Posted by Vinnie on Apr 22nd 2022

Induction Cooktop vs Electric - Which Is your choice in 2022?

Considering such a large price difference, the question that is widely asked when it comes to which stove to purchase is the possible difference between induction and electric stoves? Electric and induction cooktops are a smart and timeless investment to upgrade your kitchen equipment and cooking methods, as both offer smooth functionality and prepare food at an even temperature throughout the process. In this article. I will be comparing Induction cooking with Gas cooking and compare these on various parameters to show you which one is the right choice for you.

1. How they work

An electric stove provides concentrated heat to your pots and pans. Under the surface of the glass (or ceramic), you will find a current flowing through a metal coil. Due to the electrical resistance, this coil gets hot and glows. It can then use infrared energy to transfer its heat through the glass (or ceramic). Induction cooktops are very different from the electric stove option. They also provide heat through a coil under the surface. However, they use copper coils. Induction heating is done using electromagnetic radiation. See, induction cooking uses magnets to distribute the heat. The current alternates as it passes through the copper coil and reaches the stove directly. The result is an oscillating magnetic field that induces an electric current in the cookware. The result is that the cookware begins to heat up. In turn, your food begins to cook. Induction cooking heats the cooking vessel by electrical induction, not by heat conduction from a flame or an electric heating element. In contrast, conventional electric stoves cook food by conducting heat through surface heating

2. The same of induction and electric cooktops

Typically, both electric and induction cooktops have two options, a smooth top (usually ceramic glass) with a hidden heating element, and a coil heating element on top. They are slower to reach the desired temperature compared to gas. Electric heating elements also take a while to cool down when they are turned off. Easy to clean The convenience of glossy electric stoves/cooktops is that they are easy to clean, with no indentations or crevices present. Stylish kitchen The electric heating element does not generate a lot of ambient heat and will maintain the temperature of the kitchen. Accuracy You can control the exact temperature you want by controlling different levels.

3. Comparison of induction and electric cooktops

Cooktop temperature control Induction cooktops are usually more precise than electric cooktops when it comes to maintaining very low or high cooking temperatures because of this ability to sense changes. Cooking Speed Induction cooktops heat up extremely quickly. Compared to electric stoves, induction cooktops heat up more quickly. Induction cooking also wastes less energy because there is no need to preheat the cookware itself. Most of the energy goes directly to the cooking vessel and it usually takes only a few seconds to reach the desired temperature. Choice of cookware Cookware is essential when using an induction cooktop. An electric stove will work well with any cookware on the market, but if very thin cookware is used, undesirable results may occur. This is because the electric coil in an electric stove heats up at its very center point, so using a small diameter cookware may result in uneven heating, which can lead to undesirable cooking results. Safety The biggest difference between induction and electric cooktops is safety. Induction cooktops are safer compared to electric cooktops. Induction cooktops are also contained by a built-in system that automatically detects if cookware is left on the stove and shuts off if the cookware is left stationary for 30 seconds. 

4. Which one is your choice 

The main reason for choosing an electric stove is that it is less costly than an induction stove. If you wish to save money on gas, there is no better or greater option than electric. The most effective feature of an electric stove is that it has automatic heat control to settle the cookware to the desired temperature. Now, you may cringe at the heating of induction stoves, although there is no need to worry because these stoves show which areas are still hot through their suppressed heat indicators. Also, as I mentioned above, all cookware can be used on an electric stove, so it is a flexible option.