Chardae Marchand Cooktops February 20, 2019 09:51:06
Speed, Most induction cooktops have proven they can cook food faster than gas or electric stoves. Induction cooking takes advantage of nearly 90% of the heat / energy created, whereas gas and electric stoves only take advantage of 30% to 40%. The heat from gas and electric stoves escapes to the sides of the pan, but with induction, cooking this doesn`t happen. With the ability to cook faster, you can prepare better meals in less time. This is a huge advantage and many people become hooked once they discover how to properly use their cooktop.
Induction is very fast to bring water to a boil, too. Depending on the electrical specs of the cooktop, you may be able to boil 1 quart of water in 30 seconds! The fastest gas rangetop will do the same in around 2 mins. 30 seconds. It will also go to a simmer instantly - great for when you`ve noticed the fudge starting to boil over! So why wouldn`t everyone choose induction over gas? Here are a couple things: If you need a range (with oven), there aren`t many to choose from right now with an induction top. Your choices currently are Viking and GE Profile.
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.
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.
Induction cooktops require more power. If you have a 30" cooktop presently, you more than likely have a 30 amp breaker. Most 30" induction cooktops will require a 40 amp service. You will more than likely need an electrician to make this work. If you need to boil more than one vessel at a time, make sure to find out about power sharing on induction cooktops. Some cooktops will only be able to produce a boil on one burner while others are being used. This can be problem for large families or for those who hire caterers to cook for dinner parties, etc. Having said this, there are models available that you are able to boil more than one pot at a time. Make sure you know those models that can.
When you add an induction cooktop and matching cookware to your kitchen, you gain many benefits. What would you do if your stovetop stopped working? Do you have a plan for how you would cook while choosing a new stove and getting it installed? Most people don`t and it causes a huge interruption in their life when their stove goes out. Even losing one burner or one side of your stove can cause issues. What about cooking for larger groups around the holidays? Do you have the space and the ability to do host family parties with groups of 10 or more? If not, adding an induction cooktop might be the answer. Here is what you get from the right induction cooktop.