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Rangetop vs. Cooktop: Similarities and Differences

Rangetop vs. Cooktop

When it comes to cooking in your kitchen, you may not think you have as many options as you do. I mean a stove or a range top or a cooktop are all typical things that you find in your kitchen. They are all very similar, interchangeable appliances, aren’t they? Or are they? 

Believe it or not, while you can get your cooking done on either one, they are actually different appliances that have a few similarities,  but also many differences, too. Whether you are looking to get your terminology right, understand what you have, or are looking to find the most fitting appliance for your needs, let’s take a moment to show some appreciation for the range top and the cooktop. 

Rangetop vs. Cooktop: The Similarities

First up, we have similarities. Because, well, it is always good to find out how we are alike rather than just focusing on our differences, right? So before we go pointing fingers, here are a few ways in which range tops and cooktops are quite similar. 

No ovens. A range is a unit that has both a stovetop and an oven all in one. But a range top and a cooktop do not have an oven attached at all. As their name suggests, it is just the top part of a range. 

Counter installation. Both range tops and cooktops are installed above drawers or storage cabinets. They are installed directly into the counter. 

Both run on gas. While it is possible to find an electric range top or cooktop, it is not all that common. Most often they come designed to work with natural gas, but also have a liquid propane conversion capability, too. 

See, these cooktops and range tops are looking quite similar, aren’t they?  

Rangetop vs. Cooktop: The Differences

Don’t be fooled by their similarities. Just because the range top and cooktop have some similarities doesn’t mean that there are not any differences, too. In fact, there are many differences — and some of them are quite big. Let’s take a look. 

The controls. The controls are placed in different areas, depending on whether you have a range top or a cooktop. For instance, on a cooktop, the controls are on the top surface, but a range top has controls on the front of the unit. 

Installation differences. Range tops will require a piece of the countertop to be removed before it is installed. Range tops slide into the space on the countertop. A cooktop also requires a piece of the countertop to be removed before the unit can be dropped in. 

A bonus griddle. Cooktops will always be cooktops no matter what their size. And 36 inch and 48 inch model cooktops will still be just cooktops. However, while it may not always be the case, most range tops over 36 inches will often have a griddle or grill as well as the burners. 

Power burners. Each stove has a power burner. The number of power burners it has, however, will vary. For instance, cooktops usually only have one power burner while the rest are secondary burners. A range top, on the other hand, comes standard with all power burners. 

As you can tell, most of the differences come in the design and installation of the unit. Both do their part to cook your food – there are just differences in all other areas of installing and use. Your cooking habits and space will determine the best option for you. 

Rangetops Pros and Cons

Rangetops are professional-grade options that can give you the power and cooking strength of commercial kitchens. You never have to worry about wasting time when you need to get your cooking done and on to the table. They are sturdy, strong cooking appliances that can cook a steak as easy as a cup of tea, they still have their pros and cons. 

The Good: 

  • Range tops are durable and can withstand long-term heavy use. 
  • Range tops often have a lot of cooking space to hold the biggest of pans. 
  • Front knobs make it easy to maneuver around several pots and pans at one time – and keep the control. 
  • Many accessories and pro-style features are often standard with range tops and enhance the cooking experience. 
  • Very easy to use and clean.

The Bad:

  • Because range tops are often sturdy and commercial-like, they are also big. If your kitchen is not of adequate size, the range top could appear too bulky for the space. 
  • Small kitchens or those with small kids can mean front knobs are an inconvenience. They may get bumped easily or turned on/played with by kids. This is both a space issue and a potential safety hazard. 
  • Range tops require professional installation in the countertop. 

Lastly, range tops are often more expensive than cooktops, but it is often due to their sturdy construction and professional design. 

Cooktops Pros and Cons

Cooktops are great options for kitchens, too. They offer a great way to do everyday cooking. They are also built with durability in mind but don’t come as big and bulky as a range top does. This makes them more ideal for smaller kitchens – or those looking for something just a little extra. Let’s take a look at the good and bad. 

The Good: 

  • Cooktops come in a variety of heating options – gas, electric, or even induction. 
  • Knobs are on top of the unit, saving space and reducing any safety issues with kids. 
  • Located on the top of the counter, making it look sleek. 
  • Very easy to use and clean

The Bad: 

  • The knobs on top may be hard to handle when cooking a lot of different items. Pots and pans and handles can easily get in the way. 
  • Cooktops don’t have the capacity to handle large cooking projects. While they are durable, they can’t handle the heavy use that a range top can. 
  • Most cooktops won’t come with the many professional features you will find on a range top. 

