Induction cooktops have been gracing professional and home kitchens since the 1950s. It first saw introduction at a trade fair and would later gain traction in the 70s.
They’ve become popular in professional kitchens around the world. For good reason too.
Dead on temperatures and ease of control are two major reasons people love induction cooktops. These have multiple safety features and keep injuries down.
Decades later, induction cooking is finally receiving the spotlight it deserves.
Advantages of Using Induction Cooktop
In this article, I will cover the advantages of using an induction cooktop for cooking and why you must consider it for your kitchen, if not using it already.
Precise Temperatures and Easy Controls
One reason people tend to love induction cooking is the precise temperature control. It’s why most prefer gas over electric too. No waiting for the pan to react to the heat changes or coils to lower their temperature.
Comparing induction to gas still puts induction-heating technology ahead. The burners react faster.
This leads to more evenly cooked food than any other cooking technology on the market.
Is Induction Cooktops Harder to Use?
To be honest, no, not really.
Will there be trial and error? Most likely.
You might even burn a meal here or there that you’ve made hundreds of time until you get a feel for your induction cooktop range.
Have you ever made a switch from gas to electric or vice versa? It’s about the same learning curve. You eventually learn how it cooks and adjusts as needed.
I have created this in-depth guide on how to use an induction cooktop.
How Does Induction Cooktops Differ from Gas and Electric?
For starters, the dials are more precise than gas and electric styles. Many models come with well-marked half settings.
Your regular stove probably has them too, but no one placed a mark to determine where they are.
You won’t need to shift food around in your pan at all with the exception of turning to sear or brown. This is because you’ll no longer have hot and cold spots to contend with.
You don’t have to wait for your pan to heat, so you can start cooking sooner. This alone cuts down on your time standing in front of your stove.
Heat won’t gradually build either. What setting you choose is the amount of heat you’ll get until you tell your stovetop otherwise.
Recipes might require you to adjust them for cook times. Just remember to use an analog thermometer (digital versions can interfere) to ensure your foods don’t under or overcook.
Luckily, you can find many induction-cooking recipes that give precise cooking times.
2. Unmatched Safety Features
Induction cooktops are a lot safer than gas or electric. There are many inbuilt features that make it easy to use and safe at the same time.
Auto Shut Off
With a traditional gas or electric stove, removing the pot or pan does nothing.
But with Induction cooktops, when you remove the pan/pots, the stove shut off. This brings less cooking steps to speed along your meals; it takes the guesswork out of whether you shut off your stove.
Did you accidentally turn on a burner without a pot? Your burner will not heat without a pot or pan in place. Because curious hands and accidental bumps can occur, this feature can help prevent injuries.
Burners Quickly Cool
Usually seconds later, you can touch the burner too without worrying about injury.
This is a great feature for children, the elderly, or for the occasional times you’ve forgotten the stove is still hot.
Since the stovetop itself doesn’t heat, it provides even fewer opportunities for accidental burns.
Low Likelihood of Grease Fires
Grease fires are common kitchen accidents.
In order to have a grease fire, you need grease and a flame. Grease is highly flammable. Roughly, 75% of kitchen fires have grease listed as its cause.
Without an open flame or a cooking surface that holds heat, you greatly reduce the likelihood of a grease fire in your kitchen.
3. Doesn’t Heat Kitchens or Homes
No cooktop will be heatproof. However, an induction range produces less heat than gas and electric models.
This is mostly to do with only your pan receiving heat. The rest of the cooktop doesn’t absorb or maintain any cooking heat either.
For summer kitchens, using one can further reduce your home’s energy costs. Your air conditioner won’t have to counteract the extra heat and work harder to cool down your home.
4. Flexible Placement
Induction stoves can go in places most gas and electric ranges can’t due to building codes or laws. You’re not limited to pre-existing vents and exhausts or stuck with costs of moving it.
The versatility gives you the option of truly customized kitchen experience. If you wish to later move your stove, you can without extra costs, labor or worry over codes.
You can easily use them in non-traditional settings too. You only need a power source capable of running it, which can be more convenient and safer than propane for RVs and motor homes.
Portable induction cooktops exist too. Vacation homes, dorm rooms, and offices can all benefit from having induction cooking available.
5. Speedier Cooking
Can you imagine finishing your cooking in less time? Have you ever wondered how a restaurant can cook food faster in a commercial kitchen than you can at home? It’s not always their skill or workers.
In most cases, it’s their use of induction technology. The choice to use it over older styles means a restaurant can serve more customers their food in less time.
You might not require the speed of a restaurant chef at home, but induction cooking does allow you less time standing at the stove. That provides you more time to socialize with family and friends.
6. Versatility with Most Existing Cookware in Your Kitchen
A common misconception with induction cooktops is that you need specialty pots and pans. However, it isn’t always the case and largely depends on what you’re currently using.
For example, the bottom shape of your cookware matters greatly for it to activate the induction cooktop. The pan’s metal is important because aluminum and copper might not be reactive enough.
To check the bottoms of your existing pots and pans, look for “induction compatible” or use a magnet. If they’re magnetic, they’ll work on an induction range.
If you choose to purchase new cookware, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy or specially made for induction cooktops. One exception might work due to their shape. Otherwise, look for flat bottom pots and pans made from iron or stainless steel.
7. Cleanup is a Breeze
The flat top design of induction stoves leaves few places for food or spills to hide. Food also can’t cook onto the surface since it doesn’t retain heat.
You won’t need special tools or cleaners to maintain your stove either. Because there’s no baked-on mess, you might use less product. Tidying can begin when you stop cooking too, so you can easily clean as you go.
Shorter cooking times, more control, and easy cleanup can make mealtimes a snap. Gas or electric ranges can’t match the safety features of induction technology.
With so many advantages, why not invest in an induction cooktop for your new kitchen or remodel?
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