Nowadays, we have quite a selection available when shopping for stoves and cooktops. The traditional gas stoves are still in use but many opt for something more modern. The two types of stoves which have slowly overtaken gas burners are electric and induction.
The terms ‘stove’, ‘cooktop’ and ‘range’ are quite often confused so let’s make their meaning clear. ‘Stove’ means basically the same as ‘range’, it’s an appliance that has burners on top and an oven on the bottom. A cooktop, however, refers just to the stove portion and can sit on top of any counter. If you wanted to install an oven in your kitchen with the cooktop you would usually get a wall-mounted one. Both electric and induction appliances are available in the form of a range and a cooktop, but in this article, we will focus solely on ranges.
What is the difference between electric and induction ranges?
Both electric and induction types do not need to use gas to cook so in this sense they are safer to use as there is no risk of flames or gas leaks. The electric kinds rely on electricity to make the surface of the stove hot. Induction cooking uses electromagnetic fields installed below the glass surface. These fields then heat up the magnetic cookware place on top.
The electromagnetic technology is the most energy-efficient way of cooking available to us currently. They are more expensive than electric ranges but they often prove to be a cost-saver in the long run. Because the energy transferred goes directly from the magnetic fields to the pots and pans above, the glass surface itself doesn’t get hot. This means that almost no energy is lost. On the other hand, electric ranges transfer only around 70% of energy from the stove into the food. The gas ranges are even worse with less than 40%. Thanks to using inductions ranges, also the kitchen itself doesn’t get uncomfortably hot. The induction range also boasts the fastest cooking time out of all range types because the heat is concentrated on the cookware only.
The only problem with induction ranges that might be stopping some people from installing them in their kitchen (apart from the high price) is the fact that not all pots and pans will work on it. Because of electromagnetic technology, the cookware also has to have magnetic bottoms. Other kinds simply won’t even get hot. Steel and iron cookware is recommended for induction cooking.
What induction ranges are best
Many renowned kitchen appliance makers, such as Electrolux or Bosch, have released their models of induction ranges. Some of the most advanced models are made by LG, the South Korean maker. Sharp and modern appearance is just one characteristic of an LG induction range. One of their most popular models, the LSE4617ST, has all the best qualities of an induction range – fast and energy-efficient cooking, easy cleanup, and safety. It can even be connected to WiFi using LG’s ThinQ technology so you can control your oven remotely just by using your smartphone.
Induction ranges can be expensive but because of their popularity, they are getting more affordable with each day. They are undoubtedly a good investment so consider purchasing one.