these are its main advantages and disadvantages

When facing the renovation of a kitchen One of the easiest points to solve a priori is the choice of electrical appliances. Looking for the one that best suits our pocket and our needs, we must find one that above all has a low consumption. Refrigerator, dishwasher … they are not too difficult to choose but the hob … oh, the hob is something else.

Especially because we may have three options to choose the plate, the heart of the kitchen. Opting for gas, induction or glass-ceramic are three more than feasible options since there are not excessive price differences between them, although we do find other aspects where they differ. We are going to see some of the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

Gas hobs

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We start with the models that run on gas, either butane or city gas. A type of plate that is perhaps less aesthetic than its electric counterparts but is nevertheless usually more effective for cooking. At this point we can choose to set up a monobloc gas stove with a gas oven or if we prefer, opt for gas hob with electric oven which is usually the most common today.

Regarding advantages of gas hobs We found above all four reasons why opting for a gas hob can be interesting:

  • It takes less time to heat the containers
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Different types of containers can be used
  • Ideal for traditional dishes (stews, stews, rice …)

But not all are advantages, too there are drawbacks:

  • Although the surface is smooth, the burners make it more difficult to clean
  • The gas is more delicate before a possible leak due to failure or confusion

Therefore we have two points against and three in favor, which perhaps have more weight when it comes to regular use, which is what really matters. And it is that making a meal with a gas hob is usually more comfortable due to the circumstances that we have mentioned before and from a somewhat subjective point of view, a better flavor is obtained.

Induction hobs

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Is about the most modern of the three that we bring and therefore one of the most expensive. Although their appearance is similar to that of normal glass-ceramic hobs, they are distinguished from these by the operation and the advantages they offer.

Unlike the “vitro”, the induction They work by generating a magnetic field that, in contact with a metal container, causes it to heat up. The difference is that the container is heated, but the plate does not generate residual heat, a heat that is not used.

They are based on Faraday’s law and being more efficient they save energy and money. They are also safer, since we can’t get burned if we put our hand on it. Let’s see what its advantages are:

  • They take less time to heat up
  • Spend less energy
  • They are safer, as they only heat the container while the glass remains cold
  • Based on the above, they are easier to clean
  • They are also programmable

But as in the case of gas hobs, there are also drawbacks:

  • It is the most economically expensive option
  • They can only be used with a certain type of compatible kitchenware (forget about using aluminum or clay pans or pots).
  • If you are into traditional stews, it is not the most suitable option

Vitroceramic hobs

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We come to the last variant that we can find when assembling the kitchen, at least the part related to the fires. Is about an intermediate choice between induction and gas and it is the type of cuisine that we can find most often.

It is a type of plate that It is based on the generation of heat by means of electrical resistances located under the glass glass ceramic. These resistances heat the glass and it transmits its heat to the container that we place on top.

The difference also with induction is that the heat not only affects the container, but everything we put on the glass so that we can burn for a while after having turned it off and if any content is spilled it can be fried with the heat making cleaning difficult. It is a type of solution that presents a series of advantages:

  • Cheaper than induction cookers.
  • If we clean them frequently, they are more “curious” than gas cookers but less than induction cookers.
  • Compatible with a large number of containers by materials (supports iron, clay, aluminum …)
  • They conserve the residual heat well so we can turn them off and they continue to cook with the remaining heat.

But of course, said the advantages, too It is time to see what are the disadvantages they offer:

  • They take longer to warm up and cool down
  • Depending on the above, they consume more electricity and at the price of electricity …
  • They must be cleaned with special products so that they do not scratch

It is clear that when choosing each user is a world and you must choose not only based on the budget you have or the design your kitchen is going to have. You will also have to face what type of use are you going to give the plate to choose the one that best suits your needs.

In case it can be used, in my case I have opted for a gas hob, for economy and especially for the facilities it offers when preparing traditional dishes. A kitchen area with three burners divided into one of 15 centimeters in diameter, another of 18 centimeters and a third of 21 centimeters.

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