Ariel Cooktop March 31st, 2018 - 08:40:28
Cooktops are indispensable appliances in our kitchens. Their functions have expanded recently from merely an appliance for cooking to something that reflects styles and that beautifies your kitchens. They have come a long way from the old fashion four burners model to the current ultra sophisticated unit that incorporates advanced features including digital control panels, smooth tops, precise temperature controls and different burner configurations. The two most popular types of cooktops that are most sought after in the market are the electric and gas cooktops. Each has their advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your needs, each offers distinct features that vary greatly in terms of appearance, safety and performance. Therefore, if you are thinking of an upgrade from an existing conventional cooktop or are renovating your kitchen and are planning to get a new one, the electric or the gas version are your best bet.
Most people probably dont usually give cooktops a second thought. Your kitchen generally comes with one when you move in, and it probably does the job. However, a new cooktop can not only beautify your kitchen, but can make your cooking more efficient. You can find some great cooktops whether you have a gas stove, an electric range, or use induction cooking. Cooktops come in a variety of widths, number of burners (four is typical but you can find cooktops with 5, 6 or more, and cooktops with fewer burners as well), and type of burner, sealed or open for gas burners and glass or coil for electric burners. If youre in the market for a sealed gas burner cooktop, a really cool one is the Whirlpool GLT3657R 36 inch. This cooktop has five sealed burners, full width cast iron grates to allow you to place large pots anywhere on the cooktop surface, and includes two 12,500 BTU Power(TM) burners for when you need to get something hot fast. Theyre great for boiling water, among many other uses.
In conclusion, there are pros and cons with electric cook top compared to gas cooktop. Therefore, before doing any purchase, do take all these advantages and disadvantages into your consideration. The rule of thumbs here is to figure out what your cooking frequency and style is. For instance, if you do a lot of cooking at home and you require high intensity cooking that utilizes high temperature and fast reaction time, the gas version is definitely your best bet. On the other hand, if you do only seasonal cooking once in a blue moon or maybe you do only light cooking, then the electric cooktop is certainly the way to go.
In addition, standard induction elements work only with flat-bottomed pots and pans and are therefore not suitable for use with traditional round-bottomed woks. However, it is possible to buy induction units specifically designed to work with woks, but these units are fairly uncommon in the United States. Furthermore, induction units designed to work with rounds-bottomed woks will work only with woks and will not work with flat-bottomed vessels. Electric Power Considerations Kitchens currently equipped with gas cooktops may not have an adequate electrical circuit available for the induction cooktop. As a rule, a drop-in induction cooktop with multiple burners will require a 220 volt, 40 amp dedicated circuit. Most conventional electric cooktops also require such a circuit, so those people upgrading to induction from conventional electric cooktops are unlikely to have an issue, but anyone upgrading from gas may need to have an electrician install a new electrical circuit for the cooktop. If so, this cost should be considered when evaluating the overall cost of the project. And, even if you are upgrading from conventional electric to induction, you should verify that the existing circuit is adequate for the induction cooktop that you have selected.