Is a Gas Stove Better Than an Electric Stove? (The Answer Is Yes)

Is a Gas Stove Better Than an Electric Stove? (The Answer Is Yes)

Do you fancy yourself something of a pro in the kitchen? Planning to be the next Gordon Ramsey?

Unlike Gordon Ramsey who has both gas and induction stoves in his house, most of us have to choose one over the other. And you guessed it – most of us prefer gas.

But why is gas the better option? What factors may make an electric stove a better option?

Let’s take a closer look at the gas vs electric stove battle!

Gas vs Electric Stove Top – What’s the Difference?

Our deep-seated love of either a gas or electric stove probably comes from what we learned to cook on.

Also, for many of us, there’s something alluring about the flame element of cooking on gas. There’s also a sense that you have almost instant control over temperature, although you’ve always got to wait for the pan to catch up.

Is your perception that a gas stove is hotter than an electric stove? It’s not always the case. In fact, many electric stoves outperform gas and are able to boil water more rapidly.

What about simmering or braising at lower temperatures? Again, a modern electric stove is often as good as gas, if not better.

The interesting thing is though, the fuel source is not the only determiner of a good stove. It’s much like cars comparing cars that run on gasoline or diesel. They get you to the same place, but the journey feels a little different.

Your decision may come down to stove size and practicality for your family.

Reasons for Choosing an Electric Stove

A gas stove may be a happy step closer to an open fire for some people, but many Americans still choose an electric stove top.

One reason for that is that only about 50% of American homes have a gas connection. When you don’t have a choice, the choice is much simpler!

Here’s another reason that even the most die-hard gas fanatic won’t deny. An electric stove is much easier to clean than a gas one.

Nowadays, an electric stove burner is usually under a sheet of toughened glass. All you have to do is wipe away any dirt or grime on the surface. 

Gas, on the other hand, is quite a pain to clean. You have to remove the grills and disassemble the burners. Oh, and then stainless steel is not the easiest material to get streak-free.

Many people also prefer not to mix naked flames and children. Electric stoves are still dangerous for children and you need to keep them away from them while you are cooking. Induction cookers a safer because they only create heat while the pan is in contact with them.

One final consideration is that electric stoves are usually more energy-efficient than gas ones. Induction stove tops are even better, with much more of the energy transferred to the food. 

Types of Electric Stove

There are two main types of electric stove on the market – traditional electric and induction.

As mentioned at the outset, even Chef Ramsey has an induction stove in his house. Induction is a more modern system, that heats up more quickly than a traditional electric stove. In fact, they heat up even fast than gas stoves.

The downside is that you have to have induction compatible pans.

Traditional electric stoves fall into two types. The older, less expensive type of electric stoves for sale feature coil burners. These burners stand proud and are more difficult to clean.

Smooth electric cooktops are much easier to keep clean. Like induction, they look like a sheet of glass. But unlike induction, electric stoves take a little while to heat up.

What to Look for When Electric Stove Shopping

Budget is a big consideration for many of us. While coil burner electric stoves are cheaper, we recommend getting a smooth cooktop if you can afford it. They are much easier to keep clean and accommodate several pans easily.

When looking, for example at Home Depot electric stoves, or Lowes electric stoves, compare wattages.

The higher the watts, the more powerful the heating element. Sometimes you will see an electric stove for sale that features a quick-boil burner. This is a high-wattage burner that is useful for boiling water for pasta.

A great feature of some electric stoves is a self-cleaning oven. They use high heat to incinerate dirt, which you can then wipe away.

Reasons to Choose a Gas Stove

Gas seems like a more natural cooking fuel. That makes it a popular choice for people who need to feel in control of the heat in a visible way.

Gas also allows you to cook more creatively. Enjoy a flambee or two? You need a gas stove to light the alcohol in your sauce. 

Another important factor is cost.

Gas stoves may cost a little less than electric ones. Also, in some parts of the country, gas may be cheaper than electricity. Of course, it’s good to do a thorough cost comparison before making a final decision.

One word of warning – if you choose a gas stove, always have a carbon monoxide detector fitted in your home. They are vital as improperly fitted gas stoves can give off this lethal gas. 

The Verdict: Gas or Electric Stove?

Are you looking for fun in the kitchen? The ability to pull off a wide range of cooking techniques? Then a gas stove is the right choice for you!

But if you don’t have gas at your house, don’t despair. Using an electric stove is a lot more fun than it used to be. Plum for an induction stovetop and you’ll barely feel the difference from gas!

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