Which is Better: A Gas or Electric Range?
If your family likes to cook (and eat), you likely use your range – also called a stove – frequently. Ranges can be fueled by gas or electricity. Often, people ask which is better, a gas or electric range?
On television, we often see chefs using gas ranges that flame up dramatically. On home improvement shows, we frequently see gas ranges touted as being “top of the line.” It is not as common in mainstream media to see electric ranges get the attention they, perhaps, deserve.
Did you know that only around half of American households have gas service available? Natural gas lines are installed along roadways and in populated areas, and propane is available in many rural areas. But most people today rely on electricity to cook and heat their homes. But is that really the best way?
How is Gas or Electric Range Performance Measured?
One of the most important elements of deciding between a gas or electric range is how they perform given your needs. Generally speaking, electric ranges outperform gas ranges. However, there are many variables, and many different models that are highly comparable.
How is performance of a gas or electric range measured? Experts consider the following:
- How long it takes for the unit to reach high heat (boiling)
- How well does the unit maintain a steady lower temperature (simmer)
- Does the oven bake consistently and evenly?
- Does the broiler function properly and consistently?
Why Choose Gas or Electric? What is Really the Difference?
Most people choose a gas or electric range for their home based on what they are accustomed to cooking on. There is definitely a learning curve if you have only ever used an electric stove and suddenly switch to gas. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be happy with the outcome. Many people prefer the stability of a gas range over the sometimes erratic nature of electric stoves.
As far as the units themselves, the key differences to take into consideration include:
- Gas stoves require gas line installation to and inside your home.
- If you cannot have gas run to your home, you may have access to propane, but it is generally more expensive.
- Electric ranges require a 240-volt power outlet, not a standard outlet.
- The cost of a gas or electric range will vary depending on where you live.
- The cost of running gas lines and paying for service will depend on where you live.
- Gas ranges are generally less expensive than electric ranges.
- Electric ranges are generally more energy-efficient and have a lower carbon footprint.
- Gas ranges do provide more temperature control than electric ranges.
- Electric ranges are considered safer for most households.
- Electric ranges are often easier to clean.
- Gas ranges allow you access to heat and cooking if the power is out.
As you can see, there are many things to consider before choosing a gas or electric range for your home. Ultimately, it all boils down to your needs, where you live, and what your budget is for gas, propane, or electricity.
Have Questions about Range Installation or Conversion?
If you have questions about installing a new range or converting from electric to gas, contact The Fire Man LLC. At The Fire Man, we offer gas line installation and repair, stove conversions, hot water heater conversions, sales, inspections, and much more. Contact us for a free quote or to ask questions about your project.