Cooktop vs. Cooking Range is an increasingly hot debate among the new house owners and the enthusiastic chefs from the field because a healthy lifestyle pretty much depends on the way you choose to cook.
For a smart pick, consider all the following types of stovetops and kitchen range separately at first.
Later on, conclude your preference keeping in view the need, space, and structure of your kitchen followed by the proposed budget.
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Common Types of Stovetops for your Kitchen?
These are different types of stove tops which are available in market.
These are traditional stovetops and feature metal spiral heating elements along with a wire fixed in them. The electricity transmits from the wire and heats the spiral coils that make your pots and pans hot.
These are the most affordable and common options and safe to use for all types of cookware. The coils are sturdy and almost impossible to break.
However, these metal spiral coils can sometimes cause uneven cooking, especially if they’re placed unevenly. Similarly, the coils cooktops are a bit tough to clean, mainly due to the open areas beneath them. Lastly, keep in mind that coil cooktops take some time to cool down, and this can result in burns if you are not aware that the top is still warm.
Next, we have a modern option, the electric smooth-stovetop, which has a smooth top usually constructed of ceramic and glass materials. In this cooktop, one can easily see the burner’s shape on the glass, but one cannot view the heating element, especially when it is not working. But when it is on, you can comfortably identify them as it glows bright red or orange.
The smooth electric stovetop features an even surface that allows you to place the pans on the burner’s level and offers perfect heating. The electric stove cooktop is simple to maintain due to its elegant and straightforward design.
Furthermore, you will find many options in electric cooktops like double burners, various heating levels, and more.
Read more: Best Electric Cooktops
However, one major drawback of these stovetops is that the glassy surface is not that durable, and that is a heft repair. The tempered glass cooktop is sturdy and will not break that easily, but still, it can crack or shatter if anything heavy drops on it.
Next on our post comes the Induction stoves that feature a particular element under the smooth top, and this creates a balanced magnetic field. However, not all cookware is compatible with induction stovetops. The formed magnetic field causes the compatible cookware to heat due to the presence of iron in the cookware. In simple words, if you use any other cookware on an induction stovetop, it will not get hot.
Furthermore, these stovetops heat instantly than other stove cooktops and offer precise and better temperature control. Heat distribution is also better and even across the surface and provides you delicious cooked meals without burnt food.
If you like energy-efficient cooktops, these are your best choice because they heat the food directly and don’t produce additional heat as others.
Now, here comes the pro tip.
If you cannot decide which to get for your new home, then simply buy a modular stovetop. These customized stoves feature a perfect blend of electric, gas, and induction burners. You will also find an indoor grill, wok, fryer, or griddle function in some modular cooktop models.
The Modular stovetops come with various modules, and the cooking surface also varies from brand to brand. Hence, you can easily pick the one as per your needs.
Types of Ranges
Modern households usually prefer the electric range (electric cooktop with an electric oven attached) to the old school gas range because it dispenses beauty and ease of use. The smooth top stoves of the electric range are quite an easy task to clean if you are not clumsy enough to spill the food or ingredients over them. The installation is also a breeze because all you need is an electric connection near the range setup.
But it kind of digs a hole in your pocket when the electricity bill is dropped. If you are already tight on budget, buy an electric range with coil stovetops instead of smooth tops.
This range type is generally appreciated the most among senior chefs and traditional female cooks of the home as it provides superior convenience in managing the ideal heat level. Moreover, it is also cheap in terms of energy consumption mainly in comparison to the electric range. If you have a modern kitchen, you will need to establish a point near the range arrangement to attach the pipe with the gas hookup. Plus, such a range type also asks for extra cleanliness of the stovetop.
The invention of the dual-fuel kitchen range type is considered a direct approach to cooking creativity.
With that said, it is usually the top pick of high-end restaurant owners who use the electric oven for their day to night baking business. Whereas, gas stovetop as favored highly by quality chefs, is used for making the other regular dishes with a careful look at the degree of heat being used. For having this updated version of the range installed in your kitchen, you will have to spend a good amount of money too.
The induction cooking range makes use of a magnetic coil in the form of a cooktop to catch heat through the mechanism of the magnetic field. This range type heats up rather faster than all the other range types and saves you a lot of time.
It usually comes with an attached electric oven (convection oven) which is also popular for catching heat faster exceptionally with the use of fans installed in it.
This range type is an expensive unit one may buy for giving their kitchen an entirely modern look as well as feel.
Though induction cooking ranges work only with induction compatible cookware so you have to buy these special pots and pans to begin with it.