Here are some of the pros and cons of gas and electric ranges. Decide for yourself which fits you the best!
Electric ranges can be much less expensive to purchase and install than gas ranges. Generally, all you need to do is plug them into the wall and you’re ready to go! The burners and surfaces tend to be easier to clean, especially glass-top ranges, which are also more stable for pots and to use as storage space when the range is off. Modern electric ranges turn on instantly as soon as you twist the knob. There tend to be more functions with electric ranges, and better heat distribution when baking. Plus, the dry heat is optimal for roasting conditions.
Electric Ranges: CONS
Electric ranges cool down much slower than gas ranges after the burner is turned off or down. If the power goes out in your home, you’ll be out of luck with your range. The stovetop heating elements of electric ranges are not usually as responsive as gas burners, so quickly lowering the temperature of a boiling pot or scorching sauce is not quite as effective.
Gas ranges provide more even heat for stovetop cooking, and the levels of heat are easier to adjust more precisely by altering the amount of flame produced. The heat you get from the gas flames heats both the bottom and the sides of the pans, which helps to cook food faster. Natural gas is also quite inexpensive and abundantly available, and burns cleanly. This also makes the ranges less expensive to operate than electric ranges. You are able to change the temperature much more quickly than on electric ranges, and produce less ambient heat to the rest of your kitchen.
Gas Ranges: CONS
Gas ranges can be more expensive to buy and install, and can be slightly more dangerous. There is always the potential for a gas leak, which could cause a residential fire. Children and pets are also at more risk of getting burned because of the open flames. Also, baking might not be as consistent because oven temperatures tend to be hotter closer to the top.
Still have questions about which option is right for you? Contact our team at Three Week Kitchens today for a recommendation!