The truth is, both range tops and cooktops are wonderful appliances – and would make great additions to any home. It is a matter of space, preference, cooking habits, and more. You now know the differences between both so choose the THOR Kitchen cooktop or range top that meets your demands!

August 20, 2021 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

Light it Up with this Pro-style 36 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Are you aware of the many benefits of a pro-style 36-inch cooktop?

This type of cooktop can provide you the power and benefits needed to light up any party, family meal, or get-together.

Everything is worth getting excited over. So don’t let anyone make you feel silly for being excited over a cooktop! After all, your friends and family are going to benefit greatly when you decide to light it up with this pro-style THOR Kitchen 36-inch cooktop! 

Now, that’s worth getting excited over. 

In this article, we’re sharing some of the key benefits of the THOR Kitchen 36-inch cooktop.

A Pro-Style 36-inch Cooktop

Before we go any further, it is important that you know just what cooktop we are talking about. After you hear all the details and learn about all the goodies, you have to know which model number to order because you are going to want one of your own. 

THOR Kitchen model number TGC3601 is a 36-inch cooktop. It fits any kitchen style and can easily be placed on your countertop. Let’s talk some more about it, shall we? 

Burners for Days

Have you ever cooked a meal only to find that half of it was cold before you finished the rest of it? For some, this only happens on big meal holidays, such as Thanksgiving. For others, it is an everyday occurrence. Especially if you have a large family or picky eaters who all want something different. 

Your typical cooktop or stove comes with 4 burners. That’s it – just four. This one by THOR Kitchen? It comes with six. Yes – 6 burners. That’s burners for days! Regardless of what you are cooking, you will always have space for it. Nothing gets left behind and it can all be done at the same time. 

These burners can provide you with all the heat you need, but they also have a simmer function. This super-low steady heat can keep your food warm while the rest is still cooking. And, because you’ve got six burners, nothing gets in the way. 

Eye-Catching Stainless Steel Design

Stainless steel is beautiful. It can easily be incorporated into any kitchen and match other stainless steel appliances. This means your kitchen will look uniform as if you purchased it all together as part of an appliance suite. 

Stainless steel brings a modern touch to your kitchen no matter what your design style is. And, since this cooktop is built to last, you can continue to change your kitchen’s design over the years and will find that the stainless steel appliances just continue to fit. 

Always looking great. Always shining. Always eye-catching. 

Durable Yet Striking

There are some things you will encounter in life that will look good but they do so while sacrificing durability and longevity. Then there are those things that are built to last, but they don’t look so nice. 

This drop-in cooktop by THOR Kitchen? It is both durable and striking. 

It is built to withstand heavy everyday use. The pro-style design means that it is designed to handle the load of a professional kitchen. But no one wants a drab commercial cooktop in the kitchen of their home, do they? Not at all. Something that is tough and strong yet looks soft and beautiful is what is needed. And that’s what you get here. 

It’s the stainless steel that won’t rust or corrode over time combined with the continuous cast-iron cooking grates for the win. 

Cleanup is a Breeze

You’ve just stood in your kitchen for the last hour cooking an incredibly delicious meal. You ate, you’re stuffed, and now you just want to relax. Except, you have to clean up. Ugh. 

There is good news though, believe it or not. This cooktop makes taking care of spills, food debris, grease, and more super easy. Stainless steel has a non-porous surface that makes it easy to clean up anything that touches it. Plus, with removing the cast-iron cooking grates being a simple task, you can clean all around the burners with ease – even in one quick movement. 

Stuff all your dirty dishes and pans in your dishwasher and you are done! 

You will find that stainless steel doesn’t require any harsh chemicals to keep it clean. Cleaning with soapy water and a soft cloth is the best way to get the job done. Not to mention that it is healthier for the family, too. 

Light it Up with Your Favorite Gas

You’ve got choices, friend. This drop-in cooktop comes ready to hook up to natural gas. But not everyone has access to natural gas or wants to use it. Maybe propane is more readily available – or even more affordable. 

Depending on where you reside, the resources available, or your personal choices, you can choose between connecting your cooktop to natural gas or propane. A liquid propane conversion kit is included for convenience. 

The Wok Ring

Last but not least, this cooktop comes with a little surprise – a wok ring. If you are a fan of Asian cuisine and have always wanted to fly your fried rice up in the air and back into the wok, then you are going to love this addition. The wok ring holds the rounded pan stable as it cooks on your stove. After all, if you aren’t a professional, not having a flat-bottom pan could lead to some massive messes in the kitchen. The wok ring keeps it safe – and clean.

