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Choosing a cooktop begins in considering which type is best for your kitchen. There are two types of cooktops, one is powered by electricity and the other by gas. Each type has its own set of advantages and disadvantages which you have to weigh carefully. For example the electric cooktop may be efficient because it can easily produce heat. However, it may add up to your electricity bill. On the other hand, gas cooktops can help you save on bills. You can also control the heat easily. But gas cooktops heat up slower than its electric counterparts. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Table of contents
1. Cooktop reviews
2. What is an Induction Cooktops Range?
3. Downdraft cooktop - What you need to know
about it 6
4. Features of an Electric Cooktop
5. Gas Cooktop - Tips on Choosing
6. Ceramic cooktop - the benefits of using
Cooktops reviews
If you are thinking about buying a cooktop as an
cookware for your kitchen, reading cooktop
reviews will greatlyhelp. Finding cooktops is
easy because there are lots of themavailable in
the market. You will find cooktops in your
localappliance store and you can find cooktops
in online stores.However, the choices can easily
overwhelm any customerespecially if the person
is not aware about several points toconsider.
Choosing a cooktop must be done according to your
purpose and your cooking needs. If you
havent thought about this before or if you do
not really have an idea, it would be helpful to
readcooktop reviews. Cooktop reviewers tell what
a particular cooktop is for. They will tell
youeverything, from the products surfaces to the
amount of power it can generate. After all, these
arepart of the things that you must consider
when buying a cooktop.
Reading cooktop reviews will give you
enlightenment about a number of things such as
the typeof cooktop, the size, the power output
and even how much energy it can consume. It will
giveyou ideas which type of cooktop will best
suit your needs. Below we have made a guideline
thatyou will surely find useful when you are
about to have a cooktop of your own.
Gas, Electric, or Induction
Choosing a cooktop begins in considering which
type is best for your kitchen. There are
twotypes of cooktops, one is powered by
electricity and the other by gas. Each type has
its own setof advantages and disadvantages which
you have to weigh carefully. For example the
electriccooktop may be efficient because it can
easily produce heat. However, it may add up to
yourelectricity bill. On the other hand, gas
cooktops can help you save on bills. You can also
controlthe heat easily. But gas cooktops heat up
slower than its electric counterparts.
Induction cooktops are believed to be energy
efficient because they have the capability to
limitthe heat to the size of the cookware on the
surface. The heating device is hidden beneath,
they donot use fire, and they do not emit smoke.
However, induction cooktops are not as powerful
as itsgas counterparts.
Coiled or Smooth Surfaced
The traditional cooktop has a coiled surface
where you put your cookware on. Modern
cooktopdesigns, particularly induction cooktops,
use smooth surfaces that can be easily cleaned.
Andbecause modern induction cooktops are sleek,
they are becoming a popular choice forhomeowners
whose home has a contemporary kitchen theme. The
heat source in inductioncooktops is hidden
beneath the glass surface. This safety feature is
becoming a standard forcooktop manufacturers.
Burner Size
If you are living with your big family, it is
just reasonable to buy a cooktop with a bigger
burner.You may have a cooktop with a burner that
is 12 inches in diameter. The same principle
appliesto small families.
Number of Burners
Again, if you live with your big family, it would
be prudent to choose a cooktop that has at
leastfour burners. This number can certainly
accommodate all your cooking requirements. If
youcook often for a larger number of people,
six-burner cooktops are available. If you are
single andhave limited space, you may be
satisfied with two-burner cooktops. It is also
interesting note thatthere are single burner
cooktops which you can use practically anywhere
in your house as longas a power socket is
Kitchen Size
The size of your kitchen is also an important
factor in choosing a cooktop. It is similar to
choosing a unit according to your family size.
Typically, a big family dines in a big kitchen.
Therefore a bigger cooktop will easily fit in.
The same principles apply to smaller families
thathave smaller kitchen space. Measure your
countertop where you will put your cooktop
reviewsabout cooktop usually mention the
dimensions of the unit so finding the right
cooktop size wouldnot be difficult.
If you have culinary skills, controls would mean
so much to you. Boiling is different from
simmering, and if your recipes require both of
these techniques, you need to control the heat.
Ifyou are prospecting a particular cooktop, read
reviews about it first. This is a good way for
youto determine whether the controls of that
unit are functional enough to make you succeed in
allyour recipes.
Now that we have tackled the important points to
ponder before choosing a cooktop, it is
abouttime to look for a particular brand. By
this time, reading a review about cooktops
becomes evenmore important. As we have
mentioned, there are lots of cooktops in the
market. Manufacturerscompete with each other,
using the features of their products as weapons.
