If you’re in the market for a new range or are wanting to upgrade what you currently use, the endless options can be a little overwhelming. Beyond your budget and required measurements to fit your space, there are a lot of things to consider. How do you know what type of range is right for your needs?
Most ranges you look at will either be gas or induction.
When it comes to getting busy in the kitchen, you’re probably already comfortable using a gas or electric stove. These options have been around for years and are easy to access.
But in recent years, induction cooktops have hit the scene. These options have become increasingly popular for many reasons, but knowing which stove or cooktop to purchase can be challenging. That’s why we’re breaking down the pros and cons of each, to better help you make an informed decision on your next range.
Gas ranges are a popular choice for many homes. This option is far more preferred than electric cooktops and utilizes propane or natural gas. Unlike electric cooktops that require the burner grill to heat up, the heat source is the flame itself. When you turn on the burner, it simply heats up.
While many love gas ranges, there is a possible danger using one like any gas-run products. Safety risks such as a leak are possible dangers to consider.
Benefits of Gas Ranges
- Gas ranges are super speedy! Simply turn on the flame and start cooking.
- Because this heats up immediately, you can get a more accurate cooking temperature.
- Since gas ranges do not require electricity, they can be used even during power outages.
Induction Ranges have become more used in recent years but are a very different option than gas or electric stovetops. Unlike open flames used for cooking, induction cooking is done using electromagnetism.
What does that mean? Underneath the cooktop, you will find a metal coil. When turned on, this coil creates a magnetic field that begins to react with the pan upon the cooktop, creating a current. This current that the magnetic forces join to make then causes the pan to heat and the food inside to begin cooking. While it may sound complicated, the process happens quickly.
The way the current and electromagnetism works, the cooktop of induction stovetops never gets hot. There is no transfer of heat, such as in electric and gas cooktops, the burner – and entire surface – of the induction cooktop remains cool to the touch.
Benefits of Induction Ranges
- This option is the fastest cooking method on the market.
- Induction cooktops are very safe and can provide peace of mind in homes that have small children.
- These options are very easy to clean. Food doesn’t stick to the surface, so a wet cloth wipe will do the trick.
- Unlike other ranges, your kitchen remains cool even while cooking because of the heat source. If you live somewhere hot or avoid cooking with your stove during the summer, forget those worries.
Still unsure what is right for you?
Contact our team – we’re happy to help! This decision can be a tricky one and is an investment that you’ll use for years to come.