Camillei Lefebvre Cooktops February 26, 2019 12:01:31
Cooktops are indispensable appliances in our kitchens. Their functions have expanded recently from merely an appliance for cooking to something that reflects styles and that beautifies your kitchens. They have come a long way from the old fashion four burners` model to the current ultra sophisticated unit that incorporates advanced features including digital control panels, smooth tops, precise temperature controls and different burner configurations.
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.
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.
In the past, if you wanted the best performing cooktop, you wanted a pro-style cooktop, or rangetop as it is commonly referred to in the industry. There are many brands that offer high output burners which will also give you a delicate simmer. These rangetops make it possible to boil something quickly while never having to move the cooking vessel when it is time to turn the heat down to a simmer. (You may have seen the chocolate chips melting on a paper plate demonstration showing how delicate some rangetops can be.) Most brands offering high-end rangetops will give you an incredible simmer. My favorites are Wolf and Viking as every burner will give you the low simmer and high output.
The two most popular types of cooktops that are most sought after in the market are the electric and gas cooktops. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your needs, each offers distinct features that vary greatly in terms of appearance, safety and performance. Therefore, if you are thinking of an upgrade from an existing conventional cooktop or are renovating your kitchen and are planning to get a new one, the electric or the gas version are your best bet.
The cooktops are incredibly fast and precise. The induction tops bring your water to a boil much faster than a gas unit would. They are also very helpful when preparing dishes that require consistent temperatures. When you get a unit, you will enjoy cooking that is energy efficient, safe and fast. When you purchase induction cooktop, you will also need to get induction cookware. Flat based stainless steel or cast iron cookware will be what you need to enjoy the convenience of cooking using these cooktops. You can use a refrigerator magnet to test whether the pots and pans you have are compatible to the cooktops; if the magnets sticks to base of your pans and pots then you will be able to use them on the cooktop.