In recent years, induction cooktops have gained popularity in both commercial businesses and homes. In addition to the energy savings, induction cooktops reach higher temperatures much faster (water will boil in 90 seconds), are easier to clean (no baked on spills), reduce cooking time, and they cool off instantly.
How it works
Each element has a magnetic coil beneath the surface. These coils generate a magnetic field that induct a warming reaction in steel or iron pots and pans when the element is turned on. Only the pot gets hot, not the surface of the cooktop. This means the temperature of your kitchen will not be affected as much when preparing meals. Since cooking time is reduced, the amount of power needed is also reduced.
Costs vary for induction cooktops and there is something available for almost any budget. Kenmore cooktops start at $1499.99, Miele cooktops start at $2,999.99, the LG 30” induction cooktop sells for $1978.20 at Home Depot and Electrolux models start at $1799. If a new cooktop is not in your budget but you would like to try induction, a portable unit may be an affordable option. Both one burner and two burner models are available. Sears sells a Frigidaire® one-burner unit for $169.97. These units are handy. They can easily be stored when not in use and would work well at the cottage too. For those not wanting to purchase a new appliance, this is an affordable option.
When purchasing new appliances, always make sure to review the product information and consumer reviews to make sure the product will fit in with your existing electrical connections.