The cooktop is perhaps the most versatile appliance in your kitchen. From boiling water to grilling and beyond, it is a staple of most homeowners’ cooking lives. So if you’re shopping for a new cooktop or looking to upgrade an existing rangetop setup, you’ll need to ensure that you take all considerations into account before choosing. Finding the best cooktop for your needs isn’t easy, but the experts at ADU are ready to assist in helping you make the best purchasing decision for your kitchen and lifestyle. Here are just a few of the different options and considerations you’ll need to think about.
There are a few different heating sources available – electric, induction, and gas are the main types. Homeowners who are remodeling on a budget will have this decision made for them – you’ll choose whichever heating source is already currently installed in your kitchen. Those that are looking to build a new kitchen from scratch, however, will need to make a more informed choice.
Electric and induction cooktops are easy to clean and use while also featuring a sleek aesthetic that fits in with many popular kitchen designs. Their main drawback is the time it can take to heat up. While this disadvantage is offset by going with an induction cooktop, you’ll need specialized cookware in order to use it due to the technology behind this setup.
Gas cooktops, on the other hand, heat up much more quickly and you’ll be able to cook at pinpoint temperatures more easily. They also tend to be more energy efficient than electric models. The biggest drawback, however, is that it is much harder to keep a gas cooktop clean.
Most cooktops tend to measure around 30-36 inches and feature 4 or 5 burners. This is sufficient for the majority of homeowners; but if you fancy yourself to be more of a home chef, you should consider a larger setup. Since a cooktop takes up space on your countertops, you’ll need to factor this into your overall kitchen design to ensure you have plenty of counter space for other tasks. And if you’re simply replacing an existing cooktop, make sure to take precise measurements of your current setup since you’ll need to fit the new model into the current space.
Many cooktops have additional features that can make them more appealing options with their extra functionality. A control lockout function ensures that children can’t turn the cooktop on can increase safety. Warming zones help keep your cooked food ready to serve for an extended period. Power boil burners get pots of water boiling faster, saving you time. Additional cooktop features will help you expand the functionality of your unit and make cooking at home that much more enjoyable!
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