If you are overhauling your kitchen, you may need to choose a new stove. This means you have an important decision: gas or electric? Deciding between a gas stove and electric stove can be tough, but when you consider all the factors, you can make a smart, informed decision.
Things to Consider when Deciding Between a Gas Stove and Electric Stove
Installation of Electric Stoves Can be Faster, Easier
A lot will depend on what you already have installed in your home, but in many cases you will find that installation of an electric stove is easier and faster than installing a gas stove. This is especially true if your kitchen does not yet have the right piping for a gas stove. Because installation of gas stoves takes longer, they can also be more expensive.
Gas Delivers Faster Temperature Changes
When cooking, you will have rapid temperature changes with gas stoves, which can be beneficial if you want to quickly increase or reduce heat levels. If you need to go from high heat to a slow simmer quickly, this can be difficult to achieve with an electric stove, which generally needs more time to cool. There are also a few high-heat cooking techniques that are only achievable with a gas stove, such as charring and flambeing. For these reasons and more, gas stoves are generally preferred by professional chefs.
Electric Stoves are Generally Considered Safer
Deciding between a gas stove and electric stove should also include safety. Obviously both can result in burns, but gas is usually considered more dangerous because you are cooking with an open flame, increasing the chances of an item, such as a kitchen towel, catching on fire. There is also the risk of gas leaks, which means any home with a gas stove must have a carbon monoxide detector.
Electric Stoves are Usually Easier to Clean
Anyone who’s cleaned an electric stove knows that it’s never easy, but compared to a gas stove, it is usually considered much faster and easier. Gas stoves often have small nooks and crannies, as well as spaces below the pan level where food can fall. There is also a light residue that can come from the use of gas. If cleaning is a concern, a flat-top electric stove (not the type with visible coils) will be your best option.
We’ll Make Deciding Between a Gas Stove and Electric Stove Easier
If you need more help deciding whether to choose a gas stove or electric stove, or if you simply want to learn more about kitchen design, contact the team at JK Cabinets & Design.
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