Most 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.