How to Choose the Best Cooktop for You
Choosing new appliances for your kitchen can be overwhelming. There’s so many different options that it can be hard to know if you’re making the right choice. One big decision many homeowners face is which type of cooktop to choose. There are three different types that all have a variety of pros and cons. We’ve weighed both sides of each to help you choose the best option for you.
Electric cooktops are the most cost-efficient option on the market. The initial cost to purchase them is inexpensive compared to their gas and induction counterparts, and the maintenance and utility costs are also low.
The downsides to electric cooktops are that the heating element is slow and unpredictable. The burners generally take a longer time to heat up, and the level of heat cannot be controlled as precisely as a gas or induction cooktop.
Gas cooktops are the fastest-heating option on the market. They typically only take a few seconds to heat your pots and pants. The heating element is very easy to control, and the temperature is easily predictable. Gas cooktops are usually the top choice for professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts.
The downsides to gas cooktops are the need for a gas line and they are more prone to accidents than other options. Not all homes have gas lines and they can be expensive to install. Once installed, the cost to operate them is fairly inexpensive. Gas cooktops can also be more prone to fires. The open flame can be dangerous, and there is also a risk for accidental combustion.
Induction cooktops have become increasingly popular in the past few years. They use electromagnetic forces to produce heat. While the energy heats the pots and pans, it remains cool to the touch, making it a very safe option. Induction cooktops are very energy efficient and cleaning the surface is easy.
The downside to induction cooktops is the expensive initial costs. Typically an induction cooktop starts at around $1,200, and they require special pots and pans to make the electromagnetic force work.
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