Things to know before buying a cooktop
Simply put, a cooktop is a range minus the oven component, but what a cooktop lacks in functionality it makes up for in flexibility. The cooktop is an appliance that is extremely versatile and the beauty of this product is that it can be built into any spot in your kitchen without any major remodeling or rearrangement of your kitchen. A cooktop comes in both electric and gas models and can have different element arrangements that will cater to how you like to cook. In the end it all boils down to personal preference, price range and available space in your kitchen.
To appropriately familiarize yourself with cooktops, let’s take a deeper look into the types of cooktops you can buy at Nebraska Furniture Mart:
Electric – These types of cooktops generally have smooth surfaces and host four to five radiant-heat elements under a layer of ceramic glass. If you strongly prefer coils over a smoothtop you can still buy coil cooktops which are the most economic option from a price standpoint. The two largest benefits to having an electric cooktop is that they control heat output very well and they are extremely easy to clean because of the ceramic glass surface. The most common sizes for electric cooktops are 30 and 36 inches wide.
Induction – This is the newest in cooktop technology and it uses electromagnetic technology to heat pots and pans directly. Induction cooktops heat much faster than electric or gas cooktops and are so responsive that they can adjust heat instantaneously. Since induction cooktops are so efficient and precise they have the highest price point and will require pans made out of cast iron or steel to cook with. Like electric cooktops, the most common sizes for induction cooktops are 30 or 36 inches wide.
Gas – These types of cooktops are powered by natural gas, which requires gas accessibility and hookup parts. Typically gas cooktops have either four or five burners that are made out of cast iron, but if you need a larger cooking space you can find some that have up to six burners. The down side to gas cooktops is that they are harder to clean because of the grate style cooking surface. However, many cooks love how you can see the flame which makes temperature adjustments easier. The most common sizes for gas cooktops are 30, 36 and 48 inches wide.
Below are some final things to consider before you go out and purchase a cooktop for your kitchen:
- Cleaning Up – Gas cooktops have cast iron grates that are harder to clean. Go with an electric smoothtop that will easily clean in seconds.
- Control Panel – There are either control knobs or touchpads and they both have their ups and downs. Choose based on personal preference.
- Cookware – If you are going to buy an induction cooktop, you must have to have magnetic cookware for the pan to heat. Normal pans will work for both gas and electric.
- Element Arrangement – Make sure that the cooktop you buy has enough space for all the pans you want to use so your cooktop is not clustered or crowded.
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