Induction Vs Gas Cooktops

As you know I am a great fan of inducton cooking. For me it is very easy to use and clean. Like most people I switched from gas cooking to induction a few years ago. Though I do miss my gas cooktop sometimes my induction cooktop definitely holds lots of advantages. In this article I am sharing why I prefer induction cooktops.

Ease of use:

My very reason to stick to induction cooking. Induction cooktops are extremely easy to use. Some of them even come with memory sense technologies which allow them to remember the last temperature setting used. Some of them can even be programmed. All of them come with in-built timers, therefore unlike using a gas cooktop I don’t have to stand there watching my cooking all the time. It gives me peace of mind as even if I am not there the timer will shut off the cooking.

Easy Cleaning:

This is definitely beyond comparison. Gas cooktops are pretty pretty difficult to clean. They have lots of parts and cleaning them including those tiny little holes are no way easy. I have to remove the parts, clean, then assemble, the process is definitely tiring. Scrubbing to remove those sticky food particles often left scratches on the once gleaming body of my gas cooktop. On the other hand cleaning induction cooktops are pretty easy. The ceramic glass tops are smooth and flat, and since most of them use touch controls there are no knobs or crevices that can trap food particles. One sweep and they are clean, like magic.

Safety

Induction cooktops score again here. Fire and explosion hazards associated with a gas cooktop is far greater. Generation of flame is essential in a gas cooktop and where there is flame, there are chances of fire. In an induction cooktop, no flame is generated thus completely eliminating this risk.

Cooking gas is highly combustible and if there is a leak or if I forget to properly close the knob one spark is enough to initiate a wave of destruction. This risk is further compounded if the gas pipelines, fittings, connection, gas storage tanks or cylinders are not maintained or designed to the desired standards of safety. With an induction cooktop, these risks can be completely eliminated.

Moreover induction cooktops automatically go to stand by mode when a cookware is removed from its cooking zone so even of you forget to switch it off there is no risk. But in the case of a gas cooktop it requires our alertness to make sure that gas knobs are properly closed otherwise the flame will keep on burning creating more chances of fire hazards.

Energy Efficiency

Induction cooktops are highly energy efficient. A normal induction cooktop has an efficiency of 84% while a gas cooktop is only 40% efficient. This is a huge difference. As you know a gas cooktop radiates heat in all directions which means a lot of heat doesn’t reach the cookware. So much energy is wasted, and this wasted energy,  instead of going to the cookware, go to the surroundings increasing the temperature there. Sometimes it can get pretty hot and I used to sweat.

Better control:

You cannot set a fixed temperature on a gas cooktop. The only control you have are the knobs which can increase or decrease the flame, but it is impossible to know the temperature. An induction cooktop has better temperature and power control.

In favor of Gas Cooktops

Use of Induction compatible Cookware

Use of induction cooktop can limit the variety of cookware that we can use for cooking. Only steel cookware or cookware containing Iron or other ferromagnetic material can work on an induction cooktop. However there is no such limitation with a gas cooktop as Copper and Aluminium can easily be used.

Further, bottom of your cookware should be flat and its size should be more or less similar to cooking zone of the induction cooktop. Again there is no such limitation in gas cooktop.

Not all the foods can be cooked

Foods requiring direct application of flame cannot be cooked on induction cooktops as they don’t generate any flame.

I hope this article of mine helped you someway. Thanks for reading!