I’ve cooked on electric and gas stove tops for years. Most cooks know that gas ranges are awesome. Electric, not so much. At least we have a gas range at the deli. But for over 25 years, I put up with an electric stove top at home. Not great! Until I finally found a most excellent replacement: Induction range.
I’ve had the pictured induction stovetop for over three years now. I LUV it. I’m not really worried about EMFs from this (more about induction-safety here). If nothing else, this non-iodizing (ie safer) magnetic method of heating pots and pans is so efficient that it uses less energy, which has to be good, right?
As for care tips. You need to use stainless steel or iron pans only, but that’s cool, right? (Since they’re the best!) BUT. Don’t leave an iron pan on the stovetop- it might cause a rust stain. Oh no! It’s very hard to scrub out! But I did do just that. Some water had gotten under an iron pan, and a few days later I discovered the stain.
No worries. Well, maybe a little. Until I found out what works. You can’t use abrasive items like SOS pads. So I went a different route: “Goop”, and “Goo Gone”, plus some vinegar spray. I put these cleaners on, let it sit a bit, then scrubbed with a sponge scrubber. Rinse and repeat. It worked! My stovetop is back to looking practically new.
Considering purchasing one of these stoves yourself? As the nice guy at the appliance store said: f you don’t want the bother and expense of piping gas into your kitchen, but you like to cook, then “Induction Range” was the way to go.
What? I hadn’t even heard of it a few years ago. Guess I’d been too busy cooking on the deli stove to research alternatives. But after looking into it, I realized: Induction range was my answer!
It was easy to get the range installed (we got one similar to this one). Just plug it in! Over three years later, the stove is still gleaming. It’s easy to wipe clean, but if I want to spiff it up, I also spray it with vinegar, wiping until spotless.
But that’s just surface talk. What’s really cool is that the induction burners can get much hotter than electric burners. When I want to sear something, I can really sear. But, like the gas burner, as soon as it’s turned off, there is no more heat. When I want to bring something to a boil, it happens so FAST! I love my induction range, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good stove.