Gas Cooktops Services
Gas Cooktops are highly regarded for the precise heat control and powerful heat-ups they offer. Available in a variety of designs and finishes – including glass, enamel and stainless steel – they mix durability and performance with style.
Obviously their suitability will depend on the availability of gas – so be sure you have access to the mains supply before considering one.
While gas cooktops are impressive for their instant heat control, some fall short in terms of safety. We don’t test or recommend any gas cooktop that doesn’t have a flame failure safety feature.
Renowned for its exceptionally quick response times and excellent control, gas remains a great cooking option. It offers great versatility too – giving you low heat if you’re looking to bring sauce to a simmer, while also giving you intense heat if you want to bring something to a boil.
Just as importantly, gas flames provide beautifully even heat across the base of cookware, including woks and those with rounded bottoms.
And, of course, that flame provides the immediate visual feedback – when you raise or lower the temperature – that makes for such an enjoyably intuitive and responsive cooking experience.
We should also mention the exceptional durability of these appliances: the metal components of burners are much tougher than ceramic cooktops.
Things to consider
Do you want a square or rectangle model? Make sure you have the necessary space on your bench to fit the cooktop, as well as ventilation space underneath. And check the specifications of the cooktop – there are minimum distance requirements for the bottom of cupboards or rangehood above a cooktop.
Gas cooktops come in 60, 70, 80, and 90 cm widths, so choosing the best size for your kitchen will depend on bench space and range hood size and or how many burners you need.
Larger gas cooktops provide more flexibility in your kitchen, with the added advantage of being able to accommodate larger pots and pans.
Still, if you have the space – the extra burner will be welcome if you want to expand your culinary horizons or need to make meals for a family: it’ll let you boil water, heat up a casserole and simmer sauce all at once. The central burner is in fact an “ultra-rapid” burner, which will suit large stock pots, boilers, saucepans and griddles – while a wok stand is supplied for easy fitting over the centre trivet for stir fry cooking.
You need to consider the position and layout of the burners and their size in relation to the pots and pans you use.
- burners that are spaced out so you can use multiple pots at once and don’t have to reach over one element to get to another
- a range of simmer, medium and large sized burners
- simmer burners positioned at the front so you don’t have to lean over other burners to stir a sauce
- medium burners positioned at the back – these are best for simmering foods for a long period that don’t require frequent stirring
- a wok burner, this is best positioned at the side on its own or in the centre for accessible and continuous stirring
- an oblong-shaped burner if you’d like to use a grill or hotplate for barbecuing.
Rectangle models are generally more spaced out, but you can find square models that have good element layouts too.
The first rule to cleaning a gas cooktop is clean up any spills as soon as possible as clogged burners can cause poor gas flow and uneven heating. Baked on residue is difficult to clean. Remember, gas cooktops, which incorporate bulky cast iron trivets, can be more fiddly to clean than the smooth surfaces of electric cooktops. However, this is becoming less of a problem with minimalist designs making it easier to wipe down your cooktop.
Installation and flame height adjustment
You’ll need to get a licensed plumber to install and connect your new cooktop.