The Pros and Cons of an Induction Cooktop In Your Kitchen Design

An Induction Cooktop Matches A Modern Kitchen Design Perfectly.

So, is induction ideal for your kitchen remodeling project?

Induction cooking technology has been on the market for decades. the recent improvements in manufacturing and increased demand has resulted in a larger selection and lower prices. Big industry names like Viking, GE, Samsung, and Kenmore have all introduced induction ranges into their product lines. Designers are beginning to include induction products in their kitchen designs and homeowners who have included induction cooktop or ranges into the kitchen are sold on the technology.

Induction technology is energy efficient and has a growing reputation for power and precision. Induction cooking is the next big thing and it could forever change everyday tasks, or maybe not reach its full potential.

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What is Induction Cooking?

Induction technology uses electromagnets to heat iron or stainless steel. The basic physics behind the technology involve electromagnetic properties. Using an electric current and magnetic field is produced that “excites” iron molecules heating the pan and whatever is in it.

Because iron molecules are vital to the process if you turn on an induction burner and there is no pot or pan present no heat is generated, making them safer. The key to induction technology is the use of pots made of specific metals. You need to use a magnetic pot, meaning cast iron or magnetic stainless steel to generate the electromagnetic reaction that cooks the food.

Like every technology, induction cooking has both pros and cons. Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of including induction technology into your new kitchen design.

The Pros of Induction Technology

Switching your cooking method to induction cooking comes with some great benefits. While the technology is still more expensive than gas or electric, the price reflects the value you can receive by including an induction appliance into your kitchen design.

• Induction Makes Cooking Fast

Because induction technology uses magnetic energy, the response time is fast. In fact, cooking times can be reduced up to 50% over traditional methods.

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• Induction Cooking is Environmentally Friendly

Since induction cooking is fast, it also uses less energy. It generates very little heat, other than heating the pot itself.This means less energy is used and you’ll enjoy lower energy bills.

• Induction is Safer

Because electromagnetic energy is used to heat the physical pan, the burner remains cool throughout the cooking process. Within a couple of seconds of turning off a burner, both the pan and burner instantly cool, making the process is safer. This great if you have kids or pets in the house. Burns are less likely.

• Easy to Clean

Unless you spill, cleanup is easy simply wipe down the cooktop. Because the burner stays cool, even if you do spill, food doesn’t burn and rarely sticks. And oh boy! We hate to scrub!

• Induction Cooktops Look Great in Any Kitchen Design!

They are sleek stylish and modern looking so they make a great addition to any kitchen design. They also are great conversation starters when you entertain!

Induction cooking can save you time in the kitchen, keep your family safer and look great in the process. However, there are some drawbacks.

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The Cons of Induction Cooking

Even though prices are beginning to come down, induction cooking still has some drawbacks. The technology requires some adaptation for even the best cooks. You’ll need to adjust your cooking techniques, for example, if you’re used to pouring olive oil into the pan, then chop the last of the onions while it heats you’re making a big mistake. The heat comes on quickly. It will also require a new understanding of the settings dial. Heat is controlled using a numbered dial so you’ll need to feel it out for a while. Here are a few of the drawbacks…

• It Is Expensive

Even though prices have come down considerably, induction technology is still fairly new. As a result, an induction cooktop or range will cost more than traditional cooking appliances but they are competitively priced when compared to Gaggenau, Wolf and, Le Corneau ranges and cooktops.

• You’ll Need The Right Cookware

Without magnetic or induction capable cookware, the process doesn’t work. That means you may need to replace your cookware, and that isn’t cheap.

• They Are A Bit Noisy

They usually make a bit of a buzz or hum that some critics say resembles the noise of a floor fan set on high. It is usually a combination of the cookware you use and the cooktop itself. Light stainless steel pans and higher settings can produce more noise.

• You’ll Need To Ditch The Digital Thermometer

Electromagnetic energy generates a magnetic field that may affect the accuracy of your digital thermometer. You’ll need to break out the old analog thermometer to get an accurate reading.

Induction cookware offers some great benefits and a few drawbacks, mostly in terms of the complete costs of the technology and possible replacing cookware. In terms of cost of entry, it is still higher than conventional appliances, but the price is dropping as more products come onto the market.

If you’d like to learn more, give Joseph & Berry a call at (800)-371-8970! Our designers can show you the beauty and explain all of the benefits of induction cooking. It’s an exciting new technology and a growing trend our design team is on board with. If you’re planning a kitchen remodeling, give us a call or click here and we’ll call you. 

 

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