As one of the most often used appliances in the kitchen, a range is an important investment. Deciding whether to purchase a gas or electric range can be a challenge. People often feel quite strongly about the particular type of range they use. Here, we explore some of the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision for your particular needs.
In terms of the quality of the final product, gas ovens reach the desired temperature quickly. Thus, there is no need to waste time pre-heating the oven.
Gas ovens also emit less heat than their electric counterparts. This is particularly important for those who enjoy cooking during the summer or those who live in warmer climates as gas ovens help keep the kitchen, as well as the rest of the house, cooler.
Finally, gas ovens offer the advantage of being able to cook even in the event of a power outage. Add to this the convenience of natural gas, which is relatively inexpensive and readily available, and gas ovens become a convenient cooking option.
Gas Stove Tops
Gas stove tops also offer a number of benefits. For one, the heat produced by the appliance and, by extension the cooking temperature, is easily controlled by simply adjusting the height of the flame.
In addition, gas stoves offer the advantage of instant heat. This considerably reduces cooking time. Moreover, the heat can be turned off instantly, meaning a burner can double as counter space without the risk of burning food.
Like gas ovens, gas stoves also produce less heat. This helps keep the food preparation area cooler.
Finally, gas stove tops reduce the risk of burning or over-cooking food. Because the temperature can be easily monitored and adjusted, food never cooks too quickly.
Electric ovens offer an alternative to gas models. However, it takes longer for electric ovens to reach the desired temperature.
Electric ovens also emit more heat than gas ovens, making the kitchen, and the entire house, considerably warmer.
Electric Stove Top
Electric stove tops offer the advantage of reduced cooking time, meaning more time can be spent preparing ingredients or perfecting meal presentation.
Electric stove tops do, however, take longer to heat up. In contrast to gas models that instantly reach optimal cooking temperatures once ignited, electric stove tops require more time to reach the desired temperature, meaning cooking takes a little longer.
Finally, it is important to keep in mind that electric stove tops won’t work in a power outage.
Considering these pros and cons, the best option for you will depend on what you plan to cook. Gas stoves offer more even cooking, while electric ovens distribute heat better.