Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 02, 2017 08:12:27
"The induction cooktop while not yet a part of most households is becoming increasingly accepted as a useful energy-efficient method of preparing food according to a fact sheet produced by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. The cooktops contain coils made of a magnetic material. When current passes through the coil it produces a magnetic field that transfers to the pan above it. The pan and its contents heat up but neither the cooktop nor the air above it becomes hot. When the pan is removed the energy transfer stops.
Always read the fine print and forget about those super-hot commercial ranges — that s the advice of restaurant equipment suppliers for consumers who want to save money on pro chef-quality kitchen gear by ordering online. While purchasing true restaurant equipment at a discount price may sound like an easy choice you actually need to be more careful about what you buy.
How meticulous are you about wiping up after spills? Electric smoothtop ranges need to be cleaned carefully after every use or you can get a residue buildup on top Franke says. Smoothtops also require a special cleaner. If you re not the constantly cleaning type you may want to consider electric coils which are inexpensive and easy to replace or a gas cooktop with sealed burners so spills can t leak down underneath.
The other drawback is that only magnetic (i.e. steel) cookware can be used. The steel content of the cookware can be tested by taking a small magnet to the store. But Fisher Knott says clients don t bat an eye at this limitation either."Today cooking has become an important part of the social activities of the home and good cookware is part of that. Often buying new cookware is part of the kitchen remodel anyway. We explain that the cooktop and cookware are part of a complete cooking system so they plan on that."
If you love the idea of a refrigerator or freezer drawer then you ll be smitten with this dishwasher drawer. This is a great solution for a kitchen where you may not even have space for a slim dishwasher. Believe it or not you can fit up to 12 plates inside.
Is your kitchen currently plumbed for gas or electric? As much as you may long for the real flames of gas burners it can be very expensive to run a gas line to your kitchen if there s not one there already depending on the distance BTUs needed etc. Generally your best bet is to go with whatever type appliance your kitchen is already set to handle.