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March 10, 2023 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

6 Contemporary Benefits New Electric Cooktops Offer

6 Contemporary Benefits New Electric Cooktops Offer

Sometimes it feels good to try something new. Think of all the times people have taken that leap of faith and took a new job or went on a blind date that turned out to be their last first date. Or how about the woman who decided to give skydiving a try for her 80th birthday. There is a thrill and excitement that comes with stepping off your paved path into something you hadn’t thought of before.

Why not consider doing the same? Rather than jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, though, you could simply invest in a new electric cooktop for your kitchen. It may not be as daring, but it can definitely be seen as a bold move. Though a smart one, too.

What are the Benefits of New Electric Cooktops?

Whenever you make decisions to invest in your home, you want to ensure that you are getting value and benefits from it. Can you find that with a new electric cooktop? Absolutely! In fact, we are going to take a look at six contemporary benefits these cooktops will bring. 

1. Touch Glass Controls

What do you picture when you think of modern cooktops? There is a good chance that they don’t have any knobs. Nothing is protruding or sticking out to make it look choppy and unsophisticated. Instead, if you are going for a contemporary look, then you want a sleek design.

These new electric cooktops offer touch glass controls that give you an incredible amount of precision when selecting heat levels. Plus, with their smooth surface, you don’t have to worry about spills and food debris falling and getting trapped behind knobs – which means easy cleanup for you.

2. Consistent Heat

The number of elements you have will depend on the size of your new electric cooktop. For instance, one that is 30 inches offers you four elements, whereas a 36-inch cooktop offers you five elements.

Each element offers rapid and consistent heat that will help you to prepare multiple dishes all at once – including sides and the main dish. After all, having the right amount of space with which to cook is just as important as having the right amount of heat to get the job done. And there is no lack here.

3. Sync Burner

Perhaps one of the best features of the electric cooktop is the sync burner. It doesn’t matter the size of your cookware because a sync burner will allow you to cook using all sizes. It even works with a griddle or a Dutch oven.

How does it work?

Well, the two burners on the left side synchronize, both pumping up a combined 3800 watts of heat. The space in between the burners heats up as well to give a thorough and consistent heat throughout the entire dish. 

Many find this to be one of the best features of contemporary new electric cooktops.

4. The Tri-Zone Lightningboil Burner

While you may often cook dishes that require a high amount of heat to bring to boiling, not everything you cook on your cooktop is going to need the same.

With the tri-zone Lightningboil burner, the center burner features three rings of various sizes that can be controlled individually by the touch of a button.

In other words, if you need to gently melt chocolate, you can activate the one 6-inch ring. Or, if you require more heat, you can engage all three rings for a quick boil.

5. Nine Power Levels

Whether you genuinely carry the chef title or you just like to hone your chef skills in the privacy of your own kitchen, you will love the fact this new electric cooktop has so many different power levels. Nine, to be exact!

This comes in handy when you are making a variety of foods that require different types of cooking and control. With so many options, you can always feel confident that your dish will turn out perfectly every time.

6. Automatic Shut Off

Finally, having a new cooktop may be all about creating some of the most amazing dishes.

You may create some incredibly veggie Thai green curry, some Dan Dan Noodles, a batch of Swedish meatballs, or a bowl of Shoyu Ramen. You may leave your guests fully satisfied with the incredible meal you pulled together.

But at the end of the night, it all comes down to one crucial thing – safety. And thankfully, that was taken into consideration with this new electric cooktop—an automatic shut-off feature.

Each zone’s timer automatically shuts off when cooking is done. This offers added safety, and it also prevents cookware from burning on the bottom. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Thor Kitchen’s Electric Cooktops

Now that you’ve heard all the benefits, you may be wondering where you can purchase these cooktops so that you, too, can enjoy all that they have to offer. It’s understandable. Well, THOR Kitchen is where you need to be. We provide both a 30-inch electric cooktop and a 36-inch electric cooktop. Both come with all the benefits we discussed above – and they come with 4 and 5 burners, respectively.

Perhaps one of the best things about Thor Kitchen’s design is that these cooktops are so easy to keep clean. You can simply wipe up any spills or drippings as you go – or use some dish soap, water, and a clean rag. For more tough jobs where food has been left to bake on the burner, baking soda may be needed. Otherwise, no harsh chemicals and no unsightly stovetop. When you walk into your kitchen, you will see the shine and contemporary appearance that comes with them.

Take a Chance with New Electric Cooktops

In summary, new electric cooktops will look fantastic in any kitchen – and even with any design style. And that’s good news since these are professional-style cooktops, so they are built to last for quite a while.

So, if you are interested in making waves in your kitchen and transforming your cooking experience, then now is the time to enhance it with a professional electric cooktop!

