If you’re currently building a home or remodeling the one you already own, you are expected to make countless decisions. One of the most important ones is whether to use a gas range vs an electric stove in your kitchen. Which one is better than the other? Which one will be more cost-effective?
Take a look at some of the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of gas ranges and electric stoves.
- Less expensive and way easier to install than gas ranges. There is less risk of doing something wrong in the installation since there is no gas line.
- Easier to clean.
- You can easily start it with the turn of a knob. There is no gas release into the air or a spark of a flame.
- Better heat distribution when cooking.
- They often come with other functions like grilles or fans that gas ranges don’t include.
- It takes longer for the burner coils to heat and cool off.
- There is more heat emitted in the kitchen.
- Burners are less delicate to regulate.
- If there is a power outage, you won’t be able to cook at all.
- If you already had a gas stove and oven and want to switch to electric you need to hire an electrician. It could cost several hundred dollars.
- Ranges are preferred by people because of the more even heat distribution.
- You can adjust the flame with a control knob.
- Gas is clean burning and inexpensive.
- You can cook faster on the stovetops because of even flame distribution across the pan.
- A gas stove has always been cheaper than electric ones. But with today’s rise in gas and energy prices, an electric stove can cost the same.
- Generally, gas ranges are considered to be not as safe as electric stoves. There have been a lot of house fires caused by gas leaks.
- Newer and more modern gas ranges may not light during a power outage.
- Gas lines can be pretty expensive to install, and it could possibly be the case where your apartment/house doesn’t have access to one.
- Cleaning a gas range can be considerably harder and more time consuming than an electric stove.
If you’re looking to buy a new stove and you can’t decide between gas or electric, you should really take a look at your budget. If you’re a foodie or thinking of becoming one, you will definitely be happier with a gas range. If not, consider all the advantages and disadvantages we just mentioned. A new electric stove model might be more attractive to you. So, if you can afford it go for a duel-fuel model, you will be able to have the best of both worlds. Or, you can go for a gas range for now while you wait for the prices to drop later on and get an electrical one.