Katriane Rousseau Cooktops January 24, 2019 08:52:18
With a one or two burner induction cooktop, you will gain more space to cook in your kitchen. This allows you to cook for larger groups or prepare more courses. It is an easy way to add a few extra burners or just one extra burner to your kitchen. The right induction cooktop will be very portable, which allows you to take it with you anytime you need. If you need to keep a dish warm for a potluck dinner or you want to take it with you camping, you can. Those that travel in an RV will love the flexibility they get with it. As long as you can plug it in, you can cook with it, which makes it a great tool for anybody to own.
In the past, if you wanted the best performing cooktop, you wanted a pro-style cooktop, or rangetop as it is commonly referred to in the industry. There are many brands that offer high output burners which will also give you a delicate simmer. These rangetops make it possible to boil something quickly while never having to move the cooking vessel when it is time to turn the heat down to a simmer. (You may have seen the chocolate chips melting on a paper plate demonstration showing how delicate some rangetops can be.) Most brands offering high-end rangetops will give you an incredible simmer. My favorites are Wolf and Viking as every burner will give you the low simmer and high output.
This is where Induction cooktops spark the interest of my customers who want the performance of a professional rangetop, but want something easy to clean. Induction - or magnetic induction - works on the molecular level. The magnet creates friction in the cooking vessel (ferrous metal pots and pans are necessary - if a magnet sticks to it, you are good to go) creating the most efficient source of heat at more than 90 % efficiency. Gas cooktops are about 60 percent efficient, depending on the model. Back to the cleaning issue... Because there is no heat passing through the ceramic glass on the induction models, they are a breeze to clean. You don`t have the usual burning in on the surface as you do with radiant smoothtop or gas cooktops. Soap and water usually does the trick to clean the induction top.
All in all these cooktops are a great addition to any kitchen and can add flexibility to your cooking style. It will take a little time to adjust to the speed of the cooking, if you have never used this type of cooking, but once you get used to it, you can cook many things fast and easy.
So which is better - gas or induction? That`s up to you to decide. If you want high performance and easy cleaning, induction is a great choice. If you entertain and need to boil many pots at once, or even if you lose power often where you live (most gas cooktops can be lit manually with a match), gas may be the right one for you. The great thing about cooktops today is we have so many great choices to choose from in gas and induction.
Do you have a certain style of cooking? Are you presently looking for a new cooktop? Before jumping at the first one you see, you need to examine the types of cooktops which are available. Keep in mind, each type has their advantages and disadvantages. There used to be only two choices of cooktops available. The only options were electric or gas. Now, there is another option around. Before that option is discussed, lets talk about electric and gas cooktops.