Hot Trends: Induction Cooktops
Induction cooktops have been popular in Europe and Asia for nearly 70 years and until recently the technology has been slow to catch on among United States homeowners. Well, times have changed, and according to Professional Remodeler Magazine, “induction cooktops and ranges are one of the hottest items in home kitchen appliances today.” Induction cooktops can be purchased as part of kitchen range appliances with convection ovens, as opposed to years prior where they were sold as freestanding or portable units. Due to high competition, prices have dropped making this appliance affordable for most homeowners.
How do induction cooktops work?
Induction technology uses an element below the ceramic or glass cooktop to produce a magnetic field that directly heats the pan resting on the cooktop. Pans made of cast iron or a magnetic stainless steel alloy will react with the magnetic field, creating small electrical currents that generate heat.
Induction cooktops are a very energy-efficient cooking method. They use about 90 percent of their energy, as opposed to an electric element that uses about 65 percent, or a gas element that uses only about 50 percent. Heat is not unnecessarily wasted due to the energy being supplied directly to the cooking unit. Not only are they energy efficient, but induction cooktops are more environmentally friendly than a gas alternative, which exhausts pollutants into the air.
Induction cooktops have many benefits, such as...
Cook faster than gas or electric cooktops (up to 50% faster temperature response times)
Instant heat adjustment/instant off
Stovetop remains cool to touch so food is less likely to get burnt on
Low risk of burns (stovetop is always cool to touch, only pan is hot)
New technology offers four “heat zones” instead of four defined elements/burners
For homeowners with electric cooktops looking to upgrade, purchasing an induction cooktop would be a wise choice. For those who prefer gas, and would miss cooking on an open flame, induction cooktops may not be for you. It’s important to consider your personal preference as well as the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision.
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