If you're considering making an important purchase, why not take a look at one of our buying guides to see if we can help you find the best induction cooker that meets all of your needs. Induction cooker prices are mainly affected by product built-in quality and special features, but can also be influenced by certain induction hob types such as touch screen controls, size of the cook-top and brand value. Induction cooker models are enhanced by numerous features and energy-saving pre-set functions, so it's best to have an idea of what these features are, then you can decide what really matters to you when looking for an induction cooker.
How Induction Cooking works, energy efficiency of Induction cookers?
Induction cooking technology is the latest and the most recent development in use of electrical energy to cook food. Induction cookers differs from traditional electric cook-tops and hot plates. Traditional electric hot plates use the principle of heat resistance to generate heat. In this process electric energy is used to heat the cook tops element through resistance first, and then this heat is transferred to the cooking utensil. This process is known as conduction. Induction cooker use a magnetic field to heat up the vessel, which then heats the food while the induction cooker itself stays relatively cool, it does not heat the element inside the induction cooker. Heat is created and transfers directly to the cooking utensil magnetically, and almost all of it stays confined to the cookware and the food inside it. Cooking with induction is the fastest cooking method and is just as controllable as a LP gas stove. Although induction cookers are in affordable price range, they tend to be the most energy efficient cookers sold today because of the decrease in cooking time. In an induction cooker the magnetic field thus created tends to generate heat inside the cooking utensil through a scientific process called magnetic hysteresis loss. This hysteresis loss takes place only in vessels and containers made of ferrous metals such as iron, steel, enamel coated steel or induction base cookware. Click here to view details about induction cooker suitable cookware.
When it comes to the best model for an induction cooker, you are provided with a number of options to choose between. The first consideration is cook-top controls, you have to choose the product depending upon the type of control panel you need. There are primarily three types of control panel available for Induction cookers: Touch sensor controls, Press button controls, Rotating Knob control. Some low quality touch controls may wear out more quickly than knobs, switches, or buttons. Some models have almost dozen different power settings, and pre-sets for such things as boiling water or keeping cooked food warm. Child-lock and automatically timed shut-off are also safety features you might want to consider when purchasing an induction cooker.
Multiple cooking zone Induction Hobs
Induction cookers may have 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 induction zones. Two coils are most common in Hong Kong and three are most common in Japan, but four is the most common in the US and Europe. Small stand-alone portable induction cookers are relatively inexpensive and which are popular in India. Your choice of whether to buy a built-in, portable or counter-top induction cooker will depend greatly on whether you are renting or own your home. When it comes to price, the most economical are counter-top model induction cookers and some portable model induction cookers. Prices for built-in induction cookers and higher-end, branded portable induction cookers are influenced by style and features in the cook-top.
The picture below shows the 4 element Induction Hob installed in a kitchen.
The various functions of an inductioncooker may be discussed below:
- Automatic Cookware Detection: You probably already have some suitable pans for induction cooking. Most of the induction cookers are able to recognize most types of induction suitable cookware. To test a cookware, place the cookware with some food to cook or with water on the heating area of your induction cooker (induction stove) and power-on the unit. If the display of your induction cooker remains unchanged your cookware is induction compatible. If the display of your induction cooker flashes on and off your cookware can not be used with an induction cooker. You can also check induction compatibility of your cookware using a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the base of your cookware then your cookware can be used on induction cooker. Removing the cookware from induction cooker immediately turns-off the induction heating in your cook-top, however cooling fan in the unit will run for a while to cool-down the internal electronics in an induction cooker. To completely turn-off the induction cooker you should press the 'Off' button in your induction cook-top.
- Small item detection - safety feature: In some induction cooker models a small object such as a fork, spoon or a ring placed on the heating area of the induction cooker by itself is not detected as a pan. In such case the display on an induction cooker flashes and there will be no output power.
- Child safety lock function: Some of the induction cook-top models are equipped with a child safety lock feature which locks the induction cook-top during the use, either when the induction cook-top is stopped for cleaning or during cooking. In this case any operations pre-set and underway in the induction cook-top will continue and the displayed settings remain active and all the function key's or settings will be 'locked', but for safety reasons only the "Power-Off" button will be usable.
There are special purpose heavy-duty Commercial Induction cookers as well.
Maximum Power of the cooktop:
Today's induction cookers have become much more efficient to operate, but in some of the portable unit induction cookers power level have become higher (2100W maximum). Some of the latest version induction cookers have relatively low maximum power level (power level of 1500W or 1700W maximum but these cook-top will provide almost same temperature output of a regular 2000W / 2100W powered cook-top) features or 'efficient heating in low power levels' options which can really save your energy bills. Please click here to view low power induction cookers in our store.
The major inductioncooker brands sold in India are:
- Mr. Butler's
- Crompton Greaves
- Morphy Richards
The approximate price for these inductioncooker brands in India ranges between 1500 Rupees to 6000 Rupees. Few good examples of Branded inductioncookers are Philips, Crompton-Greaves, Preethi, Prestige, TCL, Bajaj Mr. Butler's etc.
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