And if Asian food isn’t your thing, that is ok. There are so many other things you can do with a wok that will transform the way you cook. 

So, whether you have a range and you are looking for an extra cooking space to add to your kitchen island or if you just prefer a 36-inch cooktop, you’ve found it. With so many features and long-lasting durability, you will love what THOR Kitchen has to offer. 

Professional Range Hoods Fight More Than Kitchen Odors

Beer battered fish and chips served with malt vinegar and tartar sauce. Baked salmon with a side of crispy bacon-wrapped scallops. Pan-seared chimichurri pork chops. We love the aromas of a flavor-packed home recipe. But the aftermath? Not so much. Especially when it comes to grease, splatter, and lingering kitchen odors.

If you love the home-cooking experience but hate the battle with lingering kitchen odors, it’s time to invest in a professional kitchen range hood. With a professional range hood, you can cook anything with confidence. It will help keep your newly remodeled kitchen smelling just as clean as day one. But did you know that a professional range hood fights more than just lingering kitchen odors? Read more.

fish and chips

Lingering Kitchen Odors

The aromas of food in the kitchen can be nostalgic. They can trigger childhood memories and often remind us of the holidays. Smell, after all, is the strongest of the human senses. But there’s a point when those wonderful aromas just turn into a distinct smell, aka lingering kitchen odors. Especially if you’re not equipped with a proper range hood.

These odors seemingly creep into every corner of your home like an invisible monster. They unknowingly cling to your furniture, your clothes, and your hair. Worst of all, these lingering odors can follow you right out the front door. Outside the context of cooking in a kitchen, the lingering smell of food is off-putting.

There’s nothing more intrusive in a social setting than smelling like last night’s dinner. And if you’re hosting a dinner party, a greasy, stuffy kitchen isn’t just unsightly but is bad etiquette. So, how does one #CookLikeaGod and keep the post-meal lingering kitchen odors at bay?

Better Habits

Before you start lighting up the scented candles, commit to better habits. Be mindful of kitchen ventilation. If you want to reduce or eliminate kitchen odors, simply start by using your kitchen range hood anytime you’re cooking food.

It takes 21 days to form a habit.

So, for the next 21 days turn on your range hood as soon as you turn on your cooktop. You’re committing to kitchen ventilation. You’ll smell the difference.

Reduce the Heat

Not only will you smell the difference, but you’ll also see and feel the difference in your kitchen’s atmosphere. If you’ve ever cooked a big meal or cooked for an extended period of time, then you know all about the stuffy atmosphere it creates. Combine it with additional people in the kitchen and you have an even bigger issue.

Heat and steam don’t just make us uncomfortable but can also attract mold and can drive up cooling and energy costs. With the help of a kitchen range hood, you can keep the surrounding kitchen air comfortable and enjoyable while you cook. And, as a bonus, your cooling system will rest easy.

Smoke, Steam, and Airborne Toxins

Besides eliminating kitchen odors and reducing the permeating heat from your cooktop, the range hood also rids the air of smoke, steam, and harmful airborne toxins. These toxins permeate from the smoke and steam as the temperature of the kitchen naturally rises from your cooking. Airborne toxins and heat are a dangerous combination.

Did you know that carbon monoxide is one of those airborne toxins? No one should have to be subjected to unhealthy, dirty air in their own home – especially if you have young children. It’s time to use your range hood for what it’s made for – kitchen ventilation. And, since your family’s health is always the priority then it might even be time for an upgrade.

3 Benefits of Upgrading to a Professional Kitchen Range Hood

Upgrading to a professional range hood by THOR Kitchen has 3 key benefits.

  1. Professional appliance at a practical price: It operates quietly while offering powerful suction that eliminates odors, smoke, and steam. It also features a large, commercial-style 430-grade stainless steel baffle filter maximizing airflow and grease filtration.
  2. Versatility and Efficiency: This vented range hood can also be converted to a non-vented (ductless) range hood with carbon filters (not included). The 7-inch round duct vent provides better ventilation performance and efficiency. And the LED lights illuminate your cooking while saving energy.
  3. High-quality design: The stainless-steel finish offers a modern design aesthetic and is built to withstand high heat, grease, oil, and steam.

The health of everyone in your home is too important to not have a source of reliable ventilation. Wouldn’t you agree?

furnished kitchen with range hood

Increase the Value of Your Home

Last, but not least, investing in a professional range hood may increase the value of your home! Any ordinary kitchen is going to come with a refrigerator, a range, and maybe even a dishwasher. The range hood? That’s an added bonus that is not always expected but always appreciated. Even more so when it’s a ducted hood – due to the time and skill needed to install the ductwork and hood properly.

