Induction Cooking Versus Gas Cooking / by James Lauritz


One of the most exciting parts of designing your new kitchen is often the inclusion of brand-new appliances and the opportunity to include these as part of the overall look and feel of your design. You have the choice of a gas cooktop, electric cooktop or an induction cooktop and whilst it is often purely a personal preference, it can sometimes be a necessity to choose induction as opposed to gas to give the clients their choice of finishes and materials. There are industry standards and requirements for the use of reconstituted stone as it is combustible if not correctly installed.

Following is a simple reference as to the legal requirements for each type –

Electric Cooktops

Induction Cooktops - For both electric and induction cooktops it is a requirement to have a minimum 50mm gap from the back edge of the cooktop to stone splashback.

Gas Cooktops - For gas cooktops it is a requirement for a minimum 200mm gap from the periphery of the gas burner to the stone splashback in accordance with AS/NZS 5601 Gas Installations

Given these requirements you may need to change either your choice of appliance or benchtop and splashback material. So - what is the difference and what is best for you and your family?

The following article outlines the differences and highlights the pro’s and con’s of each choice –

Keep in mind the look and feel of your design concept when weighing up the decision as well as the potential to match other appliances in your space. For some more inspiration visit our industry partner Kleenmaid and take a look at their enviable selection of quality options -