While this is goodbecause consumers are able to
have plenty of choices, it can become
overwhelming too.
The choices can easily make a person go over the
budget and end up having a cooktop that he orshe
cannot optimally use. Adversely, one might order
the cheapest unit that he or she has seen,ending
up calling the customer service because the unit
does not work. Reading reviews is amust because
blindly making a purchase can lead to many
problems in the future.
Reviews about cooktops tackle the advantages and
disadvantages of a product. This way, youcan
compare brands even more resourcefully. Customer
reviews are very transparent. They caneasily
tell whether they liked a product or not. They
can tell whether the unit is not worth itsprice.
Sometimes they even recommend products other than
what they bought if they think it is abetter
Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or just
in need of a new cooktop, reviews will
certainly guide you in making the right purchase.
Advertisements are made to sell a product
andthat is what makes them unfit to be used as
guides when you are choosing a unit.
Cooktopreviews are the right materials to read.
What is an Induction Cooktops Range?
Cooking is a science as well as an art which is
agreed by many of us.
Cooking does require a lot of patience and
precision. That is why many ofthe cooking
industry professionals require high quality and
mostadvanced cooking equipments, and cookware.
Induction cooktops arepreferred by many such
professionals in their kitchens. They are
verypopular in regular households also.
Induction cooktops increases the
productivity by achieving superior results. So
let us now understand what induction cooking is.
Ithas been used widely by a number of people in
restaurants as well as in households, but
hasbecome popular very recently.
Initially induction cooking ranges were out of
reach of common people due its higher prices,
butwith improvement in technology this form of
cooking has become accessible to many
cookingenthusiasts. With the availability of new
ideas and designs in induction ranges it has
becomestandard equipment in many of the new
kitchens. Induction cooking uses induction
heatingtechnology which directly heats the
cookware, unlike the regular electric or gas
burners where inheat is transferred from an
electric coil or burning gas. To be able to use
an induction range, theinduction cookware must
be made from special ferromagnetic metal. Non
induction basecookware needs to be placed on an
interface disk to be able to use on induction
An induction cooktop consists of a cooper coil
which is placed under the cooking pot. An
electric current travels through this coil
producing a magnetic field. This magnetic field
inducesan electric currant in the pot. The
current in the pot produces resistive heat which
helps inheating food. The current produced is
large but with low voltage. A lot of induction
rangereviews helps the reader in deciding on
which cooking range to buy. Some of the
advantages ofinduction cooking are that it is
very energy efficient and also cooks faster as
compared to thetraditional forms of cooking.
Traditional cooking ranges use flames or hot
heating elementswhich are prone to burns while
cooking. In the induction cooking range it heats
only thecookware reducing the chance of burns.
The surface of the induction range only heats
once it isin contact with the induction
Due to direct heat from the cooktop chefs can
have full control over their cooking, providing
quality and flavor to their dishes. Induction
cooking does not heat up the air around the
cookingvessel thus improving energy efficiency.
The cookware used in the induction hobs are
similar tothat used on electric hobs. These
compatible cookwares are marked with a special
symbol toindicate compatibility. One can order
these types of cookware at number of online
stores. Pansmade from cast iron, or any black
metal will work on an induction range, the same
applies forstainless steel pans only if the base
of the pans is of magnetic grade.
Some of the benefits of induction cooktops are
They cook very fast and any change in
temperature is reflected instantly as compared
toceramic elements.
Very safe to use in households as it reduces
the chances of kitchen accidents like burns.
Mostof the induction cookers come with auto
switches that detects when nothing is there on
theelement, thus reducing wastage of energy.
Disadvantages of induction cooking
Induction hobs are slightly expensive as
compared to traditional cooking ranges. They
require aspecial cookware suitable for induction
cooking with a ferrous bottom to transfer heat
Certain designs of cookware cannot be placed on
the induction range, like rounded woks.
Finding the cooking zone on the cooktop can be
tedious as there are no marks on them toidentify
the cooking zone.
Induction cooktops can have multiple cooking
elements on them. According to the needs and
requirements of the user one can review a number
of induction cooking hobs and then zero in tobuy
an ideal cooktop. Induction cooking includes a
clean and energy efficient cookingexperience
full of great ideas to look forward to. This form
of cooking is a new and interestingway to
explore the kitchen. So go ahead, and order
yourself an induction cooktop which willchange
the way you cook with less hassles and cleaning.
