Induction Cooktop: Hottest Kitchen Trend

blur, close -up, foodWhile the induction cooktop isn’t a new invention, it’s starting to become more popular in people’s kitchens rather than commercial kitchens. The stove uses electromagnetic fields to heat up the pan or pot, allowing the appliance to stay cool. Ultimately, this makes your stovetop safer, faster, and more energy efficient.

The “burner” doesn’t get hot but creates an electric current that flows into the metal pots. Instead of the stovetop being the cooking surface, the pots become it. The first models from the 1970s and ‘80s were temperamental, so they didn’t take well in homes. As methods have improved and the prices have dropped, more families are implementing the stovetop into their kitchens.

Benefits

  • Fast – The induction cooktop can shave 4 minutes off the time it takes to boil water. If you’re in a rush to feed the family, those 4 minutes could make a difference.
  • Safer – Since the stovetop doesn’t heat up until the pot or pan is on the burner, it won’t get hot my accidentally being turned on. This could also prevent carbon monoxide leaks from happening if someone pumps into the knob, but the flame doesn’t take.
  • Accurate – The temperature control and response time of the induction cooktop is better than gas burners. Think of it has having the performance of a gas burner with the convenience of electric.
  • Less cleaning – Since the stovetop is completely flat and stays cooler while cooking, it’s easier to clean up any messed that won’t crust or fall inside the burners. You can usually clean up with just a damp sponge!
  • Temperatures are cooler – With less heat being produced in the kitchen, this makes it cooler for those who struggle with the temperature of the kitchen any time they cook. No more sweating while you cook!

Downsides

  • Pay more – Depending on the size, model, brand, and induction, you could be paying up to $5,000 for an induction cooktop.
  • Limited cookware – Only specific cookware works with the cooktop like ones with high metal content. To check and test your stainless steel and metal options, hold a magnet to the bottom. If it sticks, it’ll work. Any nonstick pans won’t work, either.
  • Noisy – Induction cooktops can also be associated with a lot more noise than your traditional stove top. While it’s at low temperatures, it makes a clicking sound. At higher temperatures, it hums. There is also an internal fan as it cools down.
  • Be vigilant – Part of the convenience of stovetops is being able to walk away and let it sit as it cooks. You have to be careful with inductions cooktops because your food needs to be attended or it will scorch quickly.

The Best Induction Cooktop Options

Based on the advice of Realtor.com and the Consumer Report, these are the top three induction cooktops:

  1. GE Café Series – $1,813
  2. GE Monogram – $3,300
  3. Samsung NZ36K788OUG – $3,598
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