Induction or Gas: What's best for your kitchen?
Updated: Apr 29, 2020
There has been a major debate in the last 5 years regarding kitchen stovetops - which is better: induction or gas? Both have their merits and both have their downsides, and we created a list to help you decipher which is best for your kitchen.
Induction hob's steal their name from the physics heating concept of induction. In summary, there are cooper coils under the glass which create a magnetic field when electric is passed through them. In doing so, heating up the magnetised pan. If you have an induction, check out our article on the best pans available!
· Less wasted energy from a faster heat up time. Induction hobs claim to be able to boil a pan of water in 2/3 of the time.
· Stovetop is cool after cooking, so there is less danger to children.
· Easy cleaning due to the glass surface.
· Constant and precise temperatures, some induction hobs allow for, to the degree, heating.
· No fire risk, perfect for flats and high-rise building regulations.
- Requires the purchasing of compatible pots and pans
- Power interruption will interrupt any cooking
- If you have a pacemaker, you cannot use an induction stove.
- Touch control systems make take a while to get used too.
- Typically more expensive
More traditionally, gas hobs use the power of the flame to heat up a pan.
- No reliance on power supply, if there is a power cut you can still cook.
- Accurate cooking temperature, you are able to easily control the strength of the flame, and heat intensity immediately.
- Any pot or pan will work.
- You can sear kebabs, roast marshmallows and many more using the naked flame.
- Cleaning is difficult. Food frequently spills in and around the stoves and you have to wait for the surface to cool down before cleaning.
- Gas leaks are extremely dangerous to health.
- Danger to children, as gas stove is likely to stay hot for about 30 minutes after cooking.
- Flames are more likley to cause fires.
The choice is completely up to you. Firstly, I would check the regulations of your building, they may want you to have a certain type of stove. Secondly, choose the aesthetic that best suits your kitchen. Thirdly, think about the costs, an electric hob is the cheapest and does the same job but are typically lower quality. Lastly, the running costs may differ in your region (Gas vs electric) so definitely consider that!