Elaine Bernard Cooktops January 23, 2019 08:57:44
You won`t need glass cleaner or any special cleaner for most of the induction cooktops on the market. They are made with a surface that is very easy to clean after you are done. Just a washcloth, soap and water are about all you really need to clean most of the cooktops available. With a gas stove, you cannot avoid releasing toxins into the air you breathe and even some can escape with electric stoves. However, when you add an induction cooktop to your kitchen, you don`t have to worry about any safety issues. No toxins will be released and the surface will remain cook, so that you don`t burn yourself.
This is where Induction cooktops spark the interest of my customers who want the performance of a professional rangetop, but want something easy to clean. Induction - or magnetic induction - works on the molecular level. The magnet creates friction in the cooking vessel (ferrous metal pots and pans are necessary - if a magnet sticks to it, you are good to go) creating the most efficient source of heat at more than 90 % efficiency. Gas cooktops are about 60 percent efficient, depending on the model. Back to the cleaning issue... Because there is no heat passing through the ceramic glass on the induction models, they are a breeze to clean. You don`t have the usual burning in on the surface as you do with radiant smoothtop or gas cooktops. Soap and water usually does the trick to clean the induction top.
Many of the reasons people use gas stovetops can also be found in induction cooktops. An induction cooktop heats food by generating an electromagnetic field when a piece of induction cookware, such as cast iron or stainless steel, is placed on the cooktop. The cooktop creates heat in the cookware which then heats the food. The cooktop stays cool except where the cookware is sitting, even if turned "on". Gas cooktop proponents generally tout the fact that the heat can be turned off instantly with no lingering heat and cooking temperatures can be regulated easier because no time to reduce or increase heat is necessary. Opponents of gas talk of the small leaks of gas into the house, the open flame, and greater potential for fire.
In conclusion, there are pros and cons with electric cook top compared to gas cooktop. Therefore, before doing any purchase, do take all these advantages and disadvantages into your consideration. The rule of thumbs here is to figure out what your cooking frequency and style is. For instance, if you do a lot of cooking at home and you require high intensity cooking that utilizes high temperature and fast reaction time, the gas version is definitely your best bet. On the other hand, if you do only seasonal cooking once in a blue moon or maybe you do only light cooking, then the electric cooktop is certainly the way to go.
Cooks would rather use gas cooktops instead of electric. The main reason for that is, the heat can be controlled much easier. Gas stoves are also much more inexpensive and environmentally friendly than electric stoves. The colour selection is huge, and comes in different finishes such as glass, stainless steel, enamel and aluminum. One disadvantage of gas cooktops is that they are less energy efficient than electric stoves. It takes a lot of energy to use gas cooktops and they can be energy wasters.
You also have to figure in the cost of new cookware for the new cooktop. This technology requires you to use cookware that is made of cast iron or enameled steel. You can try to use your old stainless-steel cookware and sometimes you will get lucky and it will work. But if you have copper or aluminum pots and pans, you are out of luck. One way to test your cookware is to see if a magnet will stick to it. If the magnet sticks, your cookware will most probably work.