Choosing a cooktop can be overwhelming and daunting. Before deciding what brand or supplier to get it from, it is first important to establish what type of cooktop will work best for you and your household needs. Let’s weigh the pros and cons between the three primary cooktop options.
Years ago you could find a coil burner top, but these days the vase majority of traditional radiant electric options are sleek smooth tops with individual burner zones.
- Ceramic cooktops are affordable and once it’s inserted into the counter, installation only requires one plug and outlet.
- With a smooth surface it is easier to clean.
- Traditional radiant cooktops are able to maintain an even heat because the surface of the entire burner remains the same temperature.
- It takes a longer time to cool down which can be hazardous.
- Electricity is generally more expensive than gas which makes the price to use an electric cooktop more expensive than the natural gas option.
- If a power outage occurs an electric cooktop will not work during that time.
Gas cooktops are of course powered by gas. The different areas are distinguished by protruding burners which produce a flame.
- Gas cooktops heat up very quickly and precisely. This allows you to be able to gauge the amount of heat applied and the food to cook fast.
- They also cool down quickly which is great for safety reasons and cooling down the kitchen faster.
- Natural gas is a more environmentally friendly form of energy and a cheaper fuel cost then electricity.
- Gas cooktops can still work during a power outage. All you need is a lighter and a match.
- They are not very energy efficient. As much as 56% of energy is emitted into the air.
- You home must have a gas line or space in a cabinet below for a propane tank to consider a gas cooktop. If your kitchen is not already equipped to do so, it can be very costly to install.
- Cleaning around the cooktop burners can be difficult to clean.
Induction cooktops use electromagnetic currents to heat cookware rather than direct conduction. They have a smooth top surface like traditional radiant cooktops.
- An induction cooktop is the most efficient heating method available. 94% of the energy used is spent on heating your food. This makes it is easier to operate than traditional electric.
- With a smooth surface it’s easy to clean.
- They heat up extremely quick without having the excess heat like gas burners have.
- The only thing that heats up is the surface touching cookware therefore making it the safest option.
- Induction cooktops require certain pots and pans with magnetic properties in order to function properly. Purchasing this particular cookware can be a costly expense.
- The handles on the cookware can get extremely hot.
- These cooktops require more of an upfront investment, more so than electric or gas cooktops.