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Induction cooking for home kitchens.

I am going to add an induction cooker to my kitchen arsenal. Any thoughts that might help me choose.I have appropriate cookware etc.
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  1. Your options are kind of limited in the US, unless you want to import it yourself. Sears has a nice 4-element model on sale right now for about $1500, it is made for them by Electrolux. If you haven't already, visit http://theinductionsite.com , they have tons of information on how induction works, and specifications on the various units that are available in the US, and they sell some of them too.

    1. There are more products available now than last year. Check out:
      WindCrest (www.windcrestcnp.com
      )Diva (www.divainduction.com
      )Viking (www.vikingrange.com
      )Thermador (www.thermador.com
      )If you can wait until Fall 2007, Miele hints their induction cooktop will be released by that time.

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        1. I recently saw an induction top in my asian grocer that was an individual burner, like a buffet warmer. Anyone have any experience with these?

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          1. re: amkirkland

            They only run on 110 current and not 220, so aren't very powerful...I returned mine....

            1. re: ChowFun_derek

              I have a 1200 watt unit I like very much, the 110/220 is not athe determining factor in power - voltage x amperage = wattage. A 110v unit will draw twice as much amperage as a 220 volt one but give the same heating output.

              I've used an 1800 watt one in a professional kitchen and own a 1200 watt one at home. The home unit is very capable.

              1. re: Scrapironchef

                I returned mine to Sur La Table...my ordinary GE Gas stove boiled water faster....

                1. re: ChowFun_derek

                  But that's an apple to oranges comparison, gas burners are all over the map as far as capacity.

                  My Bodum electric kettle boils water fast.

                  1. re: Scrapironchef

                    That is why I specified that I had the ordinary GE gas stove...the "Landlords Standard"
                    I put up a pot of water that I would normally cook for pasta...measured it and times it.on the stove,..I did exactly the same with the little induction 'burner'..and it boiled faster on the stove...this induction did not have enough power...
                    Bodum heats up to 57 oz. of water only...not the 4 quarts I used for my test..

                    1. re: ChowFun_derek

                      So it came as a surprise to you that the bigger burner heats up water faster?

                      My original reply was in regards to the voltage not making as much difference as the rated wattage. If you had purchased a cooktop with a wattage rating equivalent to the BTU's the gas stove could put out it wouldn't matter if it was 110 or 220.

                      1. re: Scrapironchef

                        Who said it was BIGGER? It was physically similar sized...I used the same pot with the same amount of water....The Induction sites always promote the speed of cooking and the power of their units for a kitchen...all I am stating was that this portable unit did not meet those parameters...nor did any of the portable units I researched...
                        and what does this have to do with your Bodum?

                        1. re: ChowFun_derek

                          Bigger as in heating capacity - Gas burners are usually higher BTU rates, physical size may not indicate heating capacity.

                          1. re: Scrapironchef

                            That is the point!!!
                            Although Induction stoves have been hyped as very powerful, with high BTU rates, the portable one does not even reach the BTU capacity of an ordinary stove, which is why it was returned.
                            I really don't think this is such a difficult concept to get....if you are saying that you have found a 110v portable Induction burner with more btu's than the one I found, do let us know..if not then you are just restating the obvious..

                            1. re: ChowFun_derek

                              The portable one _you_ bought was not what you wanted, there are others that might have met your needs. Your original statement -"They only run on 110 current and not 220, so aren't very powerful...I returned mine...." implies that they are all the same. They're not - that's a simple concept I get.

                              Too determine what size burner would match you gas stove - Btu/hour=Watts x 3.413.

                              1. re: Scrapironchef

                                You seem SO knowledgable...do you know of a 110 volt portable induction heater with more btu's than a standard gas burner?

                                1. re: ChowFun_derek

                                  How many btus/hour are the gas burner?

                                  I don't know everything, just the ancient art of Google-fu.

          2. "the 110/220 is not athe determining factor in power - voltage x amperage = wattage. A 110v unit will draw twice as much amperage as a 220 volt one but give the same heating output."

            Sort of. Theory smacks into reality, though, and there are a lot of real-world factors that impact this, too. 110V appliances take much longer to come up to full heat and produce greater voltage drop in the wiring, which translates to reduced power to the appliance and usually, greater strain on the appliance as well.

            220V heating and motor appliances pretty much "always" perform better than their 110V counterparts. Whether the added performance is worth rewiring if necessary, is a separate issue of course.

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            1. re: MikeG

              Unless I'm mistaken (as I often am), most big electric appliances like cooktops run on 220V, so if the kitchen currently has a conventional electric range in it, it may already be wired for 220V.

              1. re: MikeG

                Reality is that induction cooktops don't "come up to heat". They are either on or off, the pan heats up. The wattage induced in the magnetic field is what is being delivered.

                Yes, 220 is more efficient at transporting power than 110, due to the lower amperage required to deliver the same amount of power. But at the levels we're talking about (15-20 amps home circuits, short runs) the effect is negligible. Heavier loads like ranges/ovens/dryers make it cost effective from a wiring standpoint.

                Voltage drop is not caused by a device plugged into a circuit, it is a function of the length and resistance of the wire carrying the current. It would be the same drop per length of wire whether you started at 220v or 110v.