It is a common dilemma if you are thinking of renovating the kitchen. We tell you the advantages and disadvantages of the glass ceramic and induction so that you can choose the most suitable cooking system for you and your kitchen
Vitroceramic or induction? Who has not gone through this moment when it comes to renewing the cooking system at home? In fact, it is one of the most common dilemmas that kitchen firms face when facing a reform. And the answer is not unique. Because there is no better system than another, but each option has its pros and cons.
THE GLASS CERAMIC
The glass ceramic was a real revolution in the kitchen back in the 90’s. We live it and we can attest to it. No more scratching the burners on the old gas stove! For that alone, it was already a breakthrough. This cooking system is based on the generation of heat by means of electrical resistances located under the glass-ceramic glass. These resistances heat the glass and it transmits its heat to the container that we place on top. But, what advantages and disadvantages does it present?
ADVANTAGES OF THE GLASS CERAMIC
- Heats gradually: Yes, it can also be an advantage, especially when cooking some foods that should not be heated too quickly. If you are one of those who are reluctant to switch to capsule coffee and still prepare it with the traditional Italian coffee maker, you will appreciate having a ceramic hob, because it needs a progressive boil.
- It conserves residual heat well: It can also be an advantage, because you can finish cooking with the glass ceramic off. As long as you remember, of course.
- Easy to clean: Being a smooth surface, it is very easy to remove food debris and splashes. A damp cloth, and voila!
- Economic : Compared to induction, the glass ceramic is a low cost option , being a good alternative for second homes or people who cook very little.
- Accepts all types of containers: Just like gas, you can cook with all types of containers. Even the clay ones! We have tried it and it is a luxury, especially when you want to prepare some stews or stews, which seem to taste better when cooked with this type of container.
- Programmable: Thanks to a timer with automatic disconnection, the hob switches off after the selected time has elapsed.
But not everything are advantages. Even some of its advantages can turn into disadvantages. We see it.
DISADVANTAGES OF THE GLASS CERAMIC
- Slower: What could be an advantage also has its disadvantage, because it takes longer to bring water to a boil, for example.
- Its electricity consumption is high: In part, it is a consequence of the above. As it takes more time to prepare a dish, its consumption is also higher, and can reach up to 50% compared to induction.
- It does not cool immediately: Residual heat, which can be an advantage to finish cooking a dish without making extra consumption, can also be a problem. We must be careful to remove the container if we do not want it to continue cooking.
- You can burn yourself: Unlike induction, where the surface barely heats up, with the glass ceramic the glass acquires high temperatures and takes time to cool down, even when switched off. If you are a user of the ceramic hob, surely you have singed your fingertips on more than one occasion thinking that it was no longer hot … If there are children at home, this can be a problem.
- It is easily scratched: As it is a glass surface, specific products must be used for cleaning it because there is a risk of scratching its surface.
Unlike glass ceramic, induction technology instantly generates heat using electromagnetism, so it only heats where you need it: under pots and pans, not the surface. Induction hobs contain a magnet that allows electrical stimulation. As a result, a magnetic field is created that transmits heat to the container above it.
ADVANTAGES OF INDUCTION
- Very fast: Heats twice as fast as the glass ceramic. If you have been a user of the glass ceramic and you go to induction, it is the first thing you will notice.
- Efficient: Related to the above, its consumption is lower. But it is not only a matter of time, but also of the induction technology itself. And is that by acting only on the metal surface of the container there are no additional heat losses. Furthermore, stimulating the magnet for its operation requires less energy than heating an electrical resistance. It is estimated that the savings could be 45-50%.
- More flexible: There are models of induction hobs that have flexible zones that adapt the cooking zone to the size of the container. If you are a little cook, you will appreciate it especially when you need to cook with XL containers.
- Safer: Because by heating only the container, the glass remains (almost) cold at all times. We have done the test, and although it does not burn, it is not cold like ice, rather warm. Furthermore, since there is no residual heat, possible accidents are avoided, especially if there are children at home.
- Programmable: As already happens with the glass ceramic.
- It has extra programs: Depending on the model and the firm, it offers options that facilitate cooking. For example, an ultra-fast function that shortens the initial warm-up time by increasing the power by 50%. Or an option that controls the temperature of the oil, preventing the food from burning.
And what about the downsides? Because there are, there are.