Between eliminating kitchen odors, providing clean air for your family to breathe, and increasing the value of your home, a professional range hood should be the focal point in every kitchen. Opt for this in your kitchen remodel so you can cook anything at home without worrying about what you’re putting into the air. And, when the time comes to sell, you’ll be thankful you took the time to bring this addition into your home.

The Best Drop-in Cooktop: Professional Grade for an Affordable Price

6 burners and 6 control knobs on cooktop

The Drop-in Cooktop, also known as the “built-in” cooktop, features all the same functions of a traditional cooking range except the oven. Like any other cooking appliance, there’s a ton of cooktop options on the market. Some of the most popular types of cooktops include: Coil cooktops, induction cooktops, electric cooktops, and gas cooktops. Also, sizes will vary based on use case. But when it comes to drop-in cooktops for your kitchen, there are two common sizes: the 30-inch kitchen cooktop and the 36-inch kitchen cooktop.

Now that we’ve established a few basics of the cooktop category, let’s get to the point. We’re here to help you make the best purchasing decision possible for your next professional-grade drop-in cooktop at an affordable price. Keep reading.

36 inch gas cooktop

Key Distinctive Features

Before we begin, it’s important to note the key distinctive features of the drop-in cooktop appliance. Firstly, it drops into a pre-cut section on top of a countertop. Secondly, the controls are placed on the top side of the appliance. Moreover, they lay flat alongside your burners. Here are the benefits of this design choice:

  1. Safety: The knobs are placed above the countertop away from the reach of small children.
  2. Custom Space: You have complete freedom to place what you want underneath the drop-in cooktop. The most common solutions are kitchen cabinets or a built-in oven. The kitchen cabinets are a popular kitchen design choice. This solution is often supplemented with the likes of a dual built-in oven on an adjacent wall – a luxurious kitchen aesthetic with equal functionality.

For more on the cooktop, check out our helpful blog on the Rangetop vs. Cooktop.

Determine Your Cooktop Size

As stated above, the two most common drop-in cooktop sizes are the 30-inch or the 36-inch. These are the standard dimensions. Most home builders use these dimensions to cut out kitchen countertops. To determine which cooktop size you need to purchase, simply measure your pre-cut countertop.

30-Inch Cooktop vs. 36-Inch Cooktop

The best drop-in gas cooktops in the professional-grade market are built by THOR Kitchen. You have two gas-powered options to choose from. The THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Four Burners in Stainless steel or the THOR Kitchen 36 Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Six Burners in Stainless Steel. Both options include:

  1. Four or Six Sealed Burners, Depending on Model Size: Includes 1 or 2 high-intensity 18,000 BTU power burners that produce fast, intense heat and contain spills to make cleaning quick and easy.
  2. Professional Illuminated Knobs: Constructed with metal and illuminate a striking blue when in operation.
  3. Stainless Steel Cooktop: A sleek, modern design to any kitchen; designed with a single piece of stainless steel to withstand spills and grease for easy cleaning.
  4. Continuous Cast Iron Grates: Heavy-duty, edge-to-edge, porcelain-coated cast-iron grates allow for easy movement of pans between burners.
  5. Automatic Electric Ignition: Eliminates the need to light the burners and saves money by using less gas than a standing pilot range.
  6. Liquid Propane Option: Liquid propane convertible with a liquid propane conversion kit.
  7. Wok Ring: Features a wok ring that provides extra stability for cooking with round-bottom woks.

Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice…

Find your local THOR Kitchen dealer and visit them today.

Like a bolt of lightning, our beautiful craftsmanship and thoughtful design functions are going to stop you in your tracks. But the real shocker comes with the second strike; we mean the price tag.

Compare our prices with other professional kitchen appliance brands. No other brand of gas-powered professional cooktops can pack such thunderous power at such an affordable price.

They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Well, that’s true when you’re out there still cooking like a mere mortal. It’s time to #CookLikeaGod.

March 9, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Induction Cooktop vs Gas: Which is Right For You

induction cooktop vs gas

If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen cooktop, you’re probably wondering which type is right for you–induction cooktop vs gas cooktop.

We’re fans of both induction and gas, so we thought we might be able to provide an overview of each so you can compare your options and make the best decision for your kitchen.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look and comparing the benefits of an induction cooktop vs gas cooktop.

Induction Cooktop vs Gas Cooktop

When it comes to cooking, you may be comfortable using a gas or electric stove. After all, these have been around for years – and have been easily accessible, as well. But, now, increasing in popularity, is the induction cooktop. Although it has been around for nearly a century, it is just now making its way into kitchens everywhere.

