What Are the Key Features to Look for in Induction Cooktop Burners?

An induction cooktop is a necessity in modern kitchens. Additionally, as previously expensive induction cookers become more reasonably priced, consumer interest in a product that promises improved heat consistency, quicker heating times, and a high-quality gas alternative for those looking into green energy options is growing.

Induction cooktops are unique electric cooktops that rely on induction technology for their power and accuracy. These cooktops are taking the place of traditional gas stoves because of their convenience, safety, and style. The key features you must consider when selecting an induction cooktop are listed below.

Cooktop Size

It’s a good idea to pick two zones that can cook simultaneously if you’re multitasking. One to five induction zones are possible on an induction cooktop. In Hong Kong, two zones are most typical; in Japan, three; and in the USA and Europe, four.

On the other hand, small, stand-alone portable inductions are fairly affordable and widespread in South Asian nations like India. Countertop model inductions and some portable model inductions are the most affordable. Also, remember that the cooktop’s design and specifications impact the cost of built-in inductions and some upscale branded countertops and portables.

Investing in an induction cooktop with large body size is a wise choice. In this manner, the interior can effectively circulate air to cool the PCB. It also causes the induction to last longer.

Keep in mind that if several zones are placed close to one another, the cooking area will become very confined, especially regarding control access. Additionally, the controls may become greasy and unresponsive to touch if you cook several dishes on one countertop.

Power Rate

The power rate should be your primary concern when looking for an induction cooktop. A higher power rate will allow you to finish cooking faster, but the cost may skyrocket.

Most cooktops have a power rating of 1000-2000W. As a result, if you need to cook more quickly, you should opt for an induction cooktop with a higher power rate.

Preset Menu

The most modern induction cooktops include a preset menu for the user’s convenience. For each food, they are set for specific heat and time. The menus include a grill, boil, stir, milk, fry, and other cooking methods.

The appliance’s temperature gets modified according to your cooking dish. These useful, user-friendly features allow you to choose settings for cooking more quickly, saving you time.

The cooktop adjusts the temperature appropriately, whether cooking rice, boiling milk, or frying vegetables, so that you can get perfectly cooked meals with a single touch. Otherwise, one must constantly adjust the power and heat for each food.

Control Panel

All of the cooking setting options are located on the control panel. There are primarily three control panels for induction cookers: touch sensor controls, rotating knob controls, and press button controls. Press buttons are slightly less expensive than touch panels.

The control panel shows various temperature, power, and preset settings depending on the model. These controls shouldn’t be placed too close to the element.

Safety Features

When you remove the cookware from the cooktop, modern induction cooktops have an auto-pan detection feature that ensures the heating is immediately turned off. This is useful when cooking utensils are left on the heating element with the power on. To protect the cooktop and cookware, it modifies the power output.

The induction cooktop will automatically shut off if the pan gets too hot and you forget to turn the appliance off. Also, many induction cooktop temperatures today are controlled by WiFi or a smart device.

Design

The design of the induction cooktop depends on the individual’s preferred style. Remember that framed artwork may be more susceptible to the accumulation of grime and dirt in the frame’s crevices. One advantage is that frames can aid in spill containment.

If someone were to drop something heavy on the edge by accident, edgeless designs are vulnerable to cracks and breaks. These patterns, however, are easy to clean.

Child Lock

The majority of induction cooktops come equipped with a child lock safety feature. The induction cooktop may become locked while in use. Additionally, it can be locked while being cleaned.

Any activity that is present and ongoing will continue if it is locked while cooking. All features and functions will be locked in addition to the displayed settings remaining active and locked. Only the power off button will be functional out of safety concerns.

Portability

Users can choose between fixed/non-portable and portable cooktops based on their preferences. 

It’s convenient for the user to take the appliance wherever they want, thanks to portable induction cooktops. For those who live away from home, portable cooktops are convenient because they are hassle-free, incredibly cozy, and cook food quickly.

A freestanding induction cooktop can be integrated into your counter or used as part of an entire oven unit if you have enough space. Your kitchen’s needs will determine the type of induction cooktop you select.

However, a significant portion of the final cost will depend on the appliance’s size and the number of heating zones. Portable induction cooktops are less expensive than their non-portable and freestanding counterparts.

Cooking Zone

Most cooktops have clearly defined cooking zones with instructions on the appropriate cookware size for each zone. There is a maximum and a minimum pan size for each cooktop.

The cooktop won’t recognize and start heating the pot if the cookware is smaller than the supported pan size. For maximum effectiveness, the size of the cookware must match the size of the induction cooktop’s coil.

To effectively handle larger cookware, large cooking zones typically have a diameter larger than 21 cm. Select an induction cooktop with a flexible, large, and small cooking zone. These work better with different cookware sizes.

Automatic Pan Detection

The automatic pan detection feature on induction cooktops ensures that heating is shut off as soon as the cookware is removed from the cooktop.

Most induction cooktops turn off after 1 minute when the pan is removed from the cooktop, minimizing energy waste. When the cookware is removed from some models, the operation is halted, and a symbol appears. Repositioning the cookware on the heating zone resumes cooking at the predetermined power levels.

Induction cooking is not new, but it has recently gained popularity due to falling technology costs. Consider this a checklist of features to look for before purchasing this high-tech kitchen essential.