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Cooktop reviews ……………….. 2 What is an Induction Cooktops Range? ….……….. 4 Downdraft cooktop - What you need to know about it … 6 Features of an Electric Cooktop …………. 8 Gas Cooktop - Tips on Choosing …….…… 10 Ceramic cooktop - the benefits of using …………. … 12

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Cooktops reviews If you are thinking about buying a cooktop as an alternative cookware for your kitchen, reading cooktop reviews will greatly help. Finding cooktops is easy because there are lots of them available in the market. You will find cooktops in your local appliance store and you can find cooktops in online stores. However, the choices can easily overwhelm any customer especially if the person is not aware about several points to consider. Choosing a cooktop must be done according to your purpose and your cooking needs. If you haven’t thought about this before or if you do not really have an idea, it would be helpful to read cooktop reviews. Cooktop reviewers tell what a particular cooktop is for. They will tell you everything, from the products surfaces to the amount of power it can generate. After all, these are part of the things that you must consider when buying a cooktop. Reading cooktop reviews will give you enlightenment about a number of things such as the type of cooktop, the size, the power output and even how much energy it can consume. It will give you ideas which type of cooktop will best suit your needs. Below we have made a guideline that you will surely find useful when you are about to have a cooktop of your own.

Gas, Electric, or Induction Choosing a cooktop begins in considering which type is best for your kitchen. There are two types of cooktops, one is powered by electricity and the other by gas. Each type has its own set of advantages and disadvantages which you have to weigh carefully. For example the electric cooktop may be efficient because it can easily produce heat. However, it may add up to your electricity bill. On the other hand, gas cooktops can help you save on bills. You can also control the heat easily. But gas cooktops heat up slower than its electric counterparts. Induction cooktops are believed to be energy efficient because they have the capability to limit the heat to the size of the cookware on the surface. The heating device is hidden beneath, they do not use fire, and they do not emit smoke. However, induction cooktops are not as powerful as its gas counterparts.

Coiled or Smooth Surfaced The traditional cooktop has a coiled surface where you put your cookware on. Modern cooktop designs, particularly induction cooktops, use smooth surfaces that can be easily cleaned. And because modern induction cooktops are sleek, they are becoming a popular choice for homeowners whose home has a contemporary kitchen theme. The heat source in induction cooktops is hidden beneath the glass surface. This safety feature is becoming a standard for cooktop manufacturers.

Burner Size

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If you are living with your big family, it is just reasonable to buy a cooktop with a bigger burner. You may have a cooktop with a burner that is 12 inches in diameter. The same principle applies to small families.

Number of Burners Again, if you live with your big family, it would be prudent to choose a cooktop that has at least four burners. This number can certainly accommodate all your cooking requirements. If you cook often for a larger number of people, six-burner cooktops are available. If you are single and have limited space, you may be satisfied with two-burner cooktops. It is also interesting note that there are single burner cooktops which you can use practically anywhere in your house as long as a power socket is nearby.

Kitchen Size The size of your kitchen is also an important factor in choosing a cooktop. It is similar to choosing a unit according to your family size. Typically, a big family dines in a big kitchen. Therefore a bigger cooktop will easily fit in. The same principles apply to smaller families that have smaller kitchen space. Measure your countertop where you will put your cooktop; reviews about cooktop usually mention the dimensions of the unit so finding the right cooktop size would not be difficult.

Controls If you have culinary skills, controls would mean so much to you. Boiling is different from simmering, and if your recipes require both of these techniques, you need to control the heat. If you are prospecting a particular cooktop, read reviews about it first. This is a good way for you to determine whether the controls of that unit are functional enough to make you succeed in all your recipes. Now that we have tackled the important points to ponder before choosing a cooktop, it is about time to look for a particular brand. By this time, reading a review about cooktops becomes even more important. As we have mentioned, there are lots of cooktops in the market. Manufacturers compete with each other, using the features of their products as weapons. While this is good because consumers are able to have plenty of choices, it can become overwhelming too. The choices can easily make a person go over the budget and end up having a cooktop that he or she cannot optimally use. Adversely, one might order the cheapest unit that he or she has seen, ending up calling the customer service because the unit does not work. Reading reviews is a must because blindly making a purchase can lead to many problems in the future. Reviews about cooktops tackle the advantages and disadvantages of a product. This way, you can compare brands even more resourcefully. Customer reviews are very transparent. They can easily tell whether they liked a product or not. They can tell whether the unit is not worth its price. Sometimes they even recommend products other than what they bought if they think it is a better buy. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or just in need of a new cooktop, reviews will certainly guide you in making the right purchase. Advertisements are made to sell a product and that is what makes them unfit to be used as guides when you are choosing a unit. Cooktop reviews are the right materials to read. 3


