Town Appliance Official Blog

Home > Town Appliance Official Blog > Gas vs. Electric Ranges

Gas vs. Electric Ranges

As the time comes for an appliance to end its lifespan we run to replace it with the one that will perform the same conveniences, and often, choose the same fuel type. Advised by various social media posts and cooking shows, many people seem to prefer to cook with gas - however, gas lines aren't installed in every home. Turns out that actually only half of homes in the US have a gas line. The others rely on electric appliances. If you're asking a question, which fuel type performs better on cooking your family meals, take a look at this debate over what is better - gas or electric?

Gas or Electric - The Experiences

For example, there's an urban myth that says that gas ranges bring to a boil faster than electric ranges. This isn’t really true. Some things to consider include what type of electric range you’re cooking with and what exactly is being boiled. More electric smoothtop or radiant ranges perform better than gas ranges in both high heat or simmering situations. More precisely, approximately 65 percent of electric smoothtop ranges score better over gas ranges for fast high heat boiling. However, in the baking process, almost two-thirds of gas ranges score much better than electric ranges. When it comes to broiling less than 20% of gas ranges score good, while 61% of electric ovens score excellent which is a huge contrast.

Pros and Cons

Some advantages and disadvantages of gas ranges:

  • Instant control of heat from high to low 
  • More versatile for grilling, searing, and simmering
  • Temperature is much easier to control
  • Works well with different types of cookware
  • Gas transmits heat more evenly
  • When using burners to boil any liquids, you must be careful, because if the liquid spills, it can turn off the burner
  • Preheating the oven is faster
  • Food-flavor is more natural in gas
  • Baked goods and pizzas come out better in gas stoves

Some advantages and disadvantages of an electric range:

  • Kitchen stays cooler with an electric stove
  • Easier to turn on and off and cool down faster
  • Easier and less expensive to install
  • Burners are safer to use but remain hotter for longer after turning off
  • Electric ovens transmit heat in a more controlled way because they have a convertor
  • Oven takes a long time to preheat
  • Not easy to handle the stove like that of the gas when it reaches the desired temperature
  • Due to the type of connection and fuel, electricity is safer than gas
  • Meats and potatoes come out better in electric stoves
  • Electric stoves are easier to clean than gas

Which One Is Better?

If we consider the above-mentioned facts on how does each of these models perform, it looks like electric ranges turn out to be of a great performance where gas ranges meet the standards much less. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule. That is the case here. In fact, there are many models of both gas and electric ranges that perform extremely well regardless of fuel type. This is what most of the household practices have shown. Still, if after considering the professional chefs' opinion on gas ranges, you feel that you miss out because of being limited to an electric range, these facts may change your mind. Besides that, it's in your cooking methods and preferences to be the main factor of your decision-making process.

So when you're in the process of looking for your new range, make sure you do more serious research, and make it, most importantly, based on your household's power source and your cooking preferences. Whatever it is you decide, Town Appliance has an amazing variety of high-quality kitchen ranges for sale, coming in various sizes, options, multiple features, and from the world's leading brands. So take a look at our selection when purchasing for your next kitchen range.