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Old 08-21-2014, 12:54 PM  
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Default Advice on buying electric stove/oven?

I need to replace my freestanding electric stove/oven. I don't have the option for gas so it has to be electric. My brother does a lot of cooking but does not clean up after himself so it has to be something that can be cleaned up later (won't cook the food on to the surface). It will need to be able to support cast iron pots/pans without breaking. It also needs to either have the controls on the front or have the back control panel be less than 10 inches high. There is a shelf above the back of the stove and we don't want to remove it or move it up again.

So far almost all of the stoves I've seen seem to have 13" height on those back panels...

Although, I suppose if we found a nice enough stove we might have to make do..

We've always used the electric stoves with the coils. They can be a pain to clean and sometimes get a bit bent or don't sit flush (not sure what my brother does to them). So I'm thinking about Induction cookers.

What are the pros and cons of the various induction range/ovens?
Which brands are good?
Which brands should be avoided?
Any recommendations on picking one with a good oven?

Any other stuff I should take into consideration?

We don't want to spend too much on it and plan on just getting a plain white one (although my mother wishes they had more stuff in blue).



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Nextag didn't help me price this, so see benefits & limitations below
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induction_cooking



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Hi,

http://www.epinions.com/Ovens
Maybe a slide in style would work for you.
http://www.applianceaid.com/electric-range-purchase.php
http://www.abt.com/category/469/Slide-In-Electric-Ranges.html

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Thanks, Wuzzat and Jeff1.

I've heard people saying that you can use a paper towel or even newspaper underneath a pan for induction cooking, but I wonder if that is a fire hazard...

I think the slide-ins require special installation. I'm not sure what I would have to do to make it fit. Are slide-ins mostly exposed on the back and or sides?

I was just reading something about the tall control thing on the back being called the backsplash.

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These are expensive to buy and expensive to repair!

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I think the slide-ins require special installation
Not normally.

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Are slide-ins mostly exposed on the back and or sides?
Sides are hidden by the cupboards....back has a full back panal.

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I've heard people saying that you can use a paper towel or even newspaper underneath a pan for induction cooking, but I wonder if that is a fire hazard...
Paper ignites at 218°-246° Celsius and yellows at 150.
from
http://www.tcforensic.com.au/docs/article10.html
Boiling water limits the temp to 100C, see below.

If you do this, try not to get on the Evening News.

You can boil two or three drops of water on wax paper using a candle flame. It takes a minute or so.

You can also dip a wet finger into a pot of molten solder for a very short time with no sensation of heat and no injury.
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I have experience with all 3 electric stoves from a cooking stand point. The inductions work ok but you are limited to cooking in iron pans. Or ferrous metals anyway. It’s the magnetic properties of the metal that allow the induction to heat the pan. You can lift the frying pan cooking bacon and put your hand down with no problem on the burner. Lots of people use the paper towel to keep the surface nice. I personally don’t care for them when I lift a pan the thing starts squawking an alarm that the pan is missing and will shut down. You are limited to a few settings maybe 6 and they act different depending on the pan.

The element type are ok but collect stuff in the trays and they sell replacements aftermarket so cheap its almost better to toss them as scrub them.

If I had to have electric I would have the glass top (love my gas)They heat better more even IMO and are nice to wipe clean. They sell a polish to use on them if you get spills burned on. Other methods will scratch the glass with time. When I had one I would let it cool and then wipe it off with a wet towel and let the soap water set a few minutes and then wipe it clean. Worked great. Very even pan heating. Watch the lights though you turn it off and the red goes away but until the light goes out its still hot.

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Thanks for the replies and info. I don't know if our cookware has level bottoms-- my brother warped a few pans by turning the heat up too high.

My main reservation about the glass cooktops is that I've heard they can break and my brother is not careful. He slams stuff down on the stove all the time. He'll splatter stuff everywhere and not bother to wipe it up ever.

I think the cheap coils-- as annoying as they are to clean-- are probably less expensive to repair if something happens. I've heard that replacing the glasstops can be very pricey..
Hell, I'm actually worried about the glasstop arriving intact at my home. My road is extremely bumpy. Gives Fedex and UPS fits because they say it bounces the packages off the shelves.

So, if I go with a regular electric coil one, I need to figure out which brands and models are good...

Any recommendations? Like, are there some brands that are notoriously bad and some that have a good reputation?

I'll have to work out what features we want...
Self-cleaning (which never seems to work)
controls on the front maybe
a drawer underneath the oven to store stuff

Another thing on slide-ins: Would I have to build something for them to hang on for them to slide in? And can I put something on the sides to keep critters out?

Again, thank you for the responses.

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The way you explain your brother I would be looking at good used, buy two have a spare.

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LOL.
Yeah, my brother is a big doofusaurus. One day I will upload the pictures off what he did to the kitchen floor. And the microwave... We had to get rid of our old microwave because he put something in that exploded all over and I couldn't clean the smell out of it. Every time we used it, the smell would come out and fill the house. Our new one is already filthy as well.

Our mother refuses to buy used appliances. We tried looking up reviews on consumer reports, but it doesn't really keep up-to-date and most of the time the models with good ratings have been discontinued or are out of stock.



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