You might not think too much about your range until it breaks down or you’re planning a remodel, and when either time comes, you’re left with a big question: What to get next?
Your range is an essential kitchen appliance, which means you want to get the most out of it. You also want to make sure you get the most for your money. So what’s better, a gas or electric range? There are pros and cons to both. As far as the cooktop is concerned, some prefer gas on a cooktop simply because it’s easier to see the level of heat with gas. The pot sits on grates, with space between the pot and the flames.
You also have the ability to change the heat levels instantaneously. If you’re the type of cook who wants quicker response times, a gas cooktop might be the ideal option for you, because you have more control—with the ability to slightly adjust the heat with a tiny turn of the knob. Check out how to install a gas stove if you think this is the option for you!
The downside is surely that you have to play around with finding your ideal temperature, and it’s hard to find that same temperature every time you use your gas cooktop. For instance, attempting to get the right boil or the right simmer can be finicky. Committed chefs can enjoy such things as charring, toasting and flambéing, which electric cooktops cannot do.
Another important factor is that most gas ranges run on natural gas, which requires a gas line to the house. If where you live doesn’t allow for this (such as a very remote area) it’s not the option for you. Here’s how to connect gas pipe lines if you decide on a gas range and are doing the work yourself. Furthermore, if an open flame sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, stick with your other option: the electric range.
If you prefer a more hands-off approach, perhaps you should try an electric range, which is as simple as plugging in the range and using the cooktop by putting your pot directly on the heat source, and choosing a setting (high, medium high, medium, medium low, simmer). Be sure to check out these electric stove repair tips.
Electric cooktops tend to be easier to clean than their gas counterparts, with a smooth surface that cannot trap food, sauce, splatters and spills which happen on a gas cooktop, or plug in elements that are easy to remove and clean under.
As far as the ovens go, the main cooking difference between a gas and electric oven is that a gas oven creates a more humid baking environment, since water vapor is produced during combustion. Meanwhile, electric ovens produce dryer heat. Gas ovens, therefore, are known not to dry food out as much as electric, which makes them ideal for baking cakes, roasts and casseroles. Electric ovens, meanwhile, are known for even heating because of the fan, which makes for versatile cooking.
Price ranges are relatively similar between both gas and electric ranges. In the end, it truly does come down to preference and personality in the kitchen! Speaking of, here’s how to repair a gas range or an electric range.