You may be surprised to learn that for many homebuyers and homeowners who are renovating their kitchens, deciding between gas and electric cooking appliances is a big deal.
For many, it goes beyond preferring one over the other; it is a make-or-break feature of the home.
If you are trying to decide between gas and electric appliances, we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of each to help you make your choice.
Gas cooktops seem to be the preferred choice amongst those who consider themselves savvy in the kitchen. Some people swear that it is easier to cook using gas appliances since they heat up more quickly, and the flame on a gas stove evenly heats pots and pans.
- You have more control over the temperature
- Appliances heat up more quickly
- Gas tends to be less expensive than electricity
- Gas appliances are more expensive than their electric counterparts
- Ventilation problems can lead to unsafe air quality
- You need to have a gas hookup, and not all homes have one
Electric appliances may not come with the same allure as gas appliances, but they can still get the job done. Electric appliances work just fine for the unfussy chef and aren’t as high maintenance as the gas cookware.
- Easy to clean since the cooktop is usually a flat surface
- An exhaust hood is not necessary
- You don’t have to worry about gas leaks
- It takes longer to cook with an electric stove
- Typically use about 3 times more energy than gas
- Since there is no flame, it can be more difficult to see if you accidentally left the stove on, leading to injury
There’s a lot to think about when deciding what type of appliances to choose. Now just to shake things up, let’s bring in a third option: induction.
Induction appliances are not as well known as gas or electric, but they are a good option as it is an incredibly efficient way to cook and worth the investment. These appliances use electromagnetic energy that directly heats pots and pans.
- Very powerful – can boil 48 ounces of water in about 3 minutes
- The safest option since the stove is cool to the touch
- Heat stops as soon as you turn the stove or oven off, so you’ll be less likely to overcook or burn your food
- Not all pots and pans will work on the cooktop. Induction stoves require magnetic pots and pans like cast iron or steel
- The technology is relatively new, so the products can be more expensive
- Cooking on an induction stove can be tricky at first and will take time to get used to
What’s Best for You?
At the end of the day, the type of appliances you choose is a personal choice. Please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are here to answer more questions you may have about which is right for you.