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How to choose between a gas, ceramic or induction cooktop
Designing your dream kitchen is one of the most exciting pitstops on your new home journey. Decisions about benchtops, tapware and configuration often dominate discussion but one of the most important decisions you need to make affects a task we perform daily – cooking on the stovetop.
For years, ‘cooking with gas’ has been the go-to for foodies but when induction blazed onto the scene, our choice became a little more complex. Now our options include gas, ceramic or induction, each with their own pros and cons.
Every home cook needs a good working relationship with their stove, whether you’re whipping up a three-course meal for 10 or reheating leftovers for one.
Ultimately, your decision will most likely come down to two factors: cost and cooking style, so let’s take a closer look at the options.
Gas, ceramic or induction cooktops – what’s the difference?
- Gas cooktops have burners that are connected directly to the main gas supply in your house. The electronic ignition system generates a spark that lights the gas and creates the blue flame.
- Ceramic cooktops contain coiled metal elements underneath the tempered ceramic glass. These are heated electronically, which then heats the ceramic glass surface and warms the pan.
- Induction cooktops feature powerful, high-frequency electromagnets under the surface, rather than metal coils. These generate a magnetic field that turns your pan into the heating element, rather than the surface of the cooktop. This means you’ll need cookware that has a magnetic field, such as iron, cast iron or enamel.
What are the pros of a gas cooktop?
- The open flame on a gas burner generates heat immediately, which allows you to control the intensity of the heat intuitively by looking at the flame and adjusting accordingly.
- You won’t have to buy any specialty cookware.
- A gas cooktop may suit a more traditional aesthetic, particularly Hamptons-style kitchens.
- You may save money on utilities as gas is generally cheaper than electricity.
- Some models, such as the Westinghouse 60cm gas cooktop available as a standard inclusion in Rawson Homes kitchens, come with a high-powered wok burner, which is super handy for stir-fries and other Asian-inspired dishes.
- If there’s a power outage, your gas stovetop will still work by being lit with an open flame.
What are the cons of a gas cooktop?
- You’ll need gas mains connected to your home.
- Gas cooktops can be harder to clean.
What are the pros of a ceramic cooktop?
- The smooth surface and touch-screen functionality of a ceramic cooktop complements a modern and minimalist aesthetic in the kitchen.
- The ceramic glass is extremely easy to clean.
- The Westinghouse 60cm ceramic cooktop, which is available as a standard inclusion in all our kitchen packages, has a triple zone feature that allows you to adjust the diameter of the burner to suit the size of the pan.
What are the cons of a ceramic cooktop?
- Electric coils can be slower to heat and don’t respond to temperature changes as instantaneously as gas.
- The ceramic surface holds heat even after being switched off, however most models come with residual heat warning lights that stay on until the surface reaches a safe temperature.
What are the pros of an induction cooktop?
- Induction cooking is faster as the electromagnetic field heats the pan instantly, not the surrounding air or cooktop surface.
- The AEG 90cm induction cooktop, available as an upgrade and in our Prestige Custom Collection, features precise heat control, pre-set temperature controls and a function that allows you to link two induction zones to create a larger cooking area.
- Cooking with induction allows you to increase or drop the temperature incredibly quickly, with an even spread of heat across the base of the pan. So you can melt chocolate gently at very low temperatures, and boil water in a matter of minutes.
- Induction cooktops remain cooler during cooking, the ceramic top only heats from residual pan heat and cools down quickly once turned off. They’re also only functional when a pan is touching the surface, which makes them extremely safe to use, particularly if you have kids around.
- Like ceramic cooktops, the smooth surface looks sleek in a contemporary kitchen.
What are the cons of an induction cooktop?
- Induction cooktops are more expensive than ceramic.
- You may need to buy new pots and pans that work with induction.
If this has given you food for thought, contact us on 1300 223 345 to start planning your dream kitchen with one of our internal selections specialists.