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Induction Cooktop FAQ

What to look for when buying an induction cooktop?

Before you purchase an portable induction cooktop, try and find a store that give you an demonstration of the benefits of using an induction cooktop. If you cook sauces, soup, melting butter or chocolate you will really benefit from the precise temperature control.

Do you need special pans for induction cooktop?

Yes, you may need some special pan for your induction cooktops; you need compatible pots, induction cooktop uses iron and stainless steel. While aluminum, all copper or glass may not work unless it has a magnetic base.

Can you use a large pot on an induction cooktop?

To create an even temperature, it’s important you match the size of your pan with the size of the burner. It may happen that part of the pan may not heat due to the oversize pan.

Can the induction cooktops be scratched?

It's possible to scratch and damage the induction cooktops. It can happen when sliding across the cooktop surface, by storing items on the cooktops or using an abrasive material to clean the surface.

Can scratches be removed from induction cooktop?

In case you are looking for a way to clean your induction cooktops, there are some tips available in the user’s manual. You can use non-abrasive material and water. Do not scratch the surface of your cooktop with rough and hard materials.

Can pressure cooker be used on an induction stove?

Follow the instruction manual when trying to use your pressure cooker on an induction stove. You can also read the manufacturers instruction for more detail on induction cooking with a pressure cooker.

Do induction cooktops save energy?

Yes, you save energy with an induction cooktop; there is no wasted heat as the provided heat does not flow up from the burner around the outside of the pot.

The induction cooktops are energy efficient as they use up to 90% of the electric energy converted to heat, while gas cooktops lost up to 60% of the cooking heat and this means that those appliances are as low as 40% efficient.

Do induction cooktops make noise?

It's possible to hear some little amount of noise when using the induction cooktop. Most portable induction cooktops have cooling fans that can be heard.

Do induction cooktops need ventilation system?

It is not required, but you should consider having a ventilation system to remove excess steam from the kitchen when cooking.

Can induction cooktops cause cancer?

No, don’t worry about it. The induction cooktop produces a very low radiation that is inadequate to affect your health. During normal use, you won't be close enough to the operation unit to emit some radiation.

Can induction cooktop hurt a pet?

No, the induction cooktop is pet-friendly though it may make some noise that might disturb them. But it won’t be able to hurt them.

How fast can induction cooktop boil water?

An induction cooktop can boil water really fast. In just 75 seconds you can boil 2 cups of water.

Can I easily clean induction cooktop?

Yes, the food or liquid does not spill on the cooktop making it easy to clean. As you already know that it’s only the pan that gets hot. Be sure you clean regularly to have a great looking and functioning cooktop all the time.

Are induction cooktop better than gas stoves?

Yes, the induction cooktops are safer, faster and easy to use while gas can cause fire and can only use some of the energy produced.

Can induction cooktop cause a fire?

No, it's impossible since the element does not heat up. Induction cooktop has automatic detection used to detect when the pan is empty or its boiling over. The appliance can also switch off automatically when there’s no pan on it.

How to protect induction cooktop?

You must always protect the glass from scratches and other abrasive materials. There are a lot of soft materials in the market. Just be sure you choose wisely.

How much will it cost to repair damaged induction cooktop glass?

The price to replace or repair the damaged glass depends on the model of the induction cooktop. The cost may be between $100 and 600$ and sometimes even higher. Contact the manufacturer to get an accurate amount.

How many amps will an induction cooktop require?

You can find the exact information required in the user's guide. In most cases, induction cooktops may require 120-volt circuit protected with a 20 or 30 amp breaker. It is also recommended that you talk to an electrician.

Can generator harm induction cooktop?

No, there is no risk using a generator with induction cooktop but be very careful of the voltage. Check user’s manual for more instruction on using a generator with an induction cooktop.

Can drawers be installed under an induction cooktop?

Yes, you can decide to install a drawer underneath the induction cooktop. Some induction cooktops have inbuilt drawers beneath induction cooktop. It's perfect for storing your utensils and it's easily accessed.

Can the induction cooktop be touched?

Yes, as long as there is no pan placed on it, no heat will be generated making it safe to touch. The cooktop produces no heat and the only heat will radiate from the pan or pot. It is still recommended that you not touch the surface while or immediately after cooking.

Can you burn your hand on an induction cooktop?

This can be possible only when you have just removed a hot pan from the surface. The induction cooktop get to heat the metal of the pan directly, and the hot pan base then heats up the glass surface of the hob.
Once you remove the pan the surface will be hot enough to burn you.

Is food cooked with induction cooktops bad for health?

Just like every other appliance, it emits a very low radiation which is insignificant and can cause no harm to your health. They use electromagnetic waves to heat the pan or pot and are not dangerous.

Will induction cooktop work with cast iron?

Yes, cast iron pans can be used but extra care must be taken to not scratch the surface.  If your preference is cast iron pans, I'd recommend using enameled cast iron pans.

How to fry chicken on an induction cooktop?

You should know that the temperature may differ if you are trying to cook a whole chicken or turkey. After seasoning your chicken, place a pan with oil on it, when hot, you fry. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.

Can I use induction cooktop with old wiring?

It's better to approach an electrician when trying to use your new induction cooktop with old wiring. You can also read the manufacturers instruction for more detail on installation.

Can you install oven under the induction cooktop?

You can but you have to be very careful of overheating the cooktop and you are at risk of damaging the electronic of the cooktop.

Can you use induction cooktop during camping?

Yes, you can definitely use portable induction cooktops specially design for camping and outdoors. You should consider using this appliance to enable you cook during your trip or camping. Using your induction cooktops in your RVs or in your tent will make your journey much fun.

Can you use hard anodized cookware?

Yes, you can choose hard anodized cookware for your induction cooktop; this type of cookware combines the best featured of non-stick cookware, stainless steel skillets and durability of cast iron cookware.

Can you bake with an induction cooktop?

Surely you can, you just have to be sure you have a compatible induction baking pan. As you already know, induction only warms the base of your pot and does not affect the sides. You should be very careful not to be the base of your baking overcooked.

How to cook rice in an induction cooker?

For cooking rice in an induction cooker, you should put rice and water in the cooktop until you have two parts water to one part rice.

Add a teaspoon of salt and stir a bit.

Bring the cooktop to boil (to the highest heat setting), stir once to get rice unstuck from the pan, turn down the heat, put the lid on pan and keep simmering for 20 minutes (at the lowest or one but lowest setting typically).

Can I make popcorn on an induction burner?

Yes you can make popcorn but be careful to avoid scratching the surface. I would not recommend cast iron pots for making popcorn.

Heather Dunbar
 

My name is Heather Dunbar, and I'm the founder of Storefront Company, a place where I review portable induction cooktops and accessories. I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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