If you’re building a new kitchen (or renovating an old one) one of the most important decisions you’ll make is the type of cooktop you want to be installed.
For many years, cooking with gas was the only choice for those serious about cooking. However, the recent emergence of induction cooking is providing an exceptional alternative for the home cook.
But what are the reasons for choosing one over the other? We’ve made it easier for you by outlining the features and benefits of both cooking styles and share our advice on selecting between induction and gas cooktops.
The Induction Cooktop
An induction cooktop is a glass surface under which electromagnetic coils transfer energy directly to your pot or pan. Unlike gas, there is no flame with an induction cooktop. Instead, the heat is generated through the pan itself.
Those who choose to cook on induction do so because:
Heating with induction is extremely quick. You’ll also enjoy more accurate temperature changes according to the control adjustments you make.
Unlike a gas flame, there is a more even spread of heat from an induction cooktop, due to a lower amount of heat escaping. This can go a long way to reducing your energy bill.
Plus, induction cooktops can often sense when there’s nothing on the element, further minimising energy waste.
As it is the cookware that’s heated, the cooktop itself stays cool when using induction method, making it a great option for those with young children. There is also no open flame, making it even safer.
It’s Easy to Clean
Due to its glass surface, induction cooktops are typically easier to keep clean. Most of the time, a simple wipe down with a cloth will do the trick.
It Looks Great
An induction cooktop is a popular choice for those who want their kitchen clean, sleek, and compact.
On the downside, induction cooktops are often more expensive than gas cooktops and not all pots and pans will be compatible with them. As a general rule, anything with a ferrous bottom should work fine on induction. If in doubt, try attaching a magnet to the bottom of your cookware. If it sticks, chances are it will work with your induction cooktop
The Gas Cooktop
There’s a good reason gas cooktops have been the cooking option of choice for many Australians. It is a versatile, responsive option that delivers exceptional performance. Also:
By slightly turning the dial up or down, you can see the gas flame respond, allowing you to intuitively control the gas flow from the cooktop.
It Doesn’t Require Specific Cookware
Unlike induction, you can use any type of cookware with a gas cooktop. So, there’s no need to throw away your favourite pan!
Overall, gas tends to be more affordable than electricity – something that will be more beneficial, the more you cook.
It’s Not Dependent on Electricity
If your home loses power due to storms or electrical faults, you can still use your gas cooktop. All you need is a match or lighter!
Of course, if you choose to install a gas cooktop, bear in mind that you’ll need a gas connection. If your kitchen doesn’t already have one, there will be extra costs involved. You will also need to ensure you meet cupboard distance and ventilation regulations due to the heat given off by the open flame. Finally, due to the cast iron trivets, gas cooktops are generally more difficult to clean.
When it comes to choosing your cooktop, induction and gas are both great options. Ultimately, the choice should come down to your personal preference. After all, you’re going to spend a lot of time in your kitchen so make sure it is a space that works best for you.