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Pros and cons of electrics and gas cooktops

For cooking, you can use electric as well as gas cooktops. Both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. Some of the features and pros and cons of both are discussed below, to make it easy for you to decide on which one to opt for.

The pros and cons of gas stoves are:

  • You can get an instant and constant flame by just turning on the stove and can adjust the flame visually. The flame of gas ranges can cook food more evenly and quickly because flames spread evenly along the sides and bottom of the utensils. Another advantage is the cost of operating a gas stove is comparatively less than that of an electric cooktop.
  • One drawback of the gas cooktop is its price. Gas stoves are expensive to purchase and hook up, especially in cases where you do not have a gas line in your kitchen. Another drawback is the gas itself. If your burner does not turn on immediately, it will continue to release gas into the air which may cause accidents.

The pros and cons of using electric cooktops are:

  • Electric stoves which are sold nowadays have a sleek design, mainly made of glass, which itself enhances the style of the stove. It is very easy to clean and most spills can be easily wiped clean from the glass top; you do not have to remove burner or ring to clean. They are very easy to operate and generally less expensive to install and purchase. Some models of electric stoves come with storage space below the oven, which gas stoves do not provide.
  • The main drawback is that electric stoves cook food more slowly than gas stoves. The glass tops can get stained, which can destroy the look and style of the stove. If you live in an area having frequent power cuts or outages, then the electric stove will be inoperable when there is no power.

In addition to the pros and cons of both types of cooktops listed above, you would also need to consider the amount of cooking you do and your budget before making your purchase.