Chosen for their sleek aesthetic and easy maintenance, induction cooktops are becoming more and more popular in our new homes builds.
Their frame and edgeless design means they are easy to clean, flame-free use reduces the risk of accidental fires associated with open flames, and instant response to changes in settings make them a kitchen winner in our eyes!
If you’re looking at selecting an induction cooktop over a traditional gas stove or radiant ceramic element, keep reading; we are breaking down everything you need to know about these contemporary appliances.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Induction cooktops work by producing an electro-magnetic field that creates energy around the glass surface, therefore producing heat that radiates through the surface.
Just as is required with a gas element, the cookware must be placed right on the heating element, for the heating to be effective. An induction system differs however in the way that it cooks the food using the heat of the cookware, not the cooktop itself – meaning cooking times can be significantly reduced.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Unless you have had a hot pan sitting on it for an extended period of time, the element will stay cool-to-touch, making it a far safer option for cooking; especially if there are little ones around.
Induction cooktops heat up incredibly fast, and most have automatic switches that detect when cookware is no longer on the element, reducing the power output of the unit. They also respond to temperature setting changes as gas stovetops do; immediately altering the temperature of the element when the setting is shifted.
Being a flat surface with no raised elements or edges, an induction cooktop is as simple to clean as your bench tops and kitchen table are; just wipe over it and it’s done! No need for removing safety grills and scrubbing around elements that just consume time.
WHAT FEATURES ARE IMPORTANT?
When selecting an induction cooktop there are a few features you should definitely keep in mind. As mentioned above, the ‘auto switch-off’ feature will reduce the heat of the element should cookware be removed from the surface, and although most models have this safety feature, it’s worth double-checking.
Another feature worth ensuring is the positioning of the control buttons and sliders. Too close the elements and they become a burn risk for the cook, so check to see that they are in a logical position.
If you’re interested about finding out more about building with an experienced and award-winning builder in the Wagga region, contact the PAH Construction team today for more information!