Stovetop Types for Remodelers
Upgrading and updating appliances can be tricky. For those who find themselves in the kitchen a lot, the stove and oven become some of the most important tools, so it's important to replace them with the best fit for the chef. Yesteryear used to allow only a choice between a gas stove and oven combo or electric stove and oven combo. Luckily, there are so many more options to cater to the needs of cooks. There are many different styles available, from a gas stove to a glass top stove to an induction stove top. Let's check out the pros and cons of these different options for the stove top to help remodelers choose the combinations that best suits them.
Before delving into the specifics of different range options, make sure to figure out the finances. Budget is a huge factor in purchasing a range. Making sure that your budget is realistic enables you to purchase an appliance that will work for you without taking money allotted to other areas of the remodel. Keep in mind that the perfect range for you may be just out of reach financially, but that many home improvement stores and appliance dealers have sales throughout the year. If it's not a time-sensitive purchase, check out the sales at your local stores and you may find a deal that will dramatically discount your favorite stovetop or stovetop and oven combination. If it's still not feasible to buy the stove you've had your heart set on, remember that there may be a less expensive range type that has many of the same components.
Electric coil top stoves are a common choice of stove top. The coils use electricity to heat up the pot or pan. These are easily cleaned ranges as the coils can be removed. One reason that this stove is a popular choice as opposed to a gas stove option is that the electric stove top doesn't run the risk of a gas leak. The heating element being a coil can lower the risk of the stove catching fire, where having an open flame as seen on gas ranges, poses a higher threat of kitchen fire. Coil stoves are often the cheaper route, so they are great for folks on a budget.
Another type of electric stove is the glass top. Many like the smooth surface of the glass topped stoves because it allows for a more even cooking surface as compared to the coil top, plus it is much easier to clean. One downside to this type of stove top is the necessity to be more careful with the types of pots and pans used. Some can be more damaging or get too hot for the stovetop. One example is cast iron- it is potentially damaging to the ceramic glass due to weight and roughness. Since it is a sensitive stove top material, it is important not to slide the pots and pans across the glass as it may cause scratching. Glass top stoves do have the perk of a light to let you know if the range is still hot. The prices on glass ranges begin in the middle of the price spectrum and end in the higher prices, as do many of the other range options.
Gas stoves can be cost effective depending on the state and can range in price, but can be less expensive than many other options. Some people like to cook over the open flame of a gas stovetop. An added bonus is the ability to roast marshmallows over the stove. Having a flame with a controllable size allows for more directed and even heating. Other range types- such as electric coil top- have more of a tendency to heat unevenly and tilt pans slightly. A gas stove will usually still work during a power outage, so it can be helpful if the home is located in an area with more extreme weather that is prone to power outages.
The most expensive option of all the choices listed here is the induction heating cook top. This range is very unique, as it uses a magnetic field to help heat the cookware. Because the effectiveness of the element relies on the pots and pans being used, it's important to have cast iron or magnetic stainless steel so that the magnetic field can heat it. It will not work with any non-magnetic types of pots and pans such as glass, copper, and aluminum. If you are concerned that your pans may need to be replaced, check the pan first by holding a magnet against the bottom of the pan and seeing if it will stay. Induction stoves work through an oscillating magnetic field, so the pot is the only thing heating up. This can save a lot on utilities, since heating a full element is unnecessary. It's also much less likely to heat up the whole kitchen. Because there is not a need to wait for the element to heat, it takes less time for the cooking process. A few moments after turning on the stove can result in boiling water. Using a gas stove will take longer and an electric stove will take even longer still for the same effect.
Each of these stovetops has pros and cons, and some may work better in your kitchen than others. Make sure to check out the local home improvement stores and see if they have any user reviews on the range that you choose. This will ensure that your kitchen is outfitted with the best possible range for your needs.