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When choosing a hotplate consider how accurate you require the heat control to be

There are basically two types of hotplates

  • Gas
  • Electric

Gas Hotplates

Gas hotplate

  • Instantaneous accurate control over your cooking temperature
  • Environmentally friendly option which is less expensive to run than most electric hotplates
  • Common finishes are Stainless Steel, Aluminium or Enamel
  • You can also choose between enamel or cast iron trivets (the trivet is the grill that the pans actually rest on).
  • Gas cook tops can come with wok burners and/or fish burners
  • You can use any type of cookware on a gas hotplate.

Electric Hotplates

There are many types of electric hotplates on the market. With the exception of induction cook tops electric hotplates do not have the same instant heat control as gas cook tops.  However, they are great for cooking at very low temperatures

  • Ceramic radiant is a coiled metal element underneath tempered ceramic glass
  • Halogen or semi halogen this is where ceramic cook top elements use halogen bulbs to create heat. Semi halogen cook tops use a halogen bulb along with a coiled metal element
  • Radiant coil usually found on lower end stovetops 
  • Solid Electric is when each hotplate is a solid metal disk they are slow to heat up and slow to cool down which makes them more difficult to control

Induction Hotplates

Induction hotplate

These hotplates are a great advancement in this category, they use a magnetic field to heat up the pan and its contents, while the cook top itself stays relatively cool. It is a fast effective way of cooking. Induction Cook tops are flat and smooth on the surface and have cooking rings marked on them. When a pan is placed on the hotplate a magnetic field is created, the induction coils then cause a reaction in the metal based pan causing it to heat up. Only the magnetized area is heated thus eliminating wasted heat.

Induction cooking has many advantages over conventional hotplates.

  • The surface has no open flames and is cool to physically touch
  • Over 90% of the energy used to cook with actually heats the pan so it is very efficient
  • Much faster than conventional heating
  • Uniform heat applied to the base of the pot only
  • Accurate heating for delicate cooking i.e. melting chocolate in a single pan
  • Easy to clean
  • Only works with steel or iron based pots nd pans

Helpful Hints

If you have an electric hotplate it obviously won’t work during a power failure.

If your home is on bottled LPG gas ensure the hotplate has the correct adapter.

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