It is often asked by homeowners, which one is better – gas or induction that is better for our cooktop. However, the answer often depends on your situation. Regular gas cooktop is often more difficult to clean and many people have said how they scratch the stainless steel and porcelain surface of the cooking surface, when they are trying to clean it. We should also consider the typical heat discoloration that can be visible quite easily after regular uses. It is also quite difficult to keep grates on to look new. In general, it is not advisable for you to wash the grates, because you may potentially wash out the rubber grommets. Also, it is quite likely that the grates will become rusty, when you let them inside the dishwasher. For many homeowners, induction cooktops may spark their interests. They are relatively easier to clean. Magnetic induction operates on the molecular level.
Magnet is used to create friction and you need to use ferrous metal pans and pots, so magnet can stick to them. Then, you will have a highly efficient heat source with about 90 percent efficiency. As comparison, gas cooktop is only about 60 percent efficient and it depends on the model. Also, it is a breeze to clean, because heat doesn’t pass through the ceramic glass. You often need to use only water and soap to clean any induction cooktop. If you want to boil water, induction cooktop is also quite fast. Depending on the technical specification of your induction cooktop, you may boil one quart of water only in 30 seconds. On the other hand, a gas cooktop may achieve the same results between 2 to 3 minutes. If you want to instantly simmer something while cooking, the induction cooktop will speed up the overall process quickly. However, there are some reasons why people don’t choose induction cooktop and switch to the gas version instead. The same thing may apply to you.
First of all, induction cooktop usually needs more power to operate and if you have a 30-inch induction cooktop, it means that you need a 30A breaker. In some houses, you will need to call an electrician to ensure that your kitchen can work using the induction cooktop. You should also know things that can be shared with the cooktop, so you are able to manage the power utilization. Without the right electrical arrangement, you can only cook one pan at a time and this will slow down your cooking process instead. So, choosing between gas and induction cooktop depends on your special situation and it’s up to you to fully decide it. Induction is a better choice if you want easy cleaning and higher performance. You will be able to use many pots simultaneously, but you need to make sure that your electricity system is able to cope with the demand. But, if there are occasional blackouts in your area, it may be better to choose gas cooktop. You will be able to cook even if the electricity has been cut off for hours due to extreme weather or other unusual situations.