Electric vs. Gas Cooktops
When you're looking for a new cooktop for your dream kitchen, one of the most important questions to answer is whether you prefer to cook with electric or gas. It's a good idea to take a step back and take a critical look at the benefits of both gas cooktops and electric cooktops to make sure you are using the best heat source for your cooking needs.
|Heats slowly||Heats very quickly||Heats quickly|
|Heats entire bottom of pan||Heats in ring shape||Heats in ring shape|
|Cools slowly when turned down||Cools quickly when turned down||Cools quickly when turned down|
|Poses slight injury risk with hot element||Poses little accident risk with cool element||Poses moderate accident risk with open flame|
|Works with all cookware ||Works only with iron or steel cookware ||Works with all cookware + open flame with other uses|
Ease of Installation
|Installs easily with plug-in cord||Installs easily with plug-in cord||Installs via dedicated gas line|
Ease of Cleanup
|Cleans easily ||Cleans easily ||Cleans with difficulty|
Advantages of gas cooktops
- Fast Heat Response - The gas flame provides immediate heat on ignition.
- Precise Heat Control - Very exact heat adjustments are possible with gas.
- Versatile - The gas flame has other culinary uses, such as roasting and peeling bell peppers.
- Independent Power Source - Power outages won't keep you from cooking.
Limitations of gas cooktops
- Safety - The open flame increases the chance of accidents and flare-ups.
- Uneven Heating - Gas elements burn in a ring-shaped pattern.
- Difficulty of Installation - A gas line or attached tank is needed for hookup.
- Difficult to Clean - Food residue which falls between the grates, if not removable, is difficult to clean.
Electric Radiant & Coil Cooktops
Advantages of electric radiant and coil cooktops
- Heat Retention - Electric cooktops cool down slowly when switched off, which is good for boiling eggs or pasta.
- Versatility - Pots and pans of all kinds can be used with electric cooktops.
- Even Heat - Coil and radiant glass elements heat over a wide surface area.
- Lower Price - More commonly used electric technology is more affordable than induction.
Limitations of electric radiant and coil cooktops
- Cost of Electricity - While an electric appliance costs less upfront, the operational costs are higher with an electric stove.
- Slow Heat Response - The element temperature changes slowly, which is bad for heat-sensitive cooking.
- Uneven temperature - Because electric coils can be uneven, the heat that touches the cookware can be inconsistent.
Advantages of induction cooktops
- Fast Heat Response - Induction cooktops heat the pan itself, making induction much faster than electric.
- Power Efficiency - Heating the pan itselfis much more efficient than heating the element first, then the pan.
- Safety - The element itself doesn't heat up,which reduces chances of accidents.
Limitations of induction cooktops
- Cookware Incompatibility - Only pans made of magnetic material like steel and iron will work.
- Uneven Heating - Induction cooktops heat in a ring shape, creating hot spots in the pan.
- High Price - Induction is new technology, making it more expensive.