Ariel Cooktop April 11th, 2018 - 08:04:14
Do you have a certain style of cooking? Are you presently looking for a new cooktop? Before jumping at the first one you see, you need to examine the types of cooktops which are available. Keep in mind, each type has their advantages and disadvantages. There used to be only two choices of cooktops available. The only options were electric or gas. Now, there is another option around. Before that option is discussed, lets talk about electric and gas cooktops. Cooks would rather use gas cooktops instead of electric. The main reason for that is, the heat can be controlled much easier. Gas stoves are also much more inexpensive and environmentally friendly than electric stoves. The colour selection is huge, and comes in different finishes such as glass, stainless steel, enamel and aluminum. One disadvantage of gas cooktops is that they are less energy efficient than electric stoves. It takes a lot of energy to use gas cooktops and they can be energy wasters.
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.
Most cooktops come in sizes of 30 inches wide that offer four burners or 36 inches wide with five burners. High-end, professional-style cooktops can measure as wide as 48 inches and come with up to six burners and additional cooking surfaces like grills or griddles. The bigger the cooktop, the higher the price tag and the more counter space youll need for installation. Youll also need to consider how to vent your cooktop if it will be installed where a range or cooktop hasnt been before. Range hoods can do the job if the cooktop will be under a cabinet, but if you plan to install in a kitchen island, look for downdraft cooktops that use fans to pull smoke, steam and grease down rather than up, avoiding the need for a hood.
Other advantages of electric cooktops over its gas counterpart are safety and energy usage issues. In terms of safety, a cooktop that uses electricity is definitely safer than the one uses gas. Imagine having a tank or a cylinder loaded with gas sitting at the back of your kitchen. The incident of explosion of a gas cylinder is certainly higher than the incident of faulty electricity. In addition, the electric cooktop is one of the top rated devices in terms of energy saving. Most of them are energy star rated which means they are extremely efficient in electricity consumption. The reason is due to the heating elements of the electric cooktop that are matched exactly to the size of the pans and pots where most of the heat is channeled to cooking food. On the other hand, the efficiency of the gas cook top is somewhere in 10% to 20%. Most of the heat is lost in the air instead of being used for heating.