Electric vs Gas Stovetops

On your journey to becoming a homeowner, you’ve probably had run-ins with many different stove-tops. Hopefully you’re at a point where you actually have a choice in the matter! If not, you may be daydreaming about the day when you’re in a position to purchase your own stove. This may leave you wondering what the difference is between electric and gas stove-tops. No matter what your situation may be, here is some helpful information on electric vs gas stove-tops.

Electric Stove
Whether you go with an electric stove or a gas one, you’re probably looking at about the same price range for similar brands and models. In general, your electric stove can cost anywhere from around $600 to upwards of $3,000.
Electric stoves may be the most commonly used as far as stove-tops go. How does it work? When you turn on your electric stove, the wire coils inside the cook top heat up. While you can control how much electricity flows to the burner, you don’t have as much control over the heat as you do with gas.
In some cases, you may be able to reach higher temperate with an electric stove than with a gas one. Electric stove-tops also heat up more quickly than gas ones.
If you have young children that like to help with the cooking, an electric stove may be more appealing.

Gas Stove
While very similarly priced, gas stoves start slightly higher in price (around $800,) and can go over $2,000.
Your gas stove runs on natural gas from your main gas line. With an ignition system, the gas coming out of the burner mixes with air and creates a blue flame. By adding more or less gas, you get incredible control on the heat level. You can visibly see how much heat you’re using, and when you do make changes it is immediate. But with more controls and more options, this also makes cooking consistently on a gas stove more difficult.
Gas stoves without a pilot light are the more efficient option. Although some may also argue that the gap between the pot and the flames slightly decreases the efficiency of a gas stove, as well as using pots that are the wrong size. To combat this, just make sure the flames stay directly under your pot without licking the sides.

Still aren’t sure which is the best for you? You may want to consider a third option – induction. Induction stove-tops use direct electromagnetic energy to heat your pots, rather than using a burner or heating element like an electric or gas stove-top.

No matter what kind of stove-top you end up with, you may run into the occasional malfunction. When that happens, you want to make sure there is a repair company you trust. Peter’s Appliance can help with your electric or gas stove, as well many other appliances. No matter how small or big, old or new your household appliance is, if it makes your life easier, Peter’s Appliance will get it fixed in no time!