Dec. 20 2020

How to Determine the Best Cooktop Option for your Next Kitchen Remodel

by Bennett Bottorff

One of the most exciting things in a kitchen remodel is the shiny new appliances. From fancy fridges to coffee stations, there are tons of options when it comes to your new kitchen gadgets. Cooktops are no different. Looking for the best cooktop for your kitchen? Then read on to learn about the different options available and some of the benefits behind each.

Induction Cook Tops

The newest cooktop that is all the rage is induction. People love the ability these cooktops have to deliver fast heat and even distribution. These cooktops work due to an electromagnetic field below the glass cooktop that transfers energy directly into the magnetic cookware, causing it to heat up. With this option not using natural gas, induction cooktops are also a greener option.

So why doesn’t every home have induction? Well, these cooktops can be pretty pricy, being the most expensive option in the cooktop line. Aside from that, you do need special cookware for this option, as this cooktop works through magnets.

Gas Stove Tops

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For chefs and cooks in general, gas has always been the preferred cooktop. That is because it instantly heats up pots and pans and distributes them evenly. You can also monitor the heat by the exposed flame level, knowing exactly what height flame to simmer onions or boil water. You can also use a variety of cookware on gas, including cast iron and woks.

Another benefit to gas is that these cooktops can be used during power outages. Not that this is a regular thing, but it’s good to know you can cook food during these minor disasters. Some of the downsides to this type of cooktop are the cost. If you have to run and gas line, this can be an expensive process, full of inspections and routine work. Aside from the costs, some people deem gas as ‘unsafe’. This is true for older models of gas cooktops that needed pilot lights. The issue with these was that you could accidentally turn on the gas but not necessarily the flame. This is dangerous and can lead to explosions. Thankfully, gas does come with a smell, so hopefully, your nose would detect the gassy odor before lighting a match. Newer models are safe to use and don’t have this issue.

See also: Innovative Home Renovation's Design Style Quiz.

Electric

If you’ve ever rented an apartment, chances are you’ve used an electric cooktop. These cooktops work by heating up coil burners. These are either left exposed or covered up with a flat top such as glass, making them a breeze for cleaning. Other benefits of these cooktops include their cost and carbon footprint. Electric cooktops are often cheaper than gas and induction, making them the choice for remodels on a tight budget. They also avoid using non-renewable resources, such as gas, giving them a greener edge to their competitor.

However, if you love to cook, these cooktops are not the preferred type for culinary lovers. The biggest complaint about this cooktop is that it distributes the heat unevenly. They also don’t work with certain cookware, such as cast iron. Even if your cooking is just making eggs in the morning, you should note that these cooktops take some time for the coils to heat up. If you are the type of person who is always in a rush in the mornings, it’s best to find another cooktop better suited for you.

Dual Fuel

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Dual fuel cooktops are the best of both worlds, offering the perks of both electric and gas cooking. The cooktop itself is often gas, while the oven component is electric. These cooktops are great because they offer the benefits of gas cooking: superior heat for frying, sautéing, boiling, etc., as well as the precise control of an electric oven.

Since these cooktops use two power sources, you will need to account for two fuel lines. This isn’t a common issue unless you live in an older home that might not have the capacity to handle this. Aside from that, double the cooking options means double the cost. If you’re on a budget, you might want to consider another option.

Picking the Right Cooktop

Comparing all the different types of cooktops, it is hard to decide which one is the best. Each cooktop is different, so do some research before making your selection. Ultimately it will fall on your specific needs and desires for your kitchen remodel.

Why Asking Plenty of Questions is Invaluable!

At Innovative Home Renovations, we believe that there is no such thing as asking too many questions. Our unwavering dedication is to deliver exquisite and impeccable results. We understand that embarking on a remodeling journey is a significant commitment, and we are honored to have the opportunity to work with you to create your dream kitchen.

If you are considering a kitchen and/or bathroom remodel in the Northeast Seattle area, we invite you to contact us for a complimentary discovery call to get started!

 

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