This is one of the most debated questions about the home kitchen and there is good reason for it. There are many advantages and disadvantages to using each type of heat and this creates a problem for consumers who seek the “best fit” for their home. The cost, your cooking needs, and your personal preference all play important roles in determining which type of heat is best for you. Let’s have a look at some of the important concepts that will help you decide which heat is best.
The Cost Differences
As a general rule, you can assume that a gas range is going to set you back further than a similar electric model. The reason for this is because gas ranges are harder to make well. While you will be able to purchase a gas range for a similar price to an electric, the cooking quality will not be there. In short, if you want to go gas, you’ve got to be prepared to pay for it. Choosing the wrong gas model is one of the biggest reasons why so many people avoid gas cooking gear all together.
TIP: In years past, cooking appliances which ran on natural gas were thought to be cheaper, but today that is not always the case. Assessing how much energy (electricity or gas) a potential stove or oven uses is more important than the initial cost of the appliance itself. Do you know how much gas or electricity goes for in your new neighborhood? If not, you should find out.
The Cooking Differences
As almost anyone will tell you, there are two main differences between using gas and electric cooking appliances:
Electric Convenience: Electric ovens and stoves heat evenly and quickly for a relatively cheap cost. This makes them the most convenient option for the home user. Bakers tend not to like electric ovens as they offer a very dry heat.
Baking with Gas: A gas oven will contain more moisture than one heated electrically. This makes your baking lighter and fluffier. Of course, if you don’t want the moisture in your oven, the only way to get rid of it is by going electric.
Where you Live Matters
The last thing you should take into consideration when choosing between gas or electric appliances is your location. The fact is that if you live anywhere that experiences power outages regularly, you may want to consider using natural gas as the stove tops will work (today most gas ovens are electronically controlled). This could be a huge benefit and may have made your decision an easy one.