Should You Get a Gas or Electric Cooktop?

What do you need to consider when selecting a new cooktop? Of course, you have to consider your needs, lifestyle and whether cooking is a true passion or not. Which leads to the question; should you buy a gas or electric range?

Nowadays, cooktops have progressed from the basic four-burner type to more elaborate types like the gourmet commercial grade ones with griddles, grills and various different burner configurations. In fact, with all the features available it is next to impossible not to find one that best fit your needs and your budget.

Gas Cooktop

Whether your kitchen has a gas or electric cooktop is not a problem because both types offer exact same countertop cutout. When choosing one that will match the arrangement and design of your new kitchen, consider the following features and options:

  • Compared to the models sold a few years back, cooktops nowadays can be cleaned effortlessly, are aesthetically appealing, and offer more flexibility because of added features (e.g., more precise temperature control).
  • Ceramic cook tops are both offered in gas and electric.
  • It should be easy-to-clean and not trap food. Look for models with a frameless edge or easily removable components.
  • Available optional accessories like interchangeable burners and grilling grids.
  • A downdraft exhaust, which is ideal for kitchen islands without overhead exhaust, is offered in some electric and gas cooktops.

Why choose electric cooktops? Here are some of the benefits:

  • Easy-to-clean, smooth ceramic cooktops offer a glossy façade.
  • Offered in a range of colors, ceramic cooktops can match any kind of kitchen there is.
  • The ribbon elements on a smooth top get hot as rapidly as the old coil elements. An adjustable element that can fit large and small pans is also available. A triple element, however, can accommodate a casserole dish or a 9” x 19” griddle.
  • A number of sealed ceramic cooktops are recessed and so they are almost flushed with the countertop.
  • An attractive electronic touch-control cooktop with no knobs creates an added decoration to your kitchen. This type comes with other additional components to offer.
  • For less serious cooks, an electric cooktop offers ease-of-use and quick cleaning!

Of course, gas cooktops have advantages as well:

  • Sensors, one feature of the cooktop, will automatically detect and turn off an unoccupied element that is left on.
  • The sensors also regulate the size of the element to the pan’s size.
  • The control-lock is a safety feature that puts a stop to its elements when set in motion by accident.
  • A digital timer is a feature that warns you when cooking time has finished.
  • By innovatively recessing the sealed burners below the surface of a countertop, a lot of cooktops nowadays contain spills, making them easy to clean.
  • There are also types that have “gas-on-glass” feature. Cleaning an electric smooth top with gas is made easy by mounting the sealed burner straight on to the ceramic top.
  • Cooking delicate food is made easy by using sealed “simmer” burners rather than a double boiler.
  • Cooking temperature is regulated using precise temperature controls, thus, fitting every cooking need. You don’t even have to worry scorching dishes that need to be cooked at very low temperatures.
  • Some “high-powered” burners can heat up to 15,000 Btu’s making you finish high temperature frying, boiling or cooking with a wok easily.
  • Cast-iron, porcelain enamel-coated grates that are easy-to-clean and dishwasher-friendly are also available.
  • Most serious chefs consider gas the only true option in selecting a cooktop!

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