Monthly Archives: January 2015
Appliance Science: The Hot Physics of Induction Cooking

My latest Appliance Science column at CNET explains how induction cooktops work, heating your dinner without direct heat. Plus a special section onĀ frog levitation.

ApplianceScience_Induction (1)Induction cooktops are also more efficient than other types of cooking methods. Because the heat is generated inside the base of the pan, they use less electricity than conventional electric cooktops, and can heat things quicker. They are also easier to clean, because the flat glass or ceramic surface has no gaps or grills to collect spilled food, and the food doesn’t get burned onto the surface. If you spill something, one quick swipe with a damp cloth will clean it up.