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There’s often a debate around gas and induction hobs, especially in terms of efficiency and cleanliness. Some of us would favour the induction hob more than the gas hob, and some the other way around.
While it’s a matter of preference, the two types of hobs offer varying features that appeal to different homeowners. And if you need help deciding which hob to get for your home, this article is for you as we explain the differences between gas and induction hobs.
The main difference between these two hobs is how they generate heat to cook food. Gas hobs use an open flame to heat your cookware, whereas induction hobs use electromagnetism to generate heat, turning your cookware into its heat source.
Gas and induction hobs differ in how they work. As you already know, gas hobs require a supply of natural gas to produce open flames to heat the cookware while you adjust the temperature using the knobs provided.
Meanwhile, induction hobs require electricity to heat the cooktop to generate heat to warm the cookware simultaneously. Similarly, you can control the temperature of your induction hob using the touch control.
Besides how the hobs work, they also differ in design and appearance, types of cookware required, cleaning effort, price and operating costs, and safety features. Let’s dive deeper into these differences.
Gas hobs provide intense heat and better temperature control, which is good for stir-frying and searing meat. While they offer powerful heating, gas hobs aren’t the most energy efficient. For instance, when you cook on a gas hob, you will experience some warmth due to residual heat from the gas.
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Meanwhile, induction hobs offer higher energy efficiency as they channel most of the electromagnetic energy generated to heat your cookware. However, induction hobs cost more compared to gas hobs, as the appliance consumes electricity.
One of the most significant downsides of having an induction hob is that you have a limited amount of compatible cookware. Your pots and pans should have a flat bottom and be made of magnetic material to work.
With gas hobs, you need not worry about the types of cookware because you can use any cookware for cooking. Plus, you can save on other appliances as you need not buy a specific kind of cookware.
Most modern cooktops have specific safety features to prevent unwanted incidents. For instance, FUJIOH’s gas hobs have a Flame Failure Safety Device to prevent accidental fires.
Meanwhile, induction hobs excel in terms of their safety features. Some models have an Auto Switch Off function when the cooking zone overheats; others come with a timer for convenience and a child safety lock to prevent your children from accidental burns.
In terms of cleaning effort, induction hobs require less effort to clean than gas hobs. With only a flat surface without the burner heads, you can easily wipe the surface without scrubbing the heat source.
Gas hobs, on the other hand, require a little more effort to clean. You will need to remove the burner ring and use a cloth or sponge to wipe the surface after cooking. Besides that, most of the FUJIOH’s gas hobs are built with anti-rust aluminum venturi, so they require low maintenance at the inner hob as you prolong their lifespan.
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When it comes to the design and appearance of induction hobs, the minimalist, seamless but sophisticated design always looks good in a sleek, modern kitchen. They’re also available in different orientations, such as domino and horizontal.
Meanwhile, gas hobs tend to look more traditional, but that’s not to say you can’t have one in your modern kitchen. For instance, the surface type of FUJIOH’s Gas Hob FH-GS20, FH-GS55, and FH-GS70 is toughened black glass, which means it will also look stunning in your modern kitchen. Otherwise, you can opt for a stainless steel top hob that matches several kitchen designs.
Choosing between a gas and induction hob for your kitchen depends on several factors, such as your cooking style, frequency, household size, etc. Here, you can narrow your choices based on your needs:
If you’re a foodie and cook regularly for your family, the gas hob provides unlimited flexibility in terms of cooking methods, with better firepower, heat distribution, cooking speed and duration. But, if you don’t cook often and want a minimalist look for your kitchen, the induction hob is sufficient for you.
So, there you have it; the differences between gas and induction hobs. FUJIOH Malaysia offers both product series for you to choose from to cater to different cooking styles. Should you require more information on our cooking hobs, get in touch with us at FUJIOH Malaysia or email email@example.com.