The craze of induction cooking is increasing as more people shift to induction, leaving traditional gas stoves for cooking. The main reason for this is probably the increasing price of cooking fuels and some other advantages associated with induction cooktops. We are going to discuss the reason for it and find out whether an induction cooktop is better than traditional gas stoves or not.
Today my aim is to settle this gas stove vs induction cooktop debate right here right now. In fact, a detailed comparison of the two is being presented here in order to find out a winner. You may be looking for a new cooktop/gas stove for your kitchen, and you are confused about what will suit you the best: induction cooktop or gas stove. We will clear the confusion for you.
Gas Stove vs Induction Cooktop: Which is Best?
So, here is the comparison between induction cooktops and traditional gas stoves. First, we will discuss the basic differences of their working principle and then bring out the pros and cons of both to dig out the clear winner according to you.
Gas stoves run on the principle of combustion. It means the stove produces direct fire for cooking.
LPG gas is used for combustion. The chemical energy in LPG converts to heat energy to produce heat. The heat/fire cooks the food.
Runs on the principle of electromagnetism. Here the cooktop produces no direct fire but heat. Electrical energy is converted into heat energy for cooking purposes. Electricity is a must for induction cooktops.
The Winner: Some energy-efficient induction cooktops require very nominal electricity to work. These will save a lot from regular LPG gas fuel. Induction has a slight edge on this.
Portable, but it is not that easy thing to do. It is generally 5-10kgs in weight and about 10 inches in thickness. Portability decreases as the number of burners increases in gas stoves.
More portable than the gas stoves. They are less in weight and thickness. However, the number of cooktops is less in induction gas stoves.
Winner: Inductions take a clear advantage on portability, but if you require more than 2 burners, there is no option other than gas stoves.
Requirement Of Space
A gas stove means not only the stove but also its whole lot of necessary accessories and components. We will require space for a regulator, gas pipe, burner, LPG cylinder, etc. It takes a lot of space and is also very tough to relocate. This makes gas stoves far less convenient than its competitor. All the components together are considerably heavy too.
A single unit, and that’s all you require. It is simple and takes negligible space compared to the traditional gas stoves. Installations are also not needed for this. Just a unit and an electricity plug are all that it has. For this convenience of less space, it is also very light in weight and easy to relocate.
Winner: It is very evident that induction is ahead in the point of space requirement also. The gas stoves, along with their huge-sized components, take way much more space than induction cooktops.
The price of a gas stove may vary from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 8000 or even more. The price generally depends on the number of numbers you are opting for. More the number of burners greater is the cost of the gas stove. Prices also vary on the manufacturing company, materials used, technology, etc. But generally, a handy gas stove comes within the range of Rs 2000 to Rs. 5000.
But, that is not the end of expenses for gas stoves. The essential accessories make the price considerably high—components such as gas pipe, regulator, lighter increase the price. So, along with the cost of a gas stove, expenses are there for these components, which will cost you around Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500. Also, added expenses are associated with gas stoves for installation services. For added safety, installation is a must from a reliable professional.
It is a single unit, and hence the prices are a bit low. Prices of induction stoves depend on various factors, exactly like gas stoves, but generally, it comes at Rs. 2500 to Rs. 5000. There are no added accessories and components needed to use the induction stove. So, it nullifies the extra costs. Also, for safety purposes, no need to opt for any installations from a reliable professional.
Winner: Well! Here again, the induction cooktop seems to have a big upper hand. Gas stoves and induction cooktops cost the same individual, but the added expenses make it lose the race.
Talking about safety, had stoves are not entirely reliable. We know that has stoves run under the principle of combustion, and it creates direct fire to heat the cookware. Fire is a dangerous thing. Something that creates fire for cooking purposes can not be called completely safe. Fire hazards are always associated with gas stoves.
Also, gas stoves can create unbearable suffocation if the size of your kitchen is small. Gas stoves increase the temperature of our surroundings after a few minutes of usage. Hence, gas stoves are not recommended where the kitchen is a small or inappropriate ventilation system.
But the most considerable safety hazard with gas stoves comes from its supporting accessories. Any leakage in the LPG cylinder, gas pipe, or regulator can prove to be lethal. This is the biggest safety concern regarding gas stoves. To maintain these safety measures, gas stoves require proper checking now and then, significantly while changing the LPG cylinder.
Induction Cooktop :
Induction cooktops also have some minor safety issues. If you use induction for a very long time, often there remains a possibility of a short circuit as high electricity flows through it constantly. However, this is the rarest of rare phenomena. Keeping this aside, there are no safety issues with induction.
One more thing is that one can not use an induction if one has a pacemaker.
Winner: Both have their share of safety issues. But again, it is evident that induction is much safer than its competitor, the gas stoves. Other than the pacemaker issues, induction cooktops are almost entirely safe to use.
The maintenance cost of a gas stove is a bit higher as many supporting components and accessories come along with it. For safety measures also, regular checkups are essential.
The maintenance cost for induction cooktops are almost nil. It is a one-component product with no added or supporting accessories. Also, it is the safest option, and hence the extra costs regarding safety measures are also nil.
The power utilization of gas stoves is not very impressive. It is only about 40-50%. And also, nowadays, LPG has costlier than the amount of electricity required in induction cooktops.
Induction cooktops are very energy efficient. Almost 80-90% of total energy is utilizable when it comes to induction. Also, the electricity required is cheaper than the LPG gas in gas stoves.
Winner: Induction cooktops are again an obvious winner in this case. There is no match with 40-50% energy efficiency as in gas stoves if we compare it to 80-90% in induction.
Pros And Cons In Gas Stoves
- You do not need any electrical power to use gas stoves. No electricity is no problem for gas stoves.
- Gas stoves initiate gradual heating of the vessels. This helps us to guess the temperature of the vessel properly. This is not the case in induction. There, you can not guess the temperature of the vessel.
- Very easy to use. There is just a rotating knob to operate gas stoves and no extra confusing buttons like induction.
- Cooking in gas stoves is messy and hectic. Balancing grates are fit over the burners on which the cooking is done. Here, spillage is a high probability.
- It needs professional installation and also regular security checks.
- Gas stoves have many safety issues. One of the biggest of them is the gas leaks. This can lead to lethal fire and burn accidents.
Pros And Cons Of Induction Cooktop
- Very safe to use. The stovetop does not get heated up while cooking. No direct fire is produced, so there is no chance of any fire and burn accidents.
- The stovetop never gets heated up while cooking. This will help in lowering the heat and give you a comfortable cooking experience.
- It is highly energy-efficient. It uses almost 80-90% of the total energy.
- Does not work without electromagnetic or induction-friendly vessels. These vessels are quite expensive, and to use induction; you have to buy them.
- Does not work without electricity. So, if there is no electrical connection, induction will not work.
- It is usable for heart patients with a pacemaker. Induction produces electromagnetic waves which disrupt the function of a pacemaker.
We tried to cover all the possible points regarding a detailed comparison between regular gas stoves and induction cooktop, along with the pros and cons of both. So, after going through it minutely, we hope that you will decide which one to go for, based on your prior requirements.
For safety and energy efficiency, induction cooktop is the best. But always requires a steady supply of electricity. On the other hand, gas stoves are unsafe and less energy-efficient but are easy to use. So, always think of the best that suits you and go further.