I have had a full-size induction cooktop for three years now. At the time we had it put in, it seemed like the best thing that ever happened to me as I had spent multiple years on a regular glass electric cooktop, which I hated with the fire of a thousand gas burners, so to speak. I cooked with a spring in my step at that time! However, what I really wanted was gas. I never realized that we could have had a line run from our water heater over to the stove to achieve this goal. The induction cooktop is not awful by any means. It’s high-powered and cleans easily, as well as not heating up the kitchen. However, I can’t get it out of my head that I want a gas cooktop (probably Wolf or the like), but I’m only in the investigation stage so undetermined at this point, want knobs and for them to be front facing). We have electric wall ovens that I’m happy with.
My issues are that I love copper cookware and can’t use it right now unless I fire up the portable gas burner outdoors, and I also dislike the overall unevenness of burners on an induction cooktop, so carefully matching pot to hob size, etc. It’s nice to have water boil quickly, but honestly, how often do I actually boil water that this time savings is so important? It is its one serious claim to fame, really, but you give up other things to get that fast boil. I also have a Breville Control Freak (American 110V), so if I were to give up the full-size induction cooktop, I’d still have access to that sort of cooking, which is truly handy at times.
I guess my dilemma is will I regret paying to have the line put in, getting rid of a perfectly good cooktop, and spending a large chunk of money on the gas cooktop I have truly always wanted? I do live in Texas (also known as Hellfire), but our AC works well. We have had the infamous Texas power issues, so at least when I sweat to death or freeze to death I could still cook, but would I want to? ha. No one can answer that but myself, but I’d like to hear input especially if anyone has used induction and then gone back to gas and been happy they did it and never looked back. What are the pluses and minuses that you have found? What am I not considering in this one-sided argument in my brain for wanting a gas cooktop?
I wish using a portable gas burner indoors was safe as I’d be on that in a heartbeat, but alas, too unsafe, and I would never do it, not to mention who wants to cook over a tiny burner on a regular basis.
Also, I’m not so concerned with the eco-friendliness of one vs. the other. I only live once and have no young kids, so if I have to live with some fumes that might (?) kill me two months faster, I’ll handle it. I’ve spent at least three decades of adult life not polluting the planet with gas cooking, so I feel good about myself. Cost is also not a factor. I just want to be the happiest while cooking.
ETA: I need to take a class in brevity, I know.