Good cooking is not just about talent; the right gear, especially when talking about electric oven and hob, is also essential to achieve good results. When choosing a hot plate, the real core of the kitchen along with your oven, you should consider various aspects, from running costs to the hot plate power. Technology has made great strides in recent years, and today you can choose cutting-edge solutions that make life much easier for those who spend a lot of time at the stove. As an alternative to the traditional gas cooker, which is still widely used in most kitchens, and to the electric cooker, the use of the induction hob is becoming increasingly popular. Induction cookers completely revolutionise the way people cook, thanks to an innovative technology that guarantees uniform heat distribution. There are many variables to consider, and if you want to choose the most suitable hot plate, you must also consider how many people will end up using it and the space available.
Are you looking for a gas hob, induction hob or an electric hot plate? At Klarstein you will find a wide range of models designed to meet your everyday needs, made with particular attention to design, to integrate elegantly and discreetly into your kitchen. Here is some information to help you make the right choice.
Gas hobs are still the easiest to find in most households, as well as probably the most traditionalist cooks’ choice. Compared to the other options, it is the most economical solution, both in terms of the purchase price and consumption, as gas is the cheapest fuel. A 4-burner gas hob is a standard for a normal kitchen, but for larger families, it is advisable to opt for 5-burner hobs with different sizes and power; they are convenient when you find yourself cooking several dishes at the same time and do not want to run out of cookers. In terms of materials, most models are made of stainless steel or enamelled steel, which is resistant and easy to clean. Tempered glass is also an option, while the grids on which the pans are placed may be made of cast iron or metal.
One of the main advantages of gas hobs, apart from their cost, is versatility, as they can be used with all types of pots and pans. On the other hand, gas as a power source requires greater care and involves bigger risks. Although the safety valve (or thermocouple) is theoretically capable of detecting and blocking unwanted gas leaks, when there are children in the house, it is always better to keep the gas tap closed when the hob is not in use. Also, the possibility to control the heat is reduced, compared to electric and induction hobs. Also, when it’s time to clean your hot plate, it may be difficult to remove dirt and encrustation from the grates. When choosing a gas cooker, you should also consider its greater environmental impact: carbon dioxide is released from the combustion of gas. Its energy efficiency is also limited since when it is in use about 60% of the heat is lost.
Electric hobs are relatively uncommon are in most cases a bit more expensive than gas hobs. The operating principle is the same as that of electric kettles and hairdryers, and is based on a heating element through which electricity circulates, causing it to heat up and transmit the heat to the glass-ceramic hob. Some electric hot plates you can find on the market that use halogen lamps. Energy efficiency is reduced since when the ceramic hob is in operation, there is a considerable dispersion of heat, most of which ends up heating the electric hob itself, and not the food.
Given these drawbacks, it is legitimate to ask yourself why an electric hob is so widespread. The answer is simple: it is an efficient solution when your kitchen is not connected to the gas distribution network. It also offers additional advantages; there’s nothing easier than cleaning an electric hot plate, as all you need is just a cloth. The hob of an electric cooker is quite solid, it easily withstands varying temperatures and weights, providing a high degree of safety against the risk of pots accidentally tipping over. A common drawback, however, is the overheating of the area surrounding the pan, especially when operating at high temperatures. It should also be remembered that for optimal performance, the pots and pans you use for cooking should have a perfectly flat bottom.
Induction stoves are the new sensation in many kitchens worldwide, as they offer the most advanced technology and perfect control over the cooking process. They represent the kitchen cooker’s latest evolution, allowing you to cook food without fire or red-hot plates. An induction cooker also uses electrical energy, but in this case, a coil located underneath the plate generates a magnetic field, which can be adjusted with extreme precision. In this way, the heat is transmitted directly to the metal bottom of the pan, without generating any heat loss. For this reason, the performance of an induction hob is far superior to that of any electric or gas hob: just to have an idea, it takes just three minutes to boil a litre of water. It should also be considered that the extreme power of the induction hob does not involve any risk of overheating, as the areas around the cooking zone remain cold, thus preventing the risk of accidental burns and also avoiding the presence of charred food residues.
With a modern design, easy to clean and able to cook food evenly benefitting from an even heat distribution, induction hobs are growing in popularity, establishing themselves as a cutting-edge and environmentally sustainable technology with virtually no disadvantages. The only thing to take into consideration, apart from the higher price compared to other types of hobs, is the need to use special pots, with flat bottoms and special magnetic properties. To check whether a pan can be used on an induction hob, simply test it with a magnet. If the magnet sticks, the pan can be used on an induction hob without any problems.
Cooking pleasure anytime, anywhere is made possible with the compact and convenient induction hob from Klarstein. The only condition and basic requirement is an electrical outlet. Otherwise, you are completely independent concerning the location of your culinary experiments. Our portable induction hobs can be easily set up on the balcony or the terrace. You can also set them up to cook or fry delicious dishes in your party garage or at a campsite without any problems.
A particular advantage offered by the Klarstein VariCook XL, for example, is the possibility of timed cooking with the timer function. The desired wattage or temperature may be easily linked with the desired operating time. Once the set cooking time has expired, the hob switches off automatically. While your food simmers all by itself in front of you, you can attend to other tasks or perhaps prepare a delicious dessert for your meal.
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