Although induction cooktops have been available in the domestic market for over 15 years, the number of users has remained significantly low. One can only assume that, because they require pans made from iron or stainless steel, people have preferred to stay with conventional forms of cooking appliances.
Induction over normal Cooktops:
Electric cooker have never been the favourite of professional chefs, heating is slow to reach temperature, and even slower to dissipate to simmer level. Gas on the other hand is pretty much instant, and far more accurate.
While induction cooking uses electricity, it does so by producing a current which runs through a coil, producing a magnetic field but no heat. When the pan is placed on the hob, small electrical currents are induced in the pan’s metal, producing the heat for cooking. The pan itself produces the heat, not the burner.
Heat being produced in this manner is equally as fast, and probably more accurate than gas. Especially at the lower end of the heat scale, where simmering plays a big part in the cooking process. Pan hot spots are none-existent, so no more food sticking to the pan bottom, and most importantly, the hobs cool extremely quickly, because the heat is in the cooking pot, not the hob.
To prove this point some years ago, a sheet of paper was placed on an induction hob, and a pot of water placed on top of it. When the water reached boiling the pan was removed, not even a scorch mark was seen on the paper, impressive stuff.
Ranges or Single Hobs:
Whether you want just an extra single hob, or are considering a new Induction Cooktop range, there are models to suit.
Induction cooktops can be bought as stand-alone single hobs, double, four hobs, or a complete fitted cooking range.
Does Quality equate to Price:
In the world of induction cooktops, quality doesn’t have much to do with price. Induction cooktops are still relatively more expensive than gas or electric appliances anyway, and price tends to reflect power per hob (1300-1800 watts), and extras, rather than higher or lower quality.
For instance the number of heat settings will have little bearing on the overall cost. Some units also have the ability to bridge two hobs, usually front and back. This allows for cooking using an elongated pan, such as fish pan or griddle. Other units allow the whole of the top, called ‘zone-less’ units to accommodate any shape or size of pan. These ‘zoneless’ units though, are significantly more expensive than standard induction cooktops.
So, what to look for when Buying an Induction Cooktop:
Size, the larger each hob, the more expensive.
Power, the more powerful, the greater to price.
Number of hobs. Two hobs are obviously going to cost more than one
Do you need ‘zone-less’ hobs? Start adding on the bucks.
The Max Burton 6000 1800-watt portable Induction cooktop is a very popular single hob unit. Ten separate power levels range from 140 – 450 degrees F. With a 180 minute timer, and LED control panel display; it is just 14” long, 12.5” wide, and 2.5” deep.
The Duxtop 1800-watt portable induction cooktop. Countertop burner 8100MC, is another single hob cooktop. Using the home standard of 120 volts, 15-amps, it is lightweight and easy to store. The timer is set in 5 minute increments up to 170 minutes. Capable of power from 200-1800 watts, the ten setting temperature range is from 140 – 460 degrees F, and the inbuilt pan detection system will shut down after 60 seconds if no pan is detected on the hob.
The GE PHP900DMBB profile 30” black electric induction cooktop is a four hob unit from General Electric. With full electronic touch controls it sports 19 control settings, pan presence and size sensors, and next step controls. Size is 29.8” long, 21.4” wide, and just 4.6” deep.
Conclusion for Induction Cooktops:
The increasing amount of cookware being manufactured, which produces the required magnetic fields for use with induction cooktop appliances – ensures they will be the appliances of the future for most households.
The temperature accuracy, ease of use, built in safety sensors, and very low heat retention, make them ideal for the elderly or disabled user. The 2” to 4” vertical depth allows mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, to be positioned below the cooktop, while the user is cooking.
A cooking appliance which has to receive a 5 star rating; for reliability, accuracy, and safety.
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