Buying Guide: Electric & Induction Ranges
Electric range cooktops can have coil burners or smooth-top surfaces.
- Coil burners are durable and less expensive, but the cooking surface doesn’t provide optimal temperature control.
- Smooth cooktops – Ceran-top or Induction – have burners hidden beneath a ceramic surface. This makes them easier to clean and offers more cooking flexibility because the elements come in various sizes and power levels.
Electric oven ranges
- For an avid cook, a double-oven range or a range with a warming drawer may be the right fit for you.
- if your meals are quick and simple, a model with fewer features might be better.
- If you like to bake, consider convection. Convection baking uses a fan to circulate oven air, which bakes more evenly and reduces the time required.
All about Induction
Although induction cooking has been available for many years, it is gaining popularity as it becomes more affordable.
- Induction cooking uses an electromagnet below the ceramic surface to generate heat. It creates a magnetic field, which transfers energy directly to the pot or pan above the coils, keeping the cooktop somewhat cool to the touch.
- This gives you the ability to adjust the cooking heat instantly and with great precision. It’s important to have induction-compatible cookware when using an induction cooktop, so be sure you consider this when making your decision.
- To determine if your current pots and pans will work with induction cooktops, take a magnet and place it on the cookware. If the magnet sticks, your cookware is compatible.
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