What is an Induction Cooktop?
Induction cooktops are an appliance alternative completely distinct from electric and gas ranges or burners. They can cook food faster, are easy to clean, and are actually cool to the touch everywhere but the cooking vessel, even during cooking.
If you’ve ever seen a commercial claiming a cooktop can boil water in 90 seconds, the advertisement featured an induction appliance.
How does Induction Work?
Unlike gas or electric ranges, induction cooktops harness electromagnetic power. The power supply to an induction cooktop sends electricity through a coil in the cooktop. When the current in the coil alternates, an electromagnetic field is created around it. If a proper cooking vessel is placed on the cooking surface, a current is activated in the cooking vessel. This generates heat in the vessel itself.
This technology results in faster heating, less heat loss and more precise temperature control.
What types of induction cooktops are there?
Induction cooktops can serve as a replacement to traditional gas or electric cooktops, or they can be additional appliances in kitchens with conventional ranges.
Major appliance brands manufacture induction cooktops that look much like smooth surface electric cooktops.
Major appliance brands manufacture induction cooktops that look much like smooth surface electric cooktops. Electrolux ( ). Thermador( ) and and GE ( ) are a few well recognized brands that make full induction cooktops.
While these appliances are available, many of us are not in a position to make a complete switch from a gas or electric range to an induction cooktop. As Kim Severson of the New York Times points out, many restaurants have one or two induction burners for cooking particular dishes. This option is extremely accessible for home chefs as well.
Highly rated products like Rosewill() and Duxtop’s
countertop induction burners are perfect additions to established kitchens or small living spaces. These products will allow home chefs to experiment with induction cooking without necessitating kitchen remodels.
Why Haven’t I Heard of Induction Cooking?
As Kim Severson mentions in the same article referenced above, induction cooking has been relatively popular in Asia and Europe for years. However, it had just started catching on in America back in 2010. A study by market research company Mintel in 2009 indicated that only 5 percent of 2,000 participants owned an induction appliance.
Still, back in 2009, 22 percent of those same participants indicated they wanted to purchase an induction cooktop the next time they bought a cooking appliance. Marketing campaigns like Kelly Ripa’s endorsement of Electrolux have helped induction cooking gain recognition in the US. And, a new generation of home cooks is drawn to induction’s energy-saving potential.
Top 5 Reasons to Embrace an Induction Cooktop
- Increased temperature control, especially for sauces and confections.
- Faster heating and cooler kitchens since less heat is lost to the ambient air.
- Energy saving as less unnecessary heating takes place.
- A countertop unit can be implemented in your current kitchen setup.
- With the right tools, you can continue using your favorite cookware.
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