The two basic electric range categories are coil and cook-top. The electric coil variety uses a spiral heating element that sits exposed on top of the range. This device heats and responds to temperature adjustments very slowly. It is difficult to clean. It is more likely to malfunction than other range types. Avoid electric-coil ranges, even though they are the least expensive range.
An electric cook-top is a flat, smooth-surfaced range. The heating units lie hidden under the glass-ceramic panel. There are several electric cook-top subcategories: radiant, halogen, and induction.
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