The Best Electric Cooktop For Any Kitchen

The best electric cooktop for any kitchen

When it comes to filling a kitchen with appliances that will make a difference in the look, feel, and functionality of the space, you are going to need something to cook with. For one, it is an all-in-one range. For others, it is finding the best electric cooktop. And, yes – there are even those individuals that opt for both!

If you are making changes to your kitchen and are interested in the perks of adding an electric cooktop, then you are in the right place. Let’s talk about them.

What is a Cooktop?

Simply put, a cooktop is the cooking area of a range. It is the top area of burners – without the oven. This one-piece drops in the countertop and is connected to a heat source, whether electric, propane, or natural gas. They can be ceramic, glass, or stainless steel. In other words, there are so many variations and different cooktops to choose from. If you are new to the idea, there’s a lot to catch up on.

Cooktops have been around for a while. Sometimes they are found in homes where there is no range, but rather two separate units- a wall oven and a cooktop. In some kitchens, cooktops are used as a place to cook in addition to the range. For instance, many are found on the kitchen island.

Very generally speaking, the parts of a cooktop include a burner (the area that holds and heats the pots and pans), the control panel (the area where you set your temperature, timer, etc.), and the controls (the knobs you use to control each burner). Of course, there are a lot of internal parts that make these appliances work so efficiently.

Cooktops can range in size, so you can always find the right fit. Some smaller 30” cooktops are great additions to smaller kitchens, whereas a 48” cooktop may fit right in larger spaces.

What Makes a Good Cooktop?

There are so many different aspects that come together to make a good cooktop. But there are a few things that stand out above the others, including:

Size: This is great for those that cook a lot and is looking for additional burners. These individuals may be interested in larger cooktops. But the smaller options fit great inside small spaces.

Easy to Clean: Most often, cooktops are easy to clean. This is especially true for electric glass top cooktops. Simply wipe down spills.

Auto-Shutoff: We are easily sidetracked today, so having a cooktop that automatically shuts down for you when the cooking is done can be, quite literally, a life saver.

Energy-EfficiencyCooktops built with energy efficiency in mind are not only beneficial for the world around you but for your bank account, too.

What About Gas Cooktops?

THOR Kitchen has professional gas cooktops in both 30 inches and 36 inches. They are designed of stainless steel and offer many features that can benefit you as you cook. Because of their durable build, they can withstand high heat and heavy use without impacting their longevity.

The long-lasting prostyle appliance will look great no matter what design your kitchen is. That means if you decide to have a makeover a year from now, your cooktop will still fit in, still look beautiful, and still work perfectly.

Let’s take a look at a few of the features of these drop-in stainless steel gas cooktops.

High-Intensity Burners: With a mix of regular burners and two high-intensity 18,000 BTU power burners, you get intense heat – fast.

Professional Illuminated Knobs: When in use, the knobs illuminate in a bright modern blue. Not only does this look great, but it lets you know a burner is turned on, too.

Continuous Cast-Iron Grates: These grates are durable and easy to clean no matter how much you use your cooktop or how many foods spill or boil over.

Automatic Electric Ignition: Unlike an always-lit pilot light, this option uses less gas and reduces the need to light burners.

Liquid Propane Conversion Option: For those who prefer propane over natural gas.

Now, while gas may have its perks and have its own following, we are here to talk about electric cooktops. After all, there is just something about cooking amazing recipes with an electric cooktop that is just different from other options out there.

Electric Cooktops For the Win!

There are many people who have a preference for electric cooktops. And THOR Kitchen is offering two options – a 30-inch and a 36-inch glass cooktops that are durable, powerful, and high-performing, yet also very sleek in their design.

With the electric cooktop, you have precise heat that can slowly simmer or quickly boil whatever it is you are cooking. Plus, there are so many other features, too, such as:

Tri-Zone Lightning Boil Burner: This is a center burner in the middle that has three rings for you to control with the touch of a button. It can do everything from bill water to melt chocolate.

Sync Burner: Heat large pans, griddles, dutch ovens, and more when you have two burners that can heat food in sync. Essentially it gives you one long burner for even cooking.

Automatic Shutoff: For safety reasons, having an automatic shut-off is beneficial. This feature is designed to shut off as soon as it is done cooking.

Cooking Elements: Get rapid, reliable, consistent heat from all your burners every time.

Many Power Levels: You also get control over your power levels when cooking, from simmer to boil and everything in between.

Touch Glass Controls: With touch controls, you get more control over your cooktop.

Easy to Clean: Because of the glass cooktop, spills and grease can easily just be wiped away with ease.

Shop THOR Kitchen for the Best Electric Cooktops

THOR Kitchen offers high-quality, durable appliances that work smoothly and efficiently every time. Our cooktops are no exception. While we do create a fantastic gas cooktop, the sleek glass electric cooktop is one that stands out – in both aesthetics and functionality. This is an addition to your kitchen that you will not want to miss.

For more information, contact us directly. Alternatively, you can find the best electric cooktop for your kitchen by searching for your nearest dealer.

