Are you considering new appliances for your kitchen and can’t decide between a gas or electric stove? They not only look different from each other, but they also function differently. To help you decide which one is for you, we have listed the main pros and cons for each one.
If asked, 96% of chefs will tell you that they prefer to cook on gas stoves. That is because the burners and oven heat up much faster than electric stoves, and different types of cookware, including uneven bottoms, work better on the gas flame. Gas cooktops are easier to maintain than a cooktop that has to be specially cleaned.
Gas Stove Pros
Because in most states, gas is cheaper than electricity, cooking with gas can save you 10% to 30% in energy costs. If you cook a lot that can be quite a saving, and if you are comparing gas against electric the cost should be a consideration. So, in a nutshell:
- In most states gas can be cheaper than electricity
- Stove and oven heat much faster
- Heat can be controlled instantly from high to low
- More useful for grilling, searing and simmering
- Easier to clean the stovetop
- Suitable for many different types of pots and pans
Gas Stove Cons
While there are many things to enjoy about gas cooking, there are a few things you should consider.
- Turning them on can sometimes be tricky
- Occasionally the burner won’t light
- The pilot light goes out
- There can be a weak burner flame
- Ventilation can be a problem
- Gas can cause a greasy surface
Often it depends on what is already there for you to choose between an electric or gas stove. It’s easy to just plug in to the electricity already running through your home.
Electric Stove Pros
- The kitchen doesn’t get as hot with an electric stove
- There is a flatter surface to clean with a cooktop
- Pots are more stable on a flatter top
- It is easier to turn them on and off
- Installation is easier and less expensive
- You probably already have 220v in your kitchen
Electric Stove Cons
- Electric stoves use as much as three times more energy than gas
- If the power goes out, you can’t use the stove
- Because you often can’t tell if it’s on, it is easier to burn yourself
- Newer models with the latest features can be more costly than gas
- If something is dropped on it the cooktop can get damaged
- Electric stoves cook food slower than gas
Whether you choose electric or gas for your next kitchen remodel, Innovative Kitchen and Bath can help you design your dream kitchen. To find out more, contact our Kirkland, WA office and we can walk you through your options.