What is an Induction Cooktops Range? Cooking is a science as well as an art which is agreed by many of us. Cooking does require a lot of patience and precision. That is why many of the cooking industry professionals require high quality and most advanced cooking equipments, and cookware. Induction cooktops are preferred by many such professionals in their kitchens. They are very popular in regular households also. Induction cooktops increases the productivity by achieving superior results. So let us now understand what induction cooking is. It has been used widely by a number of people in restaurants as well as in households, but has become popular very recently. Initially induction cooking ranges were out of reach of common people due its higher prices, but with improvement in technology this form of cooking has become accessible to many cooking enthusiasts. With the availability of new ideas and designs in induction ranges it has become standard equipment in many of the new kitchens. Induction cooking uses induction heating technology which directly heats the cookware, unlike the regular electric or gas burners where in heat is transferred from an electric coil or burning gas. To be able to use an induction range, the induction cookware must be made from special ferromagnetic metal. Non induction base cookware needs to be placed on an interface disk to be able to use on induction surfaces. An induction cooktop consists of a cooper coil which is placed under the cooking pot. An electric current travels through this coil producing a magnetic field. This magnetic field induces an electric currant in the pot. The current in the pot produces resistive heat which helps in heating food. The current produced is large but with low voltage. A lot of induction range reviews helps the reader in deciding on which cooking range to buy. Some of the advantages of induction cooking are that it is very energy efficient and also cooks faster as compared to the traditional forms of cooking. Traditional cooking ranges use flames or hot heating elements which are prone to burns while cooking. In the induction cooking range it heats only the cookware reducing the chance of burns. The surface of the induction range only heats once it is in contact with the induction cookware. Due to direct heat from the cooktop chefs can have full control over their cooking, providing quality and flavor to their dishes. Induction cooking does not heat up the air around the cooking vessel thus improving energy efficiency. The cookware used in the induction hobs are similar to that used on electric hobs. These compatible cookwares are marked with a special symbol to indicate compatibility. One can order these types of cookware at number of online stores. Pans made from cast iron, or any black metal will work on an induction range, the same applies for stainless steel pans only if the base of the pans is of magnetic grade.

Some of the benefits of induction cooktops are: • They cook very fast and any change in temperature is reflected instantly as compared to ceramic elements. • Very safe to use in households as it reduces the chances of kitchen accidents like burns. Most of the induction cookers come with auto switches that detects when nothing is there on the element, thus reducing wastage of energy.

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• Induction hobs are slightly expensive as compared to traditional cooking ranges. They require a special cookware suitable for induction cooking with a ferrous bottom to transfer heat rapidly. • Certain designs of cookware cannot be placed on the induction range, like rounded woks. • Finding the cooking zone on the cooktop can be tedious as there are no marks on them to identify the cooking zone. Induction cooktops can have multiple cooking elements on them. According to the needs and requirements of the user one can review a number of induction cooking hobs and then zero in to buy an ideal cooktop. Induction cooking includes a clean and energy efficient cooking experience full of great ideas to look forward to. This form of cooking is a new and interesting way to explore the kitchen. So go ahead, and order yourself an induction cooktop which will change the way you cook with less hassles and cleaning.

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Downdraft cooktop – What you need to know about it The downdraft cooktop is a useful tool for many cooks who need a proper ventilation during cooking. It saves space because you won’t be required to have either a vent hood or another space consuming ventilation system in place. There a number of advantages and disadvantages of this vent system. This means you should consider all to ensure you choose this option only if it is favorable to you.

