For cooking enthusiasts, the decision between owning an electric or gas range is a big influencer in the overall cooking experience. Some swear that the open flame enhances versatility and ease of preparing food where others are more partial to the lower cost, easier installation, and functions of electric ranges. While the preference for gas or electric ranges largely comes back to personal choice and practicality, there are more objective pros and cons to each variety. Here is a look at some of the differences, as well as advantages and disadvantages of gas and electric ranges.
Electric ranges are generally less expensive and easier to install than gas ranges since you can simply plug them in, turn them on, and start cooking. There is no gas line to connect and, as such, less risk of doing something wrong on the install. Additionally, the surfaces and burners of electric ranges can sometimes be easier to clean than gas ranges. One of the central reasons some prefer electric ranges over gas is because the range can be easily started with the turn of a knob that does not release gas into the air or sputter to spark a flame. They also offer better heat distribution for baking.
Electric ranges often also come with a variety of other functions like fans and grilles that may not be included in gas ranges. The biggest drawbacks to electric ranges aside from personal misgivings about their cooking performance include: longer cooling time for burner coils, more ambient heat emitted in the kitchen, less delicate heat regulation in burners, and propensity for power outages that could leave you without a range.
Gas ranges are often the preferred range for cooks for the more even stove top heat distribution and flame adjustability through the control knob. Gas is also clean burning and relatively inexpensive, making cooking for a longer duration more efficient and economical than electricity. Though gas ranges are typically more expensive to purchase and install, you can make up some of this cost in daily operations. Gas ranges also have the ability to cook food faster on the stove top by heating pans on all sides through a more even flame.
Disadvantages to gas ranges include the obvious safety concern of dealing with natural gas. There is inherently more risk involved in owning and operating a gas range due to the potential for gas leaks, fire, and personal injury from burns. Gas ranges require a bit more care installing and more awareness using and maintaining. The biggest risk by far, though, is gas leaks. If you ever smell gas when the range is off and suspect a leak, exit the home and call the gas company immediately.
Finally, gas ranges can often heat unevenly in the oven due to the propensity for hotter temperatures at the top of the oven. This often means dishes must be closely monitored and rotated to prevent overcooking or burning. In general, however, gas ranges are safe, reliable, and excellent for cooking. The choice is yours.
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