Induction hob, gas hob or radiant hob

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If you are going to upgrade or equip your kitchen with a brand-new stove, selecting one from the many options of stoves and hobs in the marketplace can be frustrating. At a certain point, you will have to choose between a conventional conduction stove or a more contemporary option – an induction cooktop. A comparison infographic between induction, gas, and electric stoves can give you a hand in making your decision.

But first, let’s take a look at what these cooktops are.

What is an induction cooktop?

Induction stoves
come with a smooth flat cooking surface which is usually made of ceramic glass. However, unlike what you may already know about traditional stoves, an induction cooktop triggers your pots and pans to heat themselves directly rather than providing an external heat source to the cookware. You’re probably wondering how this works.

Here’s the explanation. Induction cooking heats a cooking vessel by electrical induction, instead of by thermal conduction from a flame, or an electrical heating element. Heat is coming from within the pan, making this method of cooking a lot more efficient.

There’s no cause for alarm there. Even if you’re are worried about electric shocks, rest assured – induction cooking is perfectly safe. The generated electrical currents are limited to your cookware’s base and are just strong enough to heat it. Therefore, now you can be worry-free about burn wounds while cooking with an induction stove, and induction stoves are actually the safest option available.

So, induction cookers are safer and more efficient than gas stoves. Thanks to the unique way in which induction cookers operate, only the cookware gets heated up, which prevents heat loss and saves on your utility bills. Thus, Safety is just one of the many advantages of induction stoves.

Moreover, most induction cookers are more expensive than gas or electric stoves that are of the same size. However, it is much more economical to use an induction burner compared to its gas counterpart, because of the benefits aforementioned.

What is a gas stove?

Gas stoves are probably the most familiar among cooking appliances. The stoves burn gas to create a flame ring that heats the cookware. They always come with burner and wok structures to keep pots and pans stable during cooking. As a result, the surface of a gas stove is quite complex to clean.

You can easily control the flame by rotating a simple knob attached to the body of the stove. The heating level is more visible to users in gas cooking, but you have to wait for the heat to reach the expected temperature.

Because the source of heat is an open flame, the energy loss when using a gas stove is significant. It also makes both cookware and the hob very hot during and long after cooking, causing a high risk of burns.

Read more: How to clean gas stove

What is a radiant hob?

The radiant hob is one type of electric stove and has been around for a while. It has a similar look to induction hobs because of the ceramic glass surface. However, the operating principle is very different.

Passing electricity through an electric coil placed under the radiant cooktop heats the coil, providing heat for cooking. The heat radiates from the heated elements through the surface ceramic glass to the cookware. It does not waste as much energy to as compared to gas cooking.

However, the cooking zone on the surface becomes extremely hot. It requires a built-in cooling system in radiant cooktops to make them cool down faster. In the end, the risk of burns and finding overheating marks on the glass is still very much present with radiant stoves.

Induction vs gas vs radiant cooktop infographic

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