Choosing the appropriate cooking appliance can significantly impact your experience in the kitchen. When it comes to cooktops, there are two popular choices for modern kitchens: induction and gas. Both models have their perks, but which one is better? In this blog, our kitchen appliance experts at Mountain High will compare these cooktops by exploring their functionalities and benefits. That way, you can decide which option suits your cooking needs.


What Is an Induction Cooktop?

An induction cooktop utilizes advanced technology that directly heats pots and pans through electromagnetic induction, providing precise and efficient cooking. It generates a magnetic field that transfers heat directly to the cookware, leaving the cooktop surface cool to the touch. This innovative design ensures faster cooking times and greater energy efficiency, making it a top choice for modern kitchens seeking both performance and safety.

Benefits of Induction Cooktops

Induction cooktops offer multiple benefits that make them a popular choice for modern kitchens. Their ability to heat up quickly drastically reduces the cooking duration. Their precise temperature control ensures even cooking, perfect for delicate recipes that need special attention. Notably, they are highly energy efficient, using around three times less energy than gas stoves.

Additionally, their smooth surface without grates and burners makes cleaning a simple task. Therefore, spills and splatters can be quickly wiped away. Finally, their safety feature prevents the surface from heating up unless there's cookware on top, reducing the risk of accidental burns and promoting a safer cooking environment.

What Is a Gas Cooktop?

A gas cooktop is a type of kitchen appliance that uses natural gas or propane to generate a flame for cooking. It typically consists of several gas burners arranged on a flat surface, each equipped with knobs or controls to regulate the flame intensity. When the gas is ignited, it provides instant and adjustable heat, allowing for precise temperature control during the cooking process. They are known for their reliability, ease of use, and the visual appeal of the open flame.

Benefits of Gas Cooktops

Gas stoves, on the other hand, have their own set of advantages that have stood the test of time. They're perfect for cooking recipes that require very high temperatures, such as stir-frying or searing your food. They can get a lot hotter than some induction cooktops, making them ideal for cooks who need that extra heat power. You can use different types of pots and pans on them, such as stainless steel, cast iron, and copper.

They offer that classic flame you can see, which is popular among cooking enthusiasts who enjoy the sensory aspects of cooking. If the power goes out, you can still use them, which is very handy if you live in a place where the electricity isn't always reliable. And the best part? They often cost less than induction cooktops, making them a great option if you're on a budget.

Induction Cooktops vs Gas: Which One Is Better?

The debate between induction cooktops and gas stoves often revolves around the clash of technology and tradition. Induction cooktops boast speed, precision, and safety features, but they are typically pricier than gas models and have limitations when it comes to compatible cookware.

On the other hand, gas cooktops exude the traditional charm of flame cooking, making them a favorite among seasoned chefs who appreciate the tactile cooking experience. They serve as a reliable, budget-friendly option, although they lack the innovative technology present in induction cooktops. Moreover, they are less energy-efficient and lack some of the safety features provided by induction cooktops.

The final answer: both types of cooktops offer distinct advantages, and selecting one over the other can be a challenging decision. The best choice depends on your specific cooking needs and style.

Featured Picks at Mountain High

Our team has put together some of our favorite picks for you to consider if you are currently in the market for a cooktop.

Induction Cooktop Favorite Picks

Bosch Benchmark® Induction Cooktop Black, surface mount with frame (NITP660SUC)

Why We Like It:
The Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop offers 17 different power levels, each designed to cater to various cooking needs, ranging from gentle simmering to rapid boiling. Its AutoChef(R) setting automatically regulates the cooking temperature, making real-time adjustments as needed. With the FlexInduction(R) feature, two cooking zones can be combined into one, accommodating larger cookware of up to 9 inches wide and 15 inches long, providing flexibility for diverse cooking demands.

Whirlpool 30-Inch Induction Cooktop (WCI55US0JS)

Why We Like It:
The Whirlpool induction cooktop features four cooking elements, and it is a very dependable choice for those seeking a reliable kitchen cooktop. With its optional assisted cooking function, the cooktop alerts you with a convenient tone and flashing light when water reaches the ideal boiling temperature for adding food. Similarly, it notifies you when oil reaches the optimal temperature for cooking.

Gas Cooktop Favorite Picks:

GE Profile 30" Built-In Gas Downdraft Cooktop (PGP9830SRSS)

Why We Like It:
The GE Profile gas cooktop model ensures swift and even cooking with its versatile all-purpose burners. Equipped with sealed cooktop burners, it effectively contains spills, simplifying the cleaning process and maintaining a tidy kitchen. The sleek cooking surface is not only aesthetically appealing but also easy to clean, adding convenience to your culinary experience. Additionally, the cooktop boasts a powerful exhaust system that efficiently removes smoke and steam from the kitchen, ensuring a fresh and comfortable cooking environment.

Kitchenaid 36" 5-Burner Gas Cooktop with Griddle (KCGS956ESS)

Why We Like It:
This KitchenAid gas cooktop provides a seamless transition from a gentle small flame for precise simmering to a robust dual flame for efficient boiling, all within the same burner. With its full-width cast iron grates, you can effortlessly move cookware across the entire cooking surface. Adding a touch of elegance, the pleasant LED lights deliver a beautiful accent while indicating the burner's operation, enhancing the overall cooking experience.


Explore More Cooktops at Mountain High Appliance

Choosing the perfect cooktop is a crucial decision that can elevate both your cooking skills and efficiency. Whether you prefer the precision of an induction cooktop or the classic appeal of a gas one, the options are endless. If you're looking to explore more cooktop varieties, feel free to browse through our comprehensive online catalog. At Mountain High, we offer a diverse array of cooking appliances tailored to meet your specific culinary requirements.

If you have any questions about our current cooking appliance models, make sure to contact us or visit one of our appliance store locations in Colorado Springs, Denver, Glenwood Springs, Littleton, or Louisville, Colorado. Our appliance experts are eager to assist you find the right cooktop for your kitchen.

Commonly Asked Questions about Cooktops

Are induction cooktops safe?
Absolutely, induction cooktops are designed with safety features, including automatic pan detection and cool-to-the-touch surfaces, making them an excellent choice for households with children or safety-conscious individuals.

How to use an induction cooktop?
Using an induction cooktop is simple. Place induction-compatible cookware on the cooktop, select the desired temperature or power setting, and watch as your cookware heats up quickly and efficiently.

How to protect induction cooktops from scratches?
To prevent scratches on your induction cooktop, use cookware with smooth, flat bottoms and avoid sliding pots and pans across the surface. Additionally, consider using protective mats or trivets to safeguard the cooktop from accidental damage.

Do you need a range hood for an induction cooktop?
While not mandatory, having a range hood can be beneficial for any type of cooktop, including induction cooktops. Range hoods help to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and grease, ensuring a clean and fresh kitchen environment.

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