Gas stoves in India have become a ubiquitous sight. With LPG cylinders reaching the hinterland of India, people are realising how much more convenient, safer and cleaner gas stoves are compared to chulhas, stoves and open fire cooking. Gas stoves come with reinforced cooktops that give greater stability to the cooking utensil, preventing up-turns and spills, than clay or iron chulhas. They also do not have open fires that can burn the cook, or produce choking smoke. Gas stoves use cleaner fuel like LPG or PNG, that literally produce no smoke at all. They also come wit multiple burners that makes cooking a faster process. The advantages of using gas stoves over any other form of stove or chulha are countless.
It is not that even better cooking equipment have not been introduced in the market. For example, induction cookers and microwave ovens are taking the market by storm and slowly earning a strong foothold in Indian households. While in western countries, these are in fact more popular for use in most households, their universality in India as the main cooking equipment as well as in commercial kitchens and as secondary cooker in houses worldwide cannot be denied. Needless to say, gas stoves are not going anywhere anytime soon.
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What to Keep in Mind When Buying a Gas Stove
While even a two decades earlier, gas stoves barely had any variations, nowadays, they are of so many types that its hard to keep track of which is which. That is where this easy guide will come handy. Read on to find out about all the options you have and which will be the best for your home.
Number of Burners
Even the uninformed person will probably check this first. Gas ovens can have any number of burners from one to four. The number of burners you choose depends on the number of family members you cook for, time constraints and number of dishes you generally cook.
Type of Ignition
Gas stoves can have either manual ignition, where a lighted match or flame or spark lighter must be used to manually ignite the gas,or automatic ignition, in which the spark is produced in the oven automatically on turning the knob.
Type of Burner
Burners have 3 basic types – standing pilot, electric ignition or sealed burner. The standing pilot uses a continuous flame to keep the burner running. When the first flame is ignited, a sensitive thermocouple coupled with the gas valve opens it and keeps it that way. When the flame is put off, the valve closes too. Electric ignition burners start the flame by creating an electric spart in the mixture of LPG/PNG and oxygen(air). The spark may be created manually or automatically. Sealed burners have a covered cooktop with a a bowl surrounding it to catch spills. These not only protect flames from winds but also makes cleaning easy.
Position of Gas Inlet
Always watch for where the gas inlet is situated based on where you will keep the stove and proximity to your gas cylinder. Go for a gas oven whose gas inlet is on the same side as the spot where the cylinder is kept.
By oven body, everything from material to size and design to finish is meant. Always make sure the gas oven you are buying will fit on your kitchen counter. A gas oven can be made of aluminium, brass or steel. Also ensure that the burners are well-spaced to fit your pots and pans. Nowadays, various design innovations have come up like shatter-proof glass countertops, pan-supporting cooktops, spill-proof protection and drip trays for convenient usage. Brands now add marvellous designs to complement modular kitchens, with some even going for 3D graphic designs.
Larger burners with bigger nozzles will obviously burn more gas that smaller ones. Heavy-duty burners consume most gas, followed by large, medium and small. Also, auto-ignition systems require batteries to operate the sparkinh mechanism.
It is imperative to buy a gas stove with ISI certification only. This is a guarantee that the oven is safe for use. Always go for a hard and robust-bodied oven that provides stability and comfort at the same time. Also check that the knobs work smoothly and spark system in auto-ignition is functional.
Best Gas Stoves in India
India is slowly revolutionising the market of gas oven by upgrading from the older steel version of the oven to aesthetic, advanced-technology ones. The list below is a compilation of diverse types of gas ovens popular in India.
1. Elica Vetro Glass Top 3 Burner Gas Stove (703 CT VETRO BLK)
The Elica Vetro gas stove is a manually operated, 3-burner gas oven. It has a premium finish glass top made with toughened glass. This glass has a 2 year warranty, which goes on to prove how confident the makers are regarding its strength and durability. Not only is it easier to clean and maintain, but it also imparts rust resistance to the stove. It also greatly improves the look of the stove.
Under the glass, the stove is reinforced by a stainless steel support plate that gives the structure strength. Its 3 burners are all of distinct sizes, of which one is small and two are medium, for varying cooking needs. The grids are round and Euro-coated, which keeps the utensils stable. High-efficiency brass burners ensure that there is no wastage of gas. The ignition is manual and the knobs are easy and smooth to operate.
Features of Elica Vetro Glass Top 3 Burner Gas Stove
- The dimensions of the stove is 70 x 41 x 13 cm.
- Its weight is 9.9 kg.
- It has 3 different-sized burners.
- It has a glass top with stainless steel support plate.
- Its burners are heavy brass type with Euro-coated grid supports.
- It has manual ignition.
