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Gas vs Induction Cooking

Although not everyone is a cooking enthusiast, everyone wants efficiency in the kitchen. Cooking is thus a very critical activity. We must all eat and drink. To get the best out of your kitchen, you need the right cooking equipment and appliances. A kitchen hob is an essential appliance in any kitchen.  

Gas Vs Induction Cooking: Which Is Better?

Although there are many cooktops, gas and induction hobs form a vast percentage of new purchases. Which one should you buy? Gas cooking is popular because it has been in existence for several decades. Induction cooking, on the other hand, has gained popularity gradually in recent years.  

Both options offer great diversity in cooking. You should evaluate individual features and how they can complement your kitchen. This article gives an overview of both cooking techniques. If you are buying a new cooktop or upgrading your current one, read on till the end.  

gas vs induction cooking

Gas Cooking 

Gas cooking started way back in 1802 when Zacchaeus Winzler made the first gas stove. By the 1900s, gas cooking was used by many people in Europe and the US. Gas cooking is popular due to its simplistic nature. It produces heat instantly, and the heat dissipates immediately you turn off the knob. In addition, you easily regulate the temperature by turning the knob.  

Cooking with gas is considerably cheaper, especially if your home is installed with a gas line. Besides, you don’t have to purchase any unique pots and pans. Any pan, kettle, pot, or griddle will work seamlessly with a gas hob, regardless of the material.  

gas flame

Cooking with gas is, however, less efficient as compared to induction cooking. Of the heat emitted from a gas hob, only 50% heat reaches the food. A lot of heat goes to waste therefore increasing the time needed to cook food or boil water. It also increases the expenses in the long run.  

PROS

  • Wide compatibility with cookware 
  • Easy to operate 
  • A cheaper gas supply is available 
  • Instant heat 
  • Good temperature control 

CONS

  • Less efficient 
  • Use more time to cook 
  • Problematic to clean  
  • It may be expensive if you don’t have a gas line at home 

Why Should You Buy A Gas Hob? 

Gas cooking requires you to invest in a gas hob. Although the technology is ancient, it remains trendy and isn’t going anywhere soon. There are several reasons why you should consider acquiring the appliance.  

  1. Gas hobs are easy to operate. You turn a knob, and the flames emerge instantaneously. Turning off the knob also takes away the flames immediately. You can adjust temperatures easily by turning the gas knob.  
  2. In terms of cost-effectiveness, you should strongly consider the gas hob. It’s affordable, especially if your home is already connected to a gas line.  
  3. You don’t have to invest in additional cookware compatible with the hob since it works will all appliances. You thus save more in terms of finances and hassles of acquiring the cookware.  
  4. Gas power is readily available, and you don’t have to deal with power outages. 

Induction Cooking 

Induction cooking is a recent invention in the kitchen space. It utilizes the principle of electromagnetism. When you place a pan on the hob, it creates a magnetic field that heats the pan up. The heat is then transferred to food.  

Induction cooking is unique because it heats the pan directly, unlike the conventional gas or electric cooktops.  It is thus very efficient with over 90% heat transfer to the food. You can therefore cook in less time using an induction hob, saving time and energy. For instance, it takes about two-thirds or half the time a gas hob takes to boil water.  

Some technologically advanced cooktops feature zoneless design. You can place your frying pan or pot anywhere on the glass surface, and it will get heated. That increases efficiency and gives you flexibility when cooking.  

induction hob

On the downside, an induction hob is expensive. It also requires you to invest in hob-compatible pots and pans. Buying specialized pots inflates the already high cost of acquiring an induction hob. Nonetheless, costs are coming down as the adoption of the hobs goes mainstream.  

Additionally, induction cooking requires you to use pans and pots made of ferrous metal such as stainless steel. An inbuilt induction plate is needed for cookware made of glass, copper, and aluminium. Lastly, induction hobs have specific electrical requirements. You, therefore, need an expert electrician to install the induction hob.  

PROS

  • Energy efficient 
  • Safe 
  • Cooks quickly  
  • Easy to clean 

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Require investment in compatible pots and pans  

Why Should You Buy An Induction Hob? 

Apart from looking at the pros of using induction cooking, you also need solid convictions to invest in an induction cooking hob. 

  1. Induction cooking is very efficient because its heat utilization is very high compared to other ordinary cooking hobs. Only a tiny fraction of heat is lost (10-20%).  
  2. Since most homes have children, induction cooking guarantees a high degree of safety, unlike gas hobs. They remain cool despite touches from children, thus minimizing instances of accidents.  
  3. Your food gets cooked quickly.

Comparison Between Gas And Induction Cooking 

Overall, gas hobs are cheaper to buy and run than inductions hobs. Statistically, running a gas cooktop costs roughly half the amount spent on running an induction hob. If you are eyeing an induction hob, your kitchen requires rewiring, while a gas supply connection is needed if you are switching to gas. Assuming that your house has the ideal electrical wiring and gas supply, gas is undoubtedly cheaper to buy and operate.  

  • Gas Cooking 

    Induction Cooking 

  • Price

    cheap

    expensive

  • Healthy cooking

    standard

    cleaner, faster, efficient, and safer

  • Safety

    standard

    better for families with kids

  • Taste

    standard

    better

  • Cooking time

    slower

    fast


Gas Vs Induction Cooking? Which Do You Need? 

Induction cooking is undisputedly the ideal form of cooking. It’s cleaner, faster, efficient, and safer. That said, it may not be the ideal mode of cooking for everyone. The perfect choice depends on personal needs and situations.  

If you have kids in your house and have a busy schedule, you should consider induction cooking. It’s safer and cooks quickly. Alternatively, you should go with gas cooking if your home has piped gas or a cash-strapped budget. It's cost-effective and doesn’t require an additional investment of induction-ready pans.  

Did you know that induction hobs are the most effective in heat utilization while gas hobs are the least effective? 

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