An induction heating plate uses magnetic induction to heat a pot or a pan, allowing for rapid heating. The heat goes straight to the pan instead of the cooking surface.
On conventional induction heating plates, the pot or pan must be made of a ferromagnetic metal, such as stainless steel or cast iron. However, if the cook uses a hotplate, he can heat copper, glass, non-magnetic stainless steel and aluminum.
Not only do induction heating plates allow the user to cook with more materials, but they are also cool to the touch. These plates also have surfaces that help keep the container from slipping and short cords so they don't accidentally get knocked over. Some even offer child-proof locks and automatic shutdown timers.