Induction cooktops are specially designed to heat only the pots that are placed on them. The unit itself never rises above room temperature.
(PRWEB) July 29, 2012
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Induction cooktops are extremely energy efficient, using electromagnetic power to heat the food, which offers a whole range of benefits over traditional electric or gas units. Induction cooking isn’t new technology by any means – major manufacturers have been experimenting with induction cooktops for almost a hundred years – but it’s only just starting to come to the fore. Advancements in recent years have made induction stoves more affordable to buy and more competitive to use.
HomeThangs has introduced a line of induction cooktops and provided a tip sheet on how they work and what the advantages are.
1. Induction Cooktops Use Magnetic Power to Heat Only What Needs t be Heated
Many induction cooktops, such as Fagor IFA-90BF, resemble higher end electric models, with a smooth glass ceramic top with painted circles to indicate the burners. But the difference between the two is rather striking. Rather than electric coils that heat red-hot to warm pots and pans, induction cooktops are filled with dense disks of coiled wire that creates a magnetic field around them. When the cooktop is clear, the magnetic field doesn’t do anything, but put a pot, saucepan, or skillet with a magnetized base (stainless steel and cast iron are best, but cookware that blends these materials with copper and aluminum work well too), and the magnetic field starts moving a current through the pan, heating it and everything inside it – but not the area around it.
2. Induction Cooktops Are Always Cool To the Touch
Induction cooktops, such as Bertazzoni P365IX 36" for example, are specially designed to heat only the pots that are placed on them. The unit itself never rises above room temperature. For homes with small children, this is hands down the safest type of cooktop, and lowers burning risk across the board. More than that, the fact that the burners themselves don’t heat up means that, unlike visually similar electric cooktops, the spills won’t burn to the glass ceramic top, which makes cleanup easy.
3. Induction Cooktops Are Smart
Fagor induction cooktops, such as IFA-80BF for example, turn on automatically when a pan with a magnetic bottom is placed on one of the burners, and off when it’s removed. It can also sense magnetic objects (like jewelry or stainless steel tongs, for example) that are too small to be pots or pans, and won’t turn on below a 5″ diameter threshold. The cooktop will shut off automatically if it senses that a pot has boiled over, the contents have evaporated completely, or the temperature of the pot exceeds safe levels. Many can even be programmed to automatically run at a certain temperature or for a certain length of time and then shut off by themselves, which can be handy if cooking a lot of food at once.
4. Induction Cooktops Are Very Easy To Use
Most induction cooktops are designed with integrated touch controls. Because the human body can carry an electrical current, the innards of an induction stove such as IFA-30AL by Fagor, respond to swipes and touches much like a smartphone. That means the surface of the cooktop is completely, 100% flat, no buttons or knobs needed anywhere (although ones with knobs are available as well, such as PM360IGX 36" Induction Cooktop by Bertazzoni for example), and because it’s so compact in all dimensions, it can be installed almost anywhere.
5. Induction Cooktops Combine the Best Aspects Of Gas And Electric
The main appeal of gas cooktops is that they’re extremely responsive – one can alternate between a wide range of temperatures easily and, most importantly, quickly. Electric cooktops shine in consistency and control, as it’s much easier to set an electric stove to the same temperature each time; they’re also easier to clean. Induction cooktops, such as Fagor IFA-80AL, combine the two, with controls that respond and correct quickly, both raising and lowering temperature, and with as many as twelve preset temperature levels that make it easy to cook at the same heat every time. Plus, since they heat so consistently and evenly, one won’t have to worry about scorching the food.
6. Induction Cooktops Are Unparalleled For Energy Efficiency
Induction cooktops are completely flame-free; they have no heating coils, no fuel lines, and produce virtually no heat waste. What little energy they use is transferred directly into the cook pot, and from there directly into the food. Where gas and electric cooktops heat the stove, the counter, and the surrounding air as well as the dinner, induction cooktops stay cool and waste free, and consume up to 20% less energy in the process.
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