Checklist of Different Kinds of Kitchen Cooktops

Cooktop is a cooking stove, which is independent from an oven. This small appliance adds versatility because unlike traditional ranges, you get a chance to place the oven separately rather than beneath the stove.

You can visit to check different categories of cooktops based on fuel type, appearance, and ventilation needs.

Gas cooktops

  • Propane or natural gas is used to operate gas cooktops.
  • Serious cooks, who find accuracy and control more valuable can opt for gas cooktops.
  • Traditional gas cooktop burners were harder to clean but latest models feature smooth surfaces, which are easy to wipe.
  • Visual monitoring of flame is also offered.

Electric cooktops

  • These operate on electricity and are very eco-friendly in comparison to gas cooktops.
  • Temperature levels can be lowered more than gas cooktops.
  • You can get to choose from sophisticated smooth-top or coil version type.
  • Major setbacks are they lack control, cooking surface heats up slowly and flat bottomed cookware is needed.

Induction cooktops

  • Unlike the regular electric cooktop, electromagnets are used as cooking elements in induction cooktops.
  • Electromagnets are installed under the smooth cooking surface, which produce resistance, when electricity passes.
  • Resistance heats the magnetic cookware placed on cooking surface.
  • Cooking surface remains cool throughout the cooking process.
  • Non-magnetic cookware does not enable heat to transfer, so there will be waste of electricity.
  • Induction cooktops models with gas and electricity as power sources are available.
  • The major disadvantage is needs flat-bottomed magnetic cookware and is expensive than other options.

Cooktops having overhead hoods

  • Overhead hood enables the smoke and heat emitted during cooking process to be drawn outside the home.
  • Overhead hoods perform the best ventilation task but occupy useful counter space.

Downdraft cooktops

  • These appliances make use of counter level exhaust fans.
  • Fan can be installed in the center, on the side, or behind the burner.
  • The need for overhead hood gets eliminated with downdraft cooktops
  • The drawback is they are inefficient in absorbing smoke and flames like traditional overhead hood.

Coil type cooktops

  • These are sturdy and traditional cooktop version.
  • More effort is needed to clean because stains and spills cannot be accessed easily.

Smooth-top cooktops

  • Cooking surface is smooth, basically designed from ceramic glass.
  • As the surface is even and smooth, it is easy to wipe the stains and spills.
  • Heavy items crashing on the surface can cause breakage or damage.
  • Not tough like coil version but higher in price.