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Induction vs. Gas Cooktop Cooking – Pros and Cons

Are you tired of food being ruined because of your uneven and misfunctioning burner elements? You are not alone. Regular stovetop coil elements can burn out on one side, heat unevenly, and make cooking difficult.

If you are in the market for a new stovetop method of cooking and are looking at gas cooktops or induction cooktops, we will take a closer look at both to see what the differences are and the pros and cons of both.

Induction or Gas Cooktops

While both methods will have pros and cons, sometimes it comes down to personal preference, sometimes it is about how each function.

Gas

Cooking with gas has a long tradition. These can use different sources like natural gas, butane, propane, or liquefied petroleum gas. Gas is traditionally used in many restaurants and we all can conjure up the image of the chef with his lapping flames and tossing food and the pan.

gas

Many people like gas as they feel they have more control over it, and this is certainly true over electric stovetops, but not necessarily so with induction. The ability to have instant heat and then have it instantly disappear.

Pros of Gas

  • If you live in an area where power goes out regularly, then it is more convenient for you to use gas. Many people live in areas of the world where electricity is still scarce.
  • More control over the heat. You can turn it up or down, and the result is instant. The flams give you an idea of the temperature.
  • People still like the knobs that control a gas cooktop, rather than programming it in.
  • You can use all your pots and pans on gas.

Cons

  • You need a constant supply of gas. It is not going to always be there.
  • You also need the cooker to be installed, which can be expensive and involved.
  • Food often burns. The flames may heat too quickly and burn foods in lighter pots and pans.
  • It is also messy and smells. The gas can smell, but also bits of food fall off and down on the burners. It requires a lot of scouring to remove them.
  • Gas can be dangerous. Leaks or forgetting to close the line completely can cause illness and even fires or explosions.
  • Dangerous for children, loose clothing, or anything else that may come in contact. Spills can cause massive fires, as well.

Induction

Induction cooking uses direct heat on the surface of the cooking vessel, and that’s all. A coiled copper wire is heated, which passed the heat to the pot. It is very quick.

True Induction 2 burner portable cooktop with 5 pc induction

Pros

  • Much more efficient than gas. Induction cooking not only does not heat the room, but it doesn’t heat the surrounding surface of the cooktop. You can leave your spatula or other utensils nearby without fear of melting them.
  • Much safer than gas cooktops. No heat or flames around the cooking area, no extra heat in the room, and the pots you need have handles that won’t heat, either.
  • It’s safer as well due to the technology that allows the stovetop to shut down if it detects if the pot being used is incorrect or if it gets too hot.
  • Cuts cooking time, which cuts the use of energy used. It’s also very accurate. Many of the stovetops can be set for temperature and timers to let you know when it’s finished.
  • Induction cooktops are very lightweight and portable. If you want to take your gas cooktop, you need to bring a gas tank with you and make sure you have enough gas and access to more, if needed.
  • Easy to install, easy to use, easy to clean. It rarely makes a mess, and if it does, it’s a breeze to clean up.

Cons

  • Their prices are likely much higher, but that is really for purchase only. In the long run, with gas cooktops, you still need to buy gas regularly.
  • It can be difficult for some to get used to the technology and control panels. It may be difficult for some people to see and may take a while for people to get used to it.
  • You need to use the right type of cookware for the induction cooktop. Many will not work, or they can get damaged to cause damage to your cooktop.
  • You won’t be able to cook if there is a power outage.

How Do You Choose?

This will come down to your personal choice and what your needs are. Someone who is used to gas may find that works better for them.

People who have many people to cook for will likely find the induction method of cooking is not only more convenient and quicker but also safer with smaller children in the house.

The induction cooktop is far more practical for those on their own, living in small spaces and having limited kitchen space.

The cost is always a factor, and although the induction cooktops are more costly upfront, they do save money after a while. The gas is an ongoing expense and it can be inconvenient if you have a small tank you need to keep filling.

The gas cooktop might be fine if you consider yourself a foodie and want to try a lot of different and trending new dishes. But installation and ongoing maintenance can be costly in time and money.

Gas is more dangerous and must be mined. The induction cooktop is far more eco-friendly.  It is also faster, and you can control the heat and time of things being cooked.

The induction cooktops also look fantastic. They are clean, smooth, and sleek. And while both types of cooktops are portable and can be taken anywhere, one will require electricity and the other a tank of gas.

We hope this induction vs. gas cooktop pros and cons helps you better decide what method will be best for you and your family. Many have both advantages and disadvantages.

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