Elaine Bernard Cooktops January 22, 2019 09:08:28
Induction cooktops come from the electric stove group. However, it is different enough from the traditional electric cooktop that it is considered as a new type of stove. Induction cooktops do not use any kind of electrical resistance to create heat. This kind of cooktop produces heat by using magnetic fields. The element which is the induction coils create heat in the steel cookware whenever a magnetic field is made. Induction cooktops cook your meals quicker than gas and electric cooktops. You can control the heat on induction cooktops just as easily as gas. As an added benefit, induction cooktops are safe compared to gas or electric stoves. If the pot on the cooktop is dry or incompatible material wise, the cooktop simply will not heat up. A dry pot on a gas or electric stove can easily catch on fire. With induction cooktops, the odds of that happening are much lower.
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.
Even with the efficiency of cooking food faster, these cooktops don`t emit as much heat into your kitchen as a gas or electric stove. In the summertime, you won`t have to worry about cooking and heating up your entire house, and this can actually keep your air conditioning bill down because there will be less heat in your home. When you choose one of the better brands for your cooktop, you can expect to get a product with the ability to do everything you are hoping for. Most of the best choices will give you a variety of heat settings and some even allow you to set a specific temperature, instead of just low, medium and high. This gives you extra flexibility, but this feature is not found with all of them.
Speaking of the cons of electric cooktop, the first thing that comes to my mind is the slow reaction time. Electric cooktop can be slow in terms of heating the pots and pans. Besides, some models of electric cooktop might be lacking in terms of power and temperature. Some high temperature cooking such as quick boiling and frying with a wok might not be possible with electric cook top. You might want to check with the specs before purchasing any cooktop. Some low end electric cooktop certainly lacks far behind its gas counterpart. But most high end and expensive electric cooktop will have a workaround for this issue.
With lots of new models now available in the market the prices have gone down remarkably. But because the models still differ in more ways than one, you will still find the cooktops a little more expensive compared to electric and gas units. A little research on the cooktops can however still get you an affordable one that is still high in quality. Always look at the design feature like number of burners, automatic pan size recognition, timers and automatic safety shut offs because they are some of the features that can affect the price. The size of the cooktop also dictates price so always weigh your options to get the most functional cooktop you can afford comfortably.
You also have to figure in the cost of new cookware for the new cooktop. This technology requires you to use cookware that is made of cast iron or enameled steel. You can try to use your old stainless-steel cookware and sometimes you will get lucky and it will work. But if you have copper or aluminum pots and pans, you are out of luck. One way to test your cookware is to see if a magnet will stick to it. If the magnet sticks, your cookware will most probably work.