A cooktop or range is an important appliance in your kitchen. If you are considering buying a new one, you need to make the right choice. If you are switching to induction, the process of selection can be a little more intimidating.
What Are Induction Cooktops?
There are many products available on the market and it helps to conduct some research and discuss your requirements with professionals that handle major appliance repair and service and installation. Induction cooktops have flat glass surfaces equipped with heaters with electromagnetic energy-powered heating coils. These coils are activated only by when induction cookware is placed on them.
The Pros And Cons Of Induction Cooktops
Here we look at the pros and cons of induction cooktops:
- These cooktops heat 25-50% faster than radiant and electric stovetops.
- They also distribute heat far more evenly than the latter two.
- Induction cooktops offer precise and quick temperature adjustment.
- Since they heat only the pans and not the burners, they are far safer.
- Once you remove the pans from them after cooking, they cool faster as well.
- If you turn on a burner without any pan, it won’t heat up, and that reduces the chances of burns occurring.
- Cleaning induction stovetops is far easier as well. Since the burner only heats the pan and not the stove’s surface, spills do not get baked on them as they do with electric or gas ranges. You can wipe the surfaces clean right after removing the pan from the stove.
- These cooktops do not require major appliance repair and service as long as you maintain them well.
- Induction emits much less heat than standard electric cooktops, and that means you have a more comfortable kitchen space to work in
- On induction ranges, you can use only induction-friendly cookware, not glass, copper, or aluminum pans.
- You will need to purchase ferromagnetic cookware made of cast iron or steel.
To test the compatibility of the cookware, simply check whether a magnet sticks to its underside. Enamel-coated cast iron pans, skillets, etc., work well on induction stovetops.
If you are considering getting an induction cooktop for your kitchen, it’s crucial that you consult with experienced professionals. They will also provide you with tips about how to care for your new induction cooktop and will handle kitchen cooking equipment repair when you need it. Like all other appliances in your home, regular maintenance and timely repair are crucial to keep it in working order.