Choosing Cookware for Induction Cooktops

Choosing cookware for induction cooktops

It is exciting to get a new kitchen appliance – especially an induction cooktop. This shiny yet sleek addition to your kitchen can rejuvenate your desire to cook again. Whether you have wanted a reason to pull out your old family recipes or you have a collection of eclectic recipes you’ve gathered online, this is the way to do it. Then again, let’s be real – with all the new advanced features and a cooking method that is off the beaten path, even boiling water can be exciting. But what about compatibility – as in choosing cookware for induction cooktops?

Unfortunately, you will have to kick all the fun to the curb if you don’t have the right cookware for your induction cooktop.

What is Induction Cooking?

Regardless of whether you are used to cooking with electricity or gas, induction cooking is quite different. There is no flame or burners that have to heat up. Instead, this method of heating food involves creating a magnetic field that runs between the cookware and the magnetic coils below the surface.

There is energy created in the electromagnetic field, which then heats up the pot. And it does so quickly without ever heating the surface of the cooktop. You could even put a piece of paper on the cooktop underneath the skillet you are cooking food in – and the paper won’t burn. It remains cool.

You don’t see the electromagnetic heat as it does not produce any flame or bright orange coils. It is just invisible heat.

Benefits of Induction Cooking

So, why are induction cooktops becoming so popular these days? Well, probably because they come with so many incredible benefits that make cooking at home to the next level. A few of them include the following:

Fast and efficient cooking. Because you aren’t waiting for anything to heat up before it heats your pan, it has actually been proven to bring water to a boil at a much faster rate than other cooking methods.

Safe. Since the surface of the cooktop never heats up, it remains cool to the touch – and safe for little hands or paws. This also significantly reduces the risk of fires in the kitchen.

Easy to clean. Any spills or messes on an induction cooktop can just be wiped up. There is no way for them to burn to the surface because it doesn’t get hot.

Energy efficient. These cooktops use much less energy than electric or gas cooktops, which makes them much more energy efficient.

When you choose the right induction cooktop, such as a model offered by THOR Kitchen, you will also get an appliance that offers you the ability to cook with a lot of features. Not only do these features make the cooktop even better, but they also enhance your cooking experience.

30 Inch Built-In Induction Cooktop with 4 Elements by THOR Kitchen

30 Inch Built-In Induction Cooktop with 4 Elements by Thor Kitchen

30 Inch Built-In Induction Cooktop with 4 Elements by Thor Kitchen

Below are a few of the features you will find with a 30-inch built-in induction cooktop with 4 elements by THOR Kitchen:

-Two sizes to choose from based on your available space and size requirements, including 4 or 5 elements ranging in size and wattage.

-Nine power levels, so you get just the right amount of heat you need based on what you are trying to achieve.

-Power boost elements that allow you to reach your desired temperature fast.

Digital LED displays and touch controls are easy to read and use.

-Residual heat indicator and child lock offer you extra protection and safety in the kitchen.

-Automatic safety shut-off feature. If the unit does not sense the presence of cookware on the burner after two hours, it will shut off automatically.

Of course, this is all in addition to its incredible good looks and sleek design!

What Cookware Works with Induction Cooktops?

Induction cooking uses an electromagnetic field to create the energy that heats the pot. That means there has to be a magnetic connection between the cooktop and the cookware, right? Therefore, in order for that to happen, cookware for induction cooktops must be magnetic as well.

But, since you now know that not all cookware will work with an induction cooktop, what can you use? It is important to determine just what type of pots, pans, skillets, and so forth you will need to effectively use your new appliance.

Cast Iron Gets the Job Done

Cast iron and enameled cast iron are both consistent players in the game of induction cooking, beautifully transferring heat without question. Stainless steel is usually a good option, too. However, be careful because sometimes stainless steel has a high aluminum volume, and that won’t work very well.

Avoid Aluminum, All Copper, and Glass

Just as there are certain types of cookware that will work with induction cooktops, there are those that won’t. Don’t even waste your time trying to cook dinner using a pan made of aluminum, all copper, or glass.

Many cookware manufacturers are now adding induction-compatible bottoms to their pots and pans so that they will work regardless of what the rest of the pan is made of. And many are also adding a symbol to the packaging so that you know ahead of time whether or not it will work. It looks like four loops of coiled wire – and it may also state “induction ready.”

A Simple Compatibility Test

You may know what to look for in the future pans you purchase, but what about the ones you have? How do you know if they will work with an induction cooktop if you decide to invest in one?

If you aren’t sure what type of pan you have or that it will work with your induction cooktop, consider trying this simple test using a magnet.

Place the magnet close to the bottom of the pan. Did it cling tightly and quickly to the pan? If so, it will work perfectly with your cooktop. Was it a gentle magnetic pull? Was there no magnetic pull at all? It likely won’t be a very good fit with your new cooktop.

