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Cooktops have helped to dramatically change the way that persons are able to design their kitchens today. There are a wide range of options for you to choose from, giving you the ability to find cooktops that are equipped with special features such as smooth tops, grills and various configurations of burners that you are sure to like. In most cases, cooktops will be more expensive than a range, but the fact that they can be installed in just about anywhere in the kitchen makes the price seem worthwhile. Types of Cooktops: Electric Cooktops You can find cooktops in three main types, namely electric, gas and induction cooktops with the first two being the most popular. Electric cooktops are very easy to clean and some are even available with sensors, a digital reminder to let you know when cooking is finished and an electronic touch pad which has been used to replaced the traditional knobs. In addition, those with the sensor option, will allow the element to adjust to the size of the pan during heating, making cooking more efficient and will even cause the element to be automatically turned off if it is left idling for too long.
Imagine this scenario. You drag in from work and have to cook dinner for your family. As you get the food ready to go, you place to pots on the cook top to start heating up. Meanwhile, your two small children are running around the kitchen after being cooped up all day in day care or preschool. Before you know it, one of the trips and grabs the cooktop to stop from falling. Your childs hand touches the edge of the burner that is hot and burns his hand pretty badly which means a trip to the hospital. This scenario can and does happen each and every day in households across the United States and around the world. Now, imagine the same scenario with a magnetic induction cooktop. Your childs hand touches the edge of the burner but DOES NOT get burned! You get to fuss at your children, tell them to quit running around so wildly and then you kick them out of the kitchen. There is no burned flesh and no need to make a trip the ER to have your childs hand treated for burns.
In addition, standard induction elements work only with flat-bottomed pots and pans and are therefore not suitable for use with traditional round-bottomed woks. However, it is possible to buy induction units specifically designed to work with woks, but these units are fairly uncommon in the United States. Furthermore, induction units designed to work with rounds-bottomed woks will work only with woks and will not work with flat-bottomed vessels. Electric Power Considerations Kitchens currently equipped with gas cooktops may not have an adequate electrical circuit available for the induction cooktop. As a rule, a drop-in induction cooktop with multiple burners will require a 220 volt, 40 amp dedicated circuit. Most conventional electric cooktops also require such a circuit, so those people upgrading to induction from conventional electric cooktops are unlikely to have an issue, but anyone upgrading from gas may need to have an electrician install a new electrical circuit for the cooktop. If so, this cost should be considered when evaluating the overall cost of the project. And, even if you are upgrading from conventional electric to induction, you should verify that the existing circuit is adequate for the induction cooktop that you have selected.
Part 1 of this series explained how Induction cooktops use magnetic hysteresis loss to directly heat the the pot or pan. Part 2 explained the growing popularity of induction cooking by exploring inductions many advantages over conventional cooking technologies. By this time, you are very likely thinking that induction cooking may be appropriate for your kitchen. However, before purchasing an induction cooktop, there are several things that you should consider. These issues are explained in this installment of the Induction Cooking Explained series. Compatible Cookware Considerations As explained in part 1, induction cooktops work only with cookware made from ferrous materials. Anyone with a significant investment in aluminum, glass, ceramic or non-magnetic stainless steel cookware will need to be aware that these types of cookware will not work on an induction cooktop and should include the cost purchasing new cookware when evaluating the cost of the induction cooktop. However, much of the most popular cookware used on conventional cooktops will work with induction cooktops, so many people will be able to use their existing cookware.