No house is complete without its kitchen! So, whether you are shifting to a new place or you are simply redoing your kitchen, one thing we worry about is the appliances to buy. Due to improved technology, innovative hobs replace traditional cookware like gas stoves in India. Hobs are gaining popularity in a lot of modern homes.
However, most people think there isn’t much difference between a gas stove and a hob. It is better to understand the difference and the pros and cons before purchasing a gas stove or a hob. Read through the article to get a better understanding of gas stoves and hobs.
Difference between a Gas Stove and a Hob
The difference is mainly in the design and structure, heat control functions, and installation.
1. Structure or design
The Gas Stove is a raised cooktop, i.e., it has elevated legs with a non-slippery firm base. It is bulky in comparison to a hob. The body of gas stoves is made from stainless steel as well as tempered glass. The pipeline connecting the gas stove and the gas cylinder is visible, which can seem a little bit messy.
A gas stove can be placed on a countertop, and its design is effortless to manage and convenient for cleaning. Due to the elevation, you can either lift the gas stove or move it to a different space to clean the spilled food.
Also, it can be pushed further back for the safety of your kids. Most parts of the gas stove can be removed individually for cleaning. On the other hand, a hob is more modern, sleek, and classy. It has a seamless design with no pointy edges like a gas stove. Unlike a gas stove, a hob isn’t elevated- instead, it is embedded into the countertop.
You will find hobs made from ceramic, stainless steel, and tempered glass and the hosepipe used for connection is usually concealed. Another type of hob is a hot plate, but it is used for commercial purposes where much cooking is not involved.
Cleaning is a bit difficult when it comes to a hob since everything is fixed firmly. Also, the hob is a bit more dangerous than gas stoves since it is the same level as the countertop. So proper maintenance and care are needed when you have a hob.
2. Heat control functions
If you are looking for more features and safety measures for your cooktop, you should buy a hob. A gas stove only has a basic heat control system, i.e., adjusting the flame using the traditional knob method. However, these gas stoves are easy to operate than hobs.
The food should be constantly monitored so that it is not under or overcooked. We do not need to worry about this with hobs because most hobs have in-built sensors, timers, and alarms that you can use to monitor your cooking.
One drawback for a hob is that it is designed according to European standards. This means that the burners only work on low flame. But many companies have overcome this problem and added double-ring burners to produce twice the flame.
Installing a gas stove is super easy. Place the stove on a countertop, connect it to the cylinder using a pipeline, and voila, it is ready to use. Plus, the point is that it is portable and can be shifted from one place to another. However, as mentioned before, the connection to the cylinder will be visible on the countertop.
The countertop is cut according to the width and depth of the hob. After cutting the counter, the hob is firmly fixed using a gasket. If the countertop is cut slightly, you do not need to worry because the gasket can fill this space and firmly fix your hob.
Another function of the gasket is that no liquid or other substance will flow through and create a mess since it is sealed. Unlike the gas stove, the gas connection for a hob is below the counter, so there is no mess.
Pros and Cons
We have listed down a few advantages and disadvantages of both gas stove and hob below:
Pros of gas stove
- Installation is simple.
- The overall cost is lower than a hob.
- It is portable and can be moved easily.
- Safer to use if you have kids at home.
- Easy to clean and manage.
Cons of gas stove
- It does not have extra heat control features.
- It is bulky and looks messy.
Pros of a Hob
- Sleek and classy design. Perfect for a modern home.
- It has additional heat control functions like timers, alarms, and sensors to facilitate cooking.
Cons of a Hob
- Some of the hobs do not have a double-ring burner.
- It is more expensive than a gas stove.
- Installation is difficult and time-consuming.
- It is not portable, so it isn’t easy to clean.
Both gas stoves and hobs have their own pros and cons. Even though the purpose for both is the same, the feature provided is different. So, before purchase, carefully check which is essential for your kitchen and choose accordingly.
Which is best- Steel or Glass Stove?
Are you confused about whether you should purchase a glass top gas stove or a steel top gas stove? The surface of a steel top gas stove is made using stainless steel, whereas toughened glass is used to make glass top stoves.
Both the stoves have their own pros and cons, so carefully consider them before purchase. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of steel and glass top stoves.
A glass top stove is more expensive than a steel top stove because of the material difference. Glass top stoves are made with high-quality toughened glass. Replacing the glass top is also costly in comparison with a stainless-steel top stove.
Good quality glass top stoves cost around Rs. 2000 to Rs. 15,000 where it only cost Rs. 1500 to Rs. 7000 for steel top stoves.
Safe and Durability
You need not worry much if the glass stove is made using high-quality toughened glass since it is made by heating glass to a high temperature and then cooling it immediately. Stainless steel stoves have a strong body and can last safely for years.
However, it would be best to be extremely careful regarding glass tops, especially while using hot utensils. If the quality of the glass top is not good, it may shatter due to the temperature change.
Maintenance and cleaning a steel top stove are easier than cleaning a glass stove. This is mainly because glass top stoves have higher chances of getting scratches while using rough cloth while wiping. Do not use scrubs or ragged clothes to clean a glass top stove.
Also, as mentioned above, when there is a sudden temperature change, the glass can crack. Use cleaning solutions carefully on glass stoves to avoid cracks as they tend to be cold.
Tip- You can use white vinegar and a wet cloth to clean a glass top stove efficiently.
Appeal or looks
There is no questioning it- a glass top stove has a classier and sleek look than a steel gas stove. This is the main reason why glass top stoves are preferred over steel stoves in most modern homes.
However, if you are not a person who is too worried about the aesthetic appeal but focuses more on usefulness, then you can always go for a stainless-steel gas stove.
If you want to be extra safe with ignition and want to go only with the old-fashioned manual ignition, then choose the steel gas stove. Glass top stoves have both manual and automatic ignition, which can be a bit dangerous, especially if there is gas leakage.
On top of this, auto-ignition stoves are harder to repair. However, from a different perspective, we can also consider it useful because it is hassle-free and not time-consuming, i.e., you need not run around the house searching for a lighter or matchstick!
Heat is distributed quickly and evenly in a glass stove due to the radiant and halogen burners present within a steel gas stove. The steel gas stove takes about a minute to heat up in uniform distribution thoroughly.
Also, the sealed compartments on the glass stove heat up quickly and cool down within seconds after turning it off. This is an added advantage and safety measure.
The concept of “‘best” varies from person to person as the requirements and preferences vary for two people. If you don’t want to spend too much, choose a steel gas stove, but if you want an aesthetic appeal and don’t mind spending it, you can always pick a glass stove.