Streamline Your Cooking with an Induction Cooktop

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The kitchen is as good a place as any in the home to install new and more efficient technology. Whether you’re having a new kitchen remodel or simply upgrading your appliances, you may want to consider swapping out your hard to clean gas stove for a sleek and attractive induction cooktop. While you can easily gas, electric and induction alike, induction cooktops are becoming more and more popular and you’re about to find out why.

How does an induction cooktop work?

An induction cooktop, known in Europe as an induction hob, works by cooking using magnetic induction; gas cooktops use thermal conduction in the form of a naked flame and electric cooktops use thermal conduction through an electric heating element. An induction cooktop utilizes a copper wire coil placed directly beneath the space where a cooking vessel is placed. When the two materials meet, an alternating electric current is passed through the copper wire. Miele Induction Cooktop

Quick cooking

The primary pro of using an induction cooktop rather than a gas cooktop or a ceramic cooktop is that cooking becomes a much quicker activity. Put simply, the contents of pots and pans heat up a lot quicker on an induction cooktop than on a gas or ceramic cooktop. This is because induction cooking is the most energy efficient of all cooking methods. With an induction cooktop, there is no wasted heat because all of the heat produced is transferred directly to the base of the pan. With a gas cooktop, the energy produced has to first be converted into heat. Only once this heat has been converted does the pan start to heat up. Do you slave away over a hot stove? If so, this is because the naked flame of a gas cooktop edging around the base of your saucepan means that a great deal of the heat produced doesn’t only go into your pan but bleeds out into your kitchen as well, making your kitchen, and you, hot.

Safety

Safety is another pro of induction cooking. With induction cooktops, heat is only generated when a suitable cooking vessel is placed upon the surface. This means that the rest of the cooktop remains cool to the touch, so you won’t have to worry about burning fingers, either yours or those belonging to your children. This also makes induction cooktops the best choice for families with cats, who often like to jump up on work surfaces. And unlike a gas cooktop, you’re not going to worry about leaving a burner on due to forgetfulness or inattention that could lead to a fire or filling your home with poisonous gas.

Cleaning

Induction cooktops are flat and never get hot, therefore making clean ups easy and fast. When you’re cooking on a gas or electric stove and you spill something, you have to wait for the cooktop to cool down before cleaning it up and by then, the spill will have either hardened or gotten cooked onto the stovetop. You will never experience this with an induction stove as you can clean up spills immediately after they happen.  

Energy-efficient

Induction stoves can save you money on your energy bills as they heat up immediately and doesn’t waste heat energy when cooking food. The savings will range from household to household though as everyone’s cooking habits and frequency will vary.

Price

But just as there are pros to induction cooktops, there are also cons. Although the technology has become considerably cheaper since their introduction a few years ago, induction cooktops are still quite expensive, at least compared to a gas or ceramic cooktop. The bottom end of induction cooktop ranges usually starts around $1,200 and have basic functionality and features. The top end of induction cooktop ranges, with plenty of bells and whistles, can cost about $8,000. In comparison, a gas cooktop can cost you as little as $300.

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The required cookware for induction cooktops can be considered another con. To cook on an induction cooktop, you need to use cookware with magnetic materials. So if your existing cookware is aluminium or copper-bottomed, you are going to have to have to replace them with either stainless steel cookware or those made of cast iron. To test out if your current cookware is compatible with an induction stove, check if a magnet will stick to the bottom and if it does, it’ll work just fine. The pros seem to outweigh the cons when it comes to induction cooktops as it definitely offers more convenience to cooking and cleaning and gives your kitchen a cool, sleek look. The safety aspect is also a big benefits especially if you have children and pets. Simply think about your lifestyle, your cooking habits and your preference and if you’re set to invest in an induction cooktop, you will not be disappointed. Gaggenau and Miele make sleek induction stoves that come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs and match your overall kitchen design.