Create a Burn Free Kitchen with induction stoves. The stove's electromagnetic current makes the pan heat up which in turn heats food, but their ceramic surface does not generate heat. Safe, energy efficient and fast, you can find hotplates, cooktops or ranges to meet different needs and different budgets.
WHAT MAKES THEM SO SAFE?
Can’t burn paper or melt plastic - burner never heats up.
Auto shut-off when the pot is removed.
Auto-shut off when an empty or dry pan is detected.
Auto-shut off when food is burning (most models).
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE IT WORK
Pans with a flat, magnetic base (e.g., base made of iron, cast iron or steel)
New pans will have this induction symbol.
TIP If a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pan it’s the right kind of pan!
COST (Canadian or U.S.)
Hot Plates $70-$100+
Range with Oven $1,500-$2500+
An increasing number of good brands and products are coming to market in all price ranges. Google “Induction stoves” on Amazon, Home Depot and the popular appliance store in your region to get a sense of what’s available. Look for items with a high volume of rankings and 4+ star rating.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Multiple temperature settings (preferably no less than 10)
Timer that triggers auto-shut off.
A FEW DOWNSIDES
Learning curve. The stove can heat 2 times as fast as gas and it can take a while to get used to setting temperature by degrees (On many, the pre-set buttons for boiling, simmering etc., can be unreliable)
Minimum pan size required. If a pan is too small for the burner size, the stove assumes no pan is present and shuts off.
Humming sound to get used to. Generated by the magnetic coils and cooling fans.
WANT MORE DETAILS?
A Hub Guide with more details is coming soon in the "Guide to Simplify Mealtime". It will include: sample product comparisons, examples of brand name pans that work with induction stoves, and tips for learning how to use your induction stove. I'll send an email update when it's been posted to the Hub.
Wishing you all the best,