Choosing the best induction cooktop is not easy because there are so many models, styles, and brands in the market. To help you determine the best choice for your cooking needs, look at different brands, costs, and other considerations to guide you in making a decision. Start by examining various consumer opinions and online feedback on various aspects of consumer experience and quality, then prepare to delve into deeper detail on different aspects of design and technical features. By deciding on the model you feel most comfortable using, you can then move on to the various factors that will affect your purchase such as size, capacity, cooking surface, power requirements, safety features, and additional equipment and gadgets.
- The first factor that will influence your selection is how easy and practical it is to use. Will you be able to operate your new high-end induction cooktop with ease, or will it prove a technical challenge? If it proves a technical challenge, consider purchasing an older model that came with limited options, or ask around for recommendations from friends and acquaintances who have used high-end electric cooking equipment. Another consideration is if the proposed cooking surface will be too difficult for you to handle, whether this is due to physical handicap, poor flexibility or perhaps a combination of both factors. Once you have made the decision based on your own personal experience and skill level, consider another element such as price, the more expensive high-end models are usually better in terms of value and ease of use but remember that every buyer’s experience is unique and may differ from another’s.
- The second factor to consider is whether your desired method of cooking will be suitable with an induction cooktop, or if an ordinary stove is all that you need. There are certain methods of cooking that cannot be done with conventional cooktops, such as boiling water, steaming vegetables, grilling and frying foods, and if these methods are what you desire in your kitchen, then you need to ensure that your cooker can accommodate your desired method. If you wish to roast a chicken, then using a traditional stove may not be a good idea, whereas using an induction cooktop will be a good option if you want to roast a chicken without damaging the surface or endangering the food. The same goes for making seafood, which can also be a dangerous prospect if using a conventional oven.
- Finally, you will need to think about the visual appearance of your cooktop. Are you looking for a stainless steel pan, or perhaps a copper one, or even a glass surface? Stainless steel will look neat and tidy and will be far easier to maintain than those that use ceramic or glass pan surfaces. Copper cooktops will give you the most color options, but you may find that the heat cooking pots do not transfer well when using them to cook delicate foods. A glass cooktop is best if you intend to use pots and pans on the kitchen table.
- You also have to take into account the position of the controls. If you have a round griddle pan, then you have the added advantage of having a rectangular control set within each corner of the circular cooking surface. However, if you want your pots and pans to sit atop a hot stove, then you can place magnetic controls into each individual circle of the surface, to control the heat according to the requirements of whatever it is you are cooking. Equally, you can place magnetic controls into the center of a square griddle pan, to control the cooking surface height, and to prevent burning from any overheating caused by leftover ingredients.
The final consideration needs to be the type of cooking you intend to do with your Built-in Cooktop. Although you may not need to adjust your cooking regime to suit your guests or for special occasions, you should still ensure that the pots and pans that you select are suitable for your cooking needs. A good example would be to purchase a pot that has the appropriate number of magnetic burners built into it, and which has an additional fan built in to complement its built-in burners.