't be trusted all you can do is trial and error.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan