Originally Posted by Nxkharra
Sorry but can I ask for more elaboration. Why do we have both temperature setting and watt setting?
Please not too technical.
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The watt settings function in the same way as the gas or electric stove that you have used for your entire life. Higher = hotter.
The temperature settings use a thermometer built into the surface of the cooktop in an attempt to keep the pan and food at a constant temperature, similar to an electric skillet with a temperature dial. You don't have to constantly adjust the heat to get the action that you want in the pan. The electronics do it for you. Because the induction cooktop is measuring the heat absorbed through the glass surface, and not the pan or the food, it is slower to respond to temperature changes. For temperature-critical cooking, like making candy, this is nowhere near good enough, but it works reasonably well for many foods.
Magnetic induction cooktops are very energy-efficient and can heat a pan to very high temperatures much faster than a gas flame or traditional electric coil burners. Especially with fats, as when frying bacon, the pan temperature can get way too hot before you notice. As mentioned above, this is a great use for the temperature setting function, keeping the pan from getting hot enough to burn the fat and making a smelly mess of your kitchen.
I have done some testing of the temperature setting accuracy on two popular cooktops, and the temperature accuracy has been much better in the higher (300+) temperature ranges than for simmering etc.
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