Cooking is increasingly becoming more sophisticated. From use of firewood, to charcoal and later to gas and electricity, improvements are made to increase efficiency and ease the cooking process while at the same making it faster. Some advantages of induction burner is as below :
Induction burners are eco-friendly. Due to its rapid cooking of food, induction heating uses less energy than normal thermal cooking. The heat generated from induction cooking is also only concentrated around the burner while the rest of the surface remains cool, leading to less wastage of energy. In the long run, this both money saving while at the same time helps in conservation of the environment. Induction burners in no way generate stray heat, such that even the kitchen in which one is cooking from does not experience a rise in temperature.
They are safe. Food in the pan cooks as a result of electromagnetic reaction thus the burner remains cool to the touch throughout. Accidental contact with the surface does not result in any burns thus making induction burners much safer than conventional thermal flames. Switching off the induction burner results in instant reduction of temperature thus minimizing chances of getting burnt.
They help in keeping the kitchen clean. With the right cleansing agents and some damp paper towels, cleaning after cooking using an induction burner is relatively easier than with other cooktops. This is because one only needs to wipe the ceramic glass top and the induction burner is good to go. Moreover, the cleaning can be done as cooking is ongoing since the surface of the cooktop is cool to the touch even during cooking
Due to the fast response of the electromagnetic currents, greater heat is produced thus leading to faster cooking times. It is estimated that by switching to induction cooking, one saves over fifty percent of the time it takes to cook food using the normal conventional thermal methods of cooking such as gas and electricity. This is a considerable time difference considering the fast moving pace of the current world.
Their sleek design and attractive sensor touch pads with LED lighting make induction burner attractive and enhance the cooking experience. Many users have reported to have initially been attracted to the sleek design before later realizing the other benefits of the induction burners. Many interior designers also agree that the sleek design of induction burners can be used to the user’s advantage in sprucing up a low key kitchen and transforming it in to a fashionable one.
Some of the cons associated with induction burners include :
Induction burners are still much more expensive as compared to normal gas and electric induction burners. The technology is still relatively new and is thus not within reach of many common folks. Buying an induction will require additional charges for installation since factors such as electricity voltage have to be factored in. Remember, induction burners are of different wattage and therefore may use different voltages of electricity supply. In addition, acquiring a new induction burner may necessitate acquisition of new cookware where one’s current cookware are not compatible with the induction burner. All these present extra costs that make the induction burner out of reach of most people financially.
The electromagnetic activity that produces the heat used by induction burners to cook result in a buzzing or humming noise that may be irritating to most people. This is also determined by the type of cookware used, with lighter materials made of stainless steel creating more noise than heavier, aluminum cooking vessels.
A big downside to the induction burner buzz is the fact that it cannot function in case of power outages. This has the possibility of making people go hungry, especially in areas with no backup generators. This is a problem that is yet to be solved and makes it necessary to have an extra thermal induction burner for use in case of outages, this increases costs.
All in all, the pros for the induction burner far outweigh the cons and thus I would advise anyone to overlook the cons, or better still find a way around them in order to enjoy the benefits of using induction burners.