Are you remodelling your kitchen? How about shopping for a new gas stove? When many people think of a gas stove, they usually think of a freestanding stove.
However, have you thought about getting a gas cooktop? Gas cooktops can save space and lend a more modern style to your kitchen. In this article, we’ll dive into the difference between freestanding cookers and gas cooktops. By the end of this article, you’ll be informed enough to decide which is best for you.
The first thing to consider is space constraints when looking at gas stoves. Available square footage is an excellent metric to go on when you’re looking at sizes of different kitchen appliances.
Cooktops take up counter space but leave the cabinet underneath available for storage. A gas cooktop, such as the four-burner cooktop from Goldline, provides excellent functionality.
If you have limited wall and counter space, however, a freestanding range may be the best option. A range will also take up less space than a cooktop and a separate wall oven.
Choosing the right gas stove also depends on your style of cooking. How many burners do you usually use? What kind of food do you typically make? If you’re unsure, you can track what you cook in a week in a notebook.
If you cook a lot of Asian-style meals, a cooktop with a wok burner, such as the ones Goldline offers, may be best for you. Alternatively, if you cook a lot of low heat and slow cooking dishes, a simmer burner with low heat settings would be ideal.
Lastly, do you need an oven? Keep track of how often you use a cooktop and a stove to see if you need one. If you’re an avid baker, a cooktop might not be the right choice for you. If you use an oven once a month, however, a cooktop could save both space and energy in your kitchen.
If you stand over your cooktop most of the time when cooking, not having an oven will also make the kitchen cooler.
Since the options are nearly endless when choosing a gas stove, much of it comes down to looks. If you like a sleek, minimalist look, pairing an elegant cooktop with a wall oven may be the perfect design. If you need a focal point in the kitchen, a range might give you the pro-style look you desire.
The customization options for cooktops are extensive. You can choose one raised or flush with the benchtop, and the frame can be stainless steel or glass. The finish can be chrome or mirror, and the burners can come in many layouts and sizes. Finally, the trivet materials can be cast iron (which is more durable) or enamel.
Peruse Goldine’s GL4 gas cooktop range, and then find one in your local Harvey Norman store. We’re available to answer any questions and give you a free consultation.