An induction cook top is a more modern type of cooking stove. These appliances cost a little more and look almost identical to smooth top ceramic electrical stoves. The difference is that these stoves do not get hot to the touch and are considered much safer.
Induction cooking generates heat from the actual cooking vessel by magnetic energy. With the correct type of cookware, the pots and pans get hot and cook the food but the surface itself remains cool. The result of this type of cooking is a cooler kitchen, less wasted energy and easy clean up.
There are three main types of induction cooking stove on the market. Induction stoves can be built in to your kitchen, are available freestanding, and are portable. Both the built-in and freestanding versions are available with different size and quantity zone options. Also, in some cases you can choose a mix of induction and basic electric zones. Portable versions are available in single or double zones.
Built-in induction stoves are flat sculptured ceramic glass units that you can install into your kitchen countertop. They are sleek looking and mostly available in black, white, and black with stainless steel trim. Built-in stovetops can be situated in a location that is most convenient to you.
Freestanding Slide-in Ranges
Freestanding slide-in ranges are also available with induction stovetops over ovens, and they fit in between kitchen counters. Full ranges are primarily offered in a modern stainless steel and black, two-tone design. Induction stovetops are also offered in a mix of electric and induction zones. This option would increase cooking methods and flexibility. When selecting a freestanding range, look for the following features for the attached oven: Three-fan convection bake and roast, a variable broil element, child-safety lock, delayed start, auto shut-off, “SteamQuick” self-clean, and a warming drawer.
Some features available in some built-in and freestanding induction stovetops are:
Multi-level power, Touchpad controls, Timers, Child-proof lockout, Simmer setting, Residual-heat indicators, Pan-size detection, Keep-warm function, Pot and pan recognition, Overheat shut-off, Spill-detect shutoff, and Auto-safety switch-off.
Portable, Single, Standalone Units
The convenience and versatility of a portable, standalone induction unit is priceless. These versions of induction stove are primarily available in black or white. With this type of induction cooktop stove you can bring your induction stovetop to a friend’s home or create a temporary outdoor kitchen. This portable induction stove will provide fast and consistent cooking to the occasion.
Some features available in some portable induction stovetops:
Pan recognition, Temperature memory, “Hot” warning display, Digital LED readout, Safety sensor, Auto power off that activates when the unit is not in use, Multi-level heating, Timer, LED display
There are many ways in which you can introduce an induction cook stove into your kitchen. The process is simple, and the benefits are overwhelming.
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