Ever since the invention of induction cooking, there has been a big debate on why this method better than the older methods like cooking on an electric or gas cooker. We understand that you may be looking for a new cooker and want to compare all your options and we aim to have a totally unbiased approach to all the different types of cookers. In this article, we will state both the pros and cons of induction and electric cooking and then come to a conclusion of which one is essentially better.
Induction cooking dates back to the early 1900’s when stoves were shown to have motors (around the mid-1950s), back then the induction cooker was a heating pot of water with a newspaper placed between the stove and the pot (for safety). Although this model was never properly put into production, the reality of induction cooking was completely different anyway.
When the induction cooker was implemented in the USA (around the early 1970s) it was put on public display in Texas in order for more people to see it. The company Westinghouse decided to make a few hundred after they saw the model on display, and induction cooking never been the same again.
Why Choose an Induction Cooker?
There are many reasons why people are now choosing to use an induction cooker rather than any other, and this isn’t always just due to the fact that it looks a lot more modern and clean. Induction cooktops work by running 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.
Many people say that this is a more efficient way of cooking as you’re less likely to have hot spots on your pan where food can get burned because it gives an even heating of the pan itself. As the cooktop of an induction cooker is only hot from the contact of the pan, when the pan is removed, it cools faster than any other conventional burner.
Despite being a little on the pricey side, they are worth the extra money in the long term as they are easy to use and don’t become a hazard like many other cooktops after they’ve been used.
Pros and Cons of an Induction Cooker
All the different types of cookers have their pros and cons, and while you’re debating which ones you think will suit your kitchen and needs the best we have put them together for you. Hopefully, this will help you make a more informed decision on which one you think you need and want.
- There is no wasted heat when you use an induction cooker as the energy is directly supplied to the cooking vessel and transferred to the pan or pot. With other cooking tops, you can find that often there is a lot of wasted heat that just isn’t needed. You could put half a pan on the cooktop and ice on the other; while the water will boil, the ice will not melt because the heat will not go to it, it will only get through into the pan
- The stovetop often stays cool too, which is helpful when it comes to preventing dangerous accidents happening in your kitchen. You may even be able to touch the cooktop when it’s on and it will not burn you, it will only heat up the pan or pot which you put on it
- It is noiseless and doesn’t cause any hassle in your household, the energy fields are generated between the electronic equipment and this is silent meaning that there is no unwanted noise
- They’re a lot more expensive than other regular cooktops as they’re more of a long-term investment and should be seen as one from the point of view of a buyer. There are very few induction cooktops that cost less than $1,500 whereas you can get electric and gas ones for a lot cheaper
- They vary in getting power and often people say that they’re not powerful enough; this is one of the major downfalls of an induction cooker – they simply aren’t powerful enough for what you may want to do
- You can only use certain pots and pans when using an induction cooktop, so this can be a hassle for anyone who already has bought all their utensils and who chooses an induction top. You have to think about all areas of the scale when it comes to buying your new cooktop
Pros and Cons of an Electric Cooker
Since we are comparing the induction cooking to having an electric cooker then it’s only fair we discuss the pros and cons of having an electric cooker too.
- Sometimes an induction cooker can look very similar to an electric cooker which means they’re both good aesthetically as they will often look modern in your kitchen
- They’re cheap, and they cost considerably less than both gas and induction cookers which makes them at an advantage already over all the other methods
- With electric cookers, the power is always on and it’s just the method of turning it on in order to get heat. There is hardly any heating up time and you can use virtually any pot or pan on it
- If you have a power outage, then you won’t have anything to cook with and this proves a hassle for a lot of people who tend to get a lot of power outages during the year
- They tend to cook food a lot slower than an induction or gas cooker which means that if you’re in a rush, an electric cooker might not be the best type to cook with, as you could be there for a while
Which Is Best?
Out of both an induction and electric cooker, we would suggest going for induction. This is a personal choice and we would suggest you do a lot more research if you’re 100% sure you want to go with an induction or electric cooker. However, from the research, it isn’t hard to see that many tend to prefer the usability and convenience of having an induction cooker that cools down fast and isn’t a safety hazard.
If this appeals to you, then it is the perfect choice for you. They might be on the slightly more expensive side but they’re a lot more likely to last longer and give you a better cooking experience.