June 10, 2016
Gas, Electric, and Induction Cooktops: Which Do I Choose?
If you are remodeling your kitchen, then there is no choice more relevant to your cooking than the type of cooktop you choose. For years, the choice was either between gas or electric cooktops. If you didn’t already have a gas line running to the kitchen, then the choice was made for you. However, induction cooktops, popular in Europe for many years, have become an attractive third choice for homeowners.
One of the greatest benefits of choosing a gas cooktop is that it heats up and cools down immediately, allowing for precise cooking. You can use any type of pan on a gas cooktop, including stainless steel, iron, and woks. If you don’t have a gas line leading to your kitchen, installing one may be pricey and should be taken into consideration.
Electric cooktops are generally installed when there is no gas line leading to the kitchen or if the homeowners have a small budget. An affordable option, electric cooktops do have the downside of taking longer to heat up and cool down. They also don’t get quite as hot as gas or induction cooktops. Ceramic radiant cooktops are an attractive electric option, since the glass surface is easy to clean.
Induction cooktops have become hugely popular in the past few years. These cooktops use electromagnetism to produce heat. Below each cooking zone is a coil of metal. When the power is turned on, an alternating current flows through the coil to produce an invisible magnetic field. This magnetic field only affects pots and pans composed of iron. So, the magnetic field will heat up the iron, but the surface of the cooktop will remain relatively cool to the touch. If no iron is placed on the surface, then the surface will stay completely cool, even if it is turned on. Households with small children particularly appreciate the safer element of this cool cooktop. The glass surface, just like a ceramic radiant cooktop, is easy to clean, especially since food doesn’t get hot and cook onto the surface.
However, if you choose to purchase this unique and increasingly popular cooktop, there are two things to keep in consideration. First, an induction cooktop costs more than an electric or gas cooktop, so be sure to calculate this cost into your overall remodeling budget. Secondly, you may need to also purchase new pots and pans. Cast iron, black metal, or stainless steel with magnetic grade base can all be used on an induction cooktop. If the higher cost is not an issue, then an induction cooktop can be a great addition to your kitchen!
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