When it comes to cooking, having a reliable stove is a must. Buying a new stove can be overwhelming when you haven't been in the market for some time, things have probably changed, and you have new things to consider when making your selection.
We have created a helpful buying guide to help you choose the right stove (ceramic or gas stove) for the way you and your family cook. Take a look at our tips below on how to buy the right ceramic or gas stove for your kitchen.
When researching for a new stove, it’s important to consider all elements of its size. You need to consider not only the width of the hob but also the number of different cooking zones it offers and whether they have flexibility.
The standard stove size is 60cm, enough for most households, however some brands offer hobs as small as 30cm, slightly bigger at 70cm and the largest being 90cm. You may look at pairing a 30cm gas or induction hob with a 60cm hob of a different type, giving you ultimate flexibility in the kitchen.
When looking at cooking zones it is common to have 4. However, you may also find other combinations below:
An important factor to consider with any appliance purchase is the installation cost or kitchen adjustments that need to be done to fit the appliance.
When looking at a gas hob you will need to ensure you have a gas connection and whether your connection is natural or LPG ensuring the hob you choose is compatible. If you are leaning toward induction cooking in your kitchen, you will need to assess whether you have enough amps to power an induction hob.
Most modern cookware is induction friendly, however, there are still a lot out there that are not. This may mean that you need to purchase new pots and pans.
Before you do the mental calculations of the extra costs, grab a magnet and see if the base of your pots and pans attracts the magnet. If they do you should be cooking with induction in no time.
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An induction stove is an electromagnetic flat surface stove that ensures fast heating using direct induction heating of cooking vessels. It is a seamless, cost-effective, and time-efficient stove.
With induction stoves, the heat is instant as your pan is heated by a magnetic field instead of a flame or electric element. This makes the pot or pan the heat source not the stove surface, allowing it to heat up faster and create a safer cooking environment for you and your family.
When a suitable cooking pot or pan is placed on top of the induction stove an electric current is passed through a coil of copper wire that is located underneath the ceramic plate.
To ensure your pan is compatible with an induction stove it needs to have magnetic capability. This can be simply tested by placing a magnet on the bottom of your pan to see if it attracts, if so then your pan should work on the stove.
Cooking with induction gives you precise temperature control. It is more precise than gas or electric counterparts. Not to mention the flexibility to accommodate different types and amounts of cookware (pots and pans with magnetic capability).
Induction cooking is also highly efficient because very little heat energy escapes-unlike with an open gas flame, the heat goes around the cookware and just a minimal residual heat is left when you remove the cookware.
These are simple tips to clean and maintain an induction stove: