Due to the speed of cooking it offers, induction cooktop is fast becoming popular. However, it is not for everyone. Here are all you need to know before you order one. First of all, it is important arm yourself with the pros against the cons.
Pros of using induction cooktops
They heat pan quickly and so the food is cooked much faster. This reduces cooking time. In fact, induction burners cook food twice as fast than conventional electric burners. Induction burners respond faster than electric cooktops. Whether you intend to reduce the heat or to increase it, induction burners will respond much faster. I have nuwave pic titanium which works really well.
They have two major cons. They do not work with all kinds of pots so you may have to change your pots. To check if any of your pots will work with induction cooktops, just stick a piece of magnet underneath the pot. If the magnet sticks, the pot or cookware will work with your induction cooktops. The second major con is the fact that their price is on the high side. They are relatively more expensive than other cooktops.
After going through the pros and cons, there are other factors to consider.
Induction cooktops are very efficient
Although they are powered by electricity, they are energy efficient as they consume very little power to generate so much heat and food is cooked faster. Even the surfaces of the cooktops remain cold. It is just the pan is heated.
They require less ventilation
Since they don’t emit so much heat, they require less ventilation than other cooktops. In fact, they don’t need ventilation during the cold days of winter.
They are safer than others
Their surfaces do not get hot at all. Even if a pan is placed on the surface, it is the pan that will get hot. So once the pan is removed, there is no fear of heat. Even if a toddler playfully turns it on, it won’t get hot and burn him unlike electric burners. It is also safer than gas burners that can pose a fire risk.
Selection of layout
Induction cooktops come in three sizes of 15 inch, 30 inch and 36 inch widths. Depending on your preference, you can go for 1 burner, 2 burners, 4 burners, 5 burners of even make the whole surface burners. It is what works for you. If you need it in your kitchen, you might never need more than 2 burners at the same time. Considering how fast they cook, using two burners at the same time will also be on rare occasions. Remember, the more the burners, the more expensive it will be. So, why pay for what you won’t use?
Having gone through the important information about induction cooktops, you should be able to make a better decision on it now.