The induction hob has emerged as one of the many new inventions and trends that cooking and lifestyle gurus are going gaga over. However, you may be wondering what sets this stovetop from others and have some concerns regarding its functionality, value or role in home design. Fret not, for we will be outlining some of the benefits and detriments of having an induction hob in Singapore.
Upon first glance, it is not difficult to notice from the photo below, that the induction cooking top has a sleeker, more even surface than the traditional stovetop above. Not only are these modern stovetops easy on the eyes and a good fit for the classy chef or avid baker, but they offer a myriad of functional benefits as well.
The critical difference between an induction stove and a traditional stove is that an induction range utilises electromagnetism to cook food inside the pot or pan, while a traditional stove uses radiant heat.
If there is no pot or pan on the induction stove, there is an electromagnetic reaction between the pot or pan and the burner, so turning on the burner without any cooking appliance on top of it will not generate any heat.
While it may seem like a hassle to have to source for a magnetic pot or pan to generate the electromagnetic reaction that will cook your food, it is arguably simple to find magnetic cooking tools made of magnetic stainless steel, cast-iron, and so on in your average departmental store.
Finding induction cooking-specific tools is often worth the effort, as induction cooking often takes faster than cooking on a traditional stovetop while using less energy!
As almost no heat is generated due to the electromagnetic reaction, this results in less energy usage and lower electricity bills. Induction heating is hence overall a more sustainable and efficient way of cooking that those seeking to reduce energy consumption and environmentalists will be keen on.
By virtue of its flat design, the induction top is also notoriously easy to clean compared to its traditional stovetop counterparts. Unlike with elevated stoves, the induction hob’s cooking plates are completely flat, enabling ease in wiping the cooking plate and preventing food particles from accumulating as grime.
The safety of one’s kitchen is usually a key consideration for those with children or pets whom have access to areas near the stove. The induction hob is especially well-suited to combat this concern. When one takes a pot or pan off the burner, the cooking unit will switch off automatically such that even if you were to touch the burner immediately after, you will not run the risk of burning yourself. This safety feature is ideal for those who have young children with insatiable curiosities and itchy fingers who might touch a stovetop when unsupervised.
While the induction hob top certainly has a multitude of functions and benefits that make it incredibly convenient, safe and energy-efficient, it does have its downsides. Induction stovetops tend to be pricey for the very reasons that make them so desirable for anyone who takes pride in their kitchen. However, they can ultimately be thought of as a long-term investment that saves you much time, energy and unnecessary anxiety.
Regardless of whether you prefer the traditional stovetop or find induction cooking revolutionary, it is hard not to admit that the technological advancement induction stoves involve is promising for cooks all over the world.