Induction or gas
Tips when considering electric or dual fuel range cookers
All Britannia ovens are electric and can be selected with either an induction or gas hob. Dual fuel continues to be the most popular choice for range cookers. However, all electric range cookers have become more popular since range cookers with induction hobs were introduced. What should you consider if you are not sure about all electric or dual fuel range cookers?
1. The Look
For most people this is important when choosing between an electric or gas hob for their range cooker. Do you like the sleek look of an electric hob or do you prefer “the real look” of a gas hob? It’s really a matter of personal taste.
2. A messy cook
Do you make a lot of mess when cooking? Does something always boil over? And do you hate cleaning? You are not the only one! If you are a “messy cook” and you hate cleaning, consider an electric hob for your range cooker. It is so much easier to keep clean!
Are you impatient when it comes to cooking? Do you find yourself staring into a pan of water waiting for it to finally boil? An induction hob provides the fastest way of cooking. It only takes 5 minutes to boil two pints of water when using the booster function of an induction zone. It will take about 9 minutes on a gas burner and 11 minutes on a ceramic zone.
4. Wok cooking
You can use a flat bottomed wok on an electric hob or a gas hob. Round bottomed woks, however, can only be used on gas burners.
5. Chef Top
The Chef Top is a stainless steel hotplate from Britannia that is suitable for preparing anything from a full English breakfast to stirfries, steak or salmon. Anything that you prepare under a grill, in a wok or in a frying pan, can be cooked on the Chef Top. The Chef Top is only available on a gas hob.
6. Mains gas
Many people think that they have to get an all electric range cooker if there is no mains gas available, but all our gas hobs are convertible for use with bottled gas.
7. Heat in the kitchen
If you can't stand the heat then induction cooking could be for you. Not only is induction cooking ultra efficient and there's less heat loss too. If you find things heating up a bit too much in the kitchen, consider a range cooker with an induction hob.
8. Your favourite pans
Can I use my current pans on an induction or ceramic hob? This question comes up all the time! Both induction and ceramic hobs require pans with flat bases. And if the bottom of your pan is not clean, then it can scratch the glass hob. Induction requires pans with a magnetic base. This is how you test whether your pan is suitable for induction: Hold a magnet to the middle of the base of the pan. If the magnet sticks, the pan is suitable.