For years we have always believed that using gas tops is the top way of cooking, given their ability to heat fast with an even flame. However, induction and electric cookers are quickly catching on with a rapid increase in their popularity in Kenyan kitchens. Both induction and electric cooking are safe and clean, so choosing between the two might be a dilemma. In this article, I will explain the pros and cons of these methods, and you can decide what best suits you.
Both induction and electric cooktops have become popular in recent years. They are both great options and safe choices. Choosing between the two may be more challenging than it seems. To make your work easier, below are some of the differences between the two. Read on to find what best suits you.
Mechanics of operation
These types of cooktops, also referred to as radiant cooktops, use a centralized heat source. There are metal coils beneath the cooktop’s surface, which are heated by an electrical current. When the coil is hot, it glows and transfers the heat to the entire surface, providing even heat transmission to your pan or pot. This whole process is referred to as thermal conduction.
Unlike induction cooktops, induction cooktops use electricity; however, the mode of heating your food differs. Induction cooktops have copper coils that create magnetic currents. Unlike the electric cooker, warming the surface, then the cookware and the food, induction cookers directly heat the cookware. This mode of heat transmission achieves an evenly heated pan or pot while losing much less heat.
Pros and cons of induction cooktops
Induction cooktops are becoming quite common among Kenyans primarily due to their numerous advantages. Most induction cooker Kenya owners are contented and happy with their choices; however, they are some downsides to choosing an induction cooker.
- They require much less heat energy as compared to other cooktops.
- They cook at a higher speed- it has been proven that an induction cooktop can boil water approximately half the time a gas does.
- The cooktops remain cool; therefore, one cannot get burnt in case of accidental physical touch.
- The feature of the surface remaining cool also makes the cleaning process easy.
- It is more expensive compared to the other cooking tops
- It produces some noise, like a humming sound, in high settings.
Pros and Cons of Electric Cooktops
Electric cooktops have been around for a longer time as compared to induction cooktops, so many people are familiar with them. However, like any other cooker, it has its benefits and downsides.
- They are simple and reliable- installation is easy, and operation is straightforward.
- Give off residual heat to keep food warm or finish the cooking process.
- Give managed and controlled heat that helps to lower energy costs.
- Give off residual heat, which may lead to burns in case of accidental physical touch.
- Have an increased cooking time
- Sometimes the coils produce uneven heat distribution
Making a choice
As much as you are here searching for the best choice, you must know that purchasing an induction cooktop or an electric cooktop is a personal decision. The choice you make entirely depends on your needs, priorities, preferences, and compromises you are willing to make.
Both electric and induction cooktops are efficient and reliable. Therefore, if you want something you are familiar with that is cheaper and easy to use, go for an electric cooktop. However, an induction top is the best option if you want an even cooking cooktop that increases safety and reduces energy costs. Choose wisely!