Modular Downdraft Cooktop This approach allows you to mix and also match what you have in your home. You simply choose what complements the appearance of your kitchen. You have the freedom to decide whether to have the modular cooktop by itself or with an oven. This helps you save money because you choose only what you want. It ensures you can preserve your kitchen space by getting only what you will be using. This product comes in two options. You can either choose an electric or gas cooktop. The choice solely depends on the buyer.

Gas Downdraft cooktop There are several gas cooktops available that have the downdraft feature. You should however buy what is sure to give you full satisfaction. Consider your basic requirements in relation to the product. There are also numerous reviews you can read online and get ideas as to the best gas model. Ensure that you do not make your decisions from reviews only. Remember that what a review might look for in the product is not what you might look for. Consider what you need from the item. If you need it to save space, purchase a space saving one. It should literally make sense as far as your needs are concerned. Reviews should help you get a rough idea of the product. You should use them to identify how easy it might be to use the item, the quality etc. Reviews are written by people who have their own biases and interests, and they might not be always right.

Electric downdraft cooktop Electricity is the fuel of choice in many communities. It is more comfortable to use and cooks always feel safer without any open cooking flame. They come with numerous control gadgets that make them easy to use. However, like any other product, electric cooktops have their disadvantages too. The primary problem is that reaction time is slow. This may increase the cooking time and it is inconveniencing especially if you are in a hurry. There is an expensive solution to this problem in the electric induction element. The option uses magnetism and it gives you precise control of the burner, but it is expensive. 6


How does a downdraft vent work? The vent in this item is what distinguishes it from a vent hood. The vent hood usually takes away the heat and odors rising up in the air. The downdraft vent basically creates a draft that sucks odors and heat downwards. It then emits them out through an inbuilt venting system. This means the vent has to lead outside. When the vent leads out, the difference in pressure formed creates a draft. You are therefore required to find a mechanism to have the vent system lead outside. You need to choose a downdraft cooktop that won’t inconvenience you when it comes to installation. Choose the models rated for your purpose, either residential or commercial. Do not order a commercial one for residential purposes. This is because it might require addition of other things like a firewall or other fire-resistant surfaces to guarantee your safety. Cleaning is also another important factor to consider. Choose that product which is easy to clean, by checking how the unit can be cleaned before buying. Selecting the best downdraft burner should not be difficult after defining the basics. Many sellers offer a wide range of products and choosing the best should not be difficult. If you choose a gas fueled burner, consider the sealed ones. It is important to look for models that come with different sizes of elements. If you have chosen an electric one, choose the one easy to clean. Go for more modern glass products compared to the traditional coil ones. Again, reading a quality review can work in your favor, to ensure you choose only the best cooktop.

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Features of an Electric Cooktop Cooktops are one of the most essential appliances in the kitchen. They have been evolving over the years with the manufacturers aiming to produce cooktops that offer more functions that meets diverse consumer requirements. Today, electric cooktops are not only mere cooking appliances but also something that beautifies our kitchen as well as giving our kitchen a stylistic outlook. Most of the electric cooktops models available in the market today have advanced features such as temperature control units, different burner configurations, digital control panels and smooth tops. An electric cooktop may have some similar characteristics with gas cooktop but it is the most preferred choice by homeowners because it is safe, its cooking performance is more consistent, it heats up faster than gas-powered cooktop, and less hazardous. Definitely if you are upgrading kitchen appliances, one of the great ideas to start with is to order a cooktop. An electric powered cooktop is more advantageous than other types of cooktops for one, they are stylish. Secondly they rhyme excellently well with most interior kitchen designs. Thirdly, they cook food evenly and heat up quickly thereby saving a lot of time. Therefore if your current cooking appliance is inefficient then buy an electric cooktop so that you can lessen the time you spend in cooking meals. Finally these electric cooktops are easy to clean. Here is a review of enticing features that are found in most electric cooktops.

