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Induction Vs. Electric Vs. Gas Cooktops


Have you ever asked yourself, "What makes a good cook a great cook?" Even if two people that follow the same recipe and use the same ingredients, they may not get the same result. The appliances that a chef uses to make their food can make the difference between being good and being great. Everything, from the pans and pots to the ranges and cooktops they use will affect the result they get. When the results of baking and cooking do not turn out as expected, most people automatically think that it is because of the ingredients they used or that they got the seasoning wrong, etc. However, in reality it may be the appliances they have aren't actually what they need. In this article, we will be discussing three different cooktops from three different brands and we will be comparing each one of them. You'll be able to easily choose the one that you think will work for you.

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Miele, Viking and GE Cafe. Each brand specializes in manufacturing various kinds of kitchen appliances including fancy cooktops that are made with high technology to meet customers' expectations. You may wonder what are the advantages of owning a cooktop rather than a traditional range. A cooktop is usually built into a counter and is usually paired with separate wall oven. It is perfect those who want a more open design to their kitchen. It is important to keep in mind that there are three types of cooktops out there; induction, gas, and electric. Each cooktop comes with its own pros and cons.

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Induction cooktops use electromagnetic field to deliver heat directly to the pan while leaving the cooking surface at a cool temperature. This method of heating is considered as the safest, especially in a home with children.

Pros Cons
It is very efficient because it heats up more quickly than electric and gas cooktops. 90 percent of the energy generated by induction system ends up in the pot with only ten percent wasted. Induction cooktops usually require special cookware. You must only use magnetically reactive cookware or the induction process won't work. This is why, for some people, induction cooktops can be a little pricey.
It is very safe for adults and kids because the cooktop surface is not hot which means there is a less chance of getting burned. This also makes Induction cooktops easy to clean. If you splatter any food or sauce onto the cooktop, you can easily wipe it off. Don't be bothered by a buzzing noise during the cooking process. Some people might find this noise annoying. However, this noise is mostly produced because of the type of cookware that you use.
Great design. Induction cooktop usually have a beautiful modern looking design that is made with cutting edge technology. You will need an analog thermometer to check whether or not your meals are cooking at a preferred temperature.

Fisher Paykel 36 Inch Induction Cooktop

Induction cooktops are significantly important to your home for the various given reasons mentioned earlier. Fisher and Paykel is one of the trusted manufacturers of a complete line of household appliances including induction cooktops. Fisher and Paykel's 36 inch electric induction cooktop is a combination of a great performance and eye catching design made with cutting edge technology. This induction cooktop is not like any other cooktops that you have ever seen. It has smoothtop style with five different elements and a hot surface indicator that will ensure your safety.

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Black Ceramic Glass

Black Ceramic Glass: Can you imagine what black ceramic glass can do to your kitchen? It will enhance the beauty of your kitchen and make you see the light your kitchen corner.

Easy To Clean

Easy To Clean: Don't worry about having to clean up splattered and burned food. Because, induction cooktop surface is flat and it is not hot, you can easily wipe it off anytime.


Controls: unlike any other cooktops, this induction cooktop has touch and slide controls to provide you with more control. Forget about the knobs that you have to turn, save yourself time and energy with just one touch.

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Using gas to cook is the oldest cooking method that has been around and it is indeed one of the popular methods out there. Thermador leaves their star shaped burner as their signature to provide consumers with the unique products made with cutting edge technology.

Pros Cons
Accurate Cooking Temperature: Whether you increase the temperature or lower it, it will change instantly. While on the other hand, induction cooktops and electric cooktops requires more time for the temperature transitions. Cleaning gas cooktops are never easy with all the corners. Metal grates over the burners do not make it easier.
Much Cheaper compared to induction and electric cooktops. Gas cooktops can operate on either propane or natural gas. Both of the fuel sources are relatively cheap which will save you a good amount in the long run. Requires extra caution because the open flames can be dangerous in a household with children.
No Power Loss: Gas cooktops will ensure that you have a tasty and warm meal even if you don't have electricity at home. Gas cooktops usually require professionals for installation.

Thermador 48 Inch Gas Cooktop

Thermador's 48 inch gas cooktop features 6 star burners and an electric griddle to make your cooking experience fun and memorable. This size is perfect for large families and for the home chefs that love to spend quality of time in the kitchen. This model features metal knobs that gives you full control over cooktop when you change from low heat to higher heat. Aso, Stainless Steel frame will ensure its durability.

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ExtraLow: this feature is perfect for simmering delicate sauces or keeping food warm withouth scorching.

QuickClean Base

QuickClean Base: provides easy clean up due to raised pedestal burners and porclain maintop.

Fastest Time to Boil

Fastest Time to Boil: beause the heat is directed evenly from the center of the pan to its edges, it boils the water at much faster rate.

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Electric cooktops use integrated electrical heating elements to cook and they are usually very common in rental properties and apartments due to their low initial and maintenance costs. Electric cooktops are significantly cheaper than induction ovens.

Pros Cons
In order to use electric cooktops you do not need any special cookware. You can use any type of cookware that you already own. It is very hard to jump from low heat to higher heat with electric cooktops which leaves you with less control over cooking temperature.
They are sturdy and they tend to last longer without being damaged. Since the burners are exposed in electric cooktops, safety can be an issue in a household with children.
They are so much less expensive than any other type of cooktop. Power outages can render an electric cooktop unusable and they are not very visually appealing unless they have smoothtop style.

Miele 37 Inch Electric Smoothtop Style Cooktop

If you are looking for an ultimate cooking experience that can be done quickly and in style, then you should definitely check this option out. Miele's newest innovation is a combination of amazing features that are made to make sure that all your needs are met. Safety switch off and timer/minute minder are integrated to make your job so much safer and easier.

Direct Selection

Direct Selection Plus: each cooking zone features its own dedicated set of linear grate back-lit numerical sensor touch controls.

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Versatile Cooking Zone Configuration: allow you to use all sorts of cookware which is perfect for a wide variety of pans.

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Auto Heat-up: this feature allows burner to automatically turn on at the highest setting and then switches to the previously selcted power level.

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