Love Cooking? Time You Get The Right Gas Stove

Choose a gas stove that caters to your needs and helps you cook like a pro

Aindrisha Mitra Updated: Jul 2, 2020 23:20:44 IST
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We all spend a good amount of time in the kitchen, yet hardly think much before buying a gas stove, one of the most important kitchen appliances. Always consider the amount of food you cook in a day and for how many people before zeroing in on your choice. You can then filter your choice based on factors like number of burners, type of cook-top and overall quality of the cooking gear.

Here are things you must consider:

Choose your burner

Burners are THE functional part of a gas stove and can be made of brass or aluminium. Brass burners take time to heat up but are more durable compared to their aluminium counterparts.

While a two-burner gas stove is sufficient for a small family, the four-burner model is increasingly becoming popular in modern households where people are trying to juggle work and home responsibilities and prefer cooking all their meals at one go.  

Another aspect to consider while choosing a gas stove is if the ignition is manual or automatic. If you don’t want to struggle with a lighter to start your stove, you can go for the more modern automatic ignition variety. Just rotate the dials and you are good to go.

Other features to consider

Besides the functionalities, the look and make of your gas stove are equally important, especially if you don’t want the stove to stand out like a sore thumb in your ultra-modern kitchen. Design-wise, gas stoves have become sleeker. You can choose between a traditional desk stove (ones we see in most Indian kitchens) or a hobtop, which is built in to your kitchen, keeping in mind the aesthetics of the space. Do check the size of your kitchen and the amount of space you have allocated for the stove before you go for a hobtop. Traditional gas stoves, however, are low-maintenance and cost-effective.   

Last, but not the least, the make and finish of a gas stove are also worth considering before making a purchase. Stainless steel designs have given way to more stylish glass and fibre-glass stoves, which are easier to clean as well.

Pro-tip: Do look for the ISI mark on a gas stove—it is a mark of quality.

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