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Gas Range vs. Electric Range

When I had first gotten out of college, we had this gas range that had seen better days. My roommates and I hated the fact that we had to pay two separate bills, but when the power went out in the storms, we were *extremely* thankful that we could still cook. Of the two heating methods, which one wins the battle of the ranges, gas or electric??

Pros of Electric Ranges

  • They’re less expensive to operate. In many cases, all you have to do is plug your electric range in, and you’re good to go.
  • The burners and surrounding areas are easier to clean.
  • If your stovetop is smooth, it’s quite a lot more stable for pots than the gas ranges.
  • While gas ranges are mostly reliable, there’s still a chance for sputtering and spraying.
  • Since more are made, there’s more of a variety in features and functions available for the electric ranges.

Pros of Gas Ranges

  • The heat is more even.
  • Easily adjustable flame.
  • The heat of a gas range is instant, rather than having to wait a while for the element to heat up.
  • When the flame is off, the flame is off.
  • Natural gas is cheaper than electricity, and it is cleaner burning overall.
  • The heat penetrates the pot better, allowing food to cook faster.
  • You can simulate a campfire and the advantages of having an open flame in your kitchen.

We love both types of ranges, of course. For baking, the clear choice is for the electric convection oven, but for working on the stove? It’s gas every time. Which do you prefer?

2014-10-23 00:00:00
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