Get It All with Induction Cooking

Investing in an induction cooktop can be a very wise decision with many advantages. As long as you have the right cookware, then you can enjoy all it has to offer. And now that you know just what you need – what are you waiting for? See where the nearest THOR dealer is and find the perfect induction cooktop for your kitchen space.

Induction vs Electric Cooktop: Which Should You Buy?

Induction vs electric cooktop: Which should you buy?

If you are in the market for a new cooktop, you may find yourself looking at all your choices while scratching your head. There are so many to choose from – and so many new options, such as induction vs electric cooktop.

Like, induction cooktops. What are they? Is induction better than electric? Should you just stick to what you know? Or is it time to invest in something new?

If you’ve got just a few minutes, let’s run through all the differences between an induction vs electric cooktop so that you know which one you should buy.

The Cost

Cost is one of the things that many consumers look at first when making a big purchase. For some, it doesn’t matter how great a certain appliance is if it costs a great amount more than other options on the table. Affordability is often a must.

So, how does the cost of an induction cooktop compare to an electric version? Believe it or not, there is not much difference between the two. In most instances, induction cooktops are slightly higher than electric, but the difference is often not significant.

If you were basing your decisions on cost, you wouldn’t find it here. You will have to take a look at a few other key factors.

Heat Generation

The way heat is generated by each of these cooktops varies. In fact, it is the biggest difference that sets them apart. Unlike a gas cooktop, they both use electricity to obtain their heat, but that is where the similarities end.

With an electric cooktop, you have an element that heats up an iron coil. This coil becomes hot and will, in turn, heat your pan for cooking. Some electric ranges will have this coil exposed, whereas most electric cooktops have it encased under the glass cooking surface.

Heat generation using an induction cooktop is different. This type uses magnets to transfer heat between the cooktop and the pan. There is an electric current that runs through a coil creating a magnetic field in and around the cookware. The heat goes from one to the other without touching the cooktop itself.

Safety

Whether you realize it or not, there are many dangers lurking in your kitchen. And burns while cooking is one of them.

Because of the manner in which heat passes through the magnetic field in an induction cooktop, the surface never gets hot. You could place a stack of napkins in between the burner and the pan, and they would be absolutely fine. That’s how cool the surface remains while cooking. This is very beneficial when it comes to safety concerns – especially involving kids and pets.

An electric cooktop will remain hot even after the burner is turned off. As time passes, it will cool down and become safe to touch. Most electric cooktops will come equipped with safety features letting you know when the surface is or is not safe to touch.

Efficiency

Efficiency is always an important topic when referring to money and energy. So it is only natural that it will be something to consider when investing in a new cooktop. Between an electric vs induction cooktop, which one is more efficient?

Electric cooktops offer a consistent flow of heat which is important for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, a lot of this heat can escape into the atmosphere in your kitchen, wasted. This also makes your kitchen temperature rise and forces your air conditioner to work that much harder.

Induction cooktops, as you know, don’t allow heat to escape. Remember, their surface is always cool to the touch – even when actively cooking. This means that there is no wasted energy at all – from the cooktop or the air conditioner.

Cookware

Something you may not have considered is the cookware needed to use each of these cooktops. While cooking on an electric cooktop allows you to use any piece of cookware you prefer, the same does not hold true for induction cooktops.

Because a magnetic field is utilized to transfer heat in induction cooking, you will need the proper cookware to receive the heat and cook your food. For instance, this needs to be ferrous metal like stainless steel or cast iron. Cookware made of copper, glass, ceramic, or aluminum won’t work.

If you are partial to your cookware, this may be something to consider.

Induction vs Electric Cooktop: Pros and Cons

Below you will find a breakdown of the pros and cons of both induction cooktops vs electric cooktops. You can use these to help you make your decision.

Induction Pros:

+Highly energy efficient

+Faster heating times

+Even heating

+The surface remains cool during and after cooking

+Easy to clean

+Easier response to changes in temperature

Induction Cons:

-Only works with certain cookware

-More costly than other options

Electric Pros:

+Familiar and easy to cook with

+Easy to install

+Energy efficient 

+Less expensive

Electric Cons:

-Residual heat left behind after the burner has been turned off

-Slower to heat up – resulting in longer cook times

-Potential uneven distribution of heat through coils

Induction vs. Electric: Which Should You Buy?

Well, since you have stuck around to learning the ins and outs of induction and electric cooktops, which should you buy?

It all comes down to your personal choice. Take some time to consider what matters most. For instance, would you rather have a safe, cool cooking surface or the ability to cook with any pan you own? Or does it matter more that you save money initially on your one-time purchase or continually over the years due to your investment in an energy-efficient appliance?

Take a look at your choices and decide what is a better fit for your home. Then, when you are ready, explore the high-quality, pro-style appliances by Thor Kitchen. Both their induction cooktop and electric cooktop give you a long-lasting cooking solution for your kitchen. With a lot of features and attention to detail, you may be surprised how this one purchase can boost the value of your home!

