Faced with the reform of a kitchen, one of the easiest points to resolve a priori is the choice of electrical appliances. In search of the one that best suits our pocket and our needs, we must find one that has above all low consumption. Fridge, dishwasher … they’re not too hard to choose but the hob … oh, the hob is something else.
Especially since we can have three options to choose the plate, the heart of the kitchen. Opting for gas, induction or glass ceramic are three options that are more than achievable as there are no excessive price differences between them, although we find other aspects where they differ. We will see some of the pros and cons of each of them.
We start with the models that run on gas, either butane or town gas. A type of hob may be less aesthetic than its electric counterparts but still generally more efficient for cooking. At this point, we can choose to fit a one-piece gas cooker with a gas oven or if we prefer to go for a gas cooktop with an electric oven, which is generally the most common today.
Regarding the advantages of gas hobs, there are above all four reasons why opting for a gas hob may be interesting:
They take less time to heat the containers Reduced energy consumption Different types of containers can be used Ideal for traditional dishes (stews, stews, rice …)
But not all are advantages, there are also disadvantages:
Although the surface is smooth, the burners make cleaning more difficult Gas is more delicate if there is a possible leak due to breakdown or confusion
So we have two points against and three for, which maybe carry more weight when it comes to regular use, which really matters. And it is that preparing a meal with a gas stove is usually more comfortable due to the circumstances that we mentioned earlier and from a somewhat subjective point of view better flavor is obtained.
It is the most modern of the three that we bring and therefore the most expensive. Although their appearance is similar to that of normal ceramic hobs, they are distinguished by the operation and the advantages they offer.
Unlike “vitro”, those with induction work by generating a magnetic field which, in contact with a metal container, heats it. The difference is that the container is heated, but the plate does not generate residual heat, heat that is not used.
They are based on Faraday’s Law and being more efficient, they save energy and money. They are also safer, because we cannot get burned if we get our hands on them. Let’s see what are its advantages:
They take less time to heat up They consume less energy They are safer because they only heat the container while the glass remains cold. Based on the above, they are easier to clean They are also programmable
But as in the case of gas hobs, there are also drawbacks:
This is the most expensive option economically, they can only be used with a certain type of compatible cookware (forget to use aluminum or clay pots or pans). If you like traditional stews this is not the most suitable option
We come to the last variant that can be found during the assembly of the kitchen, at least the part related to the fires. It is an intermediate option between induction and gas and it is the type of cooking that is found most often.
It is a type of plate which is based on the generation of heat by means of electric resistances located under the ceramic glass. These resistors heat the glass and it transmits its heat to the container that is placed on it.
The difference also with induction is that the heat affects not only the container but everything we put on the glass so that we can burn for a while after we have turned it off and if any contents are spilled it can be. fried with heat for difficult cleaning. It is a type of solution that has a series of advantages:
Cheaper than induction cookers. If they are cleaned frequently, they are more “curious” than gas cookers but less than induction cookers. Compatible with a large number of containers by material (iron, clay, aluminum supports …) They retain the residual heat well so that you can turn them off and continue cooking with the rest of the heat
But of course, having said the advantages, we must also see what are the disadvantages that they offer:
They take longer to heat and cool, depending on the above, they consume more electricity and at the cost of electricity … They need to be cleaned with special products so that they do not get scratched .
It is clear that when choosing, each user is a world and you will have to choose not only according to the budget you have or the design that your kitchen is going to have. You will also have to face the type of use you are going to give the hob to choose the one that best suits your needs.
If it can be used, in my case I opted for a gas hob, for economy and especially for the facilities it offers when preparing traditional dishes. A kitchen area with three burners distributed in one of 15 centimeters in diameter, another of 18 centimeters and a third of 21 centimeters.
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