If you've been thinking of induction cooking but replacing your current range is not high on your priority or budget list, there's a couple of ways you can break into this faster mode of cooking, without a major investment.
One option is to install a small induction cooktop on your countertop. This Summit SINC2220 12" cooktop is a nice size with two cooking zones, 8 power levels, pot detection sensor and nice safety features. Beware - it would require installation though, so be prepared to read the manufacturer's guide for best final results. Summit also has a one heating zone model, the SINC1110 if smaller is better for you.
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If you're not familiar with induction, you may want to review my article on Induction Cooking to learn more about this cooking method. Induction cooking does require special magnetic cookware, since the cooktop heats only the pan.
If installing a counter cooktop is not something you want to consider, a less intrusive option is to buy one piece of cookware and a one-burner freestanding or portable unit like this Sunpentown SR-951T Micro Induction 12" Electric Cooktop. Portability makes this unit very convenient - you can place it where you need it, even on the patio. I should note though that small portable units may be inadequate for extra large pans and more suitable for small-to-mid size pots, depending on the design.
Adding one or two extra burners to your kitchen can relieve range cooktop congestion and increase your cooking capacity especially when making large meals.
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