For those people that don’t know Rebecca and I. We love to cook. Being that we are building a passive house we shied away from a gas cooktop because of all the wasted thermal energy. This left electric and induction. For us the choice was clear we picked an Induction Cooktop. In short Induction Cooktops give you an electric cook top with out the cycling of on and off of a traditional electrical cooktop. Think somewhere between the control of gas and the easy to clean/thermal efficiency of electric. The nice thing about not cycling all the time means that you can hold the temperature for things like melting chocolate and making creme sauces where you have to heat milk but not boil it as to burn it. We’ve been cooking for a couple of weeks now on our induction cooktop. And it’s going to take some more getting used to. But so far we love it. It’s definitely not as controllable as gas. That is to say that ours has distinct levels 1 – 10. So it’s not purely analog like a gas cook top.
Because the induction cook top uses a magnetic field we had to find magnetic pans which was a fun little adventure. We got some magnets and tested the pans we were interested in and got a couple of weird looks at the stores but ultimately ended up with everything we wanted.
So for those looking for an alternative to a gas cooktop, be it for energy reasons or because running an gas line is too expensive/impossible. I highly recommend a induction cooktop. Would we have gone induction if we hadn’t had the restriction probably not. But so far it’s worked out great. On really nice thing about the induction cook top is that it is easy to clean and has a nice low profile.