Cherelle Fournier Cooktops February 25, 2019 09:12:21
Speed, Most induction cooktops have proven they can cook food faster than gas or electric stoves. Induction cooking takes advantage of nearly 90% of the heat / energy created, whereas gas and electric stoves only take advantage of 30% to 40%. The heat from gas and electric stoves escapes to the sides of the pan, but with induction, cooking this doesn`t happen. With the ability to cook faster, you can prepare better meals in less time. This is a huge advantage and many people become hooked once they discover how to properly use their cooktop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So which is better - gas or induction? That`s up to you to decide. If you want high performance and easy cleaning, induction is a great choice. If you entertain and need to boil many pots at once, or even if you lose power often where you live (most gas cooktops can be lit manually with a match), gas may be the right one for you. The great thing about cooktops today is we have so many great choices to choose from in gas and induction.