Darchelle Meunier Cooktops January 24, 2019 08:52:21
In addition, the electric cooktop is one of the top rated devices in terms of energy saving. Most of them are energy star rated which means they are extremely efficient in electricity consumption. The reason is due to the heating elements of the electric cooktop that are matched exactly to the size of the pans and pots where most of the heat is channeled to cooking food. On the other hand, the efficiency of the gas cook top is somewhere in 10% to 20%. Most of the heat is lost in the air instead of being used for heating.
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 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.
Induction cooktops come from the electric stove group. However, it is different enough from the traditional electric cooktop that it is considered as a new type of stove. Induction cooktops do not use any kind of electrical resistance to create heat. This kind of cooktop produces heat by using magnetic fields. The element which is the induction coils create heat in the steel cookware whenever a magnetic field is made. Induction cooktops cook your meals quicker than gas and electric cooktops. You can control the heat on induction cooktops just as easily as gas. As an added benefit, induction cooktops are safe compared to gas or electric stoves. If the pot on the cooktop is dry or incompatible material wise, the cooktop simply will not heat up. A dry pot on a gas or electric stove can easily catch on fire. With induction cooktops, the odds of that happening are much lower.
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.
The biggest reason that you don`t find magnetic induction cooktops in every home is the cost of the cooktop and the pots and pans. When this technology first came out, prices range from $1,800 to $3,500. When you compare that with $550 to $750 for top-performing electric cooktops and $650 to $1,200 for gas, the price is a bit steep for most people. But if you shop around online, many times you can find discounts that will make it more affordable.