2. Eveready TGC2B Glass Top Gas Stove, 2 Burner Gas Stove
This gas oven from Eveready sports two heavy-duty brass burners that are highly energy-efficient. Its cooktop is made of premium finish glass top, that gives a smart look to the oven, makes cleaning easy and fast and provides rust resistance to the stove. It has stainless steel dip trays that gives the oven a spill-proof design. It has powder-coated pan support for chip-free cooking.
The oven has a 360° swivel type gas inlet and 120 g valve, that ensures neither too much or too little of gas passes from the cylinder to the oven. It has a stainless steel body that, along with the toughened glass top, gives the stove a robust body. The knobs have smart indication to show you exactly which position allows how much gas to come in to the burner, so that there are no accidents.
Features of Eveready TGC2B Glass Top Gas Stove
- Product dimensions are 64 x 32 x 6 cm.
- Product weight is 5.1 kg.
- It has 2 heavy brass burners.
- It has a toughened glass top on a stainless steel body.
- It has manual ignition.
- The burners are of different sizes.
3. Butterfly Signature Glass 2 Burner Best Gas Stoves
The first thing that attracts you to this Butterfly gas stove is the sleek and ergonomic look and feel of the stove. It is compact in size which helps save a lot of counter space. Its unique toughened glass body is not only shatter-proof, it is also flame-retardant, which is a great advantage in the kitchen. It also makes the oven easier to clean. The burners, which is the main part of any stove, are rich in features here. They are heavy brass type for energy and thermal efficiency. They are topped with Smart Lock pan support that ensures spill-free cooking by making the pans rest stably on the burner.
But on the off-chance that a spill does occur, the stainless steel dip trays help to clean it up in a jiffy. Just as the glass top was flame resistant, the burner legs are also heat insulating as they are made of rubber. The pan stands are all powder coated which makes them scratch-free and non-reactive, thus increasing longevity. The knobs are well-designed and clearly indicated. The 360° revolving gas nozzle helps in easy positioning of the stove.
Features of Butterfly Signature Glass 2 Burner Best Gas Stoves
- Its dimensions are 60 x 29 x 11 cm.
- This best gas stove’s weight is 5.1 kg.
- Its has 2 brass burners.
- The oven top is made of toughened glass.
- The ignition is manual type.
4. Pigeon by Stovekraft Blackline Glass 4 Burner Gas Cooktop
This is the first 4-burner gas oven in our list. It comes with a hairline finish stainless steel body topped with toughened glass specially designed to sustain high cooking temperatures. In spite of having 4 burners, it is compactly shaped and fits easily even in small kitchens. The knobs too are specially reinforced to be unbreakable. The strong cylindrical legs made of rubber provide a firm grip on the countertop and prevent sliding of the oven.
The burners are all high-quality brass, which are energy-saving and safe for use. They ensure uniform heat conduction so that food does not get burnt. They are topped by stainless steel drip trays that will prevent spills from getting everywhere, keeping the oven and counter clean. The pan supports are uniquely designed to keep utensils of any shape stable on the burner.
Features of Pigeon by Stovekraft Blackline Glass
- The item dimensions are 25 x 20 x 25 cm.
- The item weight is 10 kg.
- It has 4 brass burners.
- It has a glass cooktop on a steel body.
- It has manual ignition.
5. Eveready TGC4B Glass Top Gas Stove, 4 Burner Gas Stove
Eveready knows exactly how to appease its customers and this is further proof of that. The TGC4B has a toughened glass cooktop that not only gives a premium finish, but also makes maintenance easy. The glass top is not only tough but also heat-resistant, so you need not worry about cracking anything while cooking. Coupled with a tough stainless steel body, it makes the oven robust and durable.
It has 4 high efficiency brass burners that consume only 0.664 L/hr gas. The oven is fitted with spill-proof stainless steel dip trays for a clean cooking experience. The 360° swiveling gas inlet makes it convenient to place the stove, while a 120 g brass valve releases exactly the right amount of gas as per setting. The powder coated pan supports makes them chip or scratch resistant for longer life. The knob design makes them easy to operate.
Features of Eveready TGC4B Glass Top Gas Stove
- Item size is 66.5 x 57.5 x 14.5 cm.
- Weight of the product is 9 kg.
- It has 4 brass burners.
- It has a glass top on a stainless steel body.
- It has manual ignition.
6. Sunflame GT Pride Glass Top Gas Stove, 3 Burner Gas Stove
The first thing that catches the eye when you see this stove is that instead of the high-shine glass finish of other stoves, this has a brushed matt finish that greatly enhances its look. The glass cooktop is toughened to resist cracks and bumps and sits on a powder-coated steel metal base.
