With so many features and benefits to consider, choosing a cooktop to suit your home and lifestyle can be a very difficult decision. To help you make the right one, we have asked four of Australia's best chefs and Electrolux ambassadors to share their advice on selecting between induction and gas cooktops.

James Viles (Biota, Bertha and Barn - NSW)
Uses induction at home and in all his restaurants

My top tip for purchasing a cooktop is to go for a size which works with your bench space and leaves you enough room to prepare food and ingredients next to it.

I've personally cooked on induction for years, both at home and in my restaurants. I much prefer cooking on direct heat as I fint it cuts my cooking time in half.

From a design perspective, induction is sleek and streamline when it sits in line with the benchtop, making it the more seamless option. My pick is the Electrolux 90cm Induction cooktop with FlexiBridge & Chef Mode.

Induction also tends to keep your pots and pans is better condition long term because it doesn't leave behind carbon residue on your cookware like gas does.

Scott Bridger (Bib & Tucker, May Street Larder and Goody Twos - WA)
Uses induction at home and a mixture of induction and gas in his restaurants

I always recommend induction for in house as it's a more efficient way to cook, saves you time cleaning and gives you more control over your cooking temperatures. Plus, it makes your kitchen look clean, sleek and compact!

The only real limitation with induction is if you prefer to use a wok when you cook as the heat doesn't distribute well. However, there are special induction wok which you can buy so it's an easy fix.

Gas is still a very robust and methodical way to cook, you can really throw your pans around. Although the downside with gas cooktops is cleanliness is a lot harder to maintain, and spills mean extra time cleaning up post cooking. Temperature is also a hard element to monitor with gas cooktops as you are dealing with more a low, medium and high temperature gauge opposed to induction, which have 12 - 15 different levels to cook on.

Richard Ousby (Stokehouse Group - QLD, NSW
Uses gas cooktops in his home

It's hard for me to choose a favourite between gas and induction - I like using both! In an ideal world, I'd install a gas 2-burner and an induction cooktop.

I always grew up with gas and I loved it, but in my experience, induction is super accurate and more cost-effective. One of my favourite sensor settings on my Electrolux Induction Cooktop is Chef Mode. The Chef Mode allows me to choose between different pre-set heated zones and move my pan across the cooktop, which is luxury you don't get with gas!

The first thing to consider when you are choosing between induction and gas for your home is the gas supply you have access to at your house. Do you have natural gas supply or is it LPG? Although it's not too difficult to order gas bottles ongoing, it is something to keep in mind if you choose a gas cooktop.

From a design perspective, induction is sleek and streamline when it sits in line with the benchtop, making it the more seamless option. My pick is the Electrolux 90cm Induction cooktop with FlexiBridge & Chef Mode.

Induction also tends to keep your pots and pans in better condition long term because it doesn't leave behind carbon residue on your cookware like gas does.

Massimo Mele (Grain of the Silos - NSW, TAS)
Uses induction in his home

The conversation around gas cooktops versus induction has been a hot topic the last few years in our house hold. My family members have always been in favour of gas and to be honest, I was as well until I used induction.

The first time I used induction I immediately noticed the difference. The water boiled quicker, and the kitchen wasn't as hot as it usually would be when I use gas to cook. I never thought I would convert from using gas but cooking without the Stop & Go feature on my Electrolux Induction cooktop which lets me keep my food warm on the stove stop when I need to run out of the kitchen.

Although induction is my preference, it's important to note that gas cooktops have come a long way recently too! For example, the new Electrolux gas range is slim lined and easier to clean.

Being a father now, safety in the kitchen is one of the most important considerations for me. My son climbs up on the kitchen bench and having induction over gas is a much safer option as the induction cooktop stops heating and is cool to touch post cooking. Another consideration when you have small children is the speed you can cook at - I can boil water quicker, which means I can throw the pasta in quicker for my boys as dinner time with small children is always fun!

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