How to Buy the Right Induction Cooktop for my Range?
There are three major types of induction cooktops; these are the portable, built-in, and range. If you’re new to induction cooktops, it’s best to review what’s in store for you as well as assess your needs and wants. This way, you’ll be sure to find out what’s best for you.
In this article, we will look into the right induction cooktop for ranges. These are freestanding ones that come with a built-in oven and can be simply pushed up against a wall, between existing counters or cabinets. If you were a previous owner of gas or electric range, the appearance is almost identical, except of course of the function of the cooktop.
If you were a cooktop user transitioning to a range, you may need some tips on how to purchaser an induction cooktop range.
What are the factors to consider when buying an induction range?
Below we have listed some factors that you need to consider when choosing the right induction range. These may differ from person to person, so it’s better to assess your needs on each factor.
Like any ranges, measuring the available space of your kitchen is important before purchasing anything. This is so you can be sure that you have enough space to place your newly purchased range. Consider the counters and cabinet sizes, as you might need to customize, if anything.
Freestanding induction range are more or less the same width and height as standard gas and electric range. There’s also the so-called slide-in induction range that is about the same width as standard cabinets, so it will align perfectly with it. For this, check out:
If you want an induction range that you can build into your existing cabinetry, you may want to get an induction cooktop only that is thin enough to be fixed onto the counter. It will give the impression of a range (especially if you also built-in the oven underneath it) but occupying too much space.
Built-in induction cooktops are also cheaper than the ones that come in ranges. If you don’t need the oven that comes with it, or would like to buy a separate oven, this type of induction cooktop is your best bet. Check out:
Induction cooktops such as these have the entire feature found in a range, with the exception of the freestanding body and the oven. It comes with four or more induction cooking elements, touch controls, sensors, different power levels, etc.
Additional features would incur additional cost, but some are generally fun to have in your induction range. Before you choose the additional features you want to your induction range to have, first decide how many heating elements your range will have. The standard count is four heating elements but it can go as high as five or six.
Decide if you need more than four because the bigger the number of elements, the bigger the range will be. Some heating elements may only be intended for small pots of pans. We suggest getting four even sizes of heating elements just to be sure. Average families don’t need to go beyond four.
Next, resolve whether you need an oven or not. Induction ranges come with one large oven or two small-sized ones. Next, you might want to have a storage area at the bottom of the range where you can store cookware. As for the induction cooktop, select the materials you want. We suggest having ceramic glass and stainless steel.
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Pay for something that you will really use and just right for your home needs. Bear in mind that some induction cooktops are meant for commercial use or industrial and restaurant kitchens that has a lot of heat options and features that you won’t need at home. You’ll be paying a lot for this, but you won’t be able to maximize it.
Make sure that it’s built for home use and that it’s fairly easy to control and navigate. Get something that has about 10 power levels and 10-temperature range. Also check if the voltage is just right for your home. Most standard homes use about 120 volts and 15 amps of electricity.
Induction ranges are typically on the expensive side so you want to get something that would last you years of use with no problems. By reading through this buying guide, you’ll have clear insight on your needs, which in turn would make the decision-making much easier for you.
What are the benefits of an induction range?
If you aren’t convinced of getting an induction cooktop range yet, here are some benefits that might sway you:
- The heat temperature is instant and very accurate – Simply set the temperature you want and turn it on. You don’t need a thermometer on hand as the heat is very accurate unlike most gas and electric range models.
- The smooth-top cooking surface is neat – It looks very elegant as it is made of durable ceramic glass. You don’t have to deal with messy burners again.
- It is safe for little kids – You don’t have to worry about hand burns as there is no open flame and the cooktop itself doesn’t heat up. Instead, heat is transferred directly onto the cookware.
- No heat is lost – Because the cooktops doesn’t release heat, there is no heat lost. The magnetic field directly transfers the heat onto the cookware.
Induction ranges are great to have in the kitchen because they heat up really fast, have accurate temperature, and is safe for both the children and the elderly. If you’re worried about the cost, just think that most gas and electric ranges of the same size (and same number of heating elements) almost cost the same. In the long run, you’ll be able to save more with an induction range.