Cherelle Fournier Cooktops February 19, 2019 08:16:52
Other disadvantage of electric cook top compared to gas cooktop is the power supply. If there is a cut in the power supply, then there will be no cooking. In short, no electricity means no cooking. On the other hand, you can still do whatever cooking you like with gas cooktop even if there is no electricity.
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.
There are a lot of advantages to using magnetic induction cooktops. First, they are breaking records for the speed that they bring 6 quarts of water close to boiling. The heat that is emitted is even and liquids simmer perfectly. The cooktop stays much cooler than a conventional cooktop which means no burned flesh, no burnt on spills and less heat loss which leads to a very hot kitchen. A huge safety feature is that induction elements turn off automatically when the magnetic pot is removed from the burner, even if you don`t want them to. So this greatly reduces the chance of having a cooking related fire in your kitchen.
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.
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.
With lots of new models now available in the market the prices have gone down remarkably. But because the models still differ in more ways than one, you will still find the cooktops a little more expensive compared to electric and gas units. A little research on the cooktops can however still get you an affordable one that is still high in quality. Always look at the design feature like number of burners, automatic pan size recognition, timers and automatic safety shut offs because they are some of the features that can affect the price. The size of the cooktop also dictates price so always weigh your options to get the most functional cooktop you can afford comfortably.