Induction vs. Electric Cooktop

If you are a lover of cooking or a chef or a mother who likes to experiment with different kinds of kitchen gadgets, you will most likely have heard about induction cooking. And if you have an electric cooktop that needs replacement, it is possible that you are trying to compare that with an induction cooktop and whether you should make this switch or not.

If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone. This article will talk to you as a friend will and clear things a little bit for you so that you can be more informed and resolved in your decision making.

Without further ado, let’s look at the difference between these two devices.


1. Use the proper oil
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If you are a looking of cooking, I’m sure you can’t count how many times you have mistakenly burnt your fingers or close to doing so when using an electric burner.

When you use induction, you allay these fears before, during, and after cooking.

One of the features of induction that instantly grabs people’s attention is the safety feature. Maybe this is why some people mistrust this technology as being too good to be true. Actually it is very good and true too.

When you cook with an induction burner, you only get the heat where it is needed (inside the pan) as opposed to the electric burner where the whole cooktop is heated up. 

Even after you are done with your cooking, the hob still remains hot and a slight touch is an instant burn. Not with induction cooking. The heat goes out just as the pan is released from the hob.

When buying your next induction cooktop, ensure that this feature is integrated else, you will not enjoy it. Check out the latest models here

Choosing the right oil for your deep fryer is half battle won. Once you know the type of oil you want to use, you will need to fill up the fryer with it, taking care not to over-fill or under-fill it.

If you have a model that have a minimum or maximum fill line, it becomes even easier as you have a ready gauge to guide your measurement.


2. Turn it on and start operating

Heat on an induction cooktop is instant so that when you want to boil a pot of water, you get it done relatively faster and quicker. And because the heat is instant, you can hope between different temperatures and get instant heat without waiting.

As stated above, heat is only produced where it is needed and there is zero escape of heat to the air, which is a plus on your electricity bill. Not only will you be saving energy, you will also be cooking with more accuracy than when you use an electric cooktop.

To start using your device, you need to turn it on by plugging it in and using the switch button to power it up.

After that, set the temperature and time and ensure that you obtain the right level of temperature for the oil without going over that.

You also need to maintain a temperature between 350 degrees F and 375 degrees F which is the suitable range for most of the cooking you will be doing.

If your device comes with a thermostat, you don't have to bother too much about the temperature as it will automatically determine the correct temperature.

However, if it doesn't come with one, you may have to get yourself a thermometer to select the right temperature for the oil.


3. Pat your food dry

Cleaning your induction cooktop is no more difficult than a simply wipe just as you would clean wipe your countertop clean. While someone might argue that you get the same benefit with an electric cooktop, I’ll say only to a degree.

Since you can only generate heat inside the pot and not the surrounding parts when cooking with an induction burner, you don’t have caked food to worry about, which is not true for electric burners. As a result, a simply wipe can remove any spillover after you are done cooking. And don’t forget, you can do it seconds after taking off the pan.

The only thing that can prevent you - and most people - from buying this device is the price. There is a high price tag attached and most people will have to wait until they can afford it before they can enjoy these benefits.

Before drying any kind of food, make sure it is dried and doesn't have any traces of water. You can make use of a kitchen paper towel or cover the food in some dusting to remove any traces of water.

For example, freshly cut potatoes can be wiped with paper towel so that there is no water on it before throwing them into the fryer. Not doing this may cause some dangerous spilling of oil that may be injurious to you or children around.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.