Gas vs. Electric: Which is Better for Your Home?

If you’re interested in buying a new kitchen range, then you’re probably thinking about the pros and cons of gas vs. electric ranges. Both types of ranges have advantages and disadvantages, depending on what your needs and preferences are. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts and can help you sort out the gas vs. electric debate so you can choose the right appliance for your home.

Pros of Gas Stoves

The biggest advantage of a gas range is the control you have when cooking. When it comes to the cooktop, you get instant heat—just turn on the flame and your pot or pan will be hot in seconds. Plus, you’ll be able to raise or lower the temperature instantly, which means more precise control while cooking. The flames produced by a natural gas stove spread themselves along the bottom and sides of the pan, cooking food more evenly and quickly.

A gas oven heats up and cools down faster than an electric oven. Warming begins as soon as you turn on the gas. Equally, cooking will stop just as soon as the gas is turned off. As a result, far less energy is consumed with a gas vs. electric stove.

Gas stoves also have a longer life span than electric ovens. Once you buy a gas oven, you’ve definitely made a long-term, if not a lifetime, investment.

Cons of Gas Stoves

The most immediate drawback to a gas stove is the purchase price. Gas stoves do come in a range of prices, but are typically more expensive than electric stoves. On top of that, if you don’t already have a gas line in your kitchen, you’ll have to have one installed, which of course adds significant costs. But these are one-time expenditures and maintenance costs are low once everything is set up.

Pros of Electric Stoves

Electric stoves are fairly easy to operate, and less expensive to purchase, which makes them good choices for people who don’t spend as much time in the kitchen. Also, there’s no need for a gas line in your kitchen, so that cost is completely eliminated.

Most electric stoves sold today have a sleek, glass cooktop instead of those coiled cooking elements you may associate with electric stoves. These cooktops not only look great, but they are easy to clean. There’s no need to remove a burner ring to wipe up a hardened spill. If you do have a stove with a coiled heating element, then they can be easily replaced if they get damaged.

Cons of Electric Stoves

Although less expensive to purchase than gas stoves, electric stoves use more energy, which means higher energy bills. Their main downside, however, is a slow change in heat. You have to wait for them to heat up when you turn them on, and changes in temperature occur slowly, giving you less control than with a gas stove. Precise results can be hard to achieve.

If you live in an area that has frequent power outages, then your stove will be inoperable during those times. Even some backup generators aren’t enough to power electric stoves.

The Bottom Line

So what’s the answer in the gas vs. electric debate? Honestly, there’s no absolute right or wrong answer. Gas stoves probably fit most people’s lives if they cook the majority of meals at home with their family. But if you don’t do much cooking and just need something inexpensive to boil water for tea, fry an egg, or bake potatoes, then an electric stove might be the better option.

If you’re ready to buy a new range, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff.