Convenience! Safety! Energy Efficiency! This unit has all that. Its great features make cooking more enjoyable and faster than ever before.
Moreover, this clean cooking method means you get to deal with very minimal cleaning as opposed to when using the traditional cooking methods.
Theses are the factors to look for in an induction cooktop and the benefits it can bring to your kitchen.
This technology has been there for several years however its popularity has grown over the last couple of years. The reason for this has been the drop in prices of the induction cooktops attracting a lot of people and even professional cooks to switch to this clean and efficient gadget.
As we have discussed above, an induction cooktop heats the cooking pam directly using the magnetic induction principle. The heat, therefore, gets conducted directly to the cooking pan making this technology faster and energy-efficient when compared to the traditional cooking methods.
The top of the stove which in most cases is ceramic glass stays cool and therefore there is no wasted energy in form of lost heat. Additionally, there are no flames or direct heat meaning that the cooking pot will always be free of any kind of dust and dirt including carbon.
Furthermore, with an induction cooker, you can be able to generate a lot of heat in a short time which also has the capacity of being increased continuously. You can therefore cook and boil your foods much faster and also simmer the cooking temperatures more precisely than you would with the traditional cooking methods.
In summary, induction cooktops offer a clean, fast and highly efficient cooking experience which makes this technology for anybody who wants to modernize his/her kitchen. Currently, there are a lot of manufacturers selling induction cooktops many of which offer a number of cool features.
It is therefore important to know what you will be looking for and what features are pocket-friendly for you.
Element power rate
Most induction cooktops have a power rating of between 1000 – 1800W; 120VAC/240VAC. When the power rating is higher, that means you can cook much faster. However, highly rated cooktops are more expensive and consume more electricity. You may, therefore, need to make a tradeoff between your cooking speed and the cost of electricity when you are selecting an induction cooktop based on its power rating.
Certain foods may require to be cooked under controlled temperatures to be cooked precisely. Most induction cooktops come with power levels that allow you to choose the amount of heat you need to cook a particular food.
An induction cooktop with many power levels allows for more precise and controlled cooking to give the best results. This is also a feature you may need to consider if your cooking needs require precise temperature controls.
Sometimes you may need to cook or boil something for a specified period of time. If that is the case, then you will need to choose an induction cooktop with a timer feature. These cooktops automatically shut down when the time you set to cook is exhausted.
This is a very useful feature especially if you are a busy person and helps prevent burning or overcooking food as well as accidental fires.
The control panel allows you to control the cooking settings. An induction cooktop can come with either a button panel or a touch panel. While both panels are simple and intuitive, cooktops with a touch panel are more sophisticated and expensive when compared to button panel controls.
Pre-set cooking menus
Just for like you microwave oven most new cooking gadgets, a preset menu is for certain foods and defines how long and the amount of heat required for cooking the food. The most common pre-set menu you will find in induction cooktops includes; grill, stir, fry, boil, and milk among others.
These menus make your life easier as you don't have to adjust the settings on your cooktop every time you use the menus, all you need is a press of a button and you can enjoy your meal just as you like it every day. Additionally, you don't have to worry when using the pre-set menu as most cooktops come with LED/LCD indicators and a child lock feature for seamless operation.
This is a choice you will need to make depending on the size of your kitchen and personal preference. There are portable and fixed cooktop options but the portable induction cooktops offer much flexibility making them a top choice for most people switching to induction cooktops.
Temperature control helps you cook your foods to perfection and avoids overcooking or burning. Every type of food usually has its ideal cooking temperature to prevent loss of taste and nutrients.
Temperature adjustable cooktops are therefore an ideal choice if you need to get the best from your cooking. The induction cooktops with adjustable temperature control allow you to adjust the cooking temperatures from 140 – 430 degrees Fahrenheit.
The automatic pan detection feature is an important aspect especially when it comes to energy efficiency. As soon as the cookware is removed from the cooktop, heating is turned off which prevents energy wastage.
This is also a very important consideration if you are switching to an induction cooktop for the first time. Most induction cooktops are compatible with cookware such as cast iron, stainless steel and those with a magnetic bottom. Pot compatibility with your cooktop ensures maximum efficiency when you are cooking and you are therefore not likely to waste any energy due to poor magnetic conductivity.
Each induction cooktop has a maximum and minimum pan size it can support. If you are using a pot smaller than the minimum supported size, the induction cooktop can’t detect the pan and therefore will not turn on the coil to heat the pot
As a matter of fact, choose a cooktop whose coil's diameter matches with your pan size for maximum efficiency. While large coil diameters offer faster heating, it may come at a cost of losing portability.
Number of Elements
This is the pan capacity your induction cooktop can support at ago. Ideally, this is decided depending on your cooking needs and the number of people you cook for in your household.
There a number of pan capacities you can choose from depending on your workload but most induction cooktops will have anywhere between 1 – 5 pan capacity.