When you’re planning to purchase a cooktop, you want to ensure whatever you get is the best it can possibly be and that is easy to understand and navigate. Before purchasing your specific cooktop, you have to think about all the different factors; this may be the price, the amount of space available in your kitchen, or even the features that will be beneficial for you.
There is often a lot of confusion between ceramic and induction cooktops and although they look alike and cost a similar price, there is a big difference when it comes to cooking and how they work. That’s why we thought it would be helpful to supply you with this guide of the differences between ceramic and induction cooktops.
How They Work
The main difference between a ceramic and induction cooktop is how they create heat and how this then spreads and transfers into the pot or pan on the top of the cooker. While induction cooktops use electromagnets by creating a magnetic field that heats up the pan rather than the cooktop itself, ceramic cooktops use coiled metal elements underneath the glass top; after heating the ceramic surface of the cooker, the heat is thus transferred to the pan.
Compared to each other in terms of how they heat up pans, we would say that the induction cooker wins as it is so much more efficient as it only heats up the pan itself rather than the whole surface of the cooker top. It is because of this heating process, that the induction cooktop doesn’t heat up and therefore cools down a lot quicker than the ceramic cooker.
One of the main elements you must think about before you buy a new cooker is the safety of it. This is an essential part of the purchase process, especially if you have young children or someone living in your house that is prone to accidents.
While ceramic cooktops retain considerably more heat than induction cookers, there are now a lot of modern models that come with a heat indicator that tells the user the hotter parts of the cooker. However, induction cooktops are ideal for homes with small children as the top hardly gets hot, and it only activates if it is switched on and the pan or pot is on the top of the cooker. Some models have a lock feature that when activated prevents settings from being changed.
Ceramic cooktops often offer safety features, though the user can make the most of if they wish to get one, but these have been found to be costly.
While both a ceramic and induction cooktop are both flat and smooth, thus making them equally as easy to clean (you can normally just wipe them down with the wet cloth), there is the issue of ceramic cooktops being hot and if anything is spilled on the top of it while it is hot, things can dry or bake onto the surface.
In this case, it is essential that you clean it up as soon as you feel it is safe to do so; if you leave burnt or spilled food on the cooker top for a while it can cause more problems in the long term when you come to deep cleaning your kitchen or even if you want a clean cooker top to cook on.
Another factor to consider before purchasing or choosing your model of the cooker is the cookware you will have to use. While both can use most flat-bottomed cookware, induction cooktops require certain cookware pieces and therefore, if you already have a collection of cookware in your house, you will have to see if they’re compatible; if they aren’t, you will have to get new pieces. However, ceramic cooktops (despite being less energy efficient) can accept all different types of cookware – as long as it has a flat bottom.
Cost and Conclusion
Despite the cost of both ceramic and induction cooktops being very similar, generally ceramic cooker tops are less expensive as the inside of the cooker (such as the coils) don’t cost as much as what the electromagnets do within an induction cooker.
However, if you’re looking at having the cooktop in the long term, looking at the energy it uses, and the style of cooking it produces, you could say that the induction cooker wins as it may initially cost more money, but it will save more money longer term.
Overall, there are many differences between the ceramic and induction cooktops, but both are unique and it is ultimately up to personal preference which one you opt for when you purchase your cooker. Both have advantages and disadvantages but it is all dependent upon what will suit your needs the most and what is best for your family home.
Another possibility is to purchase a portable single or double induction cooktop. They are much less expensive than built-in or full induction and ceramic cooktops.