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A Closer Look: Induction Cooktops


While you’ve likely cooked using gas or electric, have you ever considered an induction cooktop? Used for decades in European kitchens, induction is fairly new to U.S. homeowners and harnesses the power of magnetism; magnetic friction between the cooktop and the pot or pan (stainless or cast iron must be used). Induction technology marries the precision of gas with the efficiency of electric, and if you’ve never seen a demonstration, be sure to check out the video above. It relies solely on the reaction between the pan and cooktop; the cooktop remains completely cool to the touch, a bonus for those wary of the flames from gas and others who hate the cooked on mess that can come from spills on electric cooktops.

Induction cooktops are 70% more efficient than gas and 20% more efficient than electric. With the touch of a button, the heating elements rise and fall instantly, perfect for delicate foods and sauces. The speed of induction cooking lets you boil water in half the time of a traditional cooktop.

Additional features like the Auto Shut Off Timer and Anti-Overflow System from Thermador take this innovative technology a step further.  The Anti-Overflow System shuts off and sounds an alarm when liquids are detected on the cooktop surface. Thermador also offers a 13-inch element, giving them the largest usable cooking area on the market. Jenn-Air induction cooktops feature Pan Size Detection, Keep Warm™ and Sensor Boil functions.

Check out these, as well as models from Viking, KitchenAid and Wolf at AUTCOhome Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or contact the showroom at 314.373.2000.

Take advantage of exciting promotions from Thermador and Wolf  for a limited time. See below for details.

Thermador: One-Two-Free promotion going on now through December 31, 2012.

Wolf: Save up to $2,500 now through September 30, 2012.