Ariel Cooktop April 18th, 2018 - 08:19:37
A downdraft gas cooktop is a cooktop that doesnt come with a hood on top, but with a downdraft mechanism inside itself. All the unwanted smells that inevitably arise from cooking food on your gastop, will be sucked down and vented outside. One little catch is that your home has to have support for downdraft exhaustion. If it doesnt, your house can be modified so that it does, but this will not be practical for everybody. So with this out of the way, lets focus on the advantages of downdraft cooktops for a little bit. Because once you go downdraft, you wont want anything else any longer. If you have a kitchen that does not have the space for a very large bench area, then the cooktop itself is going to fit nicely onto the counter top. If you have downdraft ventilation, then all the smoke, air and smells will be sucked down by the cooktop and vented outside. There is no longer any need for a hooded, external exhaust fan. This causes your cooktop to run a whole lot cleaner than it were if it had a hood. Hooded cooktops also make one heck of a lot more noise, while downdrafts are very silent when it comes to operation.
There are a lot of advantages to using magnetic induction cooktops. First, they are breaking records for the speed that they bring 6 quarts of water close to boiling. The heat that is emitted is even and liquids simmer perfectly. The cooktop stays much cooler than a conventional cooktop which means no burned flesh, no burnt on spills and less heat loss which leads to a very hot kitchen. A huge safety feature is that induction elements turn off automatically when the magnetic pot is removed from the burner, even if you dont want them to. So this greatly reduces the chance of having a cooking related fire in your kitchen. The biggest reason that you dont find magnetic induction cooktops in every home is the cost of the cooktop and the pots and pans. When this technology first came out, prices range from $1,800 to $3,500. When you compare that with $550 to $750 for top-performing electric cooktops and $650 to $1,200 for gas, the price is a bit steep for most people. But if you shop around online, many times you can find discounts that will make it more affordable. You also have to figure in the cost of new cookware for the new cooktop. This technology requires you to use cookware that is made of cast iron or enameled steel. You can try to use your old stainless-steel cookware and sometimes you will get lucky and it will work. But if you have copper or aluminum pots and pans, you are out of luck. One way to test your cookware is to see if a magnet will stick to it. If the magnet sticks, your cookware will most probably work.
In terms of appearance, the electric version definitely looks much better over the gas due to its sleek design that features smooth surface, embedded digital panels, touch controls and are available in a variety of colors to match your kitchen design. I am not saying the gas cooktop is not pretty but the knobs that appear in most of them are definitely an ugly sight in a modern kitchen that features futuristic design. Moreover, the embedded touch control and the smooth surface in electric cooktop is absolutely a superb compliment to any kitchen designs. In addition, the variable-size elements in electric cooktop are a huge advantage over the gas version. Variable-size elements means the elements can match exactly the size of any pans and pots. This is something that the gas cooktop is lacking. Other than the variable size elements, other features that are available in electric cook top but are lacking in gas cooktop are the warming zones and bridge elements that will match irregular pans and pots sizes. The variable-size and bridge elements are definitely a must-have for any environment conscious persons as they maximize the usage of electricity.
Does your kitchen need a facelift? A new cooktop gives you the ultimate choices in design flexibility. Whether you are looking for a sleek electric cooktop, a professional-style gas cooktop, or the energy efficient induction cooktop, there are as many choices and details as there are recipes you can make in the kitchen. Understanding your space constraints, cooking needs and enhancement options will help you to select the kitchen cooktop that is right for your budget and household needs. Gas or Electric? Gas used to be the darling for professional chefs, but advanced technology, smooth-top surfaces and induction heating have made electric cooktops serious rivals. Chances are the choice between gas and electric has been made for you depending on your available hookups, unless youre planning an extensive kitchen makeover.