Downdraft cooktop - What you need to knowabout
The downdraft cooktop is a useful tool for many
cooks who need a proper ventilation
duringcooking. It saves space because you wont
be required to have either a vent hood or
anotherspace consuming ventilation system in
place. There a number of advantages and
disadvantagesof this vent system. This means you
should consider all to ensure you choose this
option only ifit is favorable to you.
Modular Downdraft Cooktop
This approach allows you to mix and also match
what you have inyour home. You simply choose
what complements the appearanceof your kitchen.
You have the freedom to decide whether to have
the modular cooktop by itself or with an oven.
This helps you savemoney because you choose only
what you want. It ensures you canpreserve your
kitchen space by getting only what you will be
This product comes in two options. You can either
choose an electric or gas cooktop. The
choicesolely depends on the buyer.
Gas Downdraft cooktop
There are several gas cooktops available that
have the downdraft feature. You should
howeverbuy what is sure to give you full
satisfaction. Consider your basic requirements in
relation to theproduct. There are also numerous
reviews you can read online and get ideas as to
the best gasmodel. Ensure that you do not make
your decisions from reviews only. Remember that
what areview might look for in the product is
not what you might look for. Consider what you
needfrom the item.
If you need it to save space, purchase a space
saving one. It should literally make sense as far
asyour needs are concerned. Reviews should help
you get a rough idea of the product. You
shoulduse them to identify how easy it might be
to use the item, the quality etc. Reviews are
written bypeople who have their own biases and
interests, and they might not be always right.
Electric downdraft cooktop
Electricity is the fuel of choice in many
communities. It is more comfortable to use and
cooksalways feel safer without any open cooking
flame. They come with numerous control
gadgetsthat make them easy to use.
However, like any other product, electric
cooktops have their disadvantages too. The
primaryproblem is that reaction time is slow.
This may increase the cooking time and it
isinconveniencing especially if you are in a
hurry. There is an expensive solution to this
problemin the electric induction element. The
option uses magnetism and it gives you precise
control ofthe burner, but it is expensive.
How does a downdraft vent work?
The vent in this item is what distinguishes it
from a vent hood. The vent hood usually takes
awaythe heat and odors rising up in the air. The
downdraft vent basically creates a draft that
sucksodors and heat downwards. It then emits
them out through an inbuilt venting system. This
meansthe vent has to lead outside. When the vent
leads out, the difference in pressure formed
creates adraft. You are therefore required to
find a mechanism to have the vent system lead
You need to choose a downdraft cooktop that wont
inconvenience you when it comes to
installation. Choose the models rated for your
purpose, either residential or commercial. Do
notorder a commercial one for residential
purposes. This is because it might require
addition ofother things like a firewall or other
fire-resistant surfaces to guarantee your safety.
Cleaning isalso another important factor to
consider. Choose that product which is easy to
clean, bychecking how the unit can be cleaned
before buying.
Selecting the best downdraft burner should not be
difficult after defining the basics. Many
sellersoffer a wide range of products and
choosing the best should not be difficult. If you
choose a gasfueled burner, consider the sealed
ones. It is important to look for models that
come withdifferent sizes of elements. If you
have chosen an electric one, choose the one easy
to clean. Gofor more modern glass products
compared to the traditional coil ones. Again,
reading a qualityreview can work in your favor,
to ensure you choose only the best cooktop.
Features of an Electric Cooktop
Cooktops are one of the most essential appliances
in the kitchen.
They have been evolving over the years with the
manufacturers aiming to produce cooktops
thatoffer more functions that meets diverse
consumer requirements. Today, electric cooktops
arenot only mere cooking appliances but also
something that beautifies our kitchen as well as
givingour kitchen a stylistic outlook. Most of
the electric cooktops models available in the
markettoday have advanced features such as
temperature control units, different burner
configurations,digital control panels and smooth
An electric cooktop may have some similar
characteristics withgas cooktop but it is the
most preferred choice by homeownersbecause it is
safe, its cooking performance is more consistent,
itheats up faster than gas-powered cooktop, and
less hazardous.Definitely if you are upgrading
kitchen appliances, one of the great
ideas to start with is to order a cooktop. An
electric powered cooktop is more advantageous
thanother types of cooktops for one, they are
stylish. Secondly they rhyme excellently well
with mostinterior kitchen designs. Thirdly, they
cook food evenly and heat up quickly thereby
saving a lotof time. Therefore if your current
cooking appliance is inefficient then buy an
electric cooktop sothat you can lessen the time
you spend in cooking meals. Finally these
electric cooktops are easyto clean. Here is a
review of enticing features that are found in
most electric cooktops.
