What's your cooktop flavour?

We love cooking with gas and many tell us you love it too! We highlight the pros and cons of gas cooktops, as well as the electric-powered options of induction, ceramic and hotplates.
 
Most chefs prefer to cook with gas and for good reason. It gives you the speed, power and precision of visible heat to master any culinary dish, whether you're whipping up a one-pot wonder or a multi-course masterpiece. 
 
On the hobs, boil times have traditionally been faster with gas than with electric (though we hear new induction cooktops are equally fast) and you'll get immediate response when turning the heat down. Gas can cope with high temperature wok cooking just as easily as a gentle simmer for poaching the perfect eggs.  
 

Why gas?

Cooking with gas is a popular and traditional choice with many of us preferring the responsiveness and direct flame of a gas hob. 

    Gas cooktop pros
  • Precise temperatures
  • Great for high heat cooking
  • Efficient
  • Existing pots and pans will do the job
  • Natural gas is cheaper to run than electricity if you're already using it for hot water and/or heating
  • With varied designs and sizes, gas hobs suit traditional and modern homes
    Gas cooktop cons
  • Some people say they find gas hobs harder to clean than electric or induction cooktops 
  • You need to be connected to natural gas or get LPG bottles

 

Why electric? 

Induction has been receiving high praise for fast and precise control, but we reckon nothing beats being able to see the flame and have that feeling of control as you adjust the gas up or down. With induction on the pricier side, many stick with a ceramic cooktop or an even cheaper hotplate to keep budgets out of the red. 

    Induction cooktop pros
  • Easy to clean
  • Efficient
  • Fast heat up
  • Safer with no open flames and cooler to touch surface
  • Suits contemporary homes and those wanting a sleek, clean look
    Induction cooktop cons
  • May have to buy special pots and pans that have a magnetic field like iron or stainless steel
  • If liquid boils over you may need to wipe and restart the cooktop
  • Generally more expensive than gas or other electric cooktops
    Ceramic or hotplate cooktop pros
  • Cheaper options
  • Easy to install 
  • Existing pots and pans will do
    Ceramic or hotplate cooktop cons
  • Doesn't heat as high as other options
  • Slower to heat and to cool down

Do you cook outdoors on the BBQ most of summer? Did you know natural gas could power your BBQ outdoors, making better use of your gas connection? Learn more.

Further information

Are you based in Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu or Hawke's Bay? You may be able to connect your home to gas for free with The Gas Hub.

Enter your address in our gas checker for an instant result on whether you're within the free gas connection range!

We also have a very useful hot water cost comparison tool that compares upfront and running costs within our natural gas network regions. Find out whether a natural gas, electricity, LPG, or solar hot water system could be the right solution for you. Try our hot water cost comparison tool now.

Ready to connect?

Check out the connection process, to know what choices you'll need to make as part of getting connected to natural gas.

Submit your natural gas connection application today. Our customer team will then ring you to confirm a few more details and progress your application.

Want to know more?

If you've had a good look around our website and still have questions let us know what you'd like more information about.

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