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What is an induction cooker & how does it work?

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Popular in Europe for years, induction cooking is now taking Asia by storm. A technology based on unbeatable precision, power and safety, it is the only type of cooking that can tempt you away from gas.

1. What is an induction cooker?

Unlike gas or ceramic radiant hobs, induction stove heats the cookware directly rather than heating the stove first. A wonderful consequence of this is that your home remains cool, with no heat emanstovating from your cooktop; something to appreciate in warm tropical weather conditions!

2. How does an induction cooker work?


Induction cooking takes advantage of an electromagnetic field generated by passing an alternating electric current through a copper coil wire placed in an induction hob. The produced magnetic field vacillates and induces an eddy electrical current moving in the cookware.

That electrical current flow combines with the electrical resistance of the iron in the cookware, resulting in resistive heating for food cooking. As a result, pots and pans heat themselves with the induction of the electromagnetic field. Thus, your cooktops stay cool to the touch, while your food cooks faster with more precision.

3. What are the advantages of induction cookers?


Induction cooker makes pots and pans heated directly, so the energy used for cooking can be utilized at its best, turning induction stoves into one of the most energy-efficient kitchen appliances. Rather than depending on indirect conduction, induction cooker provides high power and a rapid temperature change in almost an instant.

With the unique direct heating operation, induction also creates a safer cooking environment and facilitates kitchen cleanliness, since you can touch and swipe the surface of induction cooktops right after cooking.
Click here to discover the various advantages of induction cookers.

4. Is induction suitable for wok cooking?


Yes. We conducted an experiment to debunk the belief that wok cooking is better on gas because a visible flame seems more powerful. Watch the video to see more.

>>> Find helpful tutorial videos about induction cookers

5. Induction, radiant or gas stove?


Induction cooker has outstanding advantages regarding energy efficiency, power, temperature control, safety, and cleaning effort compared to gas or electric cooking.
Click here to see the comparison between electric, induction, and gas cookers in an infographic.
6. Is Induction as powerful or fast as gas? Induction is faster than other cooking technologies, boiling 1 litre of water in 3 minutes. The induction hob has precise temperature controls for instant transitions from high to low heat.

6. Is Induction as powerful or fast as gas?

Induction is faster than other cooking technologies, boiling 1 litre of water in 3 minutes. The induction hob has precise temperature controls for instant transitions from high to low heat.

7. Is induction glass top easy to crack or scratch? Induction glass is made of “ceramic glass” that’s very strong and can withstand high temperatures as well as sudden temperature changes. Scratching, however, can occur if one is careless.

7. Is induction glass top easy to crack or scratch?

Induction glass is made of “ceramic glass” that’s very strong and can withstand high temperatures as well as sudden temperature changes. Scratching, however, can occur if one is careless.

8. Which cookware works with induction cooker? Not any pots and pan can work with induction cooktops. To use induction, your pots have to be magnetic. A simple magnet-test will determine which cookware can be used for your induction cooker.

8. Which cookware works with induction cooker?

Not any pots and pan can work with induction cooktops. To use induction, your pots have to be magnetic. A simple magnet-test will determine which cookware can be used for your induction cooker.

9. What are the important things I should know before installation?

You should check if you have a sufficient power supply and if the house installation is suitable to run the hob properly. The power requirement is 3.2 KW. Read our Stove & Hob buying guide to find more helpful advice before taking home an induction cooker.

10. What if my induction cooker breaks down?

In case of a breakdown, call the Electrolux Service Centre, describe the problem and arrange for a technician visit. We provide a 24-month warranty for all Electrolux induction hobs.

Regularly having your hob cared for by professionals is one of the key factors for ensuring its lasting performance. Check out our authorized in-home cleaning and maintenance services for hobs, and let Electrolux technicians carry out a complete cleaning of your appliance.

Summary

 

Induction technology is still on top of the cooking game because of its excellent performance in intensity, speed, energy savings, safety, and cleanliness. By knowing what an induction cooker is and how an induction cooker works, you are now probably convinced that induction cooking is an ideal solution for your kitchen.

 

If you are thinking about choosing an induction stove for your cooking, don't forget to check out our Electrolux induction cooker collection. Here, you can find our best Electrolux induction hobs, in different sizes to fit all your preferences.

 

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