Gas vs. Electric Stoves: What Your Clients Need to Know
Are Gas Stoves or Electric Stoves Better?
Certain appliances, like stoves, can be powered via electricity or gas.
Do your clients understand the differences between each type, like how each impacts utility bills and how difficult (or easy) cleaning the stove will be?
The next time you need to help a client understand the pros and cons of gas versus electric stoves, here’s what you can tell them.
The Pros and Cons of Electric Stove tops
Electric stove tops are a more recent addition to kitchens, and they come equipped with unique pros and cons.
Benefits of an Electric Stove
The top benefits of an electric stove top include:
- Electric heats more efficiently than gas does, meaning the kitchen will stay cooler when the stove is on.
- These stoves also offer more consistency in temperature, and thus in cooking.
- Cleaning an electric stove is incredibly simple, since there’s one uniform surface to wipe down.
- Some people say that the heat on an electric stove is easier to control (though that may be a matter of opinion, as you’ll read later.) This can be especially true when trying to cook at lower temperatures, like you might do when melting chocolate.
Downsides of an Electric Stove
It’s not all good news, though. There are several important cons to electric stove tops:
- Newer models with advanced features will cost more than a gas range.
- Electric can also mean higher energy costs depending on the efficiency of the model.
- If the power goes out the homeowner will be without a stove. This is more of a problem in areas with frequent outages.
- It’s much easier to damage an electric stove by dropping something on the surface or by accidentally scratching the surface.
The Pros and Cons of Gas Ranges
Gas ranges have been around for years, and like electric stoves they have their benefits and downsides.
Why a Gas Stove Might Be Better
Gas stoves have their supporters, and here are some of the top reasons many people prefer gas over electric:
- With gas stoves you get immediate heat once the flame is turned on.
- Gas stoves are fueled by propane or natural gas, which are cheaper than electricity.
- Certain cooking tasks are easier, like charring bell peppers right on the flame.
- Homeowners will be able to get a better idea of how much heat they’re using, since they can see the flame, and many also feel the heat is easier to control.
- Gas stoves are more resilient — you can drop something on them without causing damage.
The Downsides of a Gas Stove
Of course, there are also negatives to consider with a gas stove:
- They’re more difficult to clean.
- Gas stoves have a higher heat output, and the rising temperature can be very obvious in a small kitchen.
- The initial smell of gas can be off-putting to some homeowners, and some will be concerned with the potential for gas-related accidents.
- Because you’ll need a certain type of piping, installation of a gas stove is often more expensive.
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