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Induction cooktops are more energy-efficient than gas and regular electric cooktops. These electric cookers usually have sleek and modern designs with flat ceramic glass tops and digital controls. They are also safer and output less waste heat into their surroundings. Induction cookers are cool to touch and offer precise temperature controls. Staples® carries a wide selection of cooktops and hot plates that use magnetic induction to generate heat.

Cook Faster by Switching to Induction Cooktops
Rather than heat cookware with an open flame or a heating element, an induction cooker generates a magnetic field that excites the ferromagnetic elements in cookware. Basically, it turns the base of a pot or pan into the heating element. This direct and highly efficient transfer of energy makes induction hot plates cook faster than other types of cooktops. They deliver near-instantaneous cooking heat and users can easily lower their power outputs to simmering heat. Since there are no heating elements beneath their surfaces, these cookers stay cool during use. However, the cooktops may get warm due to the residual heat left by induction cookware.

Features to Look for in Induction Cooktops
The power rating of an induction cooker determines the maximum amount of heat it can generate and how quickly it cooks. Most models have power outputs between 1000 and 1800 watts. While induction hot plates are generally energy-efficient, high-power units can increase users' electricity bills and require rewiring kitchen outlets to avoid blown fuses. The number of power levels available is another important factor to consider. More settings give users greater control over cooking temperatures. The overall size of the cooktop and the number of burners or cooking zones are other key features to note. Choose a unit with well-spaced zones to avoid a cramped cooktop when there are multiple pots on the cooker.

Convenient features to look for include pan detection, automatic switch-off, child lock, timer, residual heat light, cookware protection, and booster mode. A model with pan detection can tell when there are pots on its heating zones. It only turns on when an induction cookware sits on its burner. Cookware protection is a feature that shuts down or lowers heat when an empty pan is on the cooking zone. Booster mode cooks briefly at the highest power level before reducing heat output to a lower setting. Residual heat light indicates when the cooking surface is cool enough to touch after removing hot pots.

Can You Use Non-Ferrous Cookware With Induction Cooktops?
Yes, but only if they have magnetic bases. All cast iron and some stainless steel cookware is compatible with induction cookers. To identify an induction compatible piece, bring a magnet close to its base and see if it sticks. It is possible to use regular glass, aluminum, copper, and non-magnetic stainless steel pots with an induction cooker by putting a ferromagnetic disk between the cookware and cooktop.

Are Induction Cooktops Noisy?
They are mostly quiet except for the soft whir of built-in cooling fans working to keep the cooktops cool. Cookware with loose parts may hum or produce clicking sounds especially when running the induction cooktop at high power.

Do Induction Cooktops Cause Interference With Other Kitchen Appliances?
No. The magnetic field generated by an induction cooker only has a small range. This means that the cooktop is unlikely to cause electromagnetic interference in nearby devices that produce similar fields.
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Midea® 6000 Series Portable Induction Stove Top, Black (MIND179STB)
Item: 24254546 / Model : MIND179STB
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  • Stove
  • Comes in black color
  • Power: 1500 W
89.99 $89.99
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Brentwood Appliances TS-391 Portable Induction Cooktop
Item: 24329086 / Model : BTWTS391
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  • 1,800W
  • 6 programmable power levels
  • Digital control panel
62.99 $62.99
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Cuisinart® Double Induction Cooktop, Black (ICT-60)
Item: IM11Y9190 / Model : ICT-60
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  • Double induction cooktop
  • Black cast iron, 18/0 stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 14.3"H x 23.5"W x 2.5"D
199.0 $199.00
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Total Chef Single Induction Cooktop Black (TCIS11BNG)
Item: 23980325 / Model : TCIS11BNG
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  • Heats to 150-450 degrees F in just minutes
  • Safe and easy-to-use
  • Transfers direct heat to cookware for optimal cooking
129.99 $129.99
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Maxi-Matic Elite Portable Induction Cooktop Burner, Black
Item: 1587205 / Model : 18478
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  • 7 temperature settings
  • 800 Watts power
  • Color: Black
69.99 $69.99
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