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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.

Electric Cooktop

Induction Cooktop

Gas Cooktop

Heat Response

Heats slowlyHeats very quicklyHeats quickly

Even Heating

Heats entire bottom of panHeats in ring shapeHeats in ring shape

Quick Cooling

Cools slowly when turned downCools quickly when turned downCools quickly when turned down


Works with all cookware Works only with iron or steel cookware Works with all cookware + open flame with other uses


Installs easily with plug-in cordInstalls easily with plug-in cordInstalls via dedicated gas line


Easy to clean Cleans easily Cleans with difficulty



Gas Cooktops

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.
  • Difficult to Install - A gas line or an 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.

Induction Cooktops

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.