20 Oct The Pros And Cons Of Induction Cooktops
Induction cooktops are a relatively new way of cooking and are gradually making their way into households across Canada. We stock leading brands of induction cooktops and they seem very popular. But what advantages does induction have over gas or electric? What do buyers have to be aware of before purchase?
Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of induction cooktops.
What is induction cooking?
Induction cooking uses electromagnetism to cook rather than just electricity. By using alternating current through a coil underneath the cooktop and a metal pan, electromagnetism interacts with that pan to produce heat. So the cooktop itself doesn’t produce heat, the electromagnetism generated by the cooktop causes the metal in the pan to generate its own heat.
That’s why the cooktop itself doesn’t get hot, although you should never put your hand on an induction cooktop after cooking as the pan does get hot!
Advantages of induction cooktops
There are five main advantages to using induction cooktops. They are:
Speed – We all know that it takes an electric cooktop a little while to warm up. An induction cooktop is ready instantly. As it heats the pan and not the air around it, the food gets hot much faster too.
Efficiency -Both gas and electric cooktops waste energy heating the air around it and the surface of the cooktop. An induction cooktop heats the pan and therefore the food directly. This equates to a significant increase in energy efficiency.
Convenience – Induction cooktops are easy to clean, contain no moving parts and are low maintenance appliances.
Control – You can adjust an induction cooktop just like you can a gas one with very small incremental changes in heat output.
Safety – There is no open gas flame or hot surface to burn yourself on. Induction cooktops will automatically detect whether a pan is present or not and will cut power if left unattended. That has obvious safety advantages.
Disadvantages of induction cooktops
There are a couple of downsides to using induction cooktops though.
- Upfront cost
- Requires induction compatible pans
Upfront cost – As with any new technology, induction cooktops require a higher initial investment than a traditional gas or electric unit. That investment is repaid with higher efficiency but you still need that initial cash.
Requires induction compatible pans – Electromagnetism needs iron to generate heat so you will also need to invest in induction compatible pans when you buy a cooktop. Glass, aluminium and copper pans will not work so your existing cookware may not be compatible.
Induction cooktops are the new way of cooking. They are as easy to look after as an electric unit and as controllable as gas, without the downsides of either. If you’re considering updating your kitchen or replacing your current stove or cooktop, induction units have some compelling advantages.
Visit your nearest Appliance Canada location in London, Toronto, Vaughan or Mississauga for the latest range of induction cooktops at fantastic prices!