You decided to invest in a new stove, and your choice was on an electric stove. Before finalizing your purchase, you should take into account the different aspects of this type of device. Indeed, you will keep your device for several years, so do not make a mistake in the purchase. In addition, there are three types of electric stoves, so a comparison is necessary before making your decision.
The classic electric cooker
It is the oldest of the electric stoves. With an enamelled top, it consists of three or four cast iron plates. The heating is done by a resistance system located under the plates. The latter therefore take a certain time before reaching a temperature sufficient for cooking food. The advantage of this type of hob is its simplicity of use.
Its installation does not generate constraints either, it is enough just to have a plug to connect the device. This cooker model being offered in several widths, it will easily adapt to small kitchens. Finally, the main advantage is its affordable price, from 200 euros.
Some disadvantages anyway... This kind of model is not suitable for all ways of cooking. The resistance heating mode in fact generates a fairly long temperature time and the same for the cooling time. It is therefore difficult to make a little sophisticated recipes. The cast iron plates remain hot a moment after stopping the cooking, it is therefore necessary to provide the necessary to cover them to avoid burn risks. Last but not least, cleaning cast iron plates is not easy.
The ceramic hob
It consists of a glass hob. There are two heating modes:
1- Halogen hotplates
Small lamps under the plate push the energy upward to quickly warm the plate - this is the ideal plate for grabbing foods, just like gas cookers
2- The plates with radiant focus
The heating system is by radiation or conduction, for a constant temperature - This is the perfect plate for simmering small dishes
A warning light indicates, after use, whether the plates are still hot, which is a guarantee of safety. An undeniable advantage is the ease ofmaintenance of vitroceramic plates.
Two disadvantages can be highlighted on a ceramic hob. If the heating is fast, however, the cooling time is relatively long, of the order of twenty minutes. But the major disadvantage of ceramic hobs remains the consumption of electricity. To choose your range cooker electric cooker, it is therefore important to opt for a class A, more energy efficient.
On the budget side, the price of a ceramic cooker has dropped and we can find from 200 euros, or less during discount promotions.
This last model is certainly the most powerful. It works through a copper coil located under the plates producing magnetic waves. The heating is instantaneous and the cooling is very fast. The induction cooker is therefore ideal for making dishes that require temperature variations during cooking. The security is strengthened since only the place where the container is placed heats up. On the other hand, as soon as the container is removed, the plate is cold. As for the ceramic hob, the plates are easy to clean.
Its major disadvantage is the price that can be a barrier for people with only a small budget. The basic price starts at 300 euros. It is also appropriate to adapt its dishes because all the containers are not suitable for this type of plates.
To choose the right electric range, you must take into account several criteria:
- your budget
- the place you have
- your cooking habits