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Electric Range or Gas Range: Which One is Better?

Aug 18, 2007
With the many modern improvements in technology, kitchen appliances have greatly changed over time, becoming more and more efficient. In general, becoming undeniably better. However, there is still a debate between old versus new when it comes to gas ranges and electric ranges. Which one is really better? There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the truth about ranges may well be all in the experience of the cook.

Let us first take a look at a gas range. Gas is expensive, yet the burner on a stove cooks food so well. The flame can be adjusted for a low simmer or a boil. If the power goes out, you can still use it. The heat from the oven fills the room when you open it. If there is anything wrong, there are tell tale signs that warns us. The smell of gas or out of control flames, or no flame at all are fair warnings that something is wrong. Food can be cooked with ease over the fire. The trouble could be that sometimes the pilot light may go out, and we have to light a match or get a lighter to start it up again. There is always a chance of a fire.

An electric range is very different. Electricity costs money, too, but not as much as gas. You can adjust the temperature pretty specifically on the over or burners. The very accurate temperature control is a plus. Lowering the time it takes to cook things helps keep the nutrients in, and saves us time. Many coil style burners will turn bright red to warn us of the intense heat. Unfortunately, if the power goes out, so does the stove. The warmth from the oven may not be as intense as the flame of a gas range, but that can be good or bad. Newer, flat surface version of the electric range allow for very easy cleaning. There is a much less chance of a fire developing with this type of range.

It really depends on the person, but I'm a fan of the electric range. It costs less to maintain, has better temperature control, and is easier to clean. Better control leads to better food. Less time spent cleaning is a great benefit to my schedule. Electric ranges are also more convenient and environmentally safe than gas ranges. I have plenty of friends, however, who disagree. Fortunately there are both gas and electric stoves, so that everyone has an opportunity to choose the option that works best for them.
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