The Difference Between Gas, Electric & Induction
Cooktops are great additions to a kitchen of any size and offer many different versatile kitchen layouts. You can add a cooktop to your kitchen island or have it built-in oven and need another cooking solution, cooktops can make this perfect for your kitchen.
When you are selecting a cooktop, you have three styles to choose from: gas, electric, and induction. Take a look below to learn the differences between the different styles to find the perfect fit for your kitchen.
Gas Cooktops heat food with flame. These offer a more rapid heat with exceptional control, which allows you to quickly move the heat from high to low. This flame also makes it extremely easy to judge the heat level.
You may want to consider purchasing a gas cooktop with sealed gas burners to prevent food form getting trapped under your burner making it easier for you to clean. Also consider a continuous grates as it makes it easy to drag/slide heavy pots and pans across the cooktop. For event extra safety, look for cooktops that have a flame failure feature which provides automatic re-ignition if the flame accidentally goes off and automatic shut-off to prevent gas leakage and other problems in your home.
Electric cooktops heat food without a flame. Electrical coils heat the surface of the cooktop, which make them better at maintaining low heat.
There are two different types of electric cooktops to choose form, coil cooktops and smooth cooktops.
Coil: Coils sit on top of the cooktop surface or are in a recessed cavity. The coils are more vulnerable to spills, but drip pans below will contain most of the messes. They can be hard to clean if not cleaned immediately, and in extreme cases need to be replaced. They are also at the lowest price point.
Smoothtop: These cooktops have radiant elements, similar to coils, but are installed below a smooth glass. This feature makes it extremely easy to clean because of the glass surface. Smoothtop elements heat evenly and quickly which are great for people always on the move. They also work great in both contemporary and traditional styled kitchens.
When you purchase an electric cooktop there a few things to keep in mind that will make your cooking simple. Dual element burners that feature an outer and inner ring for smaller and larger cookware. Bridge elements are an extra element between two main elements that can be active to create a long surface for cookware like griddles. To ensure safety, make sure you look for hot surface indicator lights. This indicates that the surface can still be hot even if the cooktop is not on.
Induction cooktops are a type of electric cooktops. They have electromagnetic coils beneath the ceramic glass surface and transfer energy directly into the metal objects. By heating the cookware directly, cooking is much faster without making the cooktop hot to the touch. This makes it easy to enjoy precise and even cooking with induction.
Unlike other electric cooktps, only induction ready cookware can be used for induction cooktops. You can easily search for and purchase induction ready cookware. Also, if a magnet sticks to the bottom of the pot or pan, this cookware will work with an induction cooktop. Since induction cooktops only heat the area that comes in contact with the cookware, they are a sfer option for busy homes!