Gas vs. Electric Stoves: What You Need to Know

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Amid new laws that are beginning to ban gas stoves, your clients may have questions about whether electric stoves or gas stoves are better. As with many home appliances, the answer will depend on your clients’ wants and needs, how the home is set up, and whether your clients are willing to make changes to convert from one kind of stove to another.

Here are a few pros and cons between electric stoves and gas stoves.

The Pros and Cons of Electric Stoves

Electric stoves 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 include:

  • Electric heats more efficiently than gas does, meaning the kitchen will stay cooler when the stove is on.
  • Electric stoves 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.
  • Electric stove heat may easier to control (though that may be a matter of opinion). 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 stoves:

  • Newer models with advanced features often 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.

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The Pros and Cons of Gas Stoves

Gas ranges have been around for years, and like electric stoves, they have their benefits and downsides.

Benefits of a Gas Stove

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 generally 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 may have negative health effects, such as exacerbating asthma.
  • 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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