appliance stores offer several options for cooktops, and the right one for your will depend
on your needs, skills, and cooking style. The primary cooktop categories
you’ll have to choose from are gas, electric, and induction. Read
on to learn more about these different types of cooktops and decide which
one is right for your kitchen.
Gas cooktops are still a favorite among cooks because the visible flame
allows for greater heat control and precision. These ranges typically
have control knobs along the front face and are more powerful in BTUs
than other cooktop options. Gas ranges are available in a drop-in design
that installs them flush with the counter, providing visual appeal, but
these cooktops lack the power and versatility of the range-top alternative.
Some gas range-top options include griddles, grills, and simmer boilers.
When an electric burner is active, the cooktop signals that it’s
in use by glowing, and the sensors remain on until the surface has cooled
to a safe temperature. Electric cooktops made with ceramic glass stay
cooler compared to the pots and pans on them, increasing their level of
safety. These cooktops are flat, allowing most of the heat to transfer
to the pan instead of the into the air, and they are also easy to clean.
The biggest cooking drawback for electric ranges is the lack of temperature control.
For both safety and energy efficiency, induction cooktops take the win.
Induction ranges require more energy to run than gas ones, but their heat
goes directly into the pan, saving energy overall. Induction cooktops
are an excellent choice for families with small children because the surface
only heats pots that are placed over the outlined burners, leaving the
remaining surface cool. Induction cooktops are sleek and attractive and
are ideal for cooks who are after instant and precise heat control.
Friedmans Appliance specializes in brand name
cooktops and home appliances in Pleasant Hill and carries a variety of gas, induction, and electric cooktops for you
to choose from. If you would like to learn more about our range of cooktops
and other kitchen appliances, contact us today at (925) 808-2950.