Gas and electric stoves both have their advantages. Besides the obvious difference of heat source, there are also several other things that set them apart. Here’s a closer look at gas vs. electric stoves to help you decide which is correct for your family.
Advantages of Gas
Any chef will tell you that they would choose a gas stove over an electric 100% of the time. As soon as you turn on a burner on a gas stovetop, you get an instant flame. You can easily tell visually how high or low the heat is and there is no waiting for a coil to heat up or cool down, making cooking times much more controllable. Natural gas tends to be less expensive than electricity, so it is also the more cost-effective choice.
Disadvantages of Gas
Although gas stoves cost less to use, the initial cost of the appliance will be considerably higher than an electric. If you don’t already have a gas hookup running through your kitchen, you will have to factor that cost in as well. You also want to consider safety in your choice, since a gas stovetop could be a hazard if a burner is left on accidentally. Natural gas has a sulfur-like smell to alert you to any leaks before it becomes a hazard.
Advantages of Electric
You may not have an open flame with an electric stove, but what you do have is a sleek glass stovetop that is easy to clean and free of clunky metal burners. Most models have lights to alert you when a burner is still hot and are generally less expensive than gas stoves and easier to install.
Disadvantages of Electric
Electric burners take longer to heat up and cool down, making cooking a little trickier, especially to the new or inexperienced cook. Although the glass top is easy to clean of spills, it can stain easily.
If you have any questions about the repair of gas or electric stoves, call Express Appliance Service.