To Induction or Not to Induction

Using induction cooktops seems to be a fashionable and elegant element in modern living. More and more people are using these nowadays, most especially those who are living in condominiums and highly-urbanized areas. However, before you allow yourself to be indulged with its elegance and fanciness, there are three (3) basic questions that you must ask first. These are specifically about its difference from electric or gas cooktops, as well as pre-requisites and even the cost.

Do you know what it is?

On the one hand, do you know what induction worktops are in the first place? In understanding this appliance, it is essential to take a look at its functions and its difference from electric or gas cooking worktops.

In terms of its function, induction cooktops use induction heating in order to heat up a cooking vessel. Induction heating refers to the process of heating up a conducting object, which is usually made from metal, through electromagnetic induction. This is different from electrical coils that use heat transfer, wherein the coil of the electric stove is the one heating up and the heat is just transferred to the cookware. It is also way different from the traditional gas stoves since induction cooktops do not have flames. Do you have the matched cookware?

On the other hand, it is also equally important to ask yourself if you already have the required cookware before buying an induction cooktop. This is because you need to have a particular kind of wok, for example, in order to use the appliance. The cooking vessel should typically be made from ferromagnetic metal like stainless steel or cast iron. If it would be the first time that you will use this appliance, you need to have these cookware sets first. Have you weighed the cost?

Further, weighing the costs and benefits of using induction cooktops should be done as well. While you can save money because you no longer need to buy cooking gas, your monthly electricity consumption could jack up. With that, you just need to make sure that its benefits, both in the short and long-run, would be more than the costs of purchasing and owning the appliance.