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Induction Cooktops: Bringing the Future into Your Kitchen

With an impressive 80-90 percent of energy transferred directly to your cookware, induction cooking is fast, efficient, and it results in a cooler kitchen environment. Add in their sleek look, plus easy cleanup, and it’s easy to see why induction cooktops are the next-generation cooking appliance you’ll want to consider having in your kitchen.

Understanding How Induction Works

Induction cooktops use electromagnetic coils to transfer energy directly to stainless steel or iron-based cookware. Because the pot or pan is what heats up, the cooktop surface stays relatively cool, meaning boil-overs and splatters can be easily wiped away before they harden.

Induction cooktops will not work with copper, aluminum, or glass cookware, however. If you’re unsure which materials your cookware is made of, simply give it the magnet test: If a magnet sticks to the bottom, it will work with an induction surface.

Size & Setup

Before you go browsing for a shiny, new induction stove top, give your kitchen space a measure (then measure again). While their built-in design is space friendly, it’s critical to know how much counter clearance you need for the cooktop to function properly and to avoid damaging your cabinetry or walls during installation.

Each manufacturer has their own recommendations, though a good rule of thumb is to leave 2 inches of clearance from the cutout to the adjacent side of a wall. If you plan on installing your induction cooktop over a wall oven (ask us about this city-living trend!), make sure the two come with compatible setups.

Lastly, you’ll need to have a grounded 240-volt outlet setup with breakers between 40 and 50 amps. This can be read using a multimeter probe.

Thankfully, we’re experts at numbers. Contact us with any questions you still have! We’re glad to help guide you through the process.

Induction vs. Gas Performance

Just like electric cooktops or gas cooktops, induction stove tops are available in several burner configurations to suit your cooking needs. Some Samsung models even come with virtual flames that project right onto your cookware so you can visually adjust heat settings—just like a traditional gas cooktop.

While gas cooktops boast similar benefits, because the open flame radiates heat out rather than directly to your cookware, you can expect about only 40 percent of that heat going to your pot or pan. Thanks to instant electromagnetic response, induction cooktops are among the fastest cooking elements on the market.

Check out our comparison of range tops and cooktops!

Ready to Shop?

We’re glad to hear you’re as excited over induction cooktops as we are! Now that you know the basics, you’re free to dive into our wide catalog to find the selection that works for you and your household. Remember: Questions will come up, so spend time reading about cooking appliances in our learning center, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts. We’re ready to answer all your questions!