Induction or Gas Cooktop?

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    Feb 03, 2015 10:23 PM GMT


    Sorry for all the appliance questions but you guys were a big help with my refrigerator question so thought I'd ask your opinions on this:

    I'm stuck between getting an induction cooktop and a gas one. I like the idea of sticking with gas because it's what I know and I can continue using my cast iron skillet which is my go-to for a lot of thing. On the other hand, I love the look of the inductions and I really don't mind buying new cookware. I also like how much faster it is than gas and the safety of it. Anyone have any real life experiences with the induction?

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    Feb 03, 2015 11:34 PM GMT
    Yeah, I have used both, but not sure how can I help you in deciding which one to choose. You have already provided the pros of using induction over gas. The other thing which you should consider is the difference between the price of electricity and the gas. When I was living in Spain, everyone was switching over to induction because of better aesthetic and easier maintenance. They seem to go for things which run on electricity. On the other hand, in countries like Netherlands and Germany, they still use gas based stove and heating.
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    Feb 03, 2015 11:40 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidYeah, I have used both, but not sure how can I help you in deciding which one to choose. You have already provided the pros of using induction over gas. The other thing which you should consider is the difference between the price of electricity and the gas. When I was living in Spain, everyone was switching over to induction because of better aesthetic and easier maintenance. They seem to go for things which run on electricity. On the other hand, in countries like Netherlands and Germany, they still use gas based stove and heating.


    Yes but a lot of professional chefs still prefer gas. Not sure if that's because they don't like change or if it's truly better. I have to say living in this subtropical climate, I do like the idea of not heating up the entire room while cooking. So you never said which you prefer.
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    Feb 03, 2015 11:45 PM GMT
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    Yes but a lot of professional chefs still prefer gas. Not sure if that's because they don't like change or if it's truly better. I have to say living in this subtropical climate, I do like the idea of not heating up the entire room while cooking. So you never said which you prefer.

    I prefer induction, but if using gas would save me money, I would go for gas. I recommend to go for induction if there isn't much difference between the price of gas and the electricity as you don't mind the expenditure of buying new sets of induction cookware.
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    Feb 03, 2015 11:50 PM GMT
    Is it difficult adjusting to the different cooking times? Also, since the sides of the pots doesn't heat up, does this have any negative (or positive) effect on your cooking experience?
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    Feb 03, 2015 11:59 PM GMT
    Radd saidIs it difficult adjusting to the different cooking times? Also, since the sides of the pots doesn't heat up, does this have any negative (or positive) effect on your cooking experience?

    I didn't find any kind of adjustment problem. Yeah, it heats faster, so you need to consider that while cooking. I didn't find any positive/negative effect on my cooking due to lack of heating of the sides of the pots. I really didn't find any difference between the taste of the food cooked over a gas stove and an induction stove.
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    Feb 04, 2015 1:37 AM GMT
    what kind of look are you trying to create: modern, traditional, futuristic, contemporary, old fashioned? I think once you decide that, it might make your decisions easy. That cooktop in the OP looks really nice, but I don't think it would fit in every kitchen.
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    Feb 04, 2015 1:40 AM GMT
    I own a triplex and have electric coils in one, glass top induction in one and gas in ours. I've tried all 3 and prefer the gas.
    I'm married to a chef, so it gas or get out.
    The only problems I see with glass top heating is the clean up is a real bitch! It's kinda like trying to keep a mirror clean.
    Shiny surfaces need more cleaning than white ceramic.
    As for the cooking aspect, I love gas. I find it easy to regulate.
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    Feb 04, 2015 1:42 AM GMT
    Gas cooks best. Is the focus good cooking, or good looks?
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    Feb 04, 2015 1:42 AM GMT
    metta8 saidwhat kind of look are you trying to create: modern, traditional, futuristic, contemporary, old fashioned? I think once you decide that, it might make your decisions easy. That cooktop in the OP looks really nice, but I don't think it would fit in every kitchen.


    Definitely modern. Once I knock two walls out and add on, my living room and kitchen will be one very long room with a long island in the kitchen. It will be very sleek which is why I'm drawn to the induction ascetically speaking. However a modern gas stove would fit in fine too. I'm more concerned with which is the better appliance really because I can make either work.
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    Feb 04, 2015 1:52 AM GMT
    -i would not want to buy all new pans
    -ceramic cook tops dont age that nice
    -for an induction, that works as well as a upper end gas, there is an additional cost to off set the energy efficiency so does your electric company have a rebate?

    gas
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    Feb 04, 2015 1:55 AM GMT
    Be careful about what color glass top your get and make sure you are willing to take extra good care or it after each and every time you cook on it. Once they scratch you're stuck with it.
    They do make a few models out there with black tops that have a stronger, more scratch resistant surface.
    Do your homework if you are considering it.
    Get proper cookware for it as well.
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:00 AM GMT
    If I go with induction, I'd like the one in the video I posted. If gas, well I'm stuck with those black cast iron pot pedestals with stainless steal. I don't see how anything could be harder to clean than a gas stove though.
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:00 AM GMT
    Well, apparently the OP's priority is appearance, not performance.

