Very often, when it comes time to choose household equipment to a new apartment, our customers doubt and cannot decide what kind of hob or stove they want: electric or induction. Since for many induction cookers are still a wonder, we decided to sort it all out and describe their main advantages and disadvantages.
Let's start with advantages:
The surface of the induction cooker does not heat up during the cooking process, so it is impossible to get burned on it. Even when it is turned on, the induction cooker won’t start working unless there are special dishes on it. Your animals and children will be safe.
+ ease of cleaning
Unlike electric and, especially, gas stoves, food and liquids left on the surface of an induction stove will not burn. Therefore, it is much easier to clean and wash it.
+ cost effectiveness
Induction stoves consume less electricity than electric ones.
+ heating rate
Induction stoves, like gas ones, have a great advantage over electric ones - you don’t need to spend time waiting until the surface of the stove warms up.
- higher cost
Recently, the difference in price between induction and electric stoves is not so big, so this factor is mentioned more “for the record”
- the need to use special dishes
Dishes should be made of ferromagnetic alloys (cast iron, stainless steel, copper, enameled steel). It is very easy to check whether your dishes are suitable for use or not - by putting a magnet to them. If it sticks, then everything is okay, and such dishes can be used. It is also worth noting that the bottom of such dishes should be absolutely flat.
Thus, opting for the induction stove is unlikely to be the lowest-cost solution, but, in our subjective opinion, this is overcompensated by convenience, safety and simplicity of operation.