What is an induction cooktop?
If you’re interested in creating a modern kitchen that’s both safe and energy and efficient, you may be interested in induction cooktops.
Today, we’re taking a closer look to get you started.
What is an Induction Cooktop?
An induction cooktop is a nice addition to your kitchen. It is just the cooktop, so no heavy oven to go with it. For this reason, you may want to decide to have a stand-alone oven or use your induction cooktop in addition to your everyday range.
Induction cooktops are the perfect size to be installed on a countertop – especially that which is an island in your kitchen.
Induction cooking uses magnets to distribute heat. When it comes to a cooktop, you will find a coil of copper wire underneath the surface – where you would typically find the grate for cooking. When an appropriate pot or pan is placed on top of this, a current of electricity alternates as it passes through the coil and to the cookware. The result is a magnetic field that oscillates, inducing an electrical current in the pan or pot. It then, in turn, begins heating.
Let’s break it down a bit. Induction cooktops are electric and they use electromagnetic radiation to heat up the cookware itself. The air between the cooktop and the pan never gets hot.
Cleaning Has Never Been Easier
Think about all the times you have had to stand over your stove and scrub to get the cooked-on debris off of your appliance. For some messes, such as those that boil over, the clean-up task can be daunting.
Ready for some good news?
When it comes to induction cooktops, this is something you will never have to worry about. Most messes just wipe right up without any baked on mess. Why? Because an induction cooktop never gets hot. So, in a sense, spills on the cooktop are equivalent to spills on the countertop. No stuck on mess or baked on leftovers to worry about.
Induction Cooking is Fast
If you are like most busy adults, then you know that time is limited. This is especially true if you have a family. Dinner time comes within a small window. Convenience foods have become so convenient because they are cooked quickly and simply. So, taking the time to cook your family a healthy meal – quickly – can be a game changer.
With any other type of stove, you would have to wait longer to reach the necessary cooking temperatures. For instance, electric stoves require you to wait until the burner gets hot. Then, you must wait for the burner to heat the pan you are using. Only then can your food begin to cook. For gas stoves, you don’t have to wait for the burner to heat since you are using flame. But you still have to wait for the pan to heat up and cook your food. The time this takes is shorter than an electric stove, but it cannot match the power of an induction cooktop.
Induction cooktops are the fastest available cooktops on the market. They are guaranteed to save you time when the time is running low.
Safety is always a concern when it comes to appliances. You want to make sure your new appliance can be trusted and that it comes with safeguards to protect you – and your family – from injury.
Next to kitchen fires, one of the most popular kitchen mishaps that cause Emergency Room visits every year is burns from the range, whether oven or stove. This is especially a concern for a family with young children.
If this is something you often think about, then you should remember that induction cooktops are safer than any other cooktop – because it doesn’t get hot. Your dog, your cat, or your kid could place a hand (or paw) on the stovetop next to a pot of boiling water and they will not get burned. In fact, once you move the boiling pot, the burner is not hot either!
There is definitely something to be said for peace of mind.
Finally, induction cooktops can bring you energy efficiency. It may not seem like a big deal when you make your purchase – especially if it is a large purchase. But, over time, you will be able to see how you are saving throughout the year.
For example, when it comes to induction cooktops, you know that they cook rapidly. This means that there is less time for you to be running your stove – and less energy you are using in your home. If you are someone who uses your stove regularly, then this can be significant savings over time. Also, because of the cooktop to pan heating method, there is a very noticeable decrease of heat in the air. That means your cooling system will not have to work as hard to maintain a cool environment in the kitchen every time you cook.
Both of these sound like a win-win for the induction cooktop, don’t they?
You have a choice when it comes to furnishing your kitchen. Now that you know what an induction cooktop is, you will want to take advantage of all the goodness that comes with them – and have one installed in your kitchen today!