Gas vs. Electric: Which Range is Better?

Gas vs. Electric: Which Range is Better?

Are you looking for a new stovetop? With so many options to choose from, it can be a difficult decision to make. You want something that not only looks great in your kitchen space, but is practical for how you plan to use it as well. Many people may think that a gas range is the more luxurious option, but electric ranges have their benefits as well.

In today’s blog from Boomtown Furniture, Appliance, & Mattress, we’ll compare and contrast gas and electric ranges to help you make a more informed decision for your new stovetop. Keep reading to learn more, and shop our Jacksonville appliance store both online and in-store today!

Electric Ranges

Let’s start with electric ranges. Not only are electric ranges easier to clean, but they are a safer option if you have young children that may run through the kitchen while you’re cooking dinner. While they may be on the pricier side, they are more energy efficient than gas ranges, and don’t (for obvious reasons) require a gas line. Here is a better look at some of the qualities you can expect from an electric range:

Cost

While it may seem that a gas range would be the more expensive option, it’s typically the case that an electric range will hit your wallet harder, though not by much. Electric ranges cost anywhere from $450 to $2800. 

Cleaning

Unlike a gas range with many removable parts and pieces, an electric range is typically a flat surface that can easily be sprayed with a cleaning solution and wiped down. This saves you loads of clean-up time after dinner.

Energy Efficiency

While a gas range may be more affordable to purchase, an electric range is much more energy efficient. In fact, 74% of the energy produced on an electric range is transferred to the food, while a mere 40% of the energy produced on a gas range is transferred to the food.

Safety

With no open flame during your cooking, electric ranges are a much safer option if you have kids in your home. Not only that, but no open flame means less chance that a rogue towel, napkin, or plastic cooking utensil will catch fire. 

Temperature Control

With an electric range, you may find yourself accidentally burning the bacon or struggling to find the perfect point on the temperature knob that you need for searing your steak. Electric ranges have more trouble adjusting to temperature changes, especially when you need the temperature to change quickly.

Gas Ranges

If you are passionate about cooking, chances are high that you have a gas range in your kitchen. And if you don’t, you probably want one. Gas ranges seem to be the more luxurious and preferred choice for people who spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, rather than throwing together a quick meal for the family (or ordering in). But, how do they really compare to electric ranges? Let’s take a look.

Cost 

As mentioned earlier, electric ranges are typically the more expensive range on the market. However, it’s only by a slim margin. You can find gas ranges that are priced anywhere from $460 to $2300.

Cleaning

Cleaning a gas range may be a bit more difficult than an electric range. This is simply because there are more parts to a gas range that need to be removed and cleaned individually. The burners and grates can be a hassle to soak and scrub while also cleaning around the burners on the stovetop. 

Energy Efficiency

It’s no secret that gas cooking wastes much more energy than electric. You may find that making the switch to a gas range increases the amount of your monthly energy bill just a little bit. You’ll also want to be aware before choosing a gas range that you’ll need a gas line to your kitchen if you don’t already have one. 

Temperature Control

There’s no better way to control your cooking temperature than with a gas range. These burners almost immediately change temperature when you want them to, simply because adjusting the knob controls the size of the open flame. Not only that, but there are certain cooking techniques that you can only do with the open flame option on a gas range: charring, toasting, and flambeing, for example. 

Shop Gas and Electric Ranges at Boomtown Furniture, Appliance, & Mattress Today

Hopefully this blog has helped you understand the differences between gas and electric ranges so that you can make an informed decision before your purchase! We have an amazing selection of gas and electric ranges to choose from, no matter what your cooking needs may be. Whether you’re an aspiring chef or you’re just trying to feed the family, you can stop by our Jacksonville appliance store or visit us online to shop ranges today!

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