If you’ve seen the induction cooker section at the department or appliance store, you’ll notice there’s a lot to choose from. Aside from our budget, there are other factors you’ll need to know before purchasing one, so let’s take a look.
If you select an induction cooktop with a low wattage, your cooking time will increase and you won’t be able to cook certain dishes.
With induction cooktops, you don’t need to worry about the pan getting too hot, as it stays the same temperature you set it to. Some induction cooktops also have cooking presets which automatically sets the temperature for the dish you choose.
Not all induction cooktops will have both heat settings and presets, so make sure you choose according to your needs.
You can set the time, and leave it alone to do your other chores or work. It automatically shuts off so your food won’t be overcooked.
Dealing with deep fried foods requires the right settings for the dish to come out perfectly. Make sure that your induction cooker is suitable for deep frying. This is especially important if you plan on using your induction cooktop as your main tool.
It would be limiting if you can’t have your favorite fried dishes. We know that Filipinos can’t get enough of lechon kawali, lumpia, or banana cue!
Don’t just choose a length that’s exactly what you need, make sure you leave some allowance so that the cord isn’t accidentally unplugged. Always make sure to double check how long the cord of a product is before purchasing. If in case you can’t find anything, you can always use an extension cord.
Safety features are godsend for accident prone places like the kitchen. That’s why auto shut-off features are just lifesaving on days we’re just too exhausted or busy.
If you live with children, make sure to get a model that has a child lock. Children are naturally curious, so they have a tendency to tinker with things and kitchen appliances are one of them. Keeping them safe is a priority, so to make sure they don’t accidentally switch it on, some induction cooktops have a child lock.
There are also some induction cooktops that won’t turn on when it detects a fork, spoon, or other metal objects on top of it. There are several safety features an induction cooktop can have, so make sure you check them out and understand which ones you absolutely need.
When frying food, make sure to cover the exposed surface with a paper towel or newspaper, as the hot oil can damage it. Also, dropping a heavy object on top of it might break or crack the glass surface, so be careful.
There are some induction cooktops that have received bad reviews for being too noisy. If you’re the type who gets irritated by noise then it’s best to double check first.
You can check online reviews of the item to see whether or not it makes a noise or take a look at the item description or box to see if the motor is indicated as quiet.
|Power Output||2,800 W|
|Power Output||2,000 W|
|Presets||Hot Pot, Fry, Stir-Fry, Soup/Porridge, Boil, Steam|
|Power Output||7,400 W|
|Power Output||2,100 W|
|Presets||Soup, Braise, Boil, Slow Fire, Fierce Fire, Hot Pot, Deep Fry, Fry|
|Power Output||2,100 W|
|Presets||Fry, Hot Pot, Boil, Steam, Stew, Roast|
|Power Output||2,200 W|
|Presets||Boil, Milk, Steam, Soup, Fry|
|Power Output||1,800 W|
|Presets||Hot Pot, Stir-fry, Steam, Soup|
|Power Output||1,300 W|
|Presets||Stir-Fry, Fry, Warm, Broil, Soup, Steam, and Hot Pot|
|Power Output||1,600 W|
|Presets||Soup, Fry, Deep Fry, Braise, Congee, Hot Pot|
|Power Output||1,400 W|
|Presets||Warm, Steam, Fry Vegetables, Deep Fry, Boil, Steam, BBQ, Chafing Dish|
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|Power Output||2,800 W||2,000 W||7,400 W||2,100 W||2,100 W||2,200 W||1,800 W||1,300 W||1,600 W||1,400 W|
|Presets||-||Hot Pot, Fry, Stir-Fry, Soup/Porridge, Boil, Steam||-||Soup, Braise, Boil, Slow Fire, Fierce Fire, Hot Pot, Deep Fry, Fry||Fry, Hot Pot, Boil, Steam, Stew, Roast||Boil, Milk, Steam, Soup, Fry||Hot Pot, Stir-fry, Steam, Soup||Stir-Fry, Fry, Warm, Broil, Soup, Steam, and Hot Pot||Soup, Fry, Deep Fry, Braise, Congee, Hot Pot||Warm, Steam, Fry Vegetables, Deep Fry, Boil, Steam, BBQ, Chafing Dish|
Now that you have an idea of how to choose the best induction cooker and the best ones available in the market, we're here to share a few tips so that your next purchase won't go to waste.
As long as a pot is ferrous (contains or consists of iron), such as magnetic stainless steel or iron, it will work. Copper, glass, aluminum, and ceramic will not work. To easily check this, take a regular fridge magnet and stick it onto the pan. If it sticks, it’s compatible.
But of course, make sure you’ve given it some time to cool down as the residual heat from the pot or pan might still be present. Also, remember to unplug it before you start cleaning. After cleaning it, make sure to wipe it dry.
You can use a specialized induction cooktop cleaner or hot soapy water to clean it. Do not use chemicals, oil, or an iron scrubbing brush, and do not pour water directly on top of it. For extra shine, you can use white vinegar – but go easy! Lastly, use a clean soft cloth to buff the surface.
It’s also important to keep any electrical appliances, such as a camera, TV, or sound recorder, away from an induction cooktop. These are susceptible to magnetization which will render them unusable.
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