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The art of induction cooking emerged in the early 1900’s. The process heated a cooking vessel using magnetic induction instead of thermal convection as a flame would. The safety and convenience of induction cooking was demonstrated in 1933 for the first time at Chicago’s World Fair. In the 1970’s the concept quickly developed into single stand-alone burner ranges as well. Cooktops have become quite popular with consumers and especially chefs because of the convenience and unique look that it gives your kitchen.

Mirroring a Range’s functions, cooktops differ in power and appearance. The various size options allows you to place the cooktop where you think fits best without the limitation of having to place it in a certain spot as a range would. For example, installing your cooktop into your counter will free up storage space. Installing it into the counter, over your wall oven will instantly give you a built in seamless look. They are easy to maintain and have found to be much safer than open flame cooking methods.


In simpler terms, cooktops are ranges on a strict diet because it hides all those clunky internal parts. Thinking about price range, size, placement, and fuel type (induction or gas) might be the only bulk you deal with. The high end features will later speak for itself.