If you are choosing a new stove, you may have the option of choosing a gas or electric range for your kitchen. But besides personal preference, are that any real advantages of one over the other? Here are some of the benefits and disadvantages you may want to consider.
Gas Stove Advantages
Cooks overwhelmingly agree that a gas stove is the best. The heating is highly responsive and fast and when the knob is turned off, the heat is off without having to deal with a coil cool down.
Gas is a quick heat source and can enable you to cook food in a shorter amount of time. The flames allow for a more even heat distribution throughout the pot so foods are less likely to scorch in one area. This is important for more complex recipes.
Gas stoves have a more precise temperature control. The temperature change happens immediately with flame control so you don’t have to consider cooking time as your temperatures heat up or cool down as you would with an electric stove.
Any type of cookware can be used with a gas stove without damaging burners. Many types of cookware can mar glass or ceramic top electric stoves.
Gas Stove Disadvantages
Gas stoves require a source of natural gas. This is the most important thing to consider. Adding a gas hookup and the appropriate piping to your home may be a costly disadvantage.
Ventilation is important with both types of stoves but is even more important with a gas stove. Burning gas in your home can emit some hazardous fumes like nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, and even carbon monoxide.
Cooking with flames can cause your kitchen to heat up faster than with an electric stove.
Electric Stove Advantages
The biggest advantage to an electric stove is not having the need for a natural gas hookup. In areas where natural gas is not available, the electric stove is perfect. And without the flame of a gas stove, your kitchen will typically stay cooler when you are cooking.
New technology has given us advancements in electric stoves. New induction cooktops can cook food much faster than any other options on the market.
Electric Stove Disadvantages
In most cases, electric stoves are less energy efficient, particularly the smooth-top stoves. Electric stoves are subject to power outages although most gas stoves require electricity to engage an igniter.
You will need to be more careful in choosing cookware to use on a smooth-top electric cooking surface. Cast iron, ceramic, or any type of cookware that does not have a smooth bottom can easily scratch and mar the surface of a smooth cooktop. And despite manufacturers claiming they are easy to clean, smooth top cook surfaces require extra care and special cleaners.
When you have questions about any of your appliances, consult an Ajax appliance repair expert. At ES Appliance Repair, we are always available for any of your appliance needs.