Types of Heat: Electric Induction
Induction rangetops look fairly similar to other electric rangetops, but the difference between them is under the hood. Induction cooking uses magnets that react to the pots and pans placed on the heating elements. This creates a surface that is always cold to your touch, and hot to the touch of magnetic metals. Induction heat transfers are extremely efficient, which is why an induction element can make a pot of water boil up to 50 percent faster than other types of rangetop burners.
Oven Properties: You can't have induction heat transfer in the oven, so induction ranges use regular, radiant heat in the oven.
- If you have a brightly colored range, like the Bertazzoni model above, you might want it to stand alone. You can also place in between cabinets for a more intergrated look.
Ranges typically come in three main forms: drop-in, slide-in and freestanding. Most people are familiar with freestanding ranges, which are paneled on each side. In regards to kitchen placement, freestanding ranges have the most versatility. Drop-in and slide-in ranges have limited versatility, but provide a more built-in look than freestanding ranges. Continue the slide show to find out more about each style of range.
Electrolux Hybrid Cooktop
Want to try induction but afraid to commit? Split the difference with the Electrolux hybrid cooktop, which offers two induction burners and either two or three standard electric burners, depending on the cooktop size (30 or 36 inches). Induction cooking uses less energy than gas or electric and provides the precision and responsiveness of gas cooking. Electrolux
Liebherr 2062 Series Refrigerator
Liebherr's new 36-inch French-door refrigerators, the 2062 Series, have double freezer drawers and come in a freestanding cabinet-depth model or a fully integrated model with either stainless steel doors or cabinetry panels. LED lighting columns illuminate the interior, save energy, and allow easy rearranging of the glass shelves. Liebherr
KitchenAid Commercial Style Range
This duel-fuel KitchenAid Commercial Style Range features simmer/melt burners, 15,000 Btu burners, and the UltraPower Dual-Flame Burner, which can be fired up to 20,000 BTUs. The electric oven's auto steam function helps baked dishes retain moisture, while the convection system circulates heated air for even, quick cooking. A single-grate design makes cooktop cleaning easy. An optional griddle is available in the 36 and 48-inch models. KitchenAid