Great Induction Cooktop Resources

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If you are like me, you need a little bit on information before making a buying decision. Here’s a description of induction cooktop for you.

Induction cooktops are interesting appliances, so you're shopping for one, you must be excited. These cooktops come with impressive benefits and features and offer incredible time and power savings. These cooktops are used commercially all around the world and are making appearances in private homes as well. If you're new to all this, be prepared to learn because this is a completely new area from what you're used to. That's okay, though, because it's a fun type of learning. Here are some things you should know before you start shopping for induction cooktops.

One of the induction cooktops many features are the sensors that come with the units. You should look for a model with a sensor that can automatically detect whether or not there is a pan on the unit. This sensor is a good safety measure that helps protect the user as well as the unit. This sensor only allows the cooktop to turn on if there induction cooktop is a pan present. As you can see, this is an important safety measure for your home or business. Removing the pan from the unit will turn it off which is a great energy saver.

The cooktop you purchase will ultimately be decided by your circumstances. Your selection will be limited if you have an existing home with only so much space for a new cooktop. It's completely different, however, if you're building a new home or completely renovating your kitchen. The latter situation will give you the greatest flexibility, choices, and options as far as which induction cooktop you can buy. When working with an existing space, it's important to consider the electrical rating of the wiring that will provide your cooktop with power. This will decide the unit you can get. When replacing an existing cooktop, space is not the sole consideration.

Induction cooktops are capable of sensing what type of cookware you are using and compensating for the changes. Magnetic masses of the pots are detected by the sensors on the unit. Induction cooktops must be used with ferrous materials in the pots or a magnetic quality type material. 5 inch diameter is the standard pot used with induction cooktops. You can even find overheat sensors in these cooktops. This function allows the unit to turn itself off in the event of an overheating situation. Additional features include a child safety feature that requires a code to be entered before the unit can be used.

In the future we are likely to see many features and option availabilities in induction cooktops. This is a very young industry that is just beginning to expand more into the residential and typical household market. As more and more companies begin to notice the potential for home use you will see the prices come down even more.


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19 Responses to “Great Induction Cooktop Resources”

  • Chef Nasty:

    I have no experience with that brand, but I do have experience with induction cooktops. they’re great for portable cooktops, except the drawback that most copper, aluminum, and stainless steel pans can’t be used on them. From what I understand, Magnets in the cooktop are agitated by the pan when it is set on top of the cooktop. this agitation causes heat, which is transferred to the pan, causing the pan to heat up. another drawback is that they usually don’t get hot enough to properly caramelize anything. but, they are great for sauces, pastries, and other things that don’t involve caramelization.

  • be_a_lert:

    The short answer is no, you do not need to change your breaker, assuming the wire to the appliance is properly sized for a 60 amp circuit.There seems to be some major confusion here, so a few points to clarify.1) The size of the breaker has nothing to do with the amount of electricity going to the appliance. The appliance “pulls” the amount of energy it needs, there is no pushing based upon the size of the breaker.2) The function of the breaker is to protect the wire and connections leading up to the appliance. As long as the wire and the connections are properly sized for a 60 amp circuit, the 60 amp breaker is appropriate.3) Breakers do not protect against a shock hazard. A fatal shock requires only a fraction of an amp for a fraction of a second. A regular breaker requires a significant overload for a much longer period of time to trip. That is why circuits that are a high shock risk require GFCI breakers.This is a hard concept for people to get, but it shouldn’t be as most circuits in a home have breakers that are much larger than the load that they will see. Do you have a 150 milliamp (that’s 0.15 amp) circuit to plug your cell phone charger into? What about a 3 amp circuit for your computer? I don’t either. Generally these types of things are plugged into 15 amp outlets often on a 20 amp breaker (which is also just fine, but an answer for another question). The point is as I stated earlier, the breaker protects the circuit, not the device(s) plugged or wired into them.Your cooktop is actually another example of this situation in itself. Although it is a “50 amp” appliance, you will probably never pull that much through it. While it is considered a single appliance, it is actually a collection of several different devices (separate induction coils, controls, maybe a fan and/or light) that each pull only a fraction of the 50 amps.Now, if after all of this you feel better with a 50 amp breaker, go right ahead. It will not hurt anything other than if you change cooktops again later you might have to change back to the larger breaker. I suppose you will be out a few dollars as well, but not really significant.

