There are three types of cooktops: gas, electric (sometimes called ‘ceramic’) and induction. Gas cooktops provide instant heat control with precise temperature adjustments. You can also use the size of the flame to differentiate between high, low, and medium heat at a glance. They tend to be more expensive to run and if your home doesn’t have a mains gas connection, you'll need an LP Gas model (many gas cooktops also come with a conversion kit).
Ceramic cooktops are easy-to-clean with a flat, uniform surface. Their heat is not as precise or instantaneous to control as other cooktops, but they are better than gas at maintaining a steady, low heat for delicate cooking. There are also electric cooktops with solid hotplates as cooking zones.
Induction cooktops use a magnetic field to heat your cookware fast. Unlike ceramic, induction cooktops do not need to get hot to heat the cookware, making them the safest and most energy efficient cooktop option. They’re the most expensive to buy but the cheapest to run and are easy to clean. For everything on installation and for more on cooktops in general, check out our cooktop buying guide.