Did you know that the average American spends more than 400 hours a year in their kitchen? For this reason, you want appliances that meet your meal prep and party goals. The stovetop is where you will do about 90 percent of your cooking, so you need to decide whether an electric or gas range fits with your cooking preferences and priorities.
The good news is that there are several advantages to both! Once you understand what they are, you can determine which one is the best choice for your home kitchen. Keep reading to find out more!
Advantages of a Gas Range
The biggest advantage of a gas range is the precision with which you can control the heat. Gas ranges stop putting off heat once the flame is extinguished, while electric range surfaces remain hot for a few minutes after they are turned off.
There is also a huge benefit when it comes to different cooking techniques. You can rotate pots or skillets on gas flames to heat the edges.
Another advantage to a gas range is that the burners do not need electricity to operate. This means you can still use them during a power outage.
If your home does not have access to an external natural gas line, you will need to install a storage tank. Keep in mind that you can run lines to outdoor grills and indoor fireplaces, which can offer some of the same advantages mentioned above.
Advantages of an Electric Range
One of the biggest advantages of an electric range over a gas range is that electric heating elements can cycle on and off faster than gas burners. This can come in handy when experiencing heat loss as you can get your dish back up to temp more quickly.
Another big benefit of an electric range is that they are easy to clean. Most modern ones come with flat surface designs that are easy to wipe down.
Electric ovens produce drier heat than gas ones. This can be a big advantage in dishes where you need to crisp skin, toast bread, or otherwise produce a browning, charred effect.
Another plus of electric ranges is that you can install them in almost any home. They only need a source of electric power to operate.
Conversely, if you plan to install a gas range but your kitchen lacks natural gas lines, you will need to run them. Although this is a relatively inexpensive and straightforward task, it does warrant professional expertise and will add time to the project.
Learn More About Electric vs. Gas Ranges
Now that you understand the pros and cons of an electric vs. gas kitchen range, you can decide which is right for your home. Remember that the best range for your kitchen is the one that serves your unique cooking preferences.
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