I have had an induction cooktop for close to a year now and people still ask me, would I get another one. The answer to that is yes I still would. If you asked me if cooking on induction is perfect, I would tell you no. There are a few annoy things when cooking on my induction cooktop.
For those of you that don’t know, I have a KitchenAid slide in induction range. It is a pretty thing (and expensive) and just barely fit in my tiny Hawaii kitchen. But I bought an entire KitchenAid package with matching fridge, dishwasher and a low profile microwave when I did a remodel.
I would consider a Bosch, GE or Fridgedaire as well but I like Whirlpool products because here in Hawaii, they have the largest installed repair base. And for anyone that lives in Hawaii, getting things repaired is a complete pain in the butt since stuff can’t just be 2 day shipped from Amazon like on the mainland.
So what are the things that annoy me?
Annoying thing number 1
If you cook a lot and especially do things like sauce items, sometimes you want to tip the pan up. For example, when I am pan searing a steak, I put a bunch of butter, and like to baste it with the butter and the best way to do this is tip the pan up and use a spoon to get a good bunch of butter. Well if the pan is not touching the cooktop, after about 7 seconds or so, it starts squawking at you and after 30 seconds, the cooktop will just shut down.
Now I understand this is both a safety thing as well as the way it was designed but it can be a pain to have to put the pan down, just to lift it up and let the butter pool. Also if you do the chef flip then you again, have to do one flip, and place it down again.
Annoying thing number 2
I have all my pans I need right now but man, just going to the store or online and figuring out if it is induction compatible, can be a pain in the butt. I was at Macy’s the other day looking through clearance items (yes I’m cheap) and searching the back till I find the small graphic that tells me, no, its not compatible. I think it will get better in the future but right now I want a wok and its annoying searching out the different ones.
Annoying thing number 3
The cook top controls for the burners are actually embedded into the ceramic cooktop. Normally, not a big deal but when you are cooking and getting splatters and spills and it spills on the controls, it causes two issues.
Issue number one, if the water is hot, your sticking your finger into hot water. If the grease is splattering, your are pushing into grease which means you are washing your fingers after changing the tempurature.
Issue number two happens all the time and man is it annoying. What ever you do, don’t put anything close to the controls. Anything gets close to those controls and the over just starts beeping at you. Spray windex and getting a paper towel. Beep beep beep. Putting a baking sheet on the cook top. Beep Beep Beep.
I get it I get it, but its a cook top. It is supposed to take things like pots, pans and baking sheets.
Bonus: Annoying thing number 4
I find cleaning debris off the cook top is a pain in the butt. I mean things like salt and pepper or stray garlic and onions. It seems like you only wipe it to the edges, and then there is a little channel they get caught in so you are always trying to get those pieces of salt or onion that don’t want to come up.
How annoying are they?
They are things you live with. The beeping is the most annoying because if I put a sheet pan on the cook top for even a few minutes it starts beeping at me. And I know it annoys my wife because we both start talking to the stove. “Ok Ok I am moving it, jeez”. I am not kidding.
Just realize that this will annoy you but not enough to move back to a radiant or coil cooktop. If you don’t have a Kitchenaid, does the same thing happen to you? Let me know in the comments.