With advancements in induction cooking technology, induction stoves can now cook faster and safer than ever. Offering more control and easier cleanup, induction cooktops make a great addition to residential and commercial kitchens while fighting climate change and providing better indoor air quality.
Improved Induction Technology Comes with New Features and Advantages
- Safer | Overall kitchen safety is improved for both adults and children, as well as professional chefs. Without an open flame or hot cooking surface, accidental injuries or kitchen/grease fires are greatly reduced. Induction cooktops are also safe from gas-related dangers, such as leaks or line breaks.
- Faster | An induction stove can transfer more energy into cookware faster than a gas, traditional coil, or radiant electric stove. This means reaching desired cooking temperatures or boiling water faster.
- Easy to clean | Induction stoves have a smooth, easy-to-clean ceramic glass surface without grates, nooks, or crannies where grease and spills accumulate.
- Immediate response | Cooking temperatures can be raised or lowered instantly. With no grate, coil, or radiant burner to heat, all energy goes directly into the cookware. Induction stoves also feature instant on and off responses when cookware is placed on top or removed.
- Accurate control | Digital controls allow setting an exact — and repeatable — amount of heat without having to judge a variable flickering flame.
Induction stoves are safer to use and can keep kitchens cooler.
- Wide temperature range | In comparison to gas stoves, induction cooktops provide and accurately maintain both high boiling temperatures and lower simmer temperatures.
- Even cooking | An induction stove heats up the entire pan simultaneously and more evenly than a gas flame or electric radiant coil, which only heat the part of the cookware they touch.
- Efficient | Just the cookware is heated. No energy is wasted heating the air around the pan.
- Cooler kitchen | Without an open flame, plus the direct application of energy into the cookware rather than the air, kitchens stay cool and more comfortable.
- Easy to install or move | Plug-in installation in homes that already have 240 Volt outlet in kitchen, with no gas line or connection required.
- Healthier | Induction stoves do not transmit any noxious gases into your house. Gas stoves emit toxic gases, such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and methane, which have been shown to have negative health effects.
- Climate friendly | Induction stoves use electricity, while gas stoves contribute to climate change by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. California is making its electricity generation more climate -friendly by increasing renewable sources that do not emit carbon dioxide.
- Range | These are four to six-hob cooktops usually paired with an electric convection oven. They require a 240-volt outlet. Prices in 2022 range from under $1200 to over $3000.
- Cooktops | These four to five-hob cooktops drop into a countertop installation independently from a standalone oven of any variety. They require a 240-volt outlet or may be hardwired into the electrical system. Prices range from $950 to over $2000.
- Portables | These one and two-hob units can be set on a countertop anywhere and plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet. These generally don’t have the power boost option to heat up as fast as the 240-volt models but are still rapid. Prices range from $50 to over $500 for some commercial-grade portables. Both business and residential customers may borrow a tabletop induction unit from our Foodservice Technology Center for free. Learn more at sce.com/ftc.
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