Published July 20, 2012
Are you in the market for a new cooktop for your kitchen? Then you may be interested in the new Induction cooktops that have recently hit the market. I’ve always been a fan of the gas ranges and cooktops, however, I have to admit these Induction models really do give gas ranges a run for their money.
Induction cooktops work with magnetic energy. The induction elements utilize the magnetic energy by generating a magnetic field, which reacts with the iron, or steel in the base of the cookware. This instantly transforms the pan into the heat source. When the pan is removed, the cooking surface returns to normal almost instantly. The end result is a clean, fast and safe environment for cooking.
Safety is one of the key advantages of induction cooking. The magnetic transfer of energy means faster heating times with no open flame for any accidents that may occur. Next time you cook you will never have to wonder if you left the element on. The induction heat stops immediately once the pot is removed from the element. The same benefits of gas may be achieved as far as rapid heat-up and cool down but the main advantage lies in the cooler working environment. With environmental issues so popular today, the Induction cooktop is probably the most environmentally sound cooking option on the market. Cook to your heart’s content with no worries about releasing any fumes or chemicals into the atmosphere.
Another key advantage to these cooktops is their operating costs. Tests have proven that induction cooking costs less to operate than both electric heating and gas.
There are some considerations to keep in mind however. Firstly, induction cooking is not for everyone, especially if you have a pacemaker. The magnetic field that is generated by the cooktop will interfere with the pacemaker.
Secondly, you must cook with “induction friendly” cookware. Cast iron , enamel and stainless steel are usually suitable while glass, copper and aluminum pots/pans are not. The best way to test if your cookware is suitable is to do the magnet test. Simply place a magnet on the bottom surface of your cookware and if it sticks then it’s fine to use.
Most models feature 4 Induction burners, with black glass surfaces. There are many companies currently working on producing Induction cooktops and ranges to the market. AEG, Miele, and Viking are just a few examples of companies that you may consider.