Cooktop Buying Guide
How to Choose Your Cooktop
Gas, Electric or Induction?
This is one of the main questions you need to ask yourself when it comes to choosing a cooktop or a stovetop. A cooktop comes in gas, induction, and electric/smoothtop models and can have different element arrangements that will cater to how you like to cook. In many cases when a customer chooses to install a cooktop in their home they will also include a single or double wall oven as well.
Safe, energy efficient, and easy to clean. They heat through electromagnetic energy between the cooktop surface and the Induction compatible cookware that is required. These are extremely safe and would be a good choice for a family with small children. Induction Cooktops are the newest technology and can bring water to a boil extremely fast while maintaining a relatively cool cooking surface.
Chef's favorite! Gas Cooktops are quite responsive and adjust heat easily. Emit flames through burners. Gas cooktops use Electronic Ignition that instantly light the burners with a button. The heat on these burners are measured in BTUs. The higher the BTUs the hotter the elements will get. The heat can range between 5,000 - 15,000 BTU's. Most Gas Cooktops can burn both Natural and Liquid Propane Gas. With Liquid Propane a conversion kit may be required.
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Have a great control on heat output. They also have stylish control panels or touchpads and digital displays that help you set precise temperature controls with the push of a button. The heating elements on electric cooktops can either be coil or smoothtop. The surface is either glass or ceramic and is very easy to keep clean.
What Size Do You Need?
Cooktops come in a variety of sizes and number of cooking elements. The most common sizes of cooktops are 30", 36", and 48" widths. Whichever size you need is for the most part a personal preferance. Here’s a size measurement guide that you might find handy.
What Color Do You Like?
Pairing With a Wall-Oven?
Pairing a Cooktop with a Wall Oven is a very common occurance in the kitchen. The cooktop provides the surface cooking while the wall oven provides the baking. Wall Ovens are built-in to the cabinetry and provide a custom look and feel