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Rachel Gentleman

Gas or Induction?

Hi there, we're having a new kitchen fitted soon and I currently use a gas hob but really like the look of induction hobs. I wondered what your opinions are and the pros and cons of each. Has anyone had both and what did you think was best

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SonyaK

Gas or Induction?

I currently have gas and in our new house (not moved in there yet) we have induction.
Personally I prefer induction. You have the same 'instant control' as gas, but can turn it down to a simmer better than gas (my gas cooktop is quite old, so maybe that's not a problem with new ones?)
The thing I love about induction is the smooth glass top to the cooktop - sooooo easy to clean!! Gas hobs are much more fiddly.

But I'm sure others will disagree!
The only disadvantage I can see to induction is being restricted in the pans you can use. Also you can't 'see' the heat level, as you can with gas. You have to get used to which level you need to cook at - bit of guess work to begin with but I haven't found it too hard!

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Nausea Bagwash

Gas/induction

"Hi there, we're having a new kitchen fitted soon and I currently use a gas hob but really like the look of induction hobs. I wondered what your opinions are and the pros and cons of each. Has anyone had both and what did you think was best"
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Gas, gas, gas, gas, gas!! Err, did I say gas?

It seems very odd to be considering choosing a kitchen appliance because it's pretty rather than any practical consideration. A gas hob is efficient, tried and trusted and there is very little to go wrong with it (but if it does it is relatively cheap to sort out). I wonder why, if electric hobs are so wonderful and efficient why "they" keep bringing out new variants on it, whereas the basic gas hob hasn't changed much in 100 years.

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JAMES

Hob.

Induction.

I'd never choose a gas one.

Gas or induction

I don't think it is odd to choose something for how it looks in a kitchen. We chose an induction hob over a gas one as we felt it suited our new kitchen and it is fine.

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JAMES

Hob.

I agree, Knorr.

Why not choose something for the styling?

Gas looks awful, so I'd go for induction. They both heat food so of course Im going to choose the nicer looking one.

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Rosemary S

Definitely Gas

For hob cooking I personally think Gas is much more controllable but it will take a little more time to clean which is a very small price to pay. As for the oven, I cook in my gas oven but bake in a single electric oven.

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Liz from Cumbria

Induction

I've only ever used a gas hob at my son's house or when we've been in a holiday cottage. I don't think that gas is as controllable as people say it is - cannot get a very low simmer for instance and a diffuser is not usually available (especially in a holiday cottage.) I have a halogen hob which I'm very pleased with but were I to change it, I'd certainly look at induction, wouldn't even consider gas.

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Saffy

Gas or Induction

I'd used Gas for the last twenty years and last year when we moved I inherited an induction hob. It's very easy to clean but absolutely horrible to cook with. Gas is much more controllable. I can't wait to have a new kitchen and get my lovely gas back.

I hate the induction so much that I avoid cooking stir fries as it is impossible to get the temperature high enough and "licking" the side of the wok....... even bought a new flat bottomed wok to see if that would help.

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Kathryna

Gas or induction

I used to be a gas fan, then changed to ceramic - not as responsive, but so very easy to clean (as someone else said). For me, induction is the best of both worlds - surprisingly (to me) responsive and obviously easy to clean, as well as less wasteful on heat and thus electricity and heating the kitchen up in high summer.
Regarding woks, I'm not an expert or committed wok cook, but I'm surprised by how well (and responsively) my cast iron flat bottomed wok works on induction.
I've also noticed that quite a few professional kitchens use induction hobs these days ...

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Sesley

Gas or Induction

I have induction its great,and so controlable even on the lowest setting.I found the gas on its lowest was still too much.I have had my induction hob since 2005 and its as good as ever and will definately get a new one should it die.

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Nausea Bagwash

Aesthtics or practicality

"I don't think it is odd to choose something for how it looks in a kitchen. We chose an induction hob over a gas one as we felt it suited our new kitchen and it is fine. "
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Of course you want something to look good but the suggestion was that looks were more important than performance in the choice that was being made.

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Nausea Bagwash

gas or electric

I think it speaks volumes that you rarely see a professional cook/chef using anything but a gas hob and I've never worked in or visited a professional kitchen which doesn't have a gas hob.

If I had to live without gas I'd probably have electric but however pretty the hob is I wouldn't be stir-frying or making pancakes or doing anything that requires a high heat.

As for gas not being controlable, on a good quality cooker it is but we've recently bought a cheap gas cooker for a house we are going to let. The control knob for the gas rings have on and half on setting and nothing much between but it does have different sized rings which gives a bit of control. I suppose you get what you pay for.

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Nausea Bagwash

More reasons for gas

That's the point - "should it die" you've only had it for a very few years and you are already talking about having to replace it when it dies. My current gas cooker is 26 years old and the one I had before this one was older than me and is still working where it went after I passed it on. Current cooker looks a bit "lived in" but I can trust the oven settings and I bake a lot so I'm sticking with the devil I know.

There isn't much to go wrong with gas cookers (except for the bits that rely on electricity eg the timing device and the electric controls for the ignition!) and if it does it's easy and relative inexpensive to get it repaired.

Another thing - there are rarely gas power failures but we were without electricity for 4 days over Christmas last year. Candle light was romantic but cold dinners wouldn't have been - I could light the gas cooker with a match!

Anyway, the gasboard pays one of my pensions!

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Saucey

Gas

I love my gas stove and I think it looks fabulous in my new kitchen, much more modern than an electric/induction. Plus, and more to the point, it cooks everything beautifully, everything I cook in the oven comes out so much more moist than if using electric and I don't have a problem with getting the temps down low enough for simmering on the top. Once again, I guess you get what you pay for.

And let's be honest, how hard is it to pick up a few racks to clean it?

 
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