There are a number of potential benefits to getting an induction cooktop. These include faster cooking and quicker adjustments to the temperature of the items being cooked, a stovetop that doesn’t burn young children and no loss of heat. There are a few considerations, however, such as the fact that it isn’t possible to char foods with induction cooking, a fan is needed to get rid of extra heat and special cookware needs to be used. Getting the right induction cookware for your kitchen will help ensure you get the best possible results.
Test Existing Cookware
Before going out and buying all new pots and pans to use with your new cooktop, check to see whether any of your current pots and pans will work on the new cooktop. This is actually pretty simple. If a magnet sticks to the bottom of the pan, it will work on an induction cooktop.
Look for the Symbol
Check out new pots and pans to see if the box has an induction-compatible symbol on it. This is the case with most cast iron, stainless steel and some enameled steel pans. Some pans made out of other materials will have a stainless steel plate in the bottom to make them compatible with induction stoves as well.
Features to Look for
Pots and pans with flat bottoms, heavier lids and handles that are attached very well will work best without vibrating or causing noises. Some of the pans that contain multiple layers of different metals can cause a buzzing sound when they’re in use, which can bother some people. This is more the case with lower-end pots and pans than higher-end cookware. It’s also handy if the handles are coated with silicone or another material that makes them comfortable to grip and keeps them from getting too hot to the touch. If you want to be able to use the pans in the oven, make sure that they are rated to a higher temperature and don’t have plastic on the handles. It’s also possible to get nonstick pans so they’ll be easy to clean.
Test it Out
Some pans will work better than others, so before buying a whole set by one brand, buy a single pot or pan and try it out to see how well it works with your stovetop.