As we were searching through the sea of information on the Internet, we realized that there isn’t one post that fully explained the pros and cons of an induction hob and a gas hob, in a simple and succinct way.
So here’s our attempt to help home owners out there in making their choice.
Here’s an example of an induction hob:
Source: Kitchen design ideas
An induction hob heats up cookware via magnetic induction.
Pros of an induction cooker in your home:
- Rapid increase in temperature can be achieved
- Efficient cooking time could lead to saving on your electrical bills
- You don’t “waste” heat using induction, versus a gas hob that loses part of the fire’s heat (the space between the ignition and the cookware)
- Safe for children and pets, even if they touch the stove during cooking (there are some with child safety functions)
- Looks sleek and minimalistic
- Easier to clean
- When you’re not using your stove, you can actually use that space to put books or small cutlery
- Very precise temperature control (again, subjective because some chefs swear by gas)
- Cooler kitchen and stovetop
Cons of an induction cooker in your home:
- Usually more expensive to purchase
- Not all cookware are compatible with induction cooking (say goodbye to cooking with your Happycall and Le Crueset)
- If there’s an electrical outage, you can’t cook (although we won’t recommend you cooking at all, should this occur)
- People online have said that induction cooking will cause electrical bills to spike, but my colleague’s mother who had a kitchen accident (so she switched from gas to induction) said that the electrical bills for her maintained around the same.
Here’s an example of a gas hob:
Source: 365 electrical
A gas hob uses thermal conduction from a frame to heat up the cookware.
Pros of a gas cooker in your home:
- Usually less expensive to purchase
- Compatible with almost all cookware
- People are used to it (seeing fire) and there are chefs online that swear by gas only
- Gas hobs are better for making sauces, roasting and frying with the wok (in Cantonese, it’s For-Hei)
- It’s better for round-based cookware like the wok
- (Unproven from what I know) It is cheaper to cook with gas
Cons of a gas cooker in your home:
- It takes a while before the cookware heats up, causing the gas consumption to be higher in general
- You may take longer to cook
- Anything around it that catches the fire, will get burnt (your hair, paper towels, books, curious pets and curious children, unfortunately)
- A more complicated process in cleaning and food may harden or get stuck to the stove
- Dangerous, should there be a gas leak
Consider all the above points and think about YOUR lifestyle, YOUR preference and YOUR comfort level, instead of listening to too much advice from well-meaning friends or over-enthusiastic older folks who insist that their way is better than yours, simply because they are older.
No matter what, have fun discussing the pros and cons with your significant other or house mate. Also, take your time to mull over it and watch the numerous YouTube videos that are available.
If you’re keen to know which option we have picked for ourselves…
Minimalists + don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning + future cat owners + future parents + kinda klutzy wife in the kitchen = induction hob.