How to choose the right stove top

By Alex Chung
Writer for Pro Home Cooks

You might be looking to getting a new stove top for your kitchen and realized that the kitchen appliance industry has really taken a turn. With all the new technology being incorporated into kitchen appliances, there are so many options to choose from now. Buying a new stove top is really more of an investment piece so it’s important to know what exactly you are looking for.

I have used a gas burner for almost all of my life so I am very familiar with how they work. However, over the passed year I have also become familiar with both induction and electric stove tops. I use an induction burner at the Pro Home Cooks studio and I cook with an electric glass top burner at my in-laws. So, in today’s video I talk about the pros and cons that I have come across during my time of cooking with each burner. We will also go over tons of topics like price point, energy efficiency, ease of use, safety, and cleanliness to help make your decision a good and long lasting one for you. Click here to find out more!

Induction Burner:

Before we get started heres a little science as to how it works. Each burner has a coiled copper wire and when you pass an electric current through that wire an electromagnetic field is created. When you place a pan with some iron content in it down, the electromagnetic field passes into the pan and makes the iron in the pan vibrate which then heat up the pan.


  1. Energy efficiency rate is 90%! This means only 10% of your heat is lost into the environment.

  2. Induction is safest stove top out of the three. You can place your hand on the burner while you are cooking and won’t be badly burned. Also there is no real fire so don’t have to be worries about burning your place down.

  3. For my induction burner, it can sense that there is no pan and will shut off automatically. This is great for people like me who sometimes forget to shut off the stove.

  4. Since induction burners are flat, they are very easy. Plus since they aren’t hot you don’t have to wait 3 hours to get cleaning!

  5. Induction burners have an extremely quick heat up time. You can bring 2 cups of water to a full rolling boil in about 1.5 minutes.


  1. Since induction is new technology, the price point is pretty high. If you are shopping on a budget induction might not be for you.

  2. If you are like me and film when you are in the kitchen or just like things quiet, you might want to consider another burner. Induction stove tops have a weird buzzing noise when you crank your heat up to high heat. It might be the molecules vibrate at a high rate but if you know it’ll bother you in the long run, you might want to try out one of the other two kinds of burners.

  3. You might need to rebuy some of your pots. Induction burners only work with pots & pans that have iron in them. If you have a bunch of cooper pots, you might want to think of the extra cost you’ll have to put in to get new pots and pans.

  4. There are hot spots when it comes to induction burners. This is especially true when cooking at a high heats. Its becomes annoying when you are cooking something like a steak and burn half of it so this is something to keep in mind.

Gas Burner:


  1. FIRE!! Cooking with fire is just so fun and exciting. There’s something about hearing the ignition and seeing intense hot blue fire that excites you more to cook a meal.

  2. Unlimited temperature control. High, low, or anywhere between the two, gas burners really give you the freedom to dial into what temperature you want.

  3. You also have visual temperature control as well. You can know how hot it is just by looking at it where as induction you only have buttons to choose from. This pro can helps with consistency and cooking results.

  4. You can use any pot in any shape and material. For instance, if you have a wok that is very round at the center, the flame will hit the whole surface of the pan no matter what.

  5. You get an overall better cooking experience since it’s easier to control the heat so you get more consistent color.


  1. Least energy efficient out of the three! It’s only 40% energy efficient. Meaning more than half of your heat will just go into the environment rather than into your food.

  2. Cooking with live fire always creates risk. You could burn your self, set something on fire, or have a gas leak.

  3. It’s by far the hardest to clean. You need to take off the grates and get into the nooks and crannies to have a clean stove and it probably won’t stay clean for very long.

  4. Some gas burners have a really weak flames or really strong flames. You can’t really get cooking with either. Either the low flames aren’t low enough or the hot flames aren’t hot enough. For example, poaching anything on a flame that doesn’t really get that low can be really difficult and disappointing.

Electric Burner:


  1. Energy efficient! Its coming in about 75% efficient, which is pretty close to induction.

  2. Cleaning an electric burner is as easy as cleaning an induction one. The flat surface makes it easy to wipe down but wait a couple hours since it will be hot.

  3. Price point is great! Induction will be about 30% higher in price so if you are on a budget but still want good energy efficiency and ease of clean up, electric might be the one for you .

  4. Over time, electric stove are easier to master. You can really tune into those numbers after some time and you’ll know exactly what you’re going to get.


  1. Longer heating time. In the 2 cup boil test it took around 5 minutes, making it significantly longer than the other two.

  2. Slower response time. When you are dialing in those numbers it will take more time to increase or decrease your heat.

  3. If you pans are wrapped or slightly rounded, you will not be getting enough contact with the burner. This mean that all the pans that you buy need to have flat bottoms.

  4. With the slow response time that electric stove have, you run the risk of burning your food. High temperature cooking can be very hard to deal with when the difference between a perfectly cooked and tender steak to an overly charred and burnt piece of meat is a minute.

  5. Some electric stove tops can be really weak. Not all but some of the older versions tend to be a bit weak so be sure to do your research on the brand and model that you buy.

Overall, buying a new stove top is an investment that will require some research. Make sure to think about your personal pros and cons, how you cook in your kitchen, and what tools you have available when looking into a new burner. Hopefully, this video gave you a good understand of the three different kinds of burners on the market so that you can get cooking on your new appliance!

By Alex Chung
Senior Food Writer at Pro Home Cooks
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