Cooktops are the heart of the kitchen for anyone who loves to cook. If you’re debating whether you need an induction cooktop, this article will give you a side by side comparison to gas cooktops and electric cooktops.
Although some people might not see any disadvantages with induction cooktops, a few things to keep in mind are pricing, compatible cookware, and heating ability.
How an Induction Cooktop Works
An induction cooktop works by the magnetic coils that heat up within the stovetop. Unlike gas or electric cooktops, the magnetic coil only heats the pan, not the cooktop surface.
An electric current passes from the magnetic coil to the cookware, so there’s no residual heat on the surface or above it. Once you remove the pan, the energy transfer stops, and the stovetop is no longer hot. This coil can be finely tuned so that the cook has a high level of control while cooking. Also, there’s no wasted energy since only the cookware is heated.
Induction Cooktop vs. Gas Cooktop
The temperature on induction cooktops is more easily controlled than with gas. Although many chefs prefer cooking with gas because of controlling the heat, induction cooktops are even more precise.
The main difference with induction cooktops is that an electric current heats the cookware. Because of this, you would need “induction compatible” cookware that’s able to conduct the electric current. Conversely, on gas cooktops, you can use whichever cookware you have on hand which saves money.
Many families prefer using induction cooktops because there’s no residual heat left after cooking. However, with gas stove safety features, the effect is more or less the same. For example, Goldline’s gas stoves come with a flame failure device (FFD) which cuts off the gas supply once the flame is extinguished.
Induction Cooktop vs. Electric Cooktop
The main difference between an electric cooktop and an induction cooktop is that the surface of induction stovetops doesn’t get hot. As stated above, the electric coil mechanism simply heats the pan directly.
Compared to electric stoves, induction cooktops are certainly a pricier investment. Pricing is one of the main obstacles for homeowners wanting an induction cooktop. You can expect to pay a couple of thousand dollars more for an induction cooktop.
When using an induction cooktop at higher temperatures, it’s common to hear a buzzing sound. This could be a problem if you often cook in the kitchen before everyone else has woken up in the house. On the other hand, electric cooktops don’t make a sound when you use them. This may be more convenient for those living with roommates or family.
Whether or not induction cooktops are for you is up to you to decide. After reading this article, we hope you come to a better decision about your cooktop replacement. If you’d like to find out more about Goldline’s electric and gas cooktops, visit our website and fill out our online form.