Camillei Lefebvre Cooktops February 28, 2019 10:01:18
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.
You won`t need glass cleaner or any special cleaner for most of the induction cooktops on the market. They are made with a surface that is very easy to clean after you are done. Just a washcloth, soap and water are about all you really need to clean most of the cooktops available. With a gas stove, you cannot avoid releasing toxins into the air you breathe and even some can escape with electric stoves. However, when you add an induction cooktop to your kitchen, you don`t have to worry about any safety issues. No toxins will be released and the surface will remain cook, so that you don`t burn yourself.
In addition, the variable-size elements in electric cooktop are a huge advantage over the gas version. Variable-size elements means the elements can match exactly the size of any pans and pots. This is something that the gas cooktop is lacking. Other than the variable size elements, other features that are available in electric cook top but are lacking in gas cooktop are the warming zones and bridge elements that will match irregular pans and pots sizes. The variable-size and bridge elements are definitely a must-have for any environment conscious persons as they maximize the usage of electricity.
Other disadvantage of electric cook top compared to gas cooktop is the power supply. If there is a cut in the power supply, then there will be no cooking. In short, no electricity means no cooking. On the other hand, you can still do whatever cooking you like with gas cooktop even if there is no electricity.
The cooktops are incredibly fast and precise. The induction tops bring your water to a boil much faster than a gas unit would. They are also very helpful when preparing dishes that require consistent temperatures. When you get a unit, you will enjoy cooking that is energy efficient, safe and fast. When you purchase induction cooktop, you will also need to get induction cookware. Flat based stainless steel or cast iron cookware will be what you need to enjoy the convenience of cooking using these cooktops. You can use a refrigerator magnet to test whether the pots and pans you have are compatible to the cooktops; if the magnets sticks to base of your pans and pots then you will be able to use them on the cooktop.