One of the most vexing questions when choosing appliances for your new kitchen is deciding what type of cooktop you want installed. Whether you like to cook for pleasure, are a masterchef, or just cook so you don’t starve, selecting the right cooktop for your cooking style and personal preferences will add that extra spark to your final renovation. To figure out which technology may suit you better than another, Nu-Look will unpack for you which of these two popular cooktop choices wins against set criteria - Gas or Induction?
Gas-powered kitchens have long been favored by chefs, but when it comes to protecting the environment an induction cooktop is a clear winner. Through the electromagnetic field, electric induction cooktops can take up to 50% less time to get to high temperatures than a gas cooktop, making it far more energy efficient. This is great news for your hip pocket where you not only save on energy consumption but face reduced power bills, especially as gas prices increase.
When purchasing a cooktop, one of your main considerations should be the size of your kitchen and the bench space available for a cooktop. Gas and induction cooktops come in a range of sizes, with the most common sized cooktop measured at 60 centimetres, featuring four cooking zones. If you have a smaller space to work with such as a straight line kitchen layout, a 30 centimetres cooktop with two cooking zones is recommended. Keep in mind when choosing your model that according to Australian regulations gas cooktops are required to have a space on either side. If space is an issue, a lot of homeowners take advantage of the flat surface of the induction cooktop, as it can provide additional bench space while it’s not in use.
3. EASIEST TO CLEAN
Living a busy lifestyle means less time for cleaning. With it’s smooth glass-ceramic surface, induction cooktops are very easy to wipe down with a cloth, unlike gas that often require fiddling to clean trivets and burners. That said, the glass ceramic material of an induction cooktop is more susceptible to scratches so you should clean it regularly and only use cleaning products designed for the appliance to keep it in good condition.
4. PRECISION AND SAFETY
While some people are concerned about the impacts the electromagnetic field can have on their health, the actual science overwhelmingly supports the fact that induction cooking is safe. Induction cooktops allow for very precise control of heat from very low temperatures to very high temperatures, heating the pan through a magnetic field rather than a flame or electric element. Precise temperature control for consistent cooking is achieved simply by gently sliding your finger across the control or tapping the cooktop. Induction cooktops are also safer for households with children as induction heats only the pan, keeping the cooktop cool or mildly warm to touch after cooking. In order to remain a viable option, some gas cooktop models now come with child safety features such as child locks or models that automatically shut off the gas flow if there’s no flame to reduce risk of burns. So while gas doesn’t win this category, some models are still contenders.
Whether you want to install gas in your kitchen or add an induction cooktop, buyers should do their research about set up costs. There will be a plumbing cost involved in installing a gas pipe where there is none to the cooking area. If buyers graduate from an electric or gas cooktop to an induction cooktop, an additional circuit breaker will need to be installed and if you have a lower connection to the grid, an electrician may need to bring your connection up to the required capacity which can be upwards of $2,000. Gas cooktops have always been a popular option for homeowners as they are generally seen as a cheaper alternative to induction models. However, induction cooktops have been selling at comparable prices to gas cooktops in recent years, starting at $400 at the low end and up to $3,000 at the higher end. An induction cooktop will also only heat cookware which is ‘ferromagnetic’ - that is, cookware that attracts a magnet such as stainless steel or iron pots. When taking into account the extra costs for purchasing additional cookware with a ferrous base, which can cost anywhere between $50 to $300, a gas cooktop has the edge over an induction model when it comes to the initial outlay.
Have you decided your pick between a gas or induction cooktop? If you are still undecided, contact us today and we are happy to workshop with you some possible models given your preferred kitchen layout, budget and style of cooking.