The difference between an electric and induction ovens
With such a large price gap, a common question asked when choosing a cooktop is, what’s the difference between electric and induction?
Electric and induction cooktops are a smart and timeless addition to a kitchen. With modern digital features, both cooktops are easy to use and offer accuracy in temperatures.
Most electric and induction cooktops include additional features like child locks, timers, and pause buttons. Their flat surfaces also allow for easy cleaning and maintenance.
So what is the difference?
Electric cooktops are made up of coiled metal elements that sit below a ceramic surface, which heats the surface electronically to the desired temperature. The heat produced heats the pan ready for cooking.
Induction cooktops use electromagnets instead of metal coils, which directly heat the pan, and not the surface. Induction cooktops require specific cookware in order for the cooktop to work.
Why choose electric?
Price! There is a large difference in price, so if you want a smart alternative to gas, electric is a great option. Electric cooktops are able to maintain the desired temperature through automatic heat controls, and almost all cooking pans can be used on them. Although electric cooktops retain more heat after use, there is usually a heat indicator which clearly shows which zones are still hot.
Why choose induction?
Induction cooktops tend to be more efficient as the surface remains cooler while in use as the heat is directly transferred to the pan. This also makes induction a safer alternative as the surface cools down faster, while electric retain up to five times more heat. This is due to the fact that the cooktop will only heat up once a pan is placed on the surface. Induction cooktops provide instant heat, whilst electric take longer to heat up.
Which cookware will work with induction?
When choosing the right cookware to use on your new induction cooktop, it is important you choose pots and pans that are made from a magnetic-based material. This includes magnetic stainless steel or cast iron. We recommend Le Creuset Cast Iron cookware.