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Induction cooking is an increasingly popular form of food preparation. An induction stove top uses less energy than electric or gas models. This is because induction systems use an electromagnetic field to transfer heat to the cooking surface – your pots and pans. When you turn off an induction stove, you might be surprised by how cool it feels.
If you are looking to add an induction stovetop to your kitchen, there are a few brands that stand over the rest. These are companies that are investing heaving in induction cooking to create quality products. Here are the six best induction stove top brands and the products we recommend.
Café is considered the luxury arm of GE. This line of products is known for quality materials, unique design options, and advanced features. You will find more advanced options through Café than other GE products. It makes sense that Café would debut an induction stove top to accommodate customers who are interested in this cooking method.
This Café induction cooktop has five total heat sources (just like an electric model) including two burners that sync together to support a griddle. The largest element comes with Rapid Boil technology so you can heat water quickly – which is ideal for preparing pasta in a hurry.
So far, the online reviews of this appliance are highly positive. One person writes, “With two young kids, boiling water for mac and cheese, tea/coffee and a myriad of other uses has been a game changer! I love the ease of cleaning it and the Wi-Fi connect option.”
Frigidaire has been a household name across the United States for more than a century. In the early 20th century, the brand was so popular, that any refrigerator was called a Frigidaire (which was eventually shortened to fridge). Today, Frigidaire sells a variety of household appliances and is known for offering affordable but high-quality units.
This Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop has a unique design that utilizes crosses to identify the cooking elements. The professional-grade controls are located on the front so you can easily adjust the temperature as you prepare your meals.
Any cookware that sticks to a magnet is compatible with this stovetop. This means you can continue to use your stainless steel or iron-based cookware to prepare meals.
Read online reviews to see what people think about this model. One person writes, “I’ve had this new stovetop about three months now and could not be happier. It works beautifully, instant heat at your fingertips and so easy to keep clean.”
Monogram is another GE brand that specializes in commercial-grade appliances for residential homes. You can expect these appliances to be durable, have a variety of features, and create a luxury feel within your kitchen. You can try to recreate your favorite Michelin-star dishes with Monogram appliances in your home.
This Monogram induction cooktop has five different cooking elements so you can prepare meals, sides, and desserts all at once. The precision temperature control allows you to set specific degrees for your stovetop cooking – ranging anywhere from 100 to 500 degrees. There are also 19 different heat settings to choose from on this cooktop.
Learn more about this cooktop by reading online reviews. One person writes, “So glad we took the plunge away from gas and into induction! So quick to heat even in the Denver high altitude, instantly responsive to changing the cooking temperature, quick as a wink to clean all on top of such a sleek cleaned up modern look!”
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Thermador has built its reputation on durability. Its appliances are known for being tough and assembled with quality materials. Once you have one Thermador appliance you will want to replace all of the pieces in your kitchen with models from this brand.
This Thermador induction cooktop comes with three extra-large Liberty® cooking zones that are designed in column form. This is different from any other cooktop you have seen. Rather than using knobs on the front, this stove uses digital controls to adjust each of the cooking zones.
Thermador also uses advanced technology in this appliance. The HeatShift® feature allows you to change the power level just by moving your pots and pans to different parts of the cooking zones. It is both intuitive and flexible – which makes this stovetop the perfect cooking partner.
Rounding out the list of GE products is the Profile line. These appliances often have more design options and features than standard GE products. However, they are not as advanced as Monogram or Café models. Investing in a GE Profile induction cooktop could be a good compromise for homeowners sticking to tight budgets.
There are four total elements that make up this cooktop, with the largest offering a powerful rapid boil option to streamline your cooking. This is another cooktop that doesn’t use knobs and instead has digital controls for more precise settings. You can also invest in a smart pan that will adjust your timer and temperatures to prepare perfect meals.
See what customers think about this cooktop by reading online reviews. One person says, “This thing looks amazing installed. I love the induction cooking, it cooks so evenly. The cooktop is easy to use and looks so stylish… I am very impressed with the quality.”
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Bosch is a German company that has a strong reputation for impressing customers. Its appliances last a long time and are easy to use, which makes them a favorite for homeowners. While Bosch is considered a higher-end brand, many people believe the cost is worth it for its durability and longevity.
This is a great cooktop to start with if you are just starting to explore induction cooking. The Home Connect® app allows you to manage your appliance from your phone while the AutoChef® system regulates the time and temperature based on what you are cooking.
This Bosch 800 series induction cooktop has positive reviews so far as more customers explore induction cooking. One buyer says, “We recently remodeled our kitchen and purchased all Bosch appliances. The induction cooktop is a breeze to use. Food heats quickly and evenly, while the cooktop surface stays cool…I would recommend Bosch to everyone!”
You might need to adjust how you cook on your induction stove top with the increased efficiency and speed of your new model. Similarly, cleanup might look a little different. Here are a few best practices to consider.
- Clean frequently. It is better to wipe down your cooktop after every use instead of waiting to clean it weekly. This will prevent food from getting stuck on.
- Invest in a cooktop scraper. A cooktop scraper and scrubbing pad will help you remove stubborn food better than a sponge.
- Find a cleaner you like. Avoid glass cleaners like Windex. Instead, look for cooktop cleaners or use baking soda and vinegar. Use this to remove grease and other spilled liquids.
- Read your owner’s manual. The manual should walk you through any specific dos and don’ts in regard to your cooktop.
Cleaning your induction stove top is one of the best ways to make it last and continue to shine like new.
Is it ok to use Windex on an induction cooktop?
Glass cleaners like Windex are made to be used on windows and mirrors. Do not use them on your cooktops. Instead, wipe down your induction cooktop with a generic house cleaner, a damp cloth with water, or baking soda and vinegar. Maintaining an induction stove is fairly easy.
What is induction cooking?
Induction cooking uses magnets to heat the cooking tools rather than simply creating a heated surface. This means less energy goes to waste and meals are cooked faster than over traditional stoves. Induction cooking is still relatively new, which means it might be harder to find these cooktops.
What is the difference between an induction and an electric cooktop?
The difference between an electric stove top vs. an induction model is how the heat is transferred. With an electric stovetop, a hot surface is created (not unlike cooking over a gas flame or wood fire). With an induction stovetop, magnets heat up pots, pans, and other cookware. This leads to a faster cooking experience and less wasted energy.
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