It’s a crowd-pleasing display in the kitchen: onlookers oohing and aahing over the magical tricks that induction cooktops unleash while heating food. Owners in love with the new technology show off the sleek glass tops and gush about how fast it heats and how they’d never go back to their old electric models. But what is induction cooking? Is it really so much better than other cooking options? Let’s explore the buzz – and yes, there is an actual buzz to explore.
Induction technology uses a powerful magnet to create heat energy in cookware placed on the cooktop’s glass ceramic surface. Unlike traditional burners, induction heats only the cookware – not a burner or the glass top itself. It’s hard to believe but true: you can place your palm right next to a boiling pot – be careful, because the pot itself is hot - and the glass cooktop remains cool. The technology certainly offers a few surreal, “am I really seeing this?” moments, particularly for avid foodies. But like any new technology, induction has both pluses and minuses:
Plus: It’s safer. No more turning on a burner and heating it by mistake. With induction cooking, no pot, no heat. This advantage boosts the safety factor in the kitchen, particularly for families with young children or seniors.
Plus: It’s faster and more precise. The technology boils six quarts of water two to four minutes quicker than traditional options. It also offers lightning-quick response when you adjust temperature and superb control at low levels for exceptional simmering or warming. Dinner’s on the table faster with less burning.
Plus: It uses less energy. Because the technology heats only the cookware, the appliance uses less electricity and reduces excess heat in the kitchen. Utility bills may be lower thanks to the appliance and an A/C that doesn’t have to work as hard.
Minus: It’s pricey! Because induction cooktops are the newest, snazziest technology, they are more expensive than more traditional options. Prices have begun to moderate, but they still cost significantly more.
Minus: You need new cookware. Say goodbye to some favorite pans, because induction cooktops require special cookware. Anything else simply won’t heat up.
Minus: It can be noisy. Induction cooktops hum or buzz, particularly when set at high levels. The noise is more apparent with lighter cookware.
Minus: It interferes with digital devices. Got a handy digital meat or candy thermometer? Your new appliance’s magnetic field will interfere with its operation. Hello, analog thermometers! Further, people with cardiac pacemakers should speak to their doctors before buying or using an induction cooktop.
Is induction cooking for you? If it is, enjoy impressing friends and family with its wow factors. And rest assured that Service America’s expert technicians repair and maintain even the newest appliance technologies.
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