Portable induction cooktop and burners require keenness when purchasing, to get a good product that will perform at its optimum and still last for the entire duration of its lifetime. Many appliances fail before the expiry of their indicated time even after due care and maintenance is observed. This is mostly attributed to purchase of substandard products. In order to avoid such scenarios, proper care should be taken and various factors considered before making the purchase. Some of the factors to be considered include;
A question to consider is the period the product will last under regular use without breaking down. This is called the lifetime hours and gives an idea of the period the induction cooktop is expected to operate before breaking down and without a performance decrease. Kitchenware designed for domestic are always estimated to last approximately two thousand five hundred (2500) hours, an equivalent of about 10 hours per day for one year. significant performance however sets in much earlier due to wear and tear since these gadgets are not designed for constant use. Each need has a specialized requirement, for example, commercial entities will require large commercial induction unit in order to last the duration it is designed to. It is thus important to compare life spans indicated and research on customer feedback and reviews in order to identify the induction cooktop that has the highest longevity.
The glass or ceramic surface for any portable induction cooktop has to be thick and compact enough to withstand pressure of heavy cooking vessels being placed on them on a regular basis. This glass should generally have a width of 4mm and be of good quality for domestic appliances. Most commercial induction units have glass with a width of 6mm. This is to enable the glass withstand rough treatment without necessarily giving in.
Cooking zone size
Induction cooktops generally have different number of cooking zones, all with different sizes and shapes. This means that one has to choose the right type of cookware for each cooking zone. The right cookware should be able to fit the cooking zone perfectly so as to ensure no heat energy goes to waste. A small cooking pan that does not cover the cooking zone well will not be utilizing the induction cooker well thus will lead to energy inefficiencies. On the other hand, a cooking vessel that is too big does not get into contact with all heat on all parts thus leading to uneven distribution of this heat. This leads to uneven cooking of food.
There are 4 main types of portable induction cooktop unit – Single Element Induction Cooktop, Multi Element Induction Cooktop, Built-in Induction Cooktop Units and Freestanding Countertop Induction Units. The right model depends on factors such, such as role of induction cooktop in the kitchen, Kitchen size and even available budget and current financial status. It is thus better to choose a model type that will suit your everyday needs than to go for fancy, more expensive models that will only cost you an arm without necessarily meeting your needs.
Most induction cookers are in the power setting bracket of between 1800-watt to 3600-watt and voltage of between 120 volts to 220 volts. Before making a purchase, it is important to first examine the power supply to your kitchen and ascertain that they meet the minimum requirement to power the induction cooktop of your choice. Find out also whether breaks and fuses will be needed, since bigger cooktops may require breaks of 30 Amps.This makes installation simpler and removes the need for overhaul of the electricity system.
Most people who purchase induction cookers already have existing cookware at home which they used together with conventional thermal cooktops such as gas and electricity. The fact that some induction cooktops are not compatible with these cookware means that purchasing them will necessitate acquisition of newer cookware. This means additional cost which may be strenuous to most people. It is thus important to first ascertain the type of cookware that is compatible with the portable induction cooktop to be bought.
The above factors are not exhaustive. Purchasing a portable induction cooktop requires committing of significant cash outlay thus more extensive research should be done to ensure all aspects are considered before making the purchase.