If you are in the market for a new stove, your options come down to two categories. On the one hand, you have electric stoves, and on the other, you have gas stoves. The first thing to keep in mind is that there is no such thing as a universal choice. In other words, if you are choosing between a gas or electric stove, you should definitely consider the features that each type offers. This is the first step towards making an informed decision.
At Express Repair Winnipeg, we know just about everything there is to know about gas and electric stoves. The pros and cons of each should be weighed very carefully indeed. We can take you through some of the basic considerations, which you can then compare to what you are looking for.
Pros and Cons of Gas Stoves
Let’s start by looking at some of the pros of gas stoves. As you can imagine, there are a lot of perks to having one of these. However, there are also some challenges to keep in mind:
PRO: The cooking itself is going to be pretty amazing. This is because switching on the gas stove is all about instant gratification. The flame is instant, and it is constant, and you can adjust the temperature as needed.
PRO: Not only will your food be cooked more evenly, but it will also take you less to prepare. This is because the flames move along the bottoms and sides of your pan simultaneously.
PRO: If you already have a gas setup in your home, then a gas stove might just be the smartest move to make regardless. Generally speaking, the operating costs for a gas stove in a home will be lower than the operating costs for an electric stove in a gas home.
CON: Price is perhaps the biggest downside to getting a gas stove. Between gas stoves and electric stoves, the gas option is usually the one that costs the most.
CON: Hookup costs are likely to be higher with gas stoves, as well. If you don’t already have a gas hookup for your home, there is a good chance that those costs are going to be even higher.
CON: Then you have the matter of the gas itself. If you turn on your gas stove, switch on the burner, and nothing happens, you are releasing gas into the air. This is naturally unsafe, and it will likely only get increasingly unsafe, as time goes on.
Pros and Cons of Electric Stoves
In order to determine whether or not an electric stove is right for you, what you will want to do is study the pros and cons of electric stoves in greater detail:
PRO: Most electric stoves these days are made from sleek, glass cooktops. This is a nice way to enhance not only the overall aesthetics of your stove, but to also enhance the overall mood of your kitchen, as well.
PRO: We also love the fact that cleaning an electric stove is generally a breeze. It is usually a lot easier to clean than gas stoves.
PRO: Electric stoves also come with the benefit of being pretty easy to operate. This is particularly true when you compare them to gas stoves, which can be problematic for reasons we mentioned earlier. They are also cost effective, since it doesn’t take much energy. If you like to cook, but you generally hate spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen, an electric stove will likely be your best bet.
CON: As we mentioned before, gas stoves tend to be faster than electric stoves, when it comes to the actual process of cooking.
CON: Electric stoves can sometimes present issues with space. For example, if you love to bake, and you don’t have the largest kitchen for such things, your electric stove could quickly become stained. Remember that electric stoves tend to be a bit harder to clean than gas stoves, particularly when we are dealing with a glass cooktop.
CON: Remember that electricity can be interrupted for any length of time. If you deal with a lot of power outages, you may want to think twice about getting an electric model.