Ever since the invention of induction cooking, there has been a debate on whether it is better to prepare food using an induction cooker or an electric or gas cooktop/stove. In this article we provide the advantages of induction and electric cookers.
Why Choose an Induction Cooker?
Induction cooking is becoming more popular in the United States. It has been widely used in Asia and Europe for many years. Induction cooktops work by an electric current running through the copper plate and coil under the burner. As the plate and coil heat up, the heat starts to radiate through the cooker and thus creates a heat plate for your pot or pan to sit on. The surface of an induction cooker is only hot when an induction compatible pan is placed on it. When the pan is removed, it cools faster than any other conventional burner.
Prior to investing in an induction stove or range, some consumers purchase a portable induction cooktop to use for awhile. After seeing the benefits it provides, some people decide to use it in addition to their gas or electric stove as an extra burner or as a food warmer. Others choose to use a portable unit as their sole cooking appliance or decide to purchase a built-in cooktop or a full size induction oven.
The advantages of both induction and electric cooktops/stoves are detailed below.
Advantages of an Induction Cooker
- There is no wasted heat when using an induction cooker as the energy is directly supplied to the cooking vessel and transferred to the pan or pot.
- The stovetop often stays cool, which is helpful when it comes to preventing dangerous accidents from happening in your kitchen. The surface will only heat up when a pan or pot is placed on it.
- The power and temperature settings can be controlled more accurately and responds quickly to temperature changes.
- Food can be heated and cooked quickly.
- Induction cookers are very easy to clean.
- Portable cooktops are versatile in that they can be taken to social or catering events or used in an RV, boat or cabin. They are also convenient for those who do not have access to a full-size stove.
Advantages of an Electric Cooker
- Electric stoves are less expensive than induction stoves.
- Any pot or pan can be used. However, a lot of cookware now is induction ready. If a magnet securely sticks to the bottom of the cooking vessel it can be used on an induction cooktop. Many people can use some of the cookware pieces they have on hand. Cast iron pots and pans are induction compatible.
- Consumers have commented that electric stoves are more powerful than induction stoves.
- Electric stoves don't make the humming or buzzing sound induction cooktops tend to make when cooking at higher settings.
- Digital and analog thermometers can both be used. The magnetic field may interfere with the readings on a digital thermometer.