5 Burning Considerations When Choosing Between a Gas or Induction Hob
Your kitchen is very much the heart of the home, and where you’ll be cooking in.
One key appliance in your kitchen is undoubtedly the stove. When it boils down to this, you have some options to choose from, with the most popular being the conventional gas stove and modern induction hob.
Each has its pros and cons, but which one really suits your needs and lifestyle? Here are some things to consider for a better decision-making process!
It’s clear that induction hobs place first in the energy efficiency aspect as compared to other types of hobs. This is because there is no heat involved, unlike gas.
Instead, such hobs use electromagnetic currents to produce heat directly onto the pan. This means that no heat is lost to the environment, therefore maximising energy efficiency. In addition, you can adjust the temperature much faster, which also contributes to efficiency.
Let’s face it – induction hobs are hardly what you would call budget-friendly. Not only do have heftier price tags than their gas counterparts, they also cost more to run. Despite being about 90-95% more efficient than gas stoves, induction stoves generally use up more electricity.
You may also need to source for specific pots and pans that are suitable for it as it only works with certain magnetic materials.
This means that those gleaming new glass, aluminium or copper cookware you just got at the sale have to bid adieu. If you’re not ready to pump in money for this investment, consider going for gas instead. They are comparatively more affordable to power and you don’t have to break the bank to get one.
Ease of Use
Do you seek a fuss free cooking experience?
You may want to pick the induction top for its ease of use and cleaning. Cooking is faster because it heats up quickly and makes temperature control easier and more precise. You also won’t find yourself wiping the beads of sweat rolling down your face a gas stove user would encounter since there’s no heat.
With its sleek, flat surface, cleaning is effortless – a few swipes of cleaning agent and water are all you need.
Cleaning may be a bigger problem. Dealing with gas hobs aren’t as simple because it’s a tedious process that involves cooling down, disassembling pot stands and gas rings before cleaning and reassembling them again. Not exactly the best for those with problems putting things back together, we say.
Touch a gas stove while it’s turned on and you’ll really feel the burn. Do the same with an induction cooker and nothing will happen. That’s one attractive benefit about this beautiful hob: it’s very safe, something you may prioritise more if you have young children.
You don’t need to worry about painful burns or worse, fires incinerating your precious kitchen.
Looking for that distinctive, lovely char we Asians call wok hei?
Well, you certainly won’t find it using an induction hob, that’s for sure.
Only gas hobs have the ability to create this smokiness in dishes because of the way it heats up food.