Should I Buy an Electric or Gas Stove?

gas vs electricYour stove is arguably the most important appliance in your kitchen.  Whether you’re preparing a huge Thanksgiving dinner for your extended family, or simply boiling up some mac and cheese for lunch, having a range which fits your needs and lifestyle is crucial.  When purchasing a new range, the most essential decision you’ll need to make is whether to go with a gas or electric unit.  With many great range options available, it can be overwhelming to narrow the field between gas and electric, let alone tackling the daunting task of examining the individual models.  Many people have strong opinions on this subject, and swear by one or the other.  In reality, they will both get the job done, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses.  Some of the most salient points to consider are the price of the appliance, the features that it offers, and how safe it is.  Professional cooks swear by the versatility of flame heat that you can quickly and accurately adjust, while mothers with toddlers or small children can’t imagine purposely having an open flame anywhere near their home.  Here are some of the pros and cons for both gas and electric ranges.

 

Gas Ranges

Pros:

  • More even stovetop heat for cooking.
  • Easier to precisely gauge and regulate the level of heat by adjusting the flame.
  • Natural gas ranges are less costly to operate than their electric counterparts.
  • Rapid temperature change allows you to leave food on the burners without continuing to cook.

Cons:

  • Gas ranges are typically more expensive to buy and install.
  • Also can be more dangerous than electric units.  Increased potential for toxic, flammable gas leaks, and possible risk of burns to small children or pets from open flames.

Electric Ranges

Pros:

  • Less expensive to buy and install.  Simply plug into the wall, and you’re ready to go!
  • Easier to clean burners and cooking surfaces.
  • Instantly turns on and off every time with the twist of a knob, versus gas ranges that may sputter to catch a flame, emitting unburned and potentially hazardous gas.
  • More functions and options, such as additional fans, grillers, and storage space are available.

Cons:

  • Slower to adjust heat level or cool down when a burner is turned down or off.
  • More expensive to operate than gas ranges.
  • Subject to power outages.

Gas and electric ranges both offer more than adequate performance and will get the job done every time.  Your decision will simply come down to your needs as a cook, as a consumer, and as a family.  Hopefully this article will help you weigh your options and make the best decision for your kitchen, and your lifestyle.

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