Gas Ranges VS Electric Stove

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Gas Ranges VS Electric Stove

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.

Electric Stove

Advantages:

  • 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.

Disadvantages:

  • 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.

Gas Ranges

Advantages:

  • 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.

Disadvantages:

  • 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.

Electric Stove Installation Near You

If you’ve decided to go for an electric stove, you will need an experienced electric team by your side. Call East-West Electric at (727) 771-9403 for a quote now!