A cooktop, also known
as a range or stovetop, is an appliance
used for heating pots and pans. Most cooktops are attached
to the top of an oven.
Cooktops vary in their
methods of heat generation, with some models providing
multiple options. The various methods include:
Gas is traditional and
well-loved by many expert cooks. Gas responds quickly to
adjustments and generally provides high heat output. Gas
works with any pan, including the round-bottomed woks that
are best for stir-frying. The flame can be useful for
cooking a marshmallow or bell
pepper on a fork. Gas cooktops are often very
durable. Gas cooktops often come with gas ovens, which are
not good for producing crunchy and crispy foods.
Electric coil cooktops
are cheap, common, and not too bad.
Induction cooktops have a
smooth flat surface that is easy to clean. They also
provide heat quickly. Unfortunately, they require
flat-bottomed magnetic pots and pans. Aluminum and copper
will not work. Stainless steel may work poorly. Cast iron
and carbon steel work well.
Ceramic cooktops act like
electric coil cooktops, but they are easy to clean. They
are also fragile and expensive.