All About Induction Cooktops

All About Induction Cooktops

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If you’ve been on the market for a new range you’ve probably come across induction cooktops. Oftentimes this incredibly unique cooking appliance is overlooked without knowing how they work. Here we’ll explain how induction cooktops work, their benefits, which brands do induction the best, and how they stack against gas and electric ranges. So let’s dive into how this innovative cooking technology alters the cooking experience.

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How Do Induction Cooktops Work?

The most significant difference induction has compared to traditional range tops is the way it heats up. Induction doesn’t need to create a flame from a gas burner or heat up a coil electrically, in fact, it doesn’t heat up any other part of the cooktop at all. Induction cooktops use magnetic coils under the surface to generate an electromagnetic field that will cause your cookware to resonate and heat up! In this instance, an induction cooktop is not creating and transferring heat to raise the temperature of your cookware, but instead causing your cookware to heat itself up. This results in a cooking experience that doesn’t involve hot surfaces or open flames.

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What are the Benefits of Induction Cooktops?

  1. Easier to clean

  2. Improved cooking speed

  3. Consistent cooking results

  4. More energy efficient than traditional flame cooktops

  5. Increased safety: Induction cooktops use electromagnetic fields to directly heat the cookware, keeping the surface cool to the touch and minimizing the risk of accidental burns or injuries associated with traditional gas or electric cooktops.

  6. Modern and sleek design

How to Clean Induction Cooktops?

Since induction doesn’t require direct contact to transfer heat, nearly all induction cooktop surfaces are entirely smooth. You’ll find a smooth surface is a game-changer when it comes to cleaning. Unlike traditional ranges, cleaning an induction cooktop doesn't require the removal of pieces such as hard-to-clean iron grates or burner spreaders. This also means you won’t need multiple cleaning products stashed away under your sink. To clean an induction cooktop, simply wipe off the surface with a ceramic glass cleaner.


Do Induction Cooktops Need Special Pans?

For induction cooktops, cookware with a magnetic bottom is essential to generate the required electromagnetic field for heating. Cookware made of aluminum, copper, or glass won't work, so testing with a fridge magnet is a simple way to check compatibility. Flat-bottomed cookware ensures maximum contact with the surface, resulting in optimal heat creation. Alternatively, if you already own non-magnetic cookware or prefer not to buy new sets, induction disks can be used underneath to create heat and transfer it to the pans through contact, providing a practical solution for those attached to their current cookware.

If you’re in the market for new pots and pans, we recommend checking out ZLINE’s Cookware Sets! Both are induction cooktop compatible, so you can effortlessly cook on any cooking surface!

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Can You Use Cast Iron on Induction Cooktops?

The best pans for induction cooktops are cast iron! Since induction cooktops rely on magnetic fields to generate heat directly within the cookware and with cast irons, this material produces high magnetic conductivity making it the ideal material for efficient and rapid heating. The even distribution of heat ensures precise and consistent cooking results. Moreover, cast iron's durability and ability to retain heat make it perfect for searing, braising, and simmering dishes.

Best Cooktops

  1. ZLINE 36 in. Induction Cooktop with 5 Burners (RCIND-36) - $1,199.95

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Experience the future of cooking with the ZLINE 36 in. Induction Cooktop with 5 Burners. This cooktop brings unmatched precision and efficiency to your kitchen. With its sleek design and powerful performance, it's perfect for both professional chefs and home cooks alike. Induction technology ensures rapid and precise heating, while the five burners provide ample space for multiple dishes. The smooth glass surface is easy to clean, and the touch controls offer effortless operation. Embrace the innovation of induction cooking and elevate your culinary experience with the ZLINE 36 in. Induction Cooktop.

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  1. Fulgor Milano 36 in. 700 Series Induction Cooktop with 5 Induction Elements (F7IT36S1) - $2,299.00

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The Fulgor Milano 36 in. 700 Series Induction Cooktop is the perfect blend of style and functionality for your kitchen. This sleek cooktop boasts five radiant burners that deliver precise and even heating for all your cooking needs. The glass surface not only complements any kitchen decor but also makes cleaning a breeze. With its intuitive touch controls, you can effortlessly adjust heat levels and set cooking times. However, with this Fulgor Milano Induction Cooktop, you may see a higher price tag than compared to others! 

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Induction cooktops have become a great modern cooking advancement, transforming the culinary landscape with their precise and efficient heating capabilities. Induction cooking not only offers faster cooking times and energy efficiency but also ensures a cooler and safer cooking environment, perfect for households with young children or small kitchen spaces. So, if you're ready to elevate your cooking experience to the next level, consider making the switch to induction cooktops and unlock a world of possibilities in your kitchen. You can explore all induction appliances here at The Range Hood Store.

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