Cooktops have changed quite a bit in
recent years. New technologies have
bred an abundance of new products in
both gas and electric versions. Gas
units have always been a favorite with
serious cooks — they're clean, have
fast heat response, and permit a high
degree of fine temperature control.
The new gas models allow even more
control. Electric cooktop improvements
have been even more dramatic,
making some of the newest electric
cooktops as quick and efficient as the
new gas models.
Traditional Electric Cooktops
The most common electric cooktop
is the electric coil or calrod type, which
works by conduction. Electricity heats a
steel coil, which transfers its heat
directly to any pan that's placed on it.