Electric Cooktops from Arizona Wholesale Supply

Choosing an Electric Cooktop

Coil Cooktops

Coil-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Disadvantages of coil cooktops, include cleanability and appearance; the coil design is a bit clunky looking and outdated.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.

Radiant Cooktops

Radiant-Cooktop

Also known as smoothtops, radiant cooktops have glass or CeranĀ® 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.

Induction Cooktops

Of course, Induction cooktops count as another version of electric, but we've fully covered induction cooktops in another recent blog. Click here:

Induction Cooktops

Here are other recent blogs about cooktops:

Freestanding range vs cooktop oven

Gas Cooktops

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Choosing a cooktop for your kitchen

Cooktops abound at Arizona Wholesale Supply

If you are remodeling or building new, one of the kitchen choices you may have is separate cooktop and oven configurations vs. a freestanding or slide-in range which combines the cooking surface and oven into a single appliance. If you choose a cooktop and oven layout, you'll have myriad cooktop options in size, fuel type, brands and venting.

Sizes

In general cooktops are made in 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ width usually designed to fit in a 24″ deep base cabinet or island. A 24″ wide cooktop is compact; something you might expect to find in a studio apartment for example. A 30″ 4 element/burner cooktop is a common cooktop size for most starter homes. It gives the homeowner the same size cooking surface, typically 4 gas burners or electric elements, that they'll find on standard size ranges.

Gas Cooktop

30 Gas Cooktop

For additional burners or a griddle, you're probably going to want at least a 36″ cooktop. Make sure to let your designer know early in the process in order to accommodate the larger cooktop width.

For heavy duty cooking, or special needs such as deep fryers or grills, you may elect for even a larger cooktop 42″, 48″, or even 60″. Of course, modular units can be assembled in a variety of widths.

Fuel Types

Gas burners or electric elements represent the vast majority of all cooktops. Gas will be natural gas or in some cases, propane. Standard electric elements are coil, though they are increasingly becoming rare, or glass smooth top where the element is underneath the glass. Induction cooktops have been around for a while, and are becoming very popular.

Induction cooktops use a magnetic force to create heat. They generate heat very quickly, and much like gas, induction reaches full power and turns off quickly. Of course, induction has the advantage of no flame.

  1. Gas
  2. Electric Coil
  3. Electric radiant
  4. Induction
  5. Hybrid

Flexibility – Modular and Downdraft

 
Wolf-Modules

Separate Wolf Modules

Customers may also want some flexibility in a cooktop surface. For this, they may choose individual specialized cooktops, or cooktop bases with optional modules. For example, with Wolf cooktops you may wish to purchase an array of different individual cooktops an place them side-by-side.

Jenn-Air-Downdraft

Jenn-Air 3 Cartridge Downdraft

Jenn-Air offers downdraft cooktops in a modular configuration so that you can quickly replace modules depending on your cooking needs.

Though we've covered a lot of options here, there's more, much more that you might wish to know about cooktops. Consult your designer or builder to get their advice, and of course the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are here to answer your questions any time.

Check back to this blogsite often for upcoming blogs on advantages and disadvantages of different cooktop fuel types.


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