Induction Pan Sizes: How Critical??
Here I am all excited about the chance to get an induction range... until I found out about minimum pan sizes. :-(
I was looking at the GE Profile induction range but just saw their minimum pan sizes for the 4 elements (for me the warming element would be useless): one 4 3/4" min, two 5 3/4" min, and one 8" min.
As a retiree living alone, here are the bottom diameters of the pans I use constantly: 6 3/4", 5 1/2", 5 3/8", 5", 4 1/2" and 4 1/4". The biggest pan I normally use is only 7 1/4" diameter!! All my cookware is induction compatible btw, it just worked out that way when I bought them.
With these pan sizes it looks as if only ONE burner (the smallest) would be usable according to the minimum pan sizes given in the GE Profile specs. And the largest pan at 7 1/4" would need to go onto one of the 5 3/4" burners but the problem is that I might use that pan perhaps once or twice a month, if that. I cook small quantities and so I have small size cookware, LOL. Also, hand and arm issues make handling larger pots and pans problematic. So I have to stick with smaller size cookware for that reason too.
The GE manual says that a pan smaller than the minimum will not allow the induction burner to turn on. Is that true? How critical is the pan size? Or should I just go with a really good smoothtop range and forget induction entirely?
p.s. I'm really spoiled because I'll be downsizing from a house that has a Wolf 36" cooktop with multiple expandable burners, so there has always been space for whatever multiple pans I need. I just assumed with induction I could use any pan size no matter how small. Duh!
Obviously I don't want to buy an induction only to discover that only one element is able to accommodate the pans I use every day. Am I out of luck then?
This post was edited by My4thGarden on Sat, May 18, 13 at 19:53