Pros and Cons of an Electric Stove
You will learn the type of stove you have even before purchasing a new home. On the home listing, it will likely state whether a stove is electric or gas. Some consumers prefer gas stoves while others lean toward electric.
Although there isn’t much say in the type of stove you have once the house is built, you can choose gas or electric if you are building a home. If your home is built with an electric stove, it is very inconvenient and expensive to transition it to a gas stove.
What Does it Mean When a Stove is Electric?
When you hear the term “electric stove” or “gas stove” it is just referring to the type of power necessary to turn on the appliance. An electric stove will be plugged in. The use of your electric stove will be reflected in your electricity bill. A gas stove is connected to the gas line and the use of the stove will be reflected in your gas bill.
A gas stove is when a flame is used to cook your food. You simply ignite the flame, and then the flame heats up the food. With an electric stove, you will turn on the power, and the stovetop is heated up by the use of electricity.
What Are the Pros of an Electric Stove?
There are some pros to electric stoves. The pros include:
• Easier to clean: An electric stove typically has a flat stovetop. It can be easily cleaned after cooking without having to remove any coils or racks.
• Remove spilled food: If you are cooking and something falls over the edge of the pan you can quickly remove it from the stovetop. However, if something falls over the edge on a gas stove it is very difficult to retrieve until after the flame has been turned off.
• Less expensive: Many times, you can find electric stove options that are cheaper than gas stoves.
• More stable: Since the cooktop is flat on an electric stove it is more stable. It is less likely that a pot or pan will be shaking or moving around.
What Are the Cons of an Electric Stove?
Some of the cons with the electric stove include:
• Use more energy: Electric stoves aren’t as good for the environment. Electric stoves use about 3x more energy than a gas stove.
• Cooks food slower: Electric stoves don’t cook food as quickly as gas stoves. Gas stoves can be lit immediately and start getting warmer right away. While electric stoves need to take some time to get warmed up.
Electric Stove or a Gas Stove: Which to Choose
As stated above, you might not have a choice as to which stove you can choose. If you are purchasing an existing home, then your choice is likely chosen for you. However, it is possible to make the change if it’s something that you are invested in doing.
Many of our customers who are professional chefs, and those who like to cook, prefer a gas stove. However, there are many customers who like our electric stoves better because they are convenient to clean and get the job done.