Published: October 31, 2017 Last Updated: August 23, 2021
The humble cooktop has received a makeover in recent years. New designs have introduced sleek black lines or stainless steel shine. Whichever side of the cooktop fence you sit (most cooks are either firmly gas or firmly electric) there is a design to suit your kitchen décor.
The variety of burners available for specific types of cooking has expanded greatly. Wok burners, BBQ grills, tepanyaki grills, fish burners, deep fryers and bain-marie's plus small burners for simmer and slow cooking cater for professional style cooking at home. Modular systems allow you to custom design for your particular requirements.
Safety switch off features integrated into some models ensure the gas feed is turned off if the flame blows out. Some models will even turn off if left on for exceptionally long periods.
The exposed coil element design is being fazed out in favour of ceramic glass cooking surfaces with electric element or halogen lamp heating positioned under the glass. This design has the advantage of an easy to clean smooth surface. The low heat conduction of the ceramic glass means the surface doesn't heat up as much as an exposed coil element however will still get quite hot.
Special cookware is not required for this type of cooktop, all flat bottomed saucepans or frying pans will work well.
There is a new(ish) kid on the block which promises to revolutionise the cooktop. Induction cooking is faster and more efficient than the traditional electric coil element cooking. An induction cooktop is also one of the safest ways of cooking as no heat is produced on the cooking surface.
Induction cooktops use a high-frequency electromagnet to create a magnetic field which causes the pot or pan (made from magnetic material) placed in contact with the element to generate heat and cook it's contents. As the cooking surface does not heat up less energy is wasted.
An induction cooktop is much faster at heating up than electric cooktops. Induction can boil water twice the speed of traditional electric heating. They also allow for better control of the cooking temperature as induction responds instantly to heat adjustments.
The single solid cooking surface makes cleaning very easy and, as the surface itself does not heat up, food will not burn and stick onto it.
Induction cooking requires cookware that is magnetic so some investment into new pots and pans may be required when you up grade to this style.
Gas cooktops, electric cooktops or induction cooktops all have their pro's and con's. Once you have weighed all your needs and requirements let Haddon Kitchens integrate your chosen cooktop in your new kitchen design .