Induction cooking has revolutionized the cooking experience. It is slowly gaining momentum, and earning the title of the preferred cooking method against traditional cooking methods like gas or fuel-based. Cooking with induction makes mealtime easier with quicker heat, precise control, and easy cleanup.
Therefore, it is important to know all the specifications and features of an induction cooktop before investing your money in the right product which suits your needs. We care for our customers and to help them decide which induction top to buy, we have provided a comprehensive guide to help them understand everything about induction tops designed to best meet their requirements.
What is Induction Cooking?
Induction cooking is a method of cooking which uses direct induction heating of cooking vessels rather than relying on indirect radiation, convection or thermal conduction. An induction cooktop uses an electromagnetic field to heat up a pan while leaving the cooking surface cool to the touch and without heating up the kitchen. It has a flat surface providing more efficient instantaneous heating, safer operation with a sleek and contemporary cooking solution.
Important features to look for
1. Safety Sensor
This sensor monitors the temperature of the bottom of the cookware to avoid any damage to the cookware if it is empty.
2. Automatic Switch-Off
In the event of removal of cookware or overheating, this feature automatically turns off the heating element.
3. Automatic Safety Shut-Off
If the induction cooker is turned on for an extended period without altering the temperature, it will switch itself off automatically. This period of time required to prompt this safety feature depends upon the heat settings of the induction cooker.
T. Automatic Heat-Up/ Timer
This feature allows the cooking zone to initially heat to a higher setting and then automatically turn down the temperature to a preset setting after a certain amount of time.
5. Overflow Protection
The cooktop will automatically shut down if there is an overflow of any kind of liquid or food onto the controls.
6. Pan Detection
The induction cooktop will not work if there is no pan on it or if the pan is not suitable for cooking. It will also stop it's operation if the pan is removed.
7. Touch Controls
Induction cooktops feature touch controls instead of control knobs. Touch controls are great to seamlessly merge your cooktop into the kitchen benchtop. These are also easy to clean up.
8. Temperature Based Controls
Commercial Induction plates let you set the desired temperature for cooking. It is better than a domestic induction plate which lets you only regulate supply wattage.
Advantages of Induction over Gas cooking
- An induction cooktop is more efficient than a traditional gas cooktop. Food cooked with induction will receive 90% of the heat generated as compared to only 40-55% for gas.
- Lower Setup cost: No need to install a separate gas supply line or gas bank for traditional gas cooking
- Induction cooktops have incredibly fast heating times.
- Induction cooktop comes with smart programmable controls.
- Induction cooktops are completely safe as the surface doesn't get as hot as a gas cooktop and it is only activated when suitable cookware is placed upon it.
- An Induction cooktop has a sleek and flat surface which is easier to clean.
Disadvantages of Induction over Gas cooking
- Gas provides visual feedback when you lower or raise the flame. An induction cooktop provides an only digital reading.
- Cookware of specific materials (steel, cast iron, stainless steel) is needed for induction cooktop. There's no such limitation in the case of gas.
- You can only use utensils which have a flat surface at the bottom in the case of induction cooking.
- Utensils have to be of the right size. Over-sized ones should be avoided.
- Induction cooktops are more expensive than gas cooktops.
If you are on a budget then you can always opt for the traditional gas cooktop which is less expensive. But you have the required resources, then you should definitely opt for an induction cooktop because of the faster cook times and lower setup cost.