As the debate between induction cooking versus gas continues, we have decided to put together a short guide looking at the pros and cons of both and compare to see which is better in the long-term as well as the short.
We know that often the way you cook is a personal preference and people can get stuck in their ways, but as time goes on, you sometimes have to try new things and see if there are better ways to do things. Induction cooking is a lot more of a new method than gas, and that’s why it’s important to know all the facts before you decide whether to try it or not.
What is Induction Cooking?
One of the newest methods of cooking, and possibly one of the safest out of all the different ways to cook is induction cooking. It works by heating a cooking vessel using magnetic induction instead of an electrical heating element (like electrical cooking), or a game flame (like gas cooking).
In order to cook with induction, you need an induction cooktop (also known as hob or stove) which has a coil of copper wire underneath so that electric current can pass through it. The electric current will then heat up the induction cooker and heat up any pan or skillet you place on it.
Induction cooking is one of the most efficient ways to cook which means that it puts less waste heat into the kitchen, and it is a lot safer than your average gas cooker. Since the cooktop of induction cookers are flat, they’re easy to clean and the cooktop doesn’t seem to get very hot compared to the other methods.
Many people say that induction cooking is better as whenever a gas or electric cooker is turned off the heat fades away pretty quickly, whereas with induction cooking, the whole pan is heated meaning that the pan stays heated even after the cooker is turned off.
What is Gas Cooking?
Possibly one of the oldest methods of cooking is gas cooking on a gas stove, they normally use natural gas, butane, propane, or petroleum gas. Before the advent of gas, a lot of very old gas stoves used fuel from wood or coal, but more modern gas stoves just use flammable gases.
Gas cookers are often quite cheap but you will have to buy gas every now and again when it runs out, or have it piped into your kitchen. It all depends on how much you actually use your cooker – if you’re the sort of household that cooks more than 6 times a week, you may want to consider another option over the gas cooker as although they’re initially cheap, you will have a big gas bill at the end of the month, or you’ll have to buy more gas canisters when they run out.
Research into gas cookers has found that on average it is just $24 whereas other methods are more expensive and that’s not always ideal. Gas cooking is very easy to control as it is simply a turn off and on mechanism; despite the wiring of the hob being quite hot after use, they do cool down quite quickly.
Pros and Cons of Induction Cooking
Despite what everyone says, there are pros and cons of induction cooking and that’s why we feel that it’s important you know all the potential outcomes of buying an induction cooker. Everything to do with your household cooking is personal preference but you may want to know what the best things are about induction cooking before you make your final judgment.
- Induction cookers heat up very quickly and despite what people may think, they can get really hot. Research has found that they can boil a pan of water in around 90 seconds (which may be quicker than a kettle)
- They’re aesthetically pleasing to the eye and will match up with modern kitchens; if you like everything in your kitchen to match up and look modern, then buying an induction cooker could be the best thing for your house.
- Induction cookers are very easy to clean; you simply just have to wait until they’re relatively cool then you can use your average sponge or rag and wipe over it. If you like the cooker to look extra clean and it has a glass top, you may want to spray on some window cleaner.
- They are expensive to buy initially which often puts a lot of people off buying them
- You must be careful with the type of cookware that you use on the top of induction cookers as not all pans and pots are compatible with it. This can be annoying if you have already bought your pans before buying your hob top, just ensure that whatever you buy is compatible with each other
Pros and Cons of Gas Cooking
Even though gas cooking is an older method compared to induction cooking, it too has its pros and cons and that’s what we’re going to list below. This will help to give you a more balanced view of both the types of cookers you can buy.
- Heat is immediate to any gas cooker, so if you’re in a rush or you need instant heat then it’s definitely a contender
- You can use any type of cookware on it, as long as the cookware doesn’t state that it’s not compatible – but there are very few pieces you can’t typically use on a gas cooker
- You can turn the temperate up or down using the knobs on the side or front of the gas cooker; this allows you to have control over the temperature and how hot or cold the pan is
- Gas cookers aren’t the safest option; there is a naked flame which can be dangerous, especially around young children. There is also the possibility of having an accident with a tea towel burning or even burning yourself by accident.
- They aren’t easy to clean because there are a lot of components to clean around, and taking it apart after every time you cook can be annoying, especially if you’re in a rush. There are the plates which get dirty, as well as the inside of the rings to think about; if you don’t ensure it is always clean, it can lead to more dangers.
Which One is Better?
This is a difficult question as it is mostly down to personal preference. If you’re worried about the safety of your kitchen and you want a more modern kitchen-friendly cooker top, then you will want to choose an induction cooker.
However, if you want a naked flame for ease and not have to worry about the types of cookware you buy not being compatible, then you should go for a gas cooker. In terms of price, we would suggest investing in a gas cooker, but in terms of ease of use and for the sake of the environment, we would prefer an induction cooker.