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Things to Consider Before Buying an Induction Cooktop

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Buying a new cooktop is a hard decision and finding which one is perfect for you can also be difficult, especially when there is so much information out there online showcasing which ones are better than the others. Perhaps you’re thinking about buying an induction cooktop and you want to think about all aspects of buying it before you make the plunge and do so.

We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of the different things you will want to consider before you buy an induction cooktop for yourself. While it may seem like a good idea now, you may find out that it’s really not for you, or it won’t work with your kitchen and house.

If you aren’t already aware of what an induction cooktop is, it’s essentially a type of cooktop that doesn’t require a naked flame or gas. Inside the cooktop, there is a ceramic plate and a copper coil; with energy these are heated up and it is transferred to the pot or pan. There is no wasted heat or energy as the heat only goes to the pan and not the whole ring; if you’re not using the full ring, then only what is needed will be used. However, despite having many advantages, you have to think of all the different things to consider before buying an induction cooktop.

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Power Rating

Depending on the induction heat zone, you will get a different range that can go from anywhere around 2kW to 5kW (with the higher rating meaning the faster the cooktop will heat up). This is all dependent on brand or make of cooktop you buy. It is essential to consider which one will be the best for the amount you want to cook.

You may automatically think that 5kW is the best, but it is all down to personal preference. However, a 5kW heat zone will be significantly faster at heating up something or bringing water to the boil than 3.5kW, which means it’s a key element to ask whoever you’re buying it from before you go ahead and do it.

Model Type

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There are four different types of induction cooktops and looking for the right model that suits you and your home is essential. The types include: single zone, twin zone, four-zone boiling tops and four-zone oven ranges. The number of these types refers the number of hob zones the cooker has.

There are different factors you will have to consider before deciding which model is ideal for your home, you will have to consider what part your induction cooker is going to play in your kitchen – is it going to be the main source of cooking, will it be portable for ease? There are many different types of induction cooktops so it’s not always as easy as it may seem to make your decision.

A single zone tabletop unit is cost-effective and is portable too but it won’t offer the same power or flexibility as the larger models. However, the bigger model you opt for, the more expensive it is going to be and the bigger the size will be too.

It is essential to measure how much space you have in your kitchen to see if you can fit a bigger model, or if you must opt for the smaller one. The portable induction cookers are extremely useful if you don’t like clutter and you like to keep everything away and safe then it might be a more your style.

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Not all models offer this and it’s normally the more expensive types that do, but the automatic shut-off safety feature is essential for anyone who worries about their food boiling over or overcooking. It turns off the power whenever it senses that your pan has started to boil over which is a pretty neat feature if you’re planning on cooking a lot in your house. However, these types of models can be more expensive, so you have to account for your budget whenever you’re looking at the different features you would like.

Design

Although it might not seem like the most important thing to consider before buying your induction cooker, it is still something you must think about. The design is important if your kitchen has a specific theme, perhaps you’re loving white and you want a white cooktop? It is possible, but you have to look in the right places. 

There are so many different designs that you may be spoilt for choice at some point, but it’s finding the right balance and realizing what design and model are right for you. Induction cookers look very modern and sleek so don’t be worried if your kitchen has a modern vibe, it’ll most likely fit right in!

Extra Features

This includes everything from a timer, to a touch-control mechanism. Depending on your budget and personal preference, you will want to decide what features suit your needs the most. Some induction cooktops allow the user to have an automatic timer which is particularly useful if you’re working on a time restraint, but you may not have time to go back and check on the food cooking (such as boiling or poaching eggs!) there is also the feature of touch controls, this allows you to change the setting using your fingers inside of turning knobs. 

Some models will allow the user to change the heat, time, and swipe their preferences carefully. These types of models are ideal if you want a sleek looking cooktop with absolutely nothing getting in the way.

There are also other models with programmed pan size recognition; they identify the size and the nature of the cookware you’ve placed on the cooktop and heat accordingly. This is very energy efficient and perfect for anyone who worries about using a vast amount of energy. Eventually using an energy saving will save you a lot of money too which is ideal if you like cooking a lot!

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