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Understanding the Difference Between a Gas and Electric Stove

If you’ve ever bought a home or updated your kitchen, you’ve probably had to decide if you want a gas or electric stove. While it may not seem like a big decision at first, because both will give you a fully functioning stove, each does come with its pros and cons.

From cost to ease of use, below are a few things to consider:

The Pros and Cons of Gas and Electric Stoves

Gas

Pros:

  • Homeowners typically prefer gas stoves because they heat faster and more evenly. The more control you have over the temperature, the better your food will turn out.
  • They’re also safer for homes with children because they cool quickly after being turned off.
  • Because gas stoves don’t rely on electricity, they’ll still work in the event of a power outage.

Cons:

  • Gas needs to be pumped into your home through a natural gas pipeline, which not every home has access to. If you have gas in your area but don’t have a line connected to your home, installing one can be expensive.
  • The initial cost of installing a gas stove is almost always higher than an electric one. However, they may pay for themselves over time because gas stoves are also less expensive to run.
  • How efficiently your gas stove runs can depend on the pressure within your pipeline (which you can not control).

Electric

Pros:

  • Electric stovetops are easier to clean because they’re one, smooth surface.
  • The only time an electric stove provides a better cooking experience is if you frequently roast your food, because electric heat tends to be drier.

Cons:

  • Uneven heat distribution can affect how your food and baked goods cook.
  • Electric stovetops stay hot long after you’ve turned the burner off because they take several minutes to cool down. Especially if you have children, this can pose a safety hazard.

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