Choosing an Electric Cooktop
There are two common types of electric cooktops offered in the U.S. – coil and radiant. Coil cooktops probably go back to the original electric cooking devices ever, and they continue to be an industry standard for entry level purchases. Advantages include low cost, reliability, speed, and ease of replacement. Coil cooktops have simple construction, are widely available making them the lowest cost cooktops on the market. In addition, the simple design and few components, make them very reliable. Amazingly, these workhorses of electric cooktops are very fast to heat. Most coil cooktops have individual elements that plug in and pull out and can easily be replaced without a service call.
Disadvantages of coil cooktops, include cleanability and appearance; the coil design is a bit clunky looking and outdated. Also, though they are quick to heat, coil cooktops are slow to cool down, and changing heat levels up and down is slow i.e., they are not very responsive.
Also known as smoothtops, radiant cooktops have glass or Ceran® on the surface with electric coils underneath. Radiant cooktops are attractive and easy to clean. Just as coil cooktops they are dependable, but the heating elements are hidden underneath the glass and are not consumer replaceable. They are slower to heat up than coil cooktops, but the coil design and electronic controls do seem to make them more responsive than traditional coil cooktops. Radiant cooktops are more expensive than standard coil cooktops.
Of course, Induction cooktops count as another version of electric, but we've fully covered induction cooktops in another recent blog. Click here:
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