Different electric powered cooktop models have
different sizes but range from 30 inches to
36inches. In addition most cooktops can have
either a coil surface or a smoothtop surface.
Asmoothtop surface cooktop is typically made up
of ceramic or steel and is generally
good-looking as well as easy to clean. On the
other hand, coil surface cooktops are more
popular thansmoothtop since they are more
efficient and have removable parts and frames
which makes themmore easier to clean.
Changeable Settings
Most electric cooktops have variable-size
elements that enable one to change a cooktops
settings to match with the size of any pot or
pan. In addition, an electric powered cooktop
hasbridge elements and warming zones that allow
usage of irregular pans and pots. Such
variable-size features are very vital in any
electrical appliance since the minimize power
usage. With acooktop that uses electricity you
can adjust the power so as to meet specific
cooking temperatureneeds. For example, high
temperatures for faster cooking or simmer
temperatures for keepingsauces hot. Most
electrical cooktops can automatically detect the
size of the pan and hence
automatically adjust their burner settings to fit
according to the size of the pan.
If you want to buy a cooktop that is safe to use
and energy saving then consider an electric
powered cooktop. The possibility of an electric
powered cooktop igniting fire in your kitchen is
very low since it does not emit flames like a gas
powered cooktop. Furthermore the likelihood
ofgas cylinder exploding somehow greater than
having faults in the electricity which
makeselectric cooktop safer. An electric powered
cooktop is an extremely efficient energy
consumersince it emits heat in a very
concentrated area thereby speeding up cooking
time and minimizingthe heat lost in the air.
Electric cooktop installation is much easier than
gas cooktop installation. It requires less
attachments and the process usually takes less
time to carry out. What you need to consider
firstis where to install it. It should be
installed at a specific overhead distance,
particularly if thelocation above it consists of
wooden cabinets. Secondly place your cooktop near
to the socket soas to avoid straining the power
cords. Anyone can install an electric powered
cooktop since itswires or cords are colour-coded
and hence one simply connects the matching
colours together.Most of electric cooktop
manufacturers try as much as possible to design
cooktops that meet theelectrical requirements
provided in an area. Therefore before you order
your electrical cookingappliance you should
check whether its voltage and wattage
requirements can be met by thepower provided by
the national grid
That all for this brief review of an
electric-powered cooktop. These excellent ideas
will guide
you while buying electric cooking appliance. You
can as well do more research so as to get
moreinformation about different brands. Place an
order or buy an appliance that meets your
needssufficiently. Read reviews of various
brands so as to get inner features of each
cooktop brand.
Gas Cooktop - Tips on Choosing
Many kitchens usually feature gas ranges that
combine an ovenand burners in one unit. However,
gas cooktops are increasing inpopularity simply
because they fit precisely into a
countertop.They also allow space for a storage
cupboard. These products arepopular with cooks
because they give room for more
accuratetemperature control and cooking time.
There are a couple of choices if you are a
homeowner who needs
this product. You can either go for sealed
burners or open burners. Each has its
characteristics.The open burner is a bit
traditional, having drip pans on the underneath.
They are always openunderneath the cooktop, they
are cheaper but cleaning them is an issue. A gas
cooktop with openburners needs replacing of the
drip pans from time to time.
The sealed burner has the heating element
centrally placed in the burner. The burner coils
at itstop are centrally placed too. Due to this
element having been set in the cooktops actual
surface,spills never seep under it. Clean-up is
easier and the drip pans do not need replacement.
Tips on Choosing a Gas Cooktop
There are several considerations you have to make
if you want to buy the best product. You
wantwhat offers full satisfaction, and some of
the requirements can only be decided by you.
You should take the measurement of the countertop
on where to install the new gas cooktop.
Thedimensions of your old cooktop should also be
taken, to give you a rough idea in regard to
thesize of the product you are out to purchase.
The design of your kitchen and the decoration too
are important factors to consider. The modelyou
choose should fit your kitchen appearance. It
should match the colors, the design and
thematerial of all other appliances you have in
the kitchen. This is crucial to ensure the
cooktop youorder blends and complements the
general appearance of your kitchen. They come in
a variety offinishes, colors and designs and
this gives freedom to choose from a wide range of
How many burners do you need? They usually come
in numbers starting from two to eight. Thisis
also dependent on the countertop size of where to
place your cooktop. A two burner model issmaller
than a eight burner one, hence ensure size is
borne in mind. Heat output is also a
crucialconsideration to make to ensure you buy
an effective burner. A burner having a high heat
outputis ideal for searing and stir-frying foods
or basically boiling water fast.
