Gas Cooktops are the most commonly used appliance in most kitchens, with most homes having at least one. Electric cooktops are also popular and may offer you more options than gas, especially with regard to heating elements. It’s important to note that electric cooktops can be significantly slower when switching from one temperature setting to another. However, they are also the cheapest option. Induction cooktops are the latest appliance introduced to the cooktop world. They’re known for their quick response time when switching from one temperature setting to another, and they don’t emit heat into your kitchen but instead use magnetic fields to transfer energy directly into your pan or pot. As such, they are the most expensive option.

Which is best? Well, this comes down to your personal needs, budget and preferences.

For more advice about buying a cooktop, please read ‘Electric Cooktops: Are They for You?‘ and ‘Cooking with Gas – How to choose the best gas cooktop‘.