Kitchen Device that is Essential for your Cooking
Cooktops aka Hobs is a kitchen device used for cooking. It can be either integrated into the kitchen or you can have it standalone.
A cooktop is a kitchen essential. There is a variety of them you can find in the market with different models, prices, features, and functionalities. However, selecting a suitable one for your kitchen can be daunting and overwhelming. So, we have outlined the different types of cooktops available and how you can choose the one that fits your needs the best.
(Picture of Standalone Cooktop & Picture of Inbuilt hob)
There are 5 different types of cooktops most commonly used in every kitchen. Though there are certain differences in their features, ease of use, and cleanability, the major deciding factor is usually your budget and available space.
- Gas Cooktop
Indian dishes need quick heating. Gas Burners provide rapid heat with exceptional control, one can quickly switch between high and low flames.
Advanced Gas Burners come with Reignition Feature which is very safe and protects from fire hazard. It can turn on itself in case of accidently turning off and can turn off in case of gas leakage.
Gas cooktop is a great idea if you already have a gas connection in your home. Gas cooktops are preferred by many chefs as it heats up quickly and allows you to change heating levels quickly and precisely.
2. Electric Cooktop
Electrical Coils heat the surface of the Cooktops which creates a monotonous low heat for the food to cook.
Traditional type of cooktops which have a coil on the surface. They are very low priced but are more vulnerable to spills. Electric coil cooktops look like gas cooktops because metal coil burners or elements sit atop or protrude the surface. The coils use electric power to heat cookware.
These cooktops are an upgraded version of Coil Cooktops, they have radiant elements, similar to coils, installed beneath a smooth, easy to clean glass surface. It heats evenly and quickly- ideal for cooking and also provides a sleek & integrated appearance.
Induction Cooktops are a unique combination made by Electromagnet coils beneath the ceramic glass surface known for transferring the energy directly into the metal object.
Another plus point is – cooking is much faster without making the cooktop hot to touch. But the only issue with this innovation is- it needs induction ready cookware for cooking.
3. Wood-Burning Stoves
Remember the ancient time?
The time when real coals were burnt to cook!
You must have surely heard that the food used to be most delicious and unmatchable and this is the only reason this kind of cooking still exists. It can be a complimentary option with a gas hob or electric hob which can be used for specific cooking.
4. Downdraft Cooktops
The Modern way of cooking, a preference of the elite class.
The Ventilation system is installed directly on the surface of the cooktop using a small vent between the burners.
It has an exhaust fan either installed in the cooktop in the center of the surface or behind the burner or the sides. Isn’t it magical?
5. Pellet Stoves
Eco friendly cooking- the heating stoves that burn pellets of recycled sawdust, wood shavings or other biomass material. But this will not only create smoke, but will leave a mass to clean behind.
East or West
Which cooktop is the Best?
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– Chetana Agarwal