Gas, Electric or Induction: Which Cooktop Is For You?

If you’re having a new kitchen put into your home, you will be making the all-important decision about which cooktop to choose. It’s an important choice to make as each option has different benefits to compliment different cooking styles, and each has pitfalls. The two most common types of cooktop are gas or electric, however a newer type on the market is the induction cooktop. This means your option are broader than before and you might like to take a look at the following article to help you decide which one might be the right one for you.

Going electric.

In some cases, electric cooktops can be more energy efficient than gas. The reason for this is a good amount of heat from a gas cooktop vanishes into the air whilst the heat of the electric elements has uninterrupted contact with your saucepans. Having said that, if your electricity does not come from renewable energy then you will be adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Electric cooktops for kitchens in Brisbane are ideal for using low temperatures for cooking such as slow simmering. The elements come in a few different options such as ceramic radiant, halogen or semi-halogen, radiant coil, solid hotplate or the newer form, induction.

Introduction to induction.

Unlike traditional electric cooktops that use a type of electric resistance to produce heat, induction cooking is established by using magnetic fields. This works by the induction coils (the ‘element’) inducing heat in the steel cookware when a magnetic field is generated, therefore making the pot the element that cooks your meal. The quickest of all cooktops to cook and heat food, induction cooktops possess the same immediate control as gas. Induction cooktops have safety benefits that gas or electric do not have. If the pot somehow boils dry, the cooktop will automatically cool down or turn off and if the pots material is incompatible with induction cooktops or there is no pot on the cooktop, the element will not heat.

Cooking with gas.

The preferred form of cooking by cooks, gas has instantaneous heat control. There is a great selection of colours, designs and finishes such as stainless steel, glass, aluminium and enamel available. It’s hard to fault gas as it is a cheaper option and in the long run, a more environmentally conscious choice over an electric cooktop. Bear in mind that enamel is easier to clean than stainless steel or glass.

Discussing your ideal kitchen design in Brisbane with a design consultant will get all your questions answered. With such great options, whatever your preference, you are sure to be cooking up a storm in style and enjoying your new cooktop.