Katriane Rousseau Cooktops February 27, 2019 12:35:34
Cooks who would rather save on energy would be more inclined to use an electric cooktop. Keep in mind, electric stoves are not overly environmentally friendly. Heat from the electric stoves are in constant contact with saucepans and pots. Because more times than not, electricity coming from an electric stove is not from renewable energies. This wasted heat will seep into the atmosphere and add to greenhouse gases. Electric cooktops are a good choice for cooks who want to use low temperatures for cooking. However, electric stoves are more costly than gas cooktops because they are manufactured with material that is more costly such as halogen, semi-halogen, and radiant coil. However, choices of electric cooktops are varying more and more and the newer type, induction is becoming popular.
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.
Precise cooking is accomplished with the ability to change temperature or power levels without response times. The change is instant. Little heat is wasted because the cooktop is 83 percent energy efficient and cost about $0.12 per hour to operate. With increased cooking times, it costs only pennies to cook a meal. Induction cooktops are plugged into a standard household outlet. Water can be boiled and oil heated to cooking temperature in only a few seconds. You can fry, stir-fry, sauté, warm, or boil your food depending on the power level or temperature level needed. To boil water you would set the power level high. However, if a dish required cooking at a particular temperature you would use the temperature mode to set the appropriate level.
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.
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.
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.