There are 3 high-efficiency brass burners that cook better without burning too many calories. The powder-coated pan supports protects against scratches and corrosion, while the stainless steel dip trays make it easy to clean up spills. The knobs are ergonomically designed to make controlling the flame fast and easy. It also sports heat and slip resistant legs for added safety.
Features of Sunflame GT Pride Glass Top Gas Stove
- The dimensions of the stove are 76 x 45 x 14 cm.
- The stove weight is 7.6 kg.
- It has 3 brass burners – 2 large and 1 small.
- It has a glass top on a steel metal base.
- It has manual ignition.
7. Prestige Royale Plus Schott Glass 3 Burner Gas Stove
Prestige is the most trusted brand in India when it comes to itchen appliances. It has a really aesthetic looking toughened glass top that has lifetime warranty from Germany. It has high-quality tri-pin burners and Italian sabaf valve that provides greater control over gas release. The oven uses an advanced ignition system that provides precise flame control, which in turn, make usage of the oven safe.
The ergonomic knob design makes it easy on the fingers. Each burner has cleverly designed. Individual pan supports and steel borders that prevent spills and make them easy to clean up. In fact, the whole stove is easy to clean and rust-resistant for enhanced toughness and longevity.
Features of Prestige Royale Plus Schott Glass Stove
- The dimensions of the oven is 81 x 48.5 x 15.5 cm.
- Its weight is 10.3 kg.
- It has 3 brass burners.
- Chulha has a glass top with steel body.
- It requires manual ignition.
8. Prestige Marvel Plus Glass 4 Burner Gas Stove
Another model from Prestige, the Marvel models are quite popular across all numbers of burners. This comes with a MS powder coated aluminium body topped by an elegant black toughened glass top. Although ignition is manual, it makes up for it well in other areas. For example, it has specially designed, spill-proof burner area with pan support that stable locks the utensil in place.
The high efficiency tri pin burners ensure equal heat conduction to all sides for uniform cooking. Steel dip trays ensure that any spillage can be easily cleaned up. The glass top is shatter-proof, so you can cook hassle-free without worrying. The knobs too are comfortable and easy to use. An elegant, ergonomic design sets off this gas oven from others.
Features of Prestige Marvel Plus Glass Burner Gas Stove
- Its dimensions are 64 x 59 x 16 cm.
- Its weight is 9.62 kg.
- It is operated by manual ignition.
- It has a glass top with aluminium body.
- It has 4 brass burners.
9. Prestige Prithvi Best Gas Stoves with 1 Burner
This is a one-burner stove, ideal for people living alone or for cooking in hostels. It has the stainless steel body that most of the older generation is used to. In spite of that, it is not at all low on convenience or safety. This too has high-efficiency brass burners to allow energy efficiency and uniform cooking. ISI certification is a guarantee of safety in this.
Sturdy pan support makes sure that even if you put a heavy pan on it, there will be no problem. There are steel drip trays provided to allow easy clean-up of spills. The press-fit knob is to exert greater control on gas release. It has folded edges at the bottom so that no cuts are caused from bumping into it. The taller legs give height advantage on low counters.
Features of Prestige Prithvi Best Gas Stoves
- Item dimensions are 30 x 35 x 10.5 cm.
- It is made of stainless steel.
- Stove has one brass burner.
- It is manually ignited.
10. Kaff Tempered Glass 5 Burner Hob Gas Stove
Just like its predecessor, this product is also unique in the list due to the number of burners it has. And this time, it is 5. This Kaff gas stove has 5 burners, each of different types to aid in different methods of cooking. Yet, that is not the only reason this one is special. It is also the only burner in the list to have automatic electric ignition, a feature that is greatly attracting modern households with modular kitchens.
This is a hob top burner, which means it has to be installed by cutting the counter top and fitting the oven body in. The oven top is made of black tempered glass. It has 5 brass burners with 2 triple flame burners for greater uniformity of heat distribution. The burners are sealed type. Italian sabaf valves are used in the oven for greater flame control and corrosion resistance. The pan support grills are made of cast iron and the knobs are easy to hold and use.
Features of Kaff Tempered Glass 5 Burner Hob Gas Stove
- Inner cutting size is 730 x 490 mm.
- Outer cutting size is 860 x 510 mm.
- Height is contributed only by the burners.
- There are 5 brass burners of sealed type.
- Ignition is automatic electric type.
- It is made of black tempered glass.
As is probably quite apparent by now, most Indian households still prefer manual ignition cooktop burners for their kitchens. While they have upgraded to glass tops, they are yet to accept and enjoy the advantages of the advanced mechanisms employed in modern gas stoves nowadays. This list has something for every kind of family and encompasses all the biggest, trusted brands, so that brand loyalists are not disappointed. A comprehensive guide like this should greatly aid anyone looking to buy a gas stove or upgrade from their old one.