Why You Should Consider Getting An Induction Cooktop

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Induction cooktops have been getting publicity in recent years. They cook quickly and with minimal fumes. Are they right for your kitchen?

If you’re considering upgrading your kitchen appliances, you may be wondering if an induction cooktop is the right choice for you. Let’s take a look at benefits of induction cooktops to help you decide if it’s worth the investment.

Induction range in kitchen

How Induction Cooktops Work

Induction cooktops use electromagnetism to heat cookware directly, which means it doesn’t actually need for traditional heating elements. When a pan with a magnetic bottom (stainless steel, for example) is placed on the induction cooktop, an electromagnetic current is generated, heating the pan and its contents quickly and efficiently.

This direct heat transfer results in faster cooking times and precise temperature control.

Huh? That Sounds Sci-Fi

It does sound different than what we’re used to, but induction ranges have been popular in European homes for decades. It’s a very tried and true technology, not just the latest new gadget.

Induction cooktops are actually much safer than traditional ones, and they also keep the air in your home cleaner.

Energy Efficiency

One of the key benefits of induction cooktops is their energy efficiency. Unlike gas or electric cooktops, which generate heat indirectly, induction cooktops heat cookware directly, minimizing heat loss and reducing cooking times.

This means the induction cooktop heats the pan, not the room. Therefore, you need less air conditioning in summer, which gives you lower utility bills.

Gas vs. Electric

Induction ranges only run as electric. If your house is wired for gas, as mine was, you can have it rewired for a few hundred dollars. It may still cost more than gas, depending on the cost of utilities where you live, but you may feel it’s worth it for reduced cooking times, heat and the other benefits. Read on to decide!

Cleaner Air

Gas stoves produce some nasty fumes that linger in your home and are linked to higher asthma rates. If you have a ducted hood range and use it while cooking, this lowers the risk.

But induction ranges produce almost no fumes – even less than traditional electric. Even without a hood, or with one that isn’t actually ducted to the outside, it will reduce toxins in your house significantly compared to gas stoves.

Safety Features

Another advantage of induction cooktops is their safety features. Since induction cooktops heat cookware directly, the surface remains cool to the touch, reducing the risk of burns or accidental fires. Plus, induction cooktops often have built-in safety features such as automatic shut-off timers and pan detection sensors to prevent overheating.

No more burned fingers from touching the stove, although pans are still hot. Great for young families!

Easy Cleaning

Induction cooktops are known for their sleek and easy-to-clean surfaces. Since the cooktop itself doesn’t generate heat, spills and splatters are less likely to burn onto the surface.

Most induction cooktops have smooth glass surfaces that can be cleaned with a simple wipe-down, making maintenance quick and hassle-free.

Cooking Performance

When it comes to cooking, induction cooktops have several advantages over traditional ranges. They have precise temperature control which allows for more consistent cooking results, whether you’re simmering delicate sauces or searing meats.

Induction cooktops also heat up quickly and respond instantaneously to temperature adjustments, giving you more control over your cooking process.

Compatibility with Cookware

One potential downside when you’re looking at getting an induction cooktop is the compatibility with your existing cookware. Since induction cooktops require magnetic bottoms to generate heat, not all pots and pans will work on an induction surface.

The materials that don’t work are: aluminum, copper and glass. Stainless steel should work, although I had an older set that didn’t and had to buy some new pans.

To test the compatibility of your cookware, put a fridge magnet on the bottom to see if it sticks. If the magnet stays on, your cookware should work with an induction cooktop.

Cost Considerations

While induction cooktops offer many benefits, they typically come at a higher price point compared to traditional gas or electric cooktops. Before making a decision, consider your budget and weigh the long-term energy savings and performance benefits against the initial investment cost of an induction cooktop.

It looks like that model is no longer made, but here’s the current one.

Installation Requirements

Induction cooktops should ideally be installed by a professional to make sure they’re level and connected to the electricity and ventilation if your hood range is ducted. You may also need to upgrade your kitchen’s electrical wiring to accommodate the power needs of an induction cooktop.

I had to rewire my stove to electric instead of gas, which cost several hundred. Installation was simply plugging it into the wall and leveling it, which you may or may not feel you can do yourself.

Maintenance Tips

To keep your induction cooktop in top condition, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Clean spills promptly with a non-abrasive cleaner.
  • Use cookware with flat, magnetic bottoms for optimal heat transfer.
  • Avoid sliding pots and pans on the surface to prevent scratches.
  • Regularly inspect and clean the ventilation system to prevent overheating.

Budget Option:

There are more affordable induction cooktops coming on the market. I bought a very affordable Frigidaire and am very happy with it (pictured above).

It looks like that model is no longer made, but here’s the current one.

Installation Requirements

Induction cooktops should ideally be installed by a professional to make sure they’re level and connected to the electricity and ventilation if your hood range is ducted. You may also need to upgrade your kitchen’s electrical wiring to accommodate the power needs of an induction cooktop.

I had to rewire my stove to electric instead of gas, which cost several hundred. Installation was simply plugging it into the wall and leveling it, which you may or may not feel you can do yourself.

Maintenance Tips

To keep your induction cooktop in top condition, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Clean spills promptly with a non-abrasive cleaner.
  • Use cookware with flat, magnetic bottoms for optimal heat transfer.
  • Avoid sliding pots and pans on the surface to prevent scratches.
  • Regularly inspect and clean the ventilation system to prevent overheating.

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Last Updated:

April 19, 2024