Ariel Cooktop April 11th, 2018 - 08:13:36
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.
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.
Using this type of cooktop will also allow you to cook quicker as reviews from induction cooktops users have actually reported that they were able to boil water a lot faster, than with an electric or gas cooktop, and were also able to experience greater temperature control. These great benefits are of course reflected in the higher cost of induction cooktops which begins at $1500. Unfortunately, this cooktop will only work with magnetic cookware as it is not compatible with others. Possible Features to be Found with Cooktops - In most cases, you will find cooktops that have great flexibility, giving you the option to interchange grills and burners. They are normally easy to clean and have an accurate temperature control. You can even find cooktops made from ceramic, whether powered by gas or electricity. This is especially great for persons who are looking for cooktops that will have an aesthetic appeal, as ceramic cooktops can be found in a wide range of colors that can be use to complement the décor of your kitchen.
Does your kitchen need a facelift? A new cooktop gives you the ultimate choices in design flexibility. Whether you are looking for a sleek electric cooktop, a professional-style gas cooktop, or the energy efficient induction cooktop, there are as many choices and details as there are recipes you can make in the kitchen. Understanding your space constraints, cooking needs and enhancement options will help you to select the kitchen cooktop that is right for your budget and household needs. Gas or Electric? Gas used to be the darling for professional chefs, but advanced technology, smooth-top surfaces and induction heating have made electric cooktops serious rivals. Chances are the choice between gas and electric has been made for you depending on your available hookups, unless youre planning an extensive kitchen makeover.