Electric or Gas Stove?
When it comes to stoves, everything pretty much breaks down into two major categories. We have electric stoves, and we have gas stoves. Even if you don’t have a preference right now, it seems likely that you eventually will. Each type comes with a number of benefits. There are also a range of potential drawbacks that should be taken seriously, as well. Both types are still pretty common in homes throughout Canada and beyond.
Which one is the right one for you? We can break down the pros and cons of electric and gas stoves to help you determine which one you should get. Here’s what you should know:
Pros and Cons Of Electric Stoves
While there isn’t really a clear winner, we think electric stoves ultimately come out ahead against gas stoves, more often than not. You will probably have to do some research to determine this once and for all, but here are some basic pros and cons of electric stoves that you will want to keep in mind:
- PRO: The countertops you usually find with electric stoves are sleek, easy to clean, and effortlessly beautiful. Not only is cleaning up a snap, but the style of the stove itself is significantly enhanced, as well.
- PRO: Electric stoves also have the benefit of being extremely easy to use. Gas stoves can be a little tricky. This is particularly true in terms of firing one up. Electric stoves are as simple as flipping a switch.
- PRO: By and large, electric stoves are considerably safer than gas stoves. While an electric stove can still be hazardous, if you were to leave it on by mistake, the danger is considerably less than leaving a gas stove on. Also, as we mentioned before, gas stoves are a little tricky to fire up sometimes, which can release excess gas into your kitchen.
- PRO: Electric stoves are typically cheaper than gas stoves.
- PRO: Electric stoves are generally easier to install, as well.
- PRO: An electric stove countertop means a very stable surface. If you cook elaborate meals or dishes in your kitchen, you already know that any stable surface can be a lifesaver.
- CON: Electric stoves can take a little longer to cook than gas stoves.
- CON: Bakers will find it tough to get sugar off the glass countertop, if you happen to spill anything while you are baking.
- CON: When the power goes off, your oven becomes useless. If energy savings is something you are passionate about, you will definitely want to remember that electric stoves use more juice than gas stoves.
All of the above should give you a solid idea of what electric stoves bring to the home. You will also want to note that electric stoves have considerably more pros than cons. However, there are several key features and possibilities with gas stoves that simply should not be ignored.
Pros and Cons Of Gas Stoves
Are gas stoves the right choice for you? Are gas stoves better than electric stoves? As we mentioned before, we think electric stoves are the right way to go for most people. Taking that to heart, here are some pros and cons with gas stoves that you can appreciate:
- PRO: The cooking aspect of a gas stove is perhaps its biggest benefit. A gas stove will typically start cooking more quickly than electric stoves. Furthermore, and this is dependent on what you are making, you can also expect the gas stove to provide a more evened-out cooking experience, as well.
- PRO: If you already have a gas setup in your home, then it might just be easier to have a gas stove installed instead. This isn’t something you should necessarily count on though.
- PRO: People do like the visual adjustment element that you get with gas stoves. You can easily check the flame, and determine your next step.
- CON: The gas produced by gas stoves can be highly dangerous in certain situations. This is true as a potential respiratory threat, and in terms of the possibility of a fire threat.
- CON: If you don’t have a gas setup with your home, then you can expect to spend a lot of money.
- CON: Not only are gas stoves more expensive to purchase, but they are also often more expensive to use, too.