Appearance Different electric powered cooktop models have different sizes but range from 30 inches to 36 inches. In addition most cooktops can have either a coil surface or a smoothtop surface. A smoothtop surface cooktop is typically made up of ceramic or steel and is generally goodlooking as well as easy to clean. On the other hand, coil surface cooktops are more popular than smoothtop since they are more efficient and have removable parts and frames which makes them more easier to clean.

Changeable Settings Most electric cooktops have variable-size elements that enable one to change a cooktop’s settings to match with the size of any pot or pan. In addition, an electric powered cooktop has bridge elements and warming zones that allow usage of irregular pans and pots. Such variablesize features are very vital in any electrical appliance since the minimize power usage. With a cooktop that uses electricity you can adjust the power so as to meet specific cooking temperature needs. For example, high temperatures for faster cooking or simmer temperatures for keeping sauces hot. Most electrical cooktops can automatically detect the size of the pan and hence automatically adjust their burner settings to fit according to the size of the pan.

Safety If you want to buy a cooktop that is safe to use and energy saving then consider an electric powered cooktop. The possibility of an electric powered cooktop igniting fire in your kitchen is 8


very low since it does not emit flames like a gas powered cooktop. Furthermore the likelihood of gas cylinder exploding somehow greater than having faults in the electricity which makes electric cooktop safer. An electric powered cooktop is an extremely efficient energy consumer since it emits heat in a very concentrated area thereby speeding up cooking time and minimizing the heat lost in the air.

Installation Electric cooktop installation is much easier than gas cooktop installation. It requires less attachments and the process usually takes less time to carry out. What you need to consider first is where to install it. It should be installed at a specific overhead distance, particularly if the location above it consists of wooden cabinets. Secondly place your cooktop near to the socket so as to avoid straining the power cords. Anyone can install an electric powered cooktop since its wires or cords are colour-coded and hence one simply connects the matching colours together. Most of electric cooktop manufacturers try as much as possible to design cooktops that meet the electrical requirements provided in an area. Therefore before you order your electrical cooking appliance you should check whether its voltage and wattage requirements can be met by the power provided by the national grid That all for this brief review of an electric-powered cooktop. These excellent ideas will guide you while buying electric cooking appliance. You can as well do more research so as to get more information about different brands. Place an order or buy an appliance that meets your needs sufficiently. Read reviews of various brands so as to get inner features of each cooktop brand.

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Gas Cooktop – Tips on Choosing Many kitchens usually feature gas ranges that combine an oven and burners in one unit. However, gas cooktops are increasing in popularity simply because they fit precisely into a countertop. They also allow space for a storage cupboard. These products are popular with cooks because they give room for more accurate temperature control and cooking time. There are a couple of choices if you are a homeowner who needs this product. You can either go for sealed burners or open burners. Each has its characteristics. The open burner is a bit traditional, having drip pans on the underneath. They are always open underneath the cooktop, they are cheaper but cleaning them is an issue. A gas cooktop with open burners needs replacing of the drip pans from time to time. The sealed burner has the heating element centrally placed in the burner. The burner coils at its top are centrally placed too. Due to this element having been set in the cooktop’s actual surface, spills never seep under it. Clean-up is easier and the drip pans do not need replacement.

Tips on Choosing a Gas Cooktop There are several considerations you have to make if you want to buy the best product. You want what offers full satisfaction, and some of the requirements can only be decided by you. You should take the measurement of the countertop on where to install the new gas cooktop. The dimensions of your old cooktop should also be taken, to give you a rough idea in regard to the size of the product you are out to purchase. The design of your kitchen and the decoration too are important factors to consider. The model you choose should fit your kitchen appearance. It should match the colors, the design and the material of all other appliances you have in the kitchen. This is crucial to ensure the cooktop you order blends and complements the general appearance of your kitchen. They come in a variety of finishes, colors and designs and this gives freedom to choose from a wide range of products. How many burners do you need? They usually come in numbers starting from two to eight. This is also dependent on the countertop size of where to place your cooktop. A two burner model is smaller than a eight burner one, hence ensure size is borne in mind. Heat output is also a crucial consideration to make to ensure you buy an effective burner. A burner having a high heat output is ideal for searing and stir-frying foods or basically boiling water fast. Ventilation is another feature important to consider. Reading different reviews in relation to any gas cooktop can help you get ideas as to which model gives the best ventilation option. Choosing a model with downdraft ventilation is advisable in-case you want it installed on a kitchen island. This feature is built-into several cooktops. Clean-up must be borne in mind when purchasing your cooktop. Models offering easy clean-up are the best. Some of the models come with standard burners completely sealed. The sealing prevents any spills or food particles from working their way underneath your cooktop.