Before you sit there scratching your head at which cooktop you should be cooking your next meal on, let’s take a look at two of the most prized cooktops.

Related: What is An Induction Cooktop?

Gas Cooktops

For many people, gas cooktops have been the preferred method of cooking for a long time. And, definitely preferred over electric cooktops.

Using propane or natural gas, cooktops allow you to turn the heat on and off with the click of a button. Unlike electric cooktops that require the burner grill to heat up, the heat source is the flame itself. When you turn it on, it heats up. When you turn it off, it does not. Although the surface can remain hot, it is not enough to continue cooking your food.

The downfall to gas cooktops is the danger that the gas poses. As with anything that involves gas, having it turned on to enter your home poses a potential safety risk should something go wrong, such as a leak.

If you’re interested in updating your current cooktop with a 30-inch gas cooktop, the HRT3003U is the perfect fit. If you’re looking for something that will allow you to cook several dishes at once, the HRT4806U offers a 48 inch cooktop complete with 6 burners and a griddle.

Induction Cooktops

Induction cooktops are quite different from gas cooktops – and electric, for that matter.

Related: Induction Cooktops vs Electric

The method in which the heat is like no other. In fact, induction cooking is done using electromagnetism.

Underneath the cooktop, you will find a metal coil. When turned on, this coil creates a magnetic field underneath the surface that begins to react with the pan upon the cooktop, creating a current. This current that the magnetic forces join to make then causes the pan to heat and the food inside to begin cooking. It may sound like a long process, but the occurrence is rather quick.

Perhaps one of the best features of induction cooking is the fact that the cooktop never gets hot. Because there is no transfer of heat, such as in electric and gas cooktops, the burner – and entire surface – of the induction cooktop remain cool to the touch.

Induction cooktops are available in several sizes to accommodate your needs. For smaller kitchens, you may be interested in the 4 burner induction cooktop. For larger kitchens, you may find this 36 inch induction cooktop with 5 burner elements fits your needs better.

Related: 5 Benefits of Induction Cooking 

Induction vs Gas Cooking Pros and Cons

So, what are the pros and cons of induction cooktop vs gas?

The cooktop that you favor is going to depend highly on your cooking style and preference. Many choose to be pro-gas because, well, that is what they know. Induction cooktops are fairly new to the U.S. market, but if you speak to those in Europe who have been utilizing them for quite some time, they may have a favorable opinion for the induction cooking method.

Things to consider when deciding what is best for you would be:

  • The safety features you are concerned about. For instance, if you have young children in the home, the chance of burns and leaky gas may scoot you away from gas cooktops.
  • Cost is a huge factor. Gas cooktops are, of course, going to be much more affordable. In fact, there are some very basic models that can be found just about anywhere. But, if you are more concerned about quality, design style, and method, then perhaps you should consider the induction cooktop.

As evidenced above, there are benefits to both types of cooktops. It really boils down to your personal preference.

The Benefits of a Gas Cooktop

When it comes to choosing a gas cooktop, here are some benefits you may enjoy:

  • The speed of heating. As discussed above, when you turn the fire on, you have heat. There is nothing that needs to heat up to get your food cooking.
  • Of course, this also means you have a better chance of getting food cooked to the right temperature – at least when compared to electric cooktops.
  • Because gas stoves don’t require electricity, they are available to use during power outages.

The Benefits of an Induction Cooktop

There are a few great benefits to choose a gas range, but there are also a few benefits an induction cooktop offers as well.

  • Because you don’t have to worry about anything but your food heating up when it comes to induction cooking, it is the fastest method of cooking on the market.
  • Induction cooktops are safe because they do not get hot. Little hands and paws won’t be in danger – and neither will you.
  • Because the surface never gets hot, it is a breeze to clean. There is no chance for stuck on food to scrape off. Simply wipe it down with a soft cloth.
  • The reduction in heat flow while using the cooktop means that your kitchen remains cool. In turn, it reduces the need for your cooling system to work overtime – cutting your overall energy costs.

Conclusion

Now that you know the differences and benefits relating to the induction cooktop vs gas comparison, which will you choose?

Take some time to consider your habits, your style, your kitchen design, and so forth. Then, take a look at was is available on the market. Find the right cooktop to meet your culinary needs – and the style of your kitchen.

Cooking can be fun, rewarding, and beneficial to your health and the health of your family. Will you choose to stick to the gas cooktop that you have always known? Or, will you become a fan of induction cooking and discover all the benefits that come with it?

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