Many cooking enthusiasts are fiercely loyal to their preferred type of cooktop. Speak to one, and they’ll tell you gas is the only way to go. Ask another and settle in while they give you a litany of reasons as to why they’ll never cook with gas again. For the uninitiated, choosing a cooktop can be a confusing, conflicting ordeal. In this entry, we’ll try to demystify your cooktop choices to make the decision-making process a little more straightforward.
A popular choice in many homes, electric coil cooktops provide even, reliable heat that works well with cookware of many different dimensions. Many people who are wary of having gas in their kitchens prefer electric coil cooktops instead. Unfortunately however, because the metal coils retain heat, temperature changes can take a while to take effect. For this reason, cooks who value precise, quick temperature control are often not so fond of electric coils.
The old Standby. Gas burners have been around for decades, and their enduring appeal is not without justification. Gas burners allow for very precise control over the temperature of your stove. Reduce the flame on a gas burner, and the temperature applied to your cookware will immediately drop. They do, however, take longer to heat up initially than electric coil cooktops.
A more recent contender, electric ceramic cooktops are characterized by their flat glass-ceramic surface and concealed heating coils. Electric ceramic cooktops heat up quickly and provide very consistent heat, but they only work well with certain types of cookware. If you prefer to use ceramic, copper, or aluminum pans an electric ceramic cooktop is probably not your best option; likewise if you tend to cook in pots with concave bottoms. These cooktops work best with flat bottom stainless steel pots and pans.
I believe Induction trumps them all. Induction cooktops offer the instant response of gas and the ease of cleaning of the Electric Ceramic, plus they heat up & boil water faster than ANY other type, including gas! The only possible down side is that your cookware must be magnetic (much of the stainless steel cookware out there is compatible, and it’s easy to test – if a magnet will stick to it, it will work). But the benefits far surpass that one down side. Induction cooktops are also extremely energy efficient. Because nothing is heated but the pot itself, no excess heat is released into your kitchen for your air conditioner to compete with.
At Bay Area Kitchens, we’re here to help you make the best choice for you. Want to learn more? Give us a call today at (281) 338-2737 for a consultation.