While gas or electric cooktops might seem more familiar to the everyday cook, we’re here to give you the rundown on induction cooktops and why they might just be the best kitchen appliance could opt for.
If you’re building a home, remodelling a kitchen or moving into a place with a peculiarly flat-looking cooktop, you’re most likely in need of a proper introduction to the phenomenon of induction cooking.
How they work
So, what is an induction cooktop? Well, the formal term is “electromagnetic induction”, which generates electricity (and thus, heat) through magnetism rather than an open flame or traditional electrical heating element.
More technically, an electric current is passed through a coil of copper wire within the cooktop and produces a magnetic field which sends other currents through the pot placed upon it.
This heating method means that once the pot is moved away, the element shuts down and prevents a dangerously hot surface from being exposed when not in use. Safety – tick!
Why it’s a better option
Induction cooktops have improved thermal efficiency and precise heat control. Yes, those are similar qualities to a gas cooktop, but induction is all about the energy-saving technology. So aside from the safety factor, the element shutting down once a pot is removed means that it doesn’t use up any unnecessary power.
Don’t worry about the time it takes to get cooking again, either. The resistance of the pot means it will heat evenly and very rapidly as soon as it’s placed back on the element.
Some models also feature a child safety lock so curious little fingers don’t get burnt. With most designs possessing touch controls, it’s a good option for busy households.
Let’s not forget about the aesthetics of induction cooktops! They’re practical, but they don’t skimp out on the presentation. The sleek look of an induction cooktop blends seamlessly into any modern kitchen – perfect for the interior design lovers.
What to keep in mind
Because induction cooktops use a reactionary heating method, it’s important to remember that not every type of pot or pan will be suitable for induction cooktops.
But don’t let that put you off – induction-fit cookware generates heat evenly within and therefore cook your creations even more consistently. Bon appetite!
Bing Lee has a wide range of induction cooktops so that you can get the right pick for your family and cooking needs. Bosch, Westinghouse and Smeg are just some of the trusted brands that offer a variety of induction cooktops. Miele also offers a large collection of induction cooktops that you can browse at Bing Lee stores.
A game-changing induction cooktop is the Miele Combiset with Extractor and TepanYaki. Talk about entertaining your dinner guests!
This one has it all with two separate induction cooktops and an extraction fan in the centre. It allows you to cook dishes at different temperatures while the eco motor keeps things quiet. Check it out by hitting play on the video below!