More importantly, the cooker in the kitchen is only a refrigerator, and that is not a fact. Preparing soup, cereal, potatoes, meat and many other simple dishes and culinary masterpieces is unthinkable without a cooker, unless you, of course, are raw. Each hostess understands that the quality of the plate, its equipment and convenience depends on how delicious the food will turn out and how comfortable it will be to make it. Manufacturers seem to mock us, offering hundreds of different models. These are gas and electric cookers, stand-alone models and built-in, with and without oven, with two, four and even six burners. Let’s try to figure out how to choose a stove for the kitchen and cope with all this variety.
№1. BUILT-IN OR SEPARATELY?
All existing versions of the stove can be divided into three types:
a detached stove with an oven;
built-in hob with a dependent oven;
built-in hob with independent oven.
A stand-alone stove will cost the most and fit perfectly into those kitchens, the equipment of which is built from separate modules. If desired, the plate can be moved to another location, and the special legs, which are equipped with all modern models, will allow you to adjust the plate so as to level the unevenness of the floor covering.
Built in the countertop hob looks much more aesthetic, because the entire kitchen set is monolithic – the stove will not interrupt the slender rows of lockers, standing out as a separate block. Looking ahead, we note that the panel can be either gas, electric or combined.
If you select the option with the built-in panel, think about whether you need an oven. In some families, where houses are cooked a little and infrequently, there is no need at all. If there is nothing to do without the oven, it will be necessary to decide whether it will be connected to the hob, or to work independently. The first option will cost you a little cheaper, but you will have to place the oven strictly under the hob, since the control of both will be done from one panel. In addition, in the event of a serious breakdown, both elements will have to be changed.
Independent placement of the oven and hob – a more profitable solution. The oven gets its own control panel and can be located at least in the opposite end of the kitchen. Thanks to a similar solution, the kitchen can be arranged more thoughtfully and conveniently. The dimensions of the panel and oven can be completely different.
№2. GAS OR ELECTRIC COOKERS?
It is more reasonable to make a choice based on the degree of availability of the resource. If the house is connected to a gas pipeline, then it’s logical to stop at the gas stove. An electrical analogue is chosen when there are problems with gasification, sometimes by personal or design preferences. If the house has gas, but you choose an electric stove, the operation will cost you not cheap. For those who doubt, there is a combined option: a couple of hotplates work, burning gas, the rest use electricity.
On open fire, food is cooked more quickly and evenly, preserving more useful substances, since by switching on / off the flame it is possible to realize both instant heating of the dishes and instantaneous cessation of the dishes. In fact, you get full control over the dish, because it is necessary to turn off the hotplate, as the heating stops. That’s why professional cooks prefer to use gas stoves. The reverse side of the coin is the formation of combustion products, which together with particles of fat and dust can settle on walls and other surfaces with a sticky layer. A separate gas stove is often equipped with a gas oven. If you have chosen a gas cooking surface, then the oven can be selected electrical.
Modern manufacturers, as a rule, equip gas stoves with the function of “gas control”: if the flame suddenly goes out, the gas supply stops. Before buying is better, just in case, ask about the availability of this option.
Since the Soviet era, gas stoves have undergone minimal changes. Most innovations are associated with design, but in the functional plan there are some updates. So, for example, individual models receive express-rings, others are equipped with stands for use of pans “wok” (they have a round bottom).