Gas stoves are the most popular cooking appliances these days. They are affordable and habitual for most households.
However, induction cooking is becoming more and more popular. And while some people are skeptical about the induction stoves it seems that they will soon replace traditional electric and gas stoves.
In this article we will review and compare the properties of the induction cookers and gas stoves.
Induction cooker vs. gas stove
The main advantage of gas stoves is saving on costs, because gas is still more affordable for most people than electricity. Besides, gas stoves themselves are cheaper than induction cookers. Therefore, you will save up a lot of money if you buy and operate a gas stove.
Also, experienced cooks often prefer gas to induction, because they say that the latter heats up only the bottom of a cooking vessel while in most cases they want the sides to be hot too. In this case, the food will be cooked evenly which is very important.
Nonetheless, induction cookers have their own distinctive advantages. The operating principle of an induction cook-top is not that complicated as it seems to be. Such stoves use eddy current to heat up the metal cooking vessels. The eddy currents are created along with a high-frequency electromagnetic field. There is an induction coil inside the stove which heats up metal (i.e. the bottom of the cookware) leaving the cook-top cool.
Due to such a sophisticated structure induction cookers are more expensive than gas stoves. Surprisingly, these high-power appliances do not consume too much electricity.
There is a simple example demonstrating the level of electricity consumption by induction cookers.
- It took 30 minutes to bring to a boil 2 liters of water while using an ordinary electric cooker. The energy consumption was 1.75 kWh;
- An induction cook-top boiled 2 liters of water in 5.5 minutes. The electricity consumption, in this case, was 0.34 kWh.
In details you can read it here – induction and electric stove efficiency
Therefore, while operating an induction cooker is more expensive compared to a gas stove, it is cheaper than operating an ordinary electric cooker. The efficiency of an induction cook-top is 90% because all energy is directed to heat up the bottom of your metal cookware. The cook-top itself stays cool (or if it does heat up a little, it happens due to the contact with the hot cookware). Ordinary electric stoves waste a lot of energy heating themselves and even the air in your kitchen.
Convenience and additional functions
Induction stoves often have additional functions which will make the appliance very handy.
Firstly, induction stoves have special sensing elements which detect whether there is any cookware on the stove. If you lift a pan from the cook-top the stove will automatically switch off. These smart sensing elements can detect the size of your cookware heating only the bottom. They are also intended to check the minimum possible size of a cooking vessel making sure that the stove will not switch on if you leave a knife on its top.
Induction cookers also have timers. You may set it up and leave a pan on the cook-top being sure that it will not be burnt. This is not possible when it concerns gas stoves.
Some induction stoves may detect the moment when the water inside the pan starts boiling. After that they automatically decrease the heating temperature. As a result, the water keeps boiling but a lot of energy is saved up.
It is also very important that induction stoves do not get really dirty. Even if you spill water or milk on them the liquid will stay cool and will not stick to the cook-top. It will be very easy to clean it and you will not even need any special cleaning agent.
Induction cookers are also safer than gas stoves. Though the latter have special gas control systems it is not enough. If you leave a pot on a gas stove and forget about it, no gas control will prevent it from melting after a certain period of time. Such situations often cause domestic fires
This will never happen to an induction cooker. Even if you do not set up the timer and do not use the working stove for 30 or 60 minutes it will automatically switch off. This option may seem inconvenient when you need to stew something for several hours. In this case, you will have to come to the induction cooker several times. However, this cannot be taken as a disadvantage when it concerns safety.
Some people say that induction stoves have started a new era in cooking. They are fast, efficient, convenient and safe. At the same time they are quite expensive. Those who cannot afford to buy an induction cooker and to pay high bills for electricity will still be using gas stoves. However, if the present tendency continues in 5-7 years induction cooking will achieve leading position.