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The best model should provide you with special features to ensure the cooking process is easier and enjoyable too. A model with a custom barbeque grill, griddle or burner can save you a lot of work. Models with features like high heating or decreased heating help you choose the burner suited to your type of cooking. The kitchen exhaust system is another crucial factor to consider. You should choose a model that has a built-in exhaust vent incase the range hood of your kitchen isn’t efficient. If you do not like the idea of an overhead vent, a model with this built-in exhaust vent would be ideal. Again, research is very important when it comes to choosing cooktop brands, features or models that suit your needs. Reading different reviews available online can give you valuable ideas on the best ones to choose. Going to a physical store is also important. It gives you freedom to scrutinize closely and also test the model you wish to buy. If you decide to buy it online, ensure you determine different costs like shipping fees, return prices, warranty policies among other things.

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Ceramic cooktop – the benefits of using Investing in a nicely made ceramic cooktop will enable you to create the food that you need throughout the week. There are many different types of cooktops out there, and it is all about finding the right one that fits your lifestyle in the kitchen. For those who do not know, ceramic cooktops are just like ordinary cooktops, except they are known for being more efficient and definitely more durable to use. They are usually just plain black colored, and then you can place your pans and pots on them. They have specially made material which enables you to cook the pots and pans in a secure manner.

What Are The Benefits Of Using These Cooktops? There are literally so many benefits, so here’s a quick outline on just a few of the benefits: •

Affordable

This may not seem to be a part of the cooktop, but this type of cooktop because it is so affordable. It is not tough to buy at all, and the small investment needed on the small models are definitely going to be worth it. •

Saves Energy

These cooktops can also help you to save energy in your home. This is done because it turns on and off in order to manage the heat that is sent out to the pots and pans. Usually other cooktops would just go on even if the pots and pans were already being heated up too much. The heat that is transferred is also done much faster than normal. You can save so much money in the long run when it comes down to the overall amount of energy that you are using for your home. •

Easier To Clean

These cooktops are usually much easier to clean than normal. The reason to this is because they are much smoother and require no problems at all to wipe off. They require very little maintenance throughout the week, and it is surely going to be easy for you in the long run.

The Cons Of Using Cooktops That Are Ceramic The only con that you may experience is a difficulty in using the cooktop. For most people, they get used to other forms of cooktops, so when they get to this kind, they end up struggling because they don’t know how to use it that well. By knowing exactly how it works and reading through the instructions carefully, you can be sure to succeed at using the cooktop effectively. Another con that you may experience is the unknown look of whether it is hot or not. Since the look of the cooktop stays the same, people who are clueless about the situation can burn themselves. It is important to have a sign that says near the cooktop, “It is currently being


heated.� Doing this will allow for you to benefit from the ceramic cooktop without hurting anybody.

How To Care For These Cooktops Use Cleaning Solution Using this type of solution is nice because it can remove all the dirt that it has gained throughout the week. Cleaning it around twice a week could be good enough, but once a week is all you need to do. As long as you don’t dirty it up, then a few times a month is all you need. The solution will help remove every dirt inside that has piled up.

Avoid Abrasive Items If you use abrasive items, it can cause for your cooktop to breakdown or lose most of its energy. Avoid Abrasive items to help keep the cooktop clean and new. This also helps in keeping it lasting long for the next upcoming years. A ceramic cooktop could be the only thing missing in your home. Too often, people think that the ordinary cooktops are already good enough, but if you want something different to be in your kitchen, then investing in a nice cooktop made out of ceramic materials is a good idea. Many homeowners are making this their main way to get their food cooked. They are not only good for your food, but also good for your electricity bill as well. While there are a few precautions that need to be remembered, you need to know that it is still very worth the investment.

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