There are a few differences to consider when choosing between a gas stove and an electric stove. Each type of hob has its own benefits, so choosing the right one for your home will depend on your kitchen priorities, such as choosing an easy-to-clean hob over something better for cooking.
If your kitchen doesn't already have plumbing for a gas oven, it's more economical to install an electric range. Electric stoves also tend to be cheaper than gas stoves of comparable quality. Depending on the type of cooktop and the features you need, electric cooktops come in a variety of price points to suit your budget and cooking needs.
Cleaning is a breeze when you have a smooth top electric range. Kitchen spills can be wiped off the flat surface in seconds. With traditional electric cooktops, you can remove the coils and drip trays for easy cleaning of the cooktop and the surface underneath.
Electric heating elements in conventional ovens are known for their dryness and even baking. Electric convection ovens use a built-in fan to circulate hot air and cook even more efficiently, eliminating the risk of hot spots and promoting even cooking.
Electric cooktops use a higher percentage of the energy they use for cooking. An induction cooktop combined with magnetic cookware is by far the most efficient and can boil water almost twice as fast as a regular cooktop thanks to electromagnetic technology. That means you're getting the most out of the energy you're paying for.
In the kitchen it is always important to think about safety, especially in homes with children. Electric cooktops usually have a "hot surface" indicator light, and induction cooktops only heat the area that the pot touches, leaving the rest of the cooktop safe to touch.Don't worry about failed pilot lights or gas leaks.
Gas burners allow instant changes in heat during cooking because a flame doesn't take time to heat up or cool down like electric burners. Both novice and professional chefs often prefer gas burners when they need quick heat changes for specific recipes and don't want to use multiple burners with multiple settings.
The metal grids of gas stoves are stronger than electric stoves. Smooth cooktops are made of glass or ceramic, so extra care is needed to avoid scratching or cracking the surface. Metal racks can easily support heavy or rough cookware.
When paying for utilities, gas is generally cheaper than electricity. Even if the cost of your gas range is higher initially, paying less for utilities will save you money in the long run. These savings can add up, especially if you cook a lot.
When cooking with a wok or other round-bottomed cookware, gas burners are a must. The flame of a gas burner heats your pots more evenly, making them perfect for both everyday cookware and odd-shaped cookware.
If your home goes out of power, you can still have dinner on most gas ranges. Simply light the burners manually with a match or lighter. This makes gas stoves a great asset for homes in areas where inclement weather and prolonged power outages are common.