Induction, Electric and Gas Cooktops: Understanding the Differences and Benefits

Are you interested in understanding the differences and benefits between Gas, Induction and Electric cooking? Deciding on the right cooking appliances for your kitchen project can be an intimidating task. Especially if you are starting from scratch with a new build or doing a complete kitchen renovation. There are so many options on the market, it can get a little challenging knowing where to start. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the three types of cooking appliances: induction, electric, and gas.

Induction Cooktops

Induction cooking is gaining popularity, it uses a magnetic fields to heat cookware directly. When heated the actual cooktop itself remains cool to the touch, making it safer and more energy-efficient than traditional electric cooktops. Whirlpool’s website states that the cooking temperatures can be instantly adjusted to heat up and cool down more quickly. Induction cooktops are also very easy to clean, there are no grates or burners making it easy to wipe down when needed.


  • Energy efficient
  • Quick heating
  • Precise temperature control
  • Easy to clean
  • Safe to use

Electric Cooktops

Electric cooktops have been a staple in kitchens for many years. 68 percent of U.S. households own one according to Statista. They use heating elements to heat the cookware and are often more affordable than induction or gas cooktops. They are also relatively easy to install and require grounded outlets for installation, no gas hook-up is needed. However, they are not as energy-efficient as induction cooktops, and their heating elements can take longer to heat up and cool down.


  • Affordable
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Versatile
  • Compatible with a variety of cookware materials, including Stainless steel, copper, cast iron, and aluminum.

Gas Cooktops

Gas cooktops are a classic choice due the the flame for many home chefs. They use a gas flame to heat the cookware. Unlike induction or electric cooktops, gas cooktops allow you to use a wider variety of cookware, including cast iron and other heavy-duty stainless steel and non-stick options. They are also generally less expensive than induction cooktops.


  • Precise temperature control
  • Wide range of cookware options
  • Less expensive

In conclusion, choosing the right cooking appliance depends on your cooking style and needs. Induction is a great choice for those who value energy efficiency and precision, electric cooktops are budget-friendly and gas cooktops are ideal for those who prefer that flame experience with a wide choice of cookware options. Regardless of your choice, be sure to consider your budget, cooking style, design and the features that are most important to you. Don’t hesitate to visit your local Kitchen & Bath showroom to learn more.


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