Induction: What You Need to Know

Induction cooktops have been around for some time now, but they really grew in popularity in the mid-2000’s when several brands began offering many different models of induction ranges and induction cooktops. What is induction, you ask? Induction ranges look a lot like glass-top electric ranges; however, they transfer heat through electromagnetism into conductive cookware with virtually no trace of heat on the induction element itself. Because of this cooking technology, it is one of the fastest cooking methods. Since, induction heats up only the pan and the food in it, the area around the pan stays cooler to the touch, allowing you to clean up spills and splatters while you cook. No need to wait for the stove to cool down and for food particles to get hard or crusty.

Cookware is Important

To use an induction cooktop or range, you need the right cookware! If you recently purchased an induction cooktop, moved to a home with induction cooking or are in the midst of buying a new induction appliance, you must go shopping for new cookware that is marked induction compatible. If you want to test out your existing pots and pans to see if they are induction compatible, use a magnet to see whether it strongly sticks to the bottom of your pots. If it does, it will work on an induction burner.

Do Induction Cooktops get hot?

Yes, they can get hot when operating. The heat is being transferred from the cooking pot to the glass through conduction, much as a hot pan would transfer some heat to a countertop if you set it down to rest. As soon as you remove the pot, that heating stops because the heat is going from the pan to the cooktop. The glass surface never gets as hot as it does on a traditional radiant electric range. In fact, if you turn on an induction burner by accident with no pot on it, it won’t get hot which is a very nice safety feature – especially with children.

What brands carry Induction?

There are several brands that carry induction. In addition to carrying induction, many brands are now also offering an air fry option. Frigidaire has a couple different options. Check out FGIH3047VF. This 30″ front control induction range offers an air fry option that helps enable you to make healthier meals. Deliver all the flavor without any of the guilt! The Frigidaire model GCRI3058AD, also offers induction paired with air fry capability in a freestanding option.

Looking for a slide-in 30″ induction range? Kitchenaid KSIB900ESS is a great option. This versatile induction range provides a baking drawer that adds more options to the oven. The separate compartment allows you to bake at a different temperature. This range also allows you to achieve flawless cooking results thanks to even-heat true convection. The unique bow-tie design and convection fan ensure the entire oven is heated to, and stays at, the perfect temperature.

Another slide-in option, is the General Electric PHS930YPFS. The 11″ 3700-watt induction element is powerful enough to boil a quart of water in 101 seconds yet gentle enough for delicate sauces! In addition, this GE range can be wirelessly controlled from your smartphone! The Cafe line also offers a 30″ smart slide-in induction range with convection and warming drawer with the CHS90XP2MS1 model. With this range, you can control your appliance from any room in the house with your smart phone using Wi-Fi connect. Cafe also has a 30″ smart slide-in induction with a double oven range, that you can view here. Every detail of this range is designed for delight, thanks to a sleek backlit glass touch control panel that visually disappears when not in use and wakes up when prompted. You can create dinners and desserts at the exact same time! From everyday gourmet meals to large dinner parties, achieve impressive results with two independent ovens with a total capacity of 6.7 cu. ft. for true cooking flexibility, along with the accurate heat circulation of true European Convection with Precise Air in the lower oven.

If you want to browse some of the other induction ranges we offer, visit our website here, for cooktops click here. Have a question simply comment on this post or visit our Facebook Group Just Ask Al, Your Appliance Expert!

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