GE GE Appliances Induction Cooktops - Industry-leading technology and extraordinary cooking performance
How Induction Works - Two-part cooking system

The precision of induction cooking. Induction technology heats only the pan and its contents and offers energy efficiency by reducing wasted heat when compared to radiant and gas cooktops. Since there is not a traditional thermal heating element, the induction cooktop stays cooler than conventional radiant cooktops. Want to read more about induction cooktops? See our frequently asked questions below.

Part 1 - Coil produces electromagnetic energy

Part 1

Coil produces electromagnetic energy

The first part of induction cooking is a coil of copper. When an electrical current is passed through this coil, it creates an electromagnetic field of energy.

Electromagnetic energy is around us every day in the form of AM and FM radio, cell phones, wireless laptops, microwave ovens, infrared, and visible light.

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Part 2 - Pan uses the energy to produce heat

Notice the ice cubes directly next to the pan of boiling water.
Part 2

Pan uses the energy to produce heat

The second part of induction cooking is the pan. The coil below the ceramic surface does not heat and will not glow red because the electromagnetic energy passes through the cooktop into the pan. This causes iron molecules to vibrate 20,000 - 50,000 times per second and the friction between those molecules creates heat. All of the heat is produced within the bottom of the pan.

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The bottom of the pan must have some iron content.

The bottom of the pan must have some iron content. The easiest way to tell if a pan has an iron-based core is to place a magnet on the bottom of the pan; if the magnet sticks to the bottom, the pan will work on an induction cooktop.

Frequently Asked Questions about Induction Cooktops

Q. What is induction cooking?
A. Induction cooking uses a high-frequency induction coil below the cooktop's smooth surface that heats the cookware by a magnetic field. Induction cooking is the only cooking method that directly uses the cookware as a part of the cooking system.

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Q. Does induction cooking require specific pots and pans?
A. Yes. In order to create the magnetic field and heat the cookware, the bottom of the cookware must have some iron content. The best way to determine whether a pan will work is with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom, the cookware will work on an induction cooktop.

Q. Is induction cooking faster than other types of surface cooking?
A. Yes. GE Profile™ Series induction cooktops heat faster than gas or radiant cooktops. Compared to a radiant cooktop (12 minutes) or gas cooktop (13 3/4 minutes), induction cooktops offer the fastest time to boil; 1.5 gallons of water will boil in as little as 8 1/2 minutes.**

Q. How will chocolate or other delicate foods perform on an induction cooktop?
A. With precision heating controls, induction cooktops offer a low heat setting ideal for melting chocolate or preparing delicate sauces and dips.

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Q. What keeps the cooktop and surrounding surfaces from getting hot?
A. Induction cooktop technology only heats the area that comes in contact with the magnetic or iron-content cookware, leaving the un-used portion of the element unheated.

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Q. What is control lockout and how does it work?
A. On GE Profile™ Series induction cooktops, the control lockout feature helps guard against unintended activation of the touch controls. You can lock the control panel to prevent accidental activation when cleaning the controls. To lock, simply touch and hold for five seconds; to unlock, repeat.

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Q. How does induction cooking differ from cooking with gas or radiant cooktops?
A. Induction differs from gas or radiant cooktops because there is no exposed coil, open flame or heated surface. If an element is turned on accidentally, no heat is generated unless cookware 5" or greater in diameter is placed on the element. When cookware is removed from the element, the coil is de-energized and automatically turns off within 30 seconds.

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Q. Why does the cooktop flash "F"?
A. The GE Profile™ Series induction cooktop will flash "F" when cookware has been removed from the surface; cookware is not present when the unit is turned on; or cookware is not centered on the element.

Q. Can an induction cooktop replace existing cooktops?
A. Yes. The GE Profile™ Series induction cooktop fits into GE's common cutout shapes, making it easier to replace an appliance without changing countertop cutouts.

Q. Can the induction cooktop be installed in combination with a wall oven?
A. Yes. GE Profile™ Series induction cooktops can be installed over select GE Monogram®, GE Profile™ Series or GE® 27" or 30" single wall ovens except models with Trivection® technology. Please consult your installation instructions for more information.

Q. Is the cooktop easy to clean?
A. Yes. Since the unused portion of the cooktop remains relatively cool because it is unheated, most spillovers will not cook onto the surface. Plus, the electronic cooktop controls are glass touch controls, instead of knobs, for easy cleanability.

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Q. What should be used to clean the induction cooktop?
A. Spills and splatters wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge.

**3700 watt induction element; 3000 watt radiant element; 17,000 BTU gas burner