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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Safe and Proper Use of Glass or Ceran® Cooktops

How to Protect your Radiant or Induction Cooking Surface

Smooth glass/ceramic cooking surfaces have many advantages over traditional electric elements. In addition to the smoothtop's clean uninterruped appearance, they're far easier to clean and they provide an even, reliable source of cooking heat. Smooth “glass” cooking surfaces may also referred to by trade names such as Ceran® or even by the manufacturer such as Schott. Whether you're cooking with induction or radiant systems, both cooking surfaces need to be used with care. In the case of induction, spills can be easily wiped up immediately because the top stays relatively cool.

These tops are durable and long-lasting. With care, you can look forward to using them for many years. Nevertheless, they can break if you drop something on them. My daughter's cat pushed a decorative pot off a shelf above her range, and KABOOM! In her case, replacing the top cost almost as much as purchasing a new range.

Cookware

Any cookware with a rough bottom can permanently scratch glass surfaces. This includes your Grandma's favorite cast iron frying pan. Also, check that colorful and expensive ovenware and make sure the bottom is perfectly smooth before you use it on your cooking surface.

Be careful about leaving cooking utensils on the cooking surface. if the plastic handle melts and sticks to the surface, it could ruin the top.

Cooking Ingredients

Sugar and salt, two of the most common ingredients used for cooking can be the enemy of your rangetop. Sugary overflows can carmalize and seep into microscopic spaces in your cooktop where it cannot be removed. A heavy pan on top of gritty salt crystals can permanently scratch the cooking surface. Wipe up spills, especially sugary overflows immediately, and keep the top clean.

Using the top as a work surface

I've recently recently seen advice from a well-known designer, stating that an advantage of a smooth cooking surface is that it can be used as a work surface and even as a prep area. Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! That glass surface is not a cutting board. Nor is it designed as a storage area for heavy items.

Do I need to say this? NEVER stand on the cooktop. It may seem to support your weight. However later, when you turn on the cooktop, as the glass expands it could easily begin to crack or shatter due to unseen stress fractures. The same holds true for placing and leaving heavy items on the cooktop.

Much of this is common sense. It's easy to think of the cooking surface in your kitchen as a continuation of your countertop, but it's not. It's an expensive major appliance.

Please read the manual that came with your cooktop or range for detailed instructions on your specific appliance. In addition, Schott has detailed information on their glass by clicking on their FAQ below:

Schott Ceran


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