With the advent of induction cooking, the common question before people setting up new kitchens or upgrading old kitchens is whether to stick with a conventional gas stove or switch over to an induction cooktop. Both gas stoves and induction cooktops have advantages and disadvantages. A comparison between the two helps in deciding which is suitable as per your requirements.
Gas stove gives instant heat by producing a ring of flames. Induction cooktop, on the other hand, has a metal coil inside the surface which provides a magnetic field when switched on. The magnetic field creates a current in the base of the pan and heats it.
Knobs present on a gas stove are used to increase and decrease the heat level. The intensity of the flame acts as a visual aid to determine the level of heat being generated by the gas cooktop. In case of an induction cooktop, touch controls are present to alter the temperature digitally. People who are more comfortable with knobs and prefer a visual aid to determine the heat level like gas stoves more than induction cooktops.
Speed of cooking
Gas stove starts heating up the cookware as soon as it is turned on and cooks swiftly. However, when compared to an induction cooktop, it is slower. Induction cooktops are much faster than gas stoves. Thus, they are far more time efficient than gas stoves.
Any cookware can be used for cooking on gas stoves. This is not the case with induction cooktops. Cookware made of magnetic materials only can be used for cooking on induction cooktops. Thus, people wanting to switch over to induction cooking must also purchase new cookware made of magnetic materials. Such cookware is more expensive as compared to conventional cookware.
Disruption in the cooking process
Gas stoves don’t require electricity to cook. Thus, the cooking process is not disrupted even when there is no electricity. Induction cooktops, on the other hand, stop working in the absence of electricity, thereby disrupting the cooking process. Thus, one needs to have some power back-ups such as generator or inverter to prevent disruptions.
Gas cooktops convert 40% of the energy into heat for cooking. Induction cooktops, on the other hand, directly heat the cookware through the magnetic field, thereby using 84% of the electrical energy for cooking. Thus, induction cooktops are more energy efficient as compared to gas cooktops.
Induction cooktops are expensive as compared to gas cooktops price.