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Induction Cookware Equipment Buying Guide

What is induction cooking? It's a fast, efficient, and safe cooking method that continues to grow in popularity. The simple shape, structure, and design of the equipment combine with the efficient inner-workings to give powerful heating potential while taking up minimal space in your kitchen so you can increase both versatility and output.

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How Does Induction Cooking Work?

Induction cooking refers to the generation of heat through the use of magnetism. Induction units use a series of electrical components and a large, thin coil of copper wire to create magnetic resistance in induction ready cookware. This resistance creates heat in the base of the cookware, as opposed to the surface of the cooker itself, which then heats the food. When the food is done cooking, simply remove the cookware from the induction range and the source of heat is immediately cut off, and both your cookware and range will begin to cool.

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Benefits of Induction Cooking

Induction ranges have four major benefits over traditional gas and electric cookers.

  1. Induction ranges heat up more quickly, allowing you to cook more, faster.
  2. The transfer of heat to the pan is 84% efficient, as opposed to 74% for non-induction equipment, so you can save big on energy costs.
  3. Because the heating takes place exclusively in the bottom of the cookware, induction ranges don't have open flames or red-hot elements to worry about.
  4. The air surrounding the range doesn't warm up as it's used, keeping the ambient temperature lower.

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How to Choose Induction Equipment

When searching for an induction range, there are some important questions to ask yourself.

How powerful do you need your induction range to be?

Will a simple 1800 watt unit do the job, or do you need something with a little more kick? Commonly, you can find both single-hob and multi-hob units ranging from 450 to 5000 watts. If you want greater power, a potent multi-hob unit is a good choice, but don't underestimate the utility of a single unit either.

Expert Tip
For start-ups and entry-level entrepreneurs, an induction unit from Avantco is an excellent choice, while units from Vollrath, Garland, and other vendors may come with additional features at a greater price tag.

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What purpose does the equipment need to serve?

If you operate a buffet, consider looking at an induction buffet table to help save on energy costs while keeping food at safe temperatures. Wok ranges are a necessity at Asian restaurants, and soup warmers are a good selection for practically any foodservice establishment. For the most versatility, standard induction ranges or induction griddles are reliable choices.

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Buffet Tables

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How much food will you be cooking at a time?

If you're only planning on using a fry or saute pan on your unit, it's probably a better bet to go with a standard single hob unit. However, if you're looking to make large quantities of food in large containers, consider a multi-hob unit with a larger surface area so that you can expose more of the cookware to heat at one time. We also offer step-up units that save counter space while still offering multiple hobs.

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Do you need a countertop or drop-in unit?
Countertop induction ranges are the most common cookers. They feature simple designs with front-facing controls, low profiles, and easy-to-clean structures. They're also more affordable, making them a viable option for start-ups and kitchens looking to increase cooking efficiency without expanding space or cutting into valuable countertops.

Drop-in units can feature a two- or even three-piece design, with control panels separate from the cooking area. These units must be installed into a flat surface like a countertop, and the control panels need to be mounted as well. The flat, smooth surface of these cookers makes them great for front-of-house use, offering a sleek and modern appearance.
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Is My Cookware Induction Ready?

Commonly, induction ready cookware is made of materials with some amount of iron in them, like cast iron, enamel cast iron, and most types of stainless steel. Remember that aluminum, copper, and glass are three materials that will not work with induction equipment unless there is a layer of magnetic material somewhere in the base of the product. If you're not sure about the materials in a certain piece of cookware, simply place a magnet to the bottom of it. If the magnet sticks, then it will work on an induction range. If it doesn't, you'll have to find a substitute.

Shopping For Induction Ready Products

When shopping for the best induction cookware for your business, make sure to use pots and pans that match up with the size of your induction burners. Most importantly, you should not use cookware that exceeds the size of the burner, otherwise the entire vessel will not be heated.

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