Induction vs electric cooktop – which one is the best option for your kitchen? Search for your nearest dealer to find out.

September 30, 2022 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

5 Great Benefits of Using an Induction Cooktop Stove

36 Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Six Burners in Stainless Steel

The induction cooktop stove has been around since about the 1950s, but they aren’t too well known – especially in the United States. The induction cooktop market has been dominated for decades by those in Europe as well as chefs around the world.

Until now.

More and more residents in the United States are learning about this incredible cooktop and all of the benefits it can bring – and it is driving sales up. So, if you are one who likes to have the best of the best, then you may want to pay attention.

What is an Induction Cooktop Stove?

Induction cooking uses an electromagnetic field to heat the cookware – without heating up the cooking surface. The magnets in the cooktop work directly with the magnets in the cookware and transfer heat easily. Again, unlike a gas range or an electric range, the burner itself never heats up. You could even take a stack of paper towels and place it between the cooking surface and the cookware, and they wouldn’t burn.

One thing to keep in mind is that because of the method of cooking used by an induction cooktop stove, you can only use certain types of cookware. It has to be conducive to this cooking type – and able to receive the heat via magnets. For example, the most common type used is stainless steel, while copper and aluminum pans don’t have this capability.

What makes an induction cooktop such a great investment? Let’s take a look at the benefits.

1. Increased Safety

Unattended cooking is the number one reason for kitchen fires in the U.S. And it makes sense, doesn’t it? A hot burner or open flame can be dangerous as it can cause a fire when it comes in contact with things like grease, oven mitts, kitchen towels, and the like. Not to mention they can cause damage when you accidentally place a plastic dish – or even your hand – on a hot surface. And let’s not even get into the dangers with kids.

With an induction cooktop stove, however, none of this is an issue at all. The surface of this unit is always cool to the touch – even when in the middle of cooking. This is one of the biggest reasons it is such a popular choice amongst families.

2. Fast Heating Speeds

A watched pot may never boil, but one on an induction cooktop stove boils very quickly. So much so that if you ask anyone what their favorite part of their induction cooktop is, it is the ability to quickly heat and cook foods. It is fast – much faster than the alternatives of gas and electric. Plus, there is no need to heat the burner as the pan heats up directly, getting to the food right away.

3. Energy-Efficient Cooking

Any appliance you use for cooking your food is going to use energy. Even those with the Energy-Star rating use energy, just less. But it takes even more energy when you heat up your kitchen with your cooking because your air conditioner will have to work harder to cool the space, and your range hood will have to work to clear the air. All of these things use energy.

When you invest in an induction cooktop stove, you don’t get any level of heat that will impact the temperature in your home. Remember, it transfers directly from under the cooktop to the cookware – leaving the surface cool, so no heat has a chance to escape. What’s more, these cooktops get to work quickly. As we mentioned above, they heat at fast speeds. That means they take less time to cook – allowing you to use them for a shorter time and use less energy.

4. Controlled Temperature While Cooking

Overcooking foods or burning them is a common situation with cooktop or stovetop cooking. This is primarily due to the inability to control the temperature. Think about how many times you have had to adjust the temperatures on your cooking because it wasn’t doing what you needed it to do. For instance, a recipe may tell you to bring to a boil and then simmer, but the boiling and high heat continue long after you’ve moved the knob to simmer. Or how about when it asks for medium heat, but the heat keeps coming, and your food begins boiling? Each of these things can impact the final product.

With an induction cooktop, the ability to control the temperature while cooking is out of this world. It doesn’t matter how much or little you adjust your cooking temperature, the change takes place instantaneously – and your food will follow. You don’t have to wait for something to cool down or heat up. You get the perfect temperature every time.

5. Easy to Clean

If you have invested in a cooktop, you want it to look beautiful and clean all the time. Having that untouched reflection makes all the difference. This may always be your intention with a stovetop or a cooktop, but it is not always easy to do. Most of the time, food that has been spilled onto the hot surface bakes onto it before you are able to safely remove it.

With an induction cooktop stove, things are different. The surface of this unit does not get hot. That means it will not bake onto the surface, nor will it be too hot to handle. Clean as you are cooking since the surface is cool. Or clean after you cook because you know that there will be no way it will harden to the surface.

To clean, all you need is a soft rag or sponge and a little bit of water (or soapy water – depending on the mess). Wipe it up and dry with a clean, soft rag. It is that easy.

Is an Induction Cooktop For You?

After learning the benefits of an induction cooktop stove, there is a good chance you are measuring your countertop. What’s not to love about them? They are safe, fast, energy efficient, easy to clean, and so much more.

Keep up with the Joneses and invest in an induction cooktop from THOR Kitchen today.

