You're replacing your existing cooktop, or you've moved into a new home and are setting yourself up for the first time. Either way, you've got a lot on your plate. But one thing that shouldn't be: finding the best electric cooktop for you. We all know how cluttered our lives can be these days, so here's my take on some common mistakes people make when buying an electric cooktop and what to do instead.
Not considering fuel types
When buying an electric cooktop, you'll need to decide whether you want to go with gas or electricity. Gas is the most popular option, but many modern homes don't have access to gas lines—and those that do use it for heating and cooking through a range hood over the stovetop rather than piping it straight into their cooktops. If you're looking to save money on your energy bill, an electric option might be right for you. However, some people are hesitant about using electricity as a heat source because of concerns about safety (another reason why induction would be great for them). As long as you keep these things in mind when considering your purchase, we're sure that whichever type of cooktop works best for your needs will end up being a great choice!
Not paying attention to cooktop design
- The size of the cooktop:
- Is it too big? Make sure you have enough space on your countertop to accommodate it.
- Is it too small? If you like to cook large meals at once, a smaller size may not be ideal for you.
- The number of burners:
- You may want more than two burners if you plan on cooking several different dishes simultaneously or if you like to use an electric fryer at home.
- However, having only one burner makes life simpler for those who don't expect much from their cooking appliances beyond basic functionality (e.g., boiling water).
- The type of burners: Do they need infrared technology? This feature helps distribute heat evenly across the top surface so that food cooks faster and more evenly than with traditional gas stoves—which means less time standing over your stovetop!
Not looking at the features
Check the size of the electric cooktops to make sure it will fit in your kitchen. If you're limited by space, consider buying a smaller model that has fewer burners and elements.
Not checking the brand reputation
A brand’s reputation is important. If it has a reputation for making poor-quality products, you might want to steer clear. Read reviews, and check out the company’s customer service record and warranty information before purchasing any electric cooktop.
It is important to know the different fuel types before you buy a cooktop. The most common cooktops are electric and induction, but some models also use gas or coal. The type of fuel will determine how long it takes to heat up, how much power they use, and other factors like if they have an oven function or not. Check which type works best with your kitchen design before buying one now!