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Hob: gas or induction hobs? What to choose?


When designing a kitchen, we often ask ourselves: what changes between a hob with gas or induction hobs? Is it better to install a gas or an electric hob? Two types with differences, characteristics and consumption that adapt to different needs.

Which is better? Much depends on the use and habits in the kitchen. The gas hob with burners is more traditional while the induction hob applies a completely different technology and energy source.

Here are the main differences and specifics to help you in your choice both from a culinary point of view. Depending on the hob, cooking methods and energy consumption change.

Gas hob: why choose the stove

This is the most common and used hob. The gas stove is in fact an indispensable solution for many, also derived from habits and preferences in cooking food.

Tick, tick, tick: flame! The gas hob works just like this: the gas is supplied once the knob of the chosen stove is turned on, the flame ignites instantly with a simple spark. Generally, those who love sautéing tend to prefer the gas stove over the induction one.

Among the most popular points in favor is a better ability to adjust and control the flame, and therefore the heat source, as well as the instant shutdown compared to the more modern induction hob.

The gas hob has a more complex structure that requires different cleaning and maintenance. Whether it has 4 or 5 burners, the gas stove usually consists of: burner, that is the component from which the real flames start, safety thermocouple, the element that closes the gas as soon as the flame goes out, grills in cast iron that allow the support of pots and pans, the knobs (which can be positioned at an angle or front).

Induction hob: why choose electric

Let’s move on to the induction hob, more and more present in free composition kitchens. Induction uses a different energy source than the common gas stove: electricity.

Induction hob

Many are struck by the design of the induction hob, thanks to the black glass ceramic panel that hides the plates useful for cooking, underestimating their potential and characteristics.

The induction hob is powered by the electrical system and consequently does not affect the gas consumption in the bill, leading to significant savings. Induction provides ultra-rapid heating, with adjustable temperature control during cooking (with various levels of heat).

This hob wins over the times, compared to other cooking methods it sees its strength in speed and safety: getting burned becomes almost impossible. The heat is limited to the support area of the pot / pan and is not transferred to the entire hob, as occurs in the gas one, reducing the possibility of getting burned.

Consumption, gas vs induction: what changes?

By comparing them, the gas hob has peculiar characteristics for cooking food compared to induction, which wins over consumption.

As soon as it comes to power supply, many fear a surge in consumption in the electricity bill, despite the need for consumption (in negative) always points to the gas supply.

Reasons that, most of the time, turn out to be unfounded: in fact, in terms of consumption, induction beats the gas stove (which has other advantages).

Which is convenient?

The peak consumption of a single induction cooker retraces to its initial ignition phase.

As soon as we press the on button, the hob generates an energy absorption of about 2000 W, this if we choose to set the maximum power. It goes without saying that by generating a lower power, we will have a lower energy. Generally, whatever the power level given when the induction hob is switched on, its consumption can be reduced by six times (once the useful parameter for keeping everything at temperature is reached).

A weak point of induction, however, is to be found in its power supply. Let’s explain: induction, compared to gas, lends itself to the moment when the home meter is unable to support the energy required by the hob.

Also keep in mind that, compared to traditional hobs, the induction hob requires special pots and pans, designed for this use.

The choice between a gas and induction hob cannot be dictated only by convenience, it must be oriented according to your habits and the type of home for which it is intended.

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