The perfect purchase is never the same for two people. When faced with the same decision, the results vary according to the needs, layout, and space of those involved. With that in mind, we will analyze the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of induction and glass ceramic cooktops, so you can decide which one best suits your needs.
First, we will tell you that both types of cooktops have similarities. However, there are significant differences in their operation, efficiency, and cost, which we will mention below as well.
Both cooktops are easy to clean and don’t require high maintenance to remain beautiful. Both look great in any kitchen, but we must analyze their advantages and disadvantages to guide you in your purchase.
Advantages and disadvantages of induction cooktops
Induction cooktops heat and cool very quickly. They use a magnet, which generates a magnetic field that heats the pots directly. In this way, the induction cooktop offers more precise temperature control and thus, more efficient energy consumption.
The lack of caloric inertia of its magnets means that you can precisely regulate the temperature at the time of cooking independently. As a result, you can keep your food warm, set the temperature to melt a food (for example, chocolate), or raise the power to the maximum to fry at the same time, all this, without it remaining hot when you turn it off.
What is the disadvantage? For this system to work, you have to use pans and pots that are compatible with induction. That is, they must have a ferromagnetic material in their composition so they can transmit heat. This is the most common, and most important, disadvantage of induction cooktops. Since it works with a magnet, if the containers you are going to use are not made of the right metal to generate the necessary contact with the surface, the induction cooktop won’t detect the material and won’t turn on.
And if you’re into numbers, figures on energy consumption indicate that the energy efficiency of an induction cooktop is 90% and 75% of the energy used is to heat the pot or pan being used.
Advantages and disadvantages of glass ceramic
Glass ceramic cooktops heat more slowly than induction cooktops. Their heat control, although very good, is not as precise as their competitors. Even though this could be considered a disadvantage, it is sometimes exploited by more experienced cooks: the residual heat of the cooktop can help to cook certain foods better.
On the other hand, the advantage of a glass ceramic cooktop is that you can use any pot or pan to cook on it, you don’t need any special material to make it work. And the price is another important advantage of this type of cooktop, as they are usually less expensive than an induction cooktop.
In the end, which one should you buy for your kitchen? Everything will depend on your budget and the long-term vision you have because the energy savings that both bring to your kitchen over time is practically the same. That being said, we invite you to take a look at our brands to see the different options we offer for this type of appliance. (link to the store)