A Comparison of the Many Different Kinds of Stoves

There are many different kinds of stoves to choose from, so it can be a little overwhelming when comparing all your options. We’ve compiled a list of the most common kinds of ovens on the market, and the pros and cons of each. Here is a comparison of the many different kinds of stoves.


Traditional Gas

Home chefs definitely seem to prefer gas ovens, due to the ability to cook over an open flame. Flame burners heat up immediately, as opposed to waiting for an electric burner to get hot. It’s also a bit easier to control the heat under your pot or pan if you can visually see the flame’s size. Gas ovens can range anywhere from $300-3,000, so there really is an option for every budget. Also, gas can save you 10-30% in energy costs than traditional electric.

Traditional Electric

Electric stoves are reliable, inexpensive and easy to install. They also keep your kitchen cooler than gas stoves, so if you live in a hotter climate or don’t have an air conditioner in your home, this may be a better option. The cooktops on an electric oven are also easier to keep clean than gas stoves, and easier to turn on and off. The cons of an electric stove are that they take longer to heat up, use up to three times the amount of energy as gas stoves, and tend to cook slower.


Cooktops can be quite the addition to the kitchen for a home chef. The ability to cook in a separate area than your oven opens up a world of possibilities. It can alleviate congestion in your kitchen and give a better flow and ability to move around while cooking. However, you definitely need more space for a cooktop, and it does cut down on available counter space.