Glass ceramics and induction
. These are two types of modern electric stoves, which supplanted old-timers of the kitchen with protruding electric heaters. Both have a respectable appearance and, due to the same type of ceramic glass hob, can be the best decoration in the kitchen. With external similarity, these plates used a completely different heating method, so they have their own particular advantages and disadvantages.
To decide which slab to choose, let's look at each of them.
In various models of this type of hob, a tape, spiral or halogen heating element can be used for heating. They are located under the hob of a solid glass-ceramic sheet. It should be noted a number of advantages and disadvantages, which has glass-ceramics.
Advantages of use and degree of security
Users, by appreciating glass ceramics, emit:
- High temperature resistance. Possessing a unique thermal conductivity, the plates withstand heating up to 600 C.
- High strength. At production of the cooking panel the high-strength tseran is used, therefore it is steady against blows.
- Low power consumption. Can be considered as a kind of savings tool.
- Fast cooling of the panel. By changing the position of the switch, you can dynamically support the necessary heating of the burner.
- Heating Zone Control. Independently, you can adjust the heating area for different size dishes.
- Ability to use a specific bottom shape. In some models of glass-ceramic plates, the shape of the burners allows the use of dishes of different configurations.
- Availability of additional functions. These are the functions facilitating the work of the hostesses: timer, auto-preparation mode, switching off when boiling, etc.
- Protection against small children. Function in modern models, which allows to block access to control and prevent various troubles.
. Difficulties in the operation and maintenance of the
. Along with the advantages listed above, glass ceramics has its certain disadvantages:
1. Special utensils are needed.
On the stove can not be cooked in our usual pots and pans. Better to get dishes with a flat flat bottom. It is desirable that it was dull and thick. In order for glass ceramics to serve for a long time, the circumference of the bottom of the dish should not be less than the circumference of the heating zone.
It is important that the material is well suited for glass-ceramic plates. Ware with low thermal conductivity of ceramics and glass is better not to use. Aluminum and copper are not suitable either, as badly removable traces remain on the panel surface on them. The best would be the use of stainless steel and any other utensils with the sign "for glass-ceramic".
2. Care of the hob.
In general, everything is not so difficult - you just need to use special tools for cleaning glass ceramics. Other detergents can cause oxidation and the formation of micro-scratches. Remnants of dirt can only be removed with a special scraper with a thin blade.
The induction heating method is new in the development of kitchen appliances. Instead of a heating element under the glass-ceramic working panel is an electromagnetic coil, which creates a powerful electromagnetic field. That it produces eddy high-frequency currents that provide heating directly to the bottom and contents of dishes. The working panel of the induction plates is made of a material the same as all other glass ceramics.
Advantages of induction heating
The advantages include:
- Low power consumption - you can save on finances.
- Fast heating reduces cooking time.
- High safety is ensured by the absence of heating of the working surface. After removing the dishes it is only warm. The kitchen is not as hot as when cooking on gas and electric stoves.
- It is simple to care, it is enough to wipe the glass-ceramic panel with a damp cloth. It does not heat up, does not smoke or burn anything.
- You can choose a different mode of operation. A wide power range allows you to quickly boil water and simmer vegetables with a little heat.
- The temperature can be changed instantly to within one degree.
- The cooker does not work if there will be dishes with a bottom diameter of less than 12 cm on it. Therefore, a spoon or a fork accidentally left on the cooker will not turn it on.
What are the drawbacks of the
? There are few of them, but they are:
- The working panel of the induction is glass-ceramic, like all types of electric glass-ceramic plates. Therefore, its relative fragility in order to avoid the appearance of cracks requires careful handling during installation.
- It is better not to install the induction cooker next to a dishwasher, a refrigerator and other appliances made of metal, as it can cause interruptions in their work.
- The bottom of the dish should have ferromagnetic properties, otherwise there will be no induction heating.
The disadvantages include the noise that accompanies the operation of the induction, as well as the relatively high cost.
Which one to choose
Let's compare glass ceramics and an induction cooker. If someone has a desire to save money, then choose the best glass ceramics, it is cheaper. But if you want to save on the time and effort that is spent on cooking and caring for the stove, then choose induction.
If there is a question about the dishes, then it will have to be updated in both cases. Although it is temporarily possible to use any metal pots and pans on induction stoves that have been tested with a simple magnet from a refrigerator. Of course, the efficiency of use will be lower than that of dishes with a ferromagnetic bottom.
Considering all the advantages and disadvantages of the considered equipment, everyone has the right to choose what is best for him.