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Learn about Induction Cooktop

Induction Cooktop

An induction cooktop uses electromagnetic induction to generate heat in the cooking pot or pan. The element itself is relatively cool to the touch. The pot or pan must be made of a material that is attracted to magnets, like cast iron or magnetic stainless steel.

Some cooktops are meant to be fixed into a countertop. Smaller induction cooktops, also called induction plates, are also available. They have one or two elements, sit on a countertop, and can be plugged into a standard wall outlet.

You will need induction-compatible cookware. Glass pots and pans don't work with induction, but cast iron and magnetic stainless steel work. Sometimes the bottom of the cookware will have an 'induction' label.

Induction elements offer fast cooking times and are safer because they are less hot to the touch than regular elements. Like all electric elements, they emit no combustion gases in your home and are more energy-efficient than gas cooktops. They also have a glass cover that is easy to clean.

Induction cooking has similar efficiency to electric coil elements (between 70% and 80%). Induction efficiency is not affected by the size of the pot on the element, while electric elements have drastically reduced efficiency if you use a pot that is smaller than the element. So if you tend to use pots that are much smaller than the element, induction cooking may be for you!