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Cooktops Put Performance and Precision Right into Your Countertop

Designed to fit into countertops and islands, cooktops are space-saving cooking appliances available in a variety of options. With so many cooktop types to choose from, knowing what you’re looking for before you buy is just as important as the style you desire. Check out this comparative guide before you start shopping to help narrow down your picks!

But first, let’s make sure you’re properly set up for your new purchase. Before you browse, give our guide on how to properly measure appliances a glance. Additionally, if you plan to purchase a gas cooktop and range hood combo, check your local codes for proper overhead clearance. Or … give us a call or visit! We’re glad to help get you situated!

Next consider the following:

  • How many burners do you need?
  • Going gas? Make sure your kitchen is equipped with a gas line.
  • How big of a cooking surface does your counterspace fit?
  • Do you need front access to controls, or do you prefer them away from curious fingers and hands?

Now, you’re ready to explore!

For the Smooth Cook

Electric ceramic glass cooktops provide faster heat response than gas cooktops and pack more power than the standard electric coil stovetop. This can be the difference between boiling water for pasta quickly or waiting for what seems like an eternity.

Another bonus you might enjoy is the smooth cooking surface. Not only does it look stylish, but it’s also easier to maintain. While you won’t want to wait until a mess becomes stuck on, once the surface has cooled, you can easily wipe messes clean.

Create Meals with the Magic of Magnets

With up to 90 percent energy transfer, the fastest cooking method on the market, and a clean, contemporary design, induction glass cooktops are quickly becoming a preferred cooking surface in homes. While technically an electric cooktop, an induction cooktop uses the power of magnets to directly heat your cookware, not the cooking surface. As a result, this option is safer, the most efficient, and easy to maintain.

Keep in mind, induction stovetops require special kitchenware. While iron-based pots and pans work, aluminum, copper, and non-ferrous stainless steel are not compatible.

Cook Like a Pro on a Gas Cooktop

A classic choice for foodies, gas cooktops provide the excitement of open-flame cooking. But gas cooktops aren’t only about the drama—they’re also precise and responsive, allowing for easy heat management.

A natural flame source also means there’s no worrying about using the correct cookware. In fact, because of their unique cooking method, you can do things on gas cooktops that you can’t on electric cooktops, like whipping up a wok stir fry with a wok adapter.

Inspired to Expand Your World of Culinary Curiosities?

Start your search with our local experts at Aztec Appliance! We’re stocked with leading brand names and a friendly team of experts, so you can count on us to find you a cooktop setup you’ll enjoy cooking on for years to come.