Just how important is knowing the type of burner you need before buying one for your home? Very! Think about it, are you a professional chef, stay at home mom, or some cool party guy who never stops to throw a bash for his pals? Whichever the case, burners use energy, and if you’re living off the main grid, and knows how much you spend on energy you’d want to stay within the limits.

Open Burners Vs Sealed Burners Which One Should You Go For

When buying a burner there are usually the two common types that you will go with, you will either choose an open burner or a sealed burner. However choosing between these two is very much confusing sometime. In order to make the right choices you must know what each and every one of them has or doesn’t have. Here is our comparison for these two electrical appliances (open vs. sealed) burner.

Open Burner Vs Sealed Burner

Certain burners will come with their cooking components exposed. Their flames will be easily visible and exposed to the air and while cooking, the spills and crumbs will easily fall directly into the flame. Such burners are called Open Burners. On the other hand there is a certain group of burners that have seals between the burner and the frame that supports the pans while cooking. Meaning that the burner components are covered so that no spills can fall directly onto the flame, such burners are referred to as the Sealed Burners.  Both burners can however come in the same designs including canopy, fixed, or slid-out ranges depending on cook tops and electrical range, dual fuel, or gas range.

Pros and Cons of Open and Sealed Burners

Since an open burner has its components exposed, it will easily provide direct heat to whatever you are cooking on top of the range. Usually the flame is exposed to sufficient oxygen and this means the heat will give you a better burn. Closed burners on the other side are not so efficient with their heating. Sometime the heating could be quite uneven on the sealed surface since it will deprive the burner enough oxygen supply.

Open burners also gives the freedom for control over your cooking. Because the flame is visible you can easily control it manually. You could lower the setting easily, simmer your food, boil, or put it under very high temperatures. Sealed burners on the other hand will prove more difficult if you want to achieve a rolling boil quicker. You won’t know the amount of heat you are using coz you can’t see it and you’d have to use instincts.

Open burners are more difficult to clean. They get dirty easily and could look messy from time to time. This could use so much of your time and energy for a super clean look. Usually the food if cooked and spilled will go directly into the flame and burner leaving it dirty. Sealed burners are however much easy to clean since the components are covered and no spills can fall directly into the flame.

Unlike Open Burners that are made of steel ware, Sealed Burners will come with ceramic cook tops. This gives them a high aesthetic value, stylish outlook, and undoubted beauty. However it also makes them more brittle, highly expensive, and very costly to care for and maintain. In fact it is easy for a sealed burner to get a crack on its cook top if something falls on it. They are more expensive to install compared to open burners because of the same reason.

Sealed Burners also come with one piece surface around the burners. Meaning, you don’t have to disassemble it in case you want to clean. This will cost you less energy and make the whole idea very much enjoyable. On the contrary some open burners come with removable drip tray that is to be disassembled on cleaning. With regular use the drip tray will look dirty and could become permanently stained.

Because of its beautiful look and contemporary design, sealed burners are mostly used in modern kitchens. However for professional cookery, chefs prefer the use of open burners since they’re so easy to monitor and regulate. An open burner is the popular choice for a commercial kitchen and most electrical retailers recommend it for this purpose.