You may have your mind already set on the type of cooktop or range you want for your new kitchen remodel, but it’s worth taking a moment to understand the pros and cons of the most common options and read up on the latest advancements made in some of the more modern options as well. From style preference to fuel type to cost, there are many factors to consider.
Here’s a quick rundown to help you choose a new cooktop!
Induction cooktops are becoming more accessible and a more common choice during kitchen remodels. Plus, it’s a completely different way to look at cooking.
Like most of us, time is of the essence. Induction cooking is much speedier than gas or electric and clean-up is a breeze. The magnetic coils heat up the pan, not the surface. This allows for the added safety of your cooking surface being cool to the touch. You will also find the greatest energy efficiency with induction heating, plus easy clean up with the smooth ceramic top.
You will need to stock your kitchen with pots and pans that are compatible with the induction cooktop. Your pots and pans must be flat-bottom and contain enough iron to hold a magnet, so glass or aluminum cookware will not work. While the cost of induction technology is going down as it gains popularity, this will still be on the higher end of the price range for cooktops.
The tried-and-true electric cooktop is a practical choice for your kitchen, especially if you’re looking to save money.
Glass top electric cooktops will be one of your most cost-effective options. The sleek design gives a sophisticated appearance, which blends well into any kitchen design. You will also find helpful safety features, such as an automatic shut off if no pot or pan is detected. Any type of cookware is compatible.
This is one of the slowest cooktops to heat up, and it stays hot for a while after you turn it off. You’ll also be missing precision with adjusting the heat levels.
The open flames of a gas cooktop can provide a rustic and gourmet touch to your kitchen remodel.
Like an induction cooktop, you’ll get instant heat with a gas burner. You have easy control with heat levels and interlocking grates for a level surface. Plus, you can use your existing cookware. If you’re concerned about continuously burning pilot lights, some of the newer models rely on pilotless ignition, which also uses 30% less gas.
If you don’t already have gas line hooked into your kitchen, installation can be pricey. However, you may be able to use a propane tank to keep your costs down. Open flames are always a risk around combustible items, so keep towels and oven mitts far away. Also, the grates are more of a challenge to keep clean.
Before you purchase a cooktop for your next kitchen remodel, be sure to do your research to choose a cooktop that best suits your needs and your style. Our kitchen remodeling experts at All Star Construction, Inc. will help you understand your options and feel confident in your decision. Call us today at 281-847-0294.