  • Nurse Diesel:

    Magnetic and flat – they pretty much have to be stainless steel. Both copper and aluminum are non-magnetic. Cast iron works, but apparently it’s not flat enough. You’ll have to spend a bit of cash – apparently the theory being that if you can afford the stove, you can afford the pots, but this is a good time of year to buy that stuff, as it’s on sale right now. Just bring a magnet with you when you shop.

  • Dr Jello - AGW RIP 1980-2010:

    Heat generated by Eddy Currents have been known since the first transformers were built. A good deal of engineering has gone into reducing eddy currents in transformers.But since eddy currents do cause ferrous objects to get hot, the application to stove top would have been just a matter of time.I doubt these are any more efficient than resistive elements.

  • Mai K:

    i have an induction cooktop at home, it works great as long as your pots and pans are flat bottom. i am no expert on coated and non-coated i have both and they work fine.

  • gp4rts:

    Kilowatt-hours is a fairly universal unit, so I suspect you have used 13 kw-hr in one day. That comes out an average of 500W power usage. This appears to be a reasonable number for what you describe. The other possible unit is kJ, but that comes out an average of only 150W power use.

  • MiK:

    Inductions cooktops is the best in my opinion What are the benefits of cooking with an induction cooktop? * Safer: there are no open flames and the surface remains cool to the touch. * Faster: heating and temperature adjustments are immediate, saving you up to 50% of the cooking time compared to more traditional methods * Even Heating: hot spots and rings are avoided because the bottom of your cookware heats uniformly * Easy Cleaning: the surface is flat and smooth; spills and overflows do not stick to the cooktop, so they can easily be wiped away * Efficient: induction cooking uses more than 90% of the energy producted. Induction recognizes the base of cookware, directly heating on the diameter of the pot, so very little energy is wasted.

  • Hassan Hassan:

    hmmm copper is good but for heat transfer but its better to not use anyone because u use food in it and its has to clean with stuff like that as copper is more ductile.good luck

  • Robert S:

    I’d guess not; teflon is the cheaper alternative to stainless.Teflon is now highly suspect as carcinogenic since it flakes off.Professionals use stainless or cast iron utensils exclusively.Teflon was accidentally discovered & first used to coat bullets.

  • Raven E:

    No the pots are EXPENSIVEjust get a flatop stove and use regular pots and pans…

  • Hilla:

    the reason induction is more efficient is that it’s not producing wasted heat. With a normal stove a lot of the heat it uses to cook the food gets wasted, radiating off into the universe, instead of just cooking your foodies. With induction the only thing that gets heated up is your pot.

  • Fryrear Tech:

    go to there are 15 difrenc companys and alot of difrent types

  • BustedFlush:

    Wow, that’s a good question. I personally have never used an induction cooktop, but I hear they are the bee’s knees and I’d love to have one. They get really hot, really fast. Great for wok cooking. Amazon says they run from about $130 to $170, so with the extra pieces in the 10pc set, it isn’t a bad deal. You could always eBay the cooktop. In new condition it would probably sell for between $90-100, but there’s time/hassle/shipping to figure in there.Hmmm. If it were me; even as much as I’d love to have an induction cooktop, I couldn’t justify it. Like you say, it would take up counter space, and I’d only use it now and then.

  • Elizabeth:

    Make sure that you have decent wattage i would say at least 3000 or you are going to end up with the draw backs of induction with out the benefit. If you’ve never used an induction cooktop before they take a little getting used to, you’ll find that you have a tendency to burn things in the beginning.

  • ACE:

    They look nice and can easily blend in with nice furnitures, but the reliance on metal cookware gets in the ways you cook. I prefer gas stoves with one of those portable induction cooktops on the side.

  • Benedict V Z:

    Xplain the new griddle more, is it supposed to get hot from the cooktop,etc??

  • Brent C:

    The web page below is very helpful I would check with your state and see if they offer any tax rebates or any other intensives for upgrading your thing to energy star Like Missouri they will give you like half off or something like that if you buy 4/12/09 to 4/25/09 You pay full price and then you get a rebate or a deduction. check for a government program also.

  • Wishful Spirit:

    Induction cooktops use magnetism to heat the food. You’ll need to make sure your pots and pans are compatible (not all are). The magnet heats up the pot, and the food cooks, but since the human body can’t conduct magnetism, you could put your hand right on the element and not feel anything. I am not sure about powerboost tho.

  • arbiter007:

    Sunpentown makes portable induction stoves often found in certain Asian restaurants that use conventional power.’re often sold in Asian stores.

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