If you are a professional chef most likely you will swear by the versatility and responsiveness of a flame. Mothers with small children however, would hate the idea of a flame anywhere in the house. Most people will fall somewhere in between two such prejudices.
Cost wise, normally, gas is more expensive to install, and electric is more expensive to run. If you buy second hand electric it it going to be even more expensive to run.
Gas lines can be an issue if you decide you want a gas stove. However, in countries where these are not common, people will often use gas bottles.
Gas Versus Electric
- More even heat distribution.
- Easy to adjust the heat and tell exactly what level it is at.
- Natural gas is cheaper than electricity.
- Flames heat the bottom and the sides of pans.
- Adjusting the flame gives you an instant response.
- Gas installation is more expensive than electrical stoves.
- Gas is more dangerous. There is the potential for leaks, flames to go out, and children and pets are more likely to get injured.
For gas stoves / ovens:
- The uneven distribution of heat in the oven makes baking more difficult. Gas also gives off moisture, creating a humid, rather than dry heat.
- Installation is cheaper than gas.
- Electric stoves are easier to clean.
- Smooth top stoves are more stable for smaller pots and woks.
- No ignition necessary – works with just turning the knob.
For electric stove / ovens:
- More functions are available for electric ovens
- Heat distribution is more even
- Dry heat better for roasting.
- Slower to heat up and cool down.
- Power failures can be a nuisance.
- The cost of gas and electricity is different depending on where you live. One may be significantly cheaper than the other to run, however, unless you have a solar energy system in your house, electricity tends to be more expensive.
Unless you have children, consider a mix of both. A gas stove and an electric oven take advantage of all the gas benefits, without compromising on the oven.
Induction – the latest cook-top
Just to complicate this debate further, induction is the latest technology in kitchen stoves. Essentially, it is a very economical electrical stove top. There is an electromagnetic current which heats the pot directly. Unfortunately, you have to use pots on this which are made of magnetic material, which will likely mean buying a new set. Induction cooking power levels can be controlled instantly, like gas. My grandma got an induction cooker as it was safer for her to use than the other two options – there was no way she would burn herself on the element itself, or accidentally gas herself – problems which are common for elderly people.
Rosie Wood - Author Biography
Rosie has DIY experience fixing up houses for herself and her family. She's been responsible for Painting, Tiling, Deck Building, Old Floor Maintenance, and home decoration. She brings a woman touch to our website, helping handymen and handy woman with DIY projects for their home.