    So get a glass top, and cook mediocre, but look good doing it. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:02 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWell, apparently the OP's priority is appearance, not performance.

    So get a glass top, and cook mediocre, but look good doing it. icon_rolleyes.gif


    You're not listening. I clearly stated performance is more important. Do you even know what induction is? It's not a regular electric stove. Induction cooks much faster than gas and heats more evenly. It's not the simply decision it used to be.
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidWell, apparently the OP's priority is appearance, not performance.

    So get a glass top, and cook mediocre, but look good doing it. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You're not listening. I clearly stated performance is more important. Do you even know what induction is? It's not a regular electric stove. Induction cooks much faster than gas and heats more evenly. It's not the simply decision it used to be.

    I know what induction cooking is. Gas is still superior. But you are obviously obsessed with style, rather than substance. Enjoy your svelte induction cooktop.
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:26 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidWell, apparently the OP's priority is appearance, not performance.

    So get a glass top, and cook mediocre, but look good doing it. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You're not listening. I clearly stated performance is more important. Do you even know what induction is? It's not a regular electric stove. Induction cooks much faster than gas and heats more evenly. It's not the simply decision it used to be.

    I know what induction cooking is. Gas is still superior. But you are obviously obsessed with style, rather than substance. Enjoy your svelte induction cooktop.


    Why are you being such an arrogant ass? I have said nothing that indicates I'm choosing induction over gas. And why would you care either way? If I had made up my mind I wouldn't have created the thread. icon_rolleyes.gif

    • "I like the idea of sticking with gas because it's what I know and I can continue using my cast iron skillet which is my go-to for a lot of things."

    • "Yes but a lot of professional chefs still prefer gas."

    • "However a modern gas stove would fit in fine too. I'm more concerned with which is the better appliance really because I can make either work."
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    Oh, falderal and fiddle dee dee. Why not have both and appeal to everyone? Combo induction/gas cooktops:

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    Above cooktops from:
    http://media.designerpages.com/3rings/2011/06/06/beautiful-gas-and-induction-cooktops-by-bertazzoni/

    Discussion on combo induction/gas cooktops:
    http://www.city-data.com/forum/house/1587187-induction-gas-combo-ultimate-cooktop.html
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 04, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    Never used induction but a couple of questions. Note the depth required for induction. You can't put an oven below, won't fit. My Meile standard cooktop is scratched even though I babied it. Though gas gets beat up over time, too. Do you use a wok? You need the flame for that. Lastly, do the induction stoves really have no hot spots? My Meile is about the best and I still have hotspots.
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:37 AM GMT
    Destinharbor saidNever used induction but a couple of questions. Note the depth required for induction. You can't put an oven below, won't fit. My Meile standard cooktop is scratched even though I babied it. Though gas gets beat up over time, too. Do you use a wok? You need the flame for that. Lastly, do the induction stoves really have no hot spots? My Meile is about the best and I still have hotspots.


    I had to go look at my plans. Yes it seems the architect has the oven below the cooktop, but my contractor is very flexible and would have no problem switching things around. I do not use a wok. I stir fry in a regular deep pan and it always turns out great. Apparently induction can't have hot spots since the magnetic field is created within the pot itself.
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    Feb 04, 2015 3:00 AM GMT
    Radd said
    I have said nothing that indicates I'm choosing induction over gas.

    Do let us know how the induction stovetop you've already chosen works.
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    Feb 04, 2015 3:01 AM GMT
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    I have said nothing that indicates I'm choosing induction over gas.

    Do let us know how the induction stovetop works.


    You really are cunty tonight. If you're fighting with your boyfriend, take it out on him, not us.
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    Feb 04, 2015 3:06 AM GMT
    Radd said
    Art_Deco said
    Radd said
    I have said nothing that indicates I'm choosing induction over gas.

    Do let us know how the induction stovetop works.

    You really are cunty tonight. If you're fighting with your boyfriend, take it out on him, not us.

    Nor you waste our time, on a decision you've already made. As you've made clear.
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    Feb 04, 2015 3:16 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Radd said
    Art_Deco said
    Radd said
    I have said nothing that indicates I'm choosing induction over gas.

    Do let us know how the induction stovetop works.

    You really are cunty tonight. If you're fighting with your boyfriend, take it out on him, not us.

    Nor you waste our time, on a decision you've already made. As you've made clear.


    Please quote what I've said that makes you think I've made up my mind. Go ahead, it's a short thread so start quoting.....
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    Feb 04, 2015 4:12 AM GMT
    gas cooktop, especially if you like to cook. Electric oven.