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It's no wonder that most find this confusing because both cooktops use a ceramic surface. The difference lies between the technology they use. Ceramic cooktops use a heating element to heat the whole hotplate. Therefore, if the hotplate is 25cm the whole area glows orange, heats up and transfers the heat to the pan. Induction cooktops use magentic energy and will only heat the surface area of the saucepan, not the whole hotplate zone. Induction cooktops don't transfer heat ie they don't glow orange. The magnetic energy transfers to the pan which heats itself resulting more even heat and better control over hot and warm temperatures making them much safer to use.
Inverter microwaves heat food using a consistent temperature stream for an even spread of heat during the heating process. Traditional microwaves would throttle power in waves by using microwaves in bursts for few seconds and then turn off few a few seconds. The process would repeat until the cylce finished which would result in uneven heating ie cold spots in the food. Inverter microwaves are more energy efficient and tend to leave more nutrients on the food.
Prolytic ovens are sometimes called self cleaning ovens. They use a very high temperature to incinerate residual food inside the oven leaving a fine ash when finished. The ash is simply wiped away with a damp cloth without the need for chemical oven cleaners and harsh scrubbing. They are very well insulated which makes them more efficient and the kitchen cooler!
Most modern ovens contain multiple heating elements positioned in different parts of the oven allowing the choice of which elements to use. Combined with a fan, grill and other accessories makes the oven very versatile. These can aslo be used in combination giving rise to the term multi function.