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2017 Guide To Buying Cooktops

What are cooktops? 

Despite loving to cook or hating the very thought of cooking, every household needs a cooktop. There aren’t many homes that can do without a cooktop. Whether you are after a basic electric model or high-tech induction cooktops, there are several factors you need to consider when buying a cooktop. This buying guide hopes to help you make an informed decision when purchasing a cooktop.


Deciding on Size

When buying a new unit, one of the first things you need to assess is how much space you have in the taking into consideration the design of the kitchen. Based on this assessment you will be able to decide on the size of the cooktop. If you are strictly limited on space, your best option is to look at a 60cm burner/element unit. However, if you cook a lot and also have a larger kitchen you are best suited for a 90cm or a siz burner/element cooktop.


Different types of cooktops. 

The next step in the process would be to decide on the type of cooktop.

There are three main types of: Gas, Ceramic & Induction cooktops.


Why buy a Gas cooktop?

If you are the type of person who wants instant heat control then the gas cooktop is the ideal option for you.



• With a gas cooktop, you can instant feedback when you increase and decrease the flame.
• Gas units comes in a variety of finishes including glass, stainless steel and enamel.
• If stir frying is your thing, some gas units come with placeholders that support woks.
• Some rectangular cooktops with five or six burners have an oblong shaped burner to use with a grill or hotplate for barbecuing.


• Cast iron trivets can be very difficult to clean and they are also very bulky.
• While they are more stylish, the stainless steel requires more effort when cleaning.
• Spills may become very hard to clean.

One major factor to consider is the availability of LPG at your home. Gas cooktops can still be used with bottled or canned LPG. Or the alternative is to consider an electric cooktop.


Why buy a Ceramic cooktop?

If you are the type who is after a sleek and stylish design, then the ceramic cooktop is absolutely worth looking into. They are useful when cooking foods that require low temperatures. For example, melting chocolate.


•  Ceramic cooktops have a continuous flat surface with few or none dirt traps. This means cleaning can be very easy with ceramic cooktops.


• Ceramic cooktops cannot be instantly controlled like gas cooktops.
• They are also slow to respond to changes in temperature settings.
• Spills can solidify meaning than it they have to be cleaned straight away as there aren’t any lips around the edges that can contain the spills.


It’s very important to remember that the ceramic glass holds heat therefore extra precaution has to be taken with delicate foods. Also, you need to be careful once its switch off. Many cooktops come with residual-heat warning lights to ensure that you don’t accidentally touch the surface while it’s still hot. This light stays on until the surface temperature reaches a safe level.


Whether you’re renovating your complete kitchen or just replacing individual appliances, you might end up deciding to replace your existing cooktop. It probably comes as no surprise to you, but cooktops have come a long way from their initial four burner design – so choosing the best option for your kitchen might not be as easy now as you’d thought. If you’re looking for a cooktop but don’t know where to start, we hope this Appliance Warehouse cooktop buying guide will be able to answer some of your questions and help you make an informed decision.   


What Type of Cooktop Do I Want?

Essentially, you have the choice of three different types of cooktop to choose from:

Gas cooktops:  These units offer users the ability to instantly modify the heat with visual indication coming from the size and intensity of the flame. The flame heats up the sides of pots and pans, enabling food to be cooked fast. As one of the more energy efficient options to run, gas cooktops can be a little dearer than some of the other options.

Electric cooktops: While electric units can be cheaper to purchase and install than other types of cooktops, the temperature doesn’t change as instantly as some chefs and cooks might like when the heat is turned up or down – which can be problematic if you need to cook something precisely. This form of cooktop is one of the easiest to clean however, particularly if you’re looking amongst the ceramic cooktops.

• Induction cooktops: Though they are the most expensive due to their use of the cooking pan to generate heat (rather than applying generated heat to the cooking pan), induction cooktops are the most energy efficient and provide the quickest way to cook your food. You might find yourself paying a little more initially, but you’ll recoup those initial expenses in savings on your energy bills in the long term. Portable induction cooktops are also available in Australia; simply pack it away when you don’t need it.


How Do You Control the Temperature?

All cooktops, whether gas, electric or induction, come with temperature control. This prevents the cooktop from heating too fast and potentially burning or overcooking food. Gas will typically be easier to regulate the temperature than an electric cooktop, while the induction cooktop is just as effective at responding to changes in temperature as the gas option.

As a rule, you can expect cooktops with a greater number of temperature control options to be dearer than those with less.


What Are You Using it For?

As nice as a state-of-the-art cooktop might be, you don’t necessarily want to buy one that ends up being ‘too much’ or ‘too big’ for your kitchen. By the same token, you don’t want to install one that ends up not being sufficient for your requirements.

For example, a single person on a budget who lives in their own apartment might not need anything more than a ceramic cooktop. Affordably priced and easy to clean, you might choose a cooktop that complements your existing bench top and provides you with enough space to cook up a quick meal after work.

Families, on the other hand, might consider getting an induction cooktop with more than four burners to accommodate all courses of a large family meal. Time is always a factor with busy parents, which makes an induction cooktop a preferable option as it’s the quickest way to cook food. If there are young children around, it’s also the safest option due to the cooktop surface remaining cool to the touch.

Emerging Master chefs will likely look to gas cooktops as they are considered to be the industry standard. They also provide the cook with the ability to quickly and accurately regulate the heat of the flame.


What’s Right for You?

With so many options to choose from, from dominoes cooktops to portable induction cooktops and everything in between, the important thing is to choose the option that best suits your needs and neatly fits the available space in your kitchen.

You can trust Appliance Warehouse to provide the best selection of cooktops in Australia from the best names at competitive prices. If you’d like further information on any of our products, feel free to call our sales team today on 1300 783 469.


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