Ventilation is another feature important to
consider. Reading different reviews in relation
to anygas cooktop can help you get ideas as to
which model gives the best ventilation option.
Choosinga model with downdraft ventilation is
advisable in-case you want it installed on a
kitchen island.This feature is built-into
several cooktops.
Clean-up must be borne in mind when purchasing
your cooktop. Models offering easy clean-upare
the best. Some of the models come with standard
burners completely sealed. The sealingprevents
any spills or food particles from working their
way underneath your cooktop.
The best model should provide you with special
features to ensure the cooking process is
easierand enjoyable too. A model with a custom
barbeque grill, griddle or burner can save you a
lot ofwork. Models with features like high
heating or decreased heating help you choose the
burnersuited to your type of cooking.
The kitchen exhaust system is another crucial
factor to consider. You should choose a model
thathas a built-in exhaust vent incase the range
hood of your kitchen isnt efficient. If you do
not likethe idea of an overhead vent, a model
with this built-in exhaust vent would be ideal.
Again, research is very important when it comes
to choosing cooktop brands, features or
modelsthat suit your needs. Reading different
reviews available online can give you valuable
ideas onthe best ones to choose. Going to a
physical store is also important. It gives you
freedom toscrutinize closely and also test the
model you wish to buy. If you decide to buy it
online, ensureyou determine different costs like
shipping fees, return prices, warranty policies
among otherthings.
Ceramic cooktop - the benefits of using
Investing in a nicely made ceramic cooktop will
enable you to createthe food that you need
throughout the week. There are many
differenttypes of cooktops out there, and it is
all about finding the right one thatfits your
lifestyle in the kitchen. For those who do not
know, ceramiccooktops are just like ordinary
cooktops, except they are known forbeing more
efficient and definitely more durable to use.
They areusually just plain black colored, and
then you can place your pans andpots on them.
They have specially made material which enables
you tocook the pots and pans in a secure manner.
What Are The Benefits Of Using These Cooktops?
There are literally so many benefits, so heres a
quick outline on just a few of the benefits
? Affordable
This may not seem to be a part of the cooktop,
but this type of cooktop because it is so
affordable. It is not tough to buy at all, and
the small investment needed on the small models
aredefinitely going to be worth it.
? Saves Energy
These cooktops can also help you to save energy
in your home. This is done because it turns
onand off in order to manage the heat that is
sent out to the pots and pans. Usually other
cooktopswould just go on even if the pots and
pans were already being heated up too much. The
heat thatis transferred is also done much faster
than normal. You can save so much money in the
long runwhen it comes down to the overall amount
of energy that you are using for your home.
? Easier To Clean
These cooktops are usually much easier to clean
than normal. The reason to this is because
theyare much smoother and require no problems at
all to wipe off. They require very
littlemaintenance throughout the week, and it is
surely going to be easy for you in the long run.
The Cons Of Using Cooktops That Are Ceramic
The only con that you may experience is a
difficulty in using the cooktop. For most people,
theyget used to other forms of cooktops, so when
they get to this kind, they end up
strugglingbecause they dont know how to use it
that well. By knowing exactly how it works and
readingthrough the instructions carefully, you
can be sure to succeed at using the cooktop
Another con that you may experience is the
unknown look of whether it is hot or not. Since
thelook of the cooktop stays the same, people
who are clueless about the situation can
burnthemselves. It is important to have a sign
that says near the cooktop, It is currently
heated. Doing this will allow for you to benefit
from the ceramic cooktop without hurtinganybody.
How To Care For These Cooktops
Use Cleaning Solution
Using this type of solution is nice because it
can remove all the dirt that it has gained
throughoutthe week. Cleaning it around twice a
week could be good enough, but once a week is all
youneed to do. As long as you dont dirty it up,
then a few times a month is all you need.
Thesolution will help remove every dirt inside
that has piled up.
Avoid Abrasive Items
If you use abrasive items, it can cause for your
cooktop to breakdown or lose most of its
energy.Avoid Abrasive items to help keep the
cooktop clean and new. This also helps in keeping
itlasting long for the next upcoming years.
A ceramic cooktop could be the only thing missing
in your home. Too often, people think thatthe
ordinary cooktops are already good enough, but if
you want something different to be in
yourkitchen, then investing in a nice cooktop
made out of ceramic materials is a good idea.
Manyhomeowners are making this their main way to
get their food cooked. They are not only good
foryour food, but also good for your electricity
bill as well. While there are a few precautions
thatneed to be remembered, you need to know that
it is still very worth the investment.
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