Darchelle Meunier Cooktops January 24, 2019 08:52:21
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.
In addition, the variable-size elements in electric cooktop are a huge advantage over the gas version. Variable-size elements means the elements can match exactly the size of any pans and pots. This is something that the gas cooktop is lacking. Other than the variable size elements, other features that are available in electric cook top but are lacking in gas cooktop are the warming zones and bridge elements that will match irregular pans and pots sizes. The variable-size and bridge elements are definitely a must-have for any environment conscious persons as they maximize the usage of electricity.
Speaking of the cons of electric cooktop, the first thing that comes to my mind is the slow reaction time. Electric cooktop can be slow in terms of heating the pots and pans. Besides, some models of electric cooktop might be lacking in terms of power and temperature. Some high temperature cooking such as quick boiling and frying with a wok might not be possible with electric cook top. You might want to check with the specs before purchasing any cooktop. Some low end electric cooktop certainly lacks far behind its gas counterpart. But most high end and expensive electric cooktop will have a workaround for this issue.
This may not be that demanding if you are replacing an electric stove, but if it is a completely new installation, then it is best that you allow an experienced electrician to do the installation. Just like any other appliance, quality installation is important in functionality and this makes it very important to get help, especially if you are just getting familiar with the induction cooktop option. If you have children around the house, then you would have very little to worry about. As long as there is no pot on the cooktop, then there is no heat minimizing accidents around your home. To prevent your kids from playing with the controls on the unit, however, some will still come with child lock features so you remain in control of your unit.
Here is the drawback to gas cooktop - they are NOT easy to clean! I can`t tell you how many people tell me about how they`ve scratched the porcelain or stainless steel on their cooking surface trying to scour it clean. And that`s not to mention normal heat discoloration that is easily visible after regular use with stainless steel cooking surfaces. The grates are also hard to keep looking new. Grates should not be washed in the dishwasher as the rubber grommets will wash out. The grates will more than likely develop rust in the dishwasher, too.
All in all these cooktops are a great addition to any kitchen and can add flexibility to your cooking style. It will take a little time to adjust to the speed of the cooking, if you have never used this type of cooking, but once you get used to it, you can cook many things fast and easy.