So, the time has come to replace your range. Finding that perfect range that has all of the features and functions you want is difficult enough with all of the choices on the market, but the first major decision you should be making is gas or electric? Many people have only ever owned one or the other so they don’t consider the other one when buying. However, both gas and electric ranges have different pros and cons and without knowing them you may be buying the wrong one or your particular needs. Here are some pros and cons to both gas and electric ranges.
Gas Range Pros:
-Stove top turns a constant flame on instantly.
-Since you can actually see the flame you can adjust it visually.
-Natural gas ranges can cook food quicker because of their flame distribution.
-Since gas ranges use gas to heat, your energy bill will be affected less than with an electric range.
Gas Range Cons:
-Typically the purchase cost of a gas range is higher than that of an electric range.
-If your home doesn’t already have a gas line going to the kitchen it can be pretty pricey to install one.
-If a burner is left on but it is unlit, it is still releasing gas into the air which can be a safety hazard.
Electric Range Pros:
-Many electric stoves will have a flat glass top which can look very trendy in kitchens.
-Electric ranges are typically less expensive in purchase price and if you do not already have a gas line going to your kitchen electric ranges are also less expensive to install.
– The stove top on an electric range is usually more stable because the pots and pans are not lifted so they will not wobble as easily.
-Most electric ranges have a storage space below the range which can help you maximize your cabinet space.
Electric Range Cons:
-Typically electric ranges cook food at a slower pace than gas ranges.
-Electric ranges use far more electricity than gas ranges, this means they effect the electric bill more than gas ranges.
-Glass stove tops can stain pretty easily, this can take away from the trendy look of a sleek stove top.
-Some homes generators and backup generators cannot handle the amount of electricity an electric range uses which can cause power outages in your home.
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Written By:Claire Begalke