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Induction Cooktop vs. Gas

Wondering which type of cooktop is right for your kitchen? Read on to discover the pros and cons of both induction and gas cooktops before making a purchase.

How to Choose What's Right for You

If you're weighing whether to go with an induction cooktop vs. a gas stove, you're in the same boat as many shoppers looking to overhaul their appliance setup. These two options are among the very best ranges you can buy, for reasons that will become obvious below. So, you're already in a very good place to make a great choice for the long-term functionality and design of your kitchen. But which one is best?
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We're here to help you narrow down your selection further so that you come away with the perfect piece of cooking equipment for your needs.

Induction Range: What's the Big Deal?

First up in our showdown between induction cooktop vs. gas stoves—the uber-popular induction range. This type of range is gaining a whole lot of traction in the kitchen appliance world because it gives the typical electric range a safe, high-tech upgrade. These ranges feature sleek, smooth-top elements beneath a cooking surface, allowing for easy cleaning.
With induction cooking, heating is achieved through electromagnetic waves rather than a flame. This means that when you touch the cooktop, you won't get burned. At the same time, your pots are able to heat up a lot more quickly and evenly, which saves you time and hassle in the kitchen. Here are the pros and cons of induction ranges:

Here are the pros and cons of induction ranges:

  • Pro: Safety—Ideal for households with kids and beginner cooks, an induction range is a great option because it eliminates the risk for burns and other injuries since the cooktop stays cool.
  • Pro: Easy to Clean—The smooth, cool cooktop on an induction range eliminates all the nooks and crannies, which means super easy cleaning.
  • Pro: Energy Efficiency—One of the great things about induction ranges is that all the energy they generate goes towards cooking, so there's no energy wasted. This results in a more energy-efficient setup.
  • Con: Cost of Range—The cost-related cons are twofold. First, induction ranges themselves are newer to the market and therefore tend to cost more than gas ranges or traditional electric ranges.
  • Con: Cost of New Cookware—The second cost-related con has to do with your cooking equipment. You'll need to buy new compatible cookware and ditch those nice copper and Teflon pots you already own.

Gas Stove Tops: A Classic in the Kitchen

As one of the original hard-hitters of the kitchen, the time-honored gas stove top will never be a bad choice. Among serious chefs, gas has always been one of the preferred ways to cook, thanks in part to the fact that it cooks via an easily-controlled flame, so you always get the perfect amount of fire for the job.
Most likely, you already have experience cooking with a gas stove, so you probably don't need a lesson on how it works. The fact that it operates on natural gas, butane, propane or another fuel source is what makes it so great at cooking, but this can be prohibitive because it requires special installation.

Here are some more pros and cons to gas stoves:

  • Pro: Cooking—Chefs often prefer gas because it provides you with precise temperature control and quick cooking, requiring no time to heat up.
  • Pro: Reliable—One of the reasons why many people prefer gas over electricity is because even if the power goes out, you can still use the stove. Plus, it's a time-tested technology that you know is reliable.
  • Pro: Cost—On the whole, gas stoves tend to ring up for less than induction ranges. Plus, they don't require you to buy new pots and pans.
  • Con: Safety—One of the biggest drawbacks of a gas range is that it uses fire. This can be a concern, especially if there are kids in the kitchen.
  • Con: Harder to Clean—All those removable pieces and parts on your gas cooktop make cleaning a chore and require way more elbow grease.

How to Choose the Right Range for You

So, which is the right option for you? It all comes down to your personal preferences, budget and the needs of your household. If you're all about the latest and greatest technology and want to see what the fuss is all about, definitely consider buying an induction range. On the other hand, if you prefer the classic and time-tested, a gas stove will serve you well. Both are fantastic options that are not likely to disappoint! If you'd like more information about how to choose a cooktop, check out our comprehensive Cooktop Buying Guide.

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