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Buy from our extensive range of cooktops in store or online. Gas cooktops, electric cooktops, induction cooktops and combination cooktops from world class brands such as Beko, Electrolux, Chef, Westinghouse and Smeg. Whether you are renovating, extending or replacing, Bi-Rite has you covered with flexible payment options, delivery, installation and warranty.
It's no wonder that most find this confusing because both cooktops use a ceramic surface. The difference lies between the technology they use.

Ceramic cooktops use a heating element to heat the whole hotplate. Therefore, if the hotplate is 25cm the whole area glows orange, heats up and transfers the heat to the pan.

Induction cooktops use magentic energy and will only heat the surface area of the saucepan, not the whole hotplate zone. Induction cooktops don't transfer heat if they don't glow orange. The magnetic energy transfers to the pan which heats itself resulting more even heat and better control over hot and warm temperatures making them much safer to use.
Gas cooktops typically provide more precise temperature control and faster heating compared to electric cooktops. They are preferred by many chefs for their responsiveness and ability to quickly adjust heat levels. Gas cooktops also offer visual cues, such as flames, which can help users gauge heat intensity.

On the other hand, electric cooktops tend to have a smoother and more even heating surface, making them suitable for delicate cooking tasks like simmering and melting. They are generally easier to clean since the surface is usually flat and smooth. Additionally, electric cooktops are often considered safer because there's no open flame, reducing the risk of gas leaks or accidental fires.
Before buying a new cooktop, consider factors such as:

  • Fuel type (gas, electric, induction)
  • Size and layout of kitchen
  • Number of burners or elements needed
  • Available ventilation options
  • Budget
  • Brand reputation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Additional features or accessories desired