Buying a New Cooktop? Read This First.

Explore new trends and the benefits of each type of kitchen cooktop.

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Photo By: GE

Photo By: Wolf, Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

Photo By: GE

Photo By: GE Monogram

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Photo By: Wolf, Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

Photo By: GE

Photo By: GE Monogram

Photo By: Wolf, Sub-Zero Group, Inc.

What’s Great About Gas Cooktops?

Instant heat and the ability to make immediate temperature changes are the leading perks for homeowners who favor gas over electric. The grates for gas burners are virtually indestructible, and a variety of cookware can be used. Some homeowners might say they’re simply drawn to the gourmet experience of cooking over a flame.

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Trends in Gas Cooktops

The ongoing evolution of burner controls has made it easier for at-home chefs to maximize their cooking skills whether they need a low simmer or a hot-hot sear. Dual- and tri-flame burners are a level up from the single burners and a really nice option to have for using big cookware.

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Trends in Gas Cooktops

Gas cooktops are also more readily retrofitted with a variety of accessories, such as built-in grill space, infrared griddles, and even functional cutting boards. Like many modern appliances, manufacturers have begun to implement Bluetooth-enabled functionality for safety and precision.

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What’s Great About Electric Cooktops?

Smooth glass-top electric cooktops start at a low price point and are a mainstream option for kitchens that aren’t outfitted with gas lines. The products are easy-to-clean and quicker to heat food than gas cooktops. With a sophisticated appearance, these cooktops complement many countertop designs.

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Trends in Electric Cooktops

Tri-ring elements in electric cooktops make it possible to use different sized cookware on the surface. Backlit LED knobs are a sleek aesthetic improvement while functional upgrades include smooth glide controls, melt mode and power boil elements.

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Trends in Electric Cooktops

Safety features continue to evolve for electric cooktops, aided in part by Bluetooth technology to control settings and lock the cooktop when not in use. Pan presence sensors are a feature that enables the burner to shut off if no pan is detected. Many products can be outfitted with downdraft venting to eliminate the need for vent hoods.

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What’s Great About Induction Cooktops?

Energy-efficiency is a huge reason that induction cooktops are popular. Activated only by currents between the coils and the cookware, the products are considered safe because they quickly cool to the touch and operate with less heat loss. All of which leads to less chance of burns or fires. Another major perk is that they’re very easy to keep clean. Manufacturers continue to adapt the induction technology and while they were once deemed very high-end, it is now a more affordable and mainstream option for homeowners.

read more: The Pros and Cons of Induction Cooktops

Trends in Induction Cooktops

Induction cooktops, while very powerful and capable of highly-controlled heat production, share power between area burners, which can result in one burner operating at 100%, while another maxes out at 60%. Shared burner technology and design continue to evolve to enhance performance for those occasions that you need to be boiling five pots of water at the same time.

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Trends in Induction Cooktops

We also really love that induction manufacturers are branching away from the black cooktop, offering lighter options such as this silvery-gray cooktop from GE Monogram. It looks great and offers less contrast when paired with a light countertop.

read more: The Pros and Cons of Induction Cooktops

Look Forward to These Future Trends

Cooktops overall are designed more simply and with more technological integration than ever before. Expect to see more cooktops that offer a blend of gas/electric/induction technology to serve various needs. Fluid edge-to-edge grates will make it easier to slide cookware across a gas burner surface rather than letting each burner seem fragmented. Smooth glass cooktops become more durable and scratch resistant. Induction cooktops are headed in the direction of having no designated burner areas so that cookware can be positioned anywhere on the surface. Touch sensors replace knobs and Bluetooth connectivity is normalized to control precise temperature settings.

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