Which stove is right for me? A gas hob, or would you prefer an induction hob?
When (re)building a kitchen, you should think about the best appliances for your individual needs in advance. The stove or hob in particular should be carefully considered: Do I want a fast and safe appliance or would I prefer an economical, pinpoint plate? Do I have the right connections for a gas hob or induction hob? And how much time do I want to/can I spend cleaning the hob?
We have done some research and compiled the most important features of the two most popular hobs – gas and induction.
The gas hob – for environmentally conscious savers
Gas stoves are primarily impressive because of their low cost. Modern stoves are equipped with high-quality gas burners, so they are very energy-efficient. The combustion of gas produces far fewer greenhouse gases than the production of electricity. Budget costs can therefore be kept lower. But not only that – they are also extremely practical. The heat is ready within a few seconds and can be regulated flexibly, continuously and selectively so that the food can be prepared with pinpoint accuracy. It takes about five minutes to boil a liter of water. Nevertheless, a gas stove is not for beginners. The heat cannot be kept to a minimum because the temperature is always the same, regardless of how the flame is set. They are also more difficult to clean than glass ceramic.
But when asked which stove is the most economical, the answer is clear: the gas stove.
The induction hob – for time savers
An induction hob impresses above all with its record-breaking heating. The boiling time for a liter of water is around two minutes. The preparation time is much shorter than with a gas hob. Induction hobs are a safe purchase if there are children in the household, as there is hardly any risk of burns. In addition, an induction hob usually has a function that does not allow children to switch on the hob. It also cools down much faster, as no residual heat is produced.
Cooktops with integrated extractor hoods are also becoming increasingly popular – they look very chic and minimalist, especially in cooking islands.
A highlight of the induction hob is the surface induction, whereby the system recognizes the size of the pan base and only heats where there is something on the hob. However, special cookware made of ferromagnetic material (recognizable by the spiral icon on the underside of the pot) is required for heating to work in general, and is not too cheap to buy.
If you still can’t decide – here is a summary of all the advantages and disadvantages:
Advantages and disadvantages of a gas hob
- Nostalgic and cozy atmosphere
- No residual heat – no delayed scorching
- Short cooking time
- Precise and stepless regulation
- Low energy consumption
- more complicated cleaning
- Gas connection required
- Risk of burns
- No special cookware required
Advantages and disadvantages of an induction hob
- Heat directly at the bottom of the pan
- Very short cooking time
- No burning in of spillages
- Uncomplicated cleaning
- No risk of burns
- Keep warm function
- Special cookware required
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