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How to Clean an Electric Stove Top

How to clean an electric stove top

An electric stove top can be a beautiful and eye-catching addition to a kitchen. And no matter how much it is used, cleaning it regularly will make it appear as though it has never been touched. However, not everyone knows how to clean an electric stove top.

The good news is that there is no intricate cleaning technique or even expensive cleaners that you have to buy to make it look so stunning. In fact, most of the supplies are probably already in your house!

Here is everything you need to know on how to clean an electric stove top.

Supplies You Need

Before you can get started on cleaning your electric stove top, it is very important that you have all the right tools. Without them, you could risk damaging the surface of the stovetop. So gather up the following, and then let’s get started.

Baking soda

Vinegar

-Dish soap

-Soft towel

-Sponge

-Warm water

-Glass cleaner

Step 1: Remove Coils and Drip Pans

For those stoves that have coils and drip pans, go ahead and remove them. Use a sponge and warm soapy water to wipe down the coils. Rinse and let dry. Do not submerge coils in water.

As for the drip pans, remove any loose food particles and debris and submerge the drip pans in a sink of soapy water for about 20 minutes or so. Then, remove, rinse, wipe them off, and set them aside. Should any grease or food particles remain stuck, use your sponge to gently remove them. Soak longer if you need to.

Both of these can be placed aside until you finish cleaning the stove top.

Step 2: Create Baking Soda Paste

Create a baking soda paste and apply it to the stove top. This paste can be created using three parts baking soda to one part warm water. Mix until you have the consistency of a paste, and then apply to your stove top.

Let it sit for about 5 minutes. This will give it time to break down any residue or stuck-on food found on your stove.

When the time is up, wipe the stove with a soft towel. Whatever you do, don’t scrub with force or you may risk scratching the stove’s surface.

Step 3: Use Glass Cleaner

Once you have removed all the baking soda, use glass cleaner (or, if preferred, soapy water) and clean the stove top to remove anything left behind – and to make it shine.

Replace your burners and coils if you have them – and you are all done. It is really that easy.

Remove Burn Marks From Glass Stove Top

Burn marks left behind on the stove can be an eyesore for the unit. You want to get rid of them, so your stove can look great once again. Good news – there is a simple fix for that, too. You will create a paste much like you did when cleaning the stove, except this one is going to be a bit stronger.

Mix together two parts vinegar and one part baking soda to create a paste. Because the vinegar is more acidic, the two ingredients will react more with one another and cause a reaction that will work to break up the burn mark.

Do not scrub the marks as you don’t want to risk scratching the top. If you go to wipe away the mixture and you still see it has some work to do, leave it or reapply and let it sit longer. You may find you have to repeat this process a couple of times.

Degreasing an Electric Stove Top

If you have ever tried to wipe off the grease that has been caked on your stove top for some time, then you know the best you can usually do is to smear it. It looks terrible. Thankfully, using the right elixir, you can wipe it clean once and for all.

Turn on the burners for a minute to heat them up just a little bit. Pour a little bit of warm water on the stove, and then add baking soda. Let it sit (with the burners off) for a minute or so. Use a soft cloth to wipe up the water and baking soda.

Next, add dish soap to a soft sponge and gently scrub the area if needed. Wipe it up with a clean, dry towel.

This usually should take just one attempt, but if your grease is piled on thick, you may need to repeat.

Looking For an Electric Stove Top?

Maybe you’ve always admired the look of an electric stove top but thought they were work-intensive to keep them looking so nice. If so, you’re in for a treat. Now that you know how to clean an electric stove top to keep that clean, spotless shine, here’s one you don’t want to miss.

THOR Kitchen’s 36-inch Professional Electric Cooktop

The 36-inch professional electric cooktop, model number TEC36, will look sharp in any kitchen – with any decor and design style. This sleek unit boasts five burners that pack a punch, from simmer to high boiling temps.

A perfect combination of style, convenience, and power, this stove top comes with the following features:

-Lightningboil Burner Tri-Zone to get just the right temperature you need when you need it

-Sync burner to heat up large dishes in a jiffy

-Automatic shut-off safety switch

-Nine different power levels

-Touch glass controls

If 36-inches doesn’t fit your kitchen, then perhaps Thor Kitchen’s 30-inch stove top is a better fit.

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Your stove is an integral part of your kitchen and is one of the most used appliances – but you never want it to look like it is. Providing your stove with regular cleaning for the stove top, the coils, and drip pans if you have them, as well as removing any burn marks or grease buildup, can keep it looking great all the time. Don’t forget – be sure to follow the directions carefully and, if possible, avoid harsh chemicals. And don’t forget that you never, ever want to scrub your cooktop with a rough sponge!

Well, that’s it. Now that you know how to clean an electric stove top, get yourself a professional Thor Kitchen stove top, set up a regular cleaning schedule, and enjoy.

You can shop all things THOR Kitchen by finding the closest dealer near you to get started.

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THOR Kitchen’s Professional Electric Ranges and Professional Electric Cooktops were recently featured in KB Designers Network’s June issue. What can we say, we’re flattered. 😏

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A Guide to Cooktop and Range: Which is Best?

A guide to cooktop and range: which is best?

Unless you are a huge fan of microwave-only cooking (said no one ever), then you are likely going to want some means of cooking a real meal in your home. But surprise, surprise! When you go to make that investment, you will be confronted with questions about cooktop and range tops.

Is there a difference? Which one is best? Here’s your guide to cooktops and range tops and choosing what is best for you.

Cooktop and Range: Is There a Difference?

Although cooktop and range tops look very similar and serve the same overall purpose, they do have some differences, believe it or not – however, so slightly. A few of the most common distinguishable differences between the two include:

-The controls for cooktops are found on the top, whereas the controls for range tops can be found on the front of the unit.

-Depending on the model and type, cooktops aren’t always as powerful as range tops. They may have one really powerful burner, whereas a range top will have all of its burners at the same level of power.

-Sometimes range tops can come with a griddle as a feature – this is something you will likely never find on a cooktop.

-The counter in your kitchen will need to be cut to accommodate both the range top and the cooktop – and both can be flanked on either side. However, cooktops require a precise cut in the countertop as it is a drop-in unit.

Cooktop and Range: Fuel Type

While there may be a variance in the combination of appliance and fuel, typically, you see cooktops in both electric and gas. Range tops are most commonly gas. Electric cooktops are often glass tops with consistent and efficient heating, keeping your kitchen cooler, too. They are easy to keep shiny and clean, as well.

Gas cooktops and range tops use either propane or natural gas (converter kits are usually available). And they come with durable cast-iron grates that can stand up well to the heat from the flame and still look fantastic. Unlike electric cooktops, the gas versions do not require any time to heat up. Instead, you turn them on, and they are ready to go.

Choosing which fuel type is best will vary based on your preferences.

Cooktop and Range: The Similarities

Now, we told you that these two appliances are quite similar. So, let’s take a look at how that is:

Neither a cooktop nor a range top has an oven. They are strictly stove-type appliances. You will typically find them in homes that have a wall oven – or those that have a full range but are looking to add some additional burners to, say, the kitchen island. When installing them, both will have to be added to the countertop or to a storage cabinet. They are not stand-alone units.

Cooktops: The Pros and Cons

A guide to cooktop and range: which is best?

Cooktops are meant to be used regularly – especially those built with a pro-style strength. Families who cook every day or cook a lot will find them to be a reliable option. Plus, they come in varying sizes, such as 30 inches and 36 inches, so even the smallest kitchens will have space. Below are some of the pros and cons:

+Controls on the top make it a safer option for a household with young kids

+Cooktops are easy to clean

+Smaller than a full-size range

+They look like a fitting, beautiful addition to any kitchen

Unfortunately, some may feel as though there are a few downfalls, too, including:

-Cooktops are often smaller than range tops and may not be suitable for busy kitchens.

-They tend to come with a lot of features but may not be as professional as range tops, depending on the model.

-The knobs on top may be difficult to reach if cooking on all burners or with big pots and pans

Range Tops: The Pros and Cons

A guide to cooktop and range: which is best?

Professional kitchens are known to have range stops. They give the kitchen a commercial feel yet with ultimate class. They are durable, powerful, and give you lots of control while cooking. Range tops are often larger, requiring more space – for instance, 48 inches and 36 inches. They are great for those who do a lot of cooking.

Let’s take a look at a few perks and some cons:

+Range tops are designed for heavy use and are built for longevity

+They are larger, often making it easier to accommodate larger pans and pots

+The knobs are easily accessible despite what you are cooking on top

+Range tops have a professional look

Are there any downfalls of a range top? Maybe a couple. Let’s take a look:

-May seem too big and bulky for smaller kitchens

-Will likely require professional installation

-Controls in the front may be enticing for small children

-Range tops are often, but not always, more costly than cooktops

Cooktop and Range: Which is Best?

Well, all of that brings us back to the million-dollar question – which one is best? It truly depends. If you have a large kitchen, then a range top may be a perfect choice, but if you don’t, you may want to stick to a cooktop. If you are looking for an appliance that will give you great power and long-lasting durability? Opt for a range top. If you are just looking for convenience and safety for the kids, then a cooktop may be your answer.

One important thing to remember is that you will have to cut your countertop to make space for either one of these options, so make sure you are investing in the best fit for your home and your cooking needs.

Buy Cooktop and Range Appliances from Thor Kitchen

Well, there you have it – all the details, including the pros and cons – which means you should have everything needed to decide which one is best for you. Keep in mind that Thor Kitchen offers a long list of features for both cooktops and range tops, so you may want to dig a little deeper and do your due diligence before you decide which one is best and make that purchase.

Ready to buy? Find a dealer near you today to shop cooktop and range kitchen appliances for your home.

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Stove

How to clean a stainless steel stove

Stainless steel is a timeless finish for the appliances in your kitchen. There is something about walking into the room and seeing the shine that comes from this metal – rather than the traditional white or off-white appliances. It is downright classy. However, when it begins to lose its dazzle, would you know how to clean a stainless steel stove to restore the beauty?

Mess, Smudges… and Grease

Unfortunately, as you use your appliances, you may find that they end up looking a little messy from time to time. Have you ever been in the middle of cooking something greasy and floury on your stovetop – and you forgot you had biscuits in the oven that needed to come out? As you open your oven door, you leave behind a little smudge.

Now, imagine this over and over again. You – and your entire family – are in the kitchen every single day! You all can begin to slowly leave your mark on your stove and all of your other appliances left behind from making many delicious recipes.

Ready for some good news? You invested in a stainless steel stove. So that means you are not destined to have a crusty, ruined appliance for the rest of its life. You can bring back that beautiful shine it had when you first brought it home.

And we are going to teach you just how to do it. Surprise – it’s easier than you think!

Cleaning a Glass Stove

First things first, we are going to focus on the stove. You can make this easy cleanup and keep things looking fresh every day by using some glass cleaner each night after dinner. Though for stains that are a bit more complex, you will need to take a few extra steps.

You will need a few simple ingredients:

– Baking soda

– Vinegar

– Soft cloth

– Water

Create a paste with the baking soda and a little water (3:1 ratio) and apply it to your stove. Let it sit there and do its job for approximately two hours. Then, spray vinegar onto the stove and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Use an additional, clean, soft cloth to dry off the stove.

Greasy Ovens and Stovetops

If you have grease on your stove, you can use the same ingredients to remove it. However, you are going to do things just a tad bit differently. Here you will create a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (again, 3 parts baking to one part peroxide). Spread it out onto the stove and use a sponge to gently remove the grease. It will eventually break down, and you should be able to wipe it away with a soft, dry cloth.

When you are through, dip another soft cloth into vinegar and wipe down the stove to get the ultimate shine.

Doing either of these methods is a great way to keep your stove clean – and something you can do easily every couple of weeks. Plus, while there are harsh chemicals on the market that you can use, this method doesn’t use them, which is safer for you and your family.

Cleaning a Gas Stove

Not every stove comes with a glass top. Some – especially gas cooktops – have the traditional burners that involve a little more in-depth cleaning. This involves a slightly different method of cleaning if you want to clean it effectively.

Let’s take a look at the steps to get this done. First, the ingredients you will need include:

– Baking soda

– Vinegar

– Soft cloth

– Water

– Plastic bags

– Dish soap

Remove the Grates

First, remove the grates and submerge them in warm soapy water to soak. Then, cover your burners with a plastic bag in an attempt to prevent any of your cleaner from dripping down into them.

Create the Paste Mixture

Make a mixture as above using baking soda and water (3:1) or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide if grease needs to be removed. Spread the paste over your stove. For water, let it sit for two hours before spraying it down with vinegar and wiping it clean. For the hydrogen peroxide mixture, spread it on your stovetop and use a soft cloth to clean the stovetop, and begin removing the mixture.

Spray it Down

Once it is cleared off, spray it down with vinegar and then dry it with another soft, clean cloth. This will leave your stove shining bright.

Wash + Rinse Burners

When you are finished, wash and rinse off your burners. Dry them off and assess how they look. This is usually all that is needed to ensure that you have clean burner grates to go on your clean, stainless steel stovetop. If they still have tough, stuck-on stains, you may want to consider placing them inside your oven on self-clean mode. This is an easy way to get the burners super clean.

Remove the plastic bags from the burner, careful not to let any accumulated water drip down inside. Then add your burner grates. Congrats – you are done.

A Few Extra Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

You should never use the following on your stainless steel stove – or any stainless steel appliances:

– Bleach

– Chemicals that contain bleach

– Chemicals that have grit

– Steel wool

– Paper towels

Abrasive cleaners such as these can damage the finish and cause discoloration. Instead, you can always use baking soda, vinegar, Clorox wipes – or other antibacterial cleaning wipes, and Windex – or another glass cleaner. Each one of these is a great option and is all you need to keep your stove looking fresh.

Cleaning in the Same Direction

And finally, before we go, we want to stress how important it is to clean your stainless steel appliances going in the same direction as the grain. Take a moment to figure out if your grain is going vertically or horizontally. Then, as you clean, make sure you are going in the same direction. You should feel it nice and smoothly with no resistance. Always use a soft cloth so that you reduce any chance of scratching.

Not following this could cause damage to your finish – and nobody wants that.

No Stain, No Gain

What are you waiting for? Gather up your supplies and get to work. With just a little bit of effort, your stove can look brand new again!

To spruce up your kitchen and all things stainless steel, shop THOR Kitchen today. Visit us online to find a dealer near you.

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