Induction Cooking

How Induction Cooking Works

Induction cooking works by using an electromagnetic field to heat the cookware. This is very different from the traditional gas flame or electric coil cooking experience. Special cookware is also needed. Cookware used on an induction cooktop must have iron content. This is what makes the pan magnetic and allows the transfer of energy to the pan or pot you are using.

Magnetic Cookware
Electromagnetic Energy + Magnetic Pans = Fast, Efficient Induction Heating

The key to induction cooking is electromagnetic energy. This kind of energy is around us every day in the form of AM and FM radio, cell phones, wireless laptops, microwave ovens, infrared, and visible light.

It operates on a two part system. First, beneath the ceramic surface of an induction cooking product is a copper coil. When an electrical current is passed through this coil it creates an electromagnetic field of energy. Second, an iron core pan is placed on the cooktop. At this point the heat is activated around the pan. The surface remains cool until both these steps are completed. The video below further illustrates the mechanics of induction cooking.

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Magnetic Cookware Required for Induction Heating

For induction heat to occur, the bottom of the pan must be made of some iron, making the pan magnetic. You can perform a simple test to see if your on will work with an induction cooktop.

If a magnet sticks to the bottom, the pan will work on an induction cooktop. When the magnetic pan is placed on the cooking surface, the iron molecules in the pan begin to vibrate 20,000-50,000 times per second. It is the friction between those molecules that creates heat. All of the heat is contained in the bottom of the pan; this is why the surface remains cool while your cookware stays hot.

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  • Superb Performance

    Boil a quart of water in just 101 seconds with the induction cooktop high wattage burner, as you control heating for even and precise control at all temperatures.

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  • Easy Cooktop Cleanability

    Cooktop cleaning is easier since spills and splatters do not burn on to the cooktop.

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  • Induction Cooking is Safe

    Induction cooking only heats the area that comes into contact with your iron induction cookware. The induction cooktop surface not covered by cookware remains cool to the touch.

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  • Faster Heating

    Faster Heating

    An induction cooktop heats much quicker than conventional electric radiant or gas cooktops to boil water in a fraction of the time.

  • Cool Cooktop

    Cool Cooktop

    Induction technology heats only the pan, so the rest of the cooktop remains cool. This is a great feature for households with children.

  • Magnetic Pans Required

    Magnetic Pans Required

    Induction cooking offers energy efficiency by reducing wasted heat when compared to radiant and gas cooktops. GE testing shows our induction elements deliver 84% of the total energy consumed to the food, compared to 73% for electric cooktops and 38% for gas burners.

  • Precise Control

    Precise Control

    Precision temperature control allows your Induction cooktops to hold a temperature to melt, simmer or boil.

Induction FAQs

  • What is induction cooking?
  • Does induction cooking require specific pots and pans?
  • Is induction cooking faster than other types of surface cooking?
  • What keeps the cooktop and surrounding surfaces from getting hot?
  • What is control lockout and how does it work?
  • How does induction cooking differ from cooking with gas or radiant cooktops?
  • Why does the cooktop flash "F"?
  • Can an induction cooktop replace existing cooktops?
  • Can the induction cooktop be installed in combination with a wall oven?
  • Is the cooktop easy to clean?
  • What should be used to clean the induction cooktop?

Induction Videos

  • How Induction Works

    Induction cooking is a two-part system: An electromagnetic energy field and a pan with an iron based core.

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  • Only the Pan Heats

    Because all the energy produced by the element goes into the induction pot or pan, there's no need for a dual, or tri-ring type element.

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  • Control Lock Capability

    When locked, none of the elements will operate, helping to avoid unintended activation on the glass touch controls.

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  • Low Temperature Cooking

    Makes cooking delicate sauces, melting butter, or chocolate simple.

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Induction Cooktops

Induction Cooktops

Induction Cooktops

  • Speedier Cooking
  • Superior energy efficiency
  • Only the pan heats
  • Easy to clean

Induction Ranges

Induction Ranges

Induction Ranges

  • Professional level heating control
  • Accommodates any size pot or pan
  • Numerous Safety Features
  • Superior energy efficiency