Induction Stoves

The Best Buy bulk buy program

Fridgidaire induction range

WHY AN INDUCTION STOVE IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Gas stoves leak significant amounts of greenhouse gases and other particulates into homes. Recent studies have shown that these emissions are bad for the environment and may be harming your health. 

Induction ranges offer many of the performance attributes of gas ranges such as low simmer temperature gauge, responsive controls and high searing temperatures. They boil water faster, use less energy and are easier to clean. 

Replacing your gas cooktop with an electric induction cooktop is a smart choice! 

THE BEST BUY INDUCTION STOVE BULK BUY PROGRAM

The HVRA Net Zero committee has partnered with Best Buy Canada to offer a wide variety of induction ranges and cooktops. Participants will be eligible for discounts of $200 to $800 on induction ranges and $200+ on induction cooktops. You do not need to live in Harbord Village to participate. Please complete this form to identify yourself as participating in the Harbord Village Bulk Buy Program”. Best Buy will contact you within three business days. You can also call Julian Rahaman at 416 206 4033 or email him at jrahaman@bestbuycanada.ca.

Refer to the lists below for makes and models that are eligible for discounts. 

It is worth doing some research on your own prior to contacting Best Buy. You can select from the list they have provided below or ask about other models you are interested in. The advisor can provide further details on the bulk buy discount and the availability of these and other models. Supply chain issues mean there could be delays for some models.

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Induction Ranges

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Induction Cooktops

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HOW INDUCTION RANGES AND COOKTOPS DIFFER

Induction cooktops look like electric glass cooktops but they work differently. Gas and electric cooktops use thermal conduction to transfer heat from the burners to the cookware, warming both the pot and the food inside. 

Induction stoves are essentially electromagnets that interact with magnetically conductive cookware to immediately generate heat and cook the food. This means that more of the heat goes into cooking and less into the stove, the cooking pot and the surrounding air. Induction cooktops use 90% of the heat generated to cook the food compared with only 40% for gas stoves and 65-75% for electric stoves.

BENEFITS OF INDUCTION STOVES  

  • Better energy efficiency and a smaller carbon footprint
  • Faster cooking time
  • Precise temperature control
  • Even cooking across the pan without hot spots
  • Improved safety: the cooktop remains cool to the touch, it will not generate heat without cookware on the range, they cannot be turned on by accident
  • Better home air quality: no noxious gas emissions in your kitchen
  • Easier to clean

Induction stove adopters say it is “just a better way to cook – overwhelmingly superior”. 

Costs, Rebates, Cookware and Installation

Costs

  • An induction cooktop is less expensive than a full induction stove.
  • For induction cooktops, prices range from $1,000 to $5,000+. Most recommended models are in the $1,000-$3,000 range. 
  • For induction ranges, prices range from $1,500 to $10,000+. Most recommended models range from $2,500-$4,500.
  • You may be able to save money by ordering on-line. Prices on-line are often cheaper than the prices for identical models offered by big box stores or by higher end speciality appliance stores.

GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND REBATES

There are no rebates or grants currently available for induction cooktops and ranges.

COOKWARE

Most new cookware is induction cooktop compatible including any ferrous pots and pans such as cast iron and Le Creuset. Some stainless steel cooking sets will work fine on an induction cooktop. The best way to determine if your current cookware will work is to test it with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of your cookware, then you can use it on your induction cooktop. Cookware made of aluminum, glass, copper or ceramics is not suitable for induction cooktops.

INSTALLATION

  • Induction stoves require a dedicated, grounded 240-volt circuit. 
  • If you are replacing an existing traditional electric stove the existing circuit and receptacle will work. If you are replacing an existing gas cooktop you will likely need to upgrade the receptacle to 240 volts—gas stoves typically use a standard 110-volt receptacle. You will also need to cap the gas pipe and close the valve to ensure it is completely sealed.
  • While small (portable) induction stoves only require a circuit with 15 amps, most larger induction cooktops have a minimum circuit requirement of 40-50 amps.

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Last update: 13 November, 2023