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When preparing a meal, the type of cooktop you use may be just as important as your choice of cookware. Most people are familiar with and often use gas or electric cooktops. There’s also induction cooking, which has its own list of pros and cons. Today, we will go over gas, electric, and induction cooktops to help you decide which you would like to have in your home based on your culinary needs. Read on to learn more about each type.


Gas Cooking

Cooking with gas offers a sense of familiarity since many people have grown up using this kind of range and may still use it today. Gas ranges are usually a favorite among chefs and home cooks. Gas cooktops include an open flame both on the stovetop as well as inside the oven. The stovetop contains burners of various sizes that each offer their own heat level. This allows you to melt, simmer, and fry food with ease. The flame located inside of the oven turns on and off to maintain ideal cooking temperatures.

If you are considering purchasing a gas range, keep in mind that they require a dedicated gas line so you may need to get one installed by a professional.

What are the Advantages of a Gas Cooktop ?

Adjustable stovetop heat

The gas heat allows cooks to adjust the open flame how they desire. This means you can react quickly if you see your dish is cooking too fast or too slow.

Expanded cooking techniques

Gas ranges give you the opportunity to char are grill food directly without the use of cookware. The open flame can also reach up the side of pans when you need to move food round. This is perfect when cooking with woks or even skillets.

Quick burner cooldown

Burners cool off almost instantly once you turn them off.

Manual ignition option

In the event of a power outage, gas cooktops will still work fine. All you need is a match or lighter to ignite the gas flow. The oven preheats quickly
Gas heat can be generated rather quickly, meaning your oven will warm up in little time.

What are the Disadvantages of a Gas Cooktop?

Your kitchen will surely heat up

A gas cooktop emits lots of radiant heat that spreads throughout the kitchen and even the rest of the house. However, you can reduce the heat by purchasing a range hood.

The cleanup

The grooves around the burner may be harder to clean for some people. Additionally, you must remove and scrub the grates if you want a thorough clean.

Higher utility cost

Though you can cook fairly quickly with gas, it will also be more expensive that other options. This is especially true if the gas range requires a constant flow of gas.

Electric Cooking

Electric range stovetops are usually flat surfaces made a ceramic-glass blend. They include heated metal coils that transfer heat to the cookware. The coils also heat the inside of the oven consistent temperatures.

What are the Advantages of an Electric Cooktop?


Electric cooktops are typically less expensive compared to their counterparts.

Responsive and precise oven heat

Electric heating elements have a greater responsiveness than gas burners, meaning they can toggle on and off quicker. This allows less heat to be lost within the oven cavity.

Dry oven heat

Dry heat is excellent at creates food that are nicely browned.

Stovetop space

The flat surface of an electric cooktop gives you the opportunity to place cookware of various sizes on it. These cooktops often have multi-ring elements that switch between ring sizes depending on the width of your cookware.

Your kitchen stays clean

Electric heating does not generate as much heat as a gas range would, so you don’t have to worry about your kitchen becoming too hot.

Easy cleanup

Since electric stovetops are smooth and flat, cleanup is super easy. You do not have to remove anything first.

What are the Disadvantages of an Electric Cooktop ?

It’s dependent on electricity

An electric cooktop needs, of course, electricity to function. In the power goes out, you have nothing to cook on until the power comes back.

Easily damaged

Though a smooth cooktop is easier to clean, it is also more prone to scratches. There’s also the possibly of cracking if touched by cold water while hot.

Stays hot

Electric elements can get really hot. They heat can stay for a while even after everything is turned off. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Induction Cooking

In induction cooking, an induction cooktop is used, which provides direct heat to the cookware instead of the entire cooktop surface. The electromagnets inside of the cooktop itself is what stimulates the cookware and generates heat. The thermal conduction delivers direct heat without any flames. Also, since the heat goes directly to the cookware, none is lost in the air.
Only cookware made of specific materials can be used on an induction cooktop. If you are not sure which material will conduct heat, there is a simple test you can perform to find out. What you must do is grab a magnet and place it at the bottom of the cookware. If the magnet sticks or repels, they you are good to good. If the magnet does not stick, then that material is not induction compatible.

What are the Advantages of an Induction Cooktop?

The food is cooked quickly

The direct contact between the power coil and the cookware heats food faster than any other option. This is perfect for restaurant owners who needs to need their food to customers quickly.

You are less likely to get burned

Since the entire induction cooktop does not heat up, you can pretty much touch wherever the pot or pan isn’t placed. We do not recommend you playing on any cooktop, but with this kind, you are less likely to get hurt.

Energy efficient

You will save a good amount of energy and money if you utilize an induction cooktop.

What are the Disadvantages of an Induction Cooktop?

Dependent on electricity

As with the electric cooktop, an induction cooktop will not function during a power outage. If you have one of these cooktops in your home, make sure to have a backup plan.


Compared to the other options, induction cooktops can be pretty expensive.However, they can have longer lifespans since they are energy efficient.

Conductive cookware is required

You must have specific cookware in order to use this kind of cooktop.Stainless steel and cast iron are good options for materials. Induction cooktops will not work with any type of cookware made solely of aluminum, glass, or copper.

Induction vs. Gas Cooktops

  • When it comes to familiarity, most people will choose gas every time. Induction cooking is more recent, and it may take some time to get used to. Most chefs prefer to stick to what they already know.
  • Gas cooktops also give a clearer visual indication of heat levels.Induction has LED “flames”, but that isn’t always the easiest to work with while cooking.
  • Induction significantly more efficient than gas. This means your kitchen will be cooler with induction. Also, food cooked with induction receives 90% of the heat generated, as opposed to only 40-55% for gas.
  • Induction is safer than gas since there is no open flame to be aware of. This decreases the risk of burns or accidental fires.
  • Induction appliances tend to be more expensive up front. However, their lifespans make up for the costs. Gas appliances may empty your pockets a bit if you have to install a gas line. Another factor to consider is that induction only works with certain pots and pans. If you do not already have cookware made of specific materials, you would have to buy some.

Induction vs. Electric Cooktops

  • Electric and induction cooking are similar, but there are still some differences. For one, induction offers more direct control over heat.
  • Though electric is very efficient with energy, induction is a clear winner. Induction allows 90% of heat to reach food while electric cooking allows only 65-70%.
  • Induction is still the safest cooktop to work on, since the pan itself is the only heat source.
  • In terms on money, electric cooking is more friendly to your budget. Plus, you will not need to purchase any special cookware for your electric stovetop.

Electric vs. Gas Cooktops

  • Though gas cooktops can heat up rather quickly, they tend to emit more heat into the atmosphere. Electric cooktops, on the other hand, leave you kitchen cooler.
  • The open flame of gas allows you to char and grill foods.
  • When it comes to cleanup, electric wins. It has a flat surface, no crevices, and no grates to lift.
  • Induction cooktops are more efficient that gas. However, gas heat uses less energy. Additionally, a gas stovetop can always be used during a power outage while electric cannot.