We are always looking for quicker and more efficient ways of doing things; this is what drives human advancement and all the technological leaps we have made in just a few short decades. The household task of preparing a meal, however, has not changed too much in terms of process – until recently. Sure, the introduction of electric and gas cooktops has made cooking a whole lot easier, but the new kids on the block, a variety of induction stoves, has taken this speed and efficiency even further.
Because they are quickly rising in popularity, many people are curious about what they are, how they are used, and if any risks are involved. Here, we take a look at common queries we receive about our range of induction stoves and how you can get your hands on one.
How Do Induction Stoves Work?
Sometimes called a “hob” in Europe, these cooktops utilise electromagnetism instead of electricity-generated heat. The appliance consists of a glass cooktop with a metal coil inside and turning it on means that electricity flows through this coil and creates a fluctuating magnetic field, which in turn produces heat. When you place your pot of ingredients on the cooktop, the fluctuating magnetic field penetrates the cookware’s metal, which causes an electric current to enter the pot too. This electric current swirls about inside the cookware but cannot go anywhere, so it dissipates its energy which then heats your cookware and your food.
How Safe is This Method of Cooking?
Only concentrated magnetic fields are created, and so it does not pose any health risks. Even individuals using pacemakers are safe as the magnetic field is concentrated only 2 cm to 3 cm from the cooktop. One could also argue that induction stoves are safer than an electric or gas stove because the surface of the cooktop does not generate heat directly. In other words, you can place your hand on it without burning yourself. It is important to note, however, that the glass cooktop can heat up as a result of your hot pan. Since the appliance does not have a heated element, the stove itself is not a fire hazard, but it’s still always best to keep an eye on what you are cooking.
Can Induction Stoves Be Installed Over Ovens?
Yes, they can. Ensure to give your installation some breathing room of about 5 cm to 10 cm between your oven and the base of your stove.
Can the Glass Cooktop Handle the Heat?
The cooking surfaces in our Snappy Chef range of induction stoves are cut from black crystal glass, which features high heat endurance and reasonable scratch resistance. So, you do not need to worry about damaging your cooktop through standard cooking practices.
What Type of Cookware Pairs Best with the Appliance?
Any magnetically conductive cookware will work – this includes cast iron pots (which are most ideal) and certain types of stainless steel. Aluminium, copper, ceramic, and glass cookware will, unfortunately, not work.
Our range also comes with tons of benefits, such how well they save space, how easy they are to clean, even heating, and that we offer a free repair service during your warranty period. To get yours today, don’t hesitate to contact us.