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What is Induction Cooking? (Ratings/Reviews)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 04, 2013  |  3 Min. Read

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induction cooktop demo with icecubesThere is a simple way to understand induction. It is a magnet. The magnet excites the molecules in the metal pan, which in turn heats the food. Induction cannot be activated without the presence of metal. So you do need metal pans. However, it cannot be accidentally turned on (without a pan). We explain in greater detail in our Induction Cooking Buying Guide, but that's the gist.

Early Induction Cooking

Induction has been around since the 1980s and was introduced by GE. This cooktop failed, because of its unusual size at 33 inches wide and because of the large cooling fan needed for the electronics under the cooktop itself. Diva reintroduced the cooktop at $4000 in the mid 1990s and the prices and quantity has greatly improved since that time.

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The Yale Glass kitchen compares commercial gas, professional gas, regular(no high output) gas, electric and induction burners

Induction vs Pro Gas Cooking

Gas has really improved over the years, especially in output. The highest gas output is now 22,000 BTUs up almost double from 15 years ago. The technology, however, has not changed since its introduction in the 1920s.

Gas is only 60% efficient. The other 40% is wasted as heat through the sides of the burners. Although gas is improved, it is nowhere as fast to boil as induction. Induction still simmers better, because at a certain level a gas flame is extinguished on low. It should also be noted that induction does not need as much venting and unlike gas can be downdrafted.

Induction vs Electric Cooking

Electric is a heating element, which permeates heat through the glass surface. It is only 55% efficient and is heat retentive and will remain hot to the touch. Induction is 90% efficient, and is virtually child safe (the pan may leave residual heat on the glass). Induction is far superior than electric and has become on par in price versus the upscale electric cooktops.

Best Brands to Consider

Electrolux - Electrolux and their subsidiary Frigidaire have the most complete induction offering of cooktops and ranges at all different prices. They range from a cheaper hybrid induction Frigidaire (half electric, half induction) to the most technologically advanced Electrolux range with two ovens and all induction burners.

electrolux slidein induction range

Whirlpool - Late in the induction game, Whirlpool has some very affordable and competitive ranges under their name and their subsidiary Maytag (read Maytag vs Electrolux Induction Ranges). They also have a strong induction offering under the Jenn-Air name.

whirlpool induction range 2013

GE - After being the first to market in the 1980s, the builder-driven GE has some competitive products especially in slide-in and freestanding ranges. They have some redesigning to do as Whirlpool's new products now cost much less (read GE vs Whirlpool Freestanding Induction Ranges).

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Bosch/Thermador - Without a doubt, the Thermador Freedom is the best induction cooktop to buy, and the tecchnology is really incredible. The whole cooktop is a burner. Bosch/Thermador have the best cooktops throughout the line with the high powered power burner. They do not manufacture a range..which is odd.

thermador freedom cooktop flexibility

Induction is the cooking technology of the future. It is faster, has a better simmer, requires less venting and can be downdrafted. It is also the most child-safe.

Induction in Action: Two videos worth watching

Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 (watch the towel)

Thermador Freedom

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Additional Resources

For more information about induction, read the Yale Induction Cooking Buyers Guide with specs, features and output of every induction cooking product currently on the market. Well over 20,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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