Cooking vessels that are very small or very large－some times raise issues. Because the auto-detect feature that all induction units have is meant to assure that items such as metal tongs, spoons, ladles,rings or bracelets do not turn on an element. For safety the detectors are often set on the safe side. On some units very small pots or pans will not be detected. But that is never a major issue: if you really must have such a pot－say “a butter warmer”－there are accessories available.
At the other extreme－things like griddles or fish poachers that are well over 12 or 14 inches in at least one dimension－also present issues. This issue is not any different for gas. If one places a 12-inch-diameter skillet on a 9-inch induction element, the actual heat generation will take place in a 9-inch-diameter zone in the pan bottom; likewise, if one places the same skillet on a same-size gas burner, so also will the heating be limited to the size of the burner diameter.
Bridging Two Elements
Some induction cooktops come with an induction-powered “bridge” between one element pair that allows the pair plus the connecting bridge to function as a single large area, conveniently griddle/grill-shaped.
Any Size Anywhere
Induction is gaining the clear upper hand as “zone-less cook-anywhere” induction cooktops－meaning that the entire surface is a cooking “zone”－become more and more common. On such units, an “element” is defined by the size and shape of the cooking vessel placed on the surface. The entire cooktop has a large number of small “micro-elements”. The micro-elements detect the vessel and are turned on by its presence. Grills, griddles, fish poachers, super-large skillets－all are heated uniformly merely by being placed anywhere on the cooktop.
I do not own one yet but after looking into induction cook tops there is most certainly one in my future.
Buying an Induction Cooktop
Here are some important tips to mull over before you buy an induction cooktop.
- Try before you buy. Find a store that carries induction cooktops and ask for a demonstration. Still unsure? Some manufacturers offer cooktops that have induction elements alongside radiant elements, or you can test drive the technology with a portable unit for less than $200.
- Buy a model designed only for home use. Induction cooktops were originally designed for use in industrial and restaurant kitchens.
- Know what you’re getting into. Installation is easiest during new home construction. If you’re replacing a stove or doing major changes, be sure that your wiring, voltage and amperage can handle the load (something in the range of 208/240 volts with breakers up to 50 amperes).
- Ask an electrician. Older wiring can be dangerous if overloaded.
An induction unit is so clearly superior, in so many ways, to any other form of cooking that it is hard to exaggerate the differences. It is equally hard to compare prices of different technologies.
When making comparisons about price keep in mind that high-end gas equipment is the only kind of gas cooking comparable in convenience and power to induction.
Companies that sell induction units sell pans specially designed to transfer the energy. But there are budget friendly options. If a magnet sticks to the bottom, it will work. Cast iron, even enamel-coated cast iron, pots and